Conference at the College of Europe Bruges: ‘After the Bailout: how the post-programmes countries have fared’

01-02-2017

This conference will take place on 24 February 2017 at the Bruges Campus of the College of Europe (Auditorium 1, Verversdijk 16, College of Europe, Bruges). Registration is required on the College of Europe’s website.

After the global financial crisis threatened the breakdown of the international financial system, the euro area came under threat. The countries collectively referred to as the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) suffered from severe market pressure that resulted in bailout programmes financed by the euro area, EU member states, and the IMF that were accompanied by strict conditionality. The objective of this conference is to investigate how countries have fared politically and economically after embarking on their adjustment programme. For countries that have exited their programme, were their respective exits timely or premature? Had the conditionality programmes contributed to long-term sustainability and provided the necessary foundation for future economic growth? Have the respective governments followed policies that are broadly consistent with those advocated by these conditionality programmes? What about the popular backlash against the austerity that accompanied them? Finally, what is the broader political legacy of the bailout programmes?

Programme

13:30 Conference registration

14:00-14:15 Welcome address by Rector Jӧrg Monar, College of Europe

 15:00 Keynote address by Istvan Pal Szekely, Director, DG ECFIN, European Commission

15:00-16:00 Panel 1 The Institutional perspective: Conditionality and its aftermath

Chair: Michele Chang, College of Europe

Daniel Daco, European Commission

Gabriel Glӧckler, European Central Bank

Silvia Merler, Bruegel

 

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Panel 2 The national perspective: Did the adjustment programmes help or harm?

Chair: Eric De Souza, College of Europe

Kevin Cardiff, European Court of Auditors

Federico Steinberg, Real Institute Elcano

Francisco Torres, London School of Economics

Georges Pagoulatos, Athens University of Economics and Business

 

18:00-18:10 Closing remarks by Michele Chang, College of Europe

Launch of the Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2017, Latvian Institute of International Affairs

LIIAThe “Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2017” will be presented on 18.01.2017, (the venue will be announced later).

 

 

 

PONT “Working Europe Seminar” 2: Climate, Energy and Environment Policy

PONT-150x150TEPSA will organise its second Working Europe Seminar on March 27-31 2017 in the framework of its ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet project PONT (Professional Training on EU Affairs).

During a 5-day seminar in Brussels, at the heart of EU politics, students will enjoy first-hand insights from researchers, EU practitioners and officials on current top priorities of the EU policies and politics in the Climate, Energy and Environment fields. The completion of the internal energy market as well as actions against climate change is on top of the EU’s strategic agenda. Discussions with practitioners from the field will complement the readings students are expected to prepare before the start of the course. Visits to the European institutions and civil society organization will also provide the seminar with added value.

Besides master’s students from law, economics and political sciences, this seminar will be of particular interests for students from engineering and environmental studies who will be able to gain insights into the political realities in energy policy and at the same time contribute through fruitful practical insights from their disciplines.

PONT is a project that aims to provide a bridge connecting young academics and EU practitioners, in order to improve the employability of young researchers.  A Working Seminar on Asylum and Migration Policies and a Career Skills Training have already been held throughout 2016.

Further information about the application procedure for this PONT Working Europe Seminar will be available on TEPSA’s website in January 2017.

Seminar: EU-China Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Trade, College of Europe

college 2The Baillet Latour Chair of EU-China Relations and the EU-China Research Centre will organise a seminar on EU-China Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Trade on 6 December 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30. The seminar will be attended by high-level moderators and speakers from the EU and Chinese level.

The moderators of the event will be:

Prof. Dr Jing MEN, Director of EU-China Research Centre and Baillet Latour Chair of EU-China Relations, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, College of Europe;

Prof. LI Jiaxin, Executive Deputy Director of the National Institute of Cultural Development, and Expert and General Secretary of China National Cultural Trade Academic Platform.

The speakers from the EU side will be:

Ms Marzia CONTE, Policy Officer, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission;

Dr Ignasi GUARDANS, Chairman and CEO, Culture and Media Agency Europe; Title: “Peacocks, Dragons, Watercolors and Beyond: Cultural Trade and Exchanges EU-China”;

Mr Yves LETOURNEL, Cultural Attaché of French Embassy to Belgium; Title: “Silence and Communication: An Underrated Tool in Linguistics.”

The speakers from the Chinese side will be:

Prof. WANG Haiwen, Vice Dean of School of Economics, Trade and Event Management of Beijing International Studies University; Title: “The Role and Function of Cultural Trade in Cultural Diplomacy”;

Mr LUO Hao, Founder of I-imagesstudio.com; Title: “Possibility of EU-China Cooperation in Entertainment: Video Production on Internet”;

Ms HAN Huifang, General Director of Shanghai Tengyuan Import&Export Company Ltd; Title: “Trade in Cultural Products Promotes Cultural Diplomacy — A Case of Shanghai Tengyuan Import&Export Company Ltd.”

The seminar is open for public and registration is required before 5 December 2016, 8:00.

Please contact eu-china-conferences©coleurope•eu for more information on the seminar and visit the website of the College of Europe if interested to participate.

European Parliament workshop on “Afghanistan – Challenges and perspectives until 2020”

TEPSA+DEVE

TEPSA coordinated the participation of Dr Mona Kanwal Sheikh (Danish Institute for International Studies) and Dr Arne Strand (Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies ) in a European Parliament workshop on “Afghanistan – Challenges and perspectives until 2020”. The workshop was hosted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Committee on Development (DEVE) and the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan and took place on 17 November 2016 at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. Three thematic panels focused on the future political, security and development challenges and potential solutions that will mark the EU-Afghanistan relations up to 2020. A publication containing the workshop report as well as the experts’ briefings will soon be available on the TEPSA website.

The official invitation of the European Parliament to the workshop can be found here.

Upcoming 5-day PONT Career Skills Training in Brussels

In the fraPONT-150x150mework of the PONT project, TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organizing a Career Skills Training to guide recent graduates from Master’s programmes, PhD students and young researchers into the practicalities of working life and to introduce them to the Brussels arena. 16 young professionals have been selected to take part in the training that will help them identify and acquire skills needed in the field of EU policy-making, including work for the European institutions and think-tanks.

Professional skills such as communication, networking and policy advice are not part of most academic curricula, yet are vital for the employability of young professionals. This course aims at helping the participants to identify these skills, raise awareness of their importance, acquire a basic practical toolkit and establish useful contacts to policy-makers. The seminar will offer several interactive sessions with professionals from different fields, invited to share their knowledge and experience with the participants and to take part in the training in different ways. As a result, participants will enjoy first-hand insights into different professional fields.

The general theme of this course is the interface between research and policy-making. We will thus explore the differences and similarities in the skills needed for these two types of work, and conduct training on successful interaction and communication between researchers and policy-makers. The course maximizes personal feedback to participants and hands-on activities that facilitate deep learning.

The career skills training will take place on 17-21 October 2016 and will be coordinated by Prof Hanna Ojanen, Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Tampere.

All career skills training participants will also be offered the opportunity to take part in TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conference, a biannual flagship event promoting expert discussion of the main issues of the current EU agenda.

Full participation to all elements of the five-day programme in Brussels is compulsory. Participants of the Career Skills Training will receive a certificate of attendance after the successful completion of the training.

Training venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels and working visits in Brussels based institutions.

The latest Agenda including trainers and speakers is available here.

Past events at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) – Spring/summer 2016

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How to Resolve Europe’s Multiple Crises?
30 May 2016, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

 

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Senior Research Fellow Kristi Raik, Foreign Minister Timo Soini and Senior Analyst at EUISS Roderick Parkes discussed Europe’s multiple crises on 20 May. The event was chaired by Director Teija Tiilikainen.

 

Photo: Mattias Lehtinen / FIIA

 

 

Kultaranta Talks
19-20 June 2016

Northern European security and defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden were the main topics of this year’s Kultaranta talks hosted by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö on 19 and 20 June 2016. Director Teija Tiilikainen was a panelist in a discussion on European security and future.

The event was organised by the Office of the President of Finland in cooperation with FIIA.

Past events at Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) – Spring/summer 2016

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“The Western Balkans in the European Union: New perspectives on integration?”
Reflexion Forum organised by CIFE, Ifri and ÖFZ in Paris, 30-31 May 2016

 

More than 80 researchers and policy analysts from think tanks and academia met in Paris at the Austrian Embassy and the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI). Participants from all EU member states and the six Western Balkans countries were invited.

The Reflection Forum was organised in an innovative manner allowing for an open and direct exchange around four key thematic areas related to the priorities of the process launched in Berlin 2014 and EU integration. It provided a platform fostering the exchange of perspectives in order to broaden the reflection about the regional developments among the policy community, the media and the general public.

Links have also been created to the Western Balkans Civil Society Forum and Sustainable Investment Forum, also organised in view of the intergovernmental Conference of Paris on 4 July 2016. As follow-on, in view of the next intergovernmental Conference hosted by Italy, outreach events will be held with partners in the Western Balkans region during autumn/winter 2016/17. It is planned to convene another reflection forum during 2017 in Italy.

Four thematic sets of questions were discussed in relation to the “Berlin-Vienna-Paris” and the accession processes: (i) social-economic convergence of the region with the EU, (ii) mobility, migration and border security, (iii) democracy and good governance, and (iv) future of the EU and Western Balkans in it. The General Rapporteur of the Forum was Sabina Lange of the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris.

The video of the event can be accessed here.

Past Events at the Centre of International Relations of University of Ljubljana – Spring/summer 2016

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Participation at the Workshop and round table “Refugee crisis and Central Europe: Cross-border cooperation or Conflict”
9 June 2016, Centre of International Relations (CIR), Vienna

 

cir2As part of the project on cross-border cooperation of civil society in Central Europe in tackling the migration and refugee crisis related concerns, this workshop was organized by the Austrian society for European politics on 9 June in Vienna, followed by a public round table event on “Refugee crisis and Central Europe: Cross-border cooperation or Conflict” in the House of Europe. Besides representative from CIR, representatives of partner organisations from Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia took part in the events. Lively discussions showed that the situation in each individual country is much more complex than usually shown by the media, and that a more nuanced understanding of these situations can help fighting nationalism and populism at home. The next steps of the project include the publication of recommendations and of an open-edited article, the mapping of civil society actors in the Central Europe and training of journalists.

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photos © Alice Schnür-Wala

More information (in German) can be found on the conference website.

European Parliament Workshop on “EU Policy Coherence for Development: The Challenge of Sustainability”, contributions by Maurizio Carbone and Mark Furness

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TEPSA recently coordinated the participation of Prof. Maurizio Carbone (University of Glasgow) and Mark Furness (Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute), in a workshop on EU Policy Coherence for Development: The Challenge of Sustainability, organized by the European Parliament’s Committee on Development and hosted by MEP Cristian Dan Preda, standing rapporteur on Policy Coherence for Development. The two invited experts contributed to the workshop by delivering briefings and presentations.

In his briefing “The European Union and Policy Coherence for Development: high on mechanisms, low on achievements”, Prof. Carbone analyses the evolution of the concept of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) in the European Union (EU). The central argument is that, despite its institutionalization since the Treaty of Maastricht and the numerous commitments made by EU Member States and institutions in various contexts, achievements on PCD have been modest. The strong emphasis placed on mechanisms and procedures has not helped as much as it was expected. An analysis of the Impact Assessment procedure, the contentious role to be played by EU Delegations, and the difficult implementation record of the ambitious initiative on joint programming show that the needs and interests of (different types of) developing countries are only marginally taken into account across a number of EU policies and decisions. The conclusion is that the successful promotion of PCD is not so much a matter of mechanisms and procedures but primarily is a political undertaking. Nevertheless, the author provides some recommendations, which could make PCD an important element of transformative development.

 

In the briefing titled “Policy Coherence for Development and the Security Development Nexus in EU External Relations”, Mark Furness argues that what is needed is a more ambitious conceptualisation of PCD which considers the interaction of all policies relevant in a given context, with a view to the achievement of overriding development objectives. This implies that policy coherence is best served when actors responsible for policymaking in various domains engage in a process of designing and implementing comprehensive policy frameworks with strategic objectives in mind, and that both the objectives themselves and the policymaking and implementation processes by which they are pursued support rather than undermine each other.This paper shows that while progress has been made by the EU towards this kind of approach, particularly since the Lisbon Treaty, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Two areas are highlighted: the EU’s comprehensive approach to country-level engagements in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and the question of securitisation and the EU’s new emergency trust fund for migration in Africa. The briefing also gives recommendations at the conceptual, strategic and country levels as well as with regard to crisis response.

The full report of the workshop including the experts’ briefings is available here.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Spring/summer 2016

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“Nordic-Baltic Cooperation. A Region in Transition”
25 May 2016

 

In the event, organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Nordic-Baltic cooperation and in cooperation with The Nordic Council of Minister’s Office in Latvia, the experts Veiko Spolītis and Didzis Kļaviņš discussed challenges and opportunities for Nordic-Baltic cooperation and tried to provide a future roadmap. The event also featured distinguished speakers such as H.E. Olli Kantanen (Ambassador of Finland to Latvia) and Dr. Johan Strang (University of Helsinki) and was moderated by Ilvija Bruģe (Researcher in the Latvian Institute of International Affairs).

“Latvia and the United States: Building Bridges across a Changing Landscape”
26 May 2016

 

liia4The event, which took place on the occasion of the presentation of the new Latvian Institute of International Affairs publication Latvia and the United States: Revisiting a Strategic Partnership in a Transforming Environment, was opened by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Valdis Zatlers (Former President of the Republic of Latvia), Andrejs Pildegovičs (State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia) and Edvīns Bērziņš (Chairman of the Board and President of the Latvian Railroad).

The discussion took place in two panels. The first one focused on Latvia-US security and defence cooperation, and the other on Latvia-US economic cooperation. The project was carried out in cooperation with SJSC Latvian Railway, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the United States of America and SIA Pata AB, the European Crabbing Association, and American Latvian Association.

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“From Wales to Warsaw: NATO – Back to the Origins?”
16 June 2016

 

liia2In the public discussion organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and supported by NATO, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Riga, experts from Latvia, Poland, Germany, Russia and other countries discussed the role of NATO in the changing geopolitical environment in the light of the upcoming Warsaw summit.

The event was opened by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Elisabeth Bauer (Director of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Baltic/Nordic States) and Ewa Dębska (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Latvia). Among the speakers was Tacan Ildem (NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy).

 

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Past events at Real Instituto Elcano – Spring/summer 2016

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Roundtable Discussion “The ASEAN Economic Community: Potentials and Opportunities for all”
20 April 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute, Embassy of Vietnam to Spain and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. Welcome remarks: Julio Luis Martínez Martínez, rector of Comillas Pontifical University. Presented by Charles Powell, director of the Elcano Royal Institute, and Nguyen Ngoc Binh, ambassador of Vietnam to Spain.

More information can be found here.

Seminar “The geopolitics of TTIP”
21 April 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute and the Centre for European Reform (CER). Centered around the effects of the TTIP on foreign policy. With a keynote speech by Jaime García Legaz, Deputy Minister for International Trade, Spain.

More information can be found here.

Seminar “Opportunities and challenges in the Western Mediterranean”
21 April 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Cajasol. Centered around mutual opportunities in a strategic geoeconomic space, such as the increasing threat of jihadist terrorism in the region. Opening speeches by José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Manuel Jiménez Barrios, Vice-president and advisor to the Presidency and to the Local Administration of the Andalusian  regional government; Antonio Pulido, President of the Fundación Cajasol, and Emilio Lamo Espinosa, President of the Royal Institute Elcano.

More information can be found here.

Event: “Brexit, a conversation regarding Britain’s European identity”
28 April 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute and University CEU San Pablo. In honour of the publication of the book “Europe United, Eighteen speeches and a letter” by Winston Churchill. With the participation of Belén Becerril, author of the introductory commentary, and Charles Powell, author of the epilogue; accompanied by Simon Manley, British Ambassador in Spain and José María Beneyto, director of the book series, Roots of Europe.

More information can be found here.

Presentation: “Elcano Global Presence Report”
4 May 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute. With the participation of Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, president of the Elcano Royal Institute, and Elcano’s analysts Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia (coordinators of the Report and members of the Elcano Global Presence Index project), Félix Arteaga (Security and Defence) and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (International Political Economy).

More information can be found here.

12th Edition of #Elcanotalks: “Digital Diplomacy: beyond Twitter and Facebook”
11 May 2016

 

Organized by the Elcano Royal Institute. With the participation of María Eugenia de la Rosa (@EUgeniadelaR), responsible for the European’s Commission Digital Communication (Representation in Spain) and Gonzalo Maldonado (@gmaldonator), Web Manager and Communications for the United Kingdom’s Embassy in Spain.

More information ca be found here.

#ElcanoDebate2 “Reforms and the Future of Cuba”
17 May 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Botín. Obama’s recent visit to Cuba and the last Congress of the Cuban Communist Party have placed the spotlight once again on Cuba’s reforms. The debate aims to answer the following questions: Why reforms? What is going to be their outcome? Is there a clear action plan? Is the pace at which they’re being carried out the appropriate one? Are economic and political reforms taking place in parallel? With the participation of Yoani Sanchéz, blogger and Cuban activist, Carlos Alonso Zaldívar, ex-ambassador to Spain in Cuba and Carlos Malamud, Main Analyst for Latin America at RIE.

More information can be found here.

Seminar “Applying Resolution 1325: Women’s leadership, necessary to achieve peace”
26 May 2016

 

Organized by Swedish Embassy in Spain and Royal Institute Elcano. Centered around the effects of the TTIP on foreign policy. With the participation of the Swedish Ambassador Lena Nordström, representative of the new Swedish Network of Female Peace Mediators and Javier Sanabria, General Director for the United Nations and Human Rights at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

More information can be found here.

#ElcanoDebate3 “United Kingdom and the Future of Europe”
30 May 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Botín. On 23 June, the UK will vote on whether to stay or leave the European Union. The outcome of this referendum will shape the future of Europe: in this debate, the panelists analysed the arguments given by those for and against the status quo. They also assessed the economic and geopolitical consequences of that outcome, both for the UK and the EU. The participants were Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House; Pedro Schwartz, President, Mont Pelerin Society; Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute. Moderated by Andrés Ortega, Senior Research Fellow, Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

Presentation: “Spanish-Mexican Relations Paper”
3 June 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute. With the participation of Roberta Lajous, Mexico’s Ambassador to Spain, Trinidad Jiménez, Director of Telefonica’s Global Strategy for Public Affairs, Carlos Ávila, Director for  Spain of Alfa Group; Amalia Navarro, Director of Communications for the Ibero-American General Secretary, and Carlos Malamud, Main Analyst for Latin America at RIE.

More information can be found here.

Presentation of Working Document “The pending elections for Spanish Cooperation”
9 June 2016

 

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute. Debate about the possible contribution of Spain to the international aid and development agenda based on the working document which analyses the role of national parliaments in international development, the challenges faced in Latin America and the Medierranean, Spain’s contribution to the international agenda and identification of fourteen challenges. Moderated by Emilio Lamo Espinosa, President of the Royal Institute Elcano and with the participation of Gonzalo Fanjul, ISGlobal, Javier Pérez, CIECODE and Illiana Olivié and Aitor Pérez, researchers at RIE.

More information can be found here.

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring/summer 2016

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Seminar on “The Politics of Intimacy: Exploring the Intersections of Policies and Emotions“
25 May 2016, Institute of International Relations, New Perspectives Journal

 

The Institute of International Relations Prague in cooperation with the New Perspectives Journal was proud to host Senior Researcher Fellow from the University of Vienna Dr. Anna Durnová.

In her research, Dr. Anna Durnová explores how emotions inform particular arguments or narratives leading to policies. The lenses of emotions reach beyond explanation through cultural or ethical/ideological imprints and offer a novel understanding of governing processes in the context of world politics, which has put in place novel power orders for Western liberal democracies. The talk was broadly based on the forthcoming book by Dr. Durnová The Politics of Intimacy: Rethinking the End-of-Life Controversy. The discussant was Jakub Eberle, Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations and was moderated by Dr. Benjamin Tallis, Research Fellow & Editor in Chief of New Perspectives, Institute of International Relations.

The video of the event is available here.

Prague European Summit”
6-8 June 2016

IIR3Organizers: Institute of International Relations Prague, The European Values Think-tank, Europeum Institute for European Policy. Partners – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the International Visegrad Fund and the Think Visegrad platform; The Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic; The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Prague.

The Prague European Summit (PES) is a regularly organised platform for a high-level strategic debate on the future of the European Union. Its goal is to look for common answers to the key challenges that Europe is facing in the economic, social, foreign policy and institutional fields. This year’s Prague European Summit, titledThe European Union in a Time of Crisis: Better Together?” This event provided time for informal dialogue among political representatives, high-ranking state officials, businessmen, academicians, journalists and representatives of interest groups.

For more information please visit www.praguesummit.eu.

PADEMIA Third Annual Conference, 19-20 May 2016, Brussels

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The third and last Annual Conference in the framework of the PADEMIA project took place in Brussels on 19-20 May 2016.

The conference consisted of parallel thematic workshops organised along the lines of PADEMIA’s seven research themes. Keynote speeches from external practitioners and EU decision makers further elaborated on the themes of the project. Moreover, the winners of the student paper competition as well as the annual research and teaching awards were announced.

Prizes were awarded in three different categories:

1)      The PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Research on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe 2016

2)      The PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Teaching on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe 2016

3)      The PADEMIA Student Paper Prize 2016

The conference also served as a platform for the partner institutions to meet and discuss the management, activities and timelines of the project. Moreover, it enabled the partners to exchange teaching practices on the subject of parliamentary democracy in Europe, to offer opportunities to make contacts in Brussels, and to enhance collaboration and develop synergies for research and publications.

Programme of the conference

 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

 

10.30 – 12.00: Meeting of the Steering Committee (Steering Committee Members only)

12.00 – 13.00: Registration and Sandwich Lunch

13.00 – 14.15: PADEMIA General Assembly (PADEMIA Members only)

14.15 – 14.30: Coffee Break

 

14.30 – 16.00: First Set of Thematic Workshops

1) The influence of parliaments over public policies – chair: Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po Paris

2) Explaining issue variation: which EU matters are scrutinized by national   parliaments? – chair: Tapio Raunio, University of Tampere

 

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee Break

 

16.30 – 18.00: Second Set of Thematic Workshops

3) Referendums and parliamentary democracy – chair: Julie Smith, University of
Cambridge

4) European parliaments and crisis management – chair: Zlatko Sabic, University of Ljubljana

 

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee Break

 

18.30 : Keynote Speech by Kaare Strom, University of California: “The perils of Parliamentary Democracy and the Madisonian Turn”

 

19.30: Reception Dinner & announcement of PADEMIA awards 2016

 

Friday, 20 May 2016

 

8.30-9.00: Welcome coffee

9.00 – 10.30: Insights of three years of research on parliamentary democracy part I

10.30 – 11.00: Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30: Insights of three years of research on parliamentary democracy part II

12.30 – 12.45: Concluding words by Geoffrey Edwards, University of Cambridge

12.45 – 13.45: Sandwich Lunch

 

Venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels

 

More detailed information about the panels and the thematic workshops can be found here.

More information about the PADEMIA project

Past events at the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at University of Iceland – Spring 2016

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Open seminar on “Brexit and its implications for Ireland and the EU”
19 May 2016, Institute of International Affairs (IIA), University of Iceland

On 19 May the IIA organised an open seminar with John O’Brennan where he discussed the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union and its implications for Ireland and the EU. Mr. O’Brennan holds the Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration at Maynooth University and is the Director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies. He focuses on European Integration and the EU institutions and, specifically on the process and politics of the EU’s Enlargement policy. He is currently finishing a monograph which examines the EU’s role in the Western Balkans and will shortly begin a project examining the role of the European Commission in the post-accession process in Bulgaria and Romania.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Spring 2016

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High-level International Conference on the EU Global Strategy and Central Asia
1 April, 2016, Riga

 

LIIA1On April 1, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized a high-level international conference “EU Global Strategy and Central Asia: Vision and Instruments”.

With a view towards the new EU Global Strategy, the role of the EU in Central Asia was discussed in three panels – from the point of view of the EU, Central Asia and other countries.

LIIA2The conference was opened by Andris Spruds, the Director of LIIA. Edgars Rinkevics, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, and Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, delivered keynote speeches. One of the speakers of the conference was Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia. Among the speakers were representatives from four Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), as well as from the EU, the United States, Russia and China. The full program is available here.

Public discussion with the Members of the Latvian Parliament on the foreign affairs
29 April 2016, Latvia University of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia)

 

The Latvian Institute of International Affairs as part of the Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2016 and Latvian foreign Policy Centenary Project throughout the year will organise five discussions where members of the political parties represented in Parliament (Saeima) will meet with the general public. Four of these discussions will take place in Latvia’s four regions, while the fifth will be held in Riga in early January. The first discussion took place on 29 April, at the Latvia University of Agriculture, Jelgava. The event was dedicated to Latvia’s foreign policy achievements in the last 25 years, and discussed the country’s contemporary challenges and opportunities in the realm of global international affairs.

Expert round table and public discussion: “Riga Dialogue 2016: Building Bridges for Euro-Atlantic Security”
17 May 2016, Riga

 

On 17 May 2016, LIIA organised the annual Riga Dialogue. The event was supported by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Nuclear Threat Initiative, German Marshal Fund’s Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, and European Leadership Network, and the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Riga Dialogue 2016: Building Bridges for Euro-Atlantic Security” featured a closed expert roundtable discussion and a public event, which took place on the same day at the joint-stock company “Development Finance Institution Altum”, 4 Dome Square, Riga.

For more information regarding this event, please follow LIIA website.

Past events at the Federal Trust for Education & Research – Spring 2016

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Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
20 April 2016, Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street – London SW1P 3RB

This event was jointly organised with Global Britain, an association which believes the UK should leave the EU. It mirrored the UK EU referendum question and featured three speakers from each side followed by a question and answer session.

Speakers arguing to leave:

Lord Lawson, Chairman, Vote Leave

Prof Alan Sked, Emeritus Professor of International History, London School of Economics

Ewen Stewart, Founding Director of Walbrook Economics and Consulting Director of Global Britain

Speakers arguing to remain:

Laura Sandys, former MP and Chair of the European Movement

Professor Stephen Haseler, Director, Global Policy Institute

Graham Bishop, Independent Consultant on EU Integration

More information can be found here.

 

Federalism: the UK’s future?
12 May 2016, Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street – London SW1P 3RB

Launch of the new pamphlet by Dr Andrew Blick.

Further information will soon be published here.

Past events at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) – Spring 2016

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The Horn of Africa: Its strategic importance for Europe, the Gulf States and beyond
19 April 2016, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

In this seminar, Alexander Rondos addressed the challenges facing the region and the Horn’s strategic importance Europe, the Gulf states and other actors. A key question is: how these challenges can be converted into a joint effort that will allow for the integration of the Horn of Africa into a platform of security and economic cooperation?

The diversity of geography, history, population, politics, and culture has made the Horn of Africa prone to conflict within its societies and between its countries. And it is those differences that have allowed outsiders to play proxy politics with the region.

The core of this region, comprising the countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia—with Kenya and Uganda very closely associated—has attracted once again in its history the attention of greater powers.

Several issues are affecting the Horn of Africa today: Terrorism, realignment of loyalties because of confrontation with the Muslim world, the security of trade through the Red Sea and the global migration crisis, to mention some. In geopolitical terms, the Horn is the fragile neighborhood of Europe’s very fractured southern neighborhood.

Programme:
Welcome by Jon Harald Sande Lie, Senior Research Fellow, NUPI
Introduction of Alexander Rondos by Jens-Petter Kjemperud, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Presentation by Alexander Rondos
Comments, NUPI
Q & A
Chair: Jon Harald Sande Lie, Senior Research Fellow, NUPI

More information can be found here.

Morocco, challenges in the region and its cooperation with the EU
21 April 2016, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

In this seminar, Mohammed Tawfik Mouline, gave a presentation on Morocco’s major achievements at the political, economic and social levels.

This seminar is part of NUPI’s seminar series “Norway meets Europe”

More information can be found here.

Nordic Security under Pressure
10 May 2016, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

 

The third and last seminar in the seminar series on NATO focused on Nordic security.

How is Sweden and Finland’s relationship to NATO evolving, in terms of partnership and cooperation as well as public opinion regarding future membership? What would the implications be for security in the North, in particular consequences for Norway, if Sweden and/or Finland were to join the Alliance?

The seminar series was organised in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and NATO Public Diplomacy Division.

More information can be found here.

Past events at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ – Spring 2016

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Making better security and justice programming happen
10 May 2016, The Hague Institute for Global Justice

 

One-day Interactive Brainstorm by the Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law.

Why is the change needed for better security/justice programming in fragile societies not happening? Why is the weight of evidence and good practice that is available on how such programming can be designed and implemented in a more adaptive and politically astute manner not creating a sense of urgency?

Acknowledging that fragile societies are challenging places for programs to succeed, this event by the Knowledge Platform on Security and Rule of Law focused on three factors that play a role in blocking change in programming approaches:

  • The domestic nature and focus on tangible results of donor-promoted accountability prevent more flexible forms of program engagement, stakeholder management and monitoring/results-reporting from developing.
  • The status-quo power of established bureaucratic procedures and relations prevents the emergence of innovative spaces in which experiential approaches to security/justice programming can be attempted.
  • The skills and knowledge of a significant number of development practitioners for initiating and experimenting with more innovative security/justice programming are not adequate.

Click here for the full concept note of the interactive brainstorm.

More information can be found here.

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Spring 2016

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2-15 February 2016, Botswana and Namibia – field research in Africa

Judit Kiss and Zsuzsánna Biedermann visited different institutes and met governmental officiers, as well as local researchers to map the dangers and chances of raw material economy

22-23 February 2016, Budapest – Budapest Business School Faculty of International Management and Business Campus

Ágnes Szunomár, Tamás Novák, Miklós Szanyi took part and gave lectures at the Conference on the Current Issues of Economic and Social Integration in Hungary and Taiwan.

Joe Forgacs, The social psychology of prejudice: Implications for the politics of the European refugee crisis

23 February 2016, Budapest – Europe Club

Speaker: Joseph P. Forgacs, DPhil, DSc. (Oxford) Scientia Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney

“Understanding Russian Influence in Europe”

29 February 2016, Washington – Center for Strategic & International Studies

András Deák was a participant and had a lecture at the conference Understanding Russian Influence in Europe.

Conference in memoriam Margit Rácz: “Changing Europe – Integration and Crisis”

7 March 2016, Budapest – Headquarters of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Investment pause in the Russian economy and how to overcome it

10 March 2016, Budapest – within the frames of the IWE CERS HAS series ‘Economics with policy’ Oleg Buklemishev held a seminar under the title Investment pause in the Russian economy and how to overcome it.

Change, money – New planning period in the EU’s development policy

22 March 2016, Budapest – Europe Club

Péter Heil expert in development policy, Corvinus University, associate professor: Change, money – New planning period in the EU’s development policy

“V4 Goes Global: Exploring opportunities in V4 cooperation with BASIC emerging powers”

22 March 2016, Warsaw – Polish Institute of International Affairs

Ágnes Szunomár represented the institute at the closing event of “V4 Goes Global: Exploring opportunities in V4 cooperation with BASIC emerging powers” 

Title of the book containing the reseach studies: V4 Goes Global. Exploring Opportunities and Obstacles for Visegrad Countries Cooperation with Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

April 14 2016, Budapest – IWE CERS HAS

Within the frames of our institute’s workshop talk series Tamás Gerőcs ​ junior research fellow was focusing on the Chinese currency. He drawed two models of internationalization of the yuan. ​Either a more hegemonic role in the international financial system​ when the yuan could compete with the dollar to become the leading unit of account in trade, reserve and investment functions of a world currency. Or the other model which suggests a partial or ‘basic’ convertibility​ with modest international function of the yuan. It could become an anchor currency in the intra-Asian trade.

“Resilient Europe?” – 23rd International Conference of Europeanists

April 14-16 2016, Philadelphia, by the Council for European Studies

Tamás Novák in his paper ‘Austerity – Selective Austerity – Non-Austerity: Experiences of Central European EU Members States’ attempted to explore the conclusions that can be drawn from the divergent strategies of Central European EU member countries as regards austerity measures or alternative approaches to such measures.

April 19 2016, Budapest – Europe Club

György Raskó agrarian economist: Comparative analysis of agricultural development in the EU and in Hungary, with special emphasis on the efficiency of production

PONT Working Europe Seminar, 4-8 April 2016, Brussels: “EU Asylum and Migration Policies”

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In the framework of the Professional Training on EU Affairs – PONT project, co-funded by the ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet Programme, TEPSA organized a five-day seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies in Brussels on 4-8 April 2016. Twenty excellent Master’s students from diverse geographical and disciplinary backgrounds were selected from more than 100 high-calibre applicants. The seminar offered a unique opportunity to the participants to gain first-hand insights, right in the heart of EU policy-making, into the political dynamics shaping EU asylum and migration policies and the EU’s response to the recent migration challenge.

The PONT seminar participants had an opportunity to visit and meet practitioners from the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU and Frontex – the EU border management agency. Experts from influential Brussels-based NGOs and think-tanks, namely the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) discussed with the seminar participants the legal aspects of recent EU asylum policy changes and the EU’s response to the refugee crisis, including the cooperation with third countries and the role of funding.  At the end of each day, participants discussed and evaluated the meetings with the leader of the seminar, Prof Jaap W. de Zwaan, Secretary General of TEPSA and Emeritus Professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, comparing their new findings with available academic literature and their own preparatory essays.

On the last day of the seminar, students had the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical insights they gained during the week in a simulation game of European Council negotiations on the hypothetical scenario of large numbers of migrants arriving to Europe from Sub-Saharan Africa. Students had no difficulty in getting into their respective roles as representatives of Member States and European institutions. Based on the excellent diplomatic efforts of the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, the European Council adopted meaningful conclusions only after three hours of negotiations!

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TEPSA wishes the PONT seminar participants a good continuation of their studies and research and a good start of their professional careers!

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Here you can consult the final agenda of the PONT seminar.

The presentations of some of the speakers can be downloaded below:

Prof. Klemens Fischer – The EU and the current global security challenges

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan – How to solve the migration crisis

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan – Asylum and Immigration in the EU context

Péter Dávid – EU’s response to migrant smuggling

Amanda Taylor – Legal standards in the context of EU asylum policy changes

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Past events at the Centre d’Études Européennes of Sciences Po – Spring 2016

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Comment comprendre la montée du populisme en Europe?
18 March 2016

The latest session of the seminar “L’Europe et le politique. Approches Théoriques et Empiriques”, organised by the Centre d’Etudes Européennes and the CEVIPOF took place on 18 March 2016 : “Comment comprendre la montée du populisme en Europe ?”

With Jan Rovny, Assistant Professor at Sciences Po, CEE & LIEPP and Aliénor Ballangé, graduate in European Studies and PhD student in Political Theory at IEP in Paris.

THESEUS Final Conference, 17-18 March 2016, Cologne: “The European Union between integration and disintegration – Reflections on the last decade and beyond”

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For more than 50 years, European integration has been called a success story built up around the narrative of an ‘ever closer Union’. Since the financial and economic crisis, however, a serious concern of disintegration has been striking the European Union. Possible scenarios range from a collapse of the EU system to fragmentation, differentiation, and partial disintegration. Exit schemes like Grexit and Brexit are openly discussed, tendencies of renationalisation arise. External pressures reinforce this trend. In view of these manifold challenges, how might Europe’s future look like?

The THESEUS conference dealt with a reflection on the past and current crises taking place in and around Eurotheseus ape, and discussed if and how those have been working as catalysts for further institutional, economic or political integration or caused steps of disintegration. It discussed a set of theoretical understandings, concepts, and definitions of the disintegration phenomenon itself as well as possible causalities and interplays between integrative and disintegrative processes.

More than 100 international academics, politicians, young researchers, and the interested public discussed past and possible future developments of European integration and disintegration processes at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. They found that challenges at hand ask for new political and scientific approaches – leaving some speakers more optimistic than others regarding the EU’s future.

theseus wessels“In EU politics, we have been involved in a lot of subjects, but probably reflected too little on possible crises and adequate reactions to them”, stated Chairholder Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, in his opening remarks. He described the conference as a floor to reflect crises like a possible ‘Brexit’ or ‘Grexit’, tendencies of renationalization and the success of anti-EU parties or the refugee movement towards Europe to better understand such challenges and contribute to an envisaged peaceful future European cooperation.

Defining the term ‘crisis’

Defining the often randomly used term ‘crisis’ was a first step to do so. Hartmut Kaelble, Humboldt-University Berlin, distinguished between five types of crises and positioned the EU in the second most challengeable: a crisis in which both governments and the public are involved. “We are thus not in the worst position contrasting to times after the Second World War in which we faced a system crisis”, concluded the Historian.

Johannes Pollak, Institute for Advanced Studies, stated that the EU has always been about crisis management and that it is even crucial for readjustments to its set-up. The tricky element though was that external developments such as conflicts in Syria or Ukraine affected the EU making it more difficult for the Union to react than to internal conflicts only.

theseus umbachGaby Umbach, European University Institute, illustrated a two-fold picture: On the one hand the EU facing manifold fields of conflicts around EU politics and on the other hand the – despite growing radicalisation among a minority group – relatively positive perception of EU citizens towards the EU environment. She called for the often raised necessity of improved citizen-involvement to solve the conflictual situation at hand ending with a quite optimistic picture.

Reflecting characteristics of the institutional architecture of the Union

theseus neuholdTalking about institutional characteristics of EU crisis management, the panellists stressed a rising importance of intergovernmental decision-making among heads of state or government. This in turn circumvented political debate probably resulting in “more efficiency vis-à-vis less legitimacy” as Christine Neuhold, Maastricht University, questioned when showing the rising number of Trilogues, in which a limited group of representatives of European Commission, Council, and European Parliament arrive at political solutions.

theseus monarJörg Monar, College of Europe, spoke of shrinking impact of European Parliament and Council – despite more competences following the Lisbon Treaty (2007) – due to ‘last-minute decision-making’. Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po Paris, presented a recent study depicting shrinking numbers of legislation and Philippe de Schoutheete, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, illustrated the trend towards informal meetings by the example of talks on the maintenance of the Eurozone.

Discussing conflicts in the EU’s neighbourhood

How crucial a higher attention for developments beyond EU borders and a more active engagement of the EU in solving conflicts in Syria, Libya or between Russia and Ukraine was, stressed for instance Atila Eralp, Middle East Technical University, or Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge. Eralp stated the high potential of the EU in creating partnerships. He called for a more consistent position in EU-Turkey relations. Hill reminded the audience of the ‘mistake’ to address domestic and foreign policy separately.

Outlining possible exits of single member states and EU fragmentation

With regards to possible exits of EU member states resulting from the many facets of challenges surrounding EU politics, Brigid Laffan, European University Institute, warned of domino effects, in which further countries might follow for instance the exit candidate United Kingdom (UK). She moreover addressed exit consequences regarding a new power balance in the EU, in case UK as “critical counter balance” left the Union.

theseus tekinFunda Tekin, Institut für Europäische Politik and Centre international de formation européenne, illustrated that exits on the other hand might also lead to more integration in terms of a ‘core Europe’ and Frank Schimmelfennig, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, presented differentiated integration as a tool for an ‘ever closer Union’.

theseus beggThe official part of the conference was closed with the concluding remarks of THESEUS Chairperson Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, and Iain Begg, London School of Economics and Political Science. Both interpreted the topics on the conference agenda as a sign for the need to actively address problems at hand before action was too late, and to redefine theoretical models of European integration to better address processes of differentiation and disintegration. Wessels furthermore stressed the importance for a continuation of research and teaching to improve the understanding of EU politics and a potential engagement.

Keynote speech and award ceremony

theseus sussmuthAgainst the background of the current crisis situation keynote speaker Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Bundestag, appealed repeatedly: “We must communicate much more”, looking back at many years of involvement in exchange with national and EU political actors. “Today’s politicians need to pay more attention the values and benefits of our community as has been done by heads of state or government in the Union’s earlier years”. She supported the course of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the refugee movement towards Europe – one of the EU’s most pressing ‘crises’. “No quick solution is at reach – therefore it’s best to say we work on it”.  Central elements of that work are engagements in shrinking the percentage of unemployment and social exclusion, argued Süssmuth.

After her speech, the THESEUS Awards were remitted. Joseph Weiler, President of the prestigious European University Institute in Florence, received the THESEUS Outstanding Award for his many years of outstanding engagement in European integration research. The THESEUS Promising Award went to the two junior scientists Leonhard den Hertog, Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and Martin Mendelski, University of Trier.

More information about the THESEUS project

 

Past events at IEE-ULB – Spring 2016

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Roundtable on Hungary/EU relations: managing the migration crisis
10 March 2016, Institut d’Etudes Européennes (Geremek room), 39 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Brussels

In a context of political tension facing a migration flux without precedent, Hungary undertook a series of initiatives to regulate the transit of some 400 000 migrants on its territory in 2015. Among the most emblematic measures is the building of fences at the country borders with Serbia, Slovenia, Romania and Croatia. Besides the fact that it made the securing of its borders a priority, the Hungarian government also thinks in line with the EU external policy that the actual crisis can only be solved in its roots, meaning solving the situation in the origin countries and reinforce development aid. Tensions have arisen between the EU and the Magyar state about the migration crisis. They are mostly about the question of an imposed distribution of asylum seekers in the country where they were firstly registered – distribution seen as inefficient and interventionist.

This roundtable was the occasion to give a voice to Hungarian authorities on their highly publicised management of the unprecedented migration phenomenon that they face and on their cooperation with other EU member states in this field. The debate will be animated by two academics, specialists of the topic discussed : Marianne Dony, Ordinary Professor at ULB and Jean Monnet Chair in EU law and Jean-Michel De Waele, Ordinary Professor at ULB and Vice-Rector for student affairs, social policy and institutional relations.

More information can be found here.

Past events at the College of Europe (Bruges) – Spring 2016

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Round table “‘Refugee Crisis’ – ‘EU Crisis’? Causes, Consequences, Call for Action”
2 March 2016
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On 2 March 2016, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, organised an interdisciplinary round table discussion on “‘Refugee Crisis’ – ‘EU Crisis’? Causes, Consequences, Call for Action”. The round table aimed to explore the topic from various perspectives such as foreign affairs and security, migration and home affairs, humanitarian aid, fundamental rights, economic issues, or societal integration as the main challenge consists in integrating these different policy areas in the search for appropriate responses.

More information can be found here.

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Winter 2015/16

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22-23 February 2016, Budapest – Budapest Business School College of International Management and Business: “The current issues of economic and social integration in Hungary and Taiwan

11 February 2016, Budapest – headquarters of IWE CERS HAS
Guest Room with  Sándor Kusai,  former Hungary’s ambassador to China: Cooperation  between China and the CEE countries – strategy or tactics?
Ágnes Szunomár was asked to contribute with her remarks.

11 February 2016, Minsk – capital of Belarus
Ágnes Orosz’s presentation on ’FDI patterns in Hungary’ – within the frames of the conference  ’’Studying  V4  and  Georgia  experience  in  the  field  of  administrative reforms to facilitate economic development in Belarus”

10 February 2016, Budapest – Hotel Béke Radisson
Miklós Somai: EU budget development beyond 2020 (EU-költségvetés 2020 után) experts meeting on EU Cohesion support beyond 2020, an event of the Hungarian Joint Venture Association, SME Committee

4 February 2016, Budapest – Institute of World Economics CERS HAS workshop
Miklós Somai: The Role of the State in Slovenian Economy (Az állam szerepe a szlovén gazdaságbanFebruári műhelybeszélgetés)

2 February 2016, Budapest – Antall József Knowledge Centre
Ágnes Szunomár’s lecture on China’s New Role in the World Economy

26 January 2016, Budapest – Year-opening conference of the daily paper “Világgazdaság”=World Economy.
András Inotai’s closing speech on “Five uncertain factors of the global economy that may threaten all business plans”

19 January 2016, Budapest – Europe Club
András Inotai took part at the monthly Europe Club meeting, presentation of the Annual Report of the Hungarian-EU Business Club (based on the 2015 report on “Stronger Hungary in a stronger Europe”

15 January 2016, Cologne – Technical Business School
András Inotai’s panel discussion on ‘Europe at the Crossroads: The future of the Euro Area and Europe’ conference (with Hans-Helmut Kotz, Center for European Studies, Harvard and former Board Member Bundesbank, Alojzy Nowak, pro-rector of the University of Warsaw and Willem Noe, EU Commission DG NEAR)

14 January 2016, Budapest – IWE CERS HAS
Mihály Simai: The Paris climate agreement and the changing politico-economic world order. New workshop series of IWE – “Guest Room” – on actual topics with guest lecturers.

Past events at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) – Winter 2015/16

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Seminar on “NordStream 2 – A challenge to common EU energy policy?”
8 December 2015, The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo

This seminar addressed several key questions debated today in Europe in connection with the planned realization of one of the strategic and partly controversial European energy projects, the construction of the NordStream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea. Main speakers at the seminar are Agata Loskot-Strachota, senior fellow at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW – Warsaw, Poland), and Jakub M. Godzimirski, Research Professor, NUPI. The seminar was streamed and the recording made available online. It was also part of the EU project EUNOR and of NUPIs seminar series Norway meets Europe. Find more information about the event here.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Winter 2015/16

LIIAInternational High Level Conference “The European Union: Imprint of the Latvian Presidency”
15 February, 2016

On 15 February an international high level conference “The European Union: Imprint of the Latvian Presidency” took place at the Latvian Parliament (Saeima). The event was organised by LIIA and supported by Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, Parliament of the Republic of Latvia and the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia.

The aim of the conference was to provide an expert assessment and a discussion about the current political, economic and security challenges of the European Union, as well as the opportunities Latvia and the organization as a whole has. Concerns over economic problems of the European Union have been replaced by discussions about the refugee crisis, border security, Brexit, rise of political radicalism in the EU member states, as well as the future global role of the EU. During the three afternoon breakout sessions the participants discussed in greater detail the situation in the EU Neighbourhood, economic aspects of the Single Digital Market and the potential of the EU Energy Union.

The conference gathered high-level policy makers, among them Valdis Dombrovskis (Vice-President of the European Commission), Jan Vapaavuori (Vice-President of the European Investment Bank) Members of the European Parliament and Saeima, the representatives of the European Commission, and distinguished experts from the EU, including Latvia.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Winter 2015/16

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Civic School for Sound EU Practice: First series of trainings for representatives from Ukrainian CSOs successfully concluded in Chernihiv, Lviv and Odessa,
December 2015-February 2016

From December 2015 up until the first week of February 2016 a total of five four day long workshops within the second and third cycle of workshops of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) were successfully implemented in the Ukrainian cities Chernihiv, Lviv and Odessa. They concluded the first series of trainings within the CiSEP and were were conducted by Constanze Aka and Martin Stein, project managers at the IEP, for members of civil society organisations from all over Ukraine.

The workshops gradually built up on each other in order to enable the participants to critically monitor and effectively influence the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. In order to achieve this objective, the workshops had two components: knowledge transfer and skills/tools. The knowledge transfer provided the participants with information on the Association Agreement in general and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area in particular. In interactive training sessions the participants developed their monitoring skills. The sessions were led by experts from administrative bodies and civil society organizations in EU member and candidate countries.

The long-term project creates a sustainable network and synergies for the cooperation of participating Civil Society Organizations. In addition, the second series of workshops will start in April on Project Cycle Management in the form of a Training for Trainers.

The project is implemented in cooperation with Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies (Chernihiv, Ukraine) and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

More information on the project can be found here.

IEP/GIZ EU trainer programme for Ukrainian Civil Servants completed: Study visit Berlin, Zagreb, Belgrade
24-31 January 2016

From 24 to 31 January 2016 Ms Anne Bercio, project leader at the IEP, and a group of 15 civil servants of the Ukrainian Government Office for European Integration and various line ministries attended a study visit to Germany, Croatia and Serbia.
The main objective of the visit was to further consolidate knowledge and networks from the three-month EU trainer programme previously implemented in Kyiv.
To this end participants visited the central EU coordinating bodies in all three capitals (Auswärtiges Amt, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, MFA in Croatia, Serbian European Integration Office). Appointments at the Representation of Sachsen-Anhalt to the Federal level, the National Assembly of Serbia as well Civil Society Activists in Zagreb and Belgrade complemented the visit.

In the context of training the current and future officials of Ukrainian ministries and agencies to cope with the challenges associated with the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, the objective of this study visit for GOEI was to foster know-how and competences of key stakeholders in the field of EU coordination and strengthen networks among EUIOs as well as with relevant German, Croatian, and Serbian stakeholders.
The programme is kindly supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

More information on the project can be found here.

First Workshop implemented for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, Director of the IEP, and Anne Bercio, Project Leader at the IEP, successfully implemented the first workshop at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on basics of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). With the EU-Ukraine DCFTA entering into force on January 1, 2016, the series aims at enabling members of the Verkhovna Rada to understand the content, pre-requisites, and legal dimensions of the Association Agreement for sound implementation. The participants are members of parliamentary committees and secretaries in the Verkhovna Rada.
The project is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany.

More information on the project can be found here.

Kick-off Workshop for Training on Quality Infrastructure for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade implemented in Kyiv
16-17 December 2015, Kyiv

From 16 to 17 December 2015 Anne Bercio, Senior Project Manager at the IEP, successfully started a training series in cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) in Kyiv on Quality Infrastructure (QI). The kick-off workshop provided an introduction to the overall training topic on QI and covered its terminology as well as institutional transition paths and basics of legal alignment.
With the preliminary entering into force of the EU-Ukraine DCFTA on January 1, 2016, this training series is aimed at enabling employees of the MEDT and line ministries to gradually eliminate technical barriers to trade and harmonise the national system of technical regulations in order to fulfil the obligations that come with this Agreement.

Past events at the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at University of Iceland – Winter 2015/16

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Open seminars hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland 

The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland has organized a number of open seminars on various topics in the beginning of the year. The seminars include:

19 February 2016. The Role of Non-Arctic States in Emerging Polar Security.
Marc Lanteigne, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo and an Affiliated Researcher at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík.

18 February 2016. The 2015 Human Development Report.
Dr. Selim Jahan, Editor-in-Chief of the 2015 Human Development Report: Work for Human Development and Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office.

8 February 2016. The EEA Agreement and Iceland’s obligations.
Páll Þórhallsson, Chair of the Committee for the Report on the Implementation of the EEA Agreement.
Claude Maerten, Head of Division, European External Action Service.

22 January 2016. Europe’s Refugee Crisis.
Hugo Brady, Adviser to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

12 January 2016. The Rise of ISIS: What does it mean?
Dr. Magnús Þorkell Bernharðsson, Professor of Middle Eastern History at Williams College.

Past events at Real Instituto Elcano – Winter 2015/16

ElcanoRoundtable Discussion `The fall of oil prices: implications for Spain (and beyond)´
9 February 2016

Organized by the Royal Institute Elcano. The purpose of the discussion was to analyze the implications of the fall in oil prices from both an economic and a geopolitical perspective, with a special focus on its impact on Spain. In addElcano 2ition, the influence of forecasts of the Chinese economy was also discussed. With the participation of Antonio Merino, Director of Studies at Repsol, and the RIE analysts Gonzalo Escribano and Miguel Otero Iglesias. Moderated by Charles Powell, director of RIE.

11th Edition of #Elcanotalks with Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí ‘20D: 10 memorable moments of political communication’
1 February 2016

Organized by the Royal Institute Elcano. Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí, communication advisor and political analyst, founder and director of the company Ideograma, prolific author and guest lecturer for a dozen universities, answered RIE’s questions regarding what changed in the last general elections and what lessons one could draw for the future.

Roundtable Discussion ‘Climate governance after COP21 and its implications for Latin America’
14 January 2016

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute. With the participation of Guy Edwards, Research Fellow and co-director of the Climate and Development Lab, Institute for Environment and Society at Brown University, and co-author of the book “A Fragmented Continent- Latin America and the Global Politics of Climate Change” (MIT Press, 2015), Lara Lázaro, Senior Research Fellow and Ana Pintó, Climate Change Office, Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Moderated by Rafael Estrella, Vicepresident of the Royal Institute Elcano.


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Presentation of the paper `General Elections in Spain 2015: the international priorities of the political parties´
4 December 2015

Organized by Elcano Royal Institute. With the participation of Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, president of Royal Institute Elcano, José Ignacio Torreblanca, director of the Madrid chapter of the European Council of Foreign Relations and member of the RIE Scientific Council, Cristina Manzano, director of Esglobal and also member of the RIE scientific council and Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst at RIE. Moderated by Charles Powell, Director of RIE.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Autumn 2015

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“Security in the Heart of Asia” Central Asia- NATO partnership: Challenges and Opportunities”
23 November 2015

111The discussion on contemporary security challenges in Central- Asia was opened with a keynote speeches by Lolita Čigāne, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament; Latvia and Igors Apokins, Ambassador- at- large; Latvia. The speakers were featured from the EU and Central- Asian states and consisted of Nargis Kassenova (KIMEP University: Kazakhstan), Nazokat Kasymova (Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies/ UN Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central- Asia; Uzbekistan), Neil John Melvin (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute; Sweden), Józef Lang (Centre for Eastern Studies, Poland) and Māris Andžāns (Resarch Fellow in the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), and was moderated by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs).2222

The topics covered included the stability of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO forces, radicalization of the society and terrorism, organised crime and drug trafficking, border management. The event was organised with the support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

More information and pictures can be found here.

ENURC event: “Eastern Neighbourhood Economies between the EU and Russia”
22 October 2015

The public discussion was aimed at providing an expert assessment, and discussing with the society how the EU and Russia affect the economic situation in the Eastern Partnership states and assessing the social and political implications of this influence. The goal was to identify the available legal and strategic tools that could be applied by the2 EU in order to more substantially impact policies of the Eastern Neighbourhood states.

The discussion was set in two panels. One of them focused on the European Union and its aims and influence in the Eastern Neighbourhood, however the other touched upon economic aspirations and external influences from the perspective of the Eastern Neighbourhood states.

Experts from the EU and the Eastern Partnership states were featured:  Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Juris Poikāns, Latvian Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership, David Cadier (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK), Guillaume Van der Loo (Centre for European Policy Studies, Ghent European Law Institute, Belgium), Aldis Austers (LIIA, Latvia), Gunilla Herolf (Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences), Cornel1 Ciurea (Institute for Development and Social Initiatives “Viitorul”, Moldova), Stepan Grigoryan (Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, Armenia), andAndrei Yeliseyeu (Belarussian Institute for Strategic Studies).

The event was part of the TEPSA project “Eastern Neighbours and Russia: Close links with EU citizens – ENURC and was organised with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, and The Black Sea Trust, a project of the GMF.

“Preventing Nuclear War in Northern Europe”
20 October 2015

In the roundtable discussion, organised in a close cooperation with the Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies at the Swedish Defence University and the Stimson Center (USA), participants discussed two nuclear war scenarios in the Baltic region and their prevention possibilities. The discussion also focused on the option to establish a Baltic Nuclear Weapons Free zone and its realistic viability.

The event featured experts from the United States, Latvia and the Northern Europe: Lars Hedström (Executive Director, Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies), Ulrika Kumlien (Research Assistant, Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies), Barry Blechman (Co-founder, Stimson Center), Ira Lechner (Founder, Project High Hopes), Jānis Kažociņš (State Secretary’s Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia), Veiko Spolītis (Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia and others).

The roundtable was moderated by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs).

ENURC event: “The new Russia as a challenge for the European Policy”, 22 September 2015

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iep1aThe second event organised in the framework of the ENURC project was the Lunch Debate organised by the project partner IEP in Berlin. IEP organises “Lunch Debates” on key topics of the current agenda of European politics. On September 22, 2015 the ENURC IEP Lunch Debate was hosted in the representation office of the German state Saarland. The keynote speaker was Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, member of the German Bundestag and coordinator for intersocietal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and member countries of the Eastern Partnership. The debate on “The New Russia as a Challenge for European Politics” was moderated by Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP).

Erler’s speech which was divided into three sections: the partnership with Russia, the Ukraine crisis and its significance for EU-Russia relations, and the future of these relations. According to Erler, the Russian Federation has undergone with the European Union a relation of “ignored alienation” since 1990. From the EU’s perspective, a joint and strategic partnership with Russia had developed thanks to the regular EU-Russia Summit and the intensifying civil society and economic alliances. However, Russia increasingly alienated itself from the idea of establishing congruent interests. Russia’s constructive participation in the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the call to establish an anti-terror coalition against the IS in Syria, along with the recently active action against separatists in eastern Ukraine have made it clear that the Russian Federation is less interested in isolation and an escalation of the Ukraine conflict and more interested in a western orientation, according to Erler.

The ENURC IEP lunch debate attracted an audience of 170 participants. It provided an excellent occasion for German nationals and citizens from other countries to share their views on the impact of Russia on the European Union. There were 26 nationalities present during the event. There were participants from Germany, the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, Latvia, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Moldova, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. For the Europe for Citizens Programme only EU member states are included when calculating the number of participating countries, so 17 EU member states.

You can download here the programme and the report of the event.

More information on the event can be found on the IEP website.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2015

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“EU and its neighbours: charting the way forward”
4 May 2015

On the 4th of May 2015, in Rome, the IAI organized the International conference “EU and its neighbours: charting the way forward”, in cooperation with the Italian Foreign Ministry and with the participation of Mr Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Foreign Minister. The programme of the conference can be accessed here.

“The projection to the South of Europe (from Maghreb to Sub Saharan Africa)”
29 April 2015

On the 29th of April 2015, in Rome, the IAI organized the France-Italy Strategic Forum: conference on “the projection to the South of Europe (from Maghreb to Sub Saharan Africa)”. Here you can find more information about the conference and the Forum.

Past Events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Winter 2014/15

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“Missed opportunity: history and current state of the relations between the European Union and Russia”

24 February 2015, Club Europe, Budapest

The meeting was chaired by Péter Balázs, former European Commissioner and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the speaker was the well-known expert and professor of the topic, Zoltán Sz. Bíró (in Hungarian).

Conference in New Orleans

20 February 2015, New Orleans

At the conference organised by the International Studies Association (ISA) senior researcher Tamás Novák gives a lecture on the effects of the TTIP on the Eastern European region.

Workshop on convergence and catching up by the Central European region

16 February 2015, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest

Joint workshop on the different aspects of convergence and catching up by the Central European region, with researchers from the three member institutes of the KRTK research centre, namely senior researchers Gábor Oblath, Zoltán Gál, Krisztina Vida, Margit Rácz and director Károly Fazekas

Lecture by Prof. Mihály Simai

12 February 2015, IWE Budapest

Lecture by academician prof. Mihály Simai about the recent World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos and its consequences for Hungary (in Hungarian)

“The EU at the crossroads”

9 February 2015, Universidad Tecnologia de Monterrey, Mexico City

Prof. András Inotai’s speech on “The EU at the crossroads” in Spanish language

Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

5 February 2015, Budapest

At the February event senior researcher András Deák presented the topic of energy relations between Russia and the EU, Russia’s energy potential, its export capacities, physical infrastructure and economic interests – followed by a lively debate (in Hungarian)

“United Arab Emirates (RAKIA) Road Show”

3 February 2015, Radisson Hotel, Budapest

Prof. András Inotai participated at the conference ofthe Hungarian-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce entitled “United Arab Emirates (RAKIA) Road Show” focusing on the topic “Eastern opportunities – efficient business management and taxation”

Lecture by Research director Margit Rácz

29 January 2015, European Representation, Budapest

Research director Margit Rácz gave a lecture at the “Europe Direct” meeting on growth and employment perspectives in the EU as well as on the current state and challenges of EMU (in Hungarian)

“Diversity of gas supplies as a key precondition for the effective V4 gas market”

29 January 2015, Masaryk University Brno

Senior researcher András Deák made a presentation on “Diversity of gas supplies as a key precondition for the effective V4 gas market” at the IVF Think Tank Platform in Brno

DGAP workshop

28 January 2015, DGAP Berlin

Senior researcher András Deák contributed to the DGAP workshop with a lecture on: “Energie- und Energieaußenpolitik Ungarns vor dem Hintergrund der Spannungen zwischen der EU und Russland”

Round table conference on the role of think-tanks in Hungary

22 January 2015, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Round table conference with different research institutes on the role of think-tanks in Hungary – at the occasion of the publication of the report by the University of Pennsylvania on the “Global Go To Think Tank Index” (GGTTI) where IWE is the 39th among the 50 listed economic policy think-tanks in the world. At this conference IWE was represented by vice-director Miklós Szanyi.

“Special relations between the European Union and Switzerland”

20 January 2015, Club Europe, Budapest

Lecture given by Erzsébet Nagy, former Ambassador of Hungary to the Swiss Federation (in Hungarian)

Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

8 January 2015, Budapest

At the January event vice-director of IWE, Miklós Szanyi gave an introductory lecture on the vast topic of the increased role of states in the national economy after the crisis first from a theoretical perspective and then on the example of Hungary – followed by a lively debate (in Hungarian).

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Riga, 4-5 December 2014

Logos PPC On 4-5 December 2014, LIIA organised the TEPSA Pre-Presidency conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability” in cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the THESEUS Project, with generous support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the European Commission Representation in Latvia. The conference brought together more than 40 leading experts and policy makers from representing 26  different European countries. The conference has been recognized as an official event of the Latvian EU Presidency and was also supported by the Presidency. Prior to the conference, a TEPSA Background Paper on “The Latvian Presidency: The first Presidency in the second post-Lisbon legislative cycle” and “The Recommendations from the TEPSA network to the Latvian Presidency” were made publicly available. The programme of the conference can be found here and photos are available via this link. More information can be found on the Latvian Presidency website.

The report of the Conference can be downloaded here.

PEGASUS next Steering Group Meeting and Public Lecture, 6-7 November 2014

image003The PEGASUS project (http://www.pegasusphd.eu/) is organizing its next internal Steering Group Meeting in Istanbul on November 6-7. The German-Turkish University hosts the event. Prof. Christine Neuhold (University of Maastricht) will give a public guest lecture on the European parliamentary elections in 2014.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Winter 2014/15

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First German-Italian Dialogue on the Future of Europe: “Germany and Italy – Partners in Constructing Europe”
22-23 January 2015

On 22 and 23 January 2015, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) conducted the German-Italian Dialogue at the Residenza di Ripetta in Rome. Under the title “Germany and Italy – Partners in Constructing Europe”, 200 participants from Italy and Germany discussed the role of the European Union, specifically Germany and Italy, in overcoming the current challenges in the areas of economy, energy policy and foreign policy, as well as the planning and organization of Europe’s future. Panelists representing government, science and industry agreed in broad terms that Germany and Italy, as core members of the EU, have the power and the opportunity to guide the EU through necessary reforms, and suggested possible strategies to accomplish these goals. The whole report is published in English online.

Brainstorming Workshop “Central Asia – Exploring EU interests and Options”
19 January 2015

On 19 January 2015, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) organized a brainstorming workshop on the topic “Central Asia – Exploring EU interests and options” in cooperation with the European Union Institute for Security Studies. The workshop took place in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. A wide range of experts discussed current and future options and opportunities for the EU relations with Central Asia. The panelists have put their major attention to the continuation and refinery of the EU’s activities in the area, in the course of its current geopolitical ascension and regarding the rising interests of Russia, China, the US and even India. Despite previous successes, such as the EU being the region’s most important trading partner, topic and format should be reviewed and “lessons learned” should be considered. The whole report is published in English online.

IEP Lunch Debate with Thomas Westphal: “The Stabilization of the Eurozone: Current Successes, Unfinished Business”
10 December 2014

On 10 December 2014, the IEP lunch debate on the topic of “The Stabilization of the Eurozone: Current Successes, Unfinished Business” with Thomas Westphal, Director of European Policy in the Federal Ministry of Finance, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin. Michael Vollprecht, Economic and Financial Counsellor from the Political Division of the European Commission in Berlin, gave the opening remarks. Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institut für Europäische Politik, moderated the event. Thomas Westphal discussed the economy and monetary situation in the Eurozone countries and various strategies for strengthening the Euro.
The whole report is published in English online.

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering: “Fortunately United: Retrospective and perspective of the European integration”
4 December 2014

On 4 December 2014, the IEP lunch debate on the topic of „Fortunately United: Retrospective and perspective of the European integration“ with Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin on the occasion of the publication of his book “Wir sind zum Glück vereint. Mein europäischer Weg”. Prof. Dr. Hartmut Marhold, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the Institut für Europäische Politik and Director of Research and Development of the Centre international de formation européenne (cife), moderated the event. Richard Kühnel, Representative of the European Commission in Germany, and Frank Piplat, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Germany gave a short biograph of the dedicated European politician and highlighted his skills as an arbiter while Head of the European’s People Party and as 23rd President of the European Parliament. The whole report on the debate is published in English online.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Winter 2014/15

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Public discussion on “Latvian Foreign, Security and External Economic Policy in 2014-2015: Review and a Look Forward”
20 January 2015, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 20 January, two days before the annual foreign policy debates in the Latvian Parliament, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organized a public discussion “Latvian Foreign, Security and External Economic Policy in 2014-2015: Review and a Look Forward”. It featured Andris Sprūds (LIIA) as the moderator; an address by Werner Rechmann (FES); a comment by Jānis Kažociņš (MFA / MoD); and Kārlis Bukovskis, Diāna Potjomkina and Viljar Veebel (LIIA) as speakers. The event gave an overview of Latvia’s foreign policy in 2014 and an independent outlook for the year 2015. During the discussion, the latest LIIA publications – “Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2015” and “Economic Diplomacy of the Baltic States” – were also presented.

Here you can find more information and the video of the conference.

http://liia.lv/en/news/jan-20-latvian-foreign-security-and-external-econo/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qsvLG83m1g

Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability”
4 December 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

On 4 December, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with crucial support from its partners organized the Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability”. It was one of the first official presidency events. The topics of the conference included EU’s social and economic developments, EU’s role in the world, relations with the Eastern Partnership countries and the Central Asia region, as well as energy policy and the Single Digital Market. The conference brought together more than 40 prominent EU researchers and experts and approx. 120 listeners.

The conference was made possible by the partners – TEPSA and THESEUS – and by the organizations that provided essential support, namely the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the European Commission representation in Latvia, the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia, and the Latvian EU Presidency.

The Final Report of the Conference is available here.

Additional resources:
Traditional TEPSA Recommendations were presented at the event, which together with the Background Paper on the Latvian Presidency are available here.
The programme of the conference is available here.
The address by Valdis Dombrovskis is available here.

Videos:
Opening and the First Panel “Citizens’s Concerns in a Stronger EU”
Second Panel “Towards the Common Voice in the International Arena”
Third Panel “Towards the Riga Summit: Eastern Partnership as a Community of Values or Interests?”

Past events at IEE-ULB – Autumn 2014

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“Swiss-EU Relations: State of Play and Perspectives”
15 October 2014

On October the 15th, 2014, the Institute for European Studies had the honnour to welcome the Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yves Rossier, to discuss the current and future state of the Swiss-EU Relations.

The European Union (EU) is Switzerland’s principle trade partner and Switzerland is one of the EU’s 4 main partners. The total value of trade in goods and services equals more than 1,5 billion Euros per working day. Human relations are intense as 1,2 million EU citizens live in Switzerland and 1,3 million persons cross the common borders every day. It is in this interdependency context that the EU and Switzerland are held to define the contours of the respective futures.

This privileged relationship is however confronted with a period of uncertainty: on February 9th 2014, the Swiss citizens endorsed a referendum “against mass immigration”. Its objective consists in allowing Switzerland to autonomously manage its immigration. Following this decision, on July 4th 2014, Switzerland requested the EU to re-negotiate its Agreement on the free movement of persons (AFMP). The EU High Representative, Ms. Catherine Ashton, officially rejected this request on July 25th 2014.

On the one hand; for Brussels, the introduction of quantitative limits and quotas, including the national preference in favour of Swiss residents, is fundamentally incompatible with the principles of the AFMP. On the other; Berne is confronted with the democratic imperative of having to respect its citizens’ will. This contradiction has come to weigh on both the EU-Swiss partnership as a whole, as well as on the institutional negotiations launched in May 2014 aimed at reinvigorate the bilateral relationship. Defining the means to overcome it is an essential question, which the new EU Commission and the Swiss government are called upon to answer.

In this context, better grasping and understanding the Euro-Swiss relationship constitutes a thrilling opportunity. Bearing this in mind, the Mission of Switzerland to the EU and the Presidency of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) decided to partner up and to charge the Institut d’Etudes Européennes of the ULB with the organisation of the series of events “A surprising Switzerland for Tomorrow’s Europe”.

Read more here.

International Conference – “The EU-US Approaches to Counter Terrorism” – 14 October 2014

On October 14th, 2014 the Institute for European Studies had the pleasure to welcome Mr. John B. Bellinger, former Adviser of the US National Security Council and former Legal Adviser to the US State Department during the George W. Bush presidency.

Mr. J. Bellinger delivered a speech on his experience as a former official of the US government regarding counter terrorism and about his experience while collaborating with the various European and EU counter terrorism officials. He addressed as well his view on the current terrorism challenges that are facing both the EU and the US.

An interesting debate, preceded by the analysis of both Mrs. Christiane Höhn, Adviser to the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator (European Council) and Prof. Pierre Klein (ULB); took place among the three speakers and the public.

“Imbalances & Inequalities in the EU: Challenges to the Europe 2020 Strategy”
10 October 2014

Conference by EU Commissioner Laszlo Andor for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion – 10 October 2014.

On October 10th, 2014, the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles had the pleasure to welcome Commissioner Laszlo Andor to benefit from his in depth insight on the various EU member states economies, especially in the matters of Employment, Competitiveness and Social Affairs. At this occasion, he expressed as well his views and thoughts about the challenges that are facing the European Union in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
An interesting debate then took place between Commissioner Andor, Prof. André Sapir (ULB) and Andrea Garnero (ULB-Dulbea – Ecole d’Economie de Paris).

Past events at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) – Summer 2014

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CUSPP Summer Session
August 2014

The Center for US Politics and Power (CUSPP) at FIIA organized the very first Summer Session on the topic of Nordic-Baltic Security and US Role in the Region after Ukraine in Helsinki and Tallinn in August, 2014.

The aim of the Summer Session was to provide a platform to discuss the topic from different perspectives and it gathered researchers and experts from Europe and the US. The themes included in the programme were US global rebalancing and its impact to the region, transatlantic relations and US politics, dependencies and cooperation (military and trade), regional military cooperation, NATO, cyber and flows, Arctic and the sce¬narios of insecurity. The forthcoming FIIA report on the issue will fur¬ther continue on the themes of the Summer Session.

The Summer Session is part of the agenda of the CUSPP that aims to provide a platform for the research on the US global role and US foreign and domestic policy in Finland and to strengthen CUSPP networks internationally. The Center’s visiting scholar programme not only invites scholars from the US to contribute the research focuses of the Center but also provides possibilities for its own researchers to visit the US.

Eurasian Union project

The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme has conducted a research project on the prospects of Eurasian integration.

The project concluded that the Eurasian Economic Union has, on paper, the potential to transform economic relations in the region and to offer an alternative ot the EU in the post-Soviet space. However, weak institutions and large asym¬metry between member states are continuing to hinder closer ties and the crisis in Ukraine has led to an increasingly hostile international environment. Hence, the union faces an uphill struggle to maintain momentum and deliver the results member states desire.

Kultaranta Talks, 8-9 June 2014, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

The Kultaranta Talks, a foreign policy discussion event, gathered around one hundred foreign policy experts and debaters at the President of the Republic’s summer residence at Kultaranta in Naantali on 8-9 June 2014. Among the main themes were Russia, Europe, cyber security and defence capability. The Kultaranta Talks are aimed at creating a new kind of national debating event based on open and critical consideration of Finnish for­eign and security policy. The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland organised the Talks in cooperation with FIIA.

Past events at IEE-ULB – Summer 2014

Summer School “European Union Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum”, 30 June – 11 July 2014, ULB, Brussels

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The aim of the Summer School was to provide its participants with an comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the European Union from a legal point of view. The programme was organised by the “Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe”, founded with the financial support of the Odysseus Programme of the European Commission and co-ordinated by the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The course provided both the opportunity to live in a unique European environment, as Brussels hosts numerous European and international organisations and their research facilities, and to take part in an intellectually stimulating experience in a group of several tens of participants specialised in the area of asylum and immigration from all over Europe. The classes were conducted by academics from the universities co-operating in the Network which is represented in twenty-seven Member States of the European Union, Switzerland and Norway and more, and by high ranking officials from international organisations, particularly the European Commission. Each class was given both in French and in English. Participation in the Summer School was rewarded with a certificate of attendance.

You can find more information on the programme here.

THESEUS-PROTEUS Summer School, Seminar for Young Leaders 2014: “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”, 23-27 June 2014, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels

THESEUS LogoIn view of the current debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the seminar dealt with a European Council simulation. Participants were required to prepare and argue the position of a member of the European Council.

The seminar featured speakers and high-level experts from international organisations, business, politics, as well as recognised researchers. Robert Kissack, an experienced researcher from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, accompanied the seminar as THESEUS Resident Researcher. Beyond own teaching the researcher animated the debate and adviced students on group and individual basis. The participants had the possibility to bring in their own academic/professional contributions and to discuss them with the group and the experts. Three days of intensive preparation were followed by a simulation exercise of the European Council.

Past events at the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) of University of Iceland – Summer 2014

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Small States Summer School, 23 June-5 July 2014

The Centre for Small State Studies, which is run under the auspices of the IIA, held an intensive two week summer course sponsored by an Erasmus grant, focusing on small states and the European integration process. This was the twelfth year in a row that the CSSS was holding a summer school of this kind. The course brought together some of the best scientists in the field of small states studies who have a combined knowledge in various disciplines such as political science, economics, history, public policy and sociology. In the summer of 2014 the focus was on small states, integration and globalization.The Small States Summer School 2014 was held from Monday, June 23rd until Saturday, July 5th, concluding with an exam.

International students from seventeen partner universities take part in the summer school. Each partner university nominates one or two students to participate in the program. Travel and accommodations are paid for by the program for these students.

Partner institutions are: Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, Lund University in Sweden, University College of Södertörn in Sweden, University of Malta, Vilnius University in Lithuania, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, University College Cork in Ireland, Limerick University in Ireland, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Leiden University in the Netherlands, University of Economics in Bratislava, Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, University of St. Andrews in Scotland, University of Luxembourg, University of Aberdeen, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Poland, Gediz University of Turkey.

The objective of the programme was to focus on the differing approaches of small states to integration and globalization. During the two weeks students looked at the possible influence of small states in the international community, how small states can cope with the challenges of globalization whether they are categorized as positive or negative effects, and look at different case studies to detect patterns and realize what theories are at play.

THESEUS Seminar Europe@Work„European Energy Policy“, June 2014, Berlin & Brussels

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THESEUS Seminar Europe@Work„European Energy Policy“, June 2014, Berlin & Brussels

The THESEUS Seminar Europe@Work on European Energy Policy took place in Berlin and Brussels in June 2014. During the excursion, the participating political science and energy economics students from the University of Cologne together with students from the Turkish-German University Istanbul and the Charles University Prague visited different institutions, interest groups and policymakers to discuss current challenges of European Energy Policy. The first part of the excursion took place from 11 to 13 June 2014 in Berlin. Among the visited institutions were the German Parliament, the Federal Foreign Office and the German Economic Council. From 16 to 18 June 2014, the students spent the second part of their excursion in Brussels and visited amongst others the Permanent Representation of Germany to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS). At the heart of all discussions was the 2030 framework for European energy and climate policies and its impact on the industry. Also the ongoing Ukraine crisis and its consequences for energy security in Europe played a central role in the debates. Further information on the programme can be found here.IMG_5562.

Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) joins OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Helsinki +40 Project

dbfb8824acFIIA has joined the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Helsinki +40 Project, an initiative that will bring together security and human rights experts, politicians and academia to evaluate the OSCE’s past and chart concrete lines of action for the future.

 Consisting of seminars at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in Moscow on 25 September 2014; the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington in November 2014; and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm in March 2015, the Project will culmi­nate in a final Colloquium organised by FIIA on the site of the signing of the OSCE’s founding document, the Helsinki Final Act of 1975. The Project’s final Colloquium will be held in Helsinki in July 2015, in par­allel with the 24th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

International conference “Prospects of EU-Central Asia Relations”, Almaty, 28 & 29 August 2014. Institut für Europäische Politik & Centre international de formation européenne

The Institlogout für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) are organising a high-level international conference on the “Prospects of EU-Central Asia Relations” in Almaty on the 28 and 29 of August 2014.

The current developments and prospects of EU-Central Asia relations will be discussed with high-level speakers from Europe and the wider Central Asian region as well as researchers and PhD candidates. They have the chance to present their research projects in the international conference and receive feedback from renowned researchers. The conference offers them networking opportunities with other researchers, university professors and lecturers from Europe and the wider Central Asia. It aims at establishing a European-Central Asia research network. IEP and CIFE invited researchers and PhD candidates to submit paper proposals by the 9th of June.

 

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2014

THESEUSThe THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European Integration, which analyses an on-going challenge for the European Union and its member states, with regard to the institutions, policies or policy-making processes of the European Union, from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union or recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Application deadline : 15/06/2014. Further information here.

PADEMIA First Annual Conference, 12-13 June 2014, Brussels

Logo PADEMIAPADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe held 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.

The conference consisted of parallel thematic workshops organised along the lines of PADEMIA’s research themes. Keynote speeches from external practitioners and EU decision makers further elaborated on the themes of the project. The conference also served as a platform for the partner institutions to meet and discuss the management, activities and timelines of the project. Moreover, it enabled the partners to exchange teaching practices on the subject of parliamentary democracy in Europe, to offer opportunities to make contacts in Brussels, and to enhance collaboration and develop synergies for research and publications.

 More information can be found at www.pademia.eu.

THESEUS PhD Workshop 2014 “The EU after the crisis”. Sciences Po Paris, 16-17 October 2014

THESEUSThe recent economic crisis challenged European integration and strengthened Eurosceptic political parties in national and European elections. The EU’s response to the crisis seems to give rise a wide range of social, economic and political issues, that this doctoral seminar aims at exploring. It welcomes papers that address the topic from various angles – the efficiency of EU institutions’ responses to the crisis, their impact on the legitimacy of the EU political system and the dynamics of integration, electoral trust and mistrust in the European Union, the impact of policy changes on recent and future enlargement. The convenors of the doctoral seminar are Professors Renaud Dehousse from the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po and Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne. The application deadline was June 15, 2014. More information here.

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Spring 2014

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International conference on „Ten Years of the New Europe – Conference on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Enlargement” with András Inotai’s lecture on „Expectations and reality. A critical assessment of enlargement in a ten-year retrospective”, 29-30 May 2014, Florence, European University Institute

Europe Club monthly event: „Europe’s fragmented party landscape and the perspective of an EU-wide party system” by Professor Rudolf Hrbek, 20 May 2014, University of Tübingen and College of Europe, Bruges

Lecture by András Inotai (Deutsch-Ungarische Gesellschaft and House of Representatives of Berlin), 14 May 2014, Berlin

Conference at the Centre for International Capital Markets, London Metropolitan University, with Ágnes Szunomár on “Chinese FDI in Central and Eastern Europe: institutional perspective”, 9 May 2014, London

 

Past events at University of Malta – Spring 2014

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Public lecture on European political elites by Prof. Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena), 12-18 May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

Prof Luca Verzichelli visited the Institute for European Studies on May 12-18, 2014. During his visit, Prof Verzichelli held seminars at the MA programme in European Politics, Economics and Law, and delivered a public lecture on political elites in Europe.

Luca Verzichelli is professor of political science at the University of Siena, Italy, where he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences between 2009-2012. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research, and has been the Chief Editor of the Italian Political Science Review (2010-2013). His research interests cover the comparative empirical analysis of political elites, budgetary politics in Italy and the USA, and European Parliaments.

Second Annual Conference of the Jean Monnet Chair “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region”, 5 May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

On 5 May 2014 the Institute for European Studies organized the second annual conference under the general theme “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region”.  TEPSA members were invited to the event. Details of the project could be found on the Institute web-page. Papers published so far and others which will be published in the near future can be accessed through the web-page.

The research dimension of the project focused on the changes which were taking place in the EU focusing mainly on the financial crisis, situation in southern Europe, the state of enlargement and all other aspects of the evolving EU project and the situation in the Mediterranean region particularly after the so called “Arab Spring”. With respect to the latter, the project looked at “state building”, particularly constitution writing, in the southern Mediterranean shore countries as well as regional cross-cutting issues such as energy security, climate change and migration. EU Mediterranean policies were also of interest.

The programme is available here.

Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the European Union, February-May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

The Institute for European Studies invited application to attend the second edition of the Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the European Union. The Module, made of 14 lectures, focused on key theoretical and empirical aspects of EU agenda-setting processes. Its specific objectives were to provide participants with innovative tools to understand the factors driving the rise and fall of issues in the EU political agenda, and to increase their knowledge of key EU policies.

The guest scholars contributing to this edition were be Dr Enrico Borghetto (Nova University Lisbon), Prof Laura Chaques (University of Barcelona), Professor Christoffer Green-Pedersen (Aarhus University), Dr Francesco Marchi (Sciences-Po Paris), and Prof Catherine Moury (Nova University Lisbon).

The Jean Monnet Module is an EU-funded project coordinated by Dr Marcello Carammia, taught collectively by the academic staff of the Institute for European Studies and a number of guest speakers.

Information about the Module is available here.

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring 2014

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International conference sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund on “The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further”, 30 April 2014, IIR

The international conference sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund on “The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further” took place on 30 April 2014 and is co-organised by IIR, HIIA, PISM, SFPA (The Institute oV4_logosf International Relations in Prague in cooperation with the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and the Slovak Foreign Policy Association). The event will take place on Wednesday, 30th April 2014 and sumed up the findings of a two and a half year project carried out with the support of the International Visegrad Fund. The conference also expanded the horizon so that all the relevant themes were considered through the prism of the 10 year anniversary of the EU membership of the V4 countries.
Zoltán Gálik of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs in Budapest; Agata Gostynska of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw; Roderick Parkes of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw; Anita Sobják of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw and Tomáš Strážay of the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association in Bratislava appeared among the distinguished speakers. Report.

Public lecture by Graham Avery on: “Will Britain Leave the European Union?“, 29 April 2014, the Institute of International Relations, Prague

The Institute of International Relations organised a public lecture with a subsequent discussion by Graham Avery – a Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; a Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre, Brussels; and an Honorary Director General of the European Commission. The lecture will was held on April 29 in the IIR.

Panel discussion on “Promoting Participatory Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, 24 April 2014, the Institute of International Relations 

The panel discussion was organised together with the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission.

IPA_EC_logo_2The sustainable social development of South East Europe is crucial not only for the political and social stability of the region, but also for the entire European Union. The objective of this event was to present, assess and mutually learn from the diverse experiences of the donors and implementers of EU and bilateral projects, notably those under the umbrella of the EU’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) and the transition policy and development cooperation of the Czech government. The ultimate goal of the event, which as held on 24 April 2014 at the IIR, was to find synergies between the European and Czech instruments in this context. Among the speakers were Henk Visser (Programme Manager, Unit D3, Regional Programmes, DG Enlargement, European Commission) and Namik Hadzalic, the LOD Capacity Development Coordinator.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Spring 2014

LIIASeminar on the current security issues in Eurasia, 29 April 2014, LIIA, Riga 

The Latvian Institute of International Affairs, with the support of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and in cooperation with the European Leadership Network, organized a public discussion on April 29, 2014. The speakers were Ian Kearns (European Leadership Network), Sergey Utkin (Centre for Situation Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences), Slawomir Debski (Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding) and Samuel Charap (International Institute for Strategic Studies); the event was moderated by Andris Sprūds, the director of the LIIA.

Call for papers. “Building Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Challenges and Policy Options”.

logo IAIThe International Affairs Institute (IAI), the OCP Policy Center, the Economic and Social Sciences Research Unit at the Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Institute Hassan II of Rabat and the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP) at the University of Minnesota invited submissions that explore issues and policy responses to address food security and agricultural challenges in the countries of the Southern Mediterranean region within the framework of Euro-Mediterranean relations (New deadline : 09/09/2014). Further information here.

FIIA three research programmes, Spring 2014

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The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme is conducting a research project aimed at analysing the current trends in and prospects of the Eurasian integra­tion. The project attempts to take into account the variety of views and assessments that exist in all member states of the Eurasian Customs Union. It places emphasis on conduct­ing research interviews in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The findings will be published in the autumn of 2014.

European elections

FIIA is participating in several European research and outreach pro­jects partly related to the upcoming European elections.

The EU programme is actively taking part in the activities of the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN) coordinated by CEPS in Brussels. Under EPIN umbrella, FIIA organised a Research Round Table focusing on parliamentarism in European Economic Governance and a seminar mapping out the politi­cal directions of the approaching European elections.

Together with Folktinget, which promotes the position of Swedish-speaking people in Finland, FIIA has been engaged in the pan-European New Pact for Europe project which aims to enhance informed debate on the future of Europe among citizens, stakeholders and policymakers. A research seminar and election candidate debate was followed by a full house in the Parliament’s auditorium.

FIIA is also a member of the research project led by the Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute and VoteWatch, which aims to elucidate the role and function­ing of the European parliament for Europeans by examining 15 key votes that shaped the current European parliament. The project provides interesting data on the political organisation of the parliament and voting behaviour of the MEPs. FIIA’s tasks include analysing the available data in the Finnish context.

CUSPP Summer School

FIIA’s Center for US Politics and Power (CUSPP) will organise a sum­mer school for doctoral students on US foreign policy in Helsinki and Tallinn in August 2014. The summer school will include keynote presentations by distinguished scholars from the US and Europe on a wide range of topics related to US foreign policy. It also provides an opportunity for students to give presentations on their ongoing research in addition to informal activities, which will allow engagement with other scholars working on US foreign policy.

The call for papers was pub­lished on FIIA’s webpage in April 2014.

International Conference on Mass Communication, 3-4 April 2014, Committee of the Regions, Brussels

masseuchina_logoOn 3-4 April 2014, the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe in Bruges organized an international conference on mass communication and its impact on EU-China relations. The conference brought together European and Chinese perspectives on issues of common interest ranging from politics and norms to economic and social issues. The conference gathered policy-makers, journalists, researchers and representatives of civil society from the EU and its member states and China and examined how the EU and China are presented in each other’s media.

 

Policy-makers debate in Zagreb, 3 April 2014, IRMO and the New Pact for Europe project

Photo new pact EuropeThe Institute fIRMO logoor Development and International Relations (IRMO) and , initiated by the King Baudouin Foundation and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, organized a policy-makers debate in Zagreb on the 3rd of April 2014. The debate was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović who participated in the discussion and it was organized at the Office of the President of the Republic. The debate involved members of the Croatian Parliament including two committee presidents, the former Prime Minister and the former Minister of Finances, government officials, representative of Croatian National Bank, representative of the European Commission in Croatia, researchers and experts in the European affairs.

Logo new pact EuropeParticipants discussed five strategic options for the Europe’s future introduced in the project’s discussion document. The five options were analysed in the context of the possible future treaty changes, concerns over the EU’s democratic deficit and raising populism and Euroscepticism across the EU. For more information please visit http://www.irmo.hr/en/events/irmo-initiative-new-pact-europe-organized-policy-makers-debate-future-perspectives-eu/

 

OPAL’s final conference “National Parliaments in Europe“, 31 March 2014, London

OPAL Dissemination Conference in London

opal logoOn 31 March 2014, OPAL’s final conference „National Parliaments in Europe“ took place in the House of Lords in London. The dissemination conference was targeted at practitioners in the field of national parliaments and was organized by the University of Cambridge. The OPAL partners presented research results of the last three years, especially articles that are going to be published in a Special Issue of West European Politics (WEP). More information are retrievable here: http://www.opal-europe.org.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Rome, 24-25 March 2014

TEPSAiaiTHESEUSThe TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference was held in 24 and 25 March in Rome before the 2014 elections to the European Parliament.

Growth, employment and immigration top the agenda of Italy’s EU presidency. IAI with TEPSA have prepared a background paper assessing these and other challenges and presented a series of recommendations to the Italian foreign ministry. European and national officials as well as European researchers and practitionners participated in the discussions.

Please find here the IAI background paper, the recommendations as well as the programme.

Please find here the report.

International Conference on ” 1914 – The Collapse of a Peace Order: Is Democratic Peace an Alternative?”, oiip, 17 March 2014

oiip logoThis international conference took place at the Austrian Parliament. The welcome addresses were given by Barbara Prammer (President of the Austrian National Council), Werner Faymann (Federal Chancellor of Austria), Anne Brasseur (President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) and Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament). The conference was chaired by Heinz Gärtner (oiip), Markus Kornprobst (Dipl Academy of Vienna) and Gerda Falkner (University of Vienna). The keynote speaker was Bruce Russett (Yale University). Discussants included Adrian Hyde-Price (University of Bath), Harald Müller and Simone Wisotzki (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt); Jan Willem Honig (King´s College, London), Florence Gaub (EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris), Terrence Hopmann (Johns Hopkins University, Washington), Cengiz Günay (oiip), Ulrich Brand (University of Vienna). Concluding remarks: Harald Dossi (Secretary General of the Austrian Parliament).

The oiip has successfully held the international conference titled “1914 – The Collapse of a Peace Order: Is Democratic Peace an Alternative?” jointly with and in the premises of the Austrian Parliament. As 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, the event focused on factors that contribute to international peace and stability. It discussed and highlighted the relationship between democracy and peace alongside a number of other factors such as economic interdependence and international institutions. A summary of the conference will soon be available on oiip’s website at http://www.oiip.ac.at.

Seminar of the Centre d’études européennes: “The Electoral Base of Gridlock in America: Secular Realignment from 1937”, 12 March 2014, Sciences Po, CEE, Paris

Logo CEE CNRSThe main speaker of the seminar was be David Brady (Stanford Graduate School of Business, Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and  Morris M. Doyle Centennial Chair). Among his most recent publications are “Leadership and Growth”  (World Bank Publication, 2010) coedited with Michael Spence, “Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Bush II” (Westview Press, 2006), and “Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics” with Pietro Nivola (Brookings Institution Press, 2007).

The discussion featured Adrien Degeorges and Vincent Tiberj (Sciences Po, CEE).

More information on the seminar can be found here.

Expert workshop on “The Eurozone and the Banking Union”, 12 March 2014, the Institute of International Relations,

Eurozone_logosEurozone_logosThe IIR together with the Polish Institute of International Affairs and the partners of the project organized an expert workshop held on March 12 at the IIR. The workshop consisted of three panels: “Disentangling the Sovereign and Banking Crises”, “The Banking Union and the Future of the Eurozone Integration” and “Doing Business Inside and Outside the Banking Union”. Among the participants were Endre Domonkos, an Associate Professor at the Budapest Business School, Georgy Ganev from the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Bulgaria and Patryk Toporowski from the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) in Poland. More information can be found here.

 

II Forum Germany-Portugal, 10-11 March 2014, Berlin

IPRI-UNLThe Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), the Portuguese Institute of International Relations, New University of Lisbon (IPRI-UNL), and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, jointly organized the 2nd German-Portuguese Forum, which took place in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, on 10 and 11 March, with the support of the German Government. The foreign ministers of Germany and Portugal gave opening speeches. A year after the first Forum took place in Lisbon, this years’ Forum focused on German-Portuguese relations around four core topics: reforms and economic competitiveness, constitutional courts and European integration, the transatlantic partnership and the future of Europe.

For the full programme, please visit our homepages: www.iep-berlin.de or www.ipri.pt .

High-Level Lecture on “The ENP in a Comparative Perspective: Exporting the Internal Market – Panacea or Nemesis for the European Neighbourhood Policy? Lessons from the Energy Community”, 5 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

coeOn 5 March 2014, the College of Europe hosted a high-level lecture within the framework of a series of events focusing on the European Neighbourhood Policy in a comparative perspective. Dr Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna, reflected on the evolution of the Energy Community and of the European Economic Area in order to discuss and consider the future of relations between the EU and its neighbours.

The conference was organized in the framework of a series of events focusing on the European Neighbourhood Policy in a comparative perspective. The series benefited from the financial support of the European Commission. Participation was free of charge.

More information on the lecture can be found here.

International conference on Popular or Populist Democracy in Central Europe?”, 27 February 2014, the Institute of International Relations, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

IIR logoFES logoThe IIR together with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized an international conference held in the Great Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference provided an insight into the rise of populism in the European Union, which is now, before the elections in the European Parliament, a topic of special importance. The keynote speakers were Petr Drulák, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Ernst Hillebrand, the Head of the Department for International Policy Analysis of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin, and among the other speakers appeared Bálint Magyar, a former Minister of Education in Budapest, Tanja Binder, a member of the “Wahl-O-Mat” scientific team in Germany, Kai-Olaf Lang from the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, Josef Janning, a Mercator Fellow at DGAP Berlin, and Agata Gostyńska from the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw. More information can be found here.

Public lecture “After Croatia, what is the future of the EU”, 27 February 2014, IRMO and French Embassy in Zagreb

Public lecture French ambassyOn 27 February 2014 the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) and the French Embassy in Zagreb organized a public lecture “After Croatia, what is the future of the EU” in the Mediateque of the French Institute in Zagreb. The lecture was held by Prof Christian Lequesne, Head of the Research at the Institute for Political Studies in Paris, Director of the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI-CNRS) in the 2009-2014 period. Prof Višnja Samardžija, Head of the European Integration Department at IRMO was a discussant from Croatian perspective. Professor Lequesne’s lecture was French ambassy logofocused on three topics of particular importance for the EU’s future: economic stabilization, challenges to legitimacy and the question of boundaries. For more information please visit: http://www.irmo.hr/en/events/lecture-given-professor-christian-lequesne-croatia-future-eu/

Public discussion & book presentation “The Politics of Economic Sustainability: Baltic and Visegrad Responses to the European Economic Crisis”, 24 February 2014, Riga, Latvia

LIIAStiftungLatvian Institute of International Affairs with support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organized a public discussion and presentation of its new book “The Politics of Economic Sustainability: Baltic and Visegrad Responses to the European Economic Crisis”, which took place on 24 February 2014 in Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia, at 14:00-17:00. Prominent experts from all seven countries discussed their respective experiences in coping with the crisis and lessons learned. Programme is available here.

Seminar “Commerce extérieur et compétitivité française”, 20 February 2014, Sciences Po, CEE, Paris

Logo CEE CNRSThe main speaker of the seminar was Mrs Nicole Bricq (Minister of Foreign Trade). The discussants were Elie Cohen (Director of research at Sciences Po, CEVIPOF) and Lionel Fontagné (Professor at the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and CEPII). The chair of the conference was Zaki Laïdi (Director of research at Sciences Po, CEE).

More information on the seminar can be found here.

Presentation of the ECFR Scorecard in Riga, Latvia

Logo LatviaEuropean Foreign Policy Scorecard 2014 is a trademark research by the European Council on Foreign Relations. The Latvian Institute of International Affairs is in charge of the presentation event in Riga, Latvia, which will take place in late February or early March. For details, please follow the news on www.liia.lv or contact us at liia©liia•lv  (liia©liia•lv)  .

Date of the conference will be available soon.

“The Austrian Security Strategy”, 10 February 2014, OIIP Austria

Logo OIIPThe Austrian parliament has set a new strategy in safety, which replaces the statement of defense from 2001. It leaves the picture of threat of the “cold war” behind. “Conventional attacks against Austria became unlikely”. It is geared on global tasks and international cooperation. In comparison with the old strategy much more importance is attached to the United Nations. There is a true commitment to the crisis management of the UN and the EU. “The payment of contribution to the international crises management is an essential part of the Austrian federal armed forces. Joining the NATO is no option any longer. There is a modern Austrian strategy of security. The participants discussed how this strategy can be filled with life.

Discussants were Dr. Johann Frank, BMLVS, Prof. Dr. Heinz Gärtner, oiip, Universität Wien, Mag. Karin Fichtinger-Grohe, Außenministerium
The moderator was Generalsekretär Fritz Edlinger, Herausgeber der Zeitschrift “International”
Venue: oiip, Wien

“Infrastructure, transport and communications in post-crisis Europe”, Rome, 20 January 2014, IAI

logo IAIA truly united Europe in terms of its economy, politics and institutions cannot be achieved unless citizens are not united by a shared sense of purpose: transport and telecommunications are two of the most important areas of investment and development for decades to come, and this is a game that is played out globally between fierce competitors such as China and the United States. A game that Europe cannot afford to lose. These and others, have been the central themes of a conference organized by IAI on January 20th in Rome. The meeting welcomed members from business, politics and universities, to exchange ideas and perspectives within the project called ” Imagining Europe“, launched last year, which aims at delineating what kind of model of governance the EU could head towards, and which of these models is best suited for the purpose of a more united and effective EU.

You can download the report and papers from the conference here.

Call for Papers – Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po

Logo CEE CNRSEuroChallenge and the University of Copenhagen are hosting The Third Midterm Conference of the European Political Sociology Research Network (RN32) of ESA (European Sociological Association), 28-29 November 2014 at the University of Copenhagen, Europe’s global challenges: Society, Politics, Markets.

The deadline was 31 March 2014.

Recent Events at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs

Logo OIIPConversation with Vali Nasr, Wiener Vorlesung: “The Middle East Challenge After the Arab Spring” on 30 January 2014, 7 pm
The discussants included Heinz  Gärtner, oiip, Cengiz Günay, oiip, and Gudrun Harrer, DER STANDARD/University of Vienna.
The chair of the event was Florian Schwarz, Institute of Iranian Studies-Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Welcome address was given by Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science.
The venue of the event was Wiener Rathaus, Stadtsenatssitzungssaal, Felderstraße, Feststiege I, 1010 Wien.

“Debate on the participation of Civil Society in peace negotiations is indispensable for sustainable peace” on 20. Jänner 2014, 15:00
For the motion were Véronique Dudouet, Berghof Foundation, Berlin, and Christian Wlaschütz, Independent consultant, Vienna.
Against the motion were Jan Pospisil, oiip, and Stefan Khittel, oiip.
The moderator of the debate was Otmar Höll, oiip.
The debate took place at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs – oiip, in Vienna.

Past Events at the Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin

IEP logoIEP annual academic conference on “A Roadmap for the Future of Europe: Differentiated Integration within or beyond the Legal Framework of the Lisbon Treaty”, 19 September 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin, Germany. The conference, which aimed to debate a roadmap for the EU’s future in terms of analyzing the possible ways out of the current crisis and discussing the different prospects for the future composition and structures of the European Union, prominently featured differentiated integration in the analysis. The following questions were discussed during the conference: The Political Union and integration- how will the institutional architecture be affected? What role does differentiated integration play regarding the different EU policy areas? Will the Lisbon Treaty provide a sufficient legal base for further European integration? What are the benefits and perils of treaty revision including a Convention? What are the dividing lines in Europe and how can the emerging North-South divide and UK be managed? Contact person: Dr. Funda Tekin, funda•tekin©iep-berlin•de  (funda•tekin©iep-berlin•de)  .

German-Nordic-Baltic Forum on “Europe under Pressure – How to Overcome Divisions and Secure EU Strength and Coherence”, 21 and 22 November 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik and Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Tallinn, Estonia. The ninth nation meeting was devoted to current questions about the state of European integration and the European Union’s future survival. This is the 5th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum, which first seeked to discuss issues from a national perspective before exploring a range of common interests and developing coordinating strategies.

23rd German-Hungarian Forum and 3rd German-Hungarian Youth Forum on “The Future of Europe: Retrospective and Outlook- Basic Values, Reforms, and Solidarity’’, 28 and 29 November 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik, German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hungarian Council of the European Movement, European Institute Budapest, Network European Movement Germany, and Europa-Union Deutschland, Budapest, Hungary. A series of speeches, panel discussions, and working groups addressed current issues in the EU that were relevant to German-Hungarian relations.

Second Workshop of the Master Programme “Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the International System“ (EUCAIS), 27 January – 3 February 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik/Centre international de Formation européenne

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxThe second workshop of the Master Programme “Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the International System“ (EUCAIS) took place in Berlin from 27 January to 3 February 2014. The EUCAIS Master Programme is organized by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre international de Formation européenne (CIFE) with the support of the Volkswagen Foundation and funding by the Jean-Monnet-Programme of the European Union.

27 students, coming from the five Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), as well as from Afghanistan, the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang and the Indian region of Kashmir, were welcomed in Berlin. They attended introductory seminars for the courses of the second semester, dealing with relations between the EU and Central Asia, macroeconomics, trade policy, and political and economic aspects of transition. They participated in a two-day negotiation training, including simulation games, lead by former ambassador Alexander Mühlen. Visiting the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the students had the opportunity to discuss “German-Central Asian economic relations and their potential” with Frank Weisig, Desk Officer for Kazakhstan/Turkmenistan.

For more information about the Master Programme, please visit the EUCAIS homepage.

Europe at Work study trip in Brussels, 22-24 January 2014

Tepsa logoThe study visit entitled ‘How Europe works: Brussels in crisis‘ gathered several meetings with representatives notably from the European Commission, the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU and the Council of the European Union for students to get insights and first-hand knowledge on the ‘Political System of the EU: Governance and Institutions.’ About 24 students from the University of Cologne participated in this study visit.

TEPSA participated in the study trip organised in Brussels by the Department of Political Science of the University of Cologne on 22-24 January.

Conference “Is subsidiarity relevant for better EU governance?”, 23 January 2014, The Hague

clingendaelOn Thursday 23 January 2014 Clingendael hosted a closed seminar on subsidiarity and its relevance for better EU governance. In the context of this possible squeeze between the push for deeper integration and rising public resentment about the way ‘Brussels’ runs affairs, this seminar dealt with the question whether subsidiarity can offer a way forward that reconciles needs for better EU governance and concerns about legitimacy. Subsidiarity has been raised at different levels of government.

This seminar hoped to take stock of the state of the subsidiarity debate and see what opportunities it holds in store for the next years. Speakers at the seminar included Frans Timmermans, the Dutch minister of foreign affairs, Uwe Corsepius, Secretary General of the Council, Marianne Klingbeil, Deputy Secretary General at the Commission, Sylvie Goular, MEP for Mouvement Démocrate/ALDE, and several high level policy officials from the member states.

Past Events at IWE, Institute of World Economics, Budapest

vki_logo_smLecture by Gábor Monori, external researcher of IWE on “Business realities in the south-east Asian region”, 26 August 2013, Institute of World Economics, Budapest (in Hungarian).

Public lecture on the social challenges faced by the EU, 30 August 2013. Speaker: by Mr. László Andor, European Commissioner for employment, social issues and inclusion. Institute of World Economics, Budapest.

Europe Club meeting on “Croatia’s membership in the European Union”, 17 September 2013. Europe Club events are held once a month. They are organized by prof. Andras Inotai, research professor of IWE and chairman of the European Studies Foundation. At these club meetings a speaker is invited to make an exposé of ca. 30-40 minutes which is then followed by a ca. one hour discussion. The previous Europe Club hosted Mr. Béla Markó, honorary president of the Hungarian Democratic Party in Romania, who drew a critical balance of Romania’s membership in the EU (18 June 2013).

Roundtable on “Towards the recovery? Risks and opportunities of the international economic cycle “, 20 December 2013, Rome

logo IAIThis meeting – organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with the Centre for Studies on Federalism ( CSF) of Turin – was part of a series of conferences, which aimed at contributing to the debate on the impact of the economic crisis and the new instruments of economic governance.

The panel discussion was opened by Prof. Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary General and Chief Economist of the OECD, who presented his findings on the evolution of the crisis and the prospects for recovery.

You can download the conference programme and report here.

News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

IRMO logoIn the academic year 2013/14 the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) from Zagreb led two training projects funded from the EU programs.

The project “Italo-Croatian Mobility in Europlanning – ICrome” which was part of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme for 2013 aimed to train newly-graduates, young professionals and unemployed people in the field of EU funded projects in IRMO and in one of the 12 proposed host institutions, located in the North-East of Italy.

The project “Film Festivals with Creative Documentaries about First Hand Experience from EU Funded Projects – ClosE_Up” was implemented in partnership with the Media Factory. Its overall objective was to increase through creative film festivals, workshops and on-line tutorials, the general understanding of EU programmes and benefits of EU assistance in Croatia.

Fall 2013 events at the Institute of International Relations, Prague

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A seminar on “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis”, 9. December 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague.
On 9 December the IIR hosted a seminar with Professor Carsten Q. Schneider from the Central European University, Hungary on “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis”. The seminar was divided into two parts: “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis” and “Doing Qualitative Comparative Analysis”.  The seminar was part of the project entitled The Cooperation Network for Research of the Non-European Areas (RESAREAS). More information available here.

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A conference on “Gender in Development and Post-Conflict Peace-Building”, 5 December 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Prague.
On 5 December the IIR hosted a public lecture entitled Gender in Development and Post-Conflict Peace-Building. The keynote speaker of this conference was Claudia von Braunmühl, an Honorary Professor of International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin. The lecture addressed gender in development and post-conflict peace-building because while each of these policy areas has its own characteristic features, overarching gender stereotypes and patriarchal attitudes operate in both of them. More information available here.

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The V. International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”, with a specific focus on “Democracy and Democratization”, 12 -13 November 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
iir5This year the Symposium focused on the support for democracy in Czech foreign policy. After the domestic views were presented and some newly elected Czech politicians voiced their opinions, foreign experts spoke about how our support for democracy is viewed by those living in other countries. Apart from many well-known Czech participants such as Karel Schwarzenberg (Member of the Parliament, TOP 09, former Minister of Foreign Affairs) the conference welcomed the following speakers, among others: Adrian Basora, the Director of the Project on Democratic Transitions at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and a former US ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, and Charles Gati, a Professor from Johns Hopkins University who presented his new publication Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski at the conference. More information available here.

Past events at the Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland

iceOn top of its research, publication, and educational developement CAPS has hosted and participated in a number of events this autumn ranging from round table discussions to record breaking conferences. Here are some of the highlights:

August 2. Topic: Climate Change in Northern Territories. NRF Conference in Akureyri with participation from CAPS.

September 5. Topic: Subarctic strategies. Roundtable discussion at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Presentation on Iceland’s Arctic Strategy by Kristinn Schram, director of CAPS.

September 26. Topic: The shaping of Arctic societies and regions. A talk given by Kristinn Schram, and Katla Kjartansdóttir, EDDA researcher at RANNÍS, on an IIA hosted research project.

September 27. Topic: Arctic Research. Full day presention by CAPS at the RANNÍS Science Fair.

October 3. Topic: Greenland, Iceland and the Arctic, Seminar hosted by CAPS; Welcome remarks by H.E. Mette Kjuel Nielsen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Iceland. Presentation by Dr. Damien Degeorges, Founder of the Arctic Policy and Economic Forum. Discussion moderated by Kristinn Schram.

October 4. Topic: Re-territorializing the “Westnordic Arctic”: Perspectives of Crypto-colonialism and Mobility (conference)
Keynote speaker: Michael Herzfeld, Professor, Harvard University. A number of domestic and foreign academics also participated in the conference.

October 7.  Topic: CAPS and Icelandic Arctic Strategy. Presentation to the EU Ambassadors in Iceland. Speakers: Kristinn Schram and Alyson Bailes.

October 9. Topic: Politics and Sovereignty in the Arctic. A session at the Arctic Energy Summit, Chaired by Kristinn Schram. Speakers:  Michael John Laiho, Mikå Mered, Mia Bennet.

October 12. Topic: Extractive Industries, the Environment and Climate Change. A session at the Arctic Circle. Among speakers: Margrét Cela.

October 13. Full day presentation of Arctic research in the University of Iceland. Margrét Cela and Kristinn Schram.

October 14: Topic: Emerging trends in the West Nordic Arctic. A session organized by CAPS for the Arctic Circle 2013, Reykjavík. Chaired by Margrét Cela. Speakers: Kristinn Schram; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Assistant Professor of History, University of Iceland; Sigríður Huld Blöndal, International Relations, University of Iceland; Lára Jóhannsdóttir, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Business, University of Iceland; Egill Þór Níelsson, Researcher, Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and Þórður Þórarinsson, Secretary-General, West Nordic Council Secretariat.

October 25. Topic: Arctic Challenges in the West Nordic Region. At the Þjóðarspegill Conference.
Speakers: Margrét Cela, Kristinn Schram, Katla Kjartansdóttir, Sumarliði Ísleifsson, and others

October 31. Topic: Natural resources and societies in the Arctic. A roundtable discussion hosted by CAPS  with Jean-Dominique Wahiche from the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle; Luc Fuhrman, from the French Embassy; Jörundar Svavarson and Gísli Pálsson from the University of Iceland and Ásdís Jónsdóttir  from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Moderated by Kristinn Schram.

November 15. Topic: West Nordic Studies. CAPS participated at the Day of the High North. CAPS presented a poster about a service project being carried out by the centre. The project is coordinating the work of five universities building a joint master programme called West Nordic Studies, Governance and Sustainable Management. The partner universities are University of Iceland, University of Akureyri, University of Greenland, University of the Faroe Islands and University of Nordland.

November 16. CAPS participated in a seminar on Chinese – Arctic Affairs hosted by the Reykjavík Academy and the The Northern Lights Confucius Institute. Margrét Cela talked about some of the developments in the High North and China’s interests in the region.

November 25-26. Topic: Foreign Policy and the Arctic. CAPS participated in an international conference in Copenhagen. The conference was about foreign policy issues. Kristinn Schram, explained Iceland’s policy towards the Arctic. The IIA Director, Pia Hansson, also spoke about Icelandic peacekeeping and defence cooperation.

Open events from the IIA in November

In addition to the open events from CAPS and the events mentioned in the previous TEPSA newsletter, the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, in cooperation with the Centre for Small State Studies and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies organised several open seminars in November. These include:

November 13. Topic: Gender in Nordic Climate Policy: Does Equal Representation Make a Difference? Speaker: Dr. Gunnhildur Lily Magnúsdóttir, Assistant Professor in International Politics and European Studies at the University of Malmö.

November 20. Topic: ‘From Afghanistan to Syria and Beyond: A Post-Interventionist Era?’ Speaker: Andrew Cottey, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in the Department of Government, University College Cork, Ireland.

November 27. Topic: Åland, a demilitarized zone in a new age of security.  A talk by the Head of the Åland government, Camilla Gunell. With comments by Alyson JK Bailes, Adjunct Professor, University of Iceland. Introduced by Irma Ertman, Ambassador of Finland at Reykjavik.

Discussing the Arctic and Icelandic Peacekeeping Missions

In late November 2013 Mrs. Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute, and Mr. Kristinn Schram, Director of the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, participated in a seminar at the Danish Institute for International Studies titled Nordic Foreign and Security Policy. In her talk Mrs. Hansson discussed Iceland´s participation in peacekeeping missions, with an emphasis on the Icelandic public´s negative views towards participation in operations that require the bearing of arms. She concluded that the discourse in Iceland had more to do with the country´s image as a small peaceful island than its possible contribution to conflict resolution and peace building. In his talk, Mr. Schram discussed Iceland´s policy towards the Arctic and how Iceland has made use of formal multilateral cooperation and in leveraging the Arctic Council and Nordic frameworks to its advantage.

Past Events at the IAI

logo IAIThe European External Action Service (EEAS) as seen from inside, Rome, 8 November 2013

Alfredo Conte, head of the Strategic Planning division of the European External Action Service, spoke at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in a seminar on the EEAS 2013 review.
You can download the report and watch the video from the seminar here.

On this topic, see also: EEAS Audit in the Eastern Neighbourhood: To What Extent Have the New Treaty Provisions Delivered?, by Anita Sęk, 26 November 2013 (Documenti IAI 1310)

National debate on a common foreign and defence policy of the EU, Turin, 9 November 2013

The event – as announced in the October issue of the TEPSA newsletter – was organised by the European Commission Representation in Italy in cooperation with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and other partners in fulfilment of the second stage of the project POLITICALLY.EU – ” learn to act“ which aims to create a public space for debate on European policies. The event was attended by representatives from institutions and businesses.
It included a deliberative workshop, chaired by Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, IAI President, where academics, journalists, politicians, students and representatives of the defence sector were asked to share their opinions and offer comments on the issues raised in the background paper prepared by the IAI and the introductory interventions.

Report from the conference is available here.
Background paper can be downloaded here.

EU-UKRAINE Deep and Comprehensive Free-trade Area: New Opportunities for Europe, Rome, 19 November 2013

This conference was attended by Yevhen Perelygin, Ambassador of Ukraine to Italy & Member of the Official Delegation of Ukraine on Negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and Ricardo Giucci — Managing Director at Berlin Economics – Independent Economics Consultancy in Emerging and Transition Countries, Germany.

You can download the report from the conference here.

Roundtable on: “The EU and 21st Century security: preparing for an uncertain future”, Rome, 25 November 2013

This workshop was organised by the Security and Defence Agenda (SDA), in collaboration with the European Commission and the support of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). It aimed to look achievements to date in European internal security, lessons learnt and what should come next.
The workshop covered the evolution of the threats to EU security and what is to be expected in the near future; cyber threats and cyber security; and the adequacy of existing EU instruments and institutions to deal with internal security problems.

Conference on “Global Turkey in Europe”, London, 5 December 2013

Turkey is central for European energy interests. It is not only a significant energy consumer, but it is also at the heart of energy geopolitics, being a central transit state located at the intersection of the east-western and north-southern energy corridors in the Mediterranean and Eurasia.
In light of this, the Stiftung Mercator, IAI, the IPC, and the ECFR organised a conference on how the EU and Turkey can enhance their cooperation in the energy sector.

You can view the programme of the conference here.

Seminar “The EU as Security Actor- Different Perspectives on Defence Policy” by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 4 December 2013

UI seminarOn the 4 December 2013, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) hosted a seminar on the future of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The seminar was held in the lead-up to the EU Heads of State meeting on 19 December at which defence capabilities, and a stronger European defence industry, was on the agenda. Moderated by the Institute’s Director Anna Jardfelt, and with presentations by Camille Grand, Director at Fondation for strategic research, Paul Johnston, British Ambassador to Sweden, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, French Ambassador to Sweden, and Torbjörn Sohlström from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, issues were discussed such as: What are the main challenges for the EU as a security actor? Is there a consensus between large member states like France and the United Kingdom on how the CSDP should develop? What is the Swedish perspective on EU crisis management?

TEPSA Conference: “Future models of European integration”, 28-29 November, The Hague

TEPSA_LOGOOn Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November 2013 the Research Group European Integration of the The Hague University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) organized a conference entitled:

FUTURE MODELS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

The Conference discussed models of differentiated integration. The idea being that without such models, the European Union may probably not survive in the future. Indeed, the group of existing member states is not a homogeneous group. Between the partners there exist substantive differences as to economic and/or social development. Thus one may hardly expect that all member states will be able to cooperate in the future in a uniform manner and simultaneously in all policy domains.

The first file open for discussion concerned Economic Governance. Indeed, economic and monetary policy has from the outset been an area where not all Member States participate in a similar manner. The recent ESM (European Stability Mechanism) Treaty as well as the Fiscal Compact Treaty have only confirmed this fact. In a second part the potential of enhanced cooperation was discussed. So far this general treaty principle has been applied in three cases. However, in the future more use will respectively should be made of this principle, eventually by creating more flexibility as to the modalities of application of enhanced cooperation. Thereafter in three parallel sessions specific case studies were discussed. A first topic concerns the possibilities to introduce varieties of differentiated cooperation in Common Foreign and Security Policy, after the example of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice where for example three member states have been granted full-fledged derogations. Then attention was given to the possibility to involve neighbouring countries and applicant countries in crucial domains of EU cooperation according to the model of gradualness. Moreover tensions related to independentism within individual member states were analysed: what would it mean for EU membership when a given member state would fall apart? Finally and in the light of the findings reached during the discussions over de other topics, the best approach(es) to be followed by the European Union as a whole were discussed. Here you can consult the Programme.

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Past events at the IIEA, Dublin

IIEA Logo_largeConference “The Future of Banking in Europe”, 2 December 2013, Dublin

The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) invited you to a conference on banking union entitled “The Future of Banking in Europe”, organised on 2 December 2013 at Convention Centre Dublin. The conference discussed the European Commission’s proposals for a banking union and their implications for the European banking sector.

Keynote speakers at the conference included Michael Noonan, Irish Minister for Finance; Patrick Honohan, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland; Vítor Constâncio, Vice President of the European Central Bank. Two panel discussions took place on the day, including the launch of the IIEA’s report on banking union, with authors including former Minister for Finance, Alan Dukes, Head of Economics at NUIG, Professor Alan Ahearne, and former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox. More information on the conference is available here.

!!Cybersecurity_logo-Hi-RES2Cybersecurity Conference, 15 November 2013, Dublin

On 15 November the IIEA hosted a major conference in Dublin on Cyber security.  This high-level conference brought together 16 key EU and international stakeholders. The conference explored emerging cyber threats and opportunities for government and private sector collaboration in protecting the citizen online. It focused on critical infrastructure protection, data privacy, cloud security, hacktivism and a range of other crucial issues facing individuals, businesses and governments alike. This major event provided a unique opportunity to interact with some of the key stakeholders operating in the cybersecurity area today. Keynote speakes at the conference included Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator & Special Assistant to President Obama, Ambassador Sorin Ducuru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Olivier Burgersdijk, Head of Strategy and Outreach, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), Dave Merkel, CTO, Mandiant and Dr. Ian Levy OBE, GCHQ, UK.

For other information relating to the conference, please visit the IIEA website on or call the Institute on +353 1 874 6756.

Lunch Debates with Jörg Asmussen and Rebecca Harms at IEP Berlin 2013

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxOn 4 November 2013, Jörg Asmussen, then member of the ECB Executive Board and former state secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, held a lecture as part of the IEP Lunch Debate series (full report). Asmussen focused on the requirements of a future banking union in conjunction with a fiscal union and emphasized the need for Europe to take the U.S. as example and establish a banking union with the two essential elements the common supervisory mechanism and the common resolution mechanism as soon as possible. Such a banking union, which must be open for states beyond the euro zone, could absorb external shocks and reduce the burden on taxpayers by reducing the need for rescue by national budgets. Asmussen also stressed the need to harmonize tax regimes in Europe, particularly with regard to corporate tax.

On 2 December 2013, Rebecca Harms, party chairman of the Greens in the EP, held a lecture as part of the IEP Lunch Debate series (full report). Harms related her experiences from a visit to Ukraine, pointed to the rise of euroskeptical sentiments and, correspondingly, of anti-European populist parties as one of the biggest challenges for European politics in the coming years and stressed the need to regain citizens’ trust in light of the financial crisis. Furthermore, Harms criticized the relative insignificance of climate and energy policy in the current European debate and raised concerns regarding possible adverse effects of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTPI) between the EU and the U.S.

23rd Annual Conference of the German-Hungarian Forum, 28-29 November 2013, IEP Berlin

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxOn 28 and 29 November 2013, the 23rd annual conference of the German-Hungarian Forum was held in the German Federal Foreign Office, attended by over 150 experts from politics, business and academia (full report). In parallel, the third Young German-Hungarian Forum was held in the premises of the Hungarian Embassy in Berlin. The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) organized the conference in cooperation with the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The working groups focused in particular on the topics “Growth, competition, innovation and dual training” as well as “The role of regional cooperations for the future of Europe”. The Young German-Hungarian Forum discussed the topics “Ways out of the crisis and youth unemployment”, “Europe’s value”, the “European Neighbourhood Policy” as well as “Informational self-determination between NSA and Facebook”. The closing address was held by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who discussed the EU’s role in the world and pointed to the important impulses that Germany and Hungary can give together.

Past Autumn events at Science Po, CEE, Paris

LOGO ScPoSeminar: Mémoires de combats. Les archives de l’engagement social et associatif, organized by Service interministériel des Archives de France, Centre d’études européennes and Centre d’histoire of Sciences Po, Tuesday 7 November, Sciences Po, Paris.

International symposium: 2013 Innovations and the Making of Metropolitan Identity, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November 2013, Paris City Hall. In 2011 the Ville de Paris instituted a long-term cycle of seminars. Organized with the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés of Université Paris-Est, the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po, with the support of Paris Métropole and the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR), these meetings bring leading researchers  together and aim to nurture ongoing Parisian thinking on the subject.

LIIA Autumn 2013 Events and Activities

Logo LatviaLatvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia organized an international conference The future prospects of Latvia within the EU’s development: discussions on federalism and its meaning in society”. During the conference LIIA fellows Martins Daugulis and Ieva Bloma presented a research results on meanings of federalism in Latvia’s society – the first qualitative research on people’s perceptions of federalism, EU development and interests of Latvia. The research was carried out by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. It will be available at LIIA home page shortly. Information about the event can be found here.

Public Discussion & Book Presentation: “Latvia’s Place in the Eurasian Trade and Transportation Corridors. Northern Distribution Network: Redefining Partnerships within NATO and Beyond”, November 22, 14:00, Hotel “Bergs”

The Latvian Institute of International Affairs organised a public discussion and book presentation “Northern Distribution Network: Redefining Partnerships within NATO and Beyond”. This is the latest LIIA’s project, concerned not only with the NDN route itself, but also with its prospective commercialization after 2014 and its role in the Eurasian transport corridors. Authors from Azerbaijan, India, Latvia, Germany, Russia, Uzbekistan, and the USA have contributed to the publication. Experts from Azerbaijan, Latvia, Russia and Uzbekistan took part in the discussion in Riga. More information about the event can be found here.

LIIA organized a series of events on Eastern Partnership: 1. “From the Vilnius summit to the Riga summit: priorities, goals, achievements of the Eastern Partnership” (in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia); 2. Towards sustainable European-Belarusian interaction in economics, energy and environment: limitations and opportunities”( in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Riga); 3. “Georgia and Eastern Partnership: after the presidential elections, before the Vilnius Summit” (in cooperation with the Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Latvia).

LIIA Fellows and Associate Fellows participated in a number of international events over the last months and expressed their views in the mass media. Information about these activities is available in the news section of the LIIA home page.

Activities

The LIIA has joined the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN). EPIN spans 26 countries both within and outside the EU, uniting think tanks and policy institutes with the goal to debate on the Future of Europe. You can find more information about this network here: http://www.epin.org/new/

Past Autumn 2013 Events at Sciences Po, Paris

23 September 2013, “Enquêter, de quel droit? Menaces sur l’enquête en sciences sociales“, with Sylvain Laurens and Frédéric Neyrat.

Social sciences in question Seminar: The leading epistemological controversies of our time.

This seminar focused on methodological questions, a fundamental issue in social sciences. They define and base the validity of our research and findings, yet we rarely get to discuss them. The objective of this joint seminar CEE and CERI was precisely that, to provide a place to meet and exchange ideas between the researchers; PhD students were also strongly invited. The aim was to compare our research fields, our methods, our research questions and how to address them, in the light of major epistemological and methodological controversies of today. CEE and the CERI are meeting the challenge to create a collective dynamic at Sciences Po and to strengthen the already existing connections between the two centres. To learn more about this seminar see here.

26-27 November 2013, “International symposium: 2013 Innovations and the Making of Metropolitan Identity“, Paris City Hall.

In 2011 the Ville de Paris instituted a long-term cycle of seminars. Organised with the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés of Université Paris-Est, the Centre d’études Européennes of Sciences Po, with the support of Paris Métropole and the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR), these meetings brought leading researchers together and aimed to nurture ongoing Parisian thinking on the subject.

16th Japan-EU conference, 25 November 2013, Brussels

japanOn Monday the 25th of November the 16th edition of the Japan-EU conference took place in Brussels, jointly organised by TEPSA, KU Leuven, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Waseda University, International Christian University Japan (ICU) and by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Japan and the EU – Living together in a Multipolar World“. It addressed and defined on-going challenges for Japan and the European Union.

Coming a week after the EU-Japan Summit meeting, the main morning sessions of this year’s Japan-EU Conference was devoted to recent developments in EU-Japan relations. The Japanese Ambassador to the EU and the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service debated EU-Japan political relations. Representatives of the European Commission’s DG TRADE and the Japanese Mission to the EU outlined the latest developments in EU-Japan economic relations – with reference to the on-going FTA/EPA negotiations. The afternoon sessions addressed civil protection and humanitarian issues, with speeches from senior policy-makers, researchers and others. Over 2½ years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the session on civil protection and disaster relief will allow an exchange of views as to how the EU and Japan address these issues at home as well as Japan–EU cooperation in multilateral efforts. The final session addressed human security, humanitarian & development assistance and considered disaster reduction – an important part of Japan’s development assistance policy – and ‘human security’. Although the EU and Japan are the world’s second and third largest donors of official humanitarian assistance, a better coordination in the EU-Japan framework is needed.

This annual event provided a unique opportunity to debate both the latest research as well as current policy trends. It brought together academics, experts and policymakers from various parts of the world and proved to be a highly valuable forum to formulate ideas and specific suggestions to fortify the Japan-EU relationship.

For the main conference webpage go to: http://www.eu-japan.eu/16th-japan-eu-conference. For the latest agenda go to: http://www.eu-japan.eu/sites/eu-japan.eu/files/16thJapanEUConference.pdf

Past events at IWE, Budapest

vki_logo_sm25th EAEPE Annual Conference “Beyond Deindustrialisation: The Future of Industries”, 8-9 November 2013, Paris. Lectures by IWE senior research fellow Andrea Szalavetz at the conference by EAEPE (European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy). Title of her first presentation: “Policy support to commercialisation – an instrument to ensure a future for manufacturing in Europe”; Title of her second presentation (co-authored by M. Sass): “Industrial policy options for catching-up GVC actors: the Visegrad countries in the post-crisis GVC environment”.

Jubilee Conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Institute of World Economics, 20 November 2013, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest “Challenges of the world economy – global and national perspectives”. During this half-day event among the speakers (or rather contributors to the panel discussions) were members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Mihály Simai, Tamás Szentes, Béla Kádár, Ádám Török, or doctors of the HAS Judit Kiss and András Inotai – all current or former researchers of IWE (the language of the event was Hungarian).

Conference on “MFF 2014-2020: less money, less Europe? Prospects, interests, explanations”, 25 November 2013, IWE, Budapest. Organised by senior research fellow Miklós Somai, the half-day international event was dedicated to exploring the views of the speakers (representing different institutions or member states) on the new MFF and to discussing the future of common EU policies financed by the 2014-2020 financial framework.

Past Events at IWE, Institute of World Economics, Budapest

vki_logo_smEurope Club, 15 October 2013, Budapest
During the October club meeting the Annual report of the Hungarian-European Business Council on the Hungarian Economy in 2012 (entitled “Confidence and Credibility”) was presented by Mr. János Takács, former president of HEBC.

THESEUS Conference, 17 October 2013 – THESEUS price award to András Inotai

“Thursday workshops” regular monthly workshop at IWE, 07 November 2013
Sándor Meisel presented the topic of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations which was followed by a lively debate (in Hungarian).

Annual academic meeting in the framework of the “Festive Month of Hungarian Science”: Hungary’s choices in the European Research Area. 07 November 2013, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (in Hungarian)
Organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences the potentials of Hungarian science within Europe in the near future. One of the speakers was András Inotai.

40th anniversary event of “Europaeische Rundschau”, 08 November 2013, Vienna
András Inotai provided a critical analysis of the European integration process in a panel discussion with Paul Lendvai, Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Adam Krzeminski and Daniel Vernet.

Europe Club, 19 November 2013, Budapest
During the November club meeting a lecture was given by Ms. Maria Joao Rodrigues under the title “Europe 2020 and the crisis: which are the choices?”

Jubilee Conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Institute of World Economics, 20 November 2013, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest “Challenges of the world economy – global and national perspectives
During this half-day event among the speakers (or rather contributors to the panel discussions) were members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Mihály Simai, Tamás Szentes, Béla Kádár, Ádám Török, or doctors of the HAS Judit Kiss and András Inotai – all current or former researchers of IWE (the language of the event was Hungarian).

Romanian-Hungarian Bilateral Roundtable Conference, 22-23 November 2013
Co-organised by the Romanian National Institute of Economic Research and the Institute of World Economics (CERSHAS) the two-day event was dedicated to such topics as the Transatlantic partnership, public finances in the eurozone and in the Central and Eastern European region, or energy issues. Participants from IWE were: Sándor Meisel, Ágnes Orosz and Csaba Weiner.

Conference on “MFF 2014-2020: less money, less Europe? Prospects, interests, explanations”, 25 November 2013, IWE, Budapest
Organised by senior research fellow Miklós Somai, this half-day international event was dedicated to exploring the views of the speakers (representing different institutions or member states) on the new MFF and to discussing the future of common EU policies financed by the 2014-2020 financial framework. (A short summary in English is available from 10/12/2013 at this site: http://www.vki.hu/events.html)

Japan and EU: Living together in a multipolar world, 16th Japan-EU conference, 25 November 2013, Brussels
Andás Inotai introduced and moderated the panel on “Economic relations with reference to the Free Trade Agreement/Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations”.

The AcadEU Conference “The EU and the post-Yugoslav space: Sharing Knowledge and Experience”, 23 November 2013, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

CIROn 23 November 2013 the first AcadEU Conference took place in Ljubljana at the Faculty of Social Sciences organized by Centre of International Relations. The Conference was the first event of an EU-funded project that aims to create a network of researchers, academia, practitioners and members of civil society from the countries that belonged to former Yugoslavia in order to exchange knowledge and experience on different aspects of European integration. The Conference brought together 100 top researchers, academics and PhD students from different corners of the post-Yugoslav space, featured 13 panels on various topics and offered participants an opportunity to explore ways and means for further collaboration as well as critically discuss political and economic aspects of relations between the EU and the post-Yugoslav space. The Conference was inaugurated with the speeches of the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Bojko Bučar, the Minister of Education, Science, and Sport of Slovenia, Dr. Jernej Pikalo, the Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Slovenia, Ms. Ulla Hudina, and the Keynote address by the Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Ivo Vajgl. One-day gathering resulted in agreements and conclusions that promise substantive follow-ups to this first AcadEU event.Slovenia

For more about the AcadEU project please visit: http://www.acadeu.eu/

“NATO Northern Distribution Network and Latvia’s Role in Eurasian Trade & Transport Corridors”, 22 November 2013, LIIA, Riga

liiaThe Latvian Institute of International Affairs has recently published a book Northern Distribution Network: Redefining Partnerships within NATO and Beyond, which has been produced by an international team of 10 authors from Azerbaijan (Zaur Shiriyev), India (Gulshan Sachdeva), Germany/NATO Defence College (Heidi Reisinger), Latvia (Andris Sprūds, Māris Andžāns, Diāna Potjomkina), Russia (Andrei Kazantsev), the USA (S.Frederick Starr) and Uzbekistan (Guli I.Yuldasheva and Farkhod Tolipov).

On November 22, a public discussion took place in Riga, bringing into the spotlight the importance of the Northern Distribution Network  (NDN) for NATO, its place in Eurasian trade and transport corridors as well as its prospective further commercialization. You can find a summary of the event, as well as video recording and other materials at the link here.

The LIIA gratefully acknowledges the financial support of NATO, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Latvian Railway.

Policy Dialogue: The European Union as Crisis Manager – Patterns and Prospects, 21 November 2013 by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

UI DebateUI’s Mark Rhinard, who also serves as Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre, held a policy dialogue at the European Policy Centre in Brussels the 21 November 2013. Keynote speaker Kristalina Giorgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response (DG ECHO), addressed the development of the EU as crisis manager during the past 3 years, and some crises currently dealt with such as Syria and the Philippines. The Panel discussion between Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director for Crisis Response and Operational Coordination at the External Action Service, Helena Lindberg, Director-General of the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency, Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director for Strategy, Policy and International Co-operation at DG ECHO and Erik Windmar, Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, also addressed the EU’s emerging role as crisis manager both inside and outside of the Union. The speakers agreed that the field of disaster and crisis response is one of the most dynamic areas of EU cooperation.

Roberta Metsola, MEP, speech “Politics of the EU”, 22 November 2013, the Institute for European Studies, Malta

maltaDr Roberta Metsola, MEP, addressed students as part of the Institute for European Studies’ “Politics of the EU” course organised by Dr Mark Harwood. The course provides an in-depth analysis of the actors involved in EU politics and how they interact in running the Union. As part of the course, a guest speaker is invited annually to provide insight into the political dynamics surrounding their job so as to provide practical examples for the students of how the Union may operate in practice as opposed to theory.

German-Nordic-Baltic Forum 2013, IEP Berlin and the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute (EVI)

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxOn 21 and 22 November 2013, the fifth German-Nordic-Baltic Forum was held in Tallinn under the heading „Europe under pressure – how to overcome divisions and secure EU strength and coherence“ (full conference report). The conference was attended by about 50 participants from academia and from the Foreign Offices of the three Baltic states as well as Sweden, Finland and Germany. The significance of a close cooperation on EU matters between the governments of the participating states and of a unified voice on matters of economic and monetary policy was further highlighted by the participation of Estonian Foreign Secretary Urmas Paet, who held the opening speech and had lively discussions with the participants.

EVI logoThe German-Nordic-Baltic Forum was organized in cooperation with the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute (EVI), Tallinn, and financially supported by the Estonian side. As in previous years, the Forum was also generously supported both financially and personally by the German Federal Foreign Office.