Past events at IEP

IEPGerman-Nordic-Baltic Forum 2016

On 17 and 18 November 2016 the 8th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum was held. It took place at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science and brought together over 40 participants from political and academic spheres from all three Baltic States as well as from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland and Germany to investigate the topic „German, Nordic and Baltic Views on the Future of the EU: Common Challenges and Common Answers“.

4th Germany-Portugal-Forum

On 10 November 2016, with our Portuguese partners Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI-UNL), the 4th Germany-Portugal Forum was held.

In the beginning, Parliamentary State Secretary Brigitte Zypries from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy spoke about a digital European Single Market and the active resistance within the German public to the trade agreements CETA and TTIP. She represented Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who has been invited to deliver an opening statement but was unable to attend the forum, due to illness. The Portuguese Foreign Minister Prof. Dr. Augusto Santos Silva reviewed the topics, such as trade agreements and employment from the Portuguese perspective with special focus on Industry 4.0. As representative of the Bank of Portugal, Prof. Dr. Elisa Ferreira emphasized the necessity of strengthening the Banking Union in order to stabilize the Economic and Monetary Union and to generate growth.

26th annual meeting of the German-Hungarian Forum

The 26th annual meeting of the German-Hungarian Forum took place in Budapest on 25-26 October 2016 and was hosted by the Andrássy University Budapest. Around 200 participants from politics, economy, science, civil society and media attended the conference. This year’s forum focused on German and Hungarian perspectives on European policy issues. Current topics and challenges facing the EU were debated in the high-ranking panels. The demographic development, its consequences for the labor market in Europa as well as the current political situation in the EU were open for discussion. The participants continued to work in the following groups: “Competitiveness of Europe: New Ways and Concepts – Corporate potential” (WG Economics) and “The EU-Turkey Relations Mirrored in the German and Hungarian Media” (WG Media).

Past events at Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University, Autumn 2016

 TSPMI Vilnius University8th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum German, Nordic and Baltic Views on the Futureof the EU: Common Challenges and Common Answers”

Date 17-18 November 2016, venue Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University, Vilnius

 On 17 and 18 November 2016 Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University (IIRPS VU) together with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) co-organised the 8th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania. More than 40 participants from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland and Germany came together to discuss the common policies of these countries.

One of the aims was to discuss current pressing issues and questions related to the EU and the future integration process within different panels. The main focus of the debate was solutions and possible reforms in the migration- and asylum policy, possibility for a German-Baltic compromise regarding energy policy and energy security, security policy and relations with Russia as well as challenges and strategies for the future of the EU, particularly after the British referendum on the Brexit.

The German-Nordic-Baltic Forum was created with the cooperation and support of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office in 2008. The aim of this annual multilateral dialogue is to debate prevailing topics of EU politics from the individual national perspectives and to elaborate on the potentials for joint strategies.

Past events at Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Autumn 2016

LIIAPublic discussion: “Eastern Partnership One Year After Riga: Where Next? Insights from Latvia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine”, September 21, Riga Graduate School of Law.

The Riga Eastern Partnership summit that took place more than one year ago reconfirmed the importance of the Eastern Partnership as an initiative for closer engagement between the European Union and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine and for supporting reforms in the partner countries. It also introduced several important novelties, such as greater differentiation in the EU’s approach to the six neighbours and strengthening security dialogue.

In preparation for the next Eastern Partnership summit scheduled for 2017, it was a good time to start the discussion on relevant topics.

 

Public lecture by Dr. Daniel Hamilton: “The State of Transatlantic Relations and the Possible Impact of US Presidential Elections”, September 22, The Stockholm School of Economics.

US foreign policy is about to witness a significant change as President Obama’s term expires in the late fall this year. The arrival of a newly elected President will most probably have a considerable impact on US attitude towards Transatlantic cooperation both in economic and security matters, with the latter being particularly important for the Baltic States. Through this lecture, Dr. Hamilton was focusing on chances of the candidates and implications of their victories for Transatlantic and European economic and security agenda.

The video is also available.

Launch of publication “Euro scepticism in Small EU Member States”, October 6, the EU House.

A series of possible breaking points that destabilize the European house have emerged: the economic imbalances, the questioning of common European values, even the suspension of the rule of law and, not least, rising nationalism. The main event questions were – How Latvia sees the future after twelve years of EU membership? What mood is observed in other small EU Member States? And is there a reason to talk about the collapse of the EU?

Regional discussion with members of all factions of the Saeima (Parliament of the Republic of Latvia): United States presidential election, 2016. Impact on Latvia”, October 14, Daugavpils University

Discussion: “The Baltic States – An Energy Island or Energy Peninsula in the European Union?”, October 17, Hotel Bergs )

Since the reestablishment of their independence, the Baltic States have been seen as an energy island in the EU. We were looking for answers to a list of questions. How can the current progress in connecting the energy grids assessed? Do the connections with Finland, Sweden and Poland provide the minimum necessary power amount, and what should be the further development perspectives? How could the future natural gas markets and infrastructure evolve given the already existing LNG terminal and issues with the market liberalization? 

The video is also available.

A Think Tank International Forum of China and Central and Eastern European Countries, one of the side events of the 5th Meeting of China – Central and Eastern European Countries Heads of Governments, November 4, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. 

 

The presentation of the first volume – “Latvia’s Foreign Policy Centenary: Ideas and Personalities” – and the public discussion “Modern Latvia’s Meierovici? The Key Ideas and Personalities in Latvia’s Foreign Policy” took a place on November 17, 2016. In 2016, in the framework of the project Latvia’s Foreign Policy Centenary the Latvian Institute of International Affairs created the first of the three planned book volumes – it is dedicated to the key ideas and personalities in the hundred years of independent Latvia’s foreign policy. This book, integrating a broad outlook on the development of Latvia’s foreign policy ideas with a review of key personalities, is the first such volume in Latvia.

Trilogy comprised by this first volume as well as planned volumes on key centenary events (2017) and modern Latvia’s foreign policy (2018) will strengthen knowledge and understanding on Latvia in the international environment, showing broader tendencies and demonstrating links between various periods in the development of Latvia’s foreign policy thinking.

The video is also available.

Public discussion and presentation of the book “The Baltic Sea Region: Hard and Soft Security Reconsidered”, November 22, Hotel Bergs

The Baltic Sea region has experienced profound alterations since the Cold War, and the region’s course of evolution is likely to continue as such. The book “The Baltic Sea Region: Hard and Soft Security Reconsidered” provides a collection of opinions that assess the current situation both in the military as well as non-military fields, with a particular focus on the aftermath of the 2016 NATO Warsaw summit and the state of the play of the regional infrastructure interconnections.

The video is also available.

Past events at the Institute of International Relations Prague, Autumn 2016

IIR_LOGOConference: “The Prague Agenda 2016“, 1-2 December 2016, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Czernin Palace, Prague

The Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations Prague in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Charles University in Prague, Metropolitan University Prague, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and the PragueVision organized the 6th Prague Agenda Conference. The conference focused on nuclear arms control, nuclear security, disarmament and non-proliferation. The conference spanned over two days, with the first day being an academic conference and the second day being a political conference. On the second day was presented a supportive letter from the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

The conference attended experts such as Jason Enia, Dieter Fleck, Matthew Kroenig, Jacek Bylica, Jeffrey Fields etc. For more information please visit this link.

 

Discussion: “The Referendum on the Refugee Quotas in Hungary – Questions and Possible Effects”, 23 November 2016, Institute of International Relations Prague

The Centre for International Law of the Institute of International Relations Prague organized a public discussion on “The Referendum on the Refugee Quotas in Hungary – Questions and Possible Effects”. Speaking at the event was Tamás Lattmann, a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague. The discussion was chaired by Veronika Bílková, a Senior Researcher and the Co-ordinator of the Centre for International Law of the Institute of International Relations Prague.

For more information please visit this link.

 

Presentation and discussion: “The Use of Force Against the Islamic State”, 15 November 2016, Institute of International Relations Prague

Two senior researchers at the Institute of International Relations Prague, Veronika Bílková and Tamás Lattmann, presented their policy paper “The Use of Force Against the Islamic State”. The presentation, followed by a discussion, was cordially organized by the Institute of International Relations and the Czech Society of International Law. The issues discussed included whether the IS is a state, and if not, what its legal nature is; whether the use of force against the IS by countries other than Syria and Iraq is lawful under international law; what the nature of the armed conflict(s) in which the IS is involved is, which rules apply to it (them) and what the status of the IS fighters is; as well as which crimes the IS has committed, and what the options for criminally prosecuting IS members for these crimes are.

For more information please visit this link.

Symposium: “8th International Symposium: Czech Foreign Policy”, 21-22 September 2016, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Czernin Palace, Prague

The Institute of International Relations Prague in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organized the 8th International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”. The symposium focused on a variety of aspects of Czech foreign policy from a wide range of different research fields. This year’s main topic was “Strategy in Foreign Policy”. The conference lasted for two days and welcomed numerous distinguished speakers, such as Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of Istituto Affari Internazionali, Editor of the International Spectator and special adviser to HR Federica Mogherini, Charles Gatti, senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Institute and a professorial lecturer of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, Piotr Buras, Head of the Warsaw office, European Council on Foreign Relations, Jakub Groszkowski, Head of Central European Department, Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw, or Matthias Schäfer, Head of Team of Economic Policy at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Berlin.    The sessions focused on the Bratislava Summit, EU Defence and Security, Czech foreign policy and strategic relationships, resilience and public diplomacy.

For more information, reports and the videos from the conference please visit this link.

Past events at the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, Autumn 2016

logo IcelandConference: Rethinking Peace and Power: The Opening of HÖFÐI Reykjavik Peace Centre”

7 October 2016, Ceremonial Hall, University of Iceland

The University of Iceland and the City of Reykjavik launched Höfði Reykjavik Peace Centre on October 7 2016. The opening seminar entitled Rethinking Peace and Power was held in the Ceremonial Hall of the University of Iceland, with opening remarks by Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland.

Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace and author of the Global Peace Index and Annika Bergman Rosamond, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, gave the keynote addresses. Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of the City of Reykjavik, also addressed the seminar.

Amongst other speakers were Michele Acuto, Professor in Diplomacy and Urban Theory at University College London and Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO of Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Conference: “Reykjavik Summit: 30th Anniversary

8 October 2016, Ceremonial Hall, University of Iceland

On October 8 HÖFÐI Reykjavík Peace Centre organized a conference that was dedicated to the commemoration of the 1986 summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, a historical event that marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Amongst speakers were Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík. In addition, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, gave a special address at the conference.

Conference: “25 Years Nordic-Baltic Cooperation

26 September 2016, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland

In 1991, the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, regained their independence following the democratic wave that swept across the region. 25 years later, the Nordic-Baltic cooperation is a well-established priority for all the states in question. Speakers at this conference included foreign ministers from the three Baltic countries and Iceland, and Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland.

Past events at Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Autumn 2016

 CIR LjubljanaRound Tables: “Europeanization of Western Balkans”

3 and 15 November 2016, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

On 3 and 15 November 2016, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana hosted two Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) sponsored events on Europeanization of Western Balkans (WB). Nearly 30 participants, predominantly MA and BA students of European Studies and International Relations, but also interested policy makers, representatives of the national Chamber of Commerce and civil society representatives working in the field of innovation and industrial policy, cooperated in two separate 3,5-hour round tables with dynamic Q&A sessions.

The first round table entitled ‘Advantages and Challenges in the Two-Way Europeanization Path in the Western Balkans’ was focused  on the EU enlargement and two paths of Europeanization of WB states, namely downloading as adaptation and policy convergence and uploading as national projection to the EU level.

Speakers at the roundtable included:

  • Prof Dr Allan Francis Tatham, lecturer in EU law (Faculty of Law, San Pablo University);
  • Dragan Barbutovski, director of a newly formed think tank Think Europe – European Ideas Hub based in Ljubljana and
  • Prof Dr Marko Lovec, Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

The discussion was moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ana Bojinović Fenko from the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

The second roundtable concerning the ‘Advantages and Challenges for the National Innovation System in Building a Competitive Industrial Strategy’ took place approximately 2 weeks later. The speakers at this discussion were:

  • Efka Heder, MA, director, South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, who gave the opening presentation and highlighted the potential and existing good practices in promoting entrepreneurial learning in the region of Western Balkans;
  • Dr Peter Wostner, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, who revealed recent development in industrial policy and implementation of smart specialisation in Slovenia; and
  • Dr Maja Bučar, Professor and Head of the Centre of International Relations, University of Ljubljana, who illustrated the importance of the National Innovation System, reviewed recent developments in Europe and Slovenia, and analysed the Slovenian experience in comparison with the Western Balkans’ experience.

The debate at the round table was moderated by Professor Dr Andreja Jaklič from the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

Roundtable: “Addressing the Refugee Question in Slovenia and Central Europe”

9 November 2016, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana

Participants to the round table, that was chaired by prof. dr. Maja Bučar, head of the Centre for International Relations (CIR) of the Faculty of Social Sciences, included: mag. Paul Schmidt, Secretary General of the Austrian Association for European Politics (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik – ÖGfE), dr. Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, director of the Peace Institute, Helena Milinković, journalist at RTV Slovenia and dr. Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia and Assistant Professor in International Relations. The roundtable was organised as part of the international project ‘Cooperation or Confrontation between Central European Countries in the Current Refugee Crisis’, coordinated by ÖGfE, in which, apart from Slovenia and CIR, partners from Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are also participating. So far, within the project national workshops, followed by a joint workshop and presentation of results in Vienna, took place. Currently, results are being presented and discussed in each of the participating countries.

The joint policy recommendations and response by European media are available here.

Past events on EU-China relations at the College of Europe, Autumn 2016

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Seminar: “China’s Belt & Road Initiative and EU-China Relations”

20 October 2016, European Parliament, Brussels

EUCHINA1The Baillet Latour Chair of EU-China Relations and the EU-China Research Centre, College of Europe, Bruges, organised a seminar on China’s Belt & Road Initiative. This initiative, which will have a strong impact on both Chinese domestic development and external relations in the coming decades, is regarded by China observers as a new strategy of XI’s leadership.

This event shed light on the relevance for Europe of this initiative, focusing on perceptions, infrastructure development, and the potential impact on some of the EU’s closest neighbours.

Seminar: “EU-China Bilateral Investment” 

24 November 2016, China Library- College of Europe

 The Baillet Latour Chair of EU-China Relations and the EU-China Research Centre, College of Europe, Bruges, organised a seminar on the ongoing negotiations of a comprehensive EU-China bilateral investment treaty .

This event’s focus was on the impact that the comprehensive agreement might have on the broader EU-China relations, building on the existing track record of investment treaties and with a specific emphasis on the Chinese views on the ongoing negotiations.

 Seminar: “EU-China Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Trade” 

6 December 2016, China Library-College of Europe, Bruges 

The Baillet Latour Chair of EU-China Relations and the EU-China Research Centre, College of Europe, Bruges, organised a seminar on EU-China Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Trade on 6 December 2016 with speakers from the EU and from China.

This event explored the relationship between cultural diplomacy and cultural trade, the ongoing development of cultural exchanges between the EU and China, and the differences in cultural expressions and understanding between the two sides. The issues discussed worth further research efforts and the organisers plan to produce a joint publication based on the research result.

Past events at the Institute of World Economics Centre for Economic and Regional Studies  (IWE CERS HAS), Autumn 2016

Events, conferences and presentations

 

iwe22 Sept. 2016      IWE CERS HAS – Budapest

The political economy of the Eastern European regime change in the mirror of world system theories. Lecture by Tamás Gerőcs followed by debate (In Hungarian)

30 Sept. 2016      Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Budapest

Within the frames ofNight of the researchers’ series, Erzsébet N. Rózsa held a lecture on “The transformation of the Middle East

October 2016      British University of Egypt – Cairo

 Erzsébet N. Rózsa was lecturing and taking part in roundtable discussions on actual Middle East issues

3-4 Oct. 2016      CESCI Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives – Kosice, Slovakia

European Neighborhood Policy and Eastern partnership – beyond 2020“ Erzsébet N. Rózsa held a lecture on Turkey and the Eastern Partnership

7 Oct. 2016          Corvinus University of Budapest – Hungary

The One Belt – One Road Initiative seen from China’ conference organized by The Institute of International Studies of the Corvinus University of Budapest and the Institute of World Economics, Center for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the delegation of the Sichuan University

13 Oct. 2016       IWE CERS HAS – Budapest

‘The Visegrad countries and TTIP’ lecture and debate by Tamás Novák. Within the frames of ‘Workshop Talks on Thursdays’ series. (In Hungarian)

20 Oct. 2016       Europe Club – Budapest

Monthly conference: ‘Europe and the challenge of the digital era’ by György Beck, president of Vodafone Hungary. András Inotai organizer, also among the participants.

25 Oct. 2016       Spinoza House – Budapest

‘Old and new challenges of the European Union’ – lecture by András Inotai.

26 Oct. 2016       German-Hungarian Forum – Budapest

International conference: ‘Closing plenary panel on EU developments and EU-Hungary relations’ – with the participation of András Inotai

3 Nov. 2016        IWE CERS HAS – Budapest

Development of international production networks, the role of corporate governance in the transformation of spatial patterns of production’ lecture and debate by Gábor Túry. Within the frames of ‘Workshop Talks on Thursdays’ series. (In Hungarian)

7 Nov. 2016        IWE CERS HAS – Budapest

Workshop of the NKFIH no. 115578 project “Factors influencing export performance – a comparison of three European regions”

Lecture by Andrea Éltető (IWE CERS HAS), Katalin Antalóczy (Budapest Business School): Post-crisis export trends and promotion policies on the periphery of the European Union

Lecture by Norbert Szijártó (IWE CERS HAS): Fiscal adjustment and internal devaluation after the global financial crisis

Discussion on further research – Short introduction by Gábor Túry (IWE CERS HAS) on automotive production chains

8 Nov. 20116       Portfolio – Budapest

Energy Investment Forum’

András György Deák was the moderator of the panel ’Trends in European and Hungarian energy supply’

10 Nov. 2016       Scientific Council of Hungarian Internal Affairs – Budapest

 Conference on „Modern Age people’s movements or a complex approach to migration”

Lecture in Hungarian by Erzsébet N. Rózsa: Miért éppen a Közel-Kelet? [Why the Middle East?]

10-11 Nov. 2016 IWE CERS HAS – Central European University Budapest

2nd Conference The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC) Conference – Conflicting liberalism and economic patriotism in present day capitalist systems’

10-11 Nov. 2016 Valletta – Malta

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference – with the participation of András Inotai

16 Nov. 2016       International Business School – Budapest

China and the global economy, with special emphasis on EU-China relations’ – lecture by András Inotai.

16 Nov. 2016       British Embassy – Budapest

Csaba Weiner delivered a lecture entitled “Economic Footprint versus Energy Policy Capture. Is Hungary a new model for Russian power projection?” at the workshop “Countering Russian influence in the Central European region by upskilling and empowering investigative journalists to recognise and expose Russian influence in the media”, organised by the British Embassy Budapest and Political Capital

17 Nov. 2016       Farkas Heller Institute of Economy of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University – Budapest

The function of knowledge in economy’

Lecture by István Kőrösi: ’The development of education&training as well as R&D in the EU – Costs and results’

17-18 Nov. 2016  Offenbach – Germany

Priorities for the EU (organized by Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels) – András Inotai among the participants

17-16 Nov. 2016 Warsaw – Poland

Conference participation of Gábor Túry: Global appreciation of the Central European region along the enterprise value chain – The Case Study of the Volkswagen Group
‘The Future of Europe – Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research 25th Anniversary Conference’

21-22 Nov. 2016 Lisbon – Portugal

Second annual ‘Vision Europe’ summit “Improving the responses to the migration and refugee crisis in Europe” with the participation of András Inotai

28 Nov. 2016      Europe Club – Budapest

Monthly conference: “Trump’s America” – after presidential elections, Tibor Frank, professor, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. András Inotai organizer, also among the participants.

30 Nov. 2016      EU diplomatic corps – Budapest

Global and European impacts of Brexit’ – lecture by András Inotai

1  Dec. 2016       FIW Research Centre International Economics – Vienna, Austria

9th Conference of FIW RCIE.

Lecture by Katalin Völgyi: “TPP versus RCEP – From the perspective of Japan’s trade policy” 

1 Dec.  2016       Embassy of the Slovak Republic in the Russian Federation and the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences – Moscow

’Relation of the Visegrad Countries and the European Union with Russia’

Lecture by Csaba Weiner: ’Energy security and diversification: A view from Budapest’

1-2 Dec. 2016      Slovak Institute – Moscow; Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences –

Csaba Weiner gave a presentation entitled “Energy Security and Diversification: A View from Budapest” at the international scientific conference “Relations of the Visegrad Countries and the European Union with Russia”, dedicated to the Presidency of the Slovak Republic in the European Union, and organised by the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, Moscow

5 Dec. 2016        Progressive Economy – Brussels, Belgium

International conference on the ‘State of the European Union’ with the participation of András Inotai

7 Dec. 2016        Andrássy Circle – Budapest

‘Balance of one decade of Hungary’s membership in the EU’ – lecture by András Inotai

12 Dec. 2016       Europe Club – Budapest

Monthly conference: “Sustainable Governance Indicators 2016” Report of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Christof Schiller, Bertelsmann Foundation. Organized by András Inotai.

Past events at IAI, Autumn 2016

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12 December, Rome,

 “Implementing the EU Global Strategy”. The Mercator European Dialogue’s workshop on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy (EUGS) is organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). The workshop will create a room for dialogue and exchange of views with EU and national officials involved in the implementation of EUGS.

16 December, Catania,

 “Does the Eu-Turkey Deal Represent a Model to be Replicated in Other Contexts?”. Workshop in the framework of the research project “Global Turkey in Europe”. The principal aim of the event is to further discuss the EU-Turkey deal and examine whether it represents a model to be replicated in other contexts, with a particular focus on Libya.

16 December, Athens,

“Which “Crisis”? Understanding and Addressing Migration”. Conference in the framework of the research project New-Med, in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (Eliamep).

 

8 December, Nairobi

“The EU, the US and the international strategic dimension of Sub-Saharan Africa”. A conference in the framework of the research project “The EU, the US and the international strategic dimension of Sub-Saharan Africa: peace, security and development in the Horn of Africa“, in cooperation with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

 

25 November, Rome

“New Pact for Europe: Rebuilding Trust Through Dialogue”. Transnational meeting (Italy-Poland) of the New Pact for Europe project.

 

23 November, Brussels

“EUNITED against Crime: Digital evidence, privacy and security in the European Union”. Seminar organised in cooperation with Ceps. Presentation of the results of the IAI research on “EUnited against crime: Improving criminal justice in the European Union cyberspace”, supported by Microsoft.

21 November, Rome

“Moving forward the EU-India Security Dialogue”. Conference within the framework of the project Moving forward the EU-India Security Dialogue: Traditional and emerging issues.

 

18 November, Rome

“Technologies, personnel and procedures in EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding”. Workshop within the framework of the project EU-CIVCAP.

 

4 November, Athens

“The EU-Turkey Deal and its Implications for the Asylum Capacities of EU Border Countries”. Workshop in the framework of the project Global Turkey in Europe and in cooperation with Mercator European Dialogue (MED).

 

21 October, Rome

“Trust-building in North East Asia and the role of the EU”. International conference organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) with the kind support of the Korea Foundation (KF). The conference focuses on the question of peace and security in North East Asia, examining in particular the efforts, and the initiatives, aimed at regional cooperation and trust-building undertaken by the leaderships of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan and the People’s Republic of China in recent times.

18 October, Rome

“La tempesta perfetta. Cittadini europei di fronte a sicurezza, immigrazione e crisi economica”. Presentation of the report on the perceptions of European citizens on topics such as the European economic crisis, the refugee emergency and the recent terrorist attacks, carried out by the Interdepartmental Research Center on Political Change (CIRCaP), University of Siena, within the European project EUENGAGE (working language: Italian).

 

14-15 October, Bratislava

“Quo Vadis EU? Brexit, Political Polarisation and Democratic Deconsolidation”. Workshop in the framework of the Mercator European Dialogue project.

 

Past events at Elcano Royal Institute, Autumn 2016

Elcano21.09.2016 – Seminar ‘’Energy Perspectives in Europe and the United States following the COP21’’. Organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Spain (AmChamSpain) and Elcano Royal Institute. A conference with the goal of analyzing energy prospects in Europe and the U.S. in light of COP21 in Paris.

24.10.2016 – Debate ‘’USA 2016: an atypical electoral process’’. Organized by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Botín. Participants in the debate: Brian Baird, former member of the House of Representatives (Democratic Party), Dan Miller, former member of the House of Representatives (Republican Party), Paul Isbell, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Carlota García Encina, Elcano Royal Institute Analyst. Moderated by Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute.

03.11.2016 – Roundtable ‘’European Security after Brexit’’. Organized by Elcano Royal Institute and Ifri. Speakers: Nicolás Pascual de la Parte, Permanent Representative of Spain to the PSC, H. E. Pierre Sellal, Permanent Representative of France to the EU, Thomas Gomart, Ifri, and Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute.

15.11.2016 – Forum ‘’4th Elcano Forum on Global Terrorism: Prevention of Violent Radicalization, De-radicalization and Terrorist Rehabilitation’’. Organized by Elcano Royal Institute with the participation of the US Embassy in Madrid, International Institute, and American Space Madrid. The forum focused on substantive knowledge and critical assessment of practical experiences about prevention of violent radicalization, as well as initiatives aiming at de-radicalization and rehabilitation. Speakers included academic experts, local leaders, and specialized practitioners from Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, United States, Israel, Morocco and Singapore.

29 – 30.11.2016 – Seminar: ‘’Spain and Israel. Dialogue and perspectives’’. Organized by Elcano Royal Institute, Embassy of Israel to Spain, Centro Sefarad Israel, and Universidad de Vitoria. A seminar dedicated to the history, analysis, and future of Hispano-Israeli relations in the broad sense.

Past events at Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes, Autumn 2016

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Streaming of the debate “Poussée des droites extrêmes en Europe : partout, les mêmes ingrédients ?” organized by Sciences Po, CEE and Revue Projet

In French: Les idées d’extrême droite ne cessent de progresser, dans les discours et dans les urnes. En France, le Front national perce y compris parmi les jeunes, les fonctionnaires, les femmes, les catholiques, voire chez les enfants d’immigrés, des catégories de population que l’on croyait, jusqu’ici, plus hermétiques. Le phénomène interroge.

Pour beaucoup, ce vote est délibérément transgressif. Qui n’a jamais éprouvé de colère devant l’hypocrisie de certains responsables politiques ? Qui ne s’est jamais senti moqué, voire trahi par le fossé entre les paroles et les actes ? Qui n’a jamais été tenté par une forme de désespérance quand les majorités successives semblent impuissantes à proposer un autre cap ? Quand ces sentiments rencontrent une réalité marquée par l’inquiétude quant à l’avenir des enfants, la précarisation du travail et des liens sociaux, la raréfaction des services publics de proximité, comment s’étonner qu’ils se muent en ressentiment envers des élites qui semblent sourdes à leurs cris ? Alors on ne vote pas. Ou, sans même souhaiter sa victoire, on vote FN, en forme de bras d’honneur.

Read the entire article on the Revue Projet and look at the livestream of the debate.

December 9, 2016

Seminar “The Road to and from Brexit. Brexit explained to the French”

This talk will consider the factors behind Britain’s vote to leave the EU in both the long- and the short-term. It will try understand how Brexit happened, how Brexit was allowed to happen, its wider implications (both political and economic) and the seismic changes in and through British politics is being remade. It will explain how the referendum revealed the new fault lines of British politics – in polarization that is being driven by uneven patterns of economic development. It will consider the substantial challenges facing the May Government, and pressures on the British state, economy and democracy that will continue long after Article 50 is triggered.

Picture: ©Pixelbliss/Shutterstock​

September 29, 2016

Debate « Après le discours sur l’état de l’Union du Président Juncker. Quel avenir pour l’Europe ? »

Speaker: Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs

Download President Juncker’s Mission Letter to Pierre Moscovici and watch the streaming of the debate.

 

 

From Broadening to Managing the Rule of Law Agenda

 Clingendael_rule of lawThe Clingendael Institute organised, together with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), an expert lunch workshop ‘From Broadening to Managing the Rule of Law Agenda’ in Brussels on Tuesday December 6.

The EU is currently attempting to get a better grip on the rule of law with various initiatives. The latest is the European Parliament’s proposal of a Union Pact for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights. This expert discussion aimed at exploring a different, complementary, approach: the relevance of a management perspective related to multilevel capacity-building (national, network, and European levels). Central in the discussion were questions such as: i) does the EU actually have the management capacities and willingness to improve national rule of law institutions? ; ii) does the EU have the instruments to discuss the quality of the many national institutions that define the quality of rule of law in member states? ; iii) is the rule of law agenda failing where the Eurozone agenda is starting to succeed – and if so, why? ; iv) which national institutions need to be targeted? ; v) what role does this demand from the Commission and the European Parliament?

Agenda

12.30: Light lunch and opening Jan Marinus Wiersma, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute

12:35 – 12:45: Opening Remarks by The EU’s management deficit: from the internal market to the rule of law Adriaan Schout, Coordinator Europe, the Clingendael Institute, and Michiel Luining, Researcher, the Clingendael Institute

12:45 – 13.00: Feedback, comment and link to The European Pact for democracy, human rights and the rule of law by Sophie in ‘T Veld, Rapporteur on the EU Mechanism on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Discussion Conclusions

13.00-13.45: Discussion

13.45-14.00: Conclusions by Jan Marinus Wiersma, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute

For more details and information, you can download the draft policy paper below. This paper has been discussed during the workshop.

Past events at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI), Autumn 2016

IPRI PortugalKick-off meeting of the research project “Democracy in Times of Crisis: Power and Discourse in a Three-Level Game”, 11 and 12 November 2016, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon

The meeting formally launched the research project coordinated by Catherine Moury and hosted by the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI)/ NOVA University of Lisbon. The international team made up of researchers from Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Greece discussed the general goals of the project and decided on the next steps of the research.

The full programme of the meeting is available here.

Past events at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Autumn 2016

UINovember 8th, 2016

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, arranged a seminar focusing on the countries which are part of the EU:s Eastern Partnership: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

What is the current political and economic development in these countries? What is the role of the EU and Russia in the region, and how does the Eastern Partnership influence EU-Russia relations?

This was the first seminar of three, highlighting that it has been 25 years since the fall of the USSR and examining how developments in the former Soviet republics have taken different directions.

October 31st, 2016

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) arranged a seminar on the topic of “Future of European Security – Role of the EU”.

The last months have seen multiple suggestions on how to strengthen the security and defense polices of the EU, especially following UK’s Brexit vote. What role could the EU have in the provision of security and safety of its citizens? The Union is now equipped with a new global strategy but how can it be implemented and what role will the big EU members play?

October 10th, 2016

On the occasion of the visit to Sweden of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), together with the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the European Commission Representation in Sweden arranged a public seminar about the global challenges facing the European Union and the global strategies towards a more secure neighbourhood.

An article about the seminar is available here.

 

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

Hungary

 

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

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Spring 2016

IEP

 

Kick-Off Workshop of the project “Alternative Europa!”

On 23 and 24 March 2016 the first workshop took place in the ASKO Europa Stiftung in Saarbrücken in the new project “Alternative Europe!”. The project was launched by the ASKO Europa Stiftung (AES) and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen (EAO) in cooperation with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP). Given an increasing indifference towards the European project, particularly in younger generations and a general rise in Euroscepticism, the project does not only aim to identify and analyze current and future key issues of European integration but to deduce conclusions and connecting factors for political youth and adult education derived from these findings.

IEP2Fifteen participants from the EAO, the ASKO Europa Stiftung and the Young European Federalists (JEF) discussed with representatives of the IEP which megatrends of European integration are relevant for the education of the EAO and which ones will be. After a first plenary discussion, key issues were identified and collected in clusters, which were discussed in a World Café in working groups of three tables. However the main focus was generally on the discussion about the current state of education and the work of the EAO in particular. Among other things, it was discussed who can achieve the education and by which methods.

More information about the project can be found here.

Training Series on “Quality Infrastructure” for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

The comprehensive training series on “Quality Infrastructure” for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) was successfully continued in Kyiv by Anne Bercio, Project Leader at IEP. The training is targeted to foster institutional capacities of MEDT and all linked institutions dealing with technical regulations. Core topics of the second and third workshop were legal harmonisation with EU horizontal legislation on Accreditation and Market Surveillance, and conformity assessement in harmonized sectors of the EU single market.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen MEDTs capacities for implementing the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area/ Association Agreement. The trainings are implemented for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

More information about the project can be found here.

Second workshop of the training series “Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”

The second workshop of IEP’s training series „Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (VRU)” was effectively implemented by Constanze Aka, project manager at IEP, on 4th and 5th IEP3of April, 2016, in Kyiv. The training was delivered to staffers of the European Integration committee as well as other VRU parliamentary committees. In this introductory workshop to legal harmonisation with the EU acquis the participants actively studied the obligations deriving of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, the EU legal order, and methods of legal harmonisation.

Main objective of the training series is to strengthen the capacities of the Verkhovna Rada to effectively contribute to the implementation of the Association Agreement.

The project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

More information about the project can be found here.

Citizen Dialogue: “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!”
4 May 2016

Europa Union Deutschland (EUD) together with the Institut für Europäische Politik organised a citizen dialogue on “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!” on May 4 in Augsburg. The internal and external borders of the European Union were the core topic of the debate. Questions connected to the European border management and its current development were also discussed such as: Does the European Project meet its limits? Is the European capacity to act, its solidarity and the future prospect of the European Idea under threat?

At the dialogue “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!” citizens were enabled to discuss with politicians and experts about the future of Schengen, the freedom to travel, the even more fundamental freedom of movement, and also, how the migration crisis can be coped with on a European level. Will Europe become “Fortress Europe”? Are there viable alternatives? Do we need once again border controls, walls and fences? Or do these developments, in fact, jeopardise European solidarity and in the end maybe even our freedom? What about the achievements of free movement and open borders?

More information about the event can be found here.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2016

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Beyond the Deadlock: What Future for EU-Russia Relations?”
18 April, Rome.
Conference organised in cooperation with Valdai Discussion Club.

Italian-German Town Hall Meeting”
05 April, Rome
Conference organised within the framework of the “Dialogue on Europe” project. The third European Town Hall Meeting took place with representatives from Italian civil society and the German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth. More than 100 participants followed the invitation of the Berlin-based think tank Das Progressive Zentrum, the Italian Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the German Foreign Office, to discuss European challenges and the Italian-German relationship.

Italy and the European Economic Governance”
17 March, Rome
Conference with Pier Carlo Padoan, Italian Minister of Economy and Finance, on an European strategy for growth and stability.


Brexit and the future of the EU: Italy’s Position and Interests”
11 March, Rome
A meeting on Italy’s position and interests concerning Brexit and the future of Europe, with Marco Piantini (Adviser to Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for European Affairs) and Paolo Ponzano (Senior Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence).

“The EU, the OSCE and the European Security Order”

8 March, Rome
International conference in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Dissemination event of the Final Report of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project.

“The EU and the global development framework. A strategic approach to the 2030 Agenda”
7 March, Rome
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, Deputy Minister, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Past events at Real Instituto Elcano – Spring 2016

Elcano

 

Presentation of the report “Spain in the World 2016: perspectives and challenges” and debate on the Spanish external action in this new political cycle’

18 February 2016

elcano 1Organised by Elcano Royal Institute. The analysts at the Elcano Royal Institute have written a collective report titled “España en el mundo durante 2016: perspectivas y desafíos”, which makes a prospective analysis on the Spanish external action towards the global, European and regional challenges to be addressed this year. Analysts from the main think-tanks on foreign affairs based in Spain debated on the foreign policy to be adopted in this new, complex political cycle. With the participation of Eduard Soler, Research Coordinator at CIDOB Barcelona Centre for International Affairs; Vicente Palacio, Deputy Director of OPEX, Fundación Alternativas; Francisco de Borja Lasheras, Deputy Director of ECFR Madrid office, and Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst at Elcano Royal Institute. Moderated by Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

Debate: “Schengen in danger: the European response to the migration and refugee crisis”

8 March 2016

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute with the collaboration of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. With the participation of Gil Arias Fernández, ex-Frontex Deputy Executive Director; Javier Carbajosa Sánchez, Spanish Embassador for the Special Mission of Migration Affairs; Alfred Pfaller, independent consultant and political economy analyst and RIE Senior Analysts Carmen González Enríquez and Félix Arteaga. Moderated by Emilio Lamo Espinosa, President of the Royal Institute Elcano.

More information can be found here.

Roundtable Discussion “The new political and economic cycle in Latin America”

30 March 2016

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute. The Roundtable Discussion analysed the change in dynamics in Latin America with a special focus on the most relevant political and economic factors. With the participation of José Gasset, Head of International Relations at Iberdrola; José Antonio Ocampo, Professor at the University of Columbia and RIE Senior Analysts Federico Steinberg  and Carlos Malamud. Moderated by Rafael Estrella, Vice-president of the Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

International Colloquium: Spain-Israel: 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations, Future Perspectives And Challenges

4 April 2016

elcano2Organised by The Latin American Unit at the Truman Institute, The Department of Romance and Latin American Studies and The European Forum at the Hebrew University, in collaboration with the Elcano Royal Institute. Charles Powell, director of the Elcano Royal Institute, and Gonzalo Escribano, director of the Energy and Climate Change Programme at the Elcano Royal Institute, participated in this colloquium.

More information can be found here.

Elcano Debate “Europe’s Terrorism Threat: Challenges and Response”

14 April 2016

Organised by Elcano Royal Institute and Fundación Botín. The first cycle of “Elcano Debates”- after the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris we asked what is the nature of the current jihadists’ terrorist expressions in Europe, what are the internal and external dimensions of such threat and whether or not we are doing what needs to be done in terms of counter-terrorism policies and radicalization prevention. With the participation of Fernando Reinares, Director of Elcano’s Global Terrorism program; Jesús Núñez, Co-Director of the Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action and Carola García-Calvo, Analyst of Elcano’s Global Terrorism program. Moderated by Emilio Lamo Espinosa, President of the Elcano Royal Institute.

More information can be found here.

Roundtable “The ASEAN Economic Community: Potentials and Opportunities for All”

20 april 2016

 

More information on this event can be found here.

 

Seminar “The geopolitics of TTIP”

21 April 2016

 

With a keynote speech by Jaime García Legaz, Deputy Minister for International Trade, Spain

The talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are surrounded by controversy. European concerns about investment arbitration, transparency, and environmental and health standards have fuelled public opposition to a transatlantic trade deal. But absent in the debate about TTIP is a fair consideration of its foreign policy and strategic impact: What does a successful TTIP mean from a foreign policy perspective? And what could its strategic merit be? How will TTIP affect third countries? And what happens if a deal does not materialise?

More information can be found here.

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

Norwegian Institure for Intl Affairs
Humanitarian Changes, Humanitarian Challenges and the Protection of Civilians
27 April 2016, Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram

 

This seminar discussed possible conflicts between humanitarian principles and local realities.

Why are civilian protection and humanitarian action increasingly challenged despite the great efforts done to refine their policies and implementation? With the increase in civilian casualties in contemporary conflict, the protection of civilians (PoC) became a renewed concern for the international community in the late 1990s. While considerable normative progress has been made by the humanitarian community, PoC has been insufficiently operationalized on the ground.

Humanitarian principles and humanitarian practices are not always coherent. The apolitical principles guiding humanitarian action provide for access and legitimacy, but may also curb action and conform aid in diverse places in paying more heed to the principles than the contextual factors, including politics. What happens when the principles and practice of humanitarianism are at odds with each other? Is there a hierarchy – or even a contradiction – between humanitarianism in principle and practice?

Humanitarian action and efforts to protect civilians can never be simply rolled out in strict accordance with the guiding principles. Humanitarian action needs to be negotiated and might change and deviate from the original intention through the translation chain from principles to policy to practice. What are the mechanisms and power politics involved, and should the malleability of the humanitarian principles be seen as a strength or a challenge? While malleability can foster greater local sensitisation it might also dilute and undermine the girding principles in consequential ways.

This seminar addressed these topics, central to the nature and future of humanitarianism.

The seminar was part of the project “Protection of Civilians. From Principle to Practice” funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and was organised as part of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.

About the speakers:


Alex de Waal
is Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a Resaerch Professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarship and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peacebuilding. He worked for several Africa-focused human rights organizations, focusing on the Horn of Africa, and especially on avenues to peaceful resolution of the second Sudanese Civil War. He also researched the intersection of HIV/AIDS, poverty and governance, and initiated the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. He recently published the book “The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa. Money, War and the Business of Power” (Polity Press, 2015).


Dr. Olivia Rutazibwa
is a Lecturer in International Development and European Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses on the motivations and effects of western ethical foreign policy in the Global South. Understanding ethical foreign policy as those policies that are explicitly designed around the well-being of the receiving societies cf. democracy promotion, development, good governance and humanitarian interventions, she specifically focuses on the EU’s policies in sub-Saharan Africa to understand their limited success and potential alternatives like autonomous recovery and genuine ownership beyond self-management. She did her doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence, has worked for the European Commission and been a visiting researcher at the EU Institute for Security Studies, as well as conducted fieldworks in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland.

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik is senior researcher at PRIO and the Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. She holds a doctorate in Juridical Science from Harvard Law School. Her research focuses on the interface between international law, humanitarianism, technology and violence.

Ole Jacob Sending is research director at NUPI. He does research on global governance, with a particular focus on the role of international and non-governmental organizations in peacebuilding, humanitarian relief, and development.

Benjamin de Carvalho is senior research fellow at NUPI and is working on projects on UN peacekeeping, and has worked on the protection of civilians and sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia, Chad, and the Sudans. He is also involved in projects addressing status as a key driver of foreign policy, focusing on Norway and Brazil. Central issues here are the role played by small states in international politics, emerging powers and great power responsibility.

Program
1200: Ole Jacob Sending, NUPI: Welcome, information about the seminar and the project.
1215: MFA (TbC). “Humanitarian aid – connecting research and policy”.
1230: Keynote speaker: Professor Alex de Waal: “Humanitarianism and the political marketplace”.
1330: Dr. Olivia Rutazibwa: “Ethical Retreat and Humanitarian Crises”.
1400: Kristin B. Sandvik, PRIO: “Presentation of main findings from the project”.
1430: Panel and Q&A
1515: End
Conference chair/ moderator: Benjamin de Carvalho, NUPI.
More information can be found here.

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

Clingendael
Brexit debate: to stay or to go, is that the question?

15 April 15 2016, Huis van Europa, The Hague

The Netherlands Society for International Affairs (NGIZ) and the European Movement in the Netherlands (EBN) recently organised the high-level paneldiscussion on the UK EU Referendum.

In the wake of the recent migration crisis, the economic and financial turbulance and the violence increasing in and around Europe, the pressures on European cohesion are rapidly mounting. In a hyperconnected world, many people feel uncertainty about Europe’s future. The UK EU referendum – scheduled for June 23 this year – echoes all these concerns and more.

One thing is certain: the choice of UK citizens will affect us all.

We have therefore asked three international expert observers to enlighten us on facts and fiction in the current UK referendum debates, and the price we would pay if the UK were to leave the EU.

  • Prof. Iain Begg (London School of Economics) on the financial and economic consequences of any Brexit;
  • John McLellan (Director Scottish Newspaper Society, former editor of The Scotsman and member of the Infacts.org presscircle) on the current media coverage of the UK referendum and
  • Isabella Schwarz (European Cultural Foundation) on the wider cultural implications of the UK leaving the EU.

More information can be found here.

Winning coalitions for energy security and green growth in Kenya

19 April 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

This expert meeting aimed to bring together decision-makers and key stakeholders from Government of Kenya, private sector and civil society in order to explore from multiple perspectives the potential reach and implementation of green growth plans in Kenya.

Green growth is increasingly gaining traction as a way to reconcile lasting and broad-based economic growth with climate change mitigation and the goal of sustainable development. As a crucial means to achieve green growth, the energy sector is a central concern. Kenya is a party to the UNFCCC process and is committed to tackling climate change as viewed from its various policies and programmes. Kenya also submitted its INDC to the UNFCCC in July 2015 and sets out an emission reduction target of 30% by 2030 compared to its business-as-usual scenario.

Kenya Vision 2030 and the Second Medium Plan 2013-2017 identify energy as one of the infrastructure enablers for transformation into “a newly-industrialising, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment.” Access to competitively-priced, reliable, quality, safe and sustainable energy is essential for achievement of the Vision.

Constraints in energy supply
Currently, there are constraints in energy supply, which include low access to modern energy services, high cost of energy, irregular supply and high cost of energy investments. About 87% of the country’s domestic energy demand is met by biomass. Kerosene based lighting continues to be the leading source of illumination at the household level. Access to modern energy services is required to reduce the wood fuel and kerosene dependency. The draft National Energy and Petroleum Policy (NEPP) states that as of June 2014, 32% of Kenyans had access to electricity. A study commissioned by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in 2014 established that Kenya has one of the highest connection charges leading to low access to electricity supply. Despite the successful electrification of public facilities in rural areas, most neighbouring households largely remain unconnected. The NEPP goes on to state that “going by the current pace at which connections are being effected, the achievement of 70% universal access to electricity by 2020, will not be possible without a paradigm shift in the electrification strategy.”

Hence, Kenya requires additional generation capacity to meet growing demand, reduce energy costs and diversify generation mix to minimise risks associated with overreliance on one source of energy. In this respect, geothermal  and wind energy appear most promising. New policies, including Kenya’s National Energy Policy 2014 (as part of Vision 2030 framework) and the Least Cost Power Development Plan aim to increase geothermal and boost energy security. With a focus on the diversification of energy sources, they entail a risk of potentially increasing GHG emissions and it is not yet clear if sufficient incentives are offered to further encourage private sector participation. At the same time, Kenya has discovered coal and oil for which exploration has been going on since 2013.

Platform
This expert meeting aimed to bring together decision-makers and key stakeholders from Government of Kenya, private sector and civil society in order to explore from multiple perspectives the potential reach and implementation of green growth plans in Kenya. On this basis, the meeting provided a platform to discuss the connections between green growth and energy security concerns, as well as with Kenya’s integration in the global economy, its national development trajectory, and its policies towards poverty reduction and (regional) stability. A critical part of the meeting explored how and whether legitimate energy security arguments, such as these related to improving energy access, form an obstacle to green growth, or whether new opportunities are arising for “winning coalitions” for a new style of development as the new renewable energy boom kicks off across Africa.

The links meeting explored the relationship between green growth and Kenya’s emission reduction commitments as submitted under the UNFCCC Paris Agreement of 2015. A key objective was to gather expert opinions on the viability of Kenya’s current commitments to climate change mitigation, and what might be reasonably expected of Kenya in the future.

More broadly, the meeting was an opportunity for different stakeholders to discuss various strategic, future-oriented questions in their field of work. The ideas and contributions of participants expressed during the meeting will be incorporated into ongoing research by the Clingendael Institute and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands into the potential for and constraints on green growth in major developing countries. It will also provide input for policy-makers in Europe working on the Paris Agreement.

More information can be found here.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Summer 2014

IEP

EUCAIS international conference on the “Prospects of EU – Central Asia Relations” Institut für Europäische Politik and CIFE, 28-29 August 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan

The Centre international de formation européenne together with the Institut für europäische Politik organised a conference in the framework of the EUCAIS international conference on the “Prospects of EU – Central Asia Relations” that took place on 28-29 August 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan master programme with support of the Volkswagen Foundation and funding by the Jean-Monnet-Programme of the European Union. The conference was an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge for representants from academic, political and societal institutions of both regions. Additional to plenary sessions on regional cooperation, natural resources and security challenges within Central Asia as well as on the prospects of both regions’ potential of cooperation, participants presented and intensively discussed papers in four working groups: comparative regionalism, security challenges, democracy promotion and developments in research and teaching in Central Asia.

German-Nordic-Baltic-Forum “Upgrading the German-Nordic-Baltic Partnership in the EU: Common Values, Mutual Interests and New Challenges”, 7-8 July 2014

On 7th and 8th July 2014 the sixth German-Nordic-Baltic-Forum took place in the facilities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia in Riga. The conference was entitled “Upgrading the German-Nordic-Baltic Partnership in the EU: Common Values, Mutual Interests and New Challenges” and brought together over 60 experts from science and politics coming from the three Baltic States, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Germany.

On thisgerman-nordic-baltic occasion the forum highlighted current topics on the European agenda perspectives for further steps of European cooperation. The discussion focussed on the results of the European Elections 2014, the review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and in light of the current developments in the EU’s direct neighbourhood on the EU’s role as global actor and crisis manager as well as on the perspectives of the Eastern Partnership. The second day of the forum was opened by the Latvian State Secretary Andrejs Pildegoviĉs and Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth. In their key-note speeches they underlined European political priorities and put emphasis on the opportunities for a closer German-Nordic-Baltic partnership.

The German-Nordic-Baltic Forums was organised in cooperation with Latvian Institute of Foreign Affairs and with financial and personnel support by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Embassy to the Latvian Republic in Riga.

You can find a report and the conference programme here.

Lunch Debate with Martin Kotthaus: “Current Themes in European Policy”, Institut für Europäische Politik, 3 June 2014

Martin Kotthaus, Head of the European Directorate-General at the Federal Foreign Office, spoke on 3 June 2014 at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin on the topic “Current Themes in European Policy.” Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), moderated the event.

Martin Kotthaus began by speaking about the Ukraine-Crisis, which continues to dominate both European and German foreign policy. Kotthaus praised the Ukranian presidential elections as being “possibly the best, most freLunch debatee and democratic elections [in Ukraine] in a long time according to the remarks of the OSCE.” With the establishment of a legitimate government the economic portion of the association agreement, the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), could soon be signed. Meanwhile the EU will continue to work together with the IMF along with others to remain engaged. Outstanding during the crisis was the unity with which the EU operated. However it is plausible that the topic will remain on the agenda for a while along with what long term effects the crisis will have on the EU’s relationship with Russia.

A further important theme was the European Parliament Election and its result. Kotthaus was happy about the stability in the voter turnout even though there were a few low outliers (only 13% voter turnout in Slovakia). Even so, the importance of the EP Election still needs to be made clearer. The election can’t be seen as a “free shot.” Kotthaus spoke of the need for a revision of the European Voting Act of 1976 in order to standardize and modernize the rules for the election of European representatives.

Closely connected to the EP Election is the question of filling the European leadership positions. President of the European Council Hermann van Rompuy was mandated to consult with the European Parliament and member states to fill the position of the EU-Commission President. More important, however, are the topics that will confront the eventual office holders. Economic topics, such as competition, growth and the creation of jobs must also have a priority next to the development of the Economic and Monetary Union, the topics of climate and energy, rights and freedoms and a coherent and strengthened EU foreign policy and neighborhood policy—also in financial and institutional respects. It is important that the EU focuses on the essential topics—it is not about less Europe but rather a focused and better one.

You can find a report here.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Summer 2014

IAI

3 July, Bruxelles, FEPS. Kick-off meeting of the IAI-FEPS project “Promoting stability and development in Africa: how to foster cooperation between public and private sector”. Upon invitation. Programme.

1 July, Rome, IAI, Seminar on “The Unfulfilled Promise: Completing the EU Enlargement to the Balkans. Presenting Possible Scenarios for the Balkans and Recommendations for the EU Member States”, in cooperation with the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB). Upon invitation. Programme.

30 June, Rome. Conference on “The Unhappy State of the Union: A new grand bargain for Europe”, with L. Tsoukalis in the framework of the conference series “The future of the European economy”. Programme.

27 June, Rome. Public presentation of the final report of the research project “Towards a More United and Effective Europe” Programme.

5 June, Rome. Conference on “Ukrainian crisis: the West and Russia at a crossroads” in cooperation with the International Centre for Policy Studies (Ucraina)   Programme   Video   Images

4-5 June, Turin. Workshop on “Global Mediterranean: a new agenda for multilateral security cooperation”, in cooperation with Compagnia di San Paolo, Mihistry of Foreign Affairs and Osce. Link

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 2014/15

IEP
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 Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Winter 2015/16

Prague Institute of Intl 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 conducted a seminar, “Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment,” at the MFA in Prague 29 February – 1 March, 2016. Over 60 senior security officials and experts from the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, and the United States analyzed current issues in Euro-Atlantic security, including Russia and the Ukraine conflict, ISIS and conflict in the Middle East, migration, and the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw.  Opening speakers for the seminar were U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro, German Ambassador Dr. Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, and Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhanek.

 

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

CEE Sciences Po

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.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Winter 2015/16

IAI50

Mercator European Dialogue – EU strategic vision workshop
26 February 2016, Rome

Workshop hosted by IAI in the framework of the Mercator European Dialogue project. In an ever more complex and connected world, defining a common strategic vision for the EU as a global actor has become an urgent priority. In this context, the European Council has mandated the High Representative and Vice President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, to draft an EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy. Our workshop provided the chance to explore the content of this strategy review as illustrated by Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of the IAI and Special Advisor to the HRVP Federica Mogherini, pen-holder of the EU Global Strategy. MPs had the opportunity to discuss priorities and contribute to the debate on the EU’s global role.

European Union Institute for Security Studies-IAI joint conference on “Europe & Africa: A strategic approach”
17-18 February 2016, Paris

“Energy Union: from birth to maturity”, round table organized in cooperation with the College of Europe, Bruges
22 January 2016, Bruges

Between power and rules: The geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership“. Conference organised in cooperation with the Centre for European Reform, London.
18 January 2016, Rome

EU relations with Latin America. From social resilience to global governance“. Conference organised in cooperation with European Union Institute for Security Studies, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, EU Global Strategy and Compagnia di San Paolo.
15 January 2016, Rome

Civili in missione. L’esperienza italiana nelle missioni dell’Unione Europea“. Conference on the civilian missions, in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
17-18 December 2015, Rome

Conference on “A new European Neighbourhood Policy in a changing strategic environment in cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Rome.
9 December 2015, Rome

The Energy Union: towards an effective European energy policy: Conference with Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice President for Energy Union.
4 December 2015, Rome

Quale governo per l’Ue? Presentation of the volume What Form of Government for the European Union and the Eurozone?  edited by Federico Fabbrini, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Han Somsen (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2015), Meeting within the cycle “The future of the European economy” in collaboration with the Center for Studies on Federalism.
4 December 2015, Rome

Italy and the renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership, Conference with Philipp Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, followed by a roundtable with a panel of Italian and British experts.
25 November 2015, Rome

The European Union and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Managing Globalization?“, Conference with Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Notre Europe-Jacque Delors Institute and former Director-General WTO, in collaboration with LUISS-School of Management e German Marshall Fund of the United States.
25 November 2015, Rome

Challenges to European Security: A Transatlantic perspective, Transatlantic Security Symposium (8th edition).
26 October 2015, Rome

China-Europe relations and the role of Italy”, Conference organised in cooperation with T.wai, Turin, and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Beijing, and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the China Embassy in Italy.
22-23 October 2015, Rome

“Eurozone: getting back to growth?”; presentation of the book by Alberto Majocchi “Un piano per l’Europa” (Feltrinelli, 2015) in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo, Turin, and Aiace
20 October 2015, Rome

Conference  with  Mario Monti  (former Italian Prime Minister and chairman of the EU High Level on Own Resources) on Which resources for the European Union and Eurozone budget?. In collaboration with the Center for Studies on Federalism.
19 October 2015, Turin

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

Hungary

Changing Europe – Integration and crisis
7 March 2016
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 7 Nádor Street, Budapest

Conference 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.

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

Hungary

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

IIA 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:

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

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 (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 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 College of Europe (Bruges) – Spring 2016

CoE

Round table “‘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, 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 IEE-ULB – Spring 2016

IEE-ULB

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 Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) – Spring 2016

DIIS horizontal

Financing Sustainable Development in a Time of Aid Uncertainty
1 March 2016, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen

In the fall of 2015, world leaders adopted the most ambitious global development agenda in history. Meeting the aspiring targets of the Sustainable Development Goals will require financing far beyond traditional aid. At the same time, aid itself is under major pressure as European governments cut aid budgets or divert them to meet refugee and migration issues.

In this context of massive global ambition and concurrent uncertainty on the future of aid, other actors and sources of development financing seem ever more critical, such as the private sector, private foundations and the BRICS. But what are in fact the interests and modes of operation of such actors in the context of development financing, and to what extent do they align with the aims of the SDGs? And how do national governments of developing countries themselves perceive and approach these new sources of financing?

At this event, a new DIIS report was presented, providing insights from ongoing DIIS research on the policies, mind-sets and interests of some of the many actors that will be playing a fundamental role in the complex and challenging task of financing sustainable development.

Speakers

Adam Moe FEJERSKOV, PhD Candidate, DIIS
Helle MUNK Ravnborg, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Lars ENGBERG-PEDERSEN, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Mikkel FUNDER, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Neil WEBSTER, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Yang JIANG, Senior Researcher, DIIS

More information can be found here.

Kazakhstan: Opportunities for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament
21 April 2016, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen

 

In 2013 Kazakhstan announced its bid for a seat as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the years 2017/18. Kazakhstan regards itself as a global leader in nuclear responsibility, drawing upon its long experience within the nuclear field, as part of the campaign for the seat.

Kazakhstan’s nuclear experience is unusual. In the Soviet period, 456 nuclear tests were carried out at the Semipalatinsk test site, followed by a 17-year cleanup process completed in 2012. On the eve of the Soviet dissolution, Kazakhstan found itself in possession of Soviet strategic nuclear weapons amounting to, at the time, the fourth largest arsenal in the world. The weapons were returned to Russia in the early 1990s for dismantlement.

Today, Kazakhstan is the world’s largest producer of uranium ore concentrates with 41% of the world production in 2014, and production is increasing gradually. It is a founding member of the world’s first international Uranium Enrichment Centre along with the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Armenia, to provide guaranteed uranium enrichment services for nuclear energy. In addition, in 2015, Kazakhstan signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to set up an IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank in Kazakhstan.  The Fuel Bank will be a physical reserve of LEU available for eligible IAEA Member States owned and controlled by the IAEA.

At this seminar organized jointly by DIIS and the Kazakhstan Embassy, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Denmark and Sweden Dr. Dastan Yeleukenov, Tariq Rauf, Director of the Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and Senior Researcher Cindy Vestergaard (DIIS) discussed current opportunities and Kazakhstan’s role for strengthening nuclear non-proliferation and promoting nuclear disarmament.

Speakers:

Dr. Dastan Yeleukenov, Ambassador to Denmark and Sweden

Tariq Rauf, Director of SIPRI Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme

Cindy Vestergaard, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Gry Thomasen, postdoc, DIIS

Programme

15:30-15:35 Welcome and Introduction, Gry Thomasen
15:35-16:20 
Kazakhstan’s contribution to disarmament and arms control. IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank in Kazakhstan, Tariq Rauf
16:20-16:30 Comments, Dr. Dastan Yeleukenov
16:30-16:45 Coffee break
16:45-17:05 Trends in Global Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Cindy Vestergaard
17:05-17:30 Q&A

 

 

Natural resources and infrastructure investments in Africa
27 April 2016, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS),Copenhagen

 

Despite falling commodity prices, investments into the extraction of natural resources in Africa continue, albeit at a slower pace.

Not only are new mining and oil/gas projects potential sources of revenues for governments. Across the continent they are also linked to large-scale infrastructure projects, often providing the funding for these projects, with important implications for landscapes and livelihoods.

By activating and connecting political actors in new ways, from the local to the global, these infrastructural investments reshape existing political orderings.

Through presentations of analytical perspectives and empirical case studies this seminar aimed to shed light on an emerging research field.

Speakers:

Jana Hoenke, Assistant Professor, University of Groningen (currently, at the University of Edinburgh)

Joshua Kirshner, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of York

Lars Buur, Associate professor, Roskilde University

Morten Blomqvist, Senior Governance Adviser, Oxfam Ibis

Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen, Postdoc, DIIS

Programme
14:00-14:05 Introduction
Chair: Lars Buur
14:05-14:25 Mining, infrastructure and extractive urbanism in Tete, Mozambique
Joshua Kirshner
14:25:14:45 Petroleum investments and land acquisition standards in Tanzania
Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen
14:45-15:05 New political geographies? Controversies around the ports of Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Jana Hoenke
15:05-15:20 Coffee break
15:20-15:30 Open discussion
Discussant: Morten Blomqvist
15:30-16:15 Q&A
Lars Buur

Past events at Université Catholique de Louvain – Spring 2016

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L’Europe, l’Utopie et le retour de l’Histoire
1 March 2016, Université Catholique de Louvain, Socrate 11, Place Cardinal Mercier 12, Louvain-la-Neuve

Opening lecture (held in French) of the Chair Cardinal Mercier 2016 by Luuk van Middelaar (UCL and Leiden University), author of Le Passage à l’Europe (Gallimard, 2012).

The lecture was followed by a debate with Paul Magnette (Minister-President of the Walloon Region) and Herman Van Rompuy (former President of the European Council, 2009-2014).

More information (in French) can be found here.

Upcoming event at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS): “Policy Making, the Public and Research: Why Think Tanks Matter”

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“Policy Making, the Public and Research: Why Think Tanks Matter” 
26 February 2016, 2:00-3.30 p.m., Danish Institute for International Studies, Auditorium, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A – 2100 Copenhagen

On January 27th the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania released for the 9th consecutive year the “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.” The Danish Institute for International Studies, which defines itself as an independent research institution for international studies, is the highest-ranked institution in Denmark and is tasked to organize this launch event of the report.

The seminar dwelled on the unusual role of policy research in public life. Policy research is expected to be independent but not necessarily neutral about the consequences of certain courses of action for policy making and the public debate. That often puts the legitimacy of public policy institutes in question, but it also plays a vital role in strengthening the quality of a mature democratic debate through knowledge.

Against this background: what is the role of policy research play in policy making and vis-à-vis the public? Should it be the catalyst of new ideas or the watchdog of existing ones? How can it contribute to a vibrant public debate and informed policy-making process without itself becoming politicized?

We convened a panel of policy makers, journalists, and civil servants to discuss these questions, each from their own perspectives.

Speakers

Jim MCGANN, Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, Wharton School and School of Arts and Sciences University of Pennsylvania

Connie HEDEGAARD, Chairman of Concito

Anne Mette VESTERGAARD, Head of Office, European Parliament in Denmark

Fabrizio TASSINARI, Research Coordinator, DIIS

More information can be found here.

Past events at the Federal Trust for Education and Research – Winter 2015/16

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“Britain and the EU: Difficult Questions”
25 February 2016, 9:30 a.m.-15:00 p.m., One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ

The relationship of the United Kingdom with the European Union is entering a new chapter. The UK is seeking a new settlement with its European partners through a process of renegotiation, and will put the result of this process to a public vote, asking in a referendum whether to stay in the European Union or to leave.

This event examined different aspects of the UK’s relationship with the EU and the impact current developments will have on this relationship. There will be discussion of the political debate, centering on the current renegotiation and the referendum ahead, as well as a session on the popular debate focussing on the public’s perception of the EU institution. There will also be the launch of a new Federal Trust pamphlet, authored by Graham Bishop, on how the future relations between members and non-members of the Eurozone, such as the UK, can be managed.

The event offered an opportunity to hear from speakers from a variety of backgrounds, and discuss these difficult questions ahead in the relationship between the UK and her European partners.

Speakers included:

Jackie Minor, Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in the UK; Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly; Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud; Sir Stephen Wall, former European adviser to the British Prime Minister; Baroness Smith of Newnham, University of Cambridge; Timothy Kirkhope, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber; Dr Tim Oliver, Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America Relations, LSE Ideas; Professor Richard Whitman, Professor of International Relations, University of Kent.

More information can be found here.

“The 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Visegrad Cooperation”, Prague Institute of International Relations, 18 February 2016

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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 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and among its highlights were the public speeches of the V4 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, a presentation of a report by the Eminent Personalities on the future of the Visegrad Group and a presentation of the V4 Presidency Mid-Term Review by Think Visegrad as well as appearances by many distinguished speakers both from the V4 and from the outside regions, such as Rick Fawn, Professor, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, or Kai-Olaf Lang, Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin.

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More information can be found here.

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).

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 event at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

EVI-300x54On 3rd of December the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, together with the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership, organized an international conference titled “Highway or Stairway: The Path Ahead for the Eastern Partnership”. The public conference was opened by the Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, and speakers included academics and officials from each of the Eastern Partnership countries.

 

Past events from the Institute of World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

  • Challenges of EU governance trends and future perspectives of V4 cooperation (international conference with Hungarian and V4 speakers), Budapest, July 21, 2015
  •  Club of Europe monthly presentation series on September 22: Hungary’s half-time performance in the framework of the EU-2020 programme, by Zoltán Pitti, professor, Budapest Corvinus University
  • 2nd Academic Conference on China-CEE cooperation (with presentations by Ágnes Szunomár and Balázs Sárvári), Cracow, Jagellonian University, September 22-24, 2015
  • IISES 20th International Academic Conference (Madrid), Lecture by Andrea Éltető and Ágnes Szunomár on „Chinese Investment and Trade – Strengthening ties with Central and Eastern Europe”

Past events of the Institute of International Relations Prague

Roundtable on “Central European Security: The Problem of Reassurance“, 17 September 2015, Institute of International Relations Prague, International Visegrad Fund

The roundtable discussed current security context of Central Europe with a view to the crucial problem of reassurance. The speakers (Jan Ruzicka, Lecturer in Security Studies, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Jiří Schneider, Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects, Prague Security Studies Institute and Michal Kořan, Deputy Director, Institute of International Relations Prague) analysed the sources of insecurity and efforts to deal with them.

http://iir.cz/en/article/central-european-security-the-problem-of-reassurance

Conference on “Past and present-day lustration: similarities, differences, applicable standards”, 7 September 2015, the Institute of International Relations Prague, the Venice Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic,

The IIR co-organized an expert conference on lustration on 7 September 2015. The main focus of the conference has been on the challenges posed by the second wave of lustration that started in the middle of the past decade. Among the speakers were for example Veronika Bílková, Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and current member of the Venice Commission; Anna Dolidze, Georgian Deputy Defence Minister; Serhiy Holovaty, advisor to the President of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; Hanna Suchocka, former Polish Prime Minister and current member of the Venice Commission and Kateřina Šimáčková, judge of the Constitutional Court.

http://iir.cz/en/article/conference-on-lustration

Past events at The Institute of International Affairs (IIA)

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 organised open seminars on various topics at the start of this fall semester. The seminars include:

  • August 5. Scottish resistance to Trident on our soil, and the implications for the UK and the wider world.

Veronika Tudhope, Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in Scotland and Chair Member of the CND in Britain.

  • August 31. Elections in the Faroe Islands.

Petur Petersen, Ambassador of the Faroe Islands to Iceland.

  • September 4. Scotland and Iceland: Crisis, Flux & Constitutional Change.

Mike Small, Editor of Bella Caledonia and Reporter for the Guardian.

  • September 7. Threats to Freedom of Expression in Media and on the Internet.

Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RfoM).

  • September 22. A Unified Effort: Strategic and Military Challenges in Northern Europe.

Rolf Tamnes, Chair of the Expert Commission on Norwegian Security and Defence Policy and Valur Ingimundarson, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland.

  • September 28. Hiroshima: The Atomic Story.

Yumie Hirano, Official Hiroshima A-bomb Legacy Successor.

  • October 6. The UK‘s relationship with the EU.

Vijay Rangarajan, Head of the Europe Directorate of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 

 

 

Past events at the Institut für Europäische Polik (IEP)

IEP Lunch Debate with Norbert Seitz, Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI): “A European Refugee Policy?”

On 23 September 2015 the Institut für Europäische Polik hosted a IEP Lunch Debate at the Representation of Sachsen-Anhalt to the Federation. On behalf of Dr. Emily Haber, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Norbert Seitz, Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), talked about “A European Refugee Policy?”.

For more information, see: http://iep-berlin.de/en/forum/iep-lunch-debate-with-dr-emily-haber-state-secretary-at-the-federal-ministry-of-the-interior-a-european-refugee-policy/

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, MP: “The New Russia as a challenge for European Policy”

On 22 September the Institut für Europäische Polik hosted a IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, MP, Coordinator for Intersocietal Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries. Gernot Erler talked about “The new Russia as a challenge for European Policy” at the Representation of Saarland to the Federation.

For more information, see: http://iep-berlin.de/en/forum/iep-lunch-debate-with-dr-h-c-gernot-erler-mp-the-new-russia-as-a-challenge-for-european-policy/

“EU at a glance: how Association can work for you“ – Opening Workshop in Chernihiv, Ukraine

On 21-24 September, 2015, Anne Bercio, project leader of “Capacity Building for EU Association in Ukraine” at IEP, together with her colleagues Constanze Aka and Martin Stein, implemented a successful workshop in Chernihiv, Ukraine, for members of Ukrainian Civil Society Organisations. The workshop was opened with a keynote by Wolfgang Bindseil, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ukraine, followed by a joint panel discussion with Nataliia Hnydyuk, Deputy of the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine/Head of the Government Office of the European Integration in Ukraine, Dr. Mathias Jopp, Director of the Institute for European Politics and Hennadiy Maksak, President of Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies in Chernihiv.

The workshop is part of the workshop series “Civic School for Sound EU Practice” (CiSEP), a capacity building project for members of Civil Society Organizations in Ukraine that is organized by the IEP and implemented in cooperation with Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies (Chernihiv, Ukraine). The project is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany. CiSEP enables the participants to critically monitor and effectively influence the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine.

Integrated EU Knowledge Management and EU Reporting – Opening Workshop in Kiev

On 12-13 September, 2015 Anne Bercio, project leader of “Capacity Building for EU Association in Ukraine” at IEP implemented a successful workshop on Integrated EU Knowledge Management and EU reporting in Kyiv with Ukrainian civil servants. The workshop was opened by a representative of the German Embassy in Ukraine and Nataliia Hnydyuk, Deputy of the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine/Head of the Government Office for European Integration in Ukraine who also participated in the training. The workshop is part of the EU Trainer Programme that already started with a selection workshop on 2-3 September in Kyiv and was the first of six thematic workshops being implemented this year. It was followed up by the second workshop on EU reporting on 26-27 September 2015, equally in Kyiv. The programme is kindly supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The whole report on the Opening Workshop is published in English online: http://iep-berlin.de/blog/integrated-eu-knowledge-management-and-eu-reporting-opening-workshop-in-kiev/

Together with Civil Society against Corruption in Moldova – Opening Workshop

On 24 September 2015 the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. (IEP) Berlin together with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) in Chișinău implemented a successful opening workshop with Moldovan civil society representatives. The workshop was opened by the German Ambassador to Moldova, H.E. Ulrike Knotz, the Head of Political and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Moldova, Mr. Wicher Slagter, the Director of the IEP, Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, and the Co-Director of IPRE, Dr. Dr. Hans Martin Sieg.

For more information, see: http://iep-berlin.de/blog/together-with-civil-society-against-corruption-in-moldova-opening-workshop-state-of-play-and-case-study-romania/

Past events at IAI

01/07/2015, Rome

L’eurozona verso una nuova governance: Conference on the report of the five EU Presidents regarding the completion of the European monetary and economic policy.

http://www.iai.it/en/eventi/leurozona-verso-una-nuova-governance-il-rapporto-dei-5-presidenti-e-il-ruolo-dellitalia (programme and images)

 02/07/2015, Catania

Seminar on the European Neighbourhood Policy and Libya, in the framework of the European Commission “Citizens’ Dialogues ” initiative, in cooperation with the University of Catania.

http://www.iai.it/sites/default/files/catania_150702.pdf (programme, in Italian)

03/07/2015, Turin

“Tornare a investire in Europa: Piano Juncker: un buon inizio?” Meeting within the cycle “The future of the European economy” with the participation of Dario Scannapieco, European Investment Bank (EIB).
http://www.iai.it/en/eventi/tornare-investire-europa-piano-juncker-un-buon-inizio (images, programme, slides)

16/07/2015, Rome

Conference with Simon Mordue, Director ‘Enlargement Policy and Strategy’ in the Enlargement Directorate-General, about “’A new EU policy for the neighbourhood in a changing strategic environment”.

http://www.iai.it/en/eventi/new-eu-policy-towards-neighbourhood (images, video, interview)

04-05/09/2015, Berlin

“Hearing Europe”, European summit of the project Mercator European Dialogue, which aims to promote the exchange of ideas on the future of Europe among parliamentarians of various EU countries. In cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and the the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

http://www.iai.it/en/ricerche/mercator-european-dialogue (Mercator European Dialogue)

16/09/2015, Turin

Seminar on Ukraine and Libya, in the framework of the European Commission “Citizens’ Dialogue” initiative on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy in cooperation with the Center for Studies on Federalism.

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21/09/2015, Rome

Seminar in cooperation with the European Commission on objectives, priorities and means of implementation of the review of the strategy Europe 2020.

21-22/9/2015, Kyiv

Workshop on “The role of women and gender policies in addressing the military conflict in Ukraine”, with the support of the NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme in the broader framework of the implementation of NATO’s Policy on Women, Peace and Security

http://www.iai.it/en/eventi/role-women-and-gender-policies-addressing-military-conflict-ukraine (Reprot, images)

Past events of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

FIIA 1Helsinki +40 July seminar, 5 July, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

The conclusions of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Helsinki +40 Project and its Final Report, “Building the OSCE of the Future” were discussed at a seminar organised by the OSCE PA and FIIA at Finlandia Hall on 5 July. Opened by OSCE PA President Ilkka Kanerva, the seminar included remarks by PA Secretary General Spencer Oliver, and long-time Finnish diplomat, Ambassador Jaakko Iloniemi.

http://www.fiia.fi/en/event/753/helsinki_40_july_seminar/

Photo: Tuukka Niemi / FIIA

FIIA 2Seminar on “Power transformation”, 9 September, Helsinki

Peter Trubowitz, professor and director of the US Centre at LSE, gave a key note speech on “Long term priorities for US foreign policy” at FIIA’s Centre on US Politics and Power Summer Session on 9 September.

http://www.fiia.fi/en/event/765/power_transformation/

Photo: Mattias Lehtinen / FIIA

The seminar was part of FIIA’s Center on US Politics and Power second Summer Session on “Smarter Forms of Hard and Soft Global Power “ in Helsinki on September 9-11, 2015. The Summer Session examined the changing landscape of Western glob­al power and the program included thematic workshops and keynote presentations given by researchers on a wide range of topics related to smarter forms of power.

Past event from the Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE)

Conference “Eastern Partnership and the EU perspective in the East – Eurosfat 2015”, 29 May 2015, Bucharest

EUROSFAT is the annual stakeholders’ forum on European affairs open to all relevant decision and policy makers as well as citizens interested in contributing to the European policies and challenges debates.

The agenda of this year’s EUROSFAT focused on the Eastern Partnership and the EU perspective in the East, Riga EaP summit conclusions, and the new challenges within the Black Sea Region. The conference was attended by high level officials and experts from Romania, Ukraine, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, the Visegrad countries and the Baltic region.

Roundtable on “Creative Approaches to the relations between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries”, 28 May 2015, Bucharest

The goal of the round table was to identify new approaches and cooperation projects between the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries in the context of the current EU-Russia standoff.  The debates should positively contribute to transfer of experience and know-how from EU member states to the Eastern Partnership countries struggling with complex structural reforms in a challenging regional context.  The meeting in Bucharest was the first regional consultation held after the EU – Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, therefore it will represent a good opportunity to critically reflect on its main conclusions.

Roundtable onAn effective transposition of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive”,  supported by Raiffeisen Bank and CRPE, 16 June 2015, Bucahrest

Raiffeisen Bank, the Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE) and Romanian Business Leaders organized the first extensive consultation regarding the transposition of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (2014/95/EU). The Directive provides for the adoption by Member States of rules whereby big companies report compliance with environmental standards, human rights, issues of integrity and anti-corruption practices.

The discussions were aimed at aligning private and state companies to European and global standards of good practice whereas as many companies as possible adopt an ethical standard for combating the offering and receiving of bribes. The participants also discussed public policies that encourage honest business practices.

The results of the comprehensive CRPE study “Non-Financial Reporting as Seen by Performers” were presented during the talks.

The consultation is a part of the “Partnership for integrity – Romanian Clean Business Coalition – Raiffeisen Bank” project, which facilitates the exchange of good practices and the transfer of expertise between business leaders, professional associations, public decision makers and ministries.

Past events at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), 16 July 2015

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July 16, Rome: conference with Simon Mordue, Director ‘Enlargement Policy and Strategy’ in the Enlargement Directorate-General, about “’A new EU policy for the neighbourhood in a changing strategic environment’

Past event at the Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

FIIA will organised a panel discus­sion “Trolls, hawks and doves” at SuomiAreena in Pori on 17 July. Programme Director Mika Aaltola chaired the panel with Veronika Honkasalo, Saara Jantunen, Matti Pesu and Janne Riiheläinen.

 

Conference on “Theorizing the ENP”, College of Europe, Bruges, 17-18 September 2015

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On 17-18 September 2015, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, with the financial support of the European Commission, was organizing an international conference on “Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy”. The conference aimed to contribute to the further development of EU external relations theory by explaining the origins, development and (in)effectiveness of the ENP from various perspectives. It also strived to explain the role that international actors other thLogoan the EU play in the EU’s neighbourhood.

For more information on the conference and to register for this event, please visit the conference website.

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations – Spring 2015

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Public Lecture on “A Secure Europe in a Better World”, Prague Institute of International Relations, 6 May 2015

The Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations cordially held a public discussion on the future of security in Europe with J. Peter Burgess, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia. The discussion combined the perspectives of a high-profile public intellectual and a distinguished critical scholar, and it was aimed at both a general audience and policy communities. The format of this discussion exemplifies the mission and purpose of the Centre for European Security, which was launched in December 2014, and which seeks to combine cutting-edge scholarship with policy-relevant outputs and public engagement on issues pertaining to European security.

More information can be found here.

Conference on “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region” at the Institute for European Studies of the University of Malta, 12 May 2015

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On the 12th of May, the Institute for European Studies of the University of Malta will organize the third Jean Monnet chair conference called “An evolving EU engaging a changing Mediterranean region”. This conference is supported by EU Life Long Programme and will take place Dar l-Ewropa in Valetta from 8.30 to 17.15 (including standing lunch and coffee breaks). To register, please fill the following form and send it to europeanstudies©um•edu•mt  (europeanstudies©um•edu•mt)  .

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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.

EIUC Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers

Launched in November 2012, the EIUC Training Seminars for International Electoral Observers (IEO) aims at introducing civilian staff to the profession of election observers and at delivering a complete theoretical and practical basic course to those willing to consider election observation as a possible professional step in their career.

The Italian, Spanish and Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs welcomed this EIUC initiative and granted their patronage for the seminars for International Electoral Observers.

Read more here

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Past events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) – Winter 2014/15

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“Russia: Eurasian and Nationalist Visions for Future Russian Policy”
12 February 2015

The Seminar on “Russia: Eurasian and Nationalist Visions for Future Russian Policy” took place at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) on 12 February 2015. UI organised a discussion on Russian nationalist and Eurasianist visions for the future of the country and its policy. Eurasianism – an ideology that gives Russia a unique position of an Asian as much as a European country – has become an important part of Putin’s foreign policy during his third presidency. At the same time, on the domestic scene a new generation of Russian ethnic nationalists challenges the state system and current Russian policy. How does President Putin respond to the new challenges?

More information can be found here.

“EU as Global Actor”
11 February 2015

The Seminar, “EU as Global Actor” took place at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) on 11 February 2015. The workshop focused on the trends in the development of the European foreign policies, and an assessment of the performance of the EU as a global actor, as the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015 is presented.How did the EU as a whole respond to the global and regional challenges in 2014? Has the EU changed its policy course? What role did Sweden play in EU’s common foreign policy?

More information can be found here.

“The World 2015: Challenges to EU Foreign and Security Policy”
22 January 2015

The Seminar, “The World 2015: Challenges to EU Foreign and Security Policy” took place on 22 January 2015.
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) invited a wide audience to a discussion on EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the role of the European External Action Service (EEAS), their current developments and future challenges.

Discussions covered: What is the current state of institutional development in EU foreign and security policy? How will the EEAS manage to respond to the issues it is faced with? What are the most important challenges, and can these be dealt with in the prevailing setting?

More information can be found here.

The full seminar is available on YouTube.

Russia 2015: Key Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges
22 January 2015

The Seminar on Russia 2015: Key Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges was held at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) on 22 January 2015.

Lilia Shevtsova, associate fellow at Chatham House presented on the substance and key arguments of the new Kremlin Strategy for Russian consolidation and foreign policy. Other issues covered were; what are the mechanisms of the new patriotic mobilization; the survivability of the political regime and the roots of the tension between Russia and the West? What does the Russian society think?

More information can be found here.

The full seminar is available on UI-play.

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).

Past events at the College of Europe (Bruges) – Spring 2015

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The EU and China: Reform and Governance, College of Europe (Bruges), 4-5 May 2015

On 4-5 May 2015 the EU-China Research Centre and the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe held a conference on “The EU and China: Reform and Governance”. The conference was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (4 May 2015) ancolleged the European Parliament (5 May 2015) in Brussels.

The objective of this one-and-a-half day conference was to bring together high-level European and Chinese researchers and policymakers to explore the topic of reform and governance. It did so by focusing on both the EU’s and China’s apcollege 2proaches to domestic and global governance, as well as current reforms in the EU and China. Whereas the first day was devoted to an in-depth study of the internal opportunities and challenges shared by the EU and China as well as their contribution to global governance, the morning of the second day put an emphasis on global climate governance.

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Forthcoming event at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs

The presentation of the “European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015”, 23 March 2015, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 23 March, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs organizes the presentation of “European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015”. The Scorecard is an innovative project that provides a systematic annual assessment of Europe’s performance in dealing with the rest of the world, analysing the performance of the 28 member states and the EU institutions on 65 policy areas arranged around six key issue areas: Russia; United States; Wider Europe; Middle East and North Africa; Asia and China; Multilateral issues.

Download: http://www.ecfr.eu/scorecard/2015

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?”

20th Annual Conference on “Security architecture in the CEE: present threats and prospects for cooperation”, Central European Political Science Association, Vilnus, 25-26 September 2015

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On 25-26 September 2015, the Central European Political Science Association in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS) and the Lithuanian Political Science Association held a major conference in Vilnius, entitled Security architecture in the CEE: present threats and prospects for cooperation. The conference was organized with the aim to mark the remarkable transition of the Central and Eastern European countries from soviet-type planned economy and Communist dictatorship to market economy and democracy, new arising conditions for a spread of post-modern security challenges and initiatives and how political systems of these countries are able to deal with it despite rather low quality of democracy and governance in the region, fragile political stability and sensitivity to economic breakdowns of these countries.

The conference covered broad range of topics such as Economic crisis and its security implications, Populism and Political Radicalism in CEE, Minority politics in Central and Eastern Europe, Challenges of energy security, Military-civil relations in CEE democracies, Russia’s place in European security architecture, NATO beyond 2014, NATO enlargement: possibilities for Ukraine and Georgia, Complexities of informational wars, Cyber security issues in CEE, Co-operation between the EU and NATO in security matters, The presence and challenges for the EU Eastern Partnership policy, Relevance of post-modern security challenges in CEE region, Significance of CEE security studies for international politics, Contribution of CEE political research for general theory and Current issues of normative political theory in CEE.

The mentioned list of sub-themes or/and panels is surely not comprehensive. While participants were especially invited to respond to the conference theme, proposals on other aspects of Central European politics were considered as well. The conference was opened to the researchers from all the countries with the interest in Central European affairs.

The academic program for the conference was organized in the usual format of panels. Each panel comprised four to five papers plus chair. We welcomed individual paper proposals and / or complete panel proposals as well.

More information can be found here.

“Russia and the World: 2015 IMEMO Forecast”, Prague Institute of International Relations, 29 January 2015


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The Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations Prague had the pleasure of hosting Boris Frumkin and Irina Kobrinskaya, two scholars from IMEMO (the Russian Institute of World Economy and Internacaruseltional Relations) who presented their institute’s annual forecast ‘Russia and the World’ for 2015.

More information can be found here.

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

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Second Trans Arctic Agenda high-level seminar
October 28-29 2014

The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland (CAPS) hosted a high-level seminar on Arctic issues on October 28-29 2014 in Reykjavík. This is the second year that the Trans Arctic Agenda seminar is held in Reykjavík. The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies was launched at ticlhis seminar in 2013. It is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland. This year the Trans Arctic Agenda conference focused on the governance and management of the Arctic region following the Arctic Council meeting in Kiruna of 2013.

H.E. Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland, and Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, the Rector of the University of Iceland, opened the conference.

The background to the conference lies in the rapid changes that climate change and increased international attention is bringing to the circumpolar region. These changes offer new opportunities for resource exploitation, human settlement and travel, but will also disrupt the present natural conditions and living environment for all concerned in the High North. Prudent, cooperative and sustainable handling of the challenges involved will be crucial for gleaning as much as possible from the positive effects of change while minimizing the potential damage.

This year the seminar focused on the following six themes:

1)   Arctic and Foreign Policies of the Arctic States

All the eight member states of the Arctic Council have published their Arctic policies, some even their revised policies. Even though all the policies promote circumpolar cooperation, and there is every reason to be optimistic in those terms, the eight states are a diverse group. They differ in terms of size, population, perception and capacity, their status in the region and foreign policies. This panel will discuss foreign- and Arctic policies of the eight Arctic states, looking to answer questions such as what are the main priorities in the foreign policies of the states? Is the Arctic a real priority? How are Arctic matters handled within each state and what actors influence the policy? How do domestic politics influence the foreign and Arctic policies?

Among speakers were:  Asle Toje, Research Director, The Nobel Institute; Michael T. Corgan, Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University and CAPS Visiting Scholar;  Joël Plouffe,  Researcher Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and Managing Editor Arctic Yearbook; Lassi Heininen, Professor, Univeristy of Lapland, Editor of Arctic Yearbook;   Jakub M. Godzimirski, Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs; Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Iceland; Alexander Hviid, Royal Danish Defence College.

Chair: Alyson JK Bailes, Adjunct Lecturer, Universtiy of Iceland.

2)   Arctic Council observers, the “Near-Arctic” and the High North

The High North is attracting attention from all over the globe and many different actors have expressed their interest in the region and applied for observer ship in the Arctic Council. In the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Kiruna 2013 many applicants were granted such observer ship. A majority of the new observer states are Asian, which are China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore. This panel will focus first and foremost on the new Asian observer states and what their new status entails for them. What roles and responsibilities are there for observer states and how can they best influence decision-making and make sure that their voice is heard?

Among speakers are: Jesse Hastings, Lecturer, National University of Singapore and CAPS Visiting Scholar; Marc Lanteigne, Senior Researcher (Asia) at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and CAPS Visiting Scholar;  Malgorzata Smieszek, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland; Philip E. Steinberg, Professor, Durham University, Ingrid A. Medby, Doctoral Researcher, Durham University and Johanne M. Bruun, Doctoral Researcher, Durham University; Adam Stepien, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland; Caroline Kennedy, Professor, University of Hull and Admiral Nick Lambert, master mariner and former British National Hydrographer; Johannes Riber Nordby, Analyst, Royal Danish Defence College; Michal Luszczuk, Post-dodtoral fellow, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce.

Chair: Lassi Heininen, Professor, University of Lapland, Editor of Arctic Yearbook

3)   The West Nordic region

West Nordic cooperation has taken significant steps in the past few years, with the West Nordic Council establishing itself as a significant platform for West Nordic political cooperation, as well as building on more traditional cultural ties and mutual economic interests. This panel will focus on the challenges and opportunities the West Nordic region faces in the coming years such as the Arctic’s rising geo-economic and strategic importance and challenges due to climate change. Will West Nordic cooperation be successful in shaping the Arctic’s future? What constitutes the “region” and is there such a thing as West Nordic identity? Will there be a joint West Nordic Arctic strategy? Can the small West Nordic nations increase their influence on the Arctic developments through enhanced cooperation and how will it influence wider Nordic cooperation, the Arctic Council and other fora? 

Among speakers are: Maria Ackrén, Associate Professor, University of Greenland;  Rasmus Gjeldssø Bertelsen, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University; Egill Þór Níelsson, Visiting Scholar, Polar Research Institute of China; Beinta í Jakubsstovu, University of the Faroe Islands.

Chair: Auður H Ingólfsdóttir, Assistant Professor, Bifröst University.

4)  Polar Code and Law of the Sea

The panel will address a few contemporary issues concerning the international law of the sea that is of relevance for the Arctic such as navigation, maritime boundary delimitations, the extended continental shelf and fisheries. One of the issues that will be dealt with is the Polar Code which the IMO has been developing. It is a draft mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters, to cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training, search and rescue and environmental protection matters relevant to ships operating in the inhospitable waters surrounding the two poles. Another issue that will be addressed is Canada’s submission of preliminary information to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf of Canada in the Arctic Ocean.

Among speakers are Coalter G. Lathrop, Lecturing Fellow, Duke Universtiy;  Erik Røsæg, Professor, University of Oslo; Bjarni Már Magnússon, Assistant Professor,  University of Reykjavik.

Chair: Helgi Áss Grétarsson, Associate Professor, University of Iceland. 

5)  The balance between business developments and environmental protection in the Arctic

The Arctic is already highly globalized and influences by market forces and geopolitics have become apparent. Different actors, state, non-state and corporate have declared interest in the region or even invested in some sort of business developments. While no one owns the Arctic, it is necessary to make sure that it is governed and managed in a responsible sustainable manner, with balance between business adventures and nature preservation. This panel looks at the interplay between different actors promoting different, and sometimes not compatible, interests. Furthermore, it seeks to answer such questions as who is responsible if something goes wrong, how will the responsibility be divided between private and public actors and how can those with indirect interests voice their concerns to make sure their interests are taken account off?

Among speakers are: Georg Lárusson, Director General of the Icelandic Coastguard; Amy L. Lovecraft, Associate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Stephen Macko, Professor, University of Virginia.

Chair: Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, Professor, University of Iceland.

6)  North American leadership in the Arctic Council

This panel focuses on the North American leadership in the Arctic Council. First of all it looks at Canada’s leadership, that is coming to its end and secondly it discusses what to expect from the US leadership, starting in 2015. The Canadian and US priorities will be explored as well as their Arctic awareness. The aim is to shed light on issues such as differences in leadership style, Arctic identity and approaches to intergovernmental cooperation and policy priorities.

Among speakers: Steven Lamy, Professor of International Relations, USC University of Southern California, Heather Exner-Pirot, stragetist, Universty of Saskatchewan and Managing Editor Arctic Yearbook; Michael Byers, Professor, University of British Columbia; Harry Bader, Associate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Chair: Anna Karlsdóttir, Assistant Professor, University of Iceland.

The programme for the seminar can be accessed here.

Seminar on the case of Catalonia
20 October 2014

The Centre for Small State Studies (CSSS), which is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs, hosted an open seminar titled “New Emerging Small States in Europe? The Case of Catalonia” oniceland October 20. The seminar was hosted in cooperation with the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT), which is a public-private partnership designed to foster dialogue and build relationships between the citizens of Catalonia and the rest of the world. The seminar was live-streamed via the CSSS website. More information concerning the seminar can be found here.

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 Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Autumn 2014

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Public debate on “(Not so) Soft Power? How Russia and the EU Influence the Neighborhood”
10 October 2014

The concept of “soft power” has been widely used and abused, often without a clear conceptual definition. This public discussion on 10 October 2014 took place in the framework of a project run by the LIIA, which aims to shed more light on the issue, providing an impartial analysis, conceptual (re)definition and recommendations to policy-makers. The discussion had a particular focus on Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and the Baltic States. Some of these countries are striving to join the EU, some are already members, but to some extent both groups are still “grey areas” subject also to Russian influence. The event featured speakers from Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. names?

More information can be found here.

Workshop on “Mass Media – Competing for People’s Hearts and Minds in Russia’s Neighborhood”
12 September 2014

On 12 September, LIIA co-organized a workshop “Mass Media – Competing for People’s Hearts and Minds in Russia’s Neighborhood”, which was held under the Chatham House Rule. The event gathered prominent experts from Russia, the European Union and the Eastern Neighborhood.

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

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Conference on Chinese investment and financial engagement in Visegrad countries
27 November 2014

On 27 November IWE and the Central European University (CEU) hosted a conference in Budapest, entitled Chinese investment and financial engagement in Visegrad countries. The conference, supported by the International Visegrad Fund, provided insight into Chinese investments in Visegrad countries before and after the crisis. In addition to the economic issues, the conference focused on the underlying political interests of both sides, while chances for possible cooperation among V4 countries were also be touched upon, too. Speakers at the conference included Prof. Dr. Guenter Heiduk, director of the East Asian Center at the Warsaw School of Economics, Dr. Lucia Husinecová, director of Institute of Asian Studies and Dr. Song Lilei, assistant director of the Center of European Studies at the Tongji University and Ágnes Szunomár (senior researcher of IWE). More information on the event coupled with several publications on the topic can be found here.

Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

Club Europe, 18 November 2014, Budapest.
Presentation of the annual report of the Hungarian European Business Council on “Sustainable and inclusive growth”.

International conference

12 November 2014, Danube University Krems, Austria. Keynote speech by Prof. András Inotai on “Possibilities of and limits to the European Union’s Danube Region Strategy”

International workshop on “Hidden Triggers of Economic Growth in V4 Plus Ukraine – Enhancing Ukraine’s Integration Chances”

24 October 2014, Cityhotel, Kiev. Two IWE senior researchers contributed to this event: András Deák and Sándor Meisel

Second High-level Forum on Global Governance

22 October 2014, Beijing. Introductory remarks by Prof. András Inotai on Global Economic Governance and the place and role of the European Union

Second High-level Forum on Global Governance

22 October 2014, Beijing. Introductory remarks by Prof. András Inotai on Global Economic Governance and the place and role of the European Union

Expert meeting of a Visegrad Fund project

22 October 2014, International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava. Gábor Túry (researcher at IWE) presented the main findings of the multiannual project, led by him, entitled: Prospects of the Visegrad cooperation in changing economic, political and social conditions

International conference at the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

21 October 2014, Beijing. Presentation by Prof. András Inotai on “Strong and weak features of the European integration in the changing global framework”

International conference on Brazil’s relations to the EU and Hungary

20-21 October 2014, ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University), BudapestContribution of IWE researchers to this event:
Annamária Artner (senior researcher) “Brazil in the global system of capital accumulation”
Judit Ricz (visiting researcher) “The Brazilian developer state: past, present and future”
Ágnes Solti (junior researcher): “About Brazil’s aid policy vis-à-vis Latin-America and Africa”

Club Europe, 14 October 2014, Budapest

Presentation of two recent Bertelsmann Foundation studies (“Sustainable Governance Indicators” and “Social Justice in the EU”) by Dr. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Dr. Christian Kroll, project managers, Bertelsmann Foundation

Club Europe (special meeting) 13 October 2014, Budapest

At this event outgoing European Commissioner, Dr. László Andor gave a presentations about the social aspects of a post-crisis Europe

International symposium

9-10 October 2014, National Defence University, Washington DC. Tamás Novák (senior researcher of IWE) contributed with a presentation to the event dedicated to the Western Balkans, organised by the Defence Intelligence Agency

General assembly of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

6 October 2014, Klosterneuburg/Vienna. Panel discussion on “Crisis management required?” (Krisenmanagement gefragt?) with the participation of among others Dr. Erhard Busek and Prof. András Inotai

 Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

2 October 2014, Budapest
At the October event senior researcher of IWE, Zsuzsánna Biedermann gave an introductory lecture on “Dark pools, non-public trading and regulatory dilemmas of our time” followed by a lively debate (in Hungarian).

Club Europe, 16 September 2014, Budapest

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, director of the Research Center for European Integration (Zentrum für Europaeische Integrationsforschung – ZEI) at the University of Bonn. The professor gave a lecture on “The European Union after the elections and ahead of new challenges” followed by a long discussion.

Past events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) – Autumn 2014

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Seminar, “The New EU Institutions; What Changes ahead?”, Mark Rhinard
25 November 2014, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), in cooperation with the Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies, hosted a discussion on the latest trends shaping how the EU institutions operate and interact.

Much has changed in the EU in 2014. Elections to the European Parliament altered the contours of its party politics. A new Commission President was appointed using a new nomination system. And both the European Council and External Action Service (EEAS) changed leadership, with heightened expectations. What can we expect from the EU’s institutions in the years ahead? Will the Commission become more politicized? Will the European Council continue to be a driving force? Will the EEAS finally reach its potential? How can the EU shore up its economy, regain the confidence of its citizens and manage security threats in the ‘near abroad’?

Speakers: Neill Nugent, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Manchester Metropolitan University.

David Earnshaw, Chief Executive Officer of Burson-Marsteller in Brussels.

Michael Shackleton, Professor of European Institutions at Maastricht University. 

Annegret Bendiek, Deputy Head of Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Francis Jacobs, Head of the European Parliament Delegation to Ireland.

Helene Sjursen, Professor at ARENACentre for European Studies at the University of Oslo

The seminar was moderated by Mark Rhinard, Senior Research Fellow and head of the Europe Research Program at UI.

Seminar, “The Dynamics Of Defence Cooperation”
17 November 2014, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) was the host of a discussion that brings together international perspectives on the possibilities and limits of Swedish defence cooperation.

Based on the premise that peace and security can only be achieved in cooperation with others, Tomas Bertelman was commissioned by the Swedish government to make an overview of Swedish defence cooperation, its present and possible future. The report was presented to the Swedish Government on 29 October 2014. What are the possibilities and limits of defence cooperation between the Nordic countries, the EU and NATO? What would be the possible consequences of that? Is this analysis shared by our neighbours?

Presentation by: Tomas Bertelman, Author and former Ambassador.

Comments by: Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland, former Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and British Ambassador to Finland.

Kestutis Jankauskas, Lithuanian Ambassador to NATO.

Eugeniusz Smolar, Senior Fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw, and former President of the Center for International Relations.

The seminar was moderated by Anna Wieslander, deputy Director at UI.

Past events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) – Autumn 2014

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Seminar, “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Challenges and Opportunities Ahead”
13 October 2014

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), in collaboration with the US Embassy in Stockholm, organized a seminar on the US-EU trade and investment partnership, (TTIP). Discussion covered such timely questions as what are public attitudes towards free trade agreement between the US and Europe? What are the opportunities and challenges ahead in light of the new European Commission and Parliament? Will the mid- term elections for US legislators change the composition dynamics to the benefit or detriment of TTIP passage?

The full seminar is available on Youtube.

Also view a UI Focus interview with Bruce Stokes, Director of global economic attitudes, Pew Research Center, on the topic.

Seminar, Transatlantic Trends Survey 2014
11 September 2014

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), the German Marshall Fund and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs held a seminar on the results of the Transatlantic Trends Survey 2014.
Transatlantic Trends is an annual survey measuring public opinion in the United States, Turkey, Russia, and ten European Union member states: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The survey explores how Europeans and Americans view the transatlantic relationship and different challenges facing the world. Sweden takes part in the survey for the fourth time this year.
The discussions covered: what actions are Europeans prepared to take to address the crisis in Ukraine? Is the EU doing enough to combat the economic crisis? Where do Americans want to work with Europe, and where do they want to work independently?

The full seminar is available on UI-play.

A UI Focus interview with Constance Stelzenmueller, German Marshall Fund can be found on Youtube.

Past events at Real Instituto Elcano – Autumn 2014

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On October elcano debate1, 2014 a debate on the implications and challenges in Spain caused by the jihadist mobilization to Syria and Irak, was organized by the Elcano Royal Institute in collaboration with the Casa Árabe.

Read more here.

 

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Summer 2014

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Conference „Aktuelle Herausforderungen für die deutsche Europapolitik: Vertiefung, Erweiterung, Nachbarschaft“ („Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood“)
25-26 September 2014, Berlin, Institut für Europäische Politik and Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration

On September 25-26 the Institut für Europäische Politik organised its annual academic conference in cooperation with the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration. More than 50 academics and practitioners gathered in Berlin in order to discuss the “Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood“.During the first panel potential further strategies for reforming the EU’s political system were discussed. All panelists representing members from the Spinelli Group, the Glienicker Gruppe and the Groupe Eiffel agreed that the Lisbon Treaty provided an appropriate legal framework for current challenges and demanded full exploitation of its text. Ideas were exchanged on the question of how to deal with increasing heterogeneity among the EU Member States and necessary reforms of EU institutions in order to increase their democratic legitimacy. The second panel dealt with the reforms of the Economic and Monetary Union. Given that the crisis management within the Eurozone was perceived successful so far, the panelists focused on questions of how to increase the EU’s competitiveness and of how to guarantee liability of future national economic reforms. The future role of the EU’s enlargement policy as a foreign policy tool was discussed during the conference’s third panel. Enlargement policy was defined to represent an integration rather than a foreign policy tool of the EU. This means that it needed to be complemented by foreign policy initiatives. In light of these considerations the preconditions for a successful enlargement policy were debated. The conference concluded with discussions on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). This debate was guided by the question of whether the general principles of the ENP needed redefinition. In light of the latest developments the panelists agreed that the ENP needed a differentiated approach and other global actors and their interests needed to be included in the considerations of how to stabilize the neighbourhood that currently represented rather a ring of fire than a ring of friends.

The conference was completed by a dinner speech by Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, and a concluding speech by Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank.

Read more here.

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. Peter Ptassek: “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union”
16 September 2014

The IEP Lunch Debate on the topic “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union” with Dr. Peter Ptassek, Deputy Director of the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office, took place on the 16th of September 2014 at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin, Germany. The event was moderated by Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institute for European DSC_0085-243x364Politics (IEP).

Dr. Ptassek began his introductory speech by illuminating several questions facing Europe, including not only still existing concerns about the Monetary Union, but also Europe’s relations with Russia in light of the Ukraine Crisis, and the impending referendum in the UK. Ptassek pointed out that he believed the height of the economic crisis to be behind us, and the monetary union “dishevelled”, but still alive. Ptassek further specified that the Monetary Union includes a clear external dimension, specifically the connection between economic strength and the weight of foreign policy. The whole report on the lunch debate is published in English here.

Past events at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) – Autumn 2014

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Conference on Corporate Taxation
2 December 2014, the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Dublin

On 2 December the IIEA and KPMG Ireland will host a major international conference in Dublin on the theme of corporate taxation. The conference, which is supported by McCann FitzGerald, will focus on the OECD’s BEPS action plan, encompassing aggressive tax planning; the challenges of taxing the digital economy; competitiveness in a changing global tax landscape; and the spill-over effects of corporate taxation policies on developing countries.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD; Michael Noonan, Irish Minister for Finance; and Heinz Zourek, Director General of the European Commission’s DG Taxation and Customs Union.

Early bird tickets are on sale now until 5pm, Monday 10 November. To find out more, and to book your place at the biggest taxation conference of the year, please visit the conference website.

Seminar on “Europe’s new fiscal rules: are they working, can they work?”
3 November 2014 at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Dublin

The seminar consisted of three panels, each discussing a different aspect of Europe’s new fiscal rules. The Eurozone has been in crisis for half a decade. One cause of the crisis was fiscal mismanagement in some member countries. Once the crisis began, consensus quickly emerged that the existing budgetary regime – the Stability and Growth Pact – was inadequate. A series of tighter rules, including the “two pack”, “six pack” and the Fiscal Treaty, were subsequently agreed and put in place. This half-day event explored a range of issues around the new framework. This event was primarily targeted at the media, the policy community and economic experts. Speakers included Tom Nuttall, Charlemagne Columnist, The Economist; John McCarthy, Chief Economist, Irish Department of Finance; and Jane Suiter, Political Scientist, Dublin City University.To find out more, please visit the website.

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

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The conference “The Prague Agenda 2014”
4-5 December 2014, IIR, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

The international conference “The Prague Agenda 2014”, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Institute of International Relations in Prague was held on 4–5 December 2014.

The aim of this international conference, the fourth of this kind, was to further discuss the issues related to the “Prague Agenda” announced by US President Obama in April 2009. The prospects and challenges related to the 2015 NPT Review Conference as well as regional aspects of the nuclear disarmament in the Middle East and Asia were in focus. Non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament and security were among the main topics discussed. The whole world should be able to secure its space against potential nuclear threats. Europe is mostly in danger in this respect because of the increasing possibilities of Middle Eastern countries gaining nuclear materials and technology. Read more.

6th International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”
19-20 November 2014, IIR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

2014 was already the sixth year in which the Institute of International Relations organized this phenomenally successful symposium on Czech Foreign Policy, traditionally held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The history of this unique event goes back to 2009. That year’s symposium was the first time that there was a presentation of Czech foreign policy aimed at the professional and public community, and it had a slightly different, previously unseen format. The VIth International Symposium was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the 19th to the 20th of November, 2014. Read more.

A public lecture “The Internal Balance of Power in Current Russia and the Opposition’s Chances to Reach Out to the Society”
14 October 2014, IIR, Forum 2000

Forum 2000 in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations presented a public lecture with the title “The Internal Balance of Power in Current Russia and the Opposition’s Chances to Reach Out to the Society” by Professor Andrey Zubov who is a Russian historian and political scientist, a Doctor of History, and a former Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

Read more here.

 

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

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Latvian EU Pre-Presidency Conference on “Moving the Union Forward: Involvement, Growth, Sustainability”
4-5 December 2014, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 4-5 December 2014, LIIA organized the 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. This has been recognized as an official event of the Latvian EU Presidency and is also supported by the Presidency. Please find the provisional programme here.

Semi-formal debate on “From the Baltic Revolution to the Cultural Capital of Europe: An American Reflects on Returning to Riga”
24 November 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On November 24 at 17.00, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs hosted a debate “From the Baltic Revolution to the Cultural Capital of Europe: An American Reflects on Returning to Riga”, featuring Douglas Wake. Douglas Wake is a former American diplomat, international civil servant and educator with extensive experience in Latvia and neighboring countries including Russia and much of Europe and Eurasia. He has been visiting Riga periodically since 1988 and served at the American Embassy on Raina Bulvaris from 1994 to 1997. Doug is now spending three months as a Visiting Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs here in Riga. He shared his personal impressions of some regional security, political and economic developments in Latvia and the broader region over the past quarter century; he looked forward to an exchange of views about current challenges and prospects for Latvia’s future in a dynamic international environment.  

International discussion on “Energy (In)Security: Ways Forward for the Europe and the Baltic States”
13 November 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On November 13 at 15:00, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with the Centre for Geopolitical Studies (Lithuania) organized a public discussion “Ways Forward for the Baltic / European Energy Security”. The escalating Ukrainian crisis has moved European energy security higher up on the agenda, and for Latvia, its upcoming EU presidency adds extra importance to this traditionally topical issue. This event aimed at providing the latest information and analysis about energy security in Latvia, Baltic Sea Region and the European Union, as well as discussing different alternatives for further action, including the brand new Connecting Europe Facility, cooperation with the US et cetera. Particular attention was paid to the gas policies. The debate featured Krišjānis Kariņš (Member of the European Parliament, Latvia), Alan Riley (Professor of Law at City Law School, specializing in energy law, United Kingdom), Ruben Vermeeren (Policy Officer, European Commission, DG ENERGY), Mikhail Krutikhin (Partner, RusEnergy, Russia) and Juozas Augutis (Energy Security Research Centre, Lithuania). Web stream available here.

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Debate on “Debriefing the Wales NATO Summit: Way Forward for NATO’s Eurasian Partnerships”, 8 September 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 8 September, LIIA hosted the debate “Debriefing the Wales NATO Summit: Way Forward for NATO’s Eurasian Partnerships”, with the support of NATO. It was dedicated to the results of the Wales NATO summit, with a particular focus on the Alliance’s Eurasian partnerships (Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Baltic Sea Region, etc.). Andris Spruds (Director, LIIA), Edgars Rinkevics (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia) and Janis Sarts (State Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Latvia) delivered introductory remarks. Panel speakers included Guna Snore (Program Officer, NATO Public Diplomacy Division), Eka Tkeshelashvili (President, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies), Leonid Polyakov (Senior Fellow, Institute for Strategic Studies “New Ukraine”; former Deputy Minister of Defence, Ukraine), Sergey Oznobishchev (Director, Institute for Strategic Assessments, Russia), Robert Nurick (Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council of the United States, the US; Visiting Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs) and Doug Wake (Visiting Fellow, LIIA, the USA).
Check the conference video and photos.

Past events at the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po – Autumn 2014

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Seminar « Mesurer l’influence: un casse-tête pour le chercheur »
8 December 2014

Seminar Social sciences in question: The leading epistemological and methodological controversies of our time « Mesurer l’influence: un casse-tête pour le chercheur », organized by Sciences Po, CEE & CERI, 8 December 2014, Sciences Po, Paris. With Samy Cohen (Sciences Po, CERI). Read more here.

Seminar: “The Power of Inaction: Bank Bailouts in Comparison”

Seminar of the Centre d’études européennes (SGCEE) “The Power of Inaction: Bank Bailouts in Comparison”, organized by Sciences Po, CEE & MaxPo, 25 November 2014, Sciences Po, Paris. With Cornelia Woll (Sciences Po, CEE & MaxPo). Read more here.

Seminar Reforming Europe« Le contrôle parlementaire de l’Europe macroéconomique (UEM, BCE, union bancaire, coordination budgétaire) »
24 novembre 2014

Organized by Sciences Po, CEE & OFCE & École de droit, 24 November 2014, Sciences Po, Paris. With Francesco Martucci, University Panthéon-Assas, Paris II & Xavier Timbeau, Sciences Po, OFCE. Read more here.

Presentation of the book: “Faire Parler le Parlement, Méthodes et enjeux de l’analyse des débats parlementaires pour les sciences sociales”

Presentation by Claire Galembert (CNRS research fellow, ISP Cachan) and Olivier Rozenberg (professor at Sciences Po, CEE) of the book: Faire Parler le Parlement, Méthodes et enjeux de l’analyse des débats parlementaires pour les sciences sociales (co-directed with Cecilia Vigour), coll. Law and Society, LGDJ, 2013). The meeting will also focus on prospects and dynamics Research parliamentary assemblies. More information can be found here.

Seminar Escapades Parlementaires « Faire parler les études parlementaires »
19 November 2014

Organized by Science Po, CEE & Université Panthéon Sorbonne Paris I, CESSP & ENS Cachan – Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, ISP, 19 November 2014, Sciences Po, Paris.

Presentation of the collective book: Governing Cities in Africa
12 November 2014, Sciences Po, Paris

Governing Cities in Africa, Politics and Policies (Simon Bekker & Laurent Fourchard, eds, HSRC Press, 2013) By Sophie Didier & Laurent Fourchard

Studies of government and politics in Africa are dominated by a focus on the national and are typically set apart by anglophone, francophone and lusophone historical influences, with South Africa as an exception. This volume departs from a different set of questions and employs a novel approach in discussing them: cities in sub-Saharan Africa provide the pivot around which issues of policy and practice, planning and service delivery turn, at different scales and both from the top down as well as from the bottom up. Party politics, for example, is discussed at city level and urban security both within a state and a non-state context. The novelty of the approach is found in thematic rather than single-city chapters written by multiple authors each of whom displays depth knowledge of one of three or more cities treated in each case. This volume will interest scholars of African and of urban studies as well as urban policy-makers and practitioners. Read more here.

Past events at the Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne – Autumn 2014

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6/7 November 2014, German Turkish University, Istanbul

The PEGASUS project hosted a steering group meeting in Istanbul to further discuss and finalize the work on a joint integrated European Ph.D. programme.

Prof. Dr. Christine Neuhold gave a guest lecture on 7 November: “Elections to the European Parliament 2014. What is really different this time?”

Inaugural Lecture: THESEUS Visiting Professorship
27 October 2014, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne

On 27 October, THESEUS Visiting Professor Dr Céline Belot held her inaugural lecture ‘The emergence of the EU as a political issue: cause for despair or source of hope for European integration’ at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. In her speech the French researcher from Sciences Po Grenoble analyzed both general developments and characteristics of politization within the EU as well as specifics of the French case. Her lecture was followed by a lively discussion with the audience, in which single aspects could be closer depicted.

The second Trans Arctic Agenda high-level seminar takes place, 29 October 2014, Reykjavík

Logo conferenceThe Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland (CAPS) is organizing a high-level seminar on Arctic issues, scheduled to take place in Reykjavik, Iceland on 29 October 2014. This is the second year that the Trans Arctic Agenda seminar is held in Reykjavík. The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies was launched at this seminar in 2013. It is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland. This year the Trans Arctic Agenda conference will focus on the governance and management of the Arctic region following the Arctic Council meeting in Kiruna of 2013. Furthermore the 2014 Trans Arctic Agenda conference will create a link into two other high level Arctic conferences scheduled to take place in Iceland the same week – namely gender equality in the Arctic (Akureyri 30-31 October) and the Arctic Circle Assembly (Reykjavík 31 October – 2 November). Further information about the programme can be found on www.caps.hi.is or via email: caps©hi•is  (caps©hi•is)  .

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 Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Summer 2014

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A Conference on “The Impact of US monetary policy on the Euro Area“, with Richard W. Fisher, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas was organised on 25 September, Rome.

A Closed-door seminar on “EU-Turkey Energy Cooperation in the Neighbourhood” was organised on 16 September, Rome.

A Seminar on “Serbia’s road to the EU“, with Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU was organised on 22 July, Rome

A Conference on “Tecnologia e innovazione per la difesa europea: riduzione delle spese militari e nuove sfide globali“, in cooperation with Avio Aero was organised on 11 July, Rome.
A video interview is available here.

A Seminar on “Verso una revisione della Strategia EU 2020: scenari ed opportunità future” was organised on 7 July, Rome. The Powerpoint presentation by A. Renda is available here.

A Seminar “The Unfulfilled promise: Completing the EU enlargement to the Balkans“, in cooperation with European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) was organised on 1 July, Rome.

A Seminar on: “Priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the EU“, with Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia was organised on 30 June, Rome.

A Conference with L. Tsoukalis su “The Unhappy State of the Union: A new grand bargain for Europe“, in the framework of the series “The future of the European economy” was organised on 30 June, Rome. Click here for the conference video.

A Final conference of the project “Towards a more united and effective Europe” was organised on 27 June, Rome
Click kere for the conference videos, photos and report.
More information about the project 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 – Autumn 2014

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Club Europe, 14 October 2014, Budapest

The regular club meeting will host Mr. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Christian Kroll experts of the Bertelsmann Foundation who will present two recent reports (namely “Sustainable Governance Indicators” and “EU Social Justice”).

Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE
Club Europe, 13 October 2014, Budapest

The guest of this special event will be Dr. László Andor, outgoing Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Mr. Andor will dedicate his speech to the big topic of „Europe after the Crisis”.

Club Europe, 16 September 2014, Budapest

Lecture by Professor Ludger Kühnhardt, Director of the Research Centre for European Integration at the University of Bonn, entitled “The European Union after the elections and ahead of new challenges”. The professor’s thought-provoking presentation was followed by a lively debate about Europe’s future, including special issues for Germany and Hungary.

Conference on “Engagement or Containment: EU-Russia Relations in Turbulent Times and the Role of Central Europe”

25 September 2014, CEU Centre for EU Enlargement Studies, Budapest
Presentation by senior researcher of IWE, András Deák at Panel III. – Pipelines, plants and European energy networks: dealing with dependency.

Conference on “The Czech Republic’s Strategy for Competitiveness 2015”
Panel “Trade, FDIs and Value Added of V4 Countries”

18 September 2014, Prague
In the above indicated panel senior researchers of IWE, Andrea Éltető and Ágnes Szunomár gave a presentation on “Trade and investment between the Visegrad and Northeast Asian countries with a special emphasis on China and Hungary”

Conference entitled “Development and Use of Natural Gas in the Danube Region: Prospects and Opportunities”
16 September 2014, Natural Gas Europe, Budapest

Contribution by senior researcher of IWE, András Deák, expert in energy matters with special regard to Russia.

IISES event entitled “13th International Academic Conference”
15-18 September 2014, Antibes, France

At this conference senior researcher of IWE, Katalin Völgyi delivered a presentation on “Economic regionalism and FDI inflows in the ASEAN region”

11 September 2014, Budapest

At the latest event senior researcher of IWE, István Kőrösi gave an introductory lecture on “The renewability of social market economy in the midst of the challenges of the 21st century” followed by an unusually long debate (in Hungarian).

“The NATO Summit in Wales – First Assessments”, Research Centre of Strategic Defence Studies
8 September 2014, Budapest

Senior researcher of IWE, András Deák made a presentation at this international expert seminar.

Biannual Conference of EACES (European Association of Comparative Economic Studies)
4-6 September 2014, Budapest

To this big international event, hosted by the Corvinus University Budapest, five researchers of IWE contributed with a presentation, namely Andrea Éltető, Ágnes Orosz, Miklós Szanyi, Ágnes Szunomár and Csaba Weiner.

2nd High-Level Symposium of Think Tanks of China and Central and Eastern European Countries
2-3 September 2014, Bled, Slovenia

Senior researcher of IWE, Ágnes Szunomár contributed to this event with a presentation.

Club Europe, 26 August 2014, Budapest

Lecture by Dr. Szabolcs Fazakas, Hungarian member of the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg. Mr. Fazakas gave a very interesting, first-hand insight into the recent publication entitled “Special Report on the establishment of the European External Action Service” prepared by the European Court of Auditors.

Elcano Royal Institute events September 2014

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The event on “Public Diplomacy: a Foreign Policy Challenge”, was organized on 10 Septembe10092014r 2014 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Spanish Diplomatic School and the Elcano Royal Institute.  Using the Davos format, each panelist made a presentation (max. eight minutes), follo
wed by a debate and public Q&A. The proceedings were aired via streaming on the Elcano’s website and questions were received by Twitter from outside participants.

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Working Breakfast with Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research (Pew Research Center) was organised on 8 September 2014. The topic of the meeting was ‘America’s Place in the World: A Global and American Perspective’.

Past Events at the Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE) – Spring 2014

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Activities on the 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 (financed by the Romanian MFA), it aims at addressing in a consistent manner the main issues that Republic of Moldova will face in its future Europeanization process. The eumoldovadialogue.eu platform brings together providers of expertise – European think-tanks interested in Eastern Partnership countries. Studies and reports have been published, debated and disseminated through the EU Think Tank Dialogue platform.

Recently, the Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE) in partnership with Foreign Policy Association (APE) Republic of Moldova and the German-Moldovan Forum organized the third edition of the EU-Moldova Forum (2014) in Balti, Republic of Moldova (19-20 June 2014).

CRPE – R. Moldova in partnership with Centre for Analysis and Prevention of Corruption (CAPC) and Expert Forum is implementing the project “Building public support for anti-corruption efforts of the National Integrity Commission” (financed by Finnish Embassy of Bucharest) which aims to strengthen the communication of National Integrity Commission with civil society and mass-media from Republic of Moldova in order to ensure awareness, objectivity, transparency, integrity in the context of prevention and co-fight against corruption in Moldova. Within this project, CRPE – R. Moldova and CAPC organized several events

Round Table “Communication activity of the National Integrity Commission: Current and Future Strategies”, 14 February 2014

The main objective of this round table was to set up the main directions of the Communication Strategy of the National Integrity Commission. More information can be found here.

Round Table “Building public support for NIC’s objectives”, 12 May 2014

The event focused specifically on the National Integrity Commission priority to overcome loopholes and to build institutional practices for treatment and sanction of conflicts of interest and incompatibilities. More information can be found here.

Training “How do we communicate to the public about conflicts of interest and wealth declarations? NIC’s communication with the mass media and civil society” 13 May, 2014

The purpose of this training was to familiarize the media representatives and civil society about the conflicts of interest and to identify best practices for communicating this subject to the public. More information can be found here.

Round table “How do we communicate to the public about conflicts of interest and wealth declarations? NIC’s communication with the mass media and civil society” 6 June, 2014

This event had 2 goals: (1) to inform the representatives of civil society and mass media from outside of Chisinau about conflicts of interest and wealth declarations and (2) to debate final draft of the Communication Strategy of the NIC in order to be adopted as an important step for a greater communication of NIC with civil society and mass media from R. Moldova.

The current state of development of Moldova in the process of accession to EU is characterized by importance of economic development (strategy Moldova 2020) and the need to fight with corruption. In this respect, CRPE – R. Moldova implemented the project “Good Governance – an essential tool for economic development” funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, that aimed to promote the ideas of Good Governance (GG) in Moldova by organizing a spring school for students and young civil servants as well as a study trip of partners to Estonia and by providing an opportunity for 5 students to study at Euro College of Tartu University.

More information can be found here.

Activities on Ukraine

In collaboration with the Institute of World Policy from Ukraine, CRPE implemented the second edition of Civic Forum Romania-Ukraine in January 2014 (financed by the Development Assistance Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – the Bratislava Regional Center). The aim of this forum was to strengthen the bilateral relations between Romania and Ukraine by building expert networks between the two states and by establishing the premises of the civil society involvement in the bilateral relations both in Ukraine and in Romania.

Specific objectives of the Forum included: identifying resources for collaboration and policy areas in which to annihilate inaccurate stereotypes and inoperative approaches in the bilateral relationship, defining the current status of the Romanian-Ukrainian relations, the implications in European and international context; contribution to support Ukraine’s European integration process.

Past Events IIA Iceland May-June 2014

IIA-CENTRE-FOR-SMAL-STATE-ENSNationalism, 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 the financial crisis and the discussion was linked to the current status of EU skepticism. Case studies from the Netherlands, Iceland and Scotland were explored. The seminar was organized in cooperation with the Department of Folkloristics/Ethnology and Museum Studies at the University of Iceland.

Speakers:

Herman Roodenburg is Professor of Historical Anthropology and Ethnology of Europe at the Free University of Amsterdam and Special Researcher of Dutch Ethnology at Meertens Instituut.

Guðmundur Hálfdánarson is Professor of History at the University of Iceland.

Alyson Bailes is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland and works with the think tank Scottish Global Forum.

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Human rights and the EU
, 19 May

The seminar tackled issues concerning the status of human rights within the EU’s borders following the financial crisis. Furthermore, the seminar focused on the human rights policy of the European Union and illustrated how it encompasses civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. This was achieved by utilizing case studies focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, gender equality, as well as the issue of freedom of expression.

Speakers:

Kinga Göncz is an MEP, the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and the former foreign minister of Hungary.

Pauline Torehall is a specialist at the European External Action Service (EEAS).

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The EU and the Arctic, 2 June

This seminar focused on the European Union and the Arctic. Emphasis was placed on the formation of the EU’s Arctic Policy. How has it developed and which actors within the EU (institutions and member states) have a role in its implementation? What are the next steps for the EU in the Arctic? Furthermore, the seminar explored to what extent the EU can influence policymaking in the High North. Moreover the focus was on new shipping routes in the Arctic and various services related to them, such as transshipment ports and search and rescue centers. The seminar was organized in cooperation with the Nordic House in Reykjavík.

Speakers:

Richard Tibbels, Head of Divison, Arctic Affairs at the European External Action Service (EEAS) explains the European Union’s Arctic Policy.

Hannu Halinen, Arctic Ambassador of Finland.

Malgorzata Smieszek, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

Andreas Raspotnik, Analyst at the Arctic Institute.

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Iceland, the EU and Climate Change

The seminar focused specifically on recent developments concerning the EU’s climate change policy and how it impacts regulations in Iceland through the EEA agreement. Is the EU “doing enough” to combat climate change? Ranking among the highest greenhouse gas emitters per capita in the world, what is Iceland doing? Case studies were utilized to illustrate how cutting GHG emissions can be linked to innovation in the business sector in Iceland and some insight was given into attitudes towards climate change in the country. The seminar was organized in cooperation with in cooperation with the Icelandic Environment Association and the Iceland Nature Conservation Association.

Speakers:

Samuel Flückiger, Climate Change and Environment Officer at EFTA

Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe

Hugi Ólafsson, Director General at the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources

Bryndís Skúladóttir, Head of Environment, Federation of Icelandic Industries

Finnur Guðmundarson Olguson, Co-Editor of the Online Environmental Magazine grugg.is

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.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2014

IAIIn 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:

27 May, Rome. Closed-door workshop on “Turkey’s accession negotiations under the Italian EU presidency”, in cooperation with Edison and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

19 May, Rome, EU Representation Office. Presentation of the Quaderno IAI n.9 on “Il Parlamento europeo per la nuova Unione” Programme        Images

9 May, Catania. “Europa, cittadini, frontiere”: presentazione dello Speciale AffarInternazionali “Io Voto in Europa” Programme

7 May, Pisa. Seminar on “Verso le elezioni del Parlamento europeo. Partiti, poteri, politiche: la posta in gioco”: presentation of the Speciale AffarInternazionali “Io Voto in Europa” and of the Quaderno IAI n.9 on “Il Parlamento europeo per la nuova Unione”  Programme

5 May, Trento. “Il Parlamento europeo per la nuova Unione”: debate on the basis of Quaderno IAI No. 9 on “Il Parlamento europeo per la nuova Unione”  Programme           Quaderno IAI No.9

 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

 Other events on Europe organised by IAI:

21 May, Rome. Presentation of the book by Francesco Giumelli “The Success of Sanctions: Lessons Learned from the EU Experience”, Ashgate 2013                 Programme

6 May, Barcelona. Seminar on “Migration and Mobility in Post-Crisis Europe”, in the framework of the project Towards a More United and Effective Europe.     Programme     Paper by G.Henry and F.Pastore , Paper by A.Triandafyllidou and A.Dimitriadi

29 April, Paris. Seminar on “European Security after Libya and Ukraine: in search of a core leadership”, in cooperation with Notre Europe, in the framework of the project Towards a More United and Effective Europe                                                Programme            Paper by by J.Howorth

16 April, Rome. Round table on “Italia, Europa, Mondo. Scegliere per contare”, presentation of IAI report on Italy’s foreign policy with Emma Bonino, Massimo D’Alema, Benedetto Della Vedova and Franco Frattini         Programme         Images

 15 April, Rome. Conference on “Montenegro’s Road to NATO and the EU and Its Role in the Balkans” with Igor Luksic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Past Events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Summer 2014

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Conference on “National and International Security After the Occupation of Crimea”, 29 August 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 29 August, LIIA in cooperation with the Chair of OSCE PA Latvian Delegation Vineta Porina organized the conference “National and International Security After the Occupation of Crimea”, supported by the European Commission. Introduction speeches were delivered by Andris Spruds (Director of LIIA), Vineta Porina (Chair of OSCE PA Latvian delegation), Janis Sarts (State Secretary of Latvian Ministry of Defence), Zbignevs Stankevics (Archbishop of Roman Catholic Church), Jaromir Stetina, MEP, Czech Republic. Panel discussion “Security, Values and the Lessons of Ukraine Crisis” featured professors of the University of Latvia Leons Taivans, Juris Bojars, Zaneta Ozolina and Toms Rostoks, as well as Guntis Kalme (Docent at Luther Academy), Janis Berzins (Executive Director of Centre for Security and Strategic Research at National Defence Academy of Latvia).

More information can be found here.

Public debate on “A Multi-Multipolar World? Contested Leadership in International Relations”, 26 August 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 26 August, LIIA hosted the public debate “A Multi-Multipolar World? Contested Leadership in International Relations” with Dr. Daniel Flemes (GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies and State University of Rio de Janeiro). While new powers like Brazil, India and China gained increasing acceptance at the global level, they often face regional contestation. Secondary powers like Argentina, Pakistan and Japan are key players because of their relative power and their potential for extra-regional alliance-building. The strategic options of regional secondary powers depend on varying structural and domestic drivers of contestation. The conflicts over the assertion of regional leadership will impact the future world order.

More information can be found here.

“Reassuring the Baltics: Strategies, Tactics, Own Capabilities and NATO’s Role”
1 July 2014

This public discussion was organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with support of NATO and features experts from Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany and NATO. The video recording will be available on our Youtube (Latvian Institute of International Affairs).

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EU House: European Neighbourhood Instrument 2014-2020: Opportunities, Challenges and Synergies for a Strong Partnership
17 June 2014

The Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with the support of the European Commission Representation in Latvia and the Embassies of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine organize a seminar on the new European Neighbourhood Instrument 2014-2020 with participation of Latvian, Swedish and Polish Ambassadors at Large for the Eastern Partnership and experts from Georgia, Ukraine, Latvia and the European External Action Service.

The video recording is available here.

Seminar on EU’s funding instruments for the European Neighbourhood, 17 June 2014, LIIA, Riga 

Latvian Institute of International Affairs and numerous partners organized an international seminar on EU’s funding instruments for the European Neighbourhood, which took place on June 17 in Riga.

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

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“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.

Club Europe, 17 June 2014, Budapest. The June Club meeting was dedicated to the topic: “The new Land Law and its expected economic and social impacts” presented by agricultural economist Mr. György Raskó.

Conference organised by IWE on: “International challenges of the next four years and Hungary”. 16 June 2014, Corvinus University Budapest. From IWE the following speakers contributed to the event. Prof. Mihály Simai on global risks and the new interests and values of the world’s main actors; followed by three senior researchers: István Kőrösi on the EU’s partnership role from the point of view of Hungary’s economic development; Ágnes Szunomár on the transformation of the Chinese economy and opportunities for Hungary, András Deák on the challenges of the ‘Putin model’. Finally, Prof. Péter Ákos Bod, lecturer at the Corvinus University Budapest analysed the perspectives of the Hungarian economy in a regional comparison.

Conference at the Warsaw School of Economics: “Creating greater synergies among the EU countries: a new perspective for Visegrad countries”. 12 June 2014, Warsaw. From IWE two senior researchers contributed to the conference: Krisztina Vida held a presentation on “Ten years in the EU: the experience of Hungary in the context of the Visegrad countries” and Andrea Szalavetz on the “Impact of EU accession on Hungary’s innovation performance”.

Wroclaw Global Forum, 6 June 2014. Contribution by IWE senior researcher András Deák to the panel on “Energy Flows and Security in the 21st Century”.

“Thursday workshops” regular monthly workshop at IWE, 5 June 2014, Budapest. Senior researcher Sándor Meisel introduced the topic of “Baltic miracle in the EU?” (in Hungarian). During the event the specificities of the Baltic catching up until the crisis, and the three countries’ crisis management methods as well as their post-crisis performance has been discussed. The main question of the debate was whether a certain Baltic model exists or not.

“Ten years of the New Europe”. Conference on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Enlargement, Lecture by András Inotai “Ten years of EU Membership a Critical Balance from Hungary”, 29-30 May 2014, Florence, Italy

“EU enlargement and the Western Balkans – 10 years after Thessaloniki”, by András Inotai in the framework of the international conference “Looking Southeast: Providing Fresh Impetus towards EU Membership” organized by the Central European University and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Budapest, on 28 May 2014

Seminar at the Warsaw School of Economics on: Chinese financial assistance in Visegrad countries: myth or reality?” 26 May 2014, Warsaw. Co-organised by IWE and Warsaw School of Economics with the participation of the Institute of International Relations, Prague, and Institute of Asian Studies, Bratislava. The event was financed by the International Visegrad Fund. From IWE two senior researchers made a presentation: Zsuzsánna Biedermann and Ágnes Szunomár on the themes of Chinese OFDI in Europe as well as on Chinese financial and non-financial investments in Hungary.

Club Europe, 20 May 2014, Budapest. During the May Club meeting the topic of „Europe’s fragmented party landscape and the perspective of an EU-wide party system” was presented by Prof. Rudolf Hrbek (University of Tübingen, visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges). His very informative and interesting exposé was followed by a lively debate.

Ten Years after the Accession to the European Union. Experience and Hungarian politics in the European Union”, Lecture by András Inotai in Berlin (in German), organized by the Association of ex-members of the Representatives of the Senate Berlin and the German-Hungarian Society, 14 May 2014

Conference at the London Metropolitan University on “China after 35 Years of Economic Transition”. 8-9 May 2014. IWE senior researcher Ágnes Szunomár contributed with a presentation on “Chinese FDI in Central and Eastern Europe”

Past events at Centre d’Etudes Européennes of Sciences Po – Summer 2014

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Conference “Villes sobres ? Réseaux techniques et transitions”, 2 and 3 July 2014,  Paris, Sciences Po, SAFEGE, Suez Environnement, AFD, ANR, GDF SUEZ, Advancity, Chaire ville, Ecole des Ponts Paristech. More

Colloquium “Stratégies nationales de croissance et protection sociale”, 26 June 2014, Paris, 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

International Conference “Open Legislative Data in Paris II – Time has come for Law Tracking”, 28 May 2014, Paris, Sciences Po, CEE & Medialab, Regards Citoyens, Régions Ile de France. See the programme : here. To know more about the project: here. Watch the video of the project presentation: here. Watch the video of the plenary session: here. Read the article in the media le monde on June 1st 2014: here

 

Past events at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) – Spring 2014

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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 the Ukraine crisis. Next, the Mercator Stiftung, one of the largest private foundations in Germany,presented its ongoing work on China and Europe. A meeting at the German Foreign Office elucidated the priorities of German policy planning, including the ministry’s ongoing review process. DIIS researcher Hans Mouritzen delivered comments on Denmark’s Eastern European policy to staffers in the Eastern Europe, NATO and economics departments of the Ministry. Lastly, DIIS researchers visited the Bundestag for a meeting with Dr Andreas Nick, member of the Bundestag, of its Foreign Affairs committee and reference person for the Christian Democratic Union on relations with Hungary and Turkey.

DIIS event on Greece:  ‘Greece From the Cold War to the Financial Crisis and Beyond: European Dynamics and National Developments’, held on 2 June 2014

The event was held in cooperation with the Greek embassy in Copenhagen and the Saxo-Institute at the University of Copenhagen, led by DIIS senior researcher, Cecilie Banke. It focused on the present situation in Greece from a historical perspectives, and looked into the consequences and took a broader look at the present situation in Greece and its consequences for the EU. Please find the progamme here.

Past Events at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Spring 2014

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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, during which borders were called into question, which had to lead to a more active and effective Common Foreign Security Policy. He commended the united reaction of the EU so far but also mentioned the weaknesses of current policies: a “pooling” of resources would be future to act more effectively. Challenges abroad could be addressed by the EU’s “comprehensive approach” including civil and military support as well as development aid. Lucas commented on the European Neighbourhood Policy as a decisive tool, but not without also referring to the need to reform it. In the future, crisis management in the South, particularly in Syria and its neighboring countries, as well as a co-operative partnership with Russia and a further de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine would be the main challenges for the EU’s foreign policy.

You can find a report here.

IEP Lunch Debate with Jo Leinen, The Meaning of the European Elections for the Future of the EU, on 13 May 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin (IEP)

On 13 May 2014, Jo Leinen, MEP and President of the European Movement International (EMI), held an IEP Lunch Debate series lecture prior to the EP elections. Leinen emphasized that this year’s elections were different due to the nomination of top candidates of the European parties. He hoped the Parliament would then be confident enough to only vote for one of the top candidates as President of the Commission, highlighting the growing power of the EP also in other areas. Leinen said the elections should lead to more Europe, mentioning the possibility of a new convent on the future of Europe, but only after the United Kingdom national elections next year. In this context, he opposed a possible fragmentation of the EP while advocating an euro budget with a budgetary authority. Other points on the agenda of the EP would be a Growth Pact, an industrial policy, a digital agenda and the energy policies of the Union, especially in the light of the crisis in Ukraine.

You can find a report here.

IEP Lunch Debate with Rainer Wieland, Europe Before the Elections, on 23 April 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin (IEP)

On 23 April 2014, Rainer Wieland, Vice President of the European Parliament, held a lecture as part of the IEP Lunch Debate series. Wieland highlighted the ongoing democratization process of the European Union (EU) fostered by the nomination of top candidates prior to the elections. The nomination process had also offered chances for more intra-party democracy. He was critical towards the abolition of the three percent threshold in Germany for the EP election, fearing a fragmentation and diversification of the Parliament. Furthermore, he pointed out that many citizens still know little about the EU. Wieland criticized that societal elites are unaware of current developments and accordingly have difficulties with explaining them. Especially considering the current Eurosceptic movement, he emphasized the importance of well-informed elites to spread fact-based information about the EU.

You can find a report here.

Meeting of the IEP Study Group ‘Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy’, European Neighborhood Policy and Russia – Rivals or partners in the post-Soviet space? on 11 April 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin (IEP)

On 11 April 2014, the IEP Study Group “Enlargement / Neighbourhood Policy” met as part of the project funded by the Otto Wolff Foundation at the European House in Berlin to discuss the topic “The European Neighbourhood Policy and Russia – rivals or partners in the post-Soviet region?” in light of the current developments in Ukraine following the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013. The study group is chaired by Elmar Brok, MEP and Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. Following a brief thematic introduction by Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik, the five guest speakers Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, MP (Coordinator for the inter-societal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership), Karl-Georg Wellmann, MP (Member of the German-Russian Parliamentary Group of the German Bundestag), Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner (Executive Director, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations), Dr. Marzenna Guz-Vetter (External Relations, Enlargement, European Commission, Berlin) and Dr. Susan Stewart (Deputy Head, Research Division Eastern Europe and Eurasia, German Institute for International and Security Affairs) presented their respective views on the topic of discussion.Main discussion points were first lessons from the Crimean crisis, perspectives for the development in Ukraine, the assessment of the European foreign policy vis-à-vis Ukraine and Russia as well as the discussion of compatibilities between the Eastern Partnership and the Eurasian Union proposed by Russia. The 40 participants could not agree on a conclusive answer to the question at hand but emphasized that cooperation between the EU and Russia is in the interest of both parties, both in the short term to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and in the longer term.

You can find a report here.

IEP Lunch Debate with Michael Roth, After the Elections is Before the Elections: Perspectives of European Integration 2014-2019, on 10 April 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin (IEP)

On 10 April 2014, Michael Roth, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, held a lecture as part of the IEP Lunch debate series. On the occasion of the presentation of the “Yearbook of European Integration 2013” and the reference book “Europe from A to Z. Handbook on European Integration” he stressed the importance of the publications as an “important and necessary contribution” to the European debate, offering comprehensible information. Wolfgang Wessels, one of the publishers, dared taking a look into the possible future of the EU, differentiating between four scenarios: one leading to less integration, one to a more federal Union, a third scenario being the “business as usual” and, as a last possibility, a differentiated integration, leading to a more complex Union.

You can find a report here.

Book presentation with Wilfried Loth and Prof. Günter Verheugen on 12 March 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin (IEP)

On 12 March 2014, the IEP hosted the presentation of the book „Europe’s unification/An unfinished tale” by Wilfried Loth. The introduction was held by Prof. Günter Verheugen on the topic “History and future of the European Union”. Verheugen stressed that the usual answer in dealing with previous crises – “more Europe” – no longer works. Rather, democracy and flexibility must play a decisive role in the answer to the EU’s current predicament. Thus, in the longer term, the EU must dare to take the step towards becoming a parliamentary democracy similar to the US, in which the European executive emerges from a bicameral parliament (a house of representatives and a senate) with legislative powers. Furthermore, the EU must promote greater flexibility particularly in its enlargement policy but also in the development of the acquis. The condition for such reform, however, is the people’s desire for further integration, which is currently lacking mainly because of an insufficient public discourse on Europe.

You can find a report here.

2nd Annual Conference of the German-Portuguese Forum, 10-11 March 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin (IEP).

On 10 and 11 March 2014, the 2nd Annual Conference of the German-Portuguese Forum was held in the German Federal Foreign Office, attended by about 200 participants. The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) organized the conference in cooperation with the Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI-UNL) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Portuguese colleague, Rui Machete, held the opening speeches. The four panels dealt with the topics reform policies and competitiveness, the constitutional courts in Germany and Portugal and European integration, as well as with German and Portuguese perspectives on the new transatlantic partnership and on the future of Europe and policy and institutional reforms. Overall, the Forum was seen by all involved as a positive and important contribution to a better understanding and a more lively communication in the bilateral relations of both countries.

You can find a report here.

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.

 

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.

Past events at IEE-ULB – Spring 2014

 

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50th Anniversary Conference European Studies Institute, ULB – “L’Europe dans la tempête: leçons et défis” by M. Herman Van Rompuy, European Council President, 29 April 2014

This coULBnference was organised for the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the European Studies Institute, ULB. It took place on 29th April at the European Studies Institute, Free University Brussels.

 

 

 

 

 

European Congress on Asylum
8-9 April 2014, Brussels, Odysseus Academic Network

The 7th European Congress of Jurists specialised in Immigration and Asylum took place in Brussels on 8 and 9 April 2014. This edition was devoted to the 2nd generation of asylum instruments adopted on 26 June 2013 and proposed to the audience:
– a “vertical” approach of each instrument by a general report presenting the novelties and measuring the progress accomplished towards more harmonisation;
– a “horizontal” approach of key questions analysed throughout all the instruments to evaluate their coherence by a panel of experts after each report.
The final session assessed the progress towards a CEAS (Common European Asylum System) as we argued that it is not finalised in view of the strategic guidelines adopted in June by the European Council to follow up the Stockholm programme.

Odysseus has mobilised all its members in the 28 Member States together with the best experts of asylum law in Europe and high-level practitioners from the EU institutions and the EASO, Member States’ administrations and representatives of UNHCR and NGOs. Many of them have been personally involved in the negotiations of the new asylum legislations. This congress will therefore be a unique opportunity to better understand the legal and political developments of asylum in the EU and to network with the numerous people who will attend.

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.

Trans Arctic Agenda in October 2014, Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies

logo IcelandThe Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland (CAPS), which is run under the auspices of the IIA, is organizing a high-level seminar on Arctic issues. The seminar is scheduled to take place in Reykjavik in late October 2014. This is the second year that the Trans Arctic Agenda seminar is held in Reykjavík. The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies was launched at this seminar in 2013. This year the Trans Arctic Agenda conference will focus on the governance and management of the Arctic region following the Arctic Council meeting in Kiruna of 2013. Furthermore the 2014 Trans Arctic Agenda conference will create a link into two other high level Arctic conferences scheduled to take place in Iceland the same month – namely Gender equality in the Arctic and the Arctic Circle.
The background to the seminar lies in the rapid changes that climate change and increased international attention is bringing to the circumpolar Arctic region. These changes offer new opportunities for resource exploitation, human settlement and travel, but they will also disrupt the present natural conditions and living environment for all concerned in the High North. Prudent, cooperative and sustainable handling of the challenges involved will be crucial for gleaning as much as possible from the positive effects of change while minimizing the potential damage.
More information can be found on the Centre’s website: www.caps.hi.is

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2014

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A public stakeholders event within the framework of the project New Pact for Europe was organised on 10 March 2014. Within this project, public panel debates have been organized with a broad range of stakeholders in 15 Member States: representatives from civil society, business community, employers’ and trade unions, think tanks and media, policy makers from national, regional and local level. Members of the Reflection Group have participated in these debates that will feed into the reflection. The event in Italy was organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) of Rome in collaboration with Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF) of Turin. Please click here to download the conference programme, conference report, first report of the project.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference: Priorities and Challenges of the Italian Presidency 2014

Growth, employment and immigration are at the top  of 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, 24-25 March 2014, Rome.

Conference series of “The future of the European economy” on: “Quadrare il cerchio nell’Eurozona. Riforme, stabilità finanziaria e sostenibilità fiscale”

With Marco Buti, Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), 26 March 2014. A meeting to talk about Italy and the European Union, economic balance and banking union. The debate has been inspired from the data and information contained in the report of the European Commission on the EU’s economic imbalances, published on March 5. Please click here to download the report, the photos and the interview.

Workshop on “L’Europa e le politiche di migrazione”

Organized by the Representation of the European Commission in Italy within the framework of the project Politically.EU, 31 March 2014, Naples. The deliberation workshop which took place in Naples among national stakeholders has emphasized the need for the EU to adopt an innovative political and cultural approach about immigration, with a prompt change of perspective and with a net reversal of points of view. The programme and the report are available for download.

Presentation of the study “Space, sovereignty and European security. Building European capabilities in an advanced institutional framework” to the Subcommittee on Security and Defence of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, 1 April 2014, Brussels

A new IAI monograph commissioned by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence offers an analysis of the role of space-based capabilities in supporting the security and defence policies of the EU and its Member States. Please find the monograph here.
Conference on “Energy and Environmental Policies in Post-Crisis Europe”, within the framework of the project “Towards a More United and Effective Europe: Beyond the 2014 European Parliament Elections”, 9 April 2014, Athens. Please find the programme and information on the project here.

Conference on “Turkey and Europe: a multifaceted relationship migration, citizenship and civil society”

Within the framework of the project “Global Turkey in Europe”, in cooperation with German Marshall Fund of the United States, Istanbul Policy Center and Mercator Foundation, 14 April 2014, Berlin. Please find the programme here.

Round table on “L’Italia guarda a Strasburgo: Il Parlamento europeo e il dibattito politico italiano”

In cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo, in the framework of the project “EP votes that shaped EU and national politics 2009-2014”, 14 April 2014, Turin. Please find the programme, the IAI-CSF report and the project.

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 the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Winter 2013/2014

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The Institute of World Economics organised the following Europe Club monthly events:

– End-year evaluation and short-term prospects of the European integration (with Péter Balázs, former EU-Commissioner and minister of foreign affairs, Péter Tálas and László Valki), 28 January 2014
– Utilization of EU transfers in Hungary (Péter Heil), 25 February 2014
– The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (Lutz Göllner from the European Commission and Zsolt Becsey), 3 March 2014
– Critical assessment of the Eastern Partnership (Tamás Szigetvári), 18 March 2014
– Hungary and the European Union: evaluation of one decade of membership and personal thoughts about the future of the Union (András Inotai), 15 April 2014

The Institute of World Economics organised the following other events:

IWE workshop on welfare state models presented by Ágnes Orosz, followed by a discussion (in Hungarian), 9 January 2014

IWE workshop on youth unemployment and basic income presented by Annamária Artner, followed by a discussion (in Hungarian), 6 February 2014

Russia’s strategy in international politics and the global economy: Russia’s relations with the United States (Mihály Simai), with China (Ágnes Szunomár) and energy issues (Csaba Weiner), 12 March 2014

IWE special workshop on Hungary’s EU membership: multiannual financial framework (Miklós Somai), comparative analysis of membership of the Visegrad countries (Krisztina Vida) and of the Baltic States (Sándor Meisel), crisis management and EMU (Margit Rácz), 27 March 2014

The Institute of World Economics also organised activities abroad:

András Inotai’s lecture on “Ungarn, die Europaeische Union und Deutschland”, conference linked to the prize provided to András Inotai by the Thyssen-Stiftung in October 2013, 16 January 2014, Cologne

Tamás Novák on “Implications of TTIP on global economic integration of Central and Eastern Europe” presentation given at the conference entitled: “Before and After the TTIP: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States”, 28 February 2014, Conference at the University of Miami

András Inotai on “Alternative against austerity: a future-oriented strategy for Europe” organized by Progressive Economic Initiative of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, 6 March 2014, Brussels, round table discussion

Tamás Novák on “Impact of the European Union Crisis on V4 Countries: Old and New Challenges”, 26 March 2014, Annual Conference of the International Studies Association, Toronto

XVth April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, Csaba Weiner on “The Contest for Gas Resources and Markets in the Post-Soviet space: Dependence and Diversification”, Moscow, 2 April 2014

András Inotai on “The neighbourhood: Ukraine, the EU and the Russian problem” International conference on Progressive Renaissance for Europe, organized by FEPS and Progressive Economic Studies, 4 April 2014, Brussels, round table discussion

András Inotai on “What growth and employment strategies for Europe?” (same conference and organizers as above), 4 April 2014, Brussels, round table discussion

Past events at the College of Europe (Bruges) – Spring 2014

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High-Level Lecture on the ENP in a Comparative Perspective
5 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

On 5 March 2014, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges organized a High-Level Lecture delivered by Dr. Dirk BUSCHLE, Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat. It analyzed the relevance of multilateral agreements based on internal market rules for the development of the European Neighbourhood Policy, and drew on the experience of the Energy Community and of the European Economic Area in discussing issues of topical interest for the future relations between the EU and its neighbours. A summary of the lecture is available on the website.

Economic and Monetary Union after the Crisis: Europe at Two Speeds
12 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

The first panel discussion addressed changes in euro area governance and the second considered the euro-outs and the impact of differentiated integration. The conference considered some of the major economic and financial reforms undertaken by the EU since the start of the crisis and whether they had led to a permanent division between the euro-ins and euro-outs that impacts integration more generally.

Panel speakers included: Gabriel Glockler, ECB; Daniela Schwarzer, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Declan Costello, European Commission; David Howarth, University of Luxembourg; Martin Marcussen, University of Copenhagen; Zsolt Darvas, Bruegel; and Frank Schimmelfennig, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. The keynote speaker was MEP Danuta Hübner.

The conference was organised by  The Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe.

Venue and date: Bruges, March 12. More information on the conference can be found here: Economic and Monetary Union after the Crisis: Europe at Two Speeds.

International Conference on the ENP in a Comparative Perspective
20-21 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

On 20-21 March 2014, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges held a two-day international conference analyzing and comparing the legal, institutional, political, security, economic and financial challenges that the EU’s various policy frameworks with neighbouring countries are confronted with in order to identify lessons for the ENP. Although the EU’s co-operation with neighbouring countries has taken different forms and shapes, there are many common or similar challenges worth exploring based on a comparative, sectoral and horizontal approach. A report summarizing the conference’s content is available on the conference webpage.

Inauguration of a new EU-China Research Centre
1 April 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

On 1 April 2014, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges inaugurated a new EU-China Research Centre funded by the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund. On the same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping had delivered a keynote speech on EU-China relations to the students of the College of Europe and distinguished guests as part of his state visit to Belgium and to the EU institutions. The new Centre aims to accompany the rapidly developing relations between the European Union and China by critical analysis and academic research.

Public Lecture by the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond on EU-Scotland relations, 28 April 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

The College of Europe wass honored to host the First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP on Monday 28 April 2014. The First Minister Salmond addressed the College with a keynote lecture on EU-Sbannercotland relations and discussed the economic and political value of European integration.

Scotland has played an integral part in Europe since the accession of the UK in 1973 and has benefited from the peace, security and economic opportunities provided by membership of the European Union. Over these 40 years Scotland’s economy and society have become fully integrated in the EU single market. In September 2014 the people of Scotland will get to vote on whether Scotland will be an independent country. A key element of the proposals put Event Scottish governmentforward by the Scottish Government is that Scotland will remain in the EU and become the 29th Member State. In this context, the College of Europe has invited the First Minister of Scotland to discuss Scotland’s contribution to the EU and specifically his vision of Europe and the role that Scotland will play in the EU.

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.