TEPSA Newsletter July 2014 Edition



"TEPSA: new opportunities in spite of setback", by Prof. Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

You may have learnt already that the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) has recently received the news that its application for a 2014-2017 operating grant under the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Commission was not selected. This development has come as a great surprise and deception for all involved, since TEPSA is a unique network organisation doing excellent work in promoting knowledge and discussion on EU matters in all member states of the European Union and other interested countries.

TEPSA is unique because it is composed of European Studies Institutes in all the member states of the EU and candidate member states. It also includes a number of associate members that are of pan-European nature. TEPSA organises a variety of activities, joint activities in a broad range of EU policy domains such as the Pre-Presidency Conferences –conferences in the capital of the incoming Presidency of the Council of the EU- and joint projects of all kind. The aim being to stimulate discussion on EU policies, to conduct research on topical subject matters and to stimulate interactions among researchers, policy makers and other interested persons. TEPSA also pays special attention to training young people, future researchers and policy makers. Many young people have benefitted from the TEPSA experience, either by participating in various TEPSA activities such as summer schools, professional skills trainings and seminars. Moreover, cooperation in a bilateral context, between TEPSA member institutes, takes place on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, as a non-profit organization and in view of the multitude of activities, TEPSA cannot function without financial support from external sources. In fact, TEPSA has been able to profit for a long time from a structural support by the European Union. Now, imagine that such a precious network would disappear from the stage. It would be a terrible loss, not only for the member institutes but also, I dare to say, for the member states and, even, for the European Union as such. Indeed, in practice TEPSA really fulfils a crucial role to bring EU cooperation closer to the ordinary citizen and in translating national policy debates to the EU scene.

Therefore there are enough reasons to do our utmost to allow TEPSA to continue its activities. We all must act now, the Board, the Brussels based staff and the partner institutes themselves. The Board has already discussed a variety of options. TEPSA’s member institutes in the capitals will reflect about possibilities to intervene at the political level in their country and to inform relevant partners. Also options are in the making to actively look for alternative financial resources for TEPSA, for example by outsourcing tasks from TEPSA members to the TEPSA office in Brussels. Apart from these ideas the Board would welcome initiatives taken by others aiming to allow TEPSA to continue working.

While trying to obtain the needed support, TEPSA will continue its flagship activities like the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences and its bi-monthly Newsletter (TEPSA's Pre-Presidency Conference in Riga will take place on 4 and 5 December and the Pre-Presidency Conference in Luxembourg in the first week of June 2015). The situation furthermore allows TEPSA to reflect about its core objectives and added value. In doing so, it is TEPSA’s ambition to open new horizons for its future.



"The European Parliament, the winner takes it all", by Prof. Jaap de Zwan, TEPSA Secretary General

We have witnessed an interesting institutional struggle between Member States and the European Parliament about the designation of the personality to become the new Commission President. According to the innovation brought by the Lisbon Treaty the European Council should take into account the results of the European elections once proposing a candidate for President of the Commission.

As to the question how to apply this innovation, the Parliament developed long before the elections of last May a strategy. The idea was to designate candidates of each political grouping, the understanding being that the group who would end in the European elections as ‘biggest’ would be entitled to deliver the Commission's new president. When it became clear that the Christian Democrats came out of the elections as biggest group, the Parliament presented former Prime Minister and former Euro Group Chairman Jean Claude Juncker as their candidate for the Commission’s Presidency.

Now, by not reacting to this strategy and in any case by not contesting the appropriateness of the approach of the European Parliament, Member States in fact lost on beforehand the possibility to object against these suggestions after the elections. Indeed we have seen initiatives of individual and groups of heads of state and government who objected against Jean Claude Juncker. However, all these objections were in vain. Cameron even went so far as linking a possible nomination of Juncker to a withdrawal of his country from the European Union. How far one can fall, and what a weighing of national interests in the British capital ……... !

Anyhow, the European Council who met on 26 and 27 June has accepted Juncker as their candidate. The decision was taken by qualified majority since unanimity was not required. A hot discussion about the further composition of the group is still to come.

In conclusion, the European Parliament has operated cleverly. In the end the Parliament has not only appointed the new Commission President but also selected the person concerned.

Picture : © europarl.europa.eu


TEPSA Provocative Column

"The EU needs to reinforce effective multilateralism as its key strategic objective in a multipolar world" by Juha Jokela, TEPSA Board and Finnish Institute of International Affairs


The return of power politics and collapse of the norms and principles governing European security must serve as a wake-up call for the EU to reinforce its commitment in and instruments to promote world order based on effective multilateralism writes Juha Jokela, the Programme Director of the EU research programme in the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

A world order based on effective multilateralism is one of the key strategic goals of the EU outlined in its first ever security strategy in 2003. At the time, the concept was seen as a response to George W. Bush administration’s unilateralist tendencies, and linked to previous Clinton administration’s multilateralist commitment and policies of first assertive and then deliberative multilateralism. In both sides of the Atlantic, promoting multilateralism has meant support and confidence in international institutions, rules and partnerships. These in turn have been seen central in addressing conflicts, transnational challenges, sharing burden of and securing legitimacy for leadership in world politics, as well as promoting market economy in an interconnected and globalized world. Due to EU’s history and character, multilateralism is argued to be deeply embedded in its identity and thus reflected to its external relations.

Many have however suggested a crisis of multilateralism in world politics. Existing arrangements and institutions are often portrayed as politically weak, bureaucratic and therefore inefficient and unable to reform. At the same time, multipolarity has cast a shadow over the future of multilateralism. The increasing number of powerful global players has made it more difficult to realize common interests and absolute gains, and has highlighted national interests and relative gains. Even if the EU has aimed to utilize its strategic partnership with the US during Obama administration, and ‘multilateralize multipolarity’, effective multilateralism and EU’s global strategy in general seem to be increasingly outdated. Not least because of the sharpened internal divisions within the EU which saw daylight long before the financial and economic crisis that has led to an increasingly differentiated EU.

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Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute

Centre d’études européennes (CEE) at Sciences Po, France

Sciences Po is the leading French research university in political science, international relations and sociology, according to the recently published QS rankings of international universities by discipline. Sciences Po hosts 60 full-time professors, more than 200 researchers, 80 foreign professors invited each year and 400 academic partnerships with universities around the world. It offers 7 graduate programmes. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, it associates and combines skills and know-how from the different social sciences.

The Centre d’études européennes is a research centre which has been founded at Sciences Po in 2005 to fulfil three main missions: to develop research on European questions at Sciences Po; to facilitate Sciences Po’s insertion in European research networks; to foster the European debate on the future of Europe.It is currently bringing together 27 full-time researchers and professors, about 40 PhD students, and a large number of research associates. The Centre’s researchers are affiliated with four departments (political science, sociology, law and history), as well as with the Paris School for International Affairs (PSIA). Researchers at the CEEare closely involved in the teaching programmes at Sciences Po: undergraduate, professional and research Masters and Ph.D. The CEE is more specifically associated with the definition of teaching programs and the management of the Masters of European Affairs and Urban Affairs, the Master in Comparative political sociology as well as Ph.D programs in law and political science. The range of teaching covers the majority of field study in political science and sociology: European studies, comparative politics, political sociology, policy analysis as well as qualitative and quantitative methods.

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News from TEPSA Secretariat

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

PADEMIA – 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 ...

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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...

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

In view of the current debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the seminar dealt with a European Council simulation...

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

The TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference "Moving the Union Forward : Involvement, Growth, Sustainability" will take place on 4-5 December 2014 in Riga. Issues such as citizen's concerns in a stronger EU, Transatlantic partnership, or Eastern partnership are to be discussed.

A draft programme will be available soon.


News from TEPSA Member Institutes

News from the Institute for European Studies, University of Malta

The second Jean Monnet conference took place on 5 May at Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta (programme).

The response in the project to analyze the first decade of EU membership has been overwhelming. The institute has received titles and abstracts (some are still pending so please send them in). See the list.You are still in time to join this team of University academics and specialists.

The 8th occasional paper in the Jean Monnet series, written by Dr Simone Borg Deputy Dean Faculty of Law, has been published. 'Adapting to climate change from a regional perspective'. Read.

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Ambassador Ferdinando Nelli Fierce, Preseident of the IAI, appointed European Commissioner in the Commission chaired by Manuel Barroso.

 The ambassador Nelli Fierce replaces Antonio Tajani, who was elected to the European Parliament on 25 May and that now sits in the Assembly in Strasbourg. President of the Institute for International Affairs (IAI) since 4 July 2013, the ambassador Nelli Fierce, thanks to its experience and expertise in European and international affairs, the past year has given a strong impetus to the consolidation and development of the activities of the IAI. His appointment to the European Commission is also a recognition of the commitment and contribution of the IAI, from the beginning of the Institute, to promote and support European integration.


Director elected at IIRPS VU

On 10 June, the Council of Institute of International Relations and Political Science carried out elections of the Director. Professor Ramūnas Vilpišauskas was re-elected Director of IIRPS for the next 5 years.

 Ramūnas Vilpišauskas has been the Director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, since 2009. Before assuming this position he worked as a Chief Economic and Social Policy Advisor to the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus from 2004 to 2009, for the last three years of his advisory work he has also been the Chief of Staff at the President’s office. He has been a visiting fellow at several universities in the USA (Syracuse University) and Canada (Carleton University), has been a Fulbright scholar at the Columbia University, conducted research at a number of European institutions including European University Institute (Florence). He has an extensive list of publications on European integration, EU enlargement, international trade policy, policy analysis and political economy of reforms. One of his recent publications is Eurozone Crisis and European Integration: Functional Spillover, Political Spillback?, in Journal of European Integration, vol. 35, no. 3, April 2013, p. 361-373.

News from the Istituti Affari Internazionali (IAI)

IAI contributes to Expert Report for NATO Secretary General : IAI Deputy Director, Nathalie Tocci, together with nine other Policy Experts, were asked by NATO to draft a report for the Secretary General outlining future scenarios and advancing policy options on various dimensions of NATO’s activities in light of the growing tensions in Europe’s neighbourhood and beyond. Press Release

The IAI invite submissions that explore the following topic "Building Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Challenges and Policy Options" Read more

IAI Staff : Gianni Bonvicini, Ettore Greco and Nathalie Tocci, respectively  as Executive Vicepresident, Director and Deputy Director of IAI, were reappointed for the years 2014-17.

Danube Award to András Inotai, Professor Emeritus of the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Danube Award presented by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy and the Institute of the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and was forwarded to  András Inotai in the framework of the JRC High-level event on the Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy, Vienna, 25 June 2014.

 News from FIIA

 SAC’s annual meeting : The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) of the Institute convened in Helsinki on 22-23 May. The annual meeting, which was chaired by Dr. Volker Perthes, Director of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), assessed FIIA’s performance.

 Staff news : Dr Andras Racz, an expert on the relations between Russia and Central European countries, will join the EU’s Eastern Neigbourhood and Russia Research Programme in August. He has previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and as a Lecturer at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Department of International Studies.

 Research Fellow Elina Sinkkonen defended her thesis Rethinking Chinese National Identity: The Wider Context of Foreign Policy Making dur­ing the Era of Hu Jintao, 2002-2012 at University of Oxford in May.


Upcoming events at TEPSA Member Institutes

Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Events Summer 2014

FIIA will organise a discussion on European Security on 15 July in Pori as a part of the SuomiAreena event. Matti Anttonen, Eero Heinäluoma, Mari Kiviniemi, Alexander Stubb and Teija Tiilikainen will discuss how the crisis in Ukraine has affected European security.

 CUSPP Summer Session. The Center for US Politics and Power at FIIA will organise a summer research session on Nordic-Baltic Security and Changing US Geostrategy in Helsinki and Tallinn on 27-30 August, 2014. The program will include work­shops and presentations by Deputy Director Magnus Nordenman (Brent Scowcroft Center at the Atlantic Council), Professor Dan Hamilton, (Johns Hopkins University), Visiting Senior Fellow Robert Nurick and Programme Director Mika Aaltola.

In July 2015, FIIA will organise a final Colloquium of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Helsinki +40 project (find out more).

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

The 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 ...

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Past Events at TEPSA Members Institutes

Past Events, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), April-July 2014

In April-May the institute and its webzine AffarInternazionali focused their efforts in stimulating the debate on the European elections through a series of conferences on the challenges facing the new EU: 28 April, Turin. Round table on “Quale Unione europea per il futuro? Status quo, più integrazione sovranazionale o cooperazione confederale?”, in cooperation with the University of Turin and CSF More

Past Events, Sciences Po Centre d'Etudes Européennes (CEE), May-July 2014

A conference on “Villes sobres ? Réseaux techniques et transitions”,  was held on 2 and 3 July 2014 in Paris, organised by Sciences Po, SAFEGE, Suez Environnement, AFD, ANR, GDF SUEZ, Advancity, Chaire ville, Ecole des Ponts Paristech. More

A colloquium was organised about “Stratégies nationales de croissance et protection sociale”, on 26 June 2014 in Paris, in cooperation with the Ministère des Affaires sociales et de la Santé, Ministère des Finances et des Comptes publics, Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et du Dialogue social, Sciences Po, CEE & LIEPP, CEPREMAP. More


EU-Moldova Forum 2014, 19-20 June 2014 in Balti, Moldova. Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb.

The IRMO Department for European Integration cooperates with the Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE) on preparation of the analytical study “Speeding up Moldova’s EU integration process through progress in the field of anticorruption – Lessons learned from Croatia”. This is an activity within framework of the “EU-Moldova Think Tank Dialogue” project ... Read more

Past Events, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), June-July 2014

"Reassuring the Baltics: Strategies, Tactics, Own Capabilities and NATO’s Role". This public discussion was organized on 1 June by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with support of NATO and features experts from Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany and NATO.

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 Kultaranta Talks 8-9 June, 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 Institute of International Affairs (IIA) Iceland May-June 2014

Nationalism, Identity and the EU
, 13 May. The influential role played by nationalism, identity and cultural heritage with regard to attitudes towards European integration was explored. The seminar provided an overview of the rise of nationalistic and independence movements in Europe following ...

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Past events Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), May-June 2014

Research study tour in Berlin: Understanding German power. In May 2014, the Foreign Policy research area at DIIS carried out a study tour in Berlin to learn more about the priorities and current developments in German foreign policy. The visit included a closed-door workshop at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, where DIIS researchers Rasmus Alenius Boserup and Ulla Holm presented the main findings of a recent research project on Algeria, and German counterparts presented the main issues defining German Eastern policy in light of ... Read more

Past Events, Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IWE HAS), May-July 2014

“Thursday workshops” regular monthly workshop at IWE, 3 July 2014, Budapest. The workshop was dedicated to the broad topic of “Crisis management in the UK, the case of the Scottish referendum and Britain’s relations to the EU”, presented by senior researcher Krisztina Vida.

Roundtable discussion with Erhard Busek, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, András Inotai, Karl Fürst zu Schwarzenberg and Karl Sevelda on “25 Years European Reunion”, organized by the Raiffeisen Bank International on 26 June in Vienna.


Past Events Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), March-May 2014

IEP Lunch Debate with Hans-Dieter Lucas, German and European Foreign Policy in Times of the Crisis, on 27 May 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin (IEP). On 27 May 2014, Hans-Dieter Lucas, Political Director at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, held a lecture as part of the IEP Lunch Debate series (see LINK for the full report). Lucas highlighted the new threat emerging due to the crisis in Ukraine ...

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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, HIIA, PISM, SFPA

The Institute of 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 organized the conference "The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further". The event took place on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 ... Read more

Past Events Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE), February- June 2014

Activities on Republic of Moldova

CRPE – both Romanian and Moldovan branches - has built up a framework of extensive cooperation between the two countries and through its EU-Moldova Think Tank Dialogue” project ...




Publications Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Spring 2014

Tamás Novák, Implications of the TTIP on the Global Economic Integration of Central and Eastern Europe. Kihívások (Challenges) No. 210. IWE, MTA KRTK, Budapest, 2014. Read

 Tamás Novák, Economic Perspectives of the Western Balkans – Back to the Past. Kihívások (Challenges) No. 211. IWE, MTA KRTK, Budapest, 2014. Read


Publications Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Spring 2014

EU After the Economic Crisis. The final report of the EU After the Economic Crisis project, which was carried out in cooperation with the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) and funded Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, has been published. More

Publication Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Spring 2014

European Political Challenges in the Context of the European Parliament Elections and Latvia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014 (in Latvian)


TEPSA Report "The 2014 EP Election Campaign in the Member States: National Debates, European Elections" by Mirte van den Berge

"This time it will be different", that was the slogan of the information campaign for the 2014 European Parliament elections of the European Parliament (EP) itself. While the EP has been directly elected since 1979, its elections are traditionally regarded as second-order elections...

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Interview with Prof Heinz Gärtner "Die Ukraine braucht großen Deal" in the Salzburger Nachrichten, 7 May 2014

Es brennt lichterloh. Deshalb müssen der Westen und Russland jetzt konkrete Vorschläge für eine Ukraine-Lösung vorlegen ...

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Publications from the Jean Monnet Chair Pr. Wessels, May 2014

Hanna-Lisa Hauge and Wolfgang Wessels, Wer regiert? Der Europäische Rat und die Europäische Kommission in der institutionellen Architektur der EU, GWP - Gesellschaft. Wirtschaft. Politik, Issue 1/2014, pp. 37-50.

Wolfgang Wessels, Revisiting the Monnet Method - A contribution to the periodisation of the European Union's History, in Bachem-Rehm, Michaela/Hiepel, Claudia/Türk, Henning (eds): Teiling überwinden. Europäische und Internationale Geschichte im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Festschrift für Wilfried Loth, Munich 2014, pp. 49-59.

Publications Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague, May 2014

Ondrej Ditrych, Karabakh’s Twenty Years Crisis: The EU Should Do More, policy paper, the Institute of International Relations, 21 May 2014. Twenty years have passed since the armistice in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict was concluded. The EU, while designing an ambitious agenda to create a ring of peaceful and prosperous states in its neighbourhood ... Read more

Publications Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), May 2014

Nissen, Christine: ‘ Voting Behavior in the European Parliament 2009-2014: Implications for EU and national Politics’, DIIS Report, the Danish Institute for International Studies, May 2014. To illustrate how big a role the European Parliament plays in shaping EU legislation, and how the political and ideological composition of the European Parliament ultimately decides ... Read more.

Publications Istituto Affari Internazionali, April-May 2014

Nine new reports on European Union by the Istituto Affari Internazionali – IAI, April - May 2014

Caspian Gas, TANAP and TAP in Europe's Energy Security, by Ariel Cohen (IAI Working Papers 14|06) 14 April 2014, pages 16. Russia's occupation of the Crimea and possible incorporation of Eastern Ukrainian regions demonstrated Europe's vulnerability to Gazprom's energy power. Whatever the EU's reactions ... Read more

Publications Sciences Po CEE, November 2013-May 2014

Bagarella, Giacomo, Defense Retrenchment in Europe: The Advantages of a Collaborative Reponse to Relative Decline and Economic Crisis, Les Cahiers européens de Sciences Po, n° 03/2013, November 2013, 30 p. This article examines the military retrenchment of regional powers in the face of a sudden economic crisis, thus distinguishing itself from  ... More


Publications Institute für Europäische Politik (IEP) December 2013 – May 2014

Julian Pänke, Moving beyond the normative-geopolitical ambiguity of the EU’s imperial politics in the Neighbourhood: The case of Lebanon, IEP Policy Paper on Eastern Europe and Central Asia No. 4, 21 May 2014. Since 2011, the war in Syria threatens the security and balance of power in the Near East ...

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Publications Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE), February 2013 - June 2014

Cristian Ghinea, Amanda Paul, and Victor Chirila, Helping Moldova stay on the EU course. Proposals for a real ‘more for more’ approach. Romanian, European Policy Center, 11 December 2013.

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News from outside the TEPSA Network

New LLM/MA in Law and Government of the European Union - LUISS University (Rome)

Promoted jointly by the LUISS Department of Law and the LUISS School of Government, this second level advanced master focuses on European Union (EU) legal, institutional and policy issues. The process of Europeanization calls into question the separation between domestic and European legal and policies regimes. This advanced second-level master provides the necessary training to enable graduates in legal and policy affairs to operate in this new context within EU institutions; law firms and private companies; public and private organizations; NGOs and non-profit associations; regional and national institutions; regulatory and consultancy agencies; banks and financial institutions. Application deadline : 15 July.

For more information, click here.