PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe will hold its first annual conference in Brussels on 12-13 June 2014. The motivation of PADEMIA is to establish a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.
One of the highlights of the conference will be the presentations of three PADEMIA Awards. Please find more information on the Research Award Call 2014, the Student Prize Call 2014 and the Teaching Award Call 2014. Deadline for applications is May 1st, 2014.
More information can be found at www.pademia.eu.
TEPSA Policy Paper ‘Time to hit the reset button: “The Eastern Partnership after the Vilnius Summit and the Role of Russia”‘ by Katrin Böttger
Despite the fact that Georgia and Moldova initialled their Association Agreements (AA) at the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit on 28/29 November 2013, the summit and its aftermath have to be rated as a low point in the Eastern Partnership. Not only did then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych refuse to sign the Association Agreement for Ukraine, favouring instead a loan and a reduction in gas prices from Russia. This refusal to sign the Association Agreement initially resulted in frustration and protests at the end of 2013. Later on it led to the mobilisation of extreme right wing forces civil unrest and in February 2014 to numerous deaths on the streets of Kyiv.
The Policy Paper is available for download here.