TEPSA Chairman Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels receives the “Vision for Europe” Award

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, Chairman of the TEPSA Board, received the “Vision for Europe” Award from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomír Zaorálek  and from Dr. Petr Kratochvíl (Director of Institute of International Relations, Prague).

The prize is awarded every year by the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) to distinguished personalities who have, in the course of their lives, devoted substantial energies to the establishment and development of European ideals.

More information can be found in the News from the Prague Institute of International Relations.

Past events at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University – Spring 2016

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Public lecture by Prof. W. Wessels: “The European Council as Constitutional Architect”
26 April 2016, Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University

On 26 April, the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University (IIRPS VU) together with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) foundation organised a public lecture by professor Wolfgang Wessels on the topic of “The European Council as Constitutional Architect”.

Prof. W. Wessels answered the main questions about the European Council: who organises the strategic agenda for the EU? How does the European Council work with the other EU institutions? What is the main role of the European Council and how did it change in time? How was the issue of UK membership addressed at the European Council? 

More information about the lecture can be found here.

Editorial TEPSA Newsletter December 2015: “Status Quo of TEPSA”, by Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, Chairperson of the Board, and Prof. Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

After the difficulties we encountered in 2014, let us share our positive assessment about the future of TEPSA.  In the past months TEPSA was able – because of the help of the whole network – to continue its well established work including the Pre-Presidential Conferences in Riga 2014, Luxembourg 2015 and The Hague 2015. Our special thanks go to the TEPSA member institutes in Riga (Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Luxembourg (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Européennes Robert Schuman) and The Hague (Clingendael) for the excellent organisation and cooperation.

Three renowned organisations applied for membership, and after a careful scrutiny by the TEPSA Board and presentations on their work, the General Assembly in The Hague welcomed them with an unanimous vote: the Department of European Studies and International Relations of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus; the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo; and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Montenegro, Podgorica.

TEPSA also succeeded to get the ERASMUS+ Jean Monnet PONT project with which we will pursue a highly promising set of activities in the interest of our member institutes – especially in view of the annual professional skills training for young academics/young professionals. TEPSA is also partner in a major Horizon 2020 project on the EU and Turkey relations (FEUTURE), which offers TEPSA extended opportunities to participate in the policy formulation on this highly relevant topic for the EU. Plans for the TEPSA Pre-Presidential Conferences in Bratislava (2-3 June 2016) and Malta (November/December 2016) are well on their way.

On this firm and consolidated basis we can in 2016 plan for even more worthwhile activities in the years to come. During the General Assembly in The Hague we had a separate brainstorming session on TEPSA’s future vision and mission. We will take up the new ideas and continue to adapt the association to the needs of its member institutes and current EU realities. Given the current positive outlook for the association, the upcoming election for the new TEPSA Board, would be a good opportunity for a shift of responsibilities to a younger generation within the TEPSA network. We are very open for your suggestions and proposals in this regard. As to the procedure the present Board will come up with suggestions before the Bratislava PPC.

TEPSA  looks forward to even more cooperation in the near future, in the PONT and the FEUTURE projects and beyond.

Wolfgang Wessels, Chairperson of the Board

Jaap W. de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary-General

Latest publication from The Jean Monnet chair of Prof Wessels at the University of Cologne

Coverpicture ECBWolfgang Wessels: The European Council (Palgrave Macmillan)

Release date: October 2nd, 2015, Price: £29.99.

This systematic assessment of the European Council looks at its characteristics, performances,  leaders and decision-making, as well as its impact on EU supranational and intergovernmental dynamics.

Taking account of both historical and contemporary developments up to and beyond the Lisbon Treaty, it encourages in-depth understanding of this key institution.

The book can be ordered on this website:

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-european-council-wolfgang-wessels/?sf1=barcode&st1=9780333587478

Table of contents, index and an exemplary chapter:

http://www.palgrave.com/resources/sample-chapters/9780333587478_sample.pdf

News from the Jean Monnet chair of Prof Wessels at the University of Cologne

SUMMIT logoNew project on the European Council launched

The Jean Monnet chair of Prof Wessels at the University of Cologne was selected by the European Commission to carry out a new Jean Monnet Project. The ‘SUMMIT’-project (Studying the European Council – Mastering and Disseminating Knowledge about a Key Institution) is dedicated to the European Council, and aims to contribute to the promotion of European Union studies by providing the latest research-based knowledge about this key institution.

The broad range of activities and products of SUMMIT includes 16 academic conferences, roundtables and seminars in various European cities as well as the output of innovative learning material and academic articles.

The project’s lifetime is from September 2015 to February 2017. Further information on the project will shortly be available at the chair’s (www.jeanmonnetchair.uni-koeln.de) and at the project’s websites.

Past events at the Jean Monnet Chair of Professor Wessels – Spring 2014

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As part of a project funded by the Ministry of European Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Jean Monnet Chair of Professor Wessels organised various events regarding this year’s European elections.
The public lectures, workshops and a simulation exercise took place in Cologne at the beginning of May.

Publications Jean Monnet Chair Professor Wessels, University of Cologne, April 2014

Gattermann, Katjana, Hefftler, Claudia, Political Motivation and Institutional Capacity: Assessing National Parliaments´ Incentives to Participate in the Early Warning Mechanism. OPAL Online Paper No. 15/2013.

Höing, Oliver, Katrin Auel, Scrutiny in Challenging Times: National parliaments during the Eurozone Crisis, SIEPS Policy Brief, 2014.

Werner Weidenfeld, Wolfgang Wessels (eds), Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2013, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 2013.

Werner Weidenfeld, Wolfgang Wessels (eds), Europa von A bis Z – Taschenbuch der europäischen Integration, 13th edition, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 2014.

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

PROTEUS Project Wins Cologne University Award for Outstanding Teaching

ProteusPROTEUS, a joint teaching project of the Jean Monnet Chairs of Prof. Hobe (Law) and Prof. Wessels (Politics) at the University of Cologne in the field of EU studies (the picture includes Wolfgang Wessels, Mirja Schröder and Wulf Reiners) receives the 2013 award for outstanding teaching of the University of Cologne. PROTEUS combines an intensive seminar on an advanced level with an international summer school and simulation exercise with participants from all over Europe. Following its international, interdisciplinary and innovative teaching approach, PROTEUS not only responds to the rising demand for comprehensive and applied knowledge of today’s students in EU affairs, it also strengthens collaboration across faculties and contributes to the internationalisation of the University of Cologne. Since 2011 the seminar has been carried out in co-operation with the THESEUS summer school in Brussels, co-organised by TEPSA.

Farewell to Jean Paul Jacqué and welcome to Jaap de Zwaan

by Wolfgang Wessels, Chairperson of the TEPSA Board

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Jean Paul Jacqué has been with us for the past four years, serving to TEPSA as a devoted Secretary General. Being simultaneously the Honorary Director General and Special Councellor in the Council means that he is an outstanding specialist of EU law, but it is not all what we can say about him. Jean Paul is also a wonderful Professor, respected by his students all over the world, from Chile to Poland. Last but not least, he is a great friend of mine and the whole TEPSA network, and we can only be glad for having the opportunity to work with Jean Paul for the last years. As we cannot imagine TEPSA without him, we unanimously decided to grant Jean Paul a title of Honourary Board Member, hoping that he will be still honouring us with his knowledge, experience and a good word.

jzwaanIt is also my great pleasure to welcome a new Secretary General of TEPSA, who having been elected a Board Member by TEPSA General Assembly in October 2013 will take up his duties on 1 January 2014: Prof. Dr. Jaap de Zwaan. In years 2005-2011 Jaap was a Director of the TEPSA Member Institute: Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, and is associated with the Erasmus University Rotterdam and The Hague University for Applied Sciences. Besides Jaap’s membership in the TEPSA Board since January 2010, he is also a member of numerous institutions, including the Governing Board of the European Studies Institute in Moscow. Jaap’s great area of both research expertise and practical experience leaves us convinced that he is the most right person to lead TEPSA for the following years. My dear friend, good luck!

Publications from the Jean Monnet Chair, Univeristy of Cologne

Andreas Hofmann, Strategies of the Repeat Player. The European Commission between Courtroom and Legislature, Berlin 2013.

Tobias Kunstein, Where Economists and Diplomats meet. A Neo-institutionalist Analysis of the External Representation(s) of the Euro Area, Baden Baden 2013.

Julia Lieb, Diplomatie jenseits des Staates. Die EU-Außenvertretung gegenüber Drittstaaten und der Europäische Auswärtige Dienst, Baden Baden.

Katharina Eckert, Christoph Heuer, Herbert Schubert, Holger Spieckermann, Wolfgang Wessels, Die Stadt Köln als kommunaler Akteur im EU-Mehrebenensystem, Sozial-Raum-Management, Köln 2013.

Andreas Hofmann, Wolfgang Wessels, Tektonische Machtverschiebungen – die Krise als Auslöser und Verstärker des institutionellen Wandels, in: Zeitschrift für Politik, 2/2013, pp. 220-241.

Oliver Höing, Differentiation of parliamentary powers. The German Constitutional Court and the German Bundestag within the financial crisis, in: Cartabia, M., N. Lupo & Simoncini A. (eds.), Democracy and Subsidiarity in the EU. National parliaments, regions and civil society in the decision-making process, Rome 2013, pp. 255-280.

Oliver Höing, Wolfgang Wessels, The European Commission’s position in the post-Lisbon institutional balance: secretariat or partner to the European Council? in: Monar, Jörg, Chang, Michele (eds.): The European Commission in the post-Lisbon era of crises: Between political leadership and policy management. Brussels 2013, pp. 123-146.

Conference “The European Council – The Many Faces of a Key Institution”, 20-21 June, Brussels

c1In cooperation with TEPSA and the the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) Berlin, and with the generous support of the Hanns Martin Schleyer Stiftung, the Coelner Monnet Association for EU Studies e.V. (COMOS) organised its annual conference on 20 – 21 June 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. Entitled „The European Council – The Many Faces of a Key Institution“, the conference convened an impressive line-up of EU experts, both from inside the political apparatus in Brussels as well as from academia, to discuss the European Council and its role in the EU’s development. The audience of around 40 participants in total moreover included junior researchers, students, professors and other ‘aficionados’ of EU politics and policies. The Permanent Representation of North Rhine Westphalia provided a perfect location for intensive and lively discussions.

The conference’s first panel was dedicated to the evolution of the European Council. Andrew Duff (Member of the European Parliament), Jean-Paul Jacqué (Secretary-General of TEPSA and former Head of the Legal Service of the Council) and Philippe de Schoutheete (a former Belgian diplomat), inter alia discussed the ambiguous role of the Commission President as a member of the meetings of the heads of state or government.

The second panel dealt with the European Council on the global stage. Gianni Bonvicini (Istituto Affair Internazionali Rome), Jim Cloos (Council of the EU) and Geoffrey Edwards (University of Cambridge) focused on the role of the European Council as crisis manager and on its president’s ability to represent the Union externally. The difficult position of the High Representative in the institutional framework was considered as well in the debate.

c2The third and final panel debated whether the European Council could be described as the EU’s “economic government”. Iain Begg (London School of Economics), Janis Emmanouilidis (European Policy Centre Brussels and author of summit analyses following each European Council) and Gabriel Glöckler (European Central Bank) dealt with various aspects of that question, from more structural considerations of how an economic government could be defined in the first place, to an assessment of the impact of the current crisis situation on the role of the European Council.

In their concluding remarks, Jean Paul Jacqué and Wolfgang Wessels (University of Cologne) broadened the perspective on the European Council by revisiting its position in the interinstitutional structure at EU level and by analyzing the long-term evolution of that institution between the heads of state or governments’ “problem-solving instinct” and their “sovereignty reflex”.

In the light of very positive feedback from participants, COMOS will organize another conference in mid-2014. Topic and location will be announced in early 2014. For more information on this year’s conference and COMOS in general, please click here.

Recent publications from the Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne

Claudia Hefftler and Wolfgang Wessels, The Democratic Legitimation of the EU´s Economic Governance and National Parliaments, IAI Working Paper, No. 1313, April 2013, available here.

Katjana Gattermann, News about the European Parliament: Patterns and external drivers of broadsheet coverage, European Union Politics, 2013, DOI:10.1177/1465116513476146, available here.

Oliver Höing and Wolfgang Wessels, The European Commission’s position in the post-Lisbon institutional balance: secretariat or partner to the European Council? in: Monar, Jörg, Chang, Michele (eds.): The European Commission in the post-Lisbon era of crises: Between political leadership and policy management. Publication for the P.I.E.-Peter Lang College of Europe Series, 2013, pp. 123-146.

Oliver Höing and Christine Neuhold, National Parliaments in the Financial Crisis. Between Opportunity Structures and Action-Constraints, Policy Brief 02, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik, available here.

New publications from Jean-Monnet Chair Team of University of Cologne

Wolfgang Wessels: The Maastricht Treaty and the European Council: The History of an Institutional Evolution, Journal of European Integration, Volume 34, Number 7, November 2012, pp. 753-767.

Abstract: Since its creation in 1974 the European Council has turned into the key institution in the institutional architecture of the EU polity. The Maastricht Treaty on the European Union was a history-making product of this body of heads of state or government. For the institutional evolution of the European Council itself the Maastricht Treaty confirmed and reinforced trends starting with the Hague summit in 1969. This article covers the pre-history of the European Council as well as the road from the birth of the European Council in Paris, 1974, to the Maastricht Treaty and the next steps via two treaty revisions and the constitutional convention to the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. This article will not only try to satisfy some historical curiosity, but point out fundamental factors, explaining why Union executive leaders have invested time and energy in the labour-intensive and partly frustrating exercise of the making and working of their club: this key institution helped them to emerge as powerful multi-level players in a multi-institutional architecture.

Sofia Vasilopoulou and Katjana Gattermann: Matching Policy Preferences: The Linkage between Voters and MEPs, Journal of European Public Policy, DOI:10.1080/13501763.2012.718892.

Abstract: The European Parliament has often been accused of its inability to link to European citizens. This article employs quantitative measures to investigate levels of congruence between individual MEPs and their voters on core policy issues following the 2009 EP elections. Operationalizing congruence as a ‘many-to-one’ relationship, it suggests that on socio-economic issues, the correspondence of policy preferences tends to be higher between voters and MEPs belonging to right-wing and liberal parties than for leftist MEPs. On socio-cultural issues, MEPs generally tend to have more liberal views than their representatives. Tobit models show that, depending on the issue, the strength of voter–MEP opinion congruence can be linked to the frequency of contacts and MEP seniority in office. Eurosceptic MEPs tend to be worse at representing their electorate, while voter–MEP agreement also tends to be affected by the electoral system and length of EU membership. The findings have implications for the legitimacy of European politics in current affairs.

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Wolfgang Wessels and Cyril Gläser: Theoretischer Pluralismus und Integrationsdynamik: Herausforderungen für den “acquis académique”, in Hans-Jürgen Bieling/Marika Lerch (Hrsg.): Theorien der europäischen Integration, Wiesbaden, 2012, pp. 361-389.

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Wolfgang Wessels: The Maastricht Treaty and the European Council: The History of an Institutional Evolution, Journal of European Integration, Volume 34, Number 7, November 2012, pp. 753-767.

Since its creation in 1974 the European Council has turned into the key institution in the institutional architecture of the EU polity. The MaWolfgang Wessels formatastricht Treaty on the European Union was a history-making product of this body of heads of state or government. For the institutional evolution of the European Council itself the Maastricht Treaty confirmed and reinforced trends starting with the Hague summit in 1969. This article covers the pre-history of the European Council as well as the road from the birth of the European Council in Paris, 1974, to the Maastricht Treaty and the next steps via two treaty revisions and the constitutional convention to the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. This article will not only try to satisfy some historical curiosity, but point out fundamental factors, explaining why Union executive leaders have invested time and energy in the labour-intensive and partly frustrating exercise of the making and working of their club: this key institution helped them to emerge as powerful multi-level players in a multi-institutional architecture.

 

 

Policy paper: Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits

Policy paper has been written as synopsis of the main results of the study “Democratic Control in the member states of the European Council and the Euro zone summits” which TEPSA and Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute have written at the request of the European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, IP/C/AFCO/IC/2012-012.

Authors of the Policy paper: Wolfgang Wessels (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Olivier Rozenberg (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute), Claudia Hefftler (Trans European Policy Studies Association) and Valentin Kreilinger (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute).

The studDemocratic control cover websitey on the Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits was written by a group of researchers from TEPSA and Notre Europe following the request from the Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament.

The European Council is increasingly central to the governance of the European Union. Even if national parliaments have originally focused their involvement in EU affairs on the ordinary legislative process, most of the chambers have started to develop specific activities, before or after European summits. From ex-ante influence to ex-post accountability, seven different models of control have been identified. Beyond their differences rooted in national democratic systems, they call for twelve recommendations listed in this report.

Authors of the Study: Wolfgang Wessels (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Olivier Rozenberg (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute), Mirte van den Berge (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Claudia Hefftler (Trans European Policy Studies Association), Valentin Kreilinger (Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute) and Laura Ventura (Trans European Policy Studies Association) and many TEPSA and OPAL network experts provided an analysis of the democratic control in each Member State. More information on the project are available here.