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Post-Brexit Europe: Lessons from the European Economic Area (PELEEA) (completed)

Represented by John Erik Fossum, ARENA contributes to the PELEEA Jean Monnet Network on the consequences of Brexit on the European Economic Area.

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When voters in the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union, re-conceptualising European integration swiftly became one of the most pressing political challenges of our time. Post-Brexit Europe: Lessons from the European Economic Area (PELEEA) aims to make a significant and timely contribution to this debate drawing largely on the unique and highly relevant experience of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, who have structured their relations with the EU through the European Economic Area.

The project is a Jean Monnet Activity funded by the EU's Eramus+ programme. The project is led the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and the Centre for Small State Studies working in close collaboration with ARENA, the University of Cambridge, and the Liechtenstein-Institut.

This two-year project will include workshops and events in Oslo, Cambridge, Brussels and Reykjavik. Short policy recommendations will be published following each workshop and at the end of the project to aim is to publish a book which explores what it takes to build a successful association model.

Partner institutions

  • Institute of International Affairs (IIA) and the Centre for Small State Studies, University of Iceland (Johanna Jonsdottir) (coordinator)
  • ARENA, University of Oslo (John Erik Fossum)
  • Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University (Julie Smith)
  • The Liechtenstein-Institut (Christian Frommelt)


Jean Monnet Network funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union


Project period: 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2019

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Academic Coordinators: Dr Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland
Professor Baldur Thorhallsson, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland

Project manager: Tómas Joensen, the Centre for Small State Studies, University of Iceland

Academic Coordinator at ARENA: Professor John Erik Fossum

PELEEA website