EP project on Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits

TEPSA together with Notre Europe won the tender to elaborate a study on the Democratic Control in the Member states of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits. Many TEPSA and OPAL network experts are currently involved in the preparation to provide an analysis of the democratic control in each Member state.
The project is based on the assertion that there is a rising gap within the European Union between executive governance and parliamentary control. The aim is to provide a comprehensive overview with a common questionnaire for the 27 Member States and also in-depth reports for 12 Member States investigating the question of the significance of the parliamentary control of the European Councils and of the “information gap” between governments and parliaments. A synthetic perspective will also be elaborated including policy recommendations.
The interim study has been delivered on 13 September 2012 and the final study on 26 October 2012. In between a workshop with the experts for the 12 Member States of in-depth reports and advisors took place on 31 August 2012 at the North Rhine Westphalia Representation in Brussels. For more information please contact Laura Ventura  (laura•ventura©tepsa•eu)  

EXACT

The Initial Training Network “Integrated Training Programme for Analysis, Assessment and Advice on EU´s External Action and its Institutional Architecture” (EXACT) aims at preparing 14 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) for professional and academic careers in universities as well as in the public and private sector in academically based consulting for policy makers. The training network focuses its research on major current and future challenges of the EU in the fields of Commercial Policy, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common European Defence Policy and Development Cooperation. The training provided through EXACT intends to bridge the gap between Ph.D. training within the academic world on the one hand and the “down-to-earth” need of potential employers in consulting or advisory circles on the other. Therefore, the project pursues an integrated two track curriculum that involves three universities and six think tanks: The scientific track concentrates on academic training leading to a Ph.D. degree, track II focuses on the training of professional skills. Given the growing market for academically trained EU experts in both public and private sectors, the integrated curriculum develops a triple “A” catalogue of skills: theory-led Analysis and Assessment of potential future scenarios in the field of EU’s external action and Advice for strategies. The early stage researchers will attend a 36 month training programme including local and network-wide activities (e.g. individual research projects and Network Seminars) provided by universities and think tanks in the network. The early stage researchers will be given the opportunity to obtain a double Ph. D. degree („co-tutelle”) from two participating universities as well as the EXACT Certificate issued by all participating organisations.

In the context of the project EXACT (Marie Curie ITN on EU external action), from the 1st March onwards, three Early Stage Researchers (ESR) has joined the TEPSA Secretariat in Brussels for eight months. Beside the elaboration of their PhD, they are involved in the daily work of the office notably in the organization of TEPSA activities and conferences.

Partner institutions

  • University of Cologne, Germany (Coordinator)
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Univerzita Karlova z Praze (Charles University Prag), Czech Republic
  • Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium
  • Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Brussels, Belgium
  • European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki, Finland
  • Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy
  • Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Duration

01 January 2010 – 31 December 2013

This project is financed by the European Commission as a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), Seventh Framework Programme.

For more information please visit www.exact-training.net

Final year of the LISBOAN project

ecThree years after its establishment, the active work of LISBOAN ended on 30 September 2013. LISBOAN, an Erasmus Academic Network funded with support from the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, aimed to contribute to the establishment of a European research area in the field of integration studies. With the EU’s revised legal basis – the Treaty of Lisbon – as a common point of departure, the project linked researchers from 68 institutions and various academic backgrounds (political science, law, economics and history) in order to spread knowledge and best practices in both research and teaching. Network partners held 16 thematic workshops, contributed to an annual report and a guest lecture series and arranged three PhD schools. Moreover, they met at three annual conferences in Brussels which were organised jointly by TEPSA and the University of Cologne.

Further information is available at www.lisboan.net.

Study Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits

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.

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.

 

EXACT Final Conference on EU External Action, 10-12 July, Brussels

Logo_Marie-Curie (1)Logo_EXACT blueThe Final Conference of the Marie Curie Training Network EXACT took place at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels from 10 – 12 July 2013. The EXACT Fellows presented their research in form of a poster exhibition and feedback sessions together with their supervisors and the EXACT Visiting Scientist Prof. Brigid Laffan (University College Dublin). Furthermore, guest speakers and a roundtable with participants from the EXACT partner projects INCOOP and PEGASUS contributed to the three-day conference. All in all the draft programme foreseed three public events: The opening of the poster exhibition in the framework of a public reception and an intervention by Prof. Jolyon Howorth (University of Bath); The key note address of David O’Sullivan (Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service) and a reception; and  The public roundtable “The Future of EU PhD Studies”.

Here you can consult the full Programme EXACT Final Conference and here the last EXACT Newsletter.

Third and Final LISBOAN Conference, June 2013

Lisboanlisboan phThe third LISBOAN conference, co-organised by TEPSA and the University of Cologne, took place on June 6th-7th, 2013. The concluding event of the LISBOAN network convened over 50 participants from a large number of partner institutions at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels. The aim of the conference was to take stock of past activities, discuss present developments in the EU and formulate a research agenda for the future of European integration studies in general and the Lisbon Treaty in particular. Member of European Parliament Jo Leinen delivered a keynote speech on the topic. The outcomes of past events held under the auspices of LISBOAN and the three issues of the Lisbon Watch annual report also formed a starting point for discussions. Moreover, revisiting the debates in the framework of the seven Working Groups, Workpackage Leaders participated in a roundtable which retraced developments in the various thematic areas. Reports from the individual parts of the conference can be downloaded here.

Conference results will also feed into a short working paper on the overall results of three years of LISBOAN, drawn up by the Coordinator in cooperation with the Steering Committee.

The award ceremony for the 2013 LISBOAN awards concluded the final conference. The LISBOAN Research Award went to Ian Cooper (ARENA Centre for European Studies, Oslo), while Joachim Koops (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) won the LISBOAN Teaching Award.

Before LISBOAN came to a close on 30 September 2013, two more events were organised:

  • 16/17 September 2013, Rome: „Towards the Political Union? The integration of Fiscal Compact and ESM into the Lisbon Treaty” (Gianni Bonvicini)
  • 19 September 2013, Berlin: “A Roadmap for the Future of Europe: Differentiated Integration Within or Beyond the Legal Framework of the Lisbon Treaty” (E. Regelsberger/F. Tekin)

 

2013: the final year of the EXACT programme!

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The EXACT PhD Intervision Workshop

On 18-19 April, eight EXACT Fellows: Nicole Koenig, Niklas Helwig, Andrew Byrne, Anita Sek, James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh, Leonhard den Hertog, Merlene Gottwald and Adreas Raspotnik gathered at the University of Edinburgh for the PhD EXACT Intervision Workshop. The meeting was joined by prof. Brigid Laffan from the University College Dublin.

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Publications and presentations:

Andrew Byrne, Conflicting Visions: Liberal and Realist Conceptualisations of Transatlantic Alignment, “Transworld Working Paper” No. 12, Istituto Affari Internazionali, 25 March 2012, available here.

Bogdana Depo, The values within the ENP: shared, imposed or a matter of business? The Perspectives of the Eastern and Southern Dimensions, presentation together with Rosen Dimov (University of Istanbul), LISBOAN seminar “The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Lisbon Treaty: What has changed?”, Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, 22 March 2013.

Leonhard den Hertog and Ramses Wessel, EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy: a Competence-Responsibility Gap?, in: Evans and Koutrakos (eds.), “The International Responsibility of the European Union: European and International Perspectives”, (Oxford, Hart Publishing), March 2013.

Sergio Carrera, Leonhard den Hertog and Joanna Parkin, EU migration policy after the Arab Spring: the pitfalls of Home Affairs Diplomacy, “Think Global – Act European Policy Paper”, No. 74 (CEPS & Notre Europe), February 2013.

Marlene Gottwald, A human security perspective on the future of Europe, workshop “The changing nature of human security”, organised by the Chatham House and FRIDE, Brussels. See the Agenda_ESPAS Workshop.

Miguel Haubrich SecoTheorising and tracing EU promotion of regional cooperation. The cases of Mercosur and the Western Balkans, 2013 “ISA Annual Convention”, 2-6 April, San Francisco.

Niklas Helwig, Paul Ivan und Hrant Kostanyan, The New EU Foreign Policy Architecture: Reviewing the first two years of the EEAS, Centre forNiklas European Policy Studies, 10 February 2013.

Abstract: This CEPS book examines two interrelated questions: 1) How has the European External Action Service (EEAS) functioned in the EU institutional architecture in the first two years of its existence? 2) What improvements can be made through the 2013 review and the 2014 revision of the EEAS’ mandate? The study contributes to the current debate through an in-depth examination of the EEAS’ relations with the EU member states, the European Commission, the European Parliament and its Delegations. The analysis is complemented by in-depth interviews conducted with senior officials from the relevant institutions. The authors put forward specific recommendations, organised around three basic roles that the EEAS plays in the EU’s external relations: a) leader, b) coordinator and c) information hub. See more. 

Niklas Helwig, EU foreign policy and the High Representative’s capability-expectations gap – a question of political will, in “European Foreign Affairs Review”, 18(2), 2013, pp. 235-254.

Andreas RaspotnikThe Northern Corridor, in “The Maritime Dimension of CSDP: Geostrategic Maritime Challenges and their Implications for the European Union”, European Parliament, January 2013, Brussels. The full study available here.

Anita Sęk, An Audit of the EEAS in the Eastern Neighbourhood – to what extent have the new Treaty provisions delivered?, presentation at the LISBOAN seminar “The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Lisbon Treaty: What has changed?”, Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, 22 March 2013.

Marco SiddiAn issue of identity? Poland’s foreign policy toward Russia, “The European Congress of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) and of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES)”, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, 5-8 April 2013.

Marco Siddi, ECPR Young Scholars School on European identity, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, 17-23 March, with participation of prominent speakers including Jeffrey Checkel, Sophie Duchesne and Michael Bruter. More information on the conference available here.

Marco Siddi, Italy-Russia relations: politics, energy and other business, in “East European Studies No. 4. Eurasian Challenges. Partnerships with Russia and other issues of the post-Soviet area”, ed. Zsuzsa Ludvig, Budapest, 2013, pp. 74-92.

EXACT fellows’ teach in a Masters-level seminar on ‘EU external action: examples and analyses from current practice’

The EXACT fellows Miguel Haubrich Seco and Simon Stroß conduct a Masters-level seminar titled ‘EU external action: examples and analyses from current practice’ in the current winter semester 2012/13 at the Charles University in Prague. The seminar will enable the students to learn and apply knowledge on EU external action on a concrete policy example such as the Free Trade Agreement of the EU with South Korea, EU neighbourhood policy after the Arab Spring or the involvement of the EU in international climate change negotiations. In doing so, the students shall get acquainted with theoretical explanations as well as with the political practice

EXACT Network Seminar on Academic Research Skills and Higher Education Qualifications

The two-week “EXACT Network Seminar on Academic Research Skills and Higher Education Qualifications” took place in the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network EXACT from 15th and 28th September 2012 in Cologne. It was organized by the Jean-Monnet-Chair, Prof. Wessels, Department of Political Science. Participants included the thirteen EXACT Research Fellows and eight external guest researchers. The content of the Network Seminar aimed at improving academic, teaching and research skills as well as publishing and funding options and strategies. In a nutshell it can be said, that the academically outstanding program combined with the expertise of the guest speakers reflected the spirit of the EXACT Network as a silver thread throughout the whole Seminar.

The participants were generally pleased with the programme of the summer school as it included both interactive and expert-centered elements. In preparation of the course, all participants had to deliver one written assignment before the start of the course. Participants chose to present either one PhD chapter, a publication, an academic or policy paper. The expertise of the guest speakers generally matched the topics of the participants and thus presented great value added as these could get first-hand information and precious advice for their research projects and PhD. Participants highly appreciated the in depth input they received from the organizers on their respective PhD topics. The expertise of the guest speakers and the opportunities of the EXACT Network combined allowed even to go beyond academic expectations. EXACT and non-EXACT fellows could build synergies and transpose principles from one project to another. Publishing options were discussed with some of the expert speakers as well.

A Public Roundtable Discussion on “EU Executive Powers and External Action” was only one of the highlights. Main discussants were Gianni Bonvicini, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome; Geoffrey Edwards, University of Cambridge; Marlene Gottwald, EXACT Early Stage Researcher- University of Edinburgh and University of Cologne; Robert Kissack, Institut Barcelona d` Estudis Internacionals; Nicole Koenig, EXACT Early Stage Researcher of University of Edinburgh and University of Cologe; John Peterson of University of Edinburgh and Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne. The main topics discussed were the role of the EU in the Libya crisis and EU crisis management as such, the Treaty of Lisbon`s institutional architecture and coherence in EU external action as well as the reform of the European Security Strategy and the setting-up of the European External Action Service.

The overall impression of the “EXACT Network Seminar on Academic Skills” was extremely positive. The participants significantly enhanced their PhD skills and also got more familiar with the formulation of research questions, different research methods and teaching skills. The two directors of the Seminar, Dr. Geoffrey Edwards (EXACT Visiting Scientist, University of Cambridge) and Dr. Robert Kissack (EXACT Visiting Scientist, Institut Barcelona d` Estudis Internacionals) managed very well to meet the expectations of researchers in the field of EU External Action.

LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network and TEPSA member institutes: serie of workshops

In cooperation with the LISBOAN Erasmus Academic Network, several TEPSA member institutes will convene workshops in the upcoming months. For more information, please see visit this page.

Institute for World Economics Budapest
Workshop: The European Union in the Global Economy”
28-29 September 2012
Budapest

Institute for International Relations Zagreb (IMO)
Workshop: Impact of the European External Action Service on the EU’s relations and policies towards South East Europe
5 October 2012
Dubrovnik

Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP)
Workshop: The EU as a Foreign Policy Actor – Ambitions, Interests and Challenges in Year Three of the Lisbon Treaty and beyond
18-19 October 2012
Berlin

LISBOAN

Linking Interdisciplinary Integration Studies by Broadening the European Network (funded under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme)

LISBOAN (Linking Interdisciplinary Integration Studies by Broadening the European Academic Network) is a network of 67 partner institutions including 16 TEPSA institutes (TEPSA is also a member) from all EU member states as well as Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey. Its aim is to strengthen cooperation between institutions of higher education and research in Europe with a view to teaching and researching the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Union’s legal foundation since December 2009. LISBOAN is funded under the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme, from October 2010 – September 2013.

Overview of LISBOAN activities

The main elements of the network are:

  • Three annual conferences (including annuel working group meetings) bringing together members from all 67 partner institutions. The First Annual Conference of LISBOAN will take place in Brussels on 16th and 17th June 2011.
  • Twelve specialized workshops, at least one per themativ work package,
  • Three PhD-Schools,
  • A lecture series comprosing threee annual guest lectures,
  • Annual reports (Lisbon Watch) with brief contributions from partner institutes.

For more information please visit http://www.lisboan.net

Workshop on National Parliaments and the European Council Project (NPEC)

In the context of the elaboration of the study on the Democratic Control in the Member states of the European Council and the Euro Zone Summits an internal workshop with the experts for the 12 Member States of in-depth reports and advisors took place on 31 August 2012 at the North Rhine Westphalia Representation in Brussels. The aim of the workshop was to present the findings on the state of the relationship between National Parliaments and the European Council/Euro Zone summits and to voice recommendations for future developments.

For more information please contact Laura Ventura at Laura•Ventura©tepsa•eu

ACCESS-TR, Mobilizing Local Networks for a Better Informed Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU

Mobilizing Local Networks for a Better Informed Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU (ACCESS-TR) was awarded to the Center for European Studies of the Middle East Technical University (CES-METU) by the European Commission under the IPA Information and Communication Programme: Support for actions promoting a better informed public debate about EU Enlargement. The Project is being implemented under the coordination of CES-METU for a 12-month period from November 2008 to November 2009, in partnership with TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association), a transeuropean research network based in Brussels (Belgium). The Project has three associate universities from different cities of Turkey, namely, the Universities of Akdeniz (Antalya), Gaziantep and Ondokuz Mayıs (Samsun). For more information please visit http://accesstr.ces.metu.edu.tr/

The overall objectives of the Project are:

  •  To encourage researchers in academia and/or think tanks to promote the dissemination of research results about the benefits and challenges of the preparation for membership
  •  To better equip media professionals in enlargement countries to inform about EU policies, as well as subjects related to the reform process on the way to EU membership, in a user-friendly language and form accessible to the general public or relevant specific audiences

The specific objectives are:

  • To bring research institutions in the EU and in Turkey together with the main stakeholders including local and regional actors with a view to establishing a platform for dialogue
  • To boost the informed debate on political, economic, social and cultural issues characterising the relations between the EU and Turkey
  • To facilitate better knowledge of the EU within Turkey, to enhance the understanding of Turkey within the EU
  • To increase the public awareness of the opportunities and challenges of the Turkish accession to the EU
  • To develop ownership of the accession process on the part of regional and local actors.

ACCESS-TR aims to address these overall and specific objectives through the following four specific themes:

  •  Single Market (sectoral approaches, consumer protection)
  • Gender issues across social protection, education policies and regional development strategies
  • Notions of inclusive citizenship linked to the debates on European citizenship
  • Ways of conducting foreign policy in the European Union

The project aims to reach local governments, municipalities, academic communities, chambers of commerce, business organisations, trade unions, civil society organisations, students, local media and press members, in or near the Turkish cities of Antalya, Samsun and Gaziantep; as well as academic and research communities in Turkey and in Europe working on enlargement and the Turkish membership to the EU.

FROM ISTANBUL TO BRUSSELS: Dialogue on Turkey’s accession to the EU

On 3 and 4 March 2009 TEPSA, in co-operation with the Centre for European Studies (CES) of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, organised at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels the Kick-Off Conference of the project “Mobilizing Local Networks for a better informed Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU” (ACCESS-TR) which aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU.

Under the title “From Istanbul to Brussels: Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU” the Kick-Off Conference gathered in Brussels a number of key multipliers of the ACCESS-TR project and its outreach and brought them together with representatives of the European Institutions, civil society, diplomatic missions, media and stakeholders of Turkish interest representations in Brussels. By this TEPSA and CES seek to obtain sustainable partnerships after the end of the project. For further information please contact Anne Schmidt (anne.schmidt[at]tepsa.be).

SInAN, Strengthening and Integrating Academic Networks

Strengthening and Integrating Academic Networks (SInAN) was awarded to the Center for European Studies (CES-METU) under the European Commission’s programme for Promotion of the Civil Society Dialogue between European Union and Turkey: Universities Grant Scheme. The Project is being implemented by CES-METU for an 18-month period from June 2008 to November 2009. CES-METU’s Project partner is Jean Monnet Centre (JMC), University of Cologne (Germany). Project associates are Sabanci University (Istanbul) , University of Sienna (Italy), and six regional universities in Turkey which are part of the ÖYP network, namely, universities of Akdeniz (Antalya), Gaziantep, Yüzüncü Yıl (Van), Gaziosmanpaşa (Tokat), Ondokuz Mayıs (Samsun) and Trakya (Edirne). For more information please see http://sinan.ces.metu.edu.tr/index.html

The overall objectives of the Project are:

  1.  To create synergies between academic networks in Turkey and the EU by strengthening their collaboration and integration through the CES-METU – JMC, University of Cologne partnership with a view to a ‘dual gate opener’ function by:
    • enhancing CES-METU’s integration in the European Research Area (ERA) through networks such as EU-CONSENT, TEPSA and Jean Monnet Chairs;
    • opening the gates of ERA for CES-METU’s national network of universities
  2. To question the ‘myths’ that characterise the debate on Turkey’s EU accession process by engaging academic communities in constructive dialogue and extensive research, in three priority areas;
    • EU’s institutional architecture: theories, strategies and lessons learned from enlargement;
    • Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities;
    • External relations (CFSP, ESDP and ENP)
  3. To ensure better knowledge and understanding of Turkey within the EU, and of the EU within Turkey focusing on the above priority areas by contributing to
  4. (a) conceptions on political and socio-economic implications of Turkey’s accession to the EU; (b) current debates on EU institutional reforms (Reform Treaty) and the EU’s absorption capacity
  5. To include equal opportunities and sustainable development as overarching dimensions informing all stages of collaboration in the three priority areas.

SInAN PhD-School

9-13 February 2009, Brussels

The first PhD School within the framework of SInAN – “The EU’s Institutional Architecture and the Impact of Enlargement – Past, Present and Future“ – brought together young researchers from Turkey and EU

member states, addresses EU institutional challenges in view of past, present and future enlargements and promotes transnational interdisciplinary networks.

The SInAN PhD School, organised in cooperation with TEPSA, asks what impact enlargement did have, has and will have on the institutions of the European Union, hereby focusing especially on the case of the Turkish accession process. Thereby opportunities and challenges posed by Turkey’s accession to the EU shall be highlighted

New Marie Curie EXACT Fellow!

AnitaAnita Sęk joined the Marie Curie EXACT programme as EU External Action Early Stage Researcher on 1 December 2012, having terminated her stage at the European Commission, Cabinet of Commissioner for Enlargement and ENP Stefan Fule. Till the end of 2013 she will be based in TEPSA, in Brussels. Anita likes learning new languages, she is able to communicate in English, German, next to her mother tongue Polish, as well as – though less successfully – in French, Russian, Serbo-Croat and Greek. Recently, Anita joined the Brussels female mini-football team, she also practices capoeira. She loves Orkhan Pamuk literature, dancing, travelling and photography. Learn more about Anita.

Spring 2013 News from EXACT

EXACT Final Conference 10 – 12 July 2013, Brusselslogo EXACT

The Final Conference of the Marie Curie Training Network EXACT took place at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels from 10 – 12 July 2013. The EXACT Fellows presented their research in form of a poster exhibition and feedback sessions together with their supervisors and the EXACT Visiting Scientist Prof. Brigid Laffan (University College Dublin). Furthermore, guest speakers and a roundtable with participants from the EXACT partner projects INCOOP and PEGASUS contributed to the three-day conference. All in all the draft programme foreseen three public events:

–       The opening of the poster exhibition in the framework of a public reception and an intervention by Prof. Jolyon Howorth (University of Bath) on July 10, 18h00;

–       The key note address of David O’Sullivan (Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service) and a reception on July 11, 17h00;

–       The public roundtable “The Future of EU PhD Studies” on July 12, 9h30.

For further information on the programme please visit www.exact-training.net.

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EXACT Intervision Seminar at the University of Cagliari, Italy, 14-15 June 2013

On 14-15 June six EXACT fellows – Vanessa Boas, Andrew Byrne, Niklas Helwig, Nicole Koenig, Marco Siddi and Simon Stross – cagl2participated in the EXACT Intervision Seminar at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia. EXACT Visiting Scientist Dr. Geoffrey Edwards (Cambridge University) commented on the work presented by the Fellows. The event was hosted by Dr. Christian Rossi and Dr. Gianluca Borzoni of the University of Cagliari.

The seminar provided an excellent opportunity for the EXACT Fellows to discuss draft chapters of their PhD dissertation and analyse theoretical, methodological and empirical issues. The Faculty of Political Science at Cagliari University offered a stimulating and pleasant work environment. Other members of the academic staff and local PhD students also participated in the seminar proceedings.

News from the Fellows:

Leonhard den Hertog and Simon Stroß, Coherence in EU External Relations: Concepts and Legal Rooting of an Ambiguous Term, “European Foreign Affairs Review”, Volume 18, Issue 3 (forthcoming).

(69)Anita Sęk, participation in the International Summer School THESEUS “The Future of EU Economic Governance”, 17-21.06.2013, Brussels.

Anita Sęk, presentation “Azerbaijani perspective on the European Union as a regional and global actor”, at the “New Challenges in the European Area: Young Scientist’s 1st International Baku Forum“, organized by Azerbaijan Young Scientists, Postgraduate and Masters Union (AYSPMU), in cooperation with European Council on Doctoral Students and Young Researchers Eurodoc, 20-25.05.2013, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Anita Sęk“Workshop Report: The Development of a European Defence Technological and Investment Base”, European Parliament, May 2013, Brussels.

 Marco Siddi, Russia and the forging of memory and identity in Europe, in Studia Diplomatica 65(4), 2012, pp. 77-103

Abstract. This article analyses Russia’s role in collective memory and national identity construction in France, Germany and Poland. By comparing memory discourses across the case studies and Russia, it attempts to explain why profoundly different perceptions of Russia exist in European countries and how such discourses affect prospects for the emergence of a shared European memory of the twentieth century. This work argues that the different representations of Russia in national memory discourses are one of the main factors preventing the emergence of a harmonised European collective memory. Read full article here.

Marco Siddi, authoring, editing and coordination of special issue of Meridiani Relazioni Internazionali on Putin III, one year after re-election, May 2013, available here (in Italian).

Call for Application EXACT Network Seminar on Academic Skills – TEPSA Training 2012

The Call for application of the EXACT Network Seminar on Academic Skills -TEPSA Training 2012 is now open. The EXACT Network Seminar on Academic Skills is a special training programme for researchers moving towards the completion of their PhD research. Building on the EXACT network Seminar on Professional Skills 2011 and the TEPSA training programmes for young researchers since 2008, the training offers the opportunity to 12 Marie Curie early stage researchers and a selected number of others to participate in a 14 day intensive seminar. It will be held in Cologne from 15-29 September 2012 (start and end dates to be confirmed).The deadline for the submission of applications is 30 April 2012. Please click here to read the call and for more information.

Call for Application Early Stage Researcher

The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) is recruiting a researcher under the Marie Curie Initial Training Network on EU External Action EXACT. The EXACT project originally started in October 2010 with 12 Early Stage Researchers who got the opportunity to combine PhD training at two European universities with two periods of gaining work experience at two leading European think tanks (for more information on the EXACT project: http://www.exact-training.net/). Now a new opportunity has been created to recruit a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher for the last 14 months of the project: from November 2012 till December 2013. The Early Stage Researcher will be hosted by TEPSA in Brussels (for more information about TEPSA: http://www.tepsa.eu/aboutus/).

The researcher will combine her/his individual research project with gaining professional experience by contributing to the diverse activities of TEPSA: policy research; organising conferences; project management; tender writing; editing the bi-monthly TEPSA Newsletter; maintaining contact with the European institutions, TEPSA member institutes and other relevant actors.

EXACT-TEPSA RECRUIT

-one Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher of any age and nationality other than Belgium;

-with a Master’s Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline dealing with EU foreign policy such as political science, law, or economics;

-in the early stages of her/his career (‘early stage’ is defined as no more than four years of research experience by October 2012, counting from the date a (first) Master‘s Degree or equivalent is obtained in a relevant discipline);

-preferably enrolled in a Ph.D. programme;

-for a period of 14 months from 1 November 2012 onwards;

-to be hosted at the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), in Brussels.

EXACT-TEPSA OFFER a unique synergy between:

-working on your PhD project or other type of individual research project on EU External Action; and

-gaining work experience at think tank and research network TEPSA.

Additionally, the researcher will benefit from broad EXACT network of contacts across academia and the private sector, thus, improving and increasing career prospects in growing and highly competitive European and national job markets.

We offer 14-months full-employment contract with full social security. The salary will be commensurate with a Marie-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) position in accordance with the regulations of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network, 2008 Work Programme, within the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme and Belgian labour laws. This grants a competitive gross monthly allowance, depending on host country and family status.

EXACT-TEPSA INFORM all interested candidates that

-particularly applications from women are welcomed,

-the deadline for the submission of application material is October 1, 2012,

-detailed information on the application requirements, and further information on the programme can be found on the TEPSA and EXACT webpages: www.tepsa.eu/category/job-opportunities/ and www.exact-training.net

Please read carefully the conditions and requirements on how to apply to the call in the EXACT Call for Application and EXACT Information on Application documents. In order to apply we would also kindly ask you to fill in the EXACT Application Form. Applications are to be written in English and submitted to TEPSA electronically  (recruitment©tepsa•eu)   at and in hard copy to TEPSA, rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

The deadline for application is now closed. The selected applicants will be contacted within two weeks.

EU-CONSENT Constructing Europe Network

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.

Within this conceptual framework, 25 teams draw from past experience and its academic and political validity in order to discuss visions and scenarios for the future. The leitmotiv running through the project is that the Union is in a process of reinvention – a development which is however difficult to grasp and explain. The common framework includes integrating activities (conferences, workshops and activities), common research (EU-25 Watch, WEBCONSENT), teaching (traditional courses, virtual study units on EU deepening and widening, a PhD Centre of Excellence and internships for young researchers) and dissemination activities (public events and common publications). Research and activity results flow into common databases such as the E-Library, a multilingual glossary on EU deepening and widening, bibliographies and core curricula, which are all available on the CONSENT-WEB. It also provides yardsticks for observing the progress made by the entire project.

The open character of the network, which aims to be a “network of networks”, together with the inclusion of young researchers into the network, respect of gender equality and concern for sustainability, are the core principles of EU-CONSENT. Its management is based on a consolidated structure, following a decentralised approach. As an academic and policy-oriented network, EU-CONSENT is closely linked to decision-makers at EU and national levels as well as to civil society.

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

On 26 and 27 March 2009 the Network of Excellence EU-CONSENT met for the fourth time at its Plenary Conference in Brussels. This event marked the conclusion of four years of successful networking and joint research. Once again almost every EU-CONSENT partner institute was represented and researchers from the network seized the opportunity to discuss past activities and in light of the sustainability mandate plan future joint co-operation.

The plenary conference began with the General Assembly in which the project and financial manager Funda Tekin reflected on the strength and weaknesses of this Network of Excellences from which she drew lessons for the fourth and final reporting (her presentation can be found on the internal part of EU CONSENT’s website (www.eu-consent.net). Moreover, Gunilla Herolf and Wolfgang Wessels presented dissemination results and ideas for sustainable network structures. Once again the General Assembly provided the framework for awarding the three winners of the EU-CONSENT PhD Award 2009.

Attila Agh (leader of the EU-CONSENT PhD Centre) congratulated Flavia Zanon (first price), Simone Weske (second price) and David Cadier (third price) to their successful papers and their contribution to EUCONSENT’s concluding PhD Market in February 2009. The General Assembly was followed by the traditional lunchtime debate moderated by Iain Begg. This year two teams – consisting of one PhD student and one senior researcher – debated the motion “Achieving a Coherent European Energy Policy will be the litmus test of further EU Integration”. The opponents to this motion were able to convince some researchers to change their minds and thus it was agreed that even though Energy Policy is among the most essential European Policies it shall be doubted whether it can be considered the litmus test for further EU integration. Each of EU-CONSENT’s thematic Work Packages had the opportunity to meet during the afternoon of the first day of the conference. Some work packages organized interesting roundtables others gathered in order to discuss and reflect upon their research results of the past four years.

Thursday evening Alyson Bailes gave the EU-CONSENT Annual Lecture and presented her analysis and assessment of “The EU in/and crisis”.

The second day of the conference targeted the presentation and in depth discussion of EU-CONSENT’s research results. Gaby Umbach presented a synergy paper that compiled answers from EU-CONSENT researchers to a questionnaire. This presentation was followed by some conclusions that Wolfgang Wessels drew from four years of joint research. These two presentations were commented by researchers representing the different thematic foci of the Network of multi-disciplinary approach of EU-CONSENT that was needed in order to integrate more than 50 partner institutes into the European Research Area. The conference was concluded by a roundtable discussing with the European Commission and the new president of ECSA world sustainability options for EU- CONSENT.

EU-CONSENT’s Concluding Plenary Conference provided the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the past activities to which posters presenting the results of the different work packages added. Even though the plenary conference marked the concluding event there are still lots of interesting activities to come in the remaining two months of project lifetime: e.g. the concluding Work Package conference on “Deepening and Widening in the specific case of the Euroean foreign, security and defence policy” (Cambridge, 16-17 April 2009); a seminar on “Economic and social governance in the making: EU economic governance in the flux” (Bruges, 7-8 April 2009); a conference on “EU Governance in Crisis” (Brussels, 7 May 2009); and the Swedish Pre-Presidency Conference (Stockholm, 28-29 May 2009) – only to name a few.

If you are interested in participating you are certainly invited to visit the EU-CONSENT website (http://www.eu-consent.net) to access further information.