Currently he is involved in the establishment of the Baltic Sea centre, Centrum Balticum in Turku as the programme director.
His main research interests cover a wide range of issues of European integration: the Reforms of the European Union, Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, Transatlantic Relations, Small States in the EU and the Economic Policy Coordination in the Economic and Monetary Union. Professor Antola has published more than 180 scholarly books and articles.
Professor Antola is widely used as an expert on European affairs by the Parliament of Finland, the Finnish Government and the national media. He was a member of the National Advisory Board on Disarmament, 1978-1991, Member, National Committee for UNESCO and a Member of the Expert Group on EMU, Prime Minister’s Office, 1996-1997.
His most recent publications include: Uusi lähestymistapa huoltovarmuuteen. (New Approach to the Security of Supply). Helsinki 2005, The Baltic Sea Region - A Dynamic Third of the EU (2004), Suomi EU:n etujoukkoon. Eurooppa-politiikan uudet haasteet. (Finland to European avant-garde of the EU: New Challenges to the European Policy of Finland), EVA Raportti, Helsinki, 2004, Onko koolla merkitystä? Pienet valtiot EU:ssa (Does Size Matter: Small States in the EU?), 2004, Raha ilman valtiota? (Currency without a State, in Finnish), 2003, Transatlantic Relations: A New Agenda (2002).