Farewell to Laura Ventura

laura-photo1Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is time for me to say Goodbye to all of you after an enjoyable and very fruitful experience I had at TEPSA for almost six years, cooperating with an enthusiastic and so diverse network.

This column would be too long to describe every memory, to list all successful projects I had the chance to collaborate on, I can only say that TEPSA means a lot, also as it corresponds to my longest working experience in the same organisation so far.

New horizon will lead me not too far from TEPSA headquarters, to another promising opportunity, working at the European Commission’s DG International Cooperation and Development.

I will remain close to TEPSA from one way or another and will be pleased to hear about the new developments of the association which will prove themselves I am sure, very positive.

I would like to thank all the people I met during this enriching half decade, and wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year 2016!

Laura Ventura

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TEPSA Brief: The issue of solidarity in the European Union, June 2012

by Andreas Raspotnik, Marine Jacob and Laura Ventura

The present paper briefly highlight European solidarity, including its public perceptionregarding three related and interdependent European agendas: 1) financial solidarity 2) asylum and border management solidarity and 3) social solidarity. As an exhaustive synopsis cannot be provided the paper aims to coherently tackle the notion of European solidarity, consequently setting academic and professional thinking.

Please download here below to read the entire brief and feel free to contact Andreas Raspotnik  (andreas•raspotnik©tepsa•eu)  Marine Jacob  (marine•jacob©coleurope•eu)   and Laura Ventura  (laura•ventura©tepsa•eu)   to discuss and to learn more on the future developments about this issue.

TEPSA Brief: European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) – September 2010

by Laura Ventura

The Treaty of the EU introduced a new dimension of participatory democracy for European citizens. With its proposal, the European commission aims at enhancing citizens’ right to participate in the democratic life of the Union by enabling them to bring forward their concerns at the EU level.

This TEPSA brief intends to provide a description of this ongoing initiative while comparing it to initiatives at national level and assessing its democratic power.

Please click here to read the entire brief and feel free to contact Laura Ventura  (laura•ventura©tepsa•be)   to discuss and to learn more on the future developments about this issue.