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SUMMIT (Studying the European Council – Mastering and Disseminating Knowledge about a Key Institution) is dedicated to the European Council, and aims to contribute to the promotion of European Unionstudies by providing the latest research-based knowledge about this key institution.

Objective and background

The European Council takes centre stage within the EU institutional architecture concerning all major decisions on enlargement, treaty reform or foreign policy. During the on-going Eurozone crisis management, it has even extended its leading position in day-to-day policy-making. The dominant characteristic of the European Council is its de-facto influence beyond the wording of treaty articles. However, this key institution is still under-researched and also the general public tends to know little about the work of this EU institution and how it is embedded in the EU institutional framework.

Activities and Output

SUMMIT will fill a teaching gap and promote the academic debate about this key institution. By using new conceptual approaches to study and analyse the European Council SUMMIT will spread research-based knowledge for several target groups.

Summit will organize a kick-off and dissemination conference, as well as at least 12 roundtables in several European Cities.

A set of online modules including expert interviews, an online quiz gameacademic publications, contributions to online news platforms will promote the research on this key institution.