THESEUS – establishing a European society

THESEUS LogoTHESEUS is a joint activity of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne).

Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS considers itself as European network of thinkers, actors and ideas, whose aim is to promote the mutual understanding of societies in Europe. THESEUS is striving for an open and constructive dialogue about the future challenges of Europe.

For more information please see http://theseus.uni-koeln.de/

 THESEUS Summer School for Young Leaders

• bring together young excellent professionals and researchers

• address global challenges and European answers

• promote transnational interdisciplinary networks

The THESEUS Summer Schools tackle the internal and external challenges which Europe faces. Climate change, energy policy, migration, demographic developments and terrorism are global challenges for which a new European generation has to find ways forward. These issues concern not only political decision-makers but all actors in European societies. At the same time they require complex interdisciplinary international solutions.

THESEUS aims at participants with different national, cultural and professional backgrounds, enabling them to create a sustainable network of young leaders.

PONT – Professional Training on EU Affairs

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

PONT enhances teaching and training activities in selected topics and fields (migration and asylum policy; climate, environment and energy; and EU health), with the common objective to give young academics the opportunity to develop their professional skills and prepare themselves for taking up a job in political administration, the EU institutions, NGOs, academic institutions or think tanks across Europe. Two main branches of the project are the Working Europe seminars for students and the Three Career Skills Trainings for young professionals.

Three Working Europe seminars are set to bring about a first-hand understanding of both academic and everyday practice of EU decision-making by offering students insights in the “real life” political processes of the salient topics of EU health; climate, environment and energy; and migration and asylum policy. The PONT project is targeting students who do not automatically come into contact with EU studies, and therefore provides them with a unique opportunity.

Three Career Skills Trainings for young professionals aim to offer emerging academics an opportunity to train professional skills applied to different dimensions of EU work life. These trainings will increase participants’ employability.

Besides workshops and seminars, a major part of the activities are six TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences which bring together academics, civil society and policy-makers to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming EU presidencies.

We will keep you updated about the opportunities to participate in the PONT project!

PONT “Working Europe Seminar” 2: Climate, Energy and Environment Policy

PONT-150x150TEPSA will organise its second Working Europe Seminar on March 27-31 2017 in the framework of its ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet project PONT (Professional Training on EU Affairs).

During a 5-day seminar in Brussels, at the heart of EU politics, students will enjoy first-hand insights from researchers, EU practitioners and officials on current top priorities of the EU policies and politics in the Climate, Energy and Environment fields. The completion of the internal energy market as well as actions against climate change is on top of the EU’s strategic agenda. Discussions with practitioners from the field will complement the readings students are expected to prepare before the start of the course. Visits to the European institutions and civil society organization will also provide the seminar with added value.

Besides master’s students from law, economics and political sciences, this seminar will be of particular interests for students from engineering and environmental studies who will be able to gain insights into the political realities in energy policy and at the same time contribute through fruitful practical insights from their disciplines.

PONT is a project that aims to provide a bridge connecting young academics and EU practitioners, in order to improve the employability of young researchers.  A Working Seminar on Asylum and Migration Policies and a Career Skills Training have already been held throughout 2016.

Further information about the application procedure for this PONT Working Europe Seminar will be available on TEPSA’s website in January 2017.

The final report of the 2016 PONT Career Skills Training I is out!

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The full report on the 2016 edition of the PONT Career Skills Training has been issued.

In the framework of the Professional Training on EU Affairs – PONT project, co-funded by the ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet programme, TEPSA organised a five-day ‘Career Skills Training’ on EU affairs for postgraduate students and young researchers on 17-21 October 2016, with a particular focus on the interface between research and policy-making. Fifteen excellent students and young researchers (doc and postdoc) were selected to participate in the training in Brussels. The project’s objective was to apply a more policy-oriented approach to the participants’ research skills, and to provide them with insights into the world of European policy-making and the Brussels arena.

The participants had the opportunity to meet with policymakers and researchers from the European Parliament and its Research Service, civil servants from the European Commission and the Committee of Regions, researchers and think-tankers from the Global Governance Institute and the EU Institute for Security Studies, as well as radio and press journalists. They also had the chance to undergo an all-day training on EPSO exams. All participants were required to write a short policy brief in preparation of the training, and had to give an oral presentation and a video recorded statement in the European parliament, on which they received detailed feedback from the trainers and speakers.

In their written evaluations, the participants unanimously considered that the training had had a positive impact on their current and prospective careers and evaluated the quality and content of the activities proposed throughout the week as excellent. The training also helped the participants gain deeper insights into policy-making and perfected their writing and public speaking skills.

TEPSA would like to warmly thank all speakers and trainers, as well as all participants who took part in this stimulating and challenging week.

A full report on the PONT Career Skills Training is available here.

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The next PONT seminar will take place in the last week of March 2017, and will be focused on energy, climate and environmental policy in the EU context. The next Career Skills Training is planned for autumn 2017.

Video interviews PONT Career Skills Training I

During the PONT Career Skills Training I held in Brussels on the 17-21 October, TEPSA interviewed some of the experts on the content of the training and the most important skills that the participants could learn. The videos are available below and on TEPSA’s YouTube channel.

FEUTURE’s  News Ticker December 2016

A FEUTURE’s  News Ticker was published in December 2016 and is available here.

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The FEUTURE Consortium welcomes two new partners

FEUTURE with textThe FEUTURE Consortium would like to warmly welcome The American University in Cairo and Sabanci University as new partners in the FEUTURE project! More

–       The American University in Cairo (AUC) is an independent and private institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. From AUC, we welcome Dr. Marco Pinfari, Justine Louis and Dr. Shaimaa Magued to the FEUTURE team. They will contribute mainly to WP2 “Political Drivers”, WP3 “Economic Drivers”, WP7 ”Identity and Culture Drivers” and WP8  “Synthesis of Research Findings and Policy Recommendations”, bringing in a neighbourhood perspective on EU-Turkey relations.

–       Established in 1996, Sabancı University (SU) is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative and research-oriented universities in Turkey. Our colleagues from Sabancı University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Senem Aydin-Düzgit and Johanna Chovanec, will mainly contribute to WP 7 “Identity and Culture Drivers” and WP 9 “Dissemination and Outreach”.

FEUTURE’s Newsletter No. 2 | October 2016

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FEUTURE’s Newsletter No. 2 was published in October 2016 and is available here.

The “FEUTURE – The Future of EU-Turkey Relations. Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios” project, officially launched on 1 April 2016, is a TEPSA project on EU-Turkey relations that will last for three years (from 1 April 2016 till 30 March 2019).

Thanks to its broad consortium made up of renowned research institutes across Europe and beyond, FEUTURE sets out to explore fully different options for further EU-Turkey cooperation in the next decade, including analysis of the challenges and opportunities connected with further integration of Turkey with the EU.

The project’s consortium is led by TEPSA’s Honorary Member Prof. W. Wessels (University of Cologne) as coordinator, Dr. Nathalie Tocci (IAI) as scientific coordinator and Dr. Funda Tekin as project director.

To register for the FEUTURE Newsletter, you can send an email to feuture©tepsa•eu with your name and affiliation or visit the FEUTURE website.

FEUTURE Online Paper Series

FEUTURE with textThe FEUTURE Online Paper Series has been launched with a first contribution by IAI visiting researcher Bilge Yabanci. In her paper “The future of EU-Turkey relations: between mutual distrust and interdependency” she discusses current political and social developments in Turkey and takes stock of the recent EU-level and regional developments under positive, negative and unfolding trends. Download here.

Joint Workshop of FEUTURE Work Packages 2/4 “Power: Political and security drivers”

FEUTURE with textOn November 3 & 4 2016 the FEUTURE Work Packages “Political Drivers” and “Security Drivers” concluded the first round of joint workshops of work package-tandems. Upon the invitation of EDAM (leader of Work Package 4) about 20 researchers convened at Sabanci University to discuss and frame their research in light of the cross-cutting issue “power”. For more information see here.

Presentation of the PONT – Career Skills Training held at the Institute for development and international relations (IRMO) 

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An informative presentation on the PONT Career Skills Training was held on the 4th of November 2016 at the Institute for development and international relations (IRMO). The PONT Career Skills Training was organized by the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) in the framework of the Professional Training on EU Affairs – PONT project, co-funded by the ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet Programme Support to Institutions. The training took place in Brussels, October 17-21, 2016. IRMO researcher and PONT Training participant, Ivana Skazlić, has presented main insights and shared the knowledge and experiences she gained during the program related to the topics of writing policy briefs and press releases as well as interviewing policy-makers. The presentation was intended to young IRMO researches who are writing short analytical commentaries in the framework of the POLO-Cro28 project, co-funded by the ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet Programme Support to Institutions, currently being implemented by IRMO. In addition, the presentation was also attended by POLO-Cro28 project’s mentors from IRMO and other IRMO researches.

New FEUTURE publication: Working Paper “Mapping periods and milestones of past EU-Turkey relations”

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This Working Paper aims to embed FEUTURE’s analysis of drivers of EU-Turkey relations in a historical context. It does so by outlining and discussing several narratives which represent influential interpretations of EU-Turkey relations at different times in history. It is argued that narratives on EU-Turkey relations became increasingly competitive in the course of time, both within EU and Turkey as well as between them. The paper maps these changes of narratives in light of different historical milestones and phases. The periodization also serves to outline trends of conflict, cooperation and convergence as manifested in the political discourse. Thereby, the paper also serves as starting point for the ensuing qualitative analysis of a vast set of sources, representing the debates in Turkey and the EU.

The paper can be downloaded here.

For more information about the FEUTURE project, please visit www.feuture.eu

New FEUTURE publication: Background Paper “Turkey and the European Union: Scenarios for 2023”, by Nathalie Tocci (IAI)

F|EU|TU|RE – FEUTURE with textThe Future of EU-Turkey Relations – analyses the past, present and future drivers of the EU-Turkey relationship. In order to navigate the possible future, a compass is necessary. This paper establishes this compass by imagining, delineating and systematizing three reference scenarios in order to organize subsequent research and eventually map out a most likely “feuture”. Drawing from Schwartz, the aim of these scenarios is to construct different pathways that might exist in future, suggesting and informing appropriate scholarly analysis or policy decisions that may be taken along those possible paths. Several conditions are proposed for the realisation of possible conflictual, cooperational or converging futures, taking into consideration forms of differentiated integration relating to these ideal-type scenarios.

The paper can be dowloaded here.

For more information about the FEUTURE project, please visit www.feuture.eu

Upcoming 5-day PONT Career Skills Training in Brussels

In the fraPONT-150x150mework of the PONT project, TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organizing a Career Skills Training to guide recent graduates from Master’s programmes, PhD students and young researchers into the practicalities of working life and to introduce them to the Brussels arena. 16 young professionals have been selected to take part in the training that will help them identify and acquire skills needed in the field of EU policy-making, including work for the European institutions and think-tanks.

Professional skills such as communication, networking and policy advice are not part of most academic curricula, yet are vital for the employability of young professionals. This course aims at helping the participants to identify these skills, raise awareness of their importance, acquire a basic practical toolkit and establish useful contacts to policy-makers. The seminar will offer several interactive sessions with professionals from different fields, invited to share their knowledge and experience with the participants and to take part in the training in different ways. As a result, participants will enjoy first-hand insights into different professional fields.

The general theme of this course is the interface between research and policy-making. We will thus explore the differences and similarities in the skills needed for these two types of work, and conduct training on successful interaction and communication between researchers and policy-makers. The course maximizes personal feedback to participants and hands-on activities that facilitate deep learning.

The career skills training will take place on 17-21 October 2016 and will be coordinated by Prof Hanna Ojanen, Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Tampere.

All career skills training participants will also be offered the opportunity to take part in TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conference, a biannual flagship event promoting expert discussion of the main issues of the current EU agenda.

Full participation to all elements of the five-day programme in Brussels is compulsory. Participants of the Career Skills Training will receive a certificate of attendance after the successful completion of the training.

Training venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels and working visits in Brussels based institutions.

The latest Agenda including trainers and speakers is available here.

European Parliament Workshop on “EU Policy Coherence for Development: The Challenge of Sustainability”, contributions by Maurizio Carbone and Mark Furness

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TEPSA recently coordinated the participation of Prof. Maurizio Carbone (University of Glasgow) and Mark Furness (Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute), in a workshop on EU Policy Coherence for Development: The Challenge of Sustainability, organized by the European Parliament’s Committee on Development and hosted by MEP Cristian Dan Preda, standing rapporteur on Policy Coherence for Development. The two invited experts contributed to the workshop by delivering briefings and presentations.

In his briefing “The European Union and Policy Coherence for Development: high on mechanisms, low on achievements”, Prof. Carbone analyses the evolution of the concept of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) in the European Union (EU). The central argument is that, despite its institutionalization since the Treaty of Maastricht and the numerous commitments made by EU Member States and institutions in various contexts, achievements on PCD have been modest. The strong emphasis placed on mechanisms and procedures has not helped as much as it was expected. An analysis of the Impact Assessment procedure, the contentious role to be played by EU Delegations, and the difficult implementation record of the ambitious initiative on joint programming show that the needs and interests of (different types of) developing countries are only marginally taken into account across a number of EU policies and decisions. The conclusion is that the successful promotion of PCD is not so much a matter of mechanisms and procedures but primarily is a political undertaking. Nevertheless, the author provides some recommendations, which could make PCD an important element of transformative development.

 

In the briefing titled “Policy Coherence for Development and the Security Development Nexus in EU External Relations”, Mark Furness argues that what is needed is a more ambitious conceptualisation of PCD which considers the interaction of all policies relevant in a given context, with a view to the achievement of overriding development objectives. This implies that policy coherence is best served when actors responsible for policymaking in various domains engage in a process of designing and implementing comprehensive policy frameworks with strategic objectives in mind, and that both the objectives themselves and the policymaking and implementation processes by which they are pursued support rather than undermine each other.This paper shows that while progress has been made by the EU towards this kind of approach, particularly since the Lisbon Treaty, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Two areas are highlighted: the EU’s comprehensive approach to country-level engagements in fragile and conflict-affected countries, and the question of securitisation and the EU’s new emergency trust fund for migration in Africa. The briefing also gives recommendations at the conceptual, strategic and country levels as well as with regard to crisis response.

The full report of the workshop including the experts’ briefings is available here.

Eastern Neighbours and Russia: Close links with EU citizens (ENURC)

The ENURC project focused on developing EU citizens’ understanding of the topic of the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia. The project aimed at encouraging citizens’ interest and involvement in this policy which has an impact on their daily lives. Following the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the growing tensions between the EU and Russia, security of the EU citizens and peace at the edge of the EU is becoming ever more relevant. The EU’s response to Russia showcases the diversity of interests among the EU member states since some member states are dependent on Russia for their energy supply and fear security implications of a more assertive Russia.

This project offered five main activities in five different member states for whose citizens the relation with Eastern Neighbours and Russia is key –  Romania, Germany, Latvia, Sweden and Finland. TEPSA’ s partners in this project were the Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE), Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), The Swedish Institute of International Affairs  (UI) and The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). The activities attracted an audience of in total 791 participants coming from the following EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,  Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The activities approached the topic from different angles: economics, geopolitics, development and enlargement, in order to illustrate the diversity of interests and perceptions on this topic. Besides the five project activities, the project also entailed an EU wide study on the public perceptions on EU’s Eastern Neighbours and Russia. The questionnaire focused on the following four questions related to the Eastern Neighbours and Russia: 1) What are dominant views in your country on future relations with Russia? 2) How do the events in Ukraine affect the views in your country on EU relations with Eastern Partnership countries? 3) How was the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on 21-22 May 2015 assessed in your country? 4) Does the EU need its own army in order to face up to Russia and other threats according to assessments in your country?

Open call for applications: 5-day PONT Career Skills Training in Brussels

 

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Open call for applications: 5-day Career Skills Training in Brussels

In the framework of the PONT project, TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organizing a Career Skills Training to guide recent graduates from Master’s programmes, PhD students and young researchers into the practicalities of working life and to introduce them to the Brussels arena. 20 young professionals will take part in the training to identify and acquire skills needed in the field of EU policy-making, including work for the European institutions and think-tanks. Interactive sessions with EU practitioners, researchers, trainers and academics as well as personal feedback on individual presentations will enable young researchers to improve their drafting and communication skills, including the communication of research findings to policy-makers, thereby increasing participants’ employability.

The career skills training will take place on 17-21 October 2016 and will be coordinated by Prof. Hanna Ojanen, Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Tampere.

All career skills training participants will also be offered the opportunity to take part in TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conference, a biannual flagship event promoting expert discussion of the main issues of the current EU agenda.

Full participation to all elements of the five-day programme in Brussels is compulsory. Participants of the Career Skills Training will receive a certificate of attendance after the successful completion of the training.

Training venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels and working visits in Brussels based institutions.

Participation fee: €200 for applicants coming from or having graduated from TEPSA member and associate member institutes and €400 for applicants coming from non-TEPSA member institutes. This fee includes all training materials, access to all programme components as well as lunch during the training.

Travel reimbursement: TEPSA reimburses travel costs up to €250. All other expenses, like accommodation, are to be covered by other sources or by the participants themselves.

Deadline for applications: 21 September 2016 (noon).

More information on the training and application procedure can be found here.

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

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The third and last Annual Conference in the framework of the PADEMIA project took place in Brussels on 19-20 May 2016.

The conference consisted of parallel thematic workshops organised along the lines of PADEMIA’s seven research themes. Keynote speeches from external practitioners and EU decision makers further elaborated on the themes of the project. Moreover, the winners of the student paper competition as well as the annual research and teaching awards were announced.

Prizes were awarded in three different categories:

1)      The PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Research on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe 2016

2)      The PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Teaching on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe 2016

3)      The PADEMIA Student Paper Prize 2016

The conference also served as a platform for the partner institutions to meet and discuss the management, activities and timelines of the project. Moreover, it enabled the partners to exchange teaching practices on the subject of parliamentary democracy in Europe, to offer opportunities to make contacts in Brussels, and to enhance collaboration and develop synergies for research and publications.

Programme of the conference

 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

 

10.30 – 12.00: Meeting of the Steering Committee (Steering Committee Members only)

12.00 – 13.00: Registration and Sandwich Lunch

13.00 – 14.15: PADEMIA General Assembly (PADEMIA Members only)

14.15 – 14.30: Coffee Break

 

14.30 – 16.00: First Set of Thematic Workshops

1) The influence of parliaments over public policies – chair: Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po Paris

2) Explaining issue variation: which EU matters are scrutinized by national   parliaments? – chair: Tapio Raunio, University of Tampere

 

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee Break

 

16.30 – 18.00: Second Set of Thematic Workshops

3) Referendums and parliamentary democracy – chair: Julie Smith, University of
Cambridge

4) European parliaments and crisis management – chair: Zlatko Sabic, University of Ljubljana

 

16.00 – 16.30: Coffee Break

 

18.30 : Keynote Speech by Kaare Strom, University of California: “The perils of Parliamentary Democracy and the Madisonian Turn”

 

19.30: Reception Dinner & announcement of PADEMIA awards 2016

 

Friday, 20 May 2016

 

8.30-9.00: Welcome coffee

9.00 – 10.30: Insights of three years of research on parliamentary democracy part I

10.30 – 11.00: Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30: Insights of three years of research on parliamentary democracy part II

12.30 – 12.45: Concluding words by Geoffrey Edwards, University of Cambridge

12.45 – 13.45: Sandwich Lunch

 

Venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels

 

More detailed information about the panels and the thematic workshops can be found here.

More information about the PADEMIA project

Study for the European Parliament: “The application of universal jurisdiction in the fight against impunity”, by Luc Reydams

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TEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), authored by Luc Reydams, Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland) and Associate Professional Specialist at the Department of Political Science of the University of Notre Dame (USA).

The study deals with “The application of universal jurisdiction in the fight against impunity” and argues that most international lawyers and liberal internationalists agree that universal jurisdiction exists, but everyone has a different understanding of what it means. Enormous amounts of time and resources have been expended over the last two decades by learned bodies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations to ‘study and clarify’ the principle of universal jurisdiction, writes Luc Reydams. Even more resources have been expended to put it into practice. Yet to this day, less than two dozen trials have been conducted on the basis of universal jurisdiction, all but one in Western Europe. Thus after twenty years of ‘fighting impunity’ for gross human rights violations through universal jurisdiction, the results are meagre at best and far from ‘universal’ in any meaningful sense. This study examines not only what went wrong and why, but also which role, if any, the European Union (EU) can play to improve the principle’s application amongst EU Member States and third countries.

The full study can be downloaded here.

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

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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

 

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

In the framework of the PONT project TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organising a ‘Working Europe’ Seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies, which will take place in Brussels on 4-8 April 2016.

Amid EuPONT_LOGOrope’s worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, 20 students will take part in a seminar where EU practitioners, researchers and other relevant stakeholders will discuss recent developments in EU asylum and migration law and policy. The seminar will offer participants insights into the political dynamics shaping EU asylum and migration policies, and into the main challenges that have to be addressed. The division of competencies and responsibilities between the EU and its Member States will also be discussed.

Participants in the seminar will also visit policy departments of several EU institutions and agencies, Brussels-based thinks tanks and NGOs dealing with refugee issues. At the end of the seminar, a simulation game on EU Council negotiations will be organised in order to enable participants to apply the knowledge acquired during the seminar.

The seminar is coordinated by the Prof Dr Jaap W. de Zwaan, Emeritus Professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance after a successful completion of the Working Europe Seminar.

Seminar venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels and working visits in Brussels.

Participation fee: EUR 100.

Travel reimbursement: TEPSA reimburses travel costs up to EUR 250. All other expenses, like accommodation, are to be covered by other sources or by the participants themselves.

The application phase is now closed. We are currently contacting all the candidates in order to inform them about the status of their applications.

More information can be found here: PONT Working Europe Seminar Call for Applications

Please find here the Final Agenda of the PONT seminar.

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THESEUS PhD Workshop 2016, 21-22 January 2016, Paris

THESEUS LogoOn 21 and 22 January 2016 the THESEUS PhD Workshop 2016 takes place at Sciences Po Paris. It gives PhD students and young doctors of the field of European studies the chance to discuss their work with peers and senior academic colleagues. Possible topics to be addressed are the economic crisis, migration fluxes or geopolitical tensions. Applications are possible until 15 November 2015. The call for application and further information are available online: www.theseus.uni-koeln.de. The THESEUS PhD workshop is jointly organized with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence EUCOPAS (www.eucopas.uni-koeln.de).

Share your News with the PADEMIA Community

logo_pademia_grootDear PADEMIA Community,

Don’t forget to share your news with your colleagues! PADEMIA, via its website, mailing list and newsletter offers a splendid opportunity to make information on your work, research, events and publications available to a wide audience of researchers and practitioners.

Please send your information to alexander•hoppe©uni-koeln•de  (alexander•hoppe©uni-koeln•de)  .

Events can also be promoted via the mailing-list.

THESEUS Public Lecture with ECJ President Vassilios Skouris, 19 November 2015, Cologne

downloadOn 19 November 2015, 7 pm, THESEUS welcomes the President of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Vassilios Skouris for a public lecture at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. Registration as of 22 October 2015 on the homepage of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation: www.fritz-thyssen-stiftung.de

THESEUS Inaugural Lecture by Fabien Terpan, Sciences Po Grenoble, 28 October 2015, Cologne

fterpanOn 28 October 2015, 7 pm, Prof. Fabien Terpan will hold his inaugural lecture at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Cologne (Gottfried-Keller-Str. 6, 50931 Cologne). The title of the lecture is: “The relationship and related tensions between the evolution of capitalism and the future of democracy”. The lecture will be followed by a reception to which you are also kindly invited. Registration until 22 October 2015 via Katrin Schmermund, THESEUS Project Assistant: katrin•schmermund©uni-koeln•de  (katrin•schmermund©uni-koeln•de)  .

THESEUS Award Lecture, 26 October 2015, Cologne

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On 26 October 2015, 7 pm, THESEUS Outstanding Award Winner 2014 Prof. Loukas Tsoukalis, ELIAMEP, and Prof., former director of the MPIfG, will speak at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne on the future of the Eurozone focusing on “Was the European Monetary Union a bad mistake? Should Grexit be the first step for a new system?”. The lecture will be followed by a reception to which you are also kindly invited. Registration as of 2 October 2015 on the homepage of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation: www.fritz-thyssen-stiftung.deTHESEUS Logo

THESEUS Newsletter September 2015

THESEUS_Newsletter_Sep2015The THESEUS Newsletter September 2015 is now available online.  Twice a year, it features interesting THESEUS project activities, informs about recent and upcoming events and introduces THESEUS partner institutions. The third edition of the newsletter contains the following information:

FEATURE TOPIC

  • THESEUS Summer School 2015

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • THESEUS Europe@Work 2015
  • Inaugural Lecture of THESEUS Visiting Professor Emiliano Grossman
  • Award Lecture of THESEUS Outstanding Award Winner Prof Loukas Tsoukalis

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Centre d‘Études Européennes, Sciences Po Paris

Download the Newsletter

We wish you an enjoyable reading!

ENURC event: “The new Russia as a challenge for the European Policy”, 22 September 2015

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iep1aThe second event organised in the framework of the ENURC project was the Lunch Debate organised by the project partner IEP in Berlin. IEP organises “Lunch Debates” on key topics of the current agenda of European politics. On September 22, 2015 the ENURC IEP Lunch Debate was hosted in the representation office of the German state Saarland. The keynote speaker was Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, member of the German Bundestag and coordinator for intersocietal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and member countries of the Eastern Partnership. The debate on “The New Russia as a Challenge for European Politics” was moderated by Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP).

Erler’s speech which was divided into three sections: the partnership with Russia, the Ukraine crisis and its significance for EU-Russia relations, and the future of these relations. According to Erler, the Russian Federation has undergone with the European Union a relation of “ignored alienation” since 1990. From the EU’s perspective, a joint and strategic partnership with Russia had developed thanks to the regular EU-Russia Summit and the intensifying civil society and economic alliances. However, Russia increasingly alienated itself from the idea of establishing congruent interests. Russia’s constructive participation in the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the call to establish an anti-terror coalition against the IS in Syria, along with the recently active action against separatists in eastern Ukraine have made it clear that the Russian Federation is less interested in isolation and an escalation of the Ukraine conflict and more interested in a western orientation, according to Erler.

The ENURC IEP lunch debate attracted an audience of 170 participants. It provided an excellent occasion for German nationals and citizens from other countries to share their views on the impact of Russia on the European Union. There were 26 nationalities present during the event. There were participants from Germany, the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, Latvia, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Moldova, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. For the Europe for Citizens Programme only EU member states are included when calculating the number of participating countries, so 17 EU member states.

You can download here the programme and the report of the event.

More information on the event can be found on the IEP website.

THESEUS Activities end of 2014

THESEUSTHESEUS PhD Workshop at Sciences Po Paris
On 17 October 2014 the THESEUS PhD Workshop takes place at Sciences Po Paris. The topic is ‚The EU after the Crisis’. The workshop is conducted by Prof. Renaud Dehousse, Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po, and Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne and provides 10 PhD students with the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects. www.theseus.uni-koeln.de

THESEUS Visiting Professor Dr. Céline Belot: Invitation to inaugural lecture
THESEUS Visiting Professor Dr. Céline Belot, Sciences Po Grenoble, will teach on euroscepticism at the University of Cologne during the winter term 2014/2015.
On 27 October 2014 at 6 pm she will hold her inaugural lecture on ‚The emergence of the EU as a political issue: cause for despair or source of hope for European integration?’ at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne. Registration for the event: aline•bartenstein©uni-koeln•de

THESEUS Awards for Research on the EU
Two researchers will be distinguished with the THESEUS Awards on Outstanding Research during the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference on 4 December 2014.

PADEMIA Workshops Fall 2014

Logo-PADEMIAIn the upcoming months, three PADEMIA Workshops will take place. Firstly, our colleagues at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki will host a workshop on “The Rise of Political Extremism in and out of Parliaments”, from 2-3 October. At the end of October a second workshop will follow in Amsterdam. At this event hosted by the Vrije Universiteit, the lecturers will prepare short talks which will be filmed and later on made available on www.pademia.eu.
The probably last PADEMIA workshop will then take place in Berlin, organised jointly by our partners from the “Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik” (IfM) in Berlin and the “Bertelsmann Stiftung”. The workshop will deal with the topic of “EU-communications transformed? The 2014 Elections and Future Challenges”. Should you have any questions on one of the workshops or PADEMIA in general, please do not hesitate to contact alexander•hoppe©uni-koeln•de.

THESEUS-PROTEUS Summer School, Seminar for Young Leaders 2014: “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”, 23-27 June 2014, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels

THESEUS LogoIn view of the current debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the seminar dealt with a European Council simulation. Participants were required to prepare and argue the position of a member of the European Council.

The seminar featured speakers and high-level experts from international organisations, business, politics, as well as recognised researchers. Robert Kissack, an experienced researcher from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, accompanied the seminar as THESEUS Resident Researcher. Beyond own teaching the researcher animated the debate and adviced students on group and individual basis. The participants had the possibility to bring in their own academic/professional contributions and to discuss them with the group and the experts. Three days of intensive preparation were followed by a simulation exercise of the European Council.

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2014

THESEUSThe THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European Integration, which analyses an on-going challenge for the European Union and its member states, with regard to the institutions, policies or policy-making processes of the European Union, from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union or recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Application deadline : 15/06/2014. Further information here.

PADEMIA First Annual Conference, 12-13 June 2014, Brussels

Logo PADEMIAPADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe held its first annual conference in Brussels on 12-13 June 2014. 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.

The conference consisted of parallel thematic workshops organised along the lines of PADEMIA’s research themes. Keynote speeches from external practitioners and EU decision makers further elaborated on the themes of the project. The conference also served as a platform for the partner institutions to meet and discuss the management, activities and timelines of the project. Moreover, it enabled the partners to exchange teaching practices on the subject of parliamentary democracy in Europe, to offer opportunities to make contacts in Brussels, and to enhance collaboration and develop synergies for research and publications.

 More information can be found at www.pademia.eu.

THESEUS PhD Workshop 2014 “The EU after the crisis”. Sciences Po Paris, 16-17 October 2014

THESEUSThe recent economic crisis challenged European integration and strengthened Eurosceptic political parties in national and European elections. The EU’s response to the crisis seems to give rise a wide range of social, economic and political issues, that this doctoral seminar aims at exploring. It welcomes papers that address the topic from various angles – the efficiency of EU institutions’ responses to the crisis, their impact on the legitimacy of the EU political system and the dynamics of integration, electoral trust and mistrust in the European Union, the impact of policy changes on recent and future enlargement. The convenors of the doctoral seminar are Professors Renaud Dehousse from the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po and Wolfgang Wessels, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Cologne. The application deadline was June 15, 2014. More information here.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Rome, 24-25 March 2014

TEPSAiaiTHESEUSThe TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference was held in 24 and 25 March in Rome before the 2014 elections to the European Parliament.

Growth, employment and immigration top the agenda of Italy’s EU presidency. IAI with TEPSA have prepared a background paper assessing these and other challenges and presented a series of recommendations to the Italian foreign ministry. European and national officials as well as European researchers and practitionners participated in the discussions.

Please find here the IAI background paper, the recommendations as well as the programme.

Please find here the report.

THESEUS Awards for Outstanding and Promising Research on European Integration 2013

Award winners kleinProfessor András Inotai and Dr Francisco Seoane Pérez received the THESEUS Awards for Outstanding and Promising Research on European Integration, respectively.

The THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration distinguishes people with an outstanding academic record in the field of European integration whose work contributed substantially to the progress of the state of the art. Additionally, the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration acknowledges an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration.

Professor Inotai is a research professor and research director of the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on global and European economic issues, enlargement of the EU and, most recently, on the European crisis management. In particular, the jury praised Professor Inotai’s capacity to link deep economic analyses with reflected political advice. His work, his outstanding expertise and his crucial academic and political contributions have extensively been acknowledged.

Dr Francisco Seoane Pérez is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Journalism of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, Spain. He received the THESEUS award for his PhD thesis, in which he challenges the concept of explaining the Europeans‘ seeming rejection of further European integration and the lower participation levels in European Parliament elections by the existence of a “communication cap”.

The THESEUS Award Ceremony took place in the Austrian Institute for International Affairs in Vienna on 17th October 2013.

Further information at www.theseus-europe.net

THESEUS Conference “A vision for post-­crisis Europe: Towards what kind of Political Union?” Vienna, 17-­18 October 2013

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THESEUS conference on  A Vision for Post-Crisis Europe: Towards what kind of Political Union?” was organised in Vienna on 17-18 October 2013 in  the Austrian Institute for International Affairs.

Within the last few years a vital debate about the future of European integration has been launched notably regarding the issue of “political union”. Under the pressure of the crisis, the issue of ‘finalité politique’ has again returned to the heart of academic and public debates. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel called countries to give up more powers to Europe “step by step” as way out of crisis. The French President François Hollande declared that he wanted to take a European initiative for a “economic government” and “political union” within two years. In contrast in the UK, a new debate on the repatriation of competences towards the nations has been launched.

While most of the academic and political debates deal with the consequences for the different policy fields or the institutional set-up of the Union, there are only a few exchanges about national perceptions and differing understandings. In order to capture the ambiguous meanings and developments, besides different national perspectives the conference will discuss conceptual and theoretical approaches. In doing so future strategies and roadmaps will be identified.

The are three conference background papers available, written by Valentin Kreilinger (Notre Europe), Stefano Braghiroli (University of Tartu) and Laura Ventura (Trans European Policy Studies Association).

Here you can consult the Program of THESEUS Conference as well as the Report of the THESEUS Conference.

About the project: THESEUS is a common initiative of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean-Monnet-Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne). Since 2007, THESEUS aims at fostering an open and constructive dialogue about the future challenges of Europe between academia and politics but also between generations. Thereby its purpose is to establish a European interdisciplinary and cross-generational network and to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe. In doing so it enables especially junior researchers to create a sustainable network both of young leaders and of recognised experts from academia and politics.

For more information please visit: www.theseus-europe.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.

THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders 2013 “The Future of EU Economic Governance”, 17-21 June 2013, Brussels

logoTo promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new generation of Europeans, each year the THESEUS Seminars look for 20 excellent young professionals and researchers to discuss European challenges with high-level experts and decision makers. In view of the current debate on Economic Governance in Europe, the seminar dealt with a Moot Court simulation. Three days of intensive preparation were  followed by the Simulation exercise.

Consult the Program THESEUS Summer School 2013. For further information, please see http://theseus.uni-koeln.de/.

 

THESEUS Doctoral Workshop 2013, May 2013 Paris

THESEUS Doctoral Workshop 2013, The EU and the Global Crisis: Challenges to EU Governance, Policy Responses and the Legitimacy Gap, 21-22 may 2013, Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes, Paris

THESEUS is a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas whose aim is to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, ThESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe. THESEUS is a joint activity of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne). For further information about the project and its activities please visit www.theseus-europe.net,

This THESEUS doctoral seminar allowed doctoral students to exchange ideas and discuss their research with their peers and senior academic colleagues.

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THESEUS Conference “France and Germany in the EU – 50 years after Elysée. The couple viewed by their European partners”, 6-7 December 2012

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Prof. Wolfgang Wessels,(THESEUS and TEPSA chairperson) Mirja Schröder (THESEUS programme director), Brigid Laffan (Outstanding Award), Theresa Kuhn and Claudia Schrag Sternberg (Promising Awards) and Catherine Day (Secretary General, European Commission)

This year’s THESEUS Conference “France and Germany in the EU – 50 years after Elysée. The couple viewed by their European partners”, co-organised by TEPSA and the University of Cologne, took place at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU in Brussels on 6 and 7 December 2012.

Building up on a 50 years’ history of Franco-German relationship, the conference raised the question: What role the Franco-German couple can and will play in the future Europe? The Elysée Treaty, signed 50 years ago by Konrad Adenauer and Charles De Gaulle, can be considered as the beginning of a unique partnership that has played since then a fundamental role in the European integration process. However, none of that would have been possible if the bilateral initiatives had not been endorsed by other member states. Often Franco-German initiatives are characterised as compromise that could prepare the ground for agreements between all member states. Can and will this situation continue in the light of the current crisis? How is the relationship perceived by their European partners from North, South, Central and Eastern Europe?

The conference brought together researchers and politicians from a cross-section of EU member states, such as: Philippe de Schoutheete (Former Belgian Ambassador to the EU), Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (Member of the European Parliament), Alfred Grosser (Sciences Po Paris), William Paterson (Aston University, Birmingham), Gianni Bonvicini (Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome) and Atila Eralp (Middle East Technical University, Ankara). After a short historical look back, Franco-German convergences and divergences nowadays were explored using the two examples of Euro crisis and EU external action.

In the evening of 6 December the THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research was remitted by Catherine Day, Secretary-General of the European Commission, to Brigid Laffan, Professor of European Politics at the University College Dublin for her outstanding academic record in the field of European integration. The THESEUS Award for Promising Research was discerned to Theresa Kuhn and Claudia Schrag Sternberg, both University of Oxford.

For the detailed programme and further information, please visit the THESEUS website. See also the Conference report.

Conference background papers: ” The Franco-German couple: Potentials and limitations” by Peter Valant, Marie Curie EXCAT Fellow and “Which Future for the EU: Political Union, Directoire or Differentiated Integration?” by Laura Ventura, Project Officer, TEPSA.

Mirja Schröder, THESEUS programme director, has been awarded the Ehrhardt-Imelmann-Prize

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Mirja Schröder, THESEUS programme director, has been awarded the Ehrhardt-Imelmann-Prize for her diploma thesis on “A ‘gouvernement économique’ for the Economic and Monetary Union? French and German conceptual convergences within the global financial and economic crisis” (submitted in 2010). Since 1997 the award, remitted by the University Cologne, distinguishes exceptionally motivated and committed students for their excellent theses dealing with socio-political relevant research questions. The award is endowed with 3000 EUR. Congratulations!

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

Studies and workshops for the European Parliament

Under the European Parliament’s Framework Contract that TEPSA won in 2009, TEPSA was requested to provide expertise to the Budgetary, Foreign Affairs and Security and Defence Committees to write a study on:

Study and workshop on the Assessment of the EU’s approach to Security Sector Reform
This study has been lately requested and is currently elaborated by Eva Gross, Senior Research Fellow for European Foreign and Security Policy, EGE – IES – Vrije Universiteit Brussel. the final version of the study will be delivered on the 19 November 2012. The workshop will take place on the 12 November 2012. This workshop is under preparation and experts haven’t been confirmed yet.

Study and workshop on the Maritime Dimension of the Common Foreign and Security Policy
This study has been lately requested and is currently elaborated by researchers from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs: Mika Aaltola, Timo Behr, Mikael Mattlin and Charly Salonius-Pasternak and by researchers from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs: Erik Brattberg, Harri Mikkola and Mark Rinhard. Andreas Raspotnik, EXACT Marie Curie researcher, under the Marie Curie Integrated Training Network on EU External Action (EXACT), University of Cologne is also taking part in the elaboration of the study on the Great North issue. The final version of the study should delivered by 30 November. The workshop will take place on the 27 September 2012. This workshop is under preparation and experts haven’t been confirmed yet.

Study on the assessment of the effectiveness of the EU strategy in the Horn of Africa
This study has been lately requested and is currently elaborated by Alex Vines, OBE, Research Director at Chatham House and Ahmed Soliman, Research Assistant at Chatham House. The final version of the study will be delivered by 10 September 2012.

Theseus Seminar for Young Leaders 2012 “The Future of EU Economic Governance”, 2-6 July 2012, Brussels

Between the 2 and 6 July 2012 TEPSA and the University of Cologne co-organised the THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders on “The Future of EU Economic Governance” at the Fondation Universitaire. The THESEUS Seminar for Young Leaders aims to promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new generation of Europeans. This year 18 excellent young professionals and researchers participated at the International Summer School which was followed by a two day European Council Simulation Exercise.

The participants had been accorded their role in the Simulation Exercise already two month before the actual Summer School and had to draft position papers of their delegations. The organisation team paid great attention to the fact that participants did not represent the country of their real origin.

During the Summer School the participants were offered a broad range of information on EU Economic Governance. As in previous years the Seminar featured prominent speakers from international organisations, politics, as well as high-level academics to provide an in depth knowledge on the main topics dealt with in academia as well as on the practitioner’s perspective.

The first panels aimed at giving a general introduction to the broader framework of Economic Governance, especially for participants not familiar with economics. To this end, Iain Begg from the London School of Economics provided an extensive overview of the state of Economic Governance, Jacques Le Cacheux from Université de Pau elaborated on the different issues of the Euro zone and Jean-Victor Louis from the Université Libre de Bruxelles focussed on the legal and institutional aspects of an economic and financial union. Finally, Jacques Pelkmans from the College of Europe completed the introduction into the topic, by discussing different possibilities to enhance growth within the European Union.

Extensive insights from the practitioners’ point of view were given among others by Carsten Pillath, Director General of the DG Economic Affairs and Competitiveness in the Council of the EU who discussed actively with the participants the complexity of the institutional constellations within the framework of Economic Governance. The participants especially appreciated his insights into the way European Council meetings actually work, because they represented a perfect preparation for the later Simulation Game. Moreover, the Summer School aimed at identifying the different national perspectives of euro-insiders and -outsiders. To this end, Brendan Donnelly from The Federal Trust in London focussed on the perception by the United Kingdom; Cinzia Alcidi from the Centre of European Policy Studies in Brussels discussed with Georges Siotis, Member of the Task Force “Greece” of the European Commission, the evolution of the Greek case and Jean-François Jamet from Sciences Po Paris pointed out the Franco-German controversies.

Furthermore, the participants were offered time slots for extensive informal pre-negotiations among their delegations. They were assisted by Iain Begg who accompanied the Summer School as this year’s THESEUS Resident Researcher. Beyond own teaching, he was animating the debate, supervising the working groups and advising the participants on an individual basis, too.

Before and during the European Council meeting, the participants made remarkably use of the full range of means of virtual communication and were especially taking advantages of all breaks to coordinate their work and to find allies for their positions. Even if the negotiations remained friendly and respectful, there could be observed some heated debates on certain issues, especially prior to reaching a final agreement. Last but not least, the European Council Simulation was observed and evaluated by Wolfgang Wessels, chairperson of THESEUS and professor at the University of Cologne. The evaluations submitted by the participants showed that the Summer School with the Simulation Exercise was a very successful and beneficial event.

For further information such as the final report, the conclusions and pictures please see on THESEUS Website.

International Summer School and G20 Simulation Exercise 2011 „Security and Stability in the Contemporary Global Order



The International Summer School and G20 Simulation Exercise on “New Worlds New Ideas – Security and Stability in the Contemporary Global Order” took place on 3-8 July at la Fondation Universitaire.

This event was co-organised by TEPSA and University of Cologne within the framework of the projects THESEUS (www.theseus.uni-koeln.de) and MERCURY (www.mercury-fp7.net/). The Summer School started on Sunday July 3rd, 2011 and ended on Wednesday July 6th, 2011. Academic experts from the MERCURY consortium and the broader academic community were invited to share their expertise on the “Security and Stability in the Contemporary Global Order” with the participants.

Preparations of the G20 Simulation Exercise on the topic “New World New Ideas – Security and Stability in the Contemporary
Global Order” have been completed and the Simulation Exercise was kicked-off May 6th, 2011. 25 participants have been recruited from the entire MERCURY consortium and have changed their identities for the sake of the simulation exercise. Eleven delegations currently prepare their position papers for the G20 meeting that is scheduled to take place in Brussels 6-8 July 2011. The delegations were composed of participants from different institutes and hence were required to explore the contemporary negotiation tools in order to communicate and fine tune their positions across borders and greater distances.

THESEUS Conference on “Which way forward? Three Years after Lehman, Two Years after Lisbon”, Cologne, 24-25 November 2011

The conference took place in the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne from 24 to 25 November 2011. This year’s THESEUS conference discussed present challenges and future perspectives of the EU two years after the Lisbon Treaty had come into force.

Therefore, pressing questions and core issues were discussed with a special focus on the German perspective. How can Europe’s economic future be shaped? Which role and obligation does the Franco-German couple assume? Does leadership mean active search for European compromises or simply crisis management in European affairs?

Moreover, the Lisbon Treaty introduced profound institutional innovations. The conference tried to assess the impact on the institutional landscape. Particularly with regard to EU external action the conference discussed if the innovations and substantive changes stand the test of time.

In the evening of 24 November 2011 THESEUS remitted the Awards for Outstanding and Promising Research on European Integration 2011. This year’s THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research was given to Prof. Dr. Beate Kohler Koch from the University Mannheim. She had been selected for her outstanding academic record in the field of European integration research. The first award winner, Prof. Dr. Helen Wallace (London School of Economics) also attended the conference.

Please click here to download the report of the conference.

THESEUS/TEPSA Workshop on the Franco-German relationship seen from the outside on 17-18 February 2011

The TEPSA workshop on the Franco-German relationship seen from the outside will take place on 17.-18.02.2011 in Brussels in the framework of the programme THESEUS. Partners of THESEUS alongside TEPSA are the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in Cologne.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the special role of the Franco-German couple in recent and longer term political and institutional evolutions of the EU. The workshop is especially interested in the perceptions of the ‘Franco-German tandem’ from the point of view of other EU-countries. Together with experts coming from all over Europe we will discuss its impact and role in the management of the current financial and economic crisis and the reform of EU governance in this policy field, for the evolution of EU enlargement and external action, and for the reform of the EU budget. A roundtable will discuss the role of France and Germany in the construction of the EU and their bilateral and multilateral relations at crucial points of the evolution of the European Union and ask what role the couple plays after the entry into force of the treaty of Lisbon.

Remittal ceremony of the THESEUS Awards 2010

In the evening of 2nd December 2010 THESEUS will remit the Awards for Outstanding and Promising Research on European Integration 2010.

The first THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration will be discerned to Professor Helen Wallace from the London School of Economics. She has been selected for her outstanding academic record in the field of European integration. Her work contributed substantially to the progress of the state of the art. The award which is endowed with 5000 EUR will be remitted by Alfred Grosser.

This year’s THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration will be discerned to Virginie Van Ingelgom (Université catholique de Louvain) and Mareike Kleine (London School of Economics). The award distinguishes excellent pieces of research by a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states. The award is endowed with 3000 EUR.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in the Hague, November 2015

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The Pre-Presidency conference for the upcoming Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union took place on 19 and 20 November 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The conference was organised by the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), and with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands, the European Cultural Foundation, the Municipality of The Hague, Leiden University and the PONT project.

Pre-Presidency conference is TEPSA’s key event, it is organized twice a year before the upcoming, rotating presidency period. The Netherlands will take up the presiding role during the first half of 2016, this will be the 12th time when the country is presiding.  The conference looked at the European Challenges and Dutch Priorities for the upcoming presidency.

On the first day of the conference TEPSA hosted a General Assembly, followed by the opening session of the conference and the first panel: ‘Deeper integration& better governance’. The second day of the conference opened with an initially unintended session reflecting on one week after the terrorist attacks in Paris. The panel discussions of the second day focused on the ‘First year of the Commission President Junker’ and the crisis on both Eastern and Southern borders of the EU, including the EU Asylum and Migration challenges. The conference ended with a public event in cooperation with Leiden University where recommendations of TEPSA to the upcoming Presidency were presented to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr.Bert Koenders. The minister gave a speech on ‘Challenges and Chances for European Cooperation’, which was followed by a question and answer session. The concluding remarks of the conference were given by the TEPSA chairperson Prof.Wolfgang Wessels.

The detailed programme of the event is available here and the final report here.

Call for papers “The rise of political extremism in and out of parliaments”. 1st PADEMIA Workshop, Thessaloniki, 2-3 October 2014

Logo-PADEMIAMemories of the 1930s inform much contemporary political commentary on the impact of economic hard times on political extremism. Indeed, support for anti-system parties –defined as explicitly advocating the overthrow of a country’s political system– has been considerably growing during the period of financial crisis culminating in extreme right-wing parties’ gaining parliamentary representation, while new modes of non-electoral protest, with a clear anti-parliamentary rhetoric, have recently become common in many European countries. This workshop will: (a) present empirical research on the rise of extremism in and out of parliaments; (b) test theoretical interpretations of this rise on the grounds of difficult economic conditions against other sets of explanations which have been suggested; (c) identify similarities between those different expressions of extremism –in or out of parliaments– as far as their political discourse, mobilization forms and communication framing are concerned.

Please express your interest in presenting a paper in the workshop by sending an e-mail to workshop co-ordinator, Iannis Konstantinidis, at icons©uom•edu•gr . An abstract of no more than 200 words should be attached to this e-mail message. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 25th August 2014.

Please note that all participants’ travel costs and accommodation will be reimbursed by the hosting university.

DEVE Committee workshop: “EU Policy Coherence for Development: the challenge of sustainability”, 16 February 2016

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MEP Cristian Dan PREDA (EPP), the Development Committee’s Standing Rapporteur for Policy Coherence for Development (PCD), hosted on 16 February 2016 a workshop in Brussels on “EU Policy Coherence for Development: the challenge of sustainability”.
Experts from the academic world, the United Nations, the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Civil Society discussed the mechanisms, tools and outcomes of the PCD as well as ways forward.

An analysis of the Impact Assessment procedure, the role of the EU delegations and the Joint Programming initiative was made. Special emphasis was given to the security-development nexus and measures against illicit financial flows. The discussion results will feed into the Parliament’s biannual report on Policy Coherence for Development.

Two briefings presented at the workshops were coordinated by TEPSA and presented by Maurizio Carbone (Professor of International Relations and Development and Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Policies, University of Glasgow) and Mark Furness (Senior Researcher, German Development Institute).

The expert briefings and the proceedings of the workshop will soon be on the European Parliament website.

 

THESEUS Seminar and Conference, 29 November – 4 December 2009, Berlin

THESEUS Seminar and THESEUS Conference on “EU in crisis”

The THESEUS Seminar and the THESEUS Conference to be held in Berlin between 29 November and 4 December will deal with the topic of “EU in crisis”, try to take “one step back” and to ask how we should define the term ‘crisis’, which role major crises played and play for European integration and how the EU governance capabilities are to be evaluated with respect to different types of crisis.

Whereas the THESEUS Seminar targets PhD students and young professionals working in public administrations, diplomatic services, NGOs, national ministries, interest groups or the media the THESEUS Conference will bring together leading experts from both European and national academia and politics as well as the participants of the THESEUS Seminar and interested public.

During the conference the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2009 will be presented.

For further information: http://theseus.uni-koeln.de/

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2015

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The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European Integration, which analyses an on-going challenge for the European Union and its member states
• with regard to the institutions, policies or policy making processes of the European Union,
• from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union or
• recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.
The award is endowed with 2,000.00 EUR and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The award ceremony will take place during the THESEUS Conference in Cologne on 17th-18th March 2016.
THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association, Brussels, and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas, and to foster the open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe.

Application: Deadline 01/09/2015
Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your on-going research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 01/09/2015 via e-mail to Aline Bartenstein, M.A. (aline•bartenstein©uni-koeln•de  (aline•bartenstein©uni-koeln•de)  ) and Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de  (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)  ). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for the publication or Ph.D. thesis.

www.theseus‐europe.net

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THESEUS Summer School 2015 in Brussels, 22-26 June 2015

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THESEUS Summer School 2015

  “Justice, Security and Liberty: Conflicting Goals?”

22-26 June 2015, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels

To promote interdisciplinary and international networks among a new generation of Europeans, each year the THESEUS Summer School looks for 25 excellent young professionals and researchers to discuss European challenges with high-level experts and decision makers. THESEUS is a well-established European network of thinkers and actors whose aim is to foster a dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe (www.theseus-europe.net).

THESEUS Summer School 2015

In view of the current debate on the consequences of Charlie Hebdo, the THESEUS Summer School 2015 will deal with the topic of “Justice, Security and Liberty: Conflicting Goals?” followed by a Moot Court simulation on “Data Retention”. The simulation exercise is carried out in cooperation with the PROTEUS project of the University of Cologne. The Summer School will feature speakers and high-level experts from international organisations, business, politics, as well as recognised researchers. 

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Bratislava, 2-3 June 2016

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On the occasion of the first Slovak EU Council Presidency starting on 1st July 2016, TEPSA in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and International Relations of Comenius University organised its traditional Pre-Presidency Conference in Bratislava, on 2 and 3 June 2016.

The conference was part of the long-standing tradition of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPCs), which take place twice a year in the capital of the country holding the EU Council Presidency prior to the beginning of its mandate.

The main aim of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences is to bring together academics and researchers from the broad TEPSA network, policy-makers, media and civil society in order to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Council Presidencies.
TEPSA Pre-Presidency conferences represent a major platform for communication and exchange between policy-makers and academia. Prior to the event TEPSA researchers formulate recommendations to be presented to a high-rank official of the government concerned in a plenary session. Moreover, the conferences actively involve civil society and media actors, who are able to interact with practitioners and academia. Finally, the insights gained during these conferences and seminars directly feed into future research on the EU and into EU policy making.
Thanks to their genuinely European and transnational nature and to the involvement of civil society, TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency conferences actively contribute to shaping a European public sphere.

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The June 2016 PPC was also an integral part of the TEPSA’s PONT project, aimed at providing a bridge connecting young academics and EU practitioners, in order to improve the employability of young researchers.

The final programme of the conference can be found here.

More information about the 2016 Slovak Presidency of the Council can be found here.

THESEUS Award 2011

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2011

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states

  • with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or
  • from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,
  • recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.

The award is endowed with 3000 € and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in December 2011.

THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

 

Applications: Deadline 16/05/2011

Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your ongoing research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 16/05/2011 via e-mail to Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for publication or Ph.D. thesis.

 

Contact and further information:

Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de  (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)  )

www.theseus‐europe.net ‐ www.theseus‐europa.net

 

ENURC conference: “The EU and its Eastern Partners: A Struggle for Stability, Security and Prosperity”, 26 November 2015

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On 26 November 2015 The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) together with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) hosted a conference about the European Union’s Eastern Partnership policy and the prospects for security, stability and prosperity in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The first panel, entitled “New Challenges and Threats: How to Improve the EU’s Eastern Partnership Policy?” featured keynote speakers from the EEAS, La the Latvian Parliament and the Eastern Partnership Ambassador of Sweden, who all shared insights from their work within the EU and the national decision-making processes.  The second panel, entitled “More Effective Support for the EU’s Eastern Partners: How?” addressed the challenges that Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Belarus have to master. The four invited experts from the respective ENP countries shared their insights into the difficult domestic political conditions, and how these countries relations with the EU are influenced by the external pressures from the Russian government. The Third panel, entitled “The Challenge of Communicating the Eastern Partnership “post-Crimea”” focused on one of the biggest challenges that the EU, the member states, and Eastern neighbours are facing: how to explain to EU citizens, and the citizens of the Eastern partners, what the Eastern partnership is, what the EU does, why and how the member states are engaged in the ”Eastern Partnership”, and what closer relations with the EU will mean for the citizens and for European security, stability and prosperity? The panelists discussed how the EU can make itself understood. It brought together experts closely familiar with the challenges of communicating the Eastern Partnership.

The conference was attended by 118 participants (12 speakers, 1 moderator and 105 people in the audience). Participants had very diverse national backgrounds: Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Moldova, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Romania, Panama, Latvia, Cyprus, Russia, Finland, Japan, Bulgaria, Estonia and Serbia. Among these, 14 EU member states were represented.

The conference was followed by an Expert Roundtable on New Strategic Communication Challenges in Europe: How do we identify, understand and address disinformation? Against the background of growing concerns in Europe about the effects of Russian propaganda in the Eastern neighbourhood and even the EU, the roundtable discussion focused on the challenge of how to respond to disinformation and the abuses of the open information spaces. Participants explored ways and means of identifying and addressing disinformation that is spread by different actors through traditional and new “social” media channels and platforms. Both the conference and the roundtable discussion were moderated by Anke Schmidt-Felzmann, Researcher in UI’s Europe programme.

The full conference programme can be downloaded here. The report of the conference can be found here.

More information about the event can be found on UI’s website.

You can find below the podcasts of the panels:

Panel 1 

Panel 2

Panel 3

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.

European Parliament Workshop on “Human Rights in North Korea: accountability vs engagement?”, contributions by Ramón Pacheco Pardo and Veronika Bílková

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TEPSA coordinated the participation of two academic experts, Ramón Pacheco Pardo (King’s College London) and Veronika Bílková (Researcher at the Institute of International Relations, Prague) in the workshop on Human Rights in North Korea: accountability vs engagement? organized by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and hosted by Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, MEP László Tőkés.

Participants to the workshop discussed the question of accountability for serious crimes, including crimes against humanity as well as available options for engagement with the DPRK.

The report summarizing the proceedings of the workshop, prepared by TEPSA, is available here and includes the experts’ presentations.

FEUTURE Kick-off Conference in Istanbul, 26-27 May 2016

FEUTURE NL logo draftTaking Stock of EU-Turkey Relations: A Successful Kick-off for FEUTURE

On 26 and 27 May 2016 the research project “The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios” (FEUTURE) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme was officially launched. About 100 participants including researchers from the consortium, distinguished Turkey experts, stakeholders and practitioners from Turkey, the European Union (EU) and the neighbourhood, as well as students and the wider interested public got together at the FEUTURE Kick-Off Conference in Istanbul. This event was hosted by Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi.

During the debate of the first day, which was open to the public, different views as to which path relations will most likely take in the future were exchanged and discussed in light of FEUTURE’s research aims and design. FEUTURE’s broad assessment of this relationship acknowledges the depth and intensity of relations between Turkey and the EU. It will combine both a look ‘backwards’ through its analysis of narratives which have shaped the debate in Turkey and the EU in different phases with a forward-looking approach which aims at delineating a most likely scenario(s) for the future and related policy recommendations. All participants welcomed this project and its research approach, because they felt that at this point in time substantial and ambitious research on EU-Turkey relations is highly relevant.

Debating FEUTURE’s Research Design: Future Scenarios and Historical Narratives

FEUTURE kick-offThe first day of the conference focused on discussing FEUTURE’s scenarios and narratives at two high-level panels with the project’s researchers and renowned Turkey experts from the project’s Scientific and Policy Advisory Board. The aim was to update the project’s research agenda and make it fit to meet the challenges of analyzing EU-Turkey relations which constitute a ‘moving target’ par excellence.

At the first panel, chaired by Funda Tekin (FEUTURE Project Director), Nathalie Tocci (FEUTURE Scientific Coordinator) presented three ideal-type scenarios (Convergence, Cooperation, Conflict) that will be tested through FEUTURE’s research in the upcoming three years. Overall, Tocci identified coexisting trends and concluded that for the project this will also mean that research will most probably not identify only one most likely scenario but rather delineate a mix of their features. Andrew Duff (former MEP), Nilgün Arisan Eralp (TEPAV) and Ronald Linden (University of Pittburgh) agreed and particularly stressed the need for flexibility in these three scenarios. Furthermore they encouraged to think “out of the box” and to scrutinize the EU’s relationship with other (new) external countries.

The second panel, chaired by Senem Aydin-Düzgit (Bilgi University), elaborated on the project’s ‘backward perspective’ of EU-Turkey relations in form of the historical analysis of narratives. Wolfgang Wessels (FEUTURE Project Director) and Atila Eralp (METU) presented this part of FEUTURE research that starts from the assumption that a critical assessment of the history of EU-Turkey relations is a key element for delineating scenarios for the future. Therefore, the research aims to 1) map the milestones and periods of EU-Turkey relations and 2) identify the most salient narratives, which have shaped the political debate both in the EU and in Turkey during different historical phases. The representatives from the FEUTURE Scientific and Policy Advisory Board, Albert Rohan (Independent Commission on Turkey), Ofra Bengio (Tel Aviv University) and Meltem Müftüler-Bac (Sabanci University) further contextualized the narrative analysis of EU-Turkey relations by elaborating on four key-terms that have been used in the past and present in order to structure the interrelatedness of the EU and Turkey: 1) Bridge, 2) Model, 3) Orientation and 4) Asset. Additionally, the debate critically assessed the question of how relevant history really is for the present and what the added value of a historical analysis is in light of EU-Turkey relations. Finally, the importance of understanding the EU integration process itself for analyzing EU-Turkey relations was underlined.

Getting Started with the Research: Workshops on the Second Day

The second day provided the researchers from the consortium the possibility to familiarize themselves with the details of the FEUTURE research. The Work Package (WP) Leaders organized parallel workshops on the six thematic dimensions that FEUTURE will analyse: politics, economics, security, energy/climate, migration, identity/culture. It will be the aim of their research to identify the drivers that determine the relations from these different perspectives. At these workshops in the morning of 27 May 2016, the WP leaders together with their research teams prepared the first steps and updated their research designs with regard to the latest developments.

In a ‘synthesis and outreach’ session led by Nathalie Tocci and Sinan Ülgen the consortium discussed the third phase of the project, which will synthesize and test these results within one or more scenario(s) with the aim of producing policy recommendations. The Kick-Off Conference concluded within the first meeting of the FEUTURE General Assembly, in which the partners’ representatives discussed matters concerning the consortium as a whole.

A detailed Conference Report will follow shortly and will be available at www.feuture.eu.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Valletta, 10-11 November 2016

ITServices_Banners-01On the occasion of the first Maltese EU Council Presidency starting on January 1st 2017, TEPSA held its traditional Pre-Presidency Conference in Valletta on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November 2016. The Conference, organised in cooperation with and hosted by the Institute for European Studies of the University of Malta, was part of the long-standing tradition of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPCs), which take place twice a year in the capital of the country holding the EU Council Presidency prior to the beginning of its mandate.

The Maltese Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Louis Grech, inaugurated the event with an openingDSC_5678 speech on the priorities of Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, upon which recommendations were then offered by TEPSA’s researchers. The conference was also addressed by Minister Carmelo Abela, Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg and three Maltese Members of the European Parliament, Dr Roberta Metsola, Mrs Marlene Mizzi and Dr Alfred Sant. The speakers attended three discussion panels focusing on the economic and political dimensions of the Mediterranean Region, on migration and BREXIT, their leitmotif challenge being  resumed in the Conference’s title: “Restoring faith in the European Union: strengthen solidarity, unity and determination”.DSC_5746

The main aim of TEPSA’s PPCs is to bring together academics and researchers from the broad TEPSA network, policy-makers, media and civil society in order
to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Council Presidencies. TEPSA’s PPCs represent a major platform for communication and exchange between policy-makers and academia. Prior to the event TEPSA researchers formulate recommendations to be presented to a high-rank official of the government concerned in a plenary session. Moreover, the conferences actively involve civil society and media actors, who are able to interact with practitioners and academia. Finally, the insights gained during these conferences and seminars directly feed into future research on the EU and into EU policy making. Thanks to their genuinely European and transnational nature and to the involvement of civil society, TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency conferences actively contribute to shaping a European public sphere.DSC_5933

The November 2016 PDSC_5891PC was also an integral part of the TEPSA’s PONT project, aimed at providing a bridge connecting young academics and EU practitioners, in order to improve the employability of young researchers.

More information about the PPC and the final programme are available here.

ENURC event: “The Economic influence of the EU and Russia on the Eastern Partnership States”, 22 October 2015

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The third event organised within the framework of the ENURC project is an event in Riga, Latvia on the economic influence of both the EU and Russia on the Eastern Partnership states. The event combined an expert meeting on 21 October 2015 and a public discussion with a wide audience on 22 October 2015. This combination ensured a very high level of expertise and state of the art among the speakers, which was of great interest to the general audience attending the public sessiliia1on.

 The expert meeting was an exchange of views on evaluating the economic presence of Russia and the EU in the Eastern Neighbourhood. The meeting had as aim to develop a concept for a book on Eastern Partnership focusing on the impact of the Deep and Comliia2prehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) or their prospect, in all six Eastern Partnership countries.

The public discussion focused on “Eastern Neighbourhood Economies between the EU and Russia”.
Here experts from the region in question and several EU member states presented and discussed this topic from their diverse (national) standpoints.

The exchanliia3ge of views among experts gathered 11 experts from Latvia, France, Sweden, Belgium and ENP countries Moldova, Armenia and Belarus. The public event gathered over 100 policy makers, diplomats, academics, students, civil society representatives and not-organised citizens. 81 signatures of participants were collected, hence the total number of 81 participants included in the reporting of the project.

There was a majority of the participants coming from Latvia itself, but they had the opportunity to interact with citizens from Italy, Sweden, Finland, Germany, all six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), Norway, Canada, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Japan.

The full conference programme can be downloaded here.

More information about this event can be found on the LIIA website.

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2013

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field oflogo European integration, which analyses an on-going challenge for the European Union and its member states:

 * with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or

 * from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,

 * recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.

The award is endowed with 3000 €and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in October 2013.

THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

Applications: Deadline 15/06/2013

Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and situating your work in your on-going research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 15/06/2013 via e-mail to Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for publication or Ph.D. thesis.

Contact and further information: Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de  (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)  ), www.theseus‐europe.net

ENURC event: “What’s next after the Eastern Partnership? EU membership perspective for Eastern Europe”, 29 May 2015

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The first event organised within the framework of the project “Eastern Neighbours and Russia: Close links with EU citizens – ENURC”, with the support of Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, was “What’s next after the Eastern Partnership? EU membership perspective for Eastern Europe”. This event was organised by the Romanian project partner CRPE in the margins of EUROSFAT – the annual European debates forum which has been taking place in Romania since 2013. The goal of the event was complementary with the objective of EUROSFAT – bringing together politicians, civil society representatives, business leaders, stakeholders and citizens, in order to debate the most important topics of the Eastern Partnership agenda following Riga summit, thus facilitating a more evidence and dialogue-based position for EU member states and EaP members.

The event took place on May 29, 2015 at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest. The timing of the conference had been adjusted to ensure no overlap with EU’s ENP summit, the Riga Summit, one week earlier, May 21-22 2015.

The session focused on the Eastern Partnership and the EU perspective in the East, Riga EaP summit conclusions, and the new challenges within the Black Sea Region. The event was attended by high level EU officials from the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, politicians from Romania, experts, members of civil society and relevant stakeholders that shaped their positions and expectations towards the European Union and the Eastern Partnership. Moreover, the session was also attended by high level experts from Ukraine, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, the Visegrad countries and the Baltic region.

The event proved to be successful in increasing the level of awareness and knowledge on EU’s concerns and main positions towards the EaP countries and also created the incentives for a better understanding of the relationship between EaP countries and Brussels in Central and Eastern European Countries. The audience of the event was made up of 293 people plus 15 speakers, coming to a total of 308 participants. While the audience consisted mostly of Romanian citizens, they had the opportunity to interact with experts and citizens from other countries who attended the event as audience or speakers. There were nine EU countries participating in the event. Besides the host country Romania, also the United Kingdom, Hungary, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Slovakia, Latvia and the Netherlands. There were also participants from non-EU countries: Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

Here you can download the programme and the report of the event.

More information about the event can be found on the CRPE website, both in English and in Romanian.

ENURC project seminar: “From a ‘Strategic Partnership’ to a Strategic Problem? Whither EU-Russian Relations”, 4 December 2015

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FIIA1The re-assessment of the overall EU-Russia relationship was the subject of the debate in the final conference of the ENURC project, held in Helsinki on 4 December 2015. The conference started with an opening statement of Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, the Chairperson of TEPSA, who also presented the findings of the pan-European study on citizens’ perceptions on Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia. Dr. Teija Tiilikanen, director of FIIA, opened the conference, underlining the importance of exchanging views within the EU on its relations with its Eastern partners.

The three panels of the conference covered EU-Russia security relations; economic relations and energy relations. In his conclusion on the results of the event, Dr Arkady Moshes stated that, the EU-Russian strategic partnership does not exist anymore, even though this may not be officially acknowledged. The EU-Russian conflict has become the new normal.

In addition to the seminar, the final conference included a dinner debate on 3 December for the speakers hosted by the Director of FIIA. This pre-conference event also aimed to provide an opportunity for the speakers to exchange ideas related to their conference presentation, and it proved to be extremely fruitful for the planning and coordination of the public interventions in the conference.

FIIA2The event attracted 114 participants. Around half of the participants came from Finland (65), but also nationals from 30 other countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, Russia, Morocco, Serbia, Ukraine, South Africa, Egypt, New-Zealand, Indonesia, Palestine, Malaysia, United States, China, Mexico and Belarus. Counting only EU member states, 17 countries were participating to the event.

The full conference programme can be downloaded here.

You can find the report and the podcasts of the conference on the FIIA website.

Background Paper for THESEUS Conference “A Political Union: clear concept or constructive ambiguity?” by Laura Ventura

logoLaura Ventura, Project Officer at TEPSA, wrote a background paper “A Political Union: clear concept or constructive ambiguity?” for the THESEUS Conference “A vision for post-crisis Europe: Towards what kind of political union?”, organised on 17-18 October in Vienna.
The topic of political Union has remained a fundamental question since the early debates on the European Political Community in 1950s and the Fouchet Plan in 1960s. Nowadays while coping with the crisis, the need to set-up a political Union has become a priority. A post-crisis Europe ‘era’ and a political Union are closely interlinked. Yet the visions of head of states and governments differ  largely on the degree of sovereignty they agree to give up and thus to transfer to the EU level. Although vague, the concept as such is not new but its meaning has evolved over time. Before the crisis in the 1990s, the concept of political Union encompassed a set of various policies. The crisis and post-crisis period urged EU leaders and head of state of governments to complete an Economic and Monetary Union. The  concept of political Union has thus shifted to focus on the coordination of economic policies, although not only.
The crisis has shown the limits of the Lisbon Treaty to provide an adequate coordinated economic response. In order to enhance further integration, although the Treaty offers some possible developments to establish a political Union, discussions on a new Convention to install a federal economic government for a fiscal union and a new Treaty have already started and will be further debated at the occasion of the next European elections.
This paper will discuss to what extent a political Union represents a clear concept or a constructive ambiguity, from its origins to what kind and how to enhance its achievement.

New TEPSA project: FEUTURE – The Future of EU-Turkey Relations. Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios

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The new TEPSA project “FEUTURE – The Future of EU-Turkey Relations. Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios” was officially launched on 1 April 2016.

Visit the FEUTURE Website

FEUTURE is a TEPSA project on EU-Turkey relations that will last for three years (from 1 April 2016 till 30 March 2019). TEPSA is currently exploring how its member institutes can be involved in some phases of the project as well.

Thanks to its broad consortium made up of renowned research institutes across Europe and beyond, FEUTURE sets out to explore fully different options for further EU-Turkey cooperation in the next decade, including analysis of the challenges and opportunities connected with further integration of Turkey with the EU. To do so, FEUTURE applies a comprehensive research approach with the following three main objectives:

  1. Mapping the dynamics of the EU-Turkey relationship in terms of their underlying historical narratives and thematic key drivers.
  2. Testing and substantiating the most likely scenario(s) for the future and assessing the implications (challenges and opportunities) these may have on the EU and Turkey, as well as the neighbourhood and the global scene.
  3. Drawing policy recommendations for the EU and Turkey on the basis of a strong evidence-based foundation in the future trajectory of EU-Turkey relations.

The consortium will be lead by TEPSA Chairperson Prof. W. Wessels (University of Cologne) as coordinator and Dr. Nathalie Tocci (IAI), as scientific coordinator, with Dr. Funda Tekin as project director.

To stay up to date with the activities of the FEUTURE project, you can subscribe to the FEUTURE Newsletter by sending an email to feuture©tepsa•eu with your name and affiliation or by filling up the registration form on the FEUTURE website.

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THESEUS-ECOPAS PhD Workshop 2016

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21-22 January 2016, Sciences Po Paris

 

On 21 and 22 January 2016, the Theseus-Eucopas PhD Workshop 2016 “Recovering from the Crisis? The Uncertain State of the EU” took place at Sciences Po Paris. It offered graduate students the chance to discuss their research about the impact of different crises such as the economic crisis, migration fluxes or geopolitical threats on the European Union with renowned professors of Sciences Po Paris and the University of Cologne. David Schäfer, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was rewarded the Best Paper Award for his profound analysis of the Banking Union.

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PADEMIA Award Winners 2016

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During the third PADEMIA Annual conference on 19-20 May 2016, prizes were awarded  in three different categories.

Teaching Awards:

 

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1st: Michael Kaeding, University of Duisburg/Essen for the seminar “NRW debattiert Europa”

2nd: Pierpaolo Settembri and Costanza Hermanin, College of Europe, Bruges

3rd: Wim van Meurs, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen for the book “Europa in alle staten”

Research Awards:

 

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Category Book: Anna-Lena Högenauer (University of Luxembourg), Christine Neuhold & Thomas Christiansen (Maastricht University) for the book “Parliamentary Administrations in the European Union”

Category Journal Article: Sandra Kröger (Unversity of Exeter) and Richard Bellamy (EUI Florence) for the article “Beyond a Constraining Dissensus: The Role of National Parliaments in Domesticating and Normalising the Politicization of European Integration”

Category PhD Thesis: Lisa Kastner, Max Planck Sciences Po Center for her thesis “Restraining Regulatory Capture – An Empirical Examination of the Power of Weak Interests in Financial Reforms”

Student Paper Prize:

 

Camille Kelbel, Universite libre de Bruxelles, for her paper “Eastern Promises: Candidate Selection Processes and MEPs’ Profiles in the CEECs”

Congratulations to all the award winners!

THESEUS Award

 

 

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2011

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states

· with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or

· from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,

· recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.

The award is endowed with 3000 € and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in December 2011.

THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

Applications: Deadline 16/05/2011

Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your ongoing research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 16/05/2011 via e-mail to Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for publication or Ph.D. thesis.

Contact and further information:

Mirja Schröder, Dipl. Vw. (href="mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de">mirja•schroeder©uni-koeln•de)

www.theseus‐europe.net

PONT seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies

TEPSA is happy to share with you the report of the PONT Working Europe I seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies which took place in Brussels on 4-8 April. Many thanks to the seminar participants who volunteered to prepare the reports from various sessions!

The report can be downloaded here.

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

CologneSteering Group Meeting “PEGASUS”
6/7 November 2014, German Turkish University, Istanbul

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

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

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

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

THESEUS Award

 

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2011

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration distinguishes an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states

· with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or

· from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,

· recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The deadline for nominations was 16 May 2011.


PADEMIA Workshop: “The impact of referenda on parliamentary democracy”, Brussels 19-20 September 2016

PADEMIATEPSA organised the final workshop in the framework of the PADEMIA project under the lead of Dr Julie Smith (University of Cambridge).

The workshop, which took place on 19-20 September 2016, focused on the impact of referenda on parliamentary democracy, notably in the light of the recent Brexit vote. It looked in particular at the interaction of plebiscitary and parliamentary democracy, with reference to the UK as well as other recent referendum experiences, and at the consequences of the UK’s vote to leave the EU for the United Kingdom itself, the European Union and other EU Member States.

The programme of the workshop can be downloaded here.

The report of the workshop is available here.

Keynote speech by Kaare Strøm at the PADEMIA Annual Conference 2016 available online

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The 3rd PADEMIA Annual Conference, organised by TEPSA in cooperation with the Prof. W. Wessels Jean Monnet Chair of University of Cologne, took place in Brussels on 19-20 May 2016.

During the conference, Prof. Kaare Strøm (University of California) gave a keynote speech on “The perils of parliamentary democracy and the Madisonian turn”. The speech was recorded and is now publicly available at this link.

THESEUS Award

THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration

Call for nominations

THESEUS calls for nominations for its research award. The award distinguishes a person with an outstanding academic record in the field of European integration, whose work

  • contributed substantially to the progress of the state of the art, and/or
  • demonstrates a profound comparative understanding of the states and societies of Europe, and/or
  • has influenced academic and political debates in Europe.

Disciplines covered by the award include especially – but not exclusively – history, humanities, philosophy or social sciences. The award is endowed with 5000 € and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in December 2010.

THESEUS is a common initiative of Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean-Monnet-Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Cologne). Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between members of the academic world and political actors about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco‐German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

Nominations: Deadline 31/05/2010
Please send the filled nomination form, including a short justification, an academic CV of the nominee and a list of his or her main publications via e-mail to Nicole Ahler (ahlern©uni-koeln•de) and via ordinary mail to the address indicated below. A major book publication can be an asset (please send a copy).

The language of the application dossier should be English, there is no limitation concerning the language(s) of the nominee’s publications, neither any restrictions in terms of national or geographical origin. Direct applications are not accepted.

Please find the nomination form at: http://www.theseus-europe.net/.

Contact and further information:

Nicole Ahler, M.A. (ahlern©uni-koeln•de)
www.theseus‐europe.net ‐ www.theseus‐europa.net

THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration 2010

 

Call for applications

The THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration will distinguish an excellent piece of work of a junior researcher in the field of European integration, which analyses an ongoing challenge for the European Union and its member states

· with regard to the institutions, policies or policymaking processes of the European Union or

· from a comparative perspective across the member states of the European Union,

· recommending potential institutional or policy solutions.

The rewarded work will be a Ph.D. thesis or a publication in a major journal (published within the last three years from application deadline). Disciplines covered include especially – but not exclusively – political or social sciences. There is no nationality or geographical criteria for selection. THESEUS accepts both direct applications and nominations through third parties.

The award is endowed with 3000 € and the winner will be involved into the activities of the THESEUS network. The public presentation will take place in December 2010.

THESEUS is a common initiative of the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po Paris, the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne, the Trans European Policy Studies Association and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne. Its aim is to establish a European network of thinkers, actors and ideas and to foster an open and constructive dialogue between academia and politics about the future challenges of Europe. Emerging from a Franco-German initiative, THESEUS is striving to enhance the mutual understanding of societies in Europe.

Applications: Deadline 31/05/2010

Please send your informal application, consisting of a two-page summary of your work, your academic CV (including publications) and a cover letter situating your work in your ongoing research and academic activities, as well as a copy of your Ph.D. thesis or publication by 31/05/2010 via e-mail to Nicole Ahler, M.A. (ahlern©uni-koeln•de). The language of the application dossier is English; there is no language criterion for publication or Ph.D. thesis.

 

Contact and further information:

Nicole Ahler, M.A. (ahlern©uni-koeln•de)

www.theseus‐europe.net ‐ www.theseus‐europa.net

Postal address:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (Coordinator THESEUS)

Jean-Monnet-Chair for Political Science

To the attention of Nicole Ahler

University of Cologne

Gottfried-Keller-Str. 6

50931 Köln

Germany

 


Call for applications: TEPSA’s ‘Working Europe seminar’ on EU energy, environment and climate policy

20-01-17

From the 27th to the 31st of March 2017, TEPSA will organise its second Working Europe seminar on EU energy, environment and climate policy for Master’s students and Master’s graduates, in Brussels.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, this 5-day seminar, organised within the framework of PONT, will offer 20 participants from different national and disciplinary backgrounds the opportunity to gain first-hand insights from high-level professionals from EU institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector on the current top priorities and trends of EU policy and politics in the fields of energy, climate and the environment. Through a series of lectures, meetings and visits to EU institutions and Brussels-based organisations, participants will be able to improve their knowledge of EU policy, enhance their analytical and argumentative skills, start building their network and increase their employability.

This seminar is open to students in law, social sciences (e.g. European affairs, politics, geography, economics) and natural sciences (e.g. engineering, environmental sciences). The deadline for applying is 20 February 2017. The participation fee is €200, and travel costs will be reimbursed up to €250.

The full description of the seminar and practical information on how to apply can be found here:

Call for applications – TEPSA WE seminar – March 2017

PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe

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We are delighted to inform you that PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe, in which TEPSA is a contractor party, received grant from the European Commission (reference number: 540381-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-ERASMUS-ENW).

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.

Members of PADEMIA have identified 5 major areas of relevance for research and teaching which account for the complex and multi-facetted character of parliamentary democracy in Europe:

  • Changing parliamentary institutions in Europe
  • The role of parliamentary actors in Europe, including political parties, committees, individual parliamentarians and parliamentary staff
  • The relationship between parliaments and citizens in Europe
  • Parliaments and the European public sphere
  • Parliamentary democracy and constitutional development

Besides, 2 cross-cutting disciplinary perspectives on a) multi-level democracy and b) the economic and financial crisis ensure conceptual and empirical linkages between the five areas of relevance in its research and teaching activities and respond to the challenges identified above in the subject.

The aims and objectives of the project are:
Education/Teaching

  • Supporting access and active participation of graduate students and PhD candidates
  • Assisting the exchange among teachers on good teaching practice within the subject area of parliamentary democracy in Europe

Research

  • Communicating research outcomes through: an annual conference in Brussels, specialised workshops and panels in other academic conferences such as EUSA, UACES, ECPR, an online paper series
  • Fostering new methodologies and innovative approaches to research in the field by a research award competition,
  • Sharing data and facilitating access to sources and resources.

More information can be found here.

Study for the European Parliament: “The frozen conflicts in the European Eastern Neighbourhood and their impact on the respect of human rights”, by András Rácz

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Study frozen conflictsTEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), authored by András Rácz, senior research fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA).

The study deals with “The frozen conflicts of the EU Eastern Neighbourhood and their impact on the respect of human rights”. The frozen conflicts analysed are those of Crimea, Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh. In this study, the author provides a detailed overview of the actual human rights situation in the region. In particular, the focus of the analysis is on the access to the justice system, as well as on the abilities of the de jure or de facto authorities to administer justice. Particular attention is paid to Crimea because the rapidly worsening human rights situation there affects far more people than the population of the other four frozen conflicts combined. International community actions, as well as the role of civil society in protecting human rights are also analysed in detail.

The author argues that, regarding the four pre-2014 frozen conflicts, due to the uncertain legal status of these territories, the international community (including the European Union) has very limited options for getting directly engaged in defending human rights. However, the international community could do much more to hold Moscow accountable for the human rights situation in Crimea, as well as in other parts of the Russian Federation.

The European Parliament has for András Rácz a key responsibility in sustaining public attention and awareness towards the human rights situation in the regions, including both the pre-existing conflicts as well as Crimea.

The full study can be downloaded here.