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We are glad to present the latest Pecob's Paper Series #29

Comunità Energetica del Sud Est Europa:
regole, istituzioni e prospettive in un modello

funzionalista per la cooperazione nei Balcani


by: Saverio Francesco Massari  
pp: 51
ISSN: 2038-632X


Abstract in english

Energy Community of South East Europe: a functionalist approach for international

cooperation in the Balkans


The aim of this paper  is to evaluate the possible role
of the Energy Community South East Europe as a
factor of stability in the Balkans. The founding
Treaty gives to the Community  the goal to create
and improve the cooperation in energy field to promote
shared norms and institutions, as elements to overcome
the conflict period: however, there are many obstacles
on this path since domestic and external factors, due
to the influence of international powers interested in the area.
Many Countries in the region have not concluded the transition
process yet and there are many political problems following the
processes of disintegration of the federal republic of Yugoslavia.
The background of the whole scenario is another important
factor that is contributing to the dynamics in progress: the economic
crisis has shown its presence even in the Balkan region and this creates
significant imbalances that need to be evaluated on the light of processes
of cooperation such as the Energy Community .


Abstract in italian

Il lavoro cerca di valutare il possibile ruolo della Comunità
Energetica del Sud Est Europa quale fattore di stabilità nell’area
Balcanica. Il Trattato fondativo della Comunità assegna a questa
l’obiettivo di condurre una cooperazione in campo energetico al
fine diffondere istituzioni e normative condivise, quali elementi di
superamento del conflitto: tuttavia, sono molti gli ostacoli posti su
questo cammino sia di natura interna alla regione che esterna, per
l’influenza di fattori e poteri internazionali interessati all’area.
Il processo di transizione in molti dei Paesi del quadrante non
è ancora concluso e molti sono i nodi politici successivi ai processi
di disgregazione della Federazione Jugoslava ancora presenti e non
risolti. Sullo sfondo di tutto ciò un altro importante fattore
contribuisce alle dinamiche in corso: la crisi economica ha fatto
sentire la sua presenza anche nella regione balcanica e questo crea
importanti squilibri che devono essere valutati alla luce di processi di
integrazione europea e di cooperazione regionale quale quello della
Comunita’ Energetica.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:47
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 We are glad to present the latest Pecob's Paper Series #28

Le relazioni tra la Repubblica Popolare Polacca e la Repubblica Italiana nel periodo della legge marziale (1981-1983),

alla luce dei documenti polacchi diplomatici

by: Maria Pasztor
pp: 28
ISSN: 2038-632X




The introduction of martial law in Poland on 13 December 1981 drew a moderate response from the Italian government;

it restricted itself to expressing its ”concern and anxiety” at the situation by the Italian foreign minister E. Colombo.

This reaction was prompted by fear of ”bloodshed” and, above all, by the deteriorating atmosphere on the international arena.

The posturę of the Italian government, acting in close consultation with other western governments –of Europe, and especially

of the USA, restricted itself to espousing the principle of non-interference in Poland’s internal affairs.

This position was upheld by the Italian government throughout the whole martial law period, right up to its abolition on 22 July 1983.

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 December 2012 14:23
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La trilogia di Ivan Klima: la storia, i primi amori, il dissenso

September 2012 | #27


by: Maria Teresa Iervolino
pp: 60
ISSN: 2038-632X


This study is an analyses for the guided reading of “Miriam”,
a short story of Ivan Klíma translated into italian.
“Miriam“ is the fisrt of the six short stories of My first
loves which, together with My merry mornings and My golden
trades constitutes a very biographic “triptych“ .
The intertextual lietmotiv of the author’s biography gives
thematic unity to the stories and it could be read as a tracing, or
a map for the dreams or real routes structuring the man and the
writer Ivan Klíma.
In My merry mornings, and My golden trades (both dedicated
to the personal experience of 60s and 70s dissent) are
analysed by the author’s point of view and His attitude towards
the limitations of totalitarian Regime, while in my first loves is examined
the author-protagonist’s adolescent life retraced by the
writer’s glance.
“Miriam” is set in the ghetto of the fortress city of Terezín
where Klíma had been imprisoned with His family from 1941 to
1945, because of their Jewish roots. The heart of the story is the
author’s childish love for Miriam, a girl who works in a soup kitchen
in duty with the distribution of milk to the prisoners in Terezín.
The knowledge of the „subtext“ allows to decode each story retracing
the historical reality through the author’s personal experiences.


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Last Updated on Friday, 28 December 2012 14:24
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The third edition of the graduation ceremony of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Master in Research and Studies on Eastern Europe took place last 28th September 2012 at the Town Hall of the Municipality of Forlì. During the ceremony 24 students coming from 12 countries have been awarded a joint master’s degree. The event was attended by the vice-rector of the Romagna Campuses of Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini Guido Sarchielli, the Chairman of the Forlì Campus Council Félix San Vicente Santiago, the Director of the new Department of Political and Social Sciences Fabio Giusberti and the and the City Councillor with portfolio for Culture and International Relations Patrick Leech. On the occasion of the ceremony, Leonidas Donskis, former Dean of the School of Political Science of the Vytautas Magnus University-Kaunas and now a Member of the European Parliament, delivered the keynote speech on "The Dissonances of Memory: Talking Past Each Other in Europe".

MIREES is an international Master’s Degree jointly offered by the University of Bologna (Faculty of Political Science “Roberto Ruffilli”), the Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas, Corvinus University of Budapest, Saint Petersburg State University and the cooperation of the University of Ljubljana. The programme is characterised by a strong presence of international students: in addition to enrolled students (55% in the class of 2010-2012 are not Italian), MIREES has increased its international attractiveness since the attendance to its courses from Erasmus students has reached the pick of approximately 37% per year of the incoming students to the Faculty of “Political Science” R. Ruffilli.

The active participation of professors not only from the partner universities but also from other foreign universities (37 in all, coming from 13 countries form Australia to France, from Hungary to Georgia, from the US to Serbia) ensures a rich learning environment. The programme also offers the possibility to attend an international summer school, seminars and lectures with experts, technicians, ambassadors and officers fostering knowledge exchange also concerning topics of current affairs.

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PECOB's call for papers

The Scientific Board of PECOB announces an open call for papers to be published with ISSN 2038-632X

Interested contributors may deal with any topic focusing on the political, economic, historical, social or cultural aspects of a specific country or region covered by PECOB.

Potential contributors must submit a short abstract (200-300 words) and the full text, which can be in English as well as any language from the countries covered by PECOB.

Upcoming deadlines for submitting proposals are:

January 31st, 2012
June 30th, 2012
November 30th, 2012

All texts must comply with PECOB Submission Guidelines (

All proposals, texts and questions should be submitted to Ms Luciana Moretti, PECOB staff, at:

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