About Jean Monnet Scholars’ Association
The number of Jean Monnet scholars has reached 799. Although a preponderance of them is not professionally involved in the EU issues, they offer invaluable insights into the EU affairs and constantly familiarise themselves with the ever-growing discussions on:
- The policies, fundamental mechanisms and institutions of the EU;
- Implementation procedures of the EU acquis in the Member States;
- Impacts of the EU policies on the Member and Candidate States;
- Possible mechanisms of taking national-peculiar features into consideration within the EU integration process.
Furthermore, they have set up personnel networks encompassing a great number of people and institutions from the EU universities that they have been to and the societies that they have become a member of. And yet to utilise their potentials more effectively, the Jean Monnet scholars have founded the Jean Monnet Scholars’ Association on 23rd September 2005 in Ankara. The Association aims to facilitate the EU project of Turkey by virtue of technical expertises of its members at local, national and EU levels. Although the current members of the Association have become 36, the founding members are deliberately limited to 21 scholars in order to smooth up the establishment procedures and organize our initial gatherings with ease. The overwhelming number of the Jean Monnet Scholars lives in İstanbul, İzmir, some other cities of Turkey and abroad of course. The overall communication is happening through a well-established network comprising about 400 scholars along with some sub-groups in Istanbul and İzmir. As a rule, non-member scholars are accepted as ‘natural members’ and the network and the sub-groups are devised to transmit the agenda items of the Association.
Association’s initial efforts were invested into institutionalisation, accumulation of working experiences and enhancement of the communication among the scholars. In addition it has realised various cognitive meetings that have incorporated intrinsic tenets of negotiations, sustainable economic and social cohesion.
As one of its top agenda items, the Association is pursuing a project on fallacies of the EU members concerning Turkey. Through a perceptive approach to the historical, cultural and socio-economic facts, it is assumed that the underlying reasons of negative connotations of Turkey and the Turkish people will be identified and civil dialogue between Turkish and EU societies will thus be overhauled.
Given the broad spectrum of the EU-related issues, the Association is not likely to have any difficulties in engaging itself in new and daring projects in the future. However, it first needs to surmount its lack of a permanent office and sufficient funding for its operational expenses.
Jean Monnet Scholars’ Association Executive Board