IVF Minilateralism

The IVF Minilateralism project (“Comparing Minilateralisms in the EU: Cooperation within the V4 and other Minilateral Groupings”) aims to provide an extensive analysis of the ways in which the minilateral groups function within the EU and to gather best practices of collective action to formulate recommendations for the Visegrad Group.

The numerous regionally and functionally organized groupings formed by the EU Member States have become increasingly important for the EU’s policy formulation. These various groupings are promoting integration within the EU by bringing new dynamics to European politics, on the other hand contributing to the further fragmentation of the Union.

This project aims to examine and compare the function and effectiveness of six different minilateral groupings, all of which usually operate to influence the decision-making processes within the EU institutions. A further goal of the project is to create a publicly available online database on the voting behaviour of the below-mentioned minilateral groups to be used for further research.

The six minilateral groups in question are:

  • the Benelux Union,
  • the EU3,
  • the Nordic-Baltic Six,
  • the Southern Seven,
  • the Visegrad Group
  • and the Weimar Triangle.

Implementation period: 20.05.2020 – 31.10.2021.

Consortium leader: IFAT


Participants from IFAT:

  • Nikolett Garai, research fellow and project coordinator
  • Tamás Levente Molnár, research fellow

The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

The total budget of the project is 33,075 EUR.