Large-scale European grant for research on enlargement of EU

Researchers from the Institute of Public Administration of Campus The Hague have, together with other European colleagues, been awarded a European grant of 2.4 million euros. The money is intended for research into the history and the future of the enlargement of the European Union.

Research consortium

Dr Antoaneta Dimitrova, Prof. Bernard Steunenberg and Dr Dimiter Toshkov are using the grant to study the consequences of the latest expansion of the European Union. They are doing this in collaboration with researchers from 9 other European institutions. The research consortium has been named MAXCAP. The grant originates from the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (KP7).

Effects of expansion

The research focuses partially on the political and economic effects of the expansion of the EU in the period 2004-2007. The countries which joined the Union in 2004 were Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In 2007, Bulgaria and Rumania were also included.

Lessons to be learned

The researchers will also investigate the strategy used by the EU in dealing with the political, social and economic challenges brought about by this expansion. In addition they will consider the lessons to be learned in view of the future admission of new member states from the Western Balkans and Turkey.


Research consortium MAXCAP brings together researchers from older and newer EU Member States. It is co-ordinated by the Freie Universität Berlin. Leiden University, under the leadership of Campus The Hague. The other partners are:

  • London School of Economics (UK)

  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Switzerland)

  • Sabanci University (Turkey)

  • European University Institute (Italy)

  • Central European University (Hungary)

  • Sofia University St. Kliment Ochridski (Bulgaria)

  • Balkan Civil Society Network (FYROM)

(29 January 2013 - DS)

See also

Studying in Leiden



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Last Modified: 31-01-2013