TEPSA Newsletter

September 2018



Juncker’s State of the Union 2018: valuable proposals at a crucial moment

Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

Jean-Claude Juncker gave on 12 September his last State of the Union speech before the European Parliament. Many of his ideas were criticised by capitals as unrealistic, unhelpful, too costly and premature. In some comments Juncker’s suggestions were even experienced as an infringement of national sovereignty. Most criticisms, however, are unfounded. To mention some examples... 

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TEPSA institute of the month


Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

CIDOB is an independent and plural think tank based in Barcelona, dedicated to the study, research and analysis of international affairs. Created in 1973 as an International Documentation Centre of Barcelona, it is a private foundation since 1979.

CIDOB is a dynamic community of analysts that works to produce and offer to all political actors –from individual citizens to international organisations– information and...

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News from the TEPSA Secretariat

• TEPSA-OEGfE event on “The Future of Europe – Views from the Capitals” took place in Brussels 

• TEPSA-OEGfE event on “The Future of Europe – Views from the Capitals” took place in Vienna

• TEPSA-LIIA Public Discussion in Ogre, Latvia, “Latvia in the United States of Europe?”

• New TEPSA Brief: “Which future for EU-Swiss relations? A citizens’ perspective”, Sabine Jenni (ETH, Zurich) 

• Meet the new TEPSA Project Officer, the new TEPSA Financial Manager and the new TEPSA Trainee

• TEPSA awarded with a new Horizon2020 project “InDivEU”

• Call for applications for the EU@Work Seminar on EU Affairs 

• Call for applications for the EU@WorkSeminar on Asylum and Migration policies

• TEPSA organised a student contest on the theme “Solidarity in the EU”

• TEPSA Chairman Michael Kaeding spoke in the event “The Future of Europe – National Perspectives” at the Sieps headquarters in Stockholm


PONT News 



• Check out the latest FEUTURE activities

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More news from the FEUTURE project




• Check the September 2018 Newsletter of VIADUCT!

• VIADUCT is also on Twitter and Facebook

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More news from the VIADUCT project 



• Nine policy papers mapping EU - Central Asia relations have just been published

• SEnECA Policy Paper 1: Political and security relations – Mapping EU-Central Asia relations 

• SEnECA BLOG: "Strengthening the EU-Kazakh Relations: from Capacity to Feasibility"

• SEnECA BLOG: "Europe’s Security Stake in Central Asia"

• SEnECA BLOG: "The 'New Silk Road' and Kyrgyzstan: problems and perspectives"

• SEnECA is also on Twitter and Facebook

• Subscribe to the SENECA Newsletter

More news from the SEnECA project


Expertise for the European Parliament


• Universal jurisdiction and international crimes: Constraints and best practices, Florian Jeßberger, Julia Krebs, Cedric Ryngaert (European Parliament)

More recent studies for the European Parliament



 News from TEPSA Members and Friends


•  Launch of the project: "Comparative Analysis of the Approach Towards China: V4+ and One Belt One Road" (IWE, Hungary)

• Publication of issue 2/2018 of Integration (IEP, Germany)

• Andreja Jaklič participated at the 5th Annual AIB-CEE Chapter Conference on international entrepreneurship in Krákow, Poland (CIR, Slovenia)

• Petra Roter participated at the launch of the edited volume titled Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: The Strasbourg Effect in Strasbourg (CIR, Slovenia)

• The RSCAS of the European University Institute welcomes more than 30 Visiting Fellows, 14 Robert Schuman Fellows, 11 Jean Monnet, 11 Max Weber & 3 Marie Curie Fellows (RSCAS, Italy)

• Key Takeaways from the conference “Nordic-Baltic Visions for Europe” (EVI, Estonia)

• The Spinelli Group launched its Manifesto for the Future of Europe

• Meet Luigi Burroni, Visiting Professor at SciencesPo CEE (SPCEE, France)

• The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs has established their Centre for European Studies (NUPI, Norway)

• Visit of the participants of the Enlargement Academy to Natolin (CoE, Poland)

• Lecture of Ádám Kerényi (IWE): "Soft budget constraint concept's relevance: GFEC, FinTechs and Brexit-vote" in the 5th WINIR Conference in the Chinese University, Hong Kong

• Dr. Matúš Halás has become a new member of the IIR team (IIR, Czech Republic)

• Pol Morillas has been appointed new Director of CIDOB (CIDOB, Spain)

• Ruth Ferrero-Turrión, new Think Visegrad Fellow of IIR (IIR, Czech Republic) 

• New research project on the Transformation of Global Governance launched jointly by the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair and the School of Transnational Governance (RSCAS, Italy)

• Start of the Academic Year 2018/2019 at the Natolin campus (CoE, Poland)

• The IAI has won a major Horizon 2020 project on differentiated integration in the European Union (IAI, Italy)

• Meet Joachim Englisch, Alfred Grosser Chair and Visiting Fellow at SciencesPo CEE (SPCEE, France)

More news


Upcoming calls


• Call for Applications: "STSMS and ITC Conference Grants" (SPCEE, France)

• Call for Applications: EU@Work Seminar on EU Affairs for BA students (TEPSA)

• Call for Applications: EU@Work Seminar on Asylum and Migration policies for MA students (TEPSA)


More upcoming calls


Upcoming events


• 15 October, Paris: Conference "The Growth of Shadow Banking: A Comparative Institutional Analysis" (SCPEE, France)

• 15 October -12 November: Workshops for training and strengthening the capabilities of the public sector in the framework of the RESTAURA project (IRMO, Croatia)

• 17 October, Brussels. Public debate "Innovation in development: the future of  EU International cooperation" (IAI, Italy)

• 22 October, Warsaw. Debate "Polish Independence Regained: One Hundred Years On" (CoE, Poland)

• 23 October, Bruges: High Level EU Diplomacy Lecture “The EU’s Arctic Diplomacy: Key Challenges and Strategic Response” (CoE, Belgium)

• 12 November, Nicosia: "The Eurozone Crisis and the Future of the EU" (CEIA, Cyprus)

• 19-20 November, Florence. Exiting war economy dynamics: The impact on stabilisation and reconstruction in the MENA. MEDirections Annual Conference (RSCAS, Italy)

• 29-30 November, Budapest: 4th SVOC "The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism" conference in Central European University (IWE, Hungary)

• 29-30 November. Prague: Conference “Moving Sands in Global Politics and European Security: Resilience and Beyond” (IIR, Czech Republic)


More upcoming events

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Latest publications from the TEPSA network



European Integration & Institutional Affairs 

• Seventh interview of the “Klartext” series: "How does a European Future for Ukraine look like?" (IEP, Germany)

• "Traité d'études parlementaires", Olivier Rozenberg, Eric Thiers (SCPEE, France)

• "Liberal Intergovernmentalism and the Crises of the European Union", Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

• "How the EU really works", Olivier Costa, Nathalie Brack (CoE, Belgium)

• "Withdrawal under article 50 TEU: an integration-friendly process", Christophe Hillion (NUPI, Norway)

More publications on European Integration & Institutional Affairs



Climate & Energy 

• "The Divisive Nord Stream Two Gas Pipeline", John Szabó (IWE, Hungary)

More publications on Climate & Energy


European Commission public consultations 


The European Commission has launched a number of public consultations concerning issues regularly covered by member institutes of the TEPSA network:

•  Public consultation on the stocktaking of the Commission's 'better regulation' approach

•  Evaluation of the activities of the EU Intellectual Property Office related to enforcement and the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Regulation No 386/2012)

• Public consultation on the strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions

Find more Commission public consultations here


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