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New MJS Article: Civil Society Organisation (CSO) participation in the European Security Research Programme (ESRP)

by Frank Balzer and Christoph Henseler

As one might expect, the interdisciplinary and multi-accessible area of the ESRP shows a broad variety of actors within its research projects.  But, in contradiction to Article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty, especially CSOs rarely participate as project partners. The following article provides an overview of the participation of CSOs in research projects in the ESRP during the period of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).  The data and research was obtained within the FP7 project SecurePART. We have found differences along the lines of geographical regions, the quantity of project participations per country, and the quality of civil society representation of the various kinds of CSOs. These parameters should be taken into account when thinking of rules of representation for future CSO participation in security research on the European level. 
NB: The SecurePART project has received funding from
the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant
agreement no 608039. The project's website can be found here: http://www.securepart.eu/

The Article (PDF) can be found here: www.sicherheitsforschung-magdeburg.de/uploads/journal/MJS_044_Balzer_CSO.pdf