To focus research within the area of European studies did not mean to invest in wide-spread, scattered initiatives all over the University of Copenhagen, but, rather, to make choices that could enhance the coordination and goal-oriented planning of research activities. Focused research also implied that the University of Copenhagen could react to and constructively deal with a number of burning platforms that had become salient to the surrounding society as well as engaging in long-term consolidation of basic research, which is essential to any serious research environment.
Among areas on which basic research was being conducted on a more permanent basis, the role of "Europe in Denmark", the role of "Denmark in Europe" and the role of "Europe in the world" were central. Continuous basic research had to be carried out on the legal, political, economic and historical foundations of Europe and European integration. At the same time, basic research was urgently needed to assess and anticipate Europe's future role and competitiveness as an international political, economic, military and "normative" power within the next decades. These were areas on which research had already been conducted at the University of Copenhagen. Further and focused investment in this well-established national platform firmly placed the University of Copenhagen as a leading and high-ranking institution on the Nordic and international scales of excellent EU and European research. And still does.
EURECO was comprised of many different EURECO researches from the three faculties and their related European research centres. This included the following centres and research groups:
- Centre For Modern European Studies (CEMES) and the research group 'Rethinking European Integration'
- Centre for Market and Economic Law (CME) (previous CESEL)
- Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies (CECS)
- Centre for Studies in Legal Cultures (CSR)
- Centre for Legal Studies in Welfare and Market (WELMA)
- Centre For European Studies (CEP)