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TEPSA Newsletter February 2016 Edition

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Editorial

 

Schengen has imploded: how to save Schengen?

 

The EU and its member states have been completely overtaken by the refugee crisis, more particularly in view of the numbers of migrants and the intensity of the process. We were not sufficiently prepared. Whether we could have foreseen the crisis, is another question.

In theory suitable instruments were available to counter the crisis. In view of the 'single human space' (the de facto borderless Schengen area) created after setting up the single market, the accomplishment of some important tasks should have been ensured at the EU external borders: the registration of the claims for asylum or other forms of protection, the identification of the applicants and the examination of the individual applications. Also the return of irregular migrants to their country of origin should have been prepared at our external borders. In this whole process fast procedures should have been applied.

In practice, however, our external borders appeared to be permeable. The weak role of Frontex is certainly an element in this discussion. However, at the time this agency was founded, member states did not want to have a strong European organisation responsible to exercise, as it were autonomously, controls at the external EU borders. On the contrary, member states preferred an organisation with a mandate to merely 'assist' them, upon their request. As it turned out, during the crisis individual member states started to develop their own approaches, varying from respectively allowing immediate passage, showing hospitality and openness, to the closing of borders and the construction of fences. Consequently, disorder arose and migrants evidently chose to travel (only) to those member states with an open attitude towards them. In short, a result completely contrary to the principles of solidarity and burden sharing. An approach also far from the common solutions which were so desperately needed.

Who is to blame for the situation that has occurred? Certainly not the European Union or, more particularly, the Commission. Indeed, the Commission has always monitored the situation carefully and tabled suitable proposals to counter the situation. Therefore, the member states are rather to blame. Either they did not implement obligations they had accepted in an earlier stage, or they were not willing to be engaged in a process of solidarity leading to common solutions. Is Europe lacking visionary politicians these days?

What should happen now? As much as possible, we have to try to transform the present chaotic situation into the one which should have been envisaged right from the start of the crisis. That means fast procedures for the registration, identification and examination of the applications for asylum. In view of the huge number of migrants a fair system of relocation across the member states cannot be avoided, also an effective system to return irregular migrants to their country of origin is needed. A supplementary measure could be to implement the ‘humanitarian admission scheme’ with Turkey. According to that scheme, a reduction of irregular inflows into Europe will be coupled with a (voluntary) admission in Europe of (primarily Syrian) migrants who were received in Turkey but are in need of protection. Another idea could be to ‘internationalise’ the problem, and to invite other ‘safe’ third countries to take their responsibility in the crisis and to accept a number of migrants in their respective countries. It is by the way surprising that this question has not been put more explicitly on the international agenda.

At the end of 2015, the Commission presented its proposal regarding the establishment of a European Border and Coast Guard: a good proposal aiming to secure control over the EU's external borders in the Mediterranean. Indeed, everybody understands that a common, European, organisation is needed to fulfil such a complicated task in difficult and, even, dangerous times. In the given circumstances, the full responsibility to control these borders cannot be left any longer to those member states geographically located in the territory where these borders are drawn. The European Council of 18 February has called for an acceleration of the work with a view to reaching political agreement under the Dutch Presidency. Let’s hope that the competent ministers will do everything possible to restore an effective – and common – Schengen system well before the Dutch Presidency ends.

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary-General

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Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute



Introducing the Faculty of Economics - University of Montenegro

The Faculty of Economics is one of the most important educational and research institutions in Montenegro. During its 55 years of hard work and outstanding efforts, the Faculty has proven to be one of the key actors in creating adequate staff support and expertise in the process of building a modern economic and business environment. In addition to the educational element, the Faculty of Economics remains a fundamental partner in the implementation of economic reforms and EU integration.

In addition to educational activity, the Faculty engages in scientific research, teaching and scientific and professional activities in various forms. This, first of all, includes various projects, courses for knowledge innovation, professional development and training of personnel, consulting, scientific and expert discussions, academic and professional cooperation with other institutions, publishing professional and scientific publications, etc.

It is a leading research institution in international economics, EU and development issues, it is one of the most relevant institutions domestically and regionally in these fields. Professors and researches from the Faculty of Economics are very active in the public debate in their fields of expertise and make frequent appearances in the media.

Today, the Faculty of Economics in Podgorica successfully cooperates with institutions of higher education from abroad, as well as with other business entities, as evidenced by a large number of signed cooperation agreements, in the region, the European Union and the United States. Through the implementation of various forms of cooperation with partner institutions, the Faculty of Economics allows its teachers, researchers and students to expand their knowledge and expertise in exchange programmes on the basis of European programmes and gain professional skills through practical experience in companies across Europe.

The Faculty of Economics in Podgorica was established in 1960 by the decision of the National Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro. The Faculty is a state body under the University of Montenegro and Ministry of Education, but operates independently as a non-political institution in all its professional activities. The main source of funding is represented by the State budget, student fees and research grants from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science, EU, UNDP, World Bank and private companies.

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News from TEPSA Secretariat

 

TEPSA Secretariat welcomes its new Project Officer and its new Trainee

Mariam KHOTENASHVILI is TEPSA’s new Project Officer. She helps to manage various EU-funded projects such as PONT and FEUTURE as well as various studies conducted for the European Parliament’s Policy Department. She liaises with TEPSA’s member institutes, promoting visibility of their research findings and helping to bridge academic research with policy-making. Mariam also contributes to the coordination of the biannual TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences. Her background combines research coordination, policy advocacy, project management and academic work. Her fields of expertise include EU foreign and development policies and the European Neighbourhood Policy. Mariam holds Master’s degrees in EU International Relations and Diplomacy (College of Europe) and in Conflict Studies and Human Rights (Utrecht University). Prior to joining TEPSA Mariam worked for Transparency International Georgia and ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy and undertook traineeships at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO and at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Giulia BONACQUISTI is a Trainee at TEPSA since February 2016, where she works on projects related to human rights, frozen conflicts, and parliamentary democracy in the EU. She is also responsible for the bi-monthly newsletter and the social media management of the organisation. Giulia holds a Master Degree in Political Sciences and European Studies from Roma Tre University (Italy) and an Advanced Master in European Integration from the Institute of European Studies of Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Her field of specialisation is European Foreign Policy, with a particular focus on the EU’s relations with its neighbourhood. Prior to joining TEPSA, she worked at EU-Logos, a Brussels-based think tank where she was in charge of writing articles and analyses about topics related to EU external relations. In addition, she took part in a Working Group on the 2015 review of the European Neighbourhood Policy at Université Saint-Louis (Belgium). She regularly writes for institutes and reviews dealing with EU-related topics such as AffarInternazionali, EU-Logos and the Centre of Excellence Altiero Spinelli.

TEPSA is now on Twitter!

The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) has recently joined Twitter. Follow us at https://twitter.com/tepsaeu and keep up to date about TEPSA projects and events, as well as about the TEPSA members' activities, events and publications.

Save the date for the next PPC in Bratislava

The next TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 2 and 3 June 2016. The conference will be hosted by Institute of European Studies and International Relations of the Comenius University. TEPSA members will receive an invitation to the event in due course.

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News about TEPSA projects

PONT_LOGO

New TEPSA project: Professional Training on EU Affairs (PONT)

TEPSA has recently won an ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet Support to Institutions project, named PONT. PONT (Professional Training on EU Affairs) is a project that aims to provide a bridge connecting young academics and EU practitioners, in order to improve the employability of young researchers.  The project is planned to take place within three years, starting with two trainings in 2016. PONT …

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PONT_LOGO

Open call for applications 5-day Brussels seminar on EU Asylum and Migration Policies for Master students

In the framework of the PONT project TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organising a ‘Working Europe’ Seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies, which will take place in Brussels on 4-8 April 2016. Amid Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, 20 students will take part in a seminar where EU practitioners, researchers and other relevant stakeholders …

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THESEUS

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

Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Apostelnkloster 13-15, 50672 Cologne 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, …

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THESEUS

THESEUS-ECOPAS PhD Workshop 2016

Theseus-Eucopas PhD Workshop 2016 21-22 January 2016, Sciences Po Paris   On 21 and 22 January 2016, the Theseus-Eucopas PhD Workshop 2016 “Recovering from the Crisis? The Uncertain State of the EU” took place at Sciences Po Paris. It offered graduate students the chance to discuss their research about the impact of different crises such as the economic crisis, migration …

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PADEMIA

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

  Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels 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 …

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UI ENURC

ENURC conference: The EU and its Eastern Partners: A Struggle for Stability, Security and Prosperity

On 26 November the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and TEPSA organised a conference in the framework of the ENURC project. The roundtable discussion focused on the European Union’s Eastern Partnership policy and the prospects for security, stability and prosperity in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Panel 1: New Challenges and Threats: How to Improve the EU’s Eastern Partnership Policy? Adriano Martins, …

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News from TEPSA Member Institutes

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

The Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) and Hanns Seidel Stiftung (HSSt) initiated a project called "IRMO Brief" which will be implemented throughout 2016. Within this project IRMO will be publishing the policy briefs on a monthly basis, dealing with different topics in the field of contemporary international relations. The research focus will be set towards security, economy, energy and other issues related not only to Croatia, but also to the wider region of South-Eastern Europe. The purpose of the policy briefs is fostering the policy-making process by spreading the culture of public debate. In parallel with this project, during 2016 a series of round tables will be organized which will discuss some of the topics addressed in the policy briefs.The coordinator of the “IRMO Brief” project is Sandro Knezović, PhD, who is also the author of the first brief entitled “Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU – Limits of Functional Intergovernmentalism”,

More information can be found here.

News from the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The Institute for World Economics is in the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index:

• Regional: "Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe

• International: “Top International Development Think Tanks

End of the project: "How to benefit from participation in Global Value Chains? – Implications for the V4 Countries". Results can be reached from here.


Press release: The V4 countries need to focus more on education and quality of business environment, say researchers
Experts from the University of Economics in Prague, Jagellonian University, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Economics in Bratislava conducted a twelve-month research within the Visegrad project called “How to benefit from Global Value Chains - Implications for the V4 countries”. The project tackled the issues related to Visegrad region’s participation in the global value chains.

In the last two decades, the entire region attracted large FDI inflows which contributed to the creation of new jobs and economic growth. Yet, most activities of the region focus on industries generating lower value added such as manufacturing, especially automotive and machinery. In order to enhance innovation-driven competitiveness, the V4 countries are trying to develop strategies and attract FDIs in activities that generate higher value added.

This given, the research question which arises is how to enhance upgrading of the V4 region within the global value chains and what are the challenges for the individual countries and their governments. Five studies related to the topic and two workshops were organized in order to approach current developments in single V4 countries, and overall position of the V4 region were conducted. Based on the outcomes major common obstacles for upgrading in the V4 countries within the global value chains were identified in the areas of education and business environment.

 


News from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

 

International conferences on EU Global Strategy

The Institute is organizing a series of events in the framework of the outreach and consultation process leading up to the drafting by the HR VP of a ‘global strategy on foreign and security policy’ by June 2016.

Two conferences have been so far organized: on 15 January in Rome and on 17-18 February in Paris.
A third conference is scheduled for the 7th of March in Rome. 

Governing Europe

The institute has launched – in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF) of Turin and within the partnership with Compagnia di San Paolo – a new project on the institutional architecture of the European Union (EU) and the decision-making procedures regulating European policies in its different areas and related topics.  The project entails a series of papers published on the IAI website (infra “Publications”) and a number of conferences to present the results of the project. 

Energy Union Watch

IAI and Edison have launched ‘Energy Union Watch’, a new project consisting of conferences and a quarterly publication.

IAI 50th Anniversary

IAI celebrated its 50th anniversary with an international conference in Rome and the publication of a policy paper on Italy and Europe’s strategic priorities for the future.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, visited IAI.

News from the Centre d’Études Européennes of Sciences Po

The Centre d’Études européennes is regularly hosting guest researchers and doctoral students from foreign institutions who take an active part in our scientific activities.

These stays often allow them to explore, build or pursue research cooperations with CEE researchers.

In 2016 year beginning, the CEE is pleased to welcome: 

François FORET, Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (January - March 2016)
Research Interests: European integration, identity and memory, symbolic legitimization of political orders, interaction between religion and politics, comparative politics 

Ahmed HAMILA, PhD at the Université de Montréal (January - May 2016)
Research Interests: European integration, media and public sphere; economic and political journalism, media and diplomacy; sociology of journalism

Martin HERZER, PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) (January - June 2016)
Research Interests: European integration, the media and the public sphere; economic and political journalism; the media and diplomacy; sociology of journalism

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News from outside the TEPSA Network

EGA2016

CALL FOR PAPERS EGA ISCTE-IUL 2016 international conference "Europe as a global actor, 23-24 May 2016

Deadline: 26 March 2016 Notification of acceptance will be communicated on the 9th of April 2016. In the context of new changes in the global security environment and of the subsequent development of new tools and approaches in the EU’s external action, including the first steps towards a new European Security Strategy, the Centre for International Studies at ISCTE-IUL (University …

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epc

New publication by Andrew Duff, "The Protocol of Frankfurt: a new treaty for the eurozone"

At a time when the EU finds itself in a perfect storm of crises which it seems unable to overcome, a bold move is needed to reinvigorate the EU’s system of government and stave off the risk of disintegration. In order to address the inherent weakness of the EU’s monetary and economic governance, this pamphlet proposes a new treaty for …

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Cologne

New publications from the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne

Oliver Höing, Weder Stabilitäts- noch Transferunion: Der Europäische Stabilitätsmechanismus in einer reformierten Währungszone, in: Integration 1/2016, pp. 17-31. Tobias Kunstein & Wolfgang Wessels, Meilensteine in der politischen Entwicklung der Integration. Vom "verspäteten Mitglied" zum "verlässlichen Kerneuropäer"? in: Griller, Stefan/Kahl, Arno/Kneihs, Benjamin/Obwexer, Walter (eds.): 20 Jahre EU-Mitgliedschaft Österreichs. Auswirkungen des Unionsrechts auf die nationale Rechtsordnung aus rechtswissenschaftlicher, politikwissenschaftlicher und wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Sicht, Vienna, pp. …

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SUMMIT

SUMMIT Roundtables on the European Council, Spring 2016

Vienna, Natolin, Prague, Rome, Vilnius, Istanbul   After the project’s kick-off conference ‘Grasping the European Council: Raising Awareness for a Key Institution’ in January with many participants from the TEPSA network, the SUMMIT roundtable series will enable debates with academics, practitioners and the general public on a European Council topic in selected European cities. The topics include the European Council …

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SUMMIT

SUMMIT kick-off conference, 28-29 January 2016, Brussels: “Grasping the European Council - Raising Awareness for a Key Institution”

Fondation Universitaire Rue d’Egmont 11 Brussels   Under the slogan “Grasping the European Council - Raising Awareness for a Key Institution” the SUMMIT kick-off Conference and PADEMIA workshop gathered about 70 academic experts and practitioners for enriching discussions about the European Council's performance, its role in the EU's political live and about problems of researching this institution. Exclusive insights could …

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Upcoming Events at TEPSA Member Institutes

CoE

Upcoming event at the College of Europe: Roundtable "‘Refugee Crisis’ – ‘EU Crisis’? Causes, Consequences, Call for Action”

2 March 2016 College of Europe, Bruges   On 2 March 2016, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, is organizing an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on “‘Refugee Crisis’ – ‘EU Crisis’? Causes, Consequences, Call for Action”. The roundtable aims to explore the topic from various perspectives such as foreign affairs and …

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CIR Ljubljana

Upcoming event at the Centre of International Relations, University of Ljubljana: CEEISA/ ISA Joint International Conference

23-25 June 2016, Centre of International Relations, Ljubljana, Slovenia From June 23 to 25th, the Centre of International Relations, Ljubljana, Slovenia, hosts the CEEISA/ ISA Joint International Conference. The theme of the conference is The Politics of International Relations. Please visit the Conference web page for the programme and detailed information. We look forward to seeing everyone in Ljubljana!

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Upcoming event at the Centre for Small State Studies of University of Iceland: Small States Summer School 2016

20 June-2 July 2016 The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland offers an intensive two week summer course sponsored by an Erasmus+ grant, focusing on opportunities and challenges of small European states in the 21st century. The course brings together many of the leading scholars in the field of small state studies who have substantial knowledge in …

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Hungary

Upcoming event at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: "Changing Europe – Integration and crisis"

 7 March 2016 Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 7 Nádor Street, Budapest   Conference to be held in memoriam of Margit Rácz, the excellent senior researcher and highly esteemed EU expert. She passed away on 15 September 2015. More information can be found here.

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IAI50

Upcoming event at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI): “The EU and the global development framework. A strategic approach to the 2030 Agenda”

 7 March 2016, Rome Event organised in cooperation with EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with the contribution of European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the strategic partnership of Compagnia di San Paolo. Among the speakers: Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Mario Giro, …

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IAI50

Upcoming event at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI): “The EU, the OSCE and the European Security Order”

 8 March 2016, Rome International conference organised in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). It is the dissemination event of the Final Report of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project. The programme of the conference can be found here.

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CEE Sciences Po

Upcoming event at the Centre d’Études Européennes of Sciences Po: "Comment comprendre la montée du populisme en Europe ?"

18 March 2016   The next session of the seminar "L’Europe et le politique. Approches Théoriques et Empiriques", organised by the Centre d’Etudes Européennes and the CEVIPOF will take 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 …

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Prague Institute of Intl Relations

Upcoming event at the Prague Institute of International Relations: seminar on "Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment"

 29 February-1 March 2016 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague   The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the U. S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, and the Prague Institute of International Relations will conduct a seminar, "Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment," at the MFA in Prague 29 February - …

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Past Events at TEPSA Member Institutes

Elcano

Past events at Real Instituto Elcano

Roundtable 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 addition, the influence of forecasts …

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IEP

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP)

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 …

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IIA Iceland

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

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: 12 January 2016. The Rise of ISIS: What does it mean? Dr. Magnús Þorkell Bernharðsson, Professor …

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Hungary

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

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 …

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IAI50

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

26 February 2016, Rome Mercator European Dialogue - EU strategic vision workshop 17-18 February 2016, Paris European Union Institute for Security Studies-IAI joint conference on "Europe & Africa: A strategic approach” 22 January 2016, Bruges "Energy Union: from birth to maturity", round table organized in cooperation with the College of Europe, Bruges. 18 January 2016, Rome "Between power and rules: The geopolitics of the …

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Prague Institute of Intl Relations

Past event at Prague Institute of International Relations: “The 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Visegrad Cooperation”

18 February 2016, Czernin Palace, Loretánské Náměstí 5, Prague The Institute of International Relations Prague, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the International Visegrad Fund and the Think Visegrad platform organised a closed expert conference on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Visegrad cooperation. The conference took place in the Czernin Palace of …

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Publications from TEPSA Member Institutes

CoE

Recent publications from the College of Europe - Winter 2015/16

The College of Europe has recently launched a new publication series - the College of Europe Policy Brief (CEPOB) series. The first issues of the CEPOB series include: Laure Delcour, The 2015 ENP Review: Beyond Stocktaking, the Need for a Political Strategy, College of Europe Policy Brief #1/2015 Tobias Schumacher, Back to the Future: The ‘New’ ENP towards the Southern …

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Elcano

Recent publications from Real Instituto Elcano - Winter 2015/16

William Chislett, Inside Spain nº 123- 17th of November – 16th of December 2015, 'A lively look at current affairs by a seasoned observer of Spanish political and economic life'. Section specially commissioned for our monthly bilingual Boletín/Newsletter written by William Chislett, former correspondent of The Times in Spain (1975-78) and the Financial Times in Mexico (1978-84), who has lived in Madrid …

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FIIAok

Recent publications from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) - Winter 2015/16

  Jaakko Iloniemi, Not just another tea party: The lasting value of the OSCE, Finnish Foreign Policy Paper       Toni Alaranta, Turkey's political direction: Authoritarianism, liberal democracy or dissolution?, FIIA Working Paper     Jyrki Kallio, China’s new foreign politics: Xi Jinping’s universal rule by virtue?, Briefing Paper       Tito Gronow, Private sector development: Strengthening the role of …

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IEP

Recent publications from the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Winter 2015/16

Bridging the Gap? – New Volume on the ECI Published in IEP’s Book Series Edited by Katrin Böttger, Maximilian Conrad und Annette Knaut, Volume 97 of IEP’s book series offers a critical, but nonetheless cautiously optimistic perspective on the opportunities and constraints of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the novel tool of transnational participatory democracy. Bringing together a wide range …

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IIA Iceland

Recent publications from the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at University of Iceland - Winter 2015/16

 A new textbook on European Affairs available in bookstores At the turn of the year, the Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland published a new textbook on European Integration and Iceland’s participation in the European project, primarily written for senior high-school students and undergraduates at the university level. The book …

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Hungary

Recent publications from the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Winter 2015/16

Annamaria Artner, The thrashing of Greece in the changing world. In: Eszmélet, vol.108, 2016, pp. 18-42. (in Hungarian)  Annamária Artner, Internal market or export orientation? Brazil’s example. In: Pál Ferenc (ed.): O Brasil em contexto europeu e hungaro=Brazília európai és magyar kontextusban. Centro de Estudos Brasileiros da ELTE. Az ELTE BTK Brazil Tanulmányok Központja. Responsavel pela edicao: Decano da FL da ELTE. …

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IAI50

Recent publications from Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) - Winter 2015/16

The International Spectator, Special issue IAI 50th Anniversary, Vol. 50, No. 4, December 2015 Exploring some of the most talked about topics in the last 50 years, our most well-known authors take a look back with new articles and perspectives … Cutting across the wide range of subjects on which the journal focuses, the articles in this special 50th anniversary …

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CEE Sciences Po

Recent publications from the Centre d’Études Européennes of Sciences Po - Winter 2015/16

The crisis of European Union Studies seen from the US: EU Studies are ‘Widening’ and ‘Deepening’ even as EU Theories of Widening and Deepening are in crisis by SCHMIDT, Vivien A. European Union studies has been in crisis in the US, as scholarly attention has shifted to other regions and US scholars have lost interest in ‘regional s tudies.’ The …

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Prague Institute of Intl Relations

Recent publications from the Prague Institute of International Relations – Winter 2015/16

  Uroš Svete, Damijan Guštin, Janja Vuga, Rok Zupančič, Jelena Juvan, The Small State Facing Asymmetric Environment: A Reconsideration of the Identity? - The Slovenian Experience, Institute of International Relations, Prague, ISBN 978-80-87558-24-9. The book The Small State Facing Asymmetric Environment: A Reconsideration of the Identity? - The Slovenian Experience, which was co-authored by our Associate Research Fellow Rok Zupančič …

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Public consultation of the European Commission

European Commission's Public Consultation on "Tackling migrant smuggling: is the EU legislation fit for purpose?"

The aim of this consultation is to collect opinions to underpin the on-going evaluation and impact assessment of the EU legislation on migrant smuggling, and to gather views on what improvements could be made to this legislation.
This legislation is composed of a package of two instruments, Directive 2002/90/EC  and Framework Decisions 2002/946/JHA, adopted together in 2002.The EU has also approved the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime .
Its revision was identified as a priority action to enhance prevention and fight against migrant smuggling by the EU Agenda on Migration  as well as the EU Action Plan against Migrant Smuggling , adopted by the Commission on 13 and 27 May 2015 respectively.

All citizens (EU nationals and non-EU nationals) and organisations are welcome to contribute. Contributions are sought from persons, Member States, EU Institutions, local, regional and national authorities, international organisations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, third countries, social partners and civil society.

The period of consultation is from 13/01/2016 to 6/04/2016.

More information can be found here.

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