Global Challenges of European Integration

Sofia Oliveira Pais


  • António Manuel Carneiro da Frada Marques de Sousa
  • Manuel António Fontaine Campos
  • Maria Inês Quesada Pastor de Quadros Alexandre da Fonseca
  • Patrícia Helena Nunes Fragoso Martins
  • Maria Isabel Cantista Castro Tavares



Among the internal policies and actions of the European Union, internal market and competition policy are considered the main instruments for achieving the benefits of the European integration (peace and prosperity) as well as Europe's primary tool to get out of the crisis and increase its worldwide competitiveness. In addition, the competitive and innovative internal market is also considered an asset, which should be used to meet the opportunities of the global market. In fact, the creation of a regulatory framework to encourage innovation and competition in the Union continues to be considered a key issue in the new EU Strategy 2020.

Moreover, the benefits of the European integration can also be fostered through EU citizenship, whether related to the enhancement of European fundamental rights and freedoms, or conceived as a fundamental political status. The place and role of the individual in the European project can hardly be overestimated. In this light, the EU cannot be considered from a merely economic point of view and should be seen in its fundamental political and constitutional dimension.

The European integration project will conduct a comparative and interdisciplinary research, in order to promote the exchange of knowledge, focusing primarily on the above mentioned research areas, considered as priority areas given their practical and academic relevance in the context of the current European policy developments and goals.