Ángel Saz-Carranza, EsadeGov Professor, Principal Investigator of the Research Group on Leadership and Innovation in Public Management (GLIGP) and EsadeGeo Director, will lead the project with an H2020 Three-Year Research Grant.

November, 09 2020   |   Editorial office

The partners are:

  • Esade
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Sabanci University
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Carnegie Europe Foundation
  • IISS Europe Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques
  • Kolegium Europejskie (Collège d’Europe, campus Natolin)
  • Hertie School of Governance
  • Institut Barcelona D’Estudis Internacionals
  • Tampereen korkeakoulusaatio sr


With a total budget of €3MEUR, the project will run from 2021 to 2024.

The overall objective of ENGAGE (Envisioning a New Governance Architecture for a Global Europe) is to provide policymakers with a toolbox to improve the capacities and capabilities of the EU’s external action. More specifically, ENGAGE pursues the following five general objectives:

  • To analyse the main contextual challenges that the EU’s external action is facing, both those arising from the diversification of international relations and global governance and those originating from the acceptability of EU external action from the perspective of citizens and national decisionmakers.
  • To assess existing governance structures and policy processes, those that are foreseen in the Treaties but are yet to come to fruition (so-called “sleeping beauties”), and those that should be devised in relation to the multiple domains of the EU’s external action.
  • To examine the ways in which the EU can more effectively achieve a set of key goals, including a successful engagement with strategic partners, neighboring regions, and conflict and crisis scenarios.
  • To formulate recommendations, presented via a white paper, on how to accommodate multiple action domains, including traditionally internal policy areas, in a joined-up, coherent, sustainable, and effective external action. Furthermore, ENGAGE will produce suggestions on how to coordinate EU Member States’ foreign policies on the basis of common EU positions.

To inform policymakers on the governance structures needed to ensure joined-up and sustainable EU diplomatic action and international cooperation. ENGAGE will also reach out to other key stakeholders and elaborate on how the EU can devise and ultimately achieve certain key goals in light of the current international and domestic context, thus going beyond the H2020 call.

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