TEPSA Newsletter

November-December 2018


The TEPSA Secretariat wishes you festive holidays and a happy new year!



BREXIT, let the British people speak!

Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

On Monday 10 December Prime Minister Theresa May deferred the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in British parliament, without mentioning a new date. Mrs May aimed to get (legal) assurances from her EU partners about the modalities how to apply –and end– the agreed ‘backstop’, the arrangement according to which... 

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TEPSA institute of the month

Centre of International Relations (CIR)

Established in 1981, the Centre of International Relations (CIR) is an integral part of the research Institute of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. CIR has become one of the central national and regional institutes providing expertise in the fields of International Relations, European Integration and...

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News from the TEPSA Secretariat


• The TEPSA General Assemby was organised in Bucharest on 22 November

• The TEPSA Romanian Pre-Presidency Conference was organised in Bucharest, 22-23 November

• The TEPSA Recommendations for the Romanian Presidency are now available

• New TEPSA Brief “Multistakeholderism in the EU’s Trade Governance”, Diana Potjomkina

• New TEPSA Brief “Euro or no Euro, that is the question”, Petr Kratochvíl & Zdeněk Sychra

• New TEPSA Explainer "Making the invisible visible – The EU’s impact on the lives of Slovenian people", Maja Buçar

• New TEPSA Brief “Strengthening the EU as a security actor: citizens’ views and perspectives”, Juha Jokela

• New TEPSA Explainer "The European Union Global Strategy and the EU’s role in the world", Pol Morillas

• New TEPSA Explainer "The future of Economic and Monetary Union", Michele Chang

• Student Papers on "Solidarity in the EU" from the TEPSA Student Contest are now available

• TEPSA & FIIA are organising a National Convention on the topic of “European Council Meeting De-Brief” on 19 December

• TEPSA & the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” of the Ss. Cyril and Methodus University National Convention organised a conference on the topic of “Law, Justice and Politics in the Contemporary Democratic Context” on 10 December

• TEPSA & the University of Nicosia organised a National Convention on the topic of “The EU’s position in the Cyprus Public Dialogue” on 27 November

• TEPSA & CIR organised a National Convention on the topic of "The Future of the European Union" on 3 December

• TEPSA & IESIR organised a National Convention on the topic of “Raising Awareness on the European Parliament Elections” on 10 December

• The EU@Work Seminars on EU Affairs was organised on 12-15 November

• The EU@Work Seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies was organised on 4-7 December



• FEUTURE Online Paper No. 27: “Greek-Turkish Relations and the Cyprus dispute: impact on Turkey-EU scenarios”

• Project FEUTURE: European Council meeting simulation on EU-Turkish relations

• Read FEUTURE News Ticker summarising 2018 activities

• Check out the latest FEUTURE activities

• Subscribe to FEUTURE Newsletter

More news from the FEUTURE project




• Calls for papers: Policy Papers and Student Papers

• Call for Applications: VIADUCT PhD Workshop – “The EU and Turkey at a Crossroad? Crisis, Change, and Reform”

• Call for Teaching Papers on new and creative ideas for teaching Turkey’s relations with the European Union

• Have a look at VIADUCT December 2018 Newsletter 

• VIADUCT is also on Twitter and Facebook

• Subscribe to the VIADUCT Newsletter

More news from the VIADUCT project 



• Register for the SEnECA Midterm Conference and Scenario Workshop: “EU and Central Asia Relations: Current Trends and Future Prospects” taking place on 29-31 January 2019

• Policy Paper No. 6: Economic relations and trade – Mapping strategies of Russia, USA and China towards Central Asia

• Policy Paper No 7: Cultural and other relations – Mapping EU-Central Asia relations

• Policy Paper No. 8: Cultural and other relations – Mapping Central Asia’s relations with other Asian states

• Policy Paper No. 9: Cultural and other relations – Mapping strategies of Russia, USA and China towards Central Asia

• SEnECA Blog: "Why teaching and researching the EU in Central Asia?", by Khaydarali Yunusov

• SEnECA Blog: "High Pace of Reforms in the Educational Sector in Turkmenistan", by Guljamal Nurmuhamedova

• Check the Autumn-Winter edition of the SEnECA newsletter

• SEnECA is also on Twitter and Facebook

• Subscribe to the SENECA Newsletter

More news from the SEnECA project


Expertise for the European Parliament

• "Rule of law and human rights in Cuba and Venezuela and EU engagement", Par Egstrom, Giulia Bonacquisti (European Parliament)


 News from TEPSA Members and Friends

• Razumkov Centre and Atlantic Council’s organised a joint event (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

• Podcast episode “Is the EU ready to handle the major challenges it is facing?” (NUPI, Norway)

• Expert Discussion “Reformatting The European Integration Process: Opportunities and Risks for the Ukraine-EU Association” (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

• Schuman Centre’s Professor Brigid Laffan listed among "The women who shape Brussels" (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy)

• NUPI coordinated project EUNPACK’s contribution to the MERI Forum 2018 (NUPI, Norway)

• “Humans of Natolin” project initiated by students (CoE, Poland) 

• Lecture "From Gendering Management to Managing Genderby Ursula Hirschmann (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy) 

More news


Upcoming calls


• Call for applications for the Doctoral Programme at the European University Institute (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy)

• Call for applications for the academic year 2019-2020 of the College of Europe is now open (CoE, Belgium)

• Call for Papers for the 8th Florence Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy)

• Call for Papers for the ‘2019 Annual Scientific Seminar on Media & the Digital Economy’ (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy)

More upcoming calls


Upcoming events


• High-level Conference: The Internal Market 2.0 (CoE, Belgium)

• Conference: War & Peace in the 21st Century: Cities as Place of Refuge and Promoters of Peace (CIDOB, Spain)

• Lunchtime debate: The strategy and priorities of the European Union as to Education and Training after 2020 (CIFE, France)

• Executive Training Seminar: Economy in War-torn Countries: Pathways to Recovery and Reconstruction (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy)

• Kick-off meeting: EU IDEA project (IAI, Italy)

• Lunchtime debate: What European solidarity to respond to humanitarian emergencies in the Mediterranean? (CIFE, France)

• EACES Workshop: The Rise of State Capitalism: consequences for economic and political development (IWE, Hungary)   

More upcoming events

Click here for the the events archive.


Latest publications from the TEPSA network



European Integration & Institutional Affairs 


• “Reformatting the European integration process: Opportunities and Risks for the Ukraine-EU association” (Razumkov Centre, Ukraine)

• “Issue 4/2018 of Integration” (IEP, Germany)

• “Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Norway’s Options. Chapter in The Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”, Ulf Sverdrup (NUPI, Norway)

• “Europeanization Revisited: Central and Eastern Europe in the European Union”, Michal Matlak, Frank Schimmelfennig & Tomasz Wozniakowski (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy)

• “The Nordic-Baltic region in the EU: A loose club of friends”, Piret Kuusik and Kristi Raik (EFPI, Estonia)

• “Exiting Brexit: The Possibilities”, Dr Andrew Blick (The Federal Trust, UK)

More publications on European Integration & Institutional Affairs


European Commission public consultations 


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

• Public consultation on the evaluation of the offshore safety directive

• Public consultation on the EU Single Window environment for customs

Find more Commission public consultation here


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