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.

PONT Working Europe Seminar, 4-8 April 2016, Brussels: “EU Asylum and Migration Policies”

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Fondation Universitaire,
Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels

In the framework of the Professional Training on EU Affairs – PONT project, co-funded by the ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet Programme, TEPSA organized a five-day seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies in Brussels on 4-8 April 2016. Twenty excellent Master’s students from diverse geographical and disciplinary backgrounds were selected from more than 100 high-calibre applicants. The seminar offered a unique opportunity to the participants to gain first-hand insights, right in the heart of EU policy-making, into the political dynamics shaping EU asylum and migration policies and the EU’s response to the recent migration challenge.

The PONT seminar participants had an opportunity to visit and meet practitioners from the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU and Frontex – the EU border management agency. Experts from influential Brussels-based NGOs and think-tanks, namely the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) discussed with the seminar participants the legal aspects of recent EU asylum policy changes and the EU’s response to the refugee crisis, including the cooperation with third countries and the role of funding.  At the end of each day, participants discussed and evaluated the meetings with the leader of the seminar, Prof Jaap W. de Zwaan, Secretary General of TEPSA and Emeritus Professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, comparing their new findings with available academic literature and their own preparatory essays.

On the last day of the seminar, students had the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical insights they gained during the week in a simulation game of European Council negotiations on the hypothetical scenario of large numbers of migrants arriving to Europe from Sub-Saharan Africa. Students had no difficulty in getting into their respective roles as representatives of Member States and European institutions. Based on the excellent diplomatic efforts of the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, the European Council adopted meaningful conclusions only after three hours of negotiations!

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TEPSA wishes the PONT seminar participants a good continuation of their studies and research and a good start of their professional careers!

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Here you can consult the final agenda of the PONT seminar.

The presentations of some of the speakers can be downloaded below:

Prof. Klemens Fischer – The EU and the current global security challenges

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan – How to solve the migration crisis

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan – Asylum and Immigration in the EU context

Péter Dávid – EU’s response to migrant smuggling

Amanda Taylor – Legal standards in the context of EU asylum policy changes

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

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For more than 50 years, European integration has been called a success story built up around the narrative of an ‘ever closer Union’. Since the financial and economic crisis, however, a serious concern of disintegration has been striking the European Union. Possible scenarios range from a collapse of the EU system to fragmentation, differentiation, and partial disintegration. Exit schemes like Grexit and Brexit are openly discussed, tendencies of renationalisation arise. External pressures reinforce this trend. In view of these manifold challenges, how might Europe’s future look like?

The THESEUS conference dealt with a reflection on the past and current crises taking place in and around Eurotheseus ape, and discussed if and how those have been working as catalysts for further institutional, economic or political integration or caused steps of disintegration. It discussed a set of theoretical understandings, concepts, and definitions of the disintegration phenomenon itself as well as possible causalities and interplays between integrative and disintegrative processes.

More than 100 international academics, politicians, young researchers, and the interested public discussed past and possible future developments of European integration and disintegration processes at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. They found that challenges at hand ask for new political and scientific approaches – leaving some speakers more optimistic than others regarding the EU’s future.

theseus wessels“In EU politics, we have been involved in a lot of subjects, but probably reflected too little on possible crises and adequate reactions to them”, stated Chairholder Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, in his opening remarks. He described the conference as a floor to reflect crises like a possible ‘Brexit’ or ‘Grexit’, tendencies of renationalization and the success of anti-EU parties or the refugee movement towards Europe to better understand such challenges and contribute to an envisaged peaceful future European cooperation.

Defining the term ‘crisis’

Defining the often randomly used term ‘crisis’ was a first step to do so. Hartmut Kaelble, Humboldt-University Berlin, distinguished between five types of crises and positioned the EU in the second most challengeable: a crisis in which both governments and the public are involved. “We are thus not in the worst position contrasting to times after the Second World War in which we faced a system crisis”, concluded the Historian.

Johannes Pollak, Institute for Advanced Studies, stated that the EU has always been about crisis management and that it is even crucial for readjustments to its set-up. The tricky element though was that external developments such as conflicts in Syria or Ukraine affected the EU making it more difficult for the Union to react than to internal conflicts only.

theseus umbachGaby Umbach, European University Institute, illustrated a two-fold picture: On the one hand the EU facing manifold fields of conflicts around EU politics and on the other hand the – despite growing radicalisation among a minority group – relatively positive perception of EU citizens towards the EU environment. She called for the often raised necessity of improved citizen-involvement to solve the conflictual situation at hand ending with a quite optimistic picture.

Reflecting characteristics of the institutional architecture of the Union

theseus neuholdTalking about institutional characteristics of EU crisis management, the panellists stressed a rising importance of intergovernmental decision-making among heads of state or government. This in turn circumvented political debate probably resulting in “more efficiency vis-à-vis less legitimacy” as Christine Neuhold, Maastricht University, questioned when showing the rising number of Trilogues, in which a limited group of representatives of European Commission, Council, and European Parliament arrive at political solutions.

theseus monarJörg Monar, College of Europe, spoke of shrinking impact of European Parliament and Council – despite more competences following the Lisbon Treaty (2007) – due to ‘last-minute decision-making’. Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po Paris, presented a recent study depicting shrinking numbers of legislation and Philippe de Schoutheete, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, illustrated the trend towards informal meetings by the example of talks on the maintenance of the Eurozone.

Discussing conflicts in the EU’s neighbourhood

How crucial a higher attention for developments beyond EU borders and a more active engagement of the EU in solving conflicts in Syria, Libya or between Russia and Ukraine was, stressed for instance Atila Eralp, Middle East Technical University, or Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge. Eralp stated the high potential of the EU in creating partnerships. He called for a more consistent position in EU-Turkey relations. Hill reminded the audience of the ‘mistake’ to address domestic and foreign policy separately.

Outlining possible exits of single member states and EU fragmentation

With regards to possible exits of EU member states resulting from the many facets of challenges surrounding EU politics, Brigid Laffan, European University Institute, warned of domino effects, in which further countries might follow for instance the exit candidate United Kingdom (UK). She moreover addressed exit consequences regarding a new power balance in the EU, in case UK as “critical counter balance” left the Union.

theseus tekinFunda Tekin, Institut für Europäische Politik and Centre international de formation européenne, illustrated that exits on the other hand might also lead to more integration in terms of a ‘core Europe’ and Frank Schimmelfennig, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, presented differentiated integration as a tool for an ‘ever closer Union’.

theseus beggThe official part of the conference was closed with the concluding remarks of THESEUS Chairperson Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, and Iain Begg, London School of Economics and Political Science. Both interpreted the topics on the conference agenda as a sign for the need to actively address problems at hand before action was too late, and to redefine theoretical models of European integration to better address processes of differentiation and disintegration. Wessels furthermore stressed the importance for a continuation of research and teaching to improve the understanding of EU politics and a potential engagement.

Keynote speech and award ceremony

theseus sussmuthAgainst the background of the current crisis situation keynote speaker Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Bundestag, appealed repeatedly: “We must communicate much more”, looking back at many years of involvement in exchange with national and EU political actors. “Today’s politicians need to pay more attention the values and benefits of our community as has been done by heads of state or government in the Union’s earlier years”. She supported the course of Chancellor Angela Merkel in the refugee movement towards Europe – one of the EU’s most pressing ‘crises’. “No quick solution is at reach – therefore it’s best to say we work on it”.  Central elements of that work are engagements in shrinking the percentage of unemployment and social exclusion, argued Süssmuth.

After her speech, the THESEUS Awards were remitted. Joseph Weiler, President of the prestigious European University Institute in Florence, received the THESEUS Outstanding Award for his many years of outstanding engagement in European integration research. The THESEUS Promising Award went to the two junior scientists Leonhard den Hertog, Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and Martin Mendelski, University of Trier.

More information about the THESEUS project

 

Call for Application TEPSA Training 2011 – EXACT Network Seminar on Professional Skills, 6 – 19 October 2011, Brussels

TEPSA Training is a special training programme for a small group of researchers in an early stage of their career in research and policy advice. Building on the highly successful TEPSA training programme for younger researchers in 2008-2009, the TEPSA Training 2011 will be in the framework of the EXACT Marie Curie Initial Training Network project. This TEPSA Training offers the opportunity to eight early stage researchers to participate in the 14-day EXACT Network Seminar on Professional Skills.

The main objective of the TEPSA Training is the improvement of professional skills of young researchers. This aim will be achieved by broadening their network while participating in training on communication skills (professional media training); project management (also drafting proposals and financial management); analysis and advice (policy briefs and policy recommendations) and career development.

The EXACT Network Seminar on Professional Skills is open for eight external early stage researchers from TEPSA members and non-member institutes, active in European affairs or international relations. There is a minimum professional experience of 1 year required and applicants will need to have obtained a Master’s degree (or equivalent).

The call for application and the application form can be downloaded here.

21 October, Brussels

TEPSA members will participate in a consultation meeting with the EU’s Reflection Group under the auspices of the group member Prof Kalypso Nicolaïdis.

Brussels, 19 September 2008

“The Future of Non-Legislative Policy Making” EU-Consent Team 6 Workshop organised by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Istanbul, 10 October 2009

The concluding conference “From Brussels to Istanbul: Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU” taking place on the 10th of October in Istanbul is the final activity of the one-year project “Mobilising Local Networks for a Better Informed Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU” (ACCESS-TR). Implemented by the Centre for European Studies of the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara and TEPSA the project aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU. After key note speeches of high-level EU and Turkish representatives special sessions of the conference will discuss the positions within EU member states on Turkey’s accession to the EU and present regional perspectives on that topic drawing on the three local workshops held in Antalya, Gaziantep and Samsun.

Contact: Anne Schmidt (anne.schmidt[at]tepsa.be)

14 December 2009, Prague

The Swedish EU Presidency

TEPSA lecture with Dr Gunilla Herolf on 14 December 2009 at the Institute of International Relations (IIR) in Prague.

30 June, Brussels

TEPSA Friends meeting: ‘Enlargement as an Instrument of EU Foreign Policy’, with Commissioner Olli Rehn

The event will take place on:

Monday 30 June 2008, 17.00

Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels.

It is organised in cooperation with the THESEUS Summer School for Young Leaders, and will be followed by a reception.

To register – please return the registration form by 26 June to Ingrid Bozin at ingrid•bozin©yahoo•com

Berlin, 15-16 May 2009 Conference on the fall of the Berlin Wall from 15-16 May 2009 in Berlin

TEPSA and COMOS, European Academy, Berlin, Hanns Martin Schleyer Stiftung and the Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds

The Cologne Monnet Association for EU Studies e.V. has the goal to provide a platform for the exchange of views between academics and practitioners from the European and German level. Together with this association, TEPSA will hold a conference on the fall of the Berlin Wall from 15-16 May 2009 in Berlin. The conference will address around 35 participants of all ages and look at the circumstances surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall and its consequences for the European integration process.

For more information please contact Yvonne Nasshoven (yvonne•nasshoven©tepsa•be) or Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be)

Brussels, 4 December 2008

Lunch-debate with Minister Wilfried Martens, President of the European People’s Party, on “Europe, Quo Vadis”, organised by the Fondation Universitaire in cooperation with TEPSA.

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Date: 4 December 2008 at 12.00

Participation: 27€

Language: French and Dutch

To register, please contact Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be)

Paris, 5-6 February 2009

“The French Presidency – a transformative moment for the EU?“

Cooperating institutes: Centre d’études et de recherches internationales and Centre d’études européennes (Sciences PO), Paris, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Germany in the framework of the programme THESEUS (www.theseus-europe.net)

The conference will address the question in how far the developments during the French Presidency constitute a transforming moment for the European Union: The “no” in the Irish Referendum, the Caucasus crisis and the financial crises have changed the context of European policies considerably. Still, the priorities already set out need to be continued: Climate, energy, agriculture and Foreign and Security Policy are only some of the topics addressed.

The conference will thus follow an interdisciplinary approach and involve economists, political scientists, lawyers and historians. TEPSA also hopes to continue its activities within the THESEUS project on the THESEUS summer schools; a decision on the application is expected before March.

ACCESS-TR Workshop, Antalya, Turkey, 3-5 June 2009

After the successful Kick-Off conference of the ACCESS-TR project in Brussels in March the CES, together with TEPSA, is organising the first regional workshop in Antalya. The ACCESS-TR project, implemented by TEPSA and CES/METU, aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU.

 

 

 

The goal of the regional workshops is, alike the Kick-Off conference, to discuss benefits and challenges of EU enlargement, here especially with regard to regional questions. They address local stakeholder from Politics, media, business, academia, civil society etc. with the aim to contribute to a better informed dialogue about Turkey’s accession process to the EU.

 

Thematically, beside an own regional focus of the hosting universities in the 3 cities, the following 4 topics will be central:

 

1) Single Market (sectoral approaches, consumer protection)

2) Gender issues across social protection, education policies and regional development strategies

3) Notions of inclusive citizenship linked to the debates on European citizenship

4) Ways of conducting foreign policy in the European Union

 

For more information please contact: Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be)

13 July 2009, Zagreb

“Slovenia’s EU membership experiences – dillemas and challenges”.

TEPSA lecture with Prof Marjan Svetlicic on 13 July 2009 at the Institute for International Relations (IMO) in Zagreb, Croatia.

Brussels, 5 May 2009

Lunch debate with Philippe Lamberts on “Europe quo vadis”

On 5 May at 12.15 there will be the next lunch debate at the Fondation Universitaire on ‘Europe, quo vadis’ with Philippe Lamberts, Vice-President and spokes-person of the European Greens.

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Date: 5 May 2009 at 12.15

Participation: 30€

Language: French and Dutch

If you want to register please send this registration form to Zeynep Karasin (zeynep•karasin©tepsa•be)

24 June 2008, Brussels

TEPSA Friends meeting: “From Why to How: Reflections on the Lisbon Agenda post-2010”

Meeting with Ann Mettler, Executive Director of the Lisbon Council.

Tuesday 24 June, 18.00

Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

A report of the event is available at http://www.tepsa.be/index.asp?ID=24

Call for application: EU Studies Online, Centre international de formation européenne CIFE, September 2012

Call for application: EU Studies Online
With the European Online Academy (EOA), CIFE in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne organises the Certificate (one-year) and Master in EU Studies Online (two-year). Through a combination of e-learning and rigorous face-to-face-learning phases (on weekends mainly in Berlin, Barcelona, Brussels and Budapest) the EOA allows its participants to deepen and to supplement their knowledge of the EU integration process. The programmes are an outstanding opportunity for young professionals to continue their studies whilst at the same time pursuing their career.
Both programmes offer an accurate blend of theory and practice. In the first year participants gain enhanced knowledge of recent developments in the European integration process. Should they complete the first year, participants obtain the Certificate in EU Studies Online (30 ECTS). In order to specialise in one of the core subjects (Political Science, Economics and EU Law), participants are able to join the second year of the Master programme – with the general approach to the issues and tasks being interdisciplinary. Following (the development and defence of) a Master thesis they are awarded the Master in EU Studies Online (60 ECTS).
Deadline for the online application is 5 September 2012. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to particularly qualified candidates to cover part of the fee. For further information and for applications please consult our website  or contact Aline Palige  (aline•palige©cife•eu)  .

ACCESS-TR Workshop, Samsun, Turkey, 25-27 June 2009

After the successful Kick-Off conference of the ACCESS-TR project in Brussels in March the CES, together with TEPSA, is organising the third regional workshop taking place in Samsun. The ACCESS-TR project, implemented by TEPSA and CES/METU, aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU.

The goal of the regional workshops is, alike the Kick-Off conference, to discuss benefits and challenges of EU enlargement, here especially with regard to regional questions. They address local stakeholder from Politics, media, business, academia, civil society etc. with the aim to contribute to a better informed dialogue about Turkey’s accession process to the EU.

Thematically, beside an own regional focus of the hosting universities in the 3 cities, the following 4 topics will be central:

1) Single Market (sectoral approaches, consumer protection)

2) Gender issues across social protection, education policies and regional development strategies

3) Notions of inclusive citizenship linked to the debates on European citizenship

4) Ways of conducting foreign policy in the European Union

For more information please contact: Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be)

4/5 November, Brussels

“How to improve the European Neighbourhood Policy? Concepts, perceptions and policy recommendations for its Eastern dimension”

The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Brussels, and the Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin, are organising a roundtable conference on “How to improve the European Neighbourhood Policy? Concepts, perceptions and policy recommendations for its Eastern dimension” in Brussels, 4/5 November 2009.

The conference will bring together representatives from the academic and the policy-making communities, combining scholarly and policy-relevant perspectives. In the context of a changing policy environment the conference aims at analysing the current state of the art of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and its most recent policy initiative for the Eastern dimension, the Eastern Partnership, in order to formulate policy recommendations for its improvement.

Therefore a first panel will discuss the concepts of ownership and conditionality as the key guiding principles of the ENP and the Eastern Partnership, trying to answer the question how useful these concepts are and how they can successfully be implemented. In the second session the focus will shift towards the Eastern partner countries’ perception of the ENP and Eastern Partnership and the question how they evaluate the ENP, how it could be improved and what they expect from the European Union in this respect. The ENP and Eastern Partnership will be discussed from Ukrainian, Moldovan and Belarusian perspectives. During the concluding session the previous discussion on the usefulness and effectiveness of ENP policy concepts and instruments and the perceptions of the partner countries will be summarised and synthesised in the form of concrete policy recommendations and discussed with practitioners from the European Institutions working on ENP and Eastern Partnership.

Contact: Anne Schmidt

Brussels, 22 – 23 October 2008

Conference: Effects of EU Enlargement

With the enlargements of 2004 and 2007, the European Union has altered its dimension and faces new challenges. The Trans European Policy Studies Association has encouraged and supported this process of expansion, accompanying it by analyses of ‘widening’ and ‘deepening’.

Four years after the beginning of this round of enlargement, it is appropriate to assess the effects which it has had on the new member states. How has involvement in the structures of the European Union shaped their polity, policy and politics? How has it affected the EU as a whole?

Please find here the programme.

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Beginning of the conference: Wednesday, 22 October 2008 at 14.00

Language: English

For further information please contact Anne Schmidt (anne.schmidt[at]tepsa.be)

Editorial: Towards a multilevel parliamentarism

EPby Jean-Paul Jacqué

When the Lisbon Treaty entered into force it seemed that the issue of democratic deficit in the European Union had been solved.  It encompassed the concept of the EU based on a dual democratic legitimacy: direct and indirect. It developed both representative and participatory democracy, thus confirming the interaction existing between civil society and the institutions of the Union. In the end it had strengthened the involvement of national parliaments.
However, creating a democratic framework appeared insufficient to bring about a real democratic sphere. In addition, it is questionable whether this step has weathered the economic crisis, what consequently leads to a revival of the member states gathered in the European Council, and to a new democratic (re-)structuring.

I. A legal framework without sufficient political content

The current institutional framework does not appear to be a sufficient platform for discussions and social interactions. As long as the EU institutional set-up works satisfactorily, it remains largely internal and does not provoke any debates across the Europe. The consequence is that the Union remains largely absent in the public debate.

There are multiple causes of this. The nature of the debate within the EU is often very technical, hardly arousing any public interest. It does not signify that the issues discussed are regarded by citizens as useless. But rather that the institutions often (rather unconsciously) prefer, to address issues from a technical angle instead of to shedding light on the political implications of the file at stake, notwithstanding the efforts of the European Parliament to counter this. This is likely due to the fact that it is easier to build consensus this way than to raise the issue from a purely political angle. Yet the decision-making process of the Union is based on consensus: consensus between the states within the Council, consensus among political groups in the Parliament and finally, consensus between the Parliament and the Council. Without the politicization of debates, the interest of the public, which is the engine of democracy, will default. But politicizing the debate does not mean to debate on issues of institutions’ respective powers, as it was often assumed by the Parliament. It goes beyond that, aiming to show how the different options of a legislative project may have an impact on the daily lives of Europeans and to defend one of these options. European citizens are often too far away from debates on comitology or inter-institutional relations, which concern only a limited circle of aficionados.

Regarding the representation of citizens, it has often been pointed out that European elections are ‘second order elections’ compared to national elections. This might remain the case until European parties become more structured, although there has recently progress been made in that direction. The voting system places the election in the hands of national political parties that are themselves often divided on their approach towards Europe. The cleavage between euro-skeptics and supporters of integration is present within several major national political parties. Under these conditions it seems hardly conceivable that these parties could develop a genuine European vision that goes beyond a vague discourse on Europe as that would risk to trigger internal divisions.

Future will tell whether the willingness of some European parties to nominate and campaign for a candidate for the European Commission President is likely to raise the public’s awareness and thereby strengthen these parties in the European multicultural universe. As long as European parties are second order vis-à-vis the national parties, European elections will remain second order elections compared to national elections.

All this does not actually signify that the European debate does not exist, but – as the crisis has already shown – that discussions take place at the national level and not at the EU level.

II. Lessons from the crisis

The crisis has combined two elements that need to be answered regarding democracy at EU-level. First, the crisis has affected a vital part of national cohesion, the social pact. The need for structural reforms revisits the social foundations that the social order the twentieth century was built on. Such a change cannot occur without strong opposition at the national level. Consequently, the whole way of living together is affected. Secondly, following the treaties, solutions cannot be developed under the Community method, but only within the intergovernmental framework, where governments are responsible within the legal order of their national systems. The national government leaders have two different roles: on the one hand they represent and defend their national interests within the European Council, on the other hand they need to explain and defend the decisions of the European Council to their national constituencies. Europe can hardly be the scapegoat for decisions taken by all (national) heads of states. Taking this into account, it can be observed that no member of the European Council, including the German chancellor, can replace the Commission in that respect.

In any case, measures cannot be taken without the support of national actors (not only parliaments, but sometimes also constitutional courts) and the European debate should be brought to the national level. How can one say that constraints imposed on national budgets only arise from EU level decisions, without then also acknowledging that the EU has the democratic legitimacy to do so? TEPSA and Notre Europe have put forward ideas for new forms of control of the European Council by national parliaments, but this control could only function if the national debate on European issues continues to be salient, and even have a decisive influence on the existence and composition of national governments in national election campaigns.

Conclusion

Is it necessary to reform the system or shall one allow the process to evolve before attempting to stabilize it? It is of great importance for the institutions and political parties to give a real impetus to the democratic framework created by the Lisbon Treaty, yet this is not sufficient. We know that on issues that affect the heart of the national pact, such a solution is insufficient. In these areas, if one wants to avoid a revolt against Europe, one should make use of national structures, especially parliaments, as places for discussions and explanations. Allowing the evolution to evolve naturally carries the risk of triggering divergent trends and movements of populism. It is necessary to find opportunities for debates between national and European politicians. The meetings of members of the European Parliament and deputies of national parliaments’ finance committees, as established by the “Treaty on the coordination of the Euro-zone” constitutes a first step, but needs further reflection. How can one imagine a multilevel Europe without multilevel democracy and real multilevel parliamentarism?

ACCESS-TR Workshop, Gaziantep, Turkey, 9-11 June 2009

After the successful Kick-Off conference of the ACCESS-TR project in Brussels in March the CES, together with TEPSA, is organising the second regional workshop Gaziantep. The ACCESS-TR project, implemented by TEPSA and CES/METU, aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU.

 

 

 

The goal of the regional workshops is, alike the Kick-Off conference, to discuss benefits and challenges of EU enlargement, here especially with regard to regional questions. They address local stakeholder from Politics, media, business, academia, civil society etc. with the aim to contribute to a better informed dialogue about Turkey’s accession process to the EU.

 

Thematically, beside an own regional focus of the hosting universities in the 3 cities, the following 4 topics will be central:

 

1) Single Market (sectoral approaches, consumer protection)

2) Gender issues across social protection, education policies and regional development strategies

3) Notions of inclusive citizenship linked to the debates on European citizenship

4) Ways of conducting foreign policy in the European Union

 

For more information please contact: Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be)

The Role of the National Parlimanets in the EU. Call for evidence of the House of Lords EU Committe.

The House of Lords European Union Committee, under the Chairmanship of Lord Boswell, is conducting an inquiry into the current and possible future role of national parliaments in the EU framework. The Committee seeks evidence from anyone with an interest.

Over the past few years there has been a great deal of interest in the role of national parliaments in the EU, not least in the context of proposals for closer economic and monetary union. It has also been suggested that there is a “democratic deficit” in the EU that national parliaments could help to fill. This inquiry seeks to explore these issues further.

Written evidence is sought by 27 September 2013, for more information please visit the parliament.co.uk website. Public hearings will be held in the Autumn. The Committee aims to report, with recommendations, in 2014. The report will receive a response from the Government, and may be debated in the House. Here you can consult the PDF Call for evidence.

Turin, 23 January 2009

How to better involve citizens in the European integration process.

Evaluations and proposals in view of the upcoming EP elections.

The aim of the seminar which is organised by TEPSA’s member institute Istituto Affari Internazionali is to fill the political/institutional void left by the protracted ratification process of the Treaty of Lisbon, and to recreate a strong political connection between voters and European institutions. Particular attention will be given to the European Parliament and its transnational political parties, in view of the upcoming elections. Four points are to be studied in depth:

(1) how to best use the powers of the European Parliament to widen its role as a guarantor of democratic values in European decision-making processes

(2) what role must the European political parties assume in order to support the democratic processes

(3) the fixing of programme priorities for the next legislative period

(4) and finally, how to present, during the electoral campaign, the names of the candidates for the Presidency of the Commission, in partial anticipation of what is provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon.

Main aim of the initiative is thus not just to launch (once more) a proposal for European political parties to indicate a name for the post of President of the European Commission, but to support a more crucial and central role for the European Parliament, both in terms of power exercise and of inter-institutional dialogue. From a more political perspective, it is also necessary to take into consideration the EP’s connections with the European political parties and internal political groups, with their political priorities and platforms. Finally, future political-institutional relations with National parliaments will be part of the whole picture.

The programme of the Conference is available here.

Place: Centro Studi sul Federalismo

Time: 09.00-16.00 h

Contact: Yvonne.Nasshoven(at)tepsa.be

3-5 and 7-8 July 2008, Greece

Hydra and Spetses International Seminars

Organised by the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University (Athens), with the cooperation of TEPSA

Hydra International Summer Seminar 2008

The Institute of International Relations of Panteion University (Athens), in cooperation with the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics, the Center of Southeast European Studies of the University of Oxford, TEPSA and the Greek Center of European Studies & Research (EKEME), is organising its International Summer Seminar on 3-5 July on “The Integration of Western Balkans into the Euroatlantic Structures”. The Seminar will take place at the Museum of Hydra.

16th European Summer Academy in Spetses

The European Summer Academy is annually organised by ECSA-Greece. Participants have a unique opportunity to attend two high-level research workshops and meet and discuss with an international faculty of renowned academics and experts. The 16th Annual Session of the European Summer Academy in Spetses aims at developing a deeper understanding of the conceptual and structural properties of “Normative Power Europe”.

The deadline for application is 15 May 2008. Guidelines for applicants and more information on the International Summer Seminars are available at www.idis.gr.

Brussels, 2 December 2008

Lunch-debate with Graham Avery, Secretary General of TEPSA and Hon. Director General of the European Commission, on “What prospects for the Western Balkans?” organised by the Fondation Universitaire in cooperation with TEPSA and CIFE.

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Date: 2 December 2008 at 13.00 (snack optional at 12.30)

Participation: free registration (optional: sandwiches + drink: 12 €)

Language: introduction in English, discussion in English and French

To register, please contact Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be)

12 November, Brussels

TEPSA/CIFE lunchtime debate on “Multilevel Governance”

TEPSA and the Office of the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE), in co-operation with the Fondation Universitaire, organises a lunchtime debate on “Multilevel Governance. For building Europe in Partnership” with Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions. The speaker will reflect on the CoR’s White Paper on Multilevel Governance.

Brussels, 19 January 2009, 12.00 h

Towards a new momentum in the transatlantic relationship

Lunch debate with Dr Günter Burghardt, Former European Ambassador to the USA in cooperation with the Fondation Universitaire, Brussels (Registration necessary)

Place: Fondation Universitaire, 11 Rue d’Egmont, 1000 Brussels

Time: 12.00-14.00 h

Contact: Anne.Schmidt(at)tepsa.be

2 July, Brussels

TEPSA Friends meeting: ‘Europe’s Future Foreign Service: What next?’, by Brian Crowe
Brian Crowe, Deputy Chairman of Chatham House, London, was formerly Director General at the Council of Ministry.
The event will take place on:
Wednesday 2 July at 13.15
Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels
It is organised in cooperation with the THESEUS Summer School for Young Leaders and it will be preceded by a buffet lunch.
To register – please contact Ingrid Bozin at ingrid•bozin©tepsa•be

Bulgaria: vacancy

Brussels, 26 November 2008

Conference: “The Elections of the European Parliament: the Way ahead”.

 

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

 

! The evening debate in cooperation with the European Movement is postponed to March ’09 !

 

The European elections 2009 will be the first elections of the European Parliament to be held in a European Union with 27 member states. They will have to face the challenge of a low voter turnout in most countries in the past, and the frequent reproach of being secondary elections, centred on national debates. Still, the European Parliament is the only directly elected body at the European level and the representation of the European citizens. It has constantly gained influence in the decision-making process of the European Union, and has had a growing impact on decisions such as the investiture of the Barroso Commission in 2004.

 

On 26 November, TEPSA is holding a conference on the upcoming EP elections with the aim of launching an early debate on the preparations of the political parties, the media and the institutional set-up. Keynote speakers will be Richard Corbett MEP. Speakers will include furthermore leading researchers, political actors and practicioners.

The draft programme of the conference is available here. You can register by using this form and sending it to Yvonne.Nasshoven(at)tepsa.be.

EP study and hearing on ‘the Development of a European Defence Technological and Industrial Base’

ep logoIn December 2012 TEPSA signed a contract with the European Parliament on a delivery of the study amd hearing ‘the Development of a European Defence Technological and Industrial Base’ (EDTIB). Christian Moelling (SWP Berlin), Valerio Briani and Allessandro Marrone (Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome), and Tomas Valasek (the Central European Policy Institute in Bratislava) prepared the study and took part in the hearing and workshop at the European Parliament on 28 May 2013.

 

29 June – 5 July, Brussels

THESEUS Summer School: “The EU’s role in the world – what priorities?”

The THESEUS Summer School will ask main political decision-makers, civil servants and experts about current and future priorities for external action of the European Union – such as Gianni Bonvicini (Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome), Geoffrey Edwards (Cambridge University), Gunilla Herolf (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) or Elfriede Regelsberger (Institut für Europäische Politik).

The THESEUS Summer School look each year for 20 excellent young professionals and researchers to tackle together with speakers and high-level experts from international organisations, research, business, politics and NGOs one of the internal and external challenges which Europe faces.

Further information: www.theseus-europe.net

Brussels, 3-4 March 2009

Conference: “From Istanbul to Brussels: Dialogue on Turkey’s accession to the EU”

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Date: Tuesday/Wednesday, 3/4 March 2009

This Kick-Off Conference in Brussels is the starting point of the one-year project ACCESS-TR, implemented by the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara and TEPSA. It aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU.

The aim of the Kick-Off Conference is to bring to Brussels a number of key multipliers of the ACCESS-TR project, to discuss the challenges and benefits of former enlargements as well as recent developments in the relations between the European Union and Turkey, and to bring them together with policy-makers. Sessions will deal with the topics of:

-The EU and Turkey: Where do we stand?,

-Lessons from the past? Insights from the 2004/07 enlargement round,

-The functioning of the enlarged EU,

-Turkish insights on challenges and benefits in the EU enlargement process, and

-Effects of Media and Communication Strategies on Turkey’s Accession to the EU.

For further information and registration please contact Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be).

Open call: Horizon 2020 – Political challenges for Europe

RP LuxoThe open call for Horizon 2020 topic “Political challenges for Europe” has just been published by the European Commission. The deadline for submitting the proposal under the topic is 3 June 2014 17:00 Brussels local time.

The research to address this challenge should in particular focus on the following key dimensions (proposals do not need to cover all dimensions and may include additional aspects which are relevant to the specific challenge):

1)             The future of European integration – ‘More Europe – less Europe?’

2)             Challenges to democratic practices and parties in Europe in the context of the crisis

3)             Political leadership in times of economic, political and social crisis

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1.5 and 2.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

The details of the open call are available here.

23/24 November, Brussels

12th EU-Japan Conference

 

The 12th EU-Japan Conference, in which TEPSA is a co-organising partner, will take place on 23/24 November 2009 at the Fondation Universitaire. The annual conference on Euro-Japanese relations has become a regular milestone in the debates surrounding the EU-Japan strategic Partnership. Accordingly, this event provides a unique opprotunity for debate on both the latest research, as well as current policy trends. It brings together academics, experts, and policy-makers from Japan and Europe.

 

The theme selected for this year’s conference is “Japan-Europe Partnership. Facing Global and Regional Challenges”. The conference will analyze some of the common and global challenges facing Japan and Europe: international migration, regulatory reform, security challenges and the renewal of their decades-old partnership.

The core intellectual goal of the conference will be to both assess these common challenges and interpret the behavior and responses of these two leading actors. How have Japan and Europe faced these challenges? How could their responses involve partnership? What could they learn from their respective experiences?

 

Programme

Brussels, 5-7 November 2008

1st TEPSA Training Workshop “Communication with policy-makers”

 

TEPSA Training is a special programme for a small group of early stage researchers, primarily from the member institutes of the TEPSA network. Its objective is to prepare and train young professionals in think-tanks and academic institutions to improve their skills for work in the transnational environment. The focus lies especially on developing capacities for analysing, assessing, advising and administering EUrelated issues and projects.

 

Location: Brussels

 

For further information please contact Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be)

10 June 2008, Brussels

“The Governance of the European Institutions”

 

Lunch-debate with Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Minister of State and Member of the European Parliament, organised by the Fondation Universitaire Stiftung in collaboration with TEPSA.

Tuesday 10 June 2008, 12.00

Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Brussels, 16 March 2009

Lunch debate with Annemie Neyts on “Europe quo vadis”

Following the lunch debate with Wilfried Martens, President of the EPP, TEPSA, in cooperation with the Fondation Universitaire, organises a lunch debate on the same topic of “Europe quo vadis” with representatives of other European Political Parties. On 16 March 2009 Annemie Neyts, President of the European Liberals, will present her views on the topic.

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Date: 16 March 2009 at 12.00

Participation: 30€

Language: French and Dutch

If you want to register please send this registration form to Zeynep Karasin (zeynep•karasin©tepsa•be)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the TEPSA Team!

TEPSA

Brussels, 19 March 2009

The 2009 EP Elections: Discussing Ways of Enhancing Democracy, Legitimacy and Institutional Balance

EU-CONSENT and TEPSA are organising a conference “The 2009 EP Elections: Discussing Ways of Enhancing Democracy, Legitimacy and Institutional Balance” in Brussels, 19 March 2009. This conference relates to an initiative from the Istituto Affari Internazionali that organised a workshop in Turin in January 2009. The workshop was called ‘How to better involve citizens in the European integration process. Evaluations and proposals in view of the upcoming European Parliament elections’ and targeted the discussion of four papers on the EP; the European Political parties; the European Electoral programme and the EP’s role with regard to the election of the President and the European Commission. Participating think tanks in this workshop were the IEP, Berlin, the IAI, Rome, Notre Europe, Paris, The Federal Trust London and TEPSA.

As follow-up to this conference Mr. Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa has drafted a declaration on the EP’s role within the election process of the President and the Commission. This “Call on Political Parties, EU candidates and future MEPs” shall be presented and discussed to/with representatives of European Political Parties and the EP on 19 March 2009.

Prior to the presentation of the declaration EU-CONSENT and any other interested researcher is warmly invited to discuss different aspect of the EP elections in greater detail.

In case of interest please contact Funda Tekin (funda•tekin©uni-koeln•de) or Yvonne Nasshoven (yvonne•nasshoven©tepsa•be).

Conference on Britain, Europe and the upcoming British elections, London 14 April

Federal Trust for Education and Research has organised a conference on ‘Britain, Europe and the General Election’ on 14th April in London, in cooperation with TEPSA. At this conference the European policies of the main British parties were considered and it was assessed how far the parties will be in a position to carry these policies out after the next British General Election. Among our speakers were Professor Stephen Haseler, a founding member of the SDP, Maurice Fraser, a former special adviser to Douglas Hurd, and the authors of their pamphlet on financial regulation, Sir Brian Unwin and Graham Bishop. The Director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, chaired the meeting and summed up its conclusions.

Please click here to read the report.

Brussels, 27 April 2009

“Neighbourhood and Security in the Aftermath of the Georgia Crisis”

(organised in the framework of EU-CONSENT)

27 April 2009, 13.15 – 15.00

European Parliament, Brussels

Speakers:

Mr Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament

Dr Gunilla Herolf, EU-CONSENT, Head of Dissemination Work Package, Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Dr Michele Comelli, Senior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome

Dr Michael Emerson, Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS, Brussels

Ms Tanja Leppik-Bork, Research Associate, Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin

Please look in the Programme for further information.

Please inform us of your attendance before noon on Friday 24 April. Please also note that participants from outside the European Parliament need to send information on date of birth and residence. Address: Gunilla Herolf (herolf©sipri•org).

12-13 June 2008, Paris

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference and General Assembly

The Pre-Presidency Conference will take place on 12th and 13th June at Sciences Po, Paris, starting on Thursday at 1 p.m. and continuing on Friday morning. The Conference is organised by TEPSA’s French member institute Centre for European Studies of Sciences Po, in cooperation with TEPSA and the EU-CONSENT network.

The sessions will concentrate on “Economic Reform Policies”, “The Project of Union for the Mediterranean”, and on “How to Politicize European Decisions?”

It will be followed by TEPSA’s General Assembly on Friday 13 June at 2. p.m.

Further details: www.portedeurope.org

Stockholm, 28-29 May 2009

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm is pleased to announce an international conference on the eve of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union.

Swedish Presidency 2009: Finding Solidarity in the Face of Crises

The past eight months bear witness to multiple crises facing the European Union, including the institutional dilemma sparked by rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, the geopolitical emergencies in Georgia and the Middle East, and the ongoing economic crisis which caused social unrest across Europe. As the Swedish Presidency approaches, further crises will likely emerge – but so will opportunities to renew European solidarity and tighten the bonds of integration.

This conference will bring together senior scholars and high-level practitioners from across Europe to focus on the Swedish Presidency of the EU. It will examine the prospects for improving European solidarity in the face of existing and emerging challenges.

This event is organized as part of the “pre-presidency” series of TEPSA (the Trans European Policy Studies Association) and EU-CONSENT (Constructing Europe Research Network) and enjoys support from the Stockholm Forum for Security Studies (SFSS).

For further information please contact Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be)

4 June 2008, Brussels

“The European Parliament and the Common Foreign and Security Policy”

Meeting with Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Member of the European Parliament, Chaiman of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee, Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) and Professor at the University of Lodz.

Wednesday 4 June 2008, 13.00

Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Bruxelles

Talk conducted in Eglish and French

Brussels, 23 October 2008

Lunch-debate with Baron Lamfalussy, Professor emeritus at the Université Catholique de Louvain, on “La crise financière en Europe”, organised by the Fondation Unversitaire in cooperation with TEPSA.

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Participation: 27€

Andreea Stinga

 Intern

1012246_10200783132994908_1890470123_n As an intern at TEPSA, Andreea contributes to the organisation of events, communicates with external and internal stakeholders, provides assistance in the production of online and/or print publications, reports, and newsletters, as well as in website management and general administration. She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from Uppsala University and a Bachelor’s degree in Swedish and French Languages from the University of Bucharest. Andreea has previously worked as communications assistant at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, and as advocacy assistant at the European Roma Information Office and the European Federation for Street Children.

You can contact Andreea Stinga  (andreea•stinga©tepsa•eu)  .

 

 

Brussels, 26-27 March 2009

Wider Europe, deeper integration? EU-CONSENT AGENDA, Concluding Plenary Conference

EU-CONSENT is a network of excellence for joint research and education that analyses the construction of a new Europe over the period between 2005 and 2008.

It addresses the question of the mutually reinforcing effects of deepening and widening by developing and working with three sets of expectations concerning past and future integration of Europe.

One of the main aims of this concluding plenary conference will be to re-visit EU-CONSENT’s network activities and research results as well as to discuss and kick-off the implementation of EU-CONSENT’s sustainability strategy.

The first day’s draft agenda includes

– Welcome and introduction

– General Assembly including awarding the PhDAward winners 2009

– Lunch time debate

– Parallel sessions of the thematic work packages (II/ III – VII) including the possibility of individual Q&A session with the project manager during the afternoon

– Annual EU-CONSENT Lecture by Alyson Bailes For the second day two Plenary Sessions are foreseen

– Plenary session (I) designed according to EU-CONSENT’s horizontal integrating approach

– Plenary session (II) on research results and EU-CONSENT’s sustainability strategy

– Concluding remarks on sustainability beyond the project’s lifetime

For further information please contact Funda Tekin (funda•tekin©uni-koeln•de) or Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be).

Brussels, 6-7 May 2009

“‘Normative Power’ and External Policies – The European Union in a New Global Order”

 

The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Brussels, and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, The Hague, are organizing a roundtable conference on “‘Normative Power’ and External Policies – The European Union in a New Global Order” in Brussels, 06-07 May 2009.

 

The conference concerns the changing international political order and the role and relevance of the European Union as a normative power. The rise of new powers, a shift of wealth and (economic) capabilities from the West to the East, an ongoing process of economic globalisation, a gathering economic crisis and an increasing influence of non-state actors of various kinds define the uncertain current international order. Although the US may remain the dominant international actor, influence and power in this multi-polar system will be increasingly dispersed. This will result in an international order and a security agenda, which is more complex, more unpredictable, and probably more risky than we have experienced thus far.

 

The conference will thus focus on the role and relevance of the European Union in this new global context. It will discuss the consequences and implications of this emerging new global order for the international position and external policies of the EU. More specifically, the conference will address the question of the role and relevance of the EU as a ‘normative power’ in international relations, how it is perceived from the US, Russia and China and which practical challenges lay ahead. Please find the recent version of the programme attached.

 

The conference brings together representatives from the academic and the policy-making communities, combining a scholarly perspective, which discusses the concept of normative power in international relations theory and practice, with a policy-relevant perspective, which focuses on the (future) relevance of normative/soft power in global relations, with a special emphasis on the EU.

 

Participation by invitation only.

 

Brussels, 11 February 2009

Conference: “Security versus Privacy”

Location: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2009, at 9.30

The threat of terrorism, especially after 11 September 2001, has led to a growing necessity of control and security measures in order to protect citizens. This, on the other hand, results in state authorities collecting a large amount of personal data, thus endangering privacy. The crucial question, also with regard to the European citizens’ demands in light of the European Elections 2009, is where the border of security and privacy has to be drawn. This conference is organised in co-operation with TEPSA’s Greek member institute EKEME.

Please find the Programme here.

If you want to register please use this registration form.

PADEMIA Annual Conference too place in Brussels, 2-3 July 2015

Logo-PADEMIA-300x143PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe will hold held its Second Annual Conference in Brussels on 2-3 July 2015. The motivation of PADEMIA is to establish a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.

More information on the conference coming soon.