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The integration game

Diplomatic efforts to share scientific expertise could smooth the path for EU expansion, Amanda Stringfellow reports.

Sandwiched between the Adriatic sea and the Slovenian border in the north-eastern corner of Italy is the port city of Trieste. Based there, alongside several research and technology institutes, is the Central European Initiative, an inter-governmental diplomatic body pursuing strategies to promote competitiveness and integration in central, eastern and south-eastern Europe.

The Central European Initiative works to deepen regional cooperation between EU and non-EU countries and aid the integration of the latter into the bloc. As well as hosting high-level political discussions, the initiative pursues focused activities based on areas of mutual interest, among them promoting research and technology collaboration between members.

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