Recent publications by Andrew Duff, Honorary Member of the TEPSA Board

How Europe sees Brexit

by Andrew Duff (Former Member of the European Parliament; Visiting fellow European Policy Centre), 24.01.2017

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Brexit: the launch of Article 50

Andrew Duff (Former Member of the European Parliament; Visiting fellow, European Policy Centre), 09.02.2017

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Brexit and Europe: a new entente?

Andrew Duff (Former Member of the European Parliament; Visiting fellow, European Policy Centre), 23.02.2017

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Past events at CETEUS


SUMMIT Dissemination Conference: “Spreading knowledge and fostering research about a key institution”

16-17 January 2017, Europäische Akademie Berlin

The Centre of Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels organised the last conference of the SUMMIT Jean Monnet project, which covered topics around the European Council. Next to insights of Jim Cloos (Council of the European Union), discussions were held about the future role of the institution and about how teaching on the European Council could be improved. For more reports and pictures, please visit:

Yvonne Nasshoven (Federal Foreign Office), Funda Tekin (CETEUS, CIFE) and Thomas Westphal (Federal Ministry of Finance) discuss the role of EUCO for national decision-makers.


PhD Workshop: “Being a member of the EU: pros & cons”

19-20 January 2017, Sciences Po, Paris

 The joint EUCOPAS-THESEUS PhD workshop, organised by Sciences Po, Paris and the Centre for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS), Cologne was aimed at enabling PhD candidates in EU studies to exchange ideas and discuss their research with their peers and senior academic colleagues. Topics covered Euroscepticism, the migration and financial crisis as well as external action. Marie Walter-Franke, Freie Universität Berlin, received the award for her paper on “Building a common European Asylum System despite discordance? The role of stereotypes in the discursive process of policy-making”. She was invited to publish her paper in the academic journal Politique européenne.

The Future Agenda of the European Union: The need for more Differentiation and better Communication

On 25 March 2017 we celebrate that sixty years ago the EEC Treaty was signed. That same day the European Council will discuss in Rome the future agenda of the EU.

Since 1957 the EU has become an ever-growing area on the European continent where generally speaking human rights are respected and democracy and the rule of law have been installed. A huge achievement concerns the enlargement of the EU, from originally six to now twenty-eight Member States. As to substance, the Union has developed an internal market, in fact its core business, and a number of complementary policies, such as agriculture, transport, environment and climate change. The Maastricht Treaty introduced the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the single currency, the Euro. Other areas where the Union is entitled to act concern justice and home affairs as well as foreign policy and defence.

On the other hand, EU cooperation has its deficiencies. The Union is in fact an abstract construction. It presents itself to the citizen essentially through big office buildings in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Also for this reason the EU is suffering from a lack of transparency and, more and more, from a serious lack of support from the ordinary citizen. The division of competences between the Union and its Member States is often difficult to assess. Eurosceptical political parties and groups do exist in several Member States and even Eurosceptical governments have emerged.

In the meantime the European Union and its Member States are facing serious threats and challenges, both externally and internally. The external threats are largely located at our external borders: in the East the conflict between Russia and Ukraine; in the Middle East the civil war in Syria, the unrest in Iraq, and the apparent eternal Israel/Palestine problem; the restrictions of the rule of law in Turkey; the lack of stability in Northern Africa; migration; and terrorism. However, since a couple of months concerns are also raised about the relationship with the United States after the coming into office of Donald Trump as its 45th President.

The internal challenges are well known: the economic crisis which certainly is not over yet; the impact migration has on national societies; populism and Euroscepticism; and of course ‘Brexit’.

Most of the substance matters mentioned concern crucial but politically highly sensitive issues. In fact they concern policy matters touching upon the roots of national society. The responsibility over these policy matters has not been transferred to the European level. On the other hand, the problems refer to issues which individual states are not able to handle alone.

Therefore, our political leaders have to make choices in Rome: how to cope with the global threats and challenges or, to put it differently, how to organize the future agenda of the European Union? Do we want more Europe or less? In other words, do we want to tackle the global problems jointly, or alone?

In view of the nature of the problems the second option –acting alone– doesn’t look very promising. With regard to the first option –joint action– essentially two modalities are available: either a conferral of new competences to the European level or, at least, an intensive coordination of national policies.

Because of the general political climate in Europe, the option of new competences to be handed over to the European level seems not very feasible. On the other hand, the chances for intensive coordination are not very positive either. As daily practise shows, Member States often differ in opinion.

How can this dilemma then be solved? Best would be to look for a third option, which is differentiated cooperation.

In fact, models of differentiation do already exist in practice, for specific substance matters: the Euro cooperation, Schengen and the cooperation in the framework of the area of freedom, security and justice. However, time has come to look for more structural approaches. In that respect, enhanced cooperation, the principle introduced by the Amsterdam Treaty, in fact provides a wrong approach. According to the present arrangements small groups –composed of at least 9 Member States– are allowed to start enhanced cooperation. On the other hand, acts adopted are not regarded as part of the acquis. The focus, however, should rather be on larger, more representative, groups, whereas the results of the cooperation should be considered part of the EU acquis.

Therefore, an idea for the future could be to enable coalitions consisting of a clear majority, say three-quarter of the number of Member States, to act as fore-runner groups. Three quarter indeed represents a sufficient ‘critical mass’. Out of the at present 28 Member States, that means 21 Member States. Another proposal, closely connected to the first one, is to allow the same majority of three-quarter of Member States to negotiate treaty amendments.

Obviously those Member States not being part of the coalition of three quarter, would not be bound by the results of the cooperation in the smaller circle. They, however, can always join later, once they are ready and willing to do so.

Certainly, life at EU level will become complicated once structural formulas of differentiated cooperation will be applied in practice. Such complications can manifest themselves in the functioning of the institutions as well as with regard to the consistency of policy making at EU level. However, problems are there to be solved. In this respect we must realise that the international environment that we are living in also has become extremely complicated.

And what about the citizen? To win the support of the citizen for EU cooperation is to a large extent a matter of proper communication and accountability. Here a number of stakeholders bear a special responsibility: national politicians, the EU institutions, education at national level; the media and the citizen him/herself. Indeed, also the last category, the ordinary citizen, is responsible, because with the help of today’s communication opportunities, such as the internet and social media, information about the EU is easily accessible.

So, let’s certainly not underestimate the communication problems with the citizens, but let’s not overestimate them either. Adequate and complete communication regarding EU policy developments is the best remedy to obtain the support of the citizens.

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan

TEPSA Secretary-General

Workshop report for the European Parliament: “Afghanistan: Challenges and Perspectives until 2020”

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This report summarises the proceedings of a workshop jointly organised by the European Parliament’s Committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Development (DEVE) together with the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Afghanistan. The workshop, which took place on 17 November 2016, was chaired by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE, Lithuania), Chair of the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan and member of the AFET Committee.

The main aim of this workshop was to build greater awareness in the European Parliament (EP) on current developments in Afghanistan, most notably in the aftermath of the Brussels conference on Afghanistan which took place on 4-5 October 20161. For this reason, experts were invited to provide first-hand
information to enable a well-informed debate on the situation in the country. The workshop was structured around three panels focusing respectively on 1) the political situation; 2) the security situation; and 3) socioeconomic


The full workshop report can be accessed here.

Study for the European Parliament: “Impacts of the CETA Agreement on Developing Countries”, by Peter Draper

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TEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the TEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament Committee on Development (DEVE), authored by Peter Draper, Senior Fellow at ECIPE and Director of Tutwa Consulting.

This study analyses the potential economic impacts of the European Union (EU)-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on developing countries.

With the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations concluded and subsequently signed by both parties, the European Union and Canada’s most progressive trade agreement to date is set to provisionally enter into force soon. However, as developed countries move to negotiate preferential trade agreements between themselves (like the CETA), extending beyond current multilateral trade obligations, the improved market access, trade harmonisation and cross-cutting issues included in the agreements can have a much wider impact, affecting countries not party to them. As far as CETA is concerned, in our judgement those impacts are likely to be relatively small, and confined to a small group of vulnerable states, especially those with concentrated export structures, and notably of primary products in direct competition with Canadian exports to the EU. However, given the limitations of this paper the conclusion is fairly speculative, and so a key recommendation is that more detailed analysis of potentially vulnerable exporters be conducted to narrow down a subsequent mitigation strategy. That mitigation strategy mainly revolves around the impact of non-tariff measures (NTMs), focusing on product standards, and Rules of Origin. Essentially the focus needs to be on a targeted development assistance package referencing the need to upgrade product standards capacities in vulnerable states, in order to maximise the potential of trade to contribute to economic growth and, thereby, poverty reduction.

The full study can be accessed here.

Study for the European Parliament: “Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, by Beata Faracik

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TEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), authored by Beata Faracik, President of the Board of the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business.

This study reviews the progress of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in non-EU countries, five years after their unanimous adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011. Much progress has already been achieved, with i.a. relevant key international standards like OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises becoming aligned with the UNGPs, new tools being developed to provide guidance to governments and stakeholders and a basis being set for constructive discussion. This led to increased awareness and better understanding, building trust and engagement among various stakeholders. Yet, despite all efforts, business-related human rights abuse is still a serious problem. Further implementation of the UNGPs and related instruments is thus necessary, with special emphasis needed on access to remedy and justice for victims of business-related abuses. Less declaration and more real political will is needed, as states’ commitments to develop National Action Plans implementing the Guiding Principles have been far too slow to materialise, with only twelve NAPs being launched to date. Yet, the number of ongoing processes is promising, particularly in South America, although we have yet to see how meaningful and future action oriented their outcomes will be.

The full study can be downloaded here.


Public consultation on Europe for Citizens

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In the context of the mid-term evaluation of the Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020, a public consultation in all official EU languages was launched on 9 January on Your Voice in Europe (see:  ) and on DG HOME’s website (see: It will remain open for 12 weeks (until 10 April).

The aim of this consultation is to collect views and opinions on the results and impacts of activities and projects co-financed by the Europe for Citizens programme between 2014 and 2016 and to assess their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value.  Contributions are sought from individuals, programme stakeholders, public authorities, civil society, beneficiaries and non-successful applicants.

Upcoming seminar on EU energy, climate and environment policy in Brussels

 PONTFrom 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 full description of the seminar and practical information on how to apply can be found here: Call for applications PONT II.

TEPSA-Clingendael event on the Rule of Law in the EU

Clingendael Event: From Broadening to Managing the Rule of Law

TEPSA organized, together with the Clingendael Institute an expert lunch workshop ‘From Broadening to Managing the Rule of Law Agenda’ in Brussels on Tuesday 6 December 2016.


12.30: Light lunch and opening Jan Marinus Wiersma, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute
12:35 – 12:45: Opening Remarks by The EU’s management deficit: from the internal market to the rule of law Adriaan Schout, Coordinator Europe, the Clingendael Institute, and Michiel Luining, Researcher, the Clingendael Institute
12:45 – 13.00: Feedback, comment and link to The European Pact for democracy, human rights and the rule of law by Sophie in ‘T Veld, Rapporteur on the EU Mechanism on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Discussion Conclusions
13.00-13.45: Discussion
13.45-14.00: Conclusions by Jan Marinus Wiersma, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute


Read the policy paper “Diagnosing the EU’s rule of law deficit” and find more information on the event here. 

TEPSA now has a Youtube channel


TEPSA is now also on Youtube with its channel available at:

Check out the videos from the Careers Skills Training here. 

The TEPSA Secretariat welcomes its new Trainee

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAeUAAAAJDc5ZDY1OTA3LTdiMmYtNDgwNS05Yjk5LTg1OTAyN2U0NTIzYgAnja is project assistant at TEPSA since January 2017, where she contributes to the management of EU-funded projects such as FEUTURE, on EU-Turkey relations, and PONT, related to professional training on EU affairs. She also provides assistance with the studies conducted for the European Parliament’s Policy Department for External Relations and helps in the organisation of the biannual TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference. In addition to this, she is the editor of TEPSA’s newsletter and supports the management of TEPSA’s website and social media profiles.

Anja is a Law graduate at both the University of Bologna and King’s College London, where she has completed a Transnational Law LL.M. Her field of specialisation is European migration policies, with a primary focus on their interaction with other EU external policies and the externalisation of migration control. Before joining TEPSA, Anja has researched at the Italian International Affairs Institute (IAI), and worked at the British Refugee Council and UNHCR.

Open Public Consultation on the Interim Evaluation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism


The main purpose of the Interim Evaluation is to assess the implementation and performance of Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 which establishes a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (“Union Mechanism”). The Evaluation will provide a clear indication of whether the general and specific objectives of the Union Mechanism are being met. The evaluation will also aim to identify any shortcomings and lessons learnt, thus informing any proposal for amendments to the Decision, if appropriate. The activities being evaluated refer to the following time frame: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2016.

The objective of the Open Public Consultation is to give EU citizens and all concerned stakeholders an opportunity to express their views on the performance of the Union Mechanism during the first three years of implementation.

The consultation will be open from 24.11.2016 to 23.02.2017 and targets all citizens, public and private organisations.

Anyone interested in participating to the Open Public Consultation will need to fill in the Online Questionnaire based on their level of knowledge of the Union Mechanism.

Questionnaire for respondents with no prior knowledge of the Union Mechanism

Questionnaire for respondents familiar with the Union Mechanism

The results of the Open Public Consultation will feed into the Interim Evaluation of the Union Mechanism. The European Commission will publish a Staff Working Document, including a summary of the results of the consultation mid-2017.

More information about the consultation are available here.

In memoriam of Baron Philippe de Schoutheete de Tervaren

baron philippe de schoutheetePhilippe de Schoutheete’s life and work document a historical period – significant for the integration process of Europe overall. More than just by his skills as diplomat he was also a model for the intensive and productive cooperation between those with practical responsibilities for EU policies and politics, and us in the ivory tower, responsible for proper academic research and teaching. As a bridge between practitioners and scientists, he was active in many joint ventures, such as Theseus – Establishing a European Society, or the Jean Monnet Project SUMMIT. He was always open for discussions with several generations of EU scholars.

Philippe de Schoutheete contributed with seminal articles to the reality focused research on the early European Community. Only recently, he still published ‘La création de l’Euro’ (2016). One of his foci was however the Political Cooperation, e.g. with ‘La coopération politique européenne’ (1980). As co-editor of the volume ‘Foreign Policy of the European Union: From EPC to CFSP and Beyond’ Philippe de Schoutheete was a highly esteemed and generous colleague.

A second focus of Philippe de Schoutheete was the European Council, on which he published ‘The European Council’ (2002, with H Wallace) and ‘The European Council’ (in J Peterson and M. Schackleton: ‘The institutions of the European Union’, lastly 2012). As for his knowledge on this key institution, it was logical that he became Member of our SUMMIT Advisory Board and supported our work with his excellent analyses, his thoughtful and to the point comments at conferences and helpful input whenever needed. We thank him sincerely for his kind, continuous encouragement and will remember his gentlemanlike friendliness.

Baron Philippe de Schoutheete (1932-2016) was ambassador in Madrid, political director at the Belgian Foreign Ministry and Belgium’s permanent representative to the European Union from 1987 to 1997. He was special adviser to Commissioner Michel Barnier and has been Guest Professor at the University of Louvain and at the College of Europe Natolin (Poland) as well as Senior Fellow of the European Department of Egmont Institute (Royal Institute for International Relations).

EU Diplomacy Lecture “The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, 17 years on” by Dr. Javier Solana, 27 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges

The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges is organising the third “EU Diplomacy Lecture” in Bruges. Dr. Javier Solana, President of the ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Madrid-Barcelona), and former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, will deliver a high-level lecture on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. As the EU finds itself surrounded by a host of challenges, the time has come to take decisive steps to boost the Union’s common foreign and security policy. Dr. Javier Solana will outline the current state of the conflicts surrounding the EU’s borders and offer his outlook for the future. In this context, he will also analyze the new approach offered in the EU Global Strategy. The lecture will be followed by a short Q&A session and a reception.

To register (until 24 October 2016), and for more information, please visit the website.


Open call for applications – PONT Career Skills Training

PONT training October 2016 Call Final (deadline 21_09)

Public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights

European-Commission-logoThe European Commission (Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs, Economic and Financial Affairs) has launched a public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The consultation seeks to make an assessment of the present EU social “acquis”, determining the extent to which existing rights are practiced and remain relevant or whether and where new ways to deliver on these rights should be considered; to reflect on new trends in work patterns and societies due to the impact of new technologies, demographic trends or other factors of importance for working life and social conditions; thirdly, to gather views and get feedback on the role of the European Pillar of Social Rights as part of a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union.

This will serve to discuss its role, scope and content, to reflect on the particular needs of the euro area and to discuss the specificity of the principles proposed. Finally, this reflection exercise should also help Member States outside the euro area to determine whether to opt in

The consultation will be open from 8 March 2016 to 31 December 2016. For more information on the consultation and to learn how to submit your contribution, please click here.


Call for Papers “The Political Role of the European Central Bank in European Union Governance”

Uni DuisburgConference at University of Duisburg‐Essen (Germany), 5‐6 April, 2017

Conference conveners Michael Kaeding and Sebastian Heidebrecht cordially invite you to submit proposal abstracts focusing on aspects related to “The Political Role of the European Central Bank in European Union Governance”. Selected papers will be published in a conference transcript (edited volume). Additionally, a selection of papers will be considered for a special issue in one of the leading EU journals.

Aim of the conference

Beyond core functions of central banking, the European Central Bank (ECB) plays an increasing role in the emerging new European economic governance framework and in creating and maintaining the European financial infrastructure. Further, the central bank’s relations with European and international institutions and EU member states change and are expanding. Also, in the years since the financial crisis the social and institutional embeddedness of the central bank, as well as the legal architecture and more generally the consequences of the institutional heterogeneity of the monetary union have changed significantly.
The conference aims at analyzing those and related recent developments by bringing together insights from different disciplines, such as political science, economics, law, history and sociology.

It aims at:

  • Examining the political role of the ECB in the European Union governance framework;
  • Developing the outlines of an innovative research agenda; stimulating contacts by bringing together junior and senior international and interdisciplinary researchers working on the ECB, the European Monetary Union, as well as practitioners, politicians and the civil society;
  • Exploring the possibilities for closer cooperation in projects on practical aspects of the European integration process.

Deadline for submission of paper proposals: October 31, 2016

Click here to download the call for papers.

Seminar “The European Arrest Warrant: Ten Years of Practice” 22-23 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)


Target group

Practitioners in the fields of the judiciary (judges, prosecutors) and law enforcement (police, customs and other national forces), defence lawyers, administrators and officers from EU institutions and agencies, officials in ministries of justice and the interior and law-makers/legislators.


The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is the seminal instrument in the field of EU judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It is widely used and has proved to be an efficient tool in accelerating the execution of warrants and surrender procedures in cross border criminal cases within the EU. At the same time the EAW still poses a number of issues – mostly related to constitutional and fundamental rights protection – that Member States find difficult to accommodate in their respective legal systems. It is in this context that the seminar is willing to map out the operational success of the EAW and discuss the concerns present in the application of the EAW.

Learning methodology

A mixture of presentations, case studies, discussions and workshops.


The purpose of the seminar is two-fold: firstly, to provide participants with information on the use, domestic application and evaluation of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Emphasis will be made on how to issue an EAW, how the various grounds of refusals are understood by national judiciaries and what are the issues that defence lawyers may want to look at. The practical administration of EAWs will be complemented however with the discussion of constitutional and fundamental rights issues that posed difficulties in applying the instrument and gave rise to litigation before both the Court of Justice of the European Union and the national courts.

EIPA members’ fee: €810

More information and registration here.

Seminar “Performance Assessment: Skills for Leadership” 19-20 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

EIPATarget group

Middle and higher management of public administrations, at the national, regional and local level.


It is very important for managers to be aware of the most recent developments in different topics of public administration, and what this means for their personal function within the organisation. Leadership is very important for motivating staff of a public administration. Changes within governments, other objectives and goals, requires leaders who can take their staff with them in other directions, based on an outcome of democratic developments. In particular, working in a political environment demands special qualities of leaders in public administration. This seminar aims to demonstrate this, as well as providing the relevant tools to deal with those situations.

The seminar aims to be as paperless as possible. During the seminar you will be able to access all seminar materials, including the presentations, using a tablet. At the end of the seminar you will also receive a login and password to download all seminar materials.

Learning methodology

The seminar will include theory in the form of interactive presentations and exercises. There will be an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’.


The goal of this seminar is to give participants an insight into the developments in the functioning of public administration and to bring some skills into practice. The experience from these two days can be taken home to their own organisational surroundings. Participants will be able to recognise situations earlier and to act more adequately.

EIPA members’ fee: €900

More information and registration here.

Seminar “Mastering Theory-Based Impact Evaluation” 19-20 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)


Target group

This two-day seminar is directed towards public officials from EU Member States, candidate countries, the EU institutions and other multilateral institutions, as well as auditors, consultants, staff of NGOs, and other stakeholders involved in the process of impact evaluation of policies, programmes and projects.


In the past, evaluation focused to a large extent on the mechanisms of delivering programmes or projects. In other words, they focused on the implementation process. Relatively little attention was paid to evaluating the impact of interventions that were being financed.

While in recent years substantial efforts have been made to promote and disseminate (quantitative) counter-factual impact evaluation practice  there is much less sharing of good practice concerning so-called theory-based impact evaluation. However, while counter-factual impact evaluation can tell us how much impact an intervention makes, theory-based impact evaluation is crucial to increasing our understanding of why certain interventions work or do not work. Without this understanding, it is impossible to improve interventions. In addition, in many cases counter-factual impact evaluation is not actually a viable method, and then theory-based evaluation can still inform how the intervention is contributing to change.

This seminar will therefore focus on this theory-based impact evaluation, drawing on the latest advances made in terms of methodology. The most cited methods – Process Tracing, Congruence Analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Pawson and Tilley’s Realist Evaluation, Mayne’s Contribution Analysis – will all be covered and put into perspective. Several cases will be used to exemplify these methods. The seminar participants will also undertake a number of exercises to better understand the methods. An important focus of the course will be to show how theory-based impact evaluation can match the rigour associated with counter-factual impact evaluation. The seminar is aimed at those experienced in impact evaluation who wish to further advance their capability in this field.

Learning methodology

The seminar is based on a range of presentations and interactive group work to enable participants to put their knowledge into practice. The seminar integrates case studies to allow participants to assess the quality of actual evaluations, and how they could have been improved.


By the end of the seminar participants will be able to design and commission theory-based impact evaluations.

Cost: €900

More information and registration here.

Seminar “Introductory and Practitioners Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice” 20-23 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)


Target group    

The seminar is intended for officials from national, sub-national and local authorities and other public bodies from the EU Member States, candidate countries and European bodies and organisations, who wish to familiarise themselves with European public procurement rules, policy and practice, as well as for other interested persons working in this field, for example representatives from industry and academia.


The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) is organising an ‘Introductory and Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ which will take place on 20-23 September 2016. The four-day programme will begin with an ‘Introductory Seminar: European Public Procurement for Newcomers to Procurement’, which will be held on 20 September 2016. The three-day ‘Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ will commence on the following day.

The seminar will cover the principles and procedures of European public procurement policy, focusing on the Public Procurement Directives and relevant case law. This comprehensive seminar is based on the Public Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, the Utilities Directive 2014/25/EU and the new Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts.

Learning methodology

A mixture of presentations, discussions and cases/exercises concerning actual procurement practice to be discussed in working groups.


The primary aim of this seminar is to present and explain the European rules and principles on public procurement in an accessible way and to enhance awareness of professional procurement practices. Most importantly, the seminar will offer an excellent platform for participants to exchange experiences and concerns in dealing with public procurement.

Cost: €1580

More information and registration here.

Seminar “Practical Tools for Implementation of EU Policies and Law at the National Level” 19-22 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)


Target group

Mid-level managers, officials and experts from ministries, central and regional agencies and authorities responsible for or involved in drafting, coordinating and/or implementing European Union legislation at the national level.


This workshop deals in a very practical way with specific aspects concerning political, legal, economical, process and managerial questions related to implementation of EU policies and law at the level of the Member States. It also illustrates the need for timely and appropriate implementation, as well as possible consequences of non- or incorrect implementation. To allow participants the highest possible degree of attending training tailor-made to their interests and needs, the programme is divided into two separate two-day modules, each of which can be attended separately, or which can be attended together. The first module focuses on the implementation obligations, the law approximation process, national coordination of the law approximation efforts, notification to the Commission and the consequences of non-, incomplete or late implementation.

Introducing the European Smart Regulation Strategy, the second module focuses on pre-implementation impact assessment and introduces post-implementation measurement of outcomes.


This highly interactive workshop is based on a combination of presentations, problem-solving learning sessions, exchanges of experience, case studies and simulations.

Aims and objectives

The overall aim of the workshop is to provide the participants with a better understanding of national and the Commission’s needs with respect to the implementation of European Union legislation. More specifically, the objectives of the workshop are:

  • to transfer methodology and the practical tools necessary to ensure compliance with EU membership obligations;
  • to provide guidance on balancing domestic and supra-national political interests on the one hand, and constitutional and legal requirements on the other;
  • to introduce ‘European Smart Regulation’ and how Impact Assessment supports better regulation;
  • to enable participants to identify and measure the impact of transposition of EU legislation at the national level;
  • to introduce the objective and methods of measuring and monitoring the outcome of implemented EU legislation;
  • to learn by doing and exchange experiences with colleagues from other countries.

Note: Due to the highly interactive nature of the programme, the number of participants is limited to 20.

EIPA members’ fee: €1575

More information and registration here.

Seminar “Financial Management of EU Structural and Investment Funds”, 27-28 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)


The seminar will cover all the essentials of Financial Planning and Management, Financial Control and Audit for Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period. The first part of the seminar is dedicated to programme finance and the new accounting year, looking at what goes into the annual accounts and the calculation of the annual balance. It also considers the process of interim payments in detail. This is followed by an in-depth examination of the new eligibility of expenditure rules and an analysis of the particular financial management challenges facing Managing Authorities, seen from a Member State point of view. This includes a review of good practice for financial planning and addressing n+3.

Day 2 starts by looking at financial control and audit, again from a Member State perspective, focusing on the new requirements for the various authorities. The seminar then examines how to use the range of Simplified Cost Options, designed to simplify financial management and control. Information on the content of European Union guidance documents will be referenced throughout the seminar. We hope to share experiences from Member State authorities. The seminar will compare the new rules for 2014-2020 with the situation for the 2007-2013 period.

Learning methodology

The speakers at the seminar will be high-level representatives of Member States’ authorities, as well as regional experts and consultants. The seminar will also include workshops and exercise sessions where examples and case studies will be presented, encouraging the participants to exchange practical examples, experiences and good practice in managing EU Structural Funds.

As the seminar will be of a participatory nature, the participants will be strongly encouraged to actively take part in discussions throughout the entire programme. Moreover, they will have ample opportunity to informally exchange views on the seminar topics, both with the speakers and with each other.

Target group

This seminar is intended for practitioners from national and sub-national authorities and from other public bodies of the EU Member States (and associated countries) working with ESI Funds. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners working with the Structural and Investment Funds, such as universities, NGOs, employers’ associations, consultants.

  • Bring together practitioners and experts from the European, national and sub-national level, to enable them to share experiences and identify cases of good practice in financial management.
  • Discuss ways of implementing financial management, control and audit rules, such as eligibility of expenditure, financial controls, audit practices.


EIPA members’ fee: €900

More information and registration here.

Seminar “The Common Assessment Framework: The Reference Model for Total Quality Management in the Public Sector” 27-28 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)


Target group

Public top and middle managers as well as quality and change managers, interested and/or involved in introducing management tools and quality management techniques in the public sector (ministries, agencies, regional and local administrations, education, police, healthcare, etc.).


The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a total quality management (TQM) tool specifically designed for the develop-ment of TQM in public sector organisations, starting with a self-assessment of their organisational performance leading to an effective improvement plan that brings the organisation step-by-step to the maturity level of Excellence. Since the launch of the first version in 2000 and revised versions in 2002 and 2006, more than 3700 organisations in many countries within and outside of Europe have implemented the CAF. On the basis of an in-depth study on the implementation of the CAF 2006 in which 400 users participated, the CAF 2013 version was realised and is now the new standard.

Performance management in public administration has a long history, and in all probability, a long road ahead. Nonetheless, performance management is not without its problems. Practitioners, management consultants, as well as academics, have sought solutions in response to the paradoxical and often problematic nature of performance management. New Public Management reforms worldwide have introduced a variety of performance measurement and management practices.  Recent evolutions have corrected some aspects of the NPM and broadened the scope towards New Public Governance forms. This evolution from the traditional Weberian bureaucratic public organisation over the New Public Management towards the New Governance approach follows different rhythms in the different European countries and public organisations. But performance management has gradually become an integral part of all modern governance arrangements. What was missing is the global, holistic approach integrating all aspects of the functioning of public sector organisations, driving them towards Excellence and the ultimate level of performance. The Common Assessment Framework 2013 provides this approach.

This three-day seminar will focus on the total organisational performance. In fact, Total Quality Management has evolved towards overall organisational management, including all aspects of the functioning of public administrations and the results they achieve. Performance is looked at in the two senses of the word: performance as the way we do things, and performance as the results we achieve and the outputs and outcomes we deliver.

Learning methodology

The programme will be implemented through a variety of training methods, presentations, discussions, group work, skills practice etc.


At the end of this three-day training, the participants should have a clear understanding of:

  • the CAF 2013 quality model itself, the scoring system and the self-assessment process;
  • the specificity of the CAF 2013 in relation with the CAF 2006;
  • how to implement the CAF 2013;
  • how to use the CAF for self-assessment and formulate improvement actions;
  • how to prioritise improvement actions on a short-, medium- and long-term basis;
  • how to play the role of a coach to support their own and maybe other public sector organisations in applying the CAF.

EIPA members’ fee: €1089

More information and registration here.

Seminar “Tackling the Skills Gap – The Golden Key to Economic Growth” 26-27 September 2016, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)


Target group

This seminar has been especially designed for individuals working in the fields of education and training, economic growth, employment and the labour market at national, regional and local level. This includes managers and expert practitioners from ministries and government agencies responsible for economic growth, skills development and employment creation, regional development agencies, employment services, vocational training institutions, chambers of commerce, industry organisations, trade unions etc.


The seminar has been developed in cooperation with the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) and the Danish finalist project of the European Public Sector Award 2015 – ‘FREMKOM – Future Competencies of Region North Denmark’.

The seminar is an opportunity to learn about the newest EU initiatives, trends and tools in relation to skills anticipation, and methodologies for skills foresight, as well as to gain practical insight from the EPSA finalist project FREMKOM on how to design and manage innovative methods for sustainable skills development strategies based on social dialogue and strong stakeholder involvement.

Skills are a key factor in the prosperity and economic growth of the regions of the EU. Despite high unemployment, many employers report difficulties in recruiting staff with the right skills. There is an urgent need for better anticipation of the needs of employers, to make better use of existing skills and for development of the skills that are needed by the labour market.

Effective skills strategies are based on three main pillars: firstly, the availability of reliable and robust labour market data to identify and analyse current skills gaps; secondly, the anticipation of trends and of future needs for skills; and thirdly and most importantly, translating this information into actions though the better matching of the supply and demand for skills.

Matching the supply and demand of skills involves cooperation, mediation and negotiation between the education systems and the business sector, while also adjusting supply and demand. Effective matching requires the implementation of coherent and regular anticipation procedures, with policies based on reliable data, diagnosis and monitoring tools.

A wide range of methods and tools have been developed and applied at European, national, regional and sector level, using qualitative and quantitative approaches, ranging from quantitative, model-based approaches to sector studies, employer surveys and qualitative foresight. What has proven most successful is a mix of approaches, regular application and improvements, and a social partnership approach at the regional and local level.

Learning methodology

The seminar applies a practice-learning method. Participants will be actively involved during the two days in tailor-made exercises and will benefit from the EPSA 2015 finalist project FREMKOM to illustrate a successful methodology in tackling the skills gap through the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the joint development of regional skills strategies.


Participants will gain insight, practical tools and methodologies relating to:

  • State-of-the-art skills identification methodologies and how to replicate them in their own contexts;
  • How to engage relevant stakeholders in effective skills development systems;
  • Ensuring sustainable investments in skills;
  • How to design, manage and sustain the processes to develop robust joint skills strategies matching the future skills needs.

EIPA members’ fee: €900

More information and registration here.

Workshop “EU Fact Finding”, 7 October 2016, College of Europe


This intensive half-day workshop is organized by the College of Europe Development Office on 7 October 2016. During this workshop, participants learn to find their way through the ‘jungle’ of EU-related websites in order to be able to quickly and effectively search for relevant information on EU legislation, policies and institutions. Participants will receive a certificate testifying their acquired knowledge of the EU institutions, and ability to wade through its vast amount of information.

More information can be found here.

Alumni Roundtable and Honorary Lecture “What’s wrong with the European Union?“, 27 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


On Thursday, 27 October 2016, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe will celebrate its first ten years.

This event primarily aims at the alumni and students of the College of Europe but is also open to the wider public (online registration required by Monday 24 October at 12:00 noon).

Draft programme (more details will become available soon):

9:30: Welcome by Prof. Dr. Sieglinde GSTÖHL, Director, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies

9:45: Roundtable discussion “EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies: Past, Present, Future” with alumni of the ten past promotions (from Copernicus to Chopin)

11:00: Coffee break

11:30: Introduction of the laureate Prof. Dr. Dieter MAHNCKE, Visiting Professor at the College of Europe for 40 years and founding Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, by Prof. Dr. Olivier COSTA, Director, Department of European Political and Administrative Studies

11:45: Honorary lecture by Prof. Dr. Dieter MAHNCKE, “What’s Wrong with the European Union?”

12:30: Conferral of the title of Honorary Professor to Prof. Dr. Dieter MAHNCKE by the Rector of the College of Europe, Prof. Dr. Dr. Jörg MONAR

12:45: Lunch buffet

About the speaker 

Dieter MAHNCKE has been visiting professor at the College of Europe for forty years (1976-2016). During this time, he was also Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Chair for European Foreign Policy and Security Studies (1996-2010), Director of the Department of European Political and Administrative Studies (1996-2008) and founding Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies (2006-2010). Among his previous professional affiliations are the University of the Armed Forces in Hamburg, the Office of the German Federal President and the German Federal Ministry of Defence. He holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA and PhD from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC, and a Habilitation from the University of Bonn.

More information can be found here.

“10 years of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies”, 27 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


27 October 2016
VE.AUD.1, Verversdijk, Bruges campus, Verversdijk 16, 8000 Brugge

The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe is looking back on ten successful years with over 700 alumni worldwide. Launched in September 2006, the MA study programme responded to a growing interest among students, scholars and practitioners in the European Union’s external relations and in European diplomacy. This anniversary also provides an occasion to look into the future of the study of EU external relations.

On 27 October 2016, the Department will celebrate this anniversary with a day of events:

9:30-11:00         Roundtable discussion “EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies: Past, Present, Future” with alumni of the ten past promotions (from Copernicus to Chopin)

11:30-12:30        Honorary lecture “What’s wrong with the European Union?” by Prof. Dr. Dieter MAHNCKE, founding Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe for 40 years; conferral of the title of Honorary Professor of the College of Europe.

​Further information and free online registration for the roundtable and/or honorary lecture can be found here.

16:45-18:15       EU Diplomacy Lecture “The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, 17 years on” by Dr. Javier SOLANA, President, ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics, Barcelona-Madrid; former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union.

Registration and information here.

18:30                      Reception

For further information about the day of events, please visit

Re-Inventing Europe Youth Conference – 2016 Edition, 22 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


22 Octo0ber 2016
Auditorium 1 and 2, Verversdijk, Bruges campus, Verversdijk 16, 8000 Brugge

The European project stands at a cross-road. The Brexit referendum, migration crisis, the persisting institutional flaws of the euro zone, the turbulences in Ukraine and increasing euroscepticism are only some of the challenges to the European Union. An ambitious Youth Conference aims to provide the necessary impetus for reinventing Europe.


coe1The Re-Inventing Europe Youth Conference aims to bring together politicians, academics and young leaders. After the initiation of the debate about Europe’s future at the Harvard University’s ‘European Conference’ in March 2013, some former students of the College of Europe decided to drive forward these discussions by organizing an ambitious high-level conference on an annual basis. In the fourth year of its existence the Re-Inventing Europe Youth Conference in Bruges has become one of the most renowned youth events in Europe.

This year’s conference will take place on 22 October 2016. Various high-level stakeholders will take the opportunity to discuss sustainable solutions to the challenges ahead of the European Union. This project, initiated in 2013, builds on an extensive network of universities, think tanks, foundations, and sponsors. Among our prestigious partners have been the Bertelsmann Stiftung, EuropaNova, Freshfields, Yale University, Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), VoteWatch, Think Young and the Young European Federalists.


This year’s Re-Inventing Europe Youth Conference seeks to engage the audience by covering the most pressing issues of Europeans and of the Europeans in 2016. It will consist of three keynote addresses and four panel discussions. Past distinguished speakers of this conference project and its partners include Herman VAN ROMPUY, Xavier BETTEL, Miro CERAR, Didier REYNDERS, Yves LETERME, Pierre MOSCOVICI, Oliver BÄTE (Allianz), Erika MANN (Facebook), Daniel GROS (CEPS), and many more. You can find the full programme here.


A debate on the future of the continent requires the input from the young generation. Being aware of the College of Europe’s reputation as graduate institute educating Europe’s future leaders, we call our project a Youth Conference and invite the young generation to voice its visions about the future of Europe. All of our panels incorporate representatives of the young generation. We reach out to the interested public with a livestream that can be followed worldwide and an extensive coverage of the conference in the social media. Since the conference is as inclusive as possible, entry is free for everyone. We look forward to welcoming you in Bruges on 22 October 2016!

If you would like to get more information about the Re-Inventing Europe 2116 edition you can visit or send an email to clemens•domnick©gmail•com  (clemens•domnick©gmail•com)  .

Course “Towards EU Migration Management”, 26–28 September 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


This course will offer an up-to-date overview of the Migration and Asylum regulatory framework in place at the moment. It will analyze the instruments put in place by the European Union to face this crisis and support the Member States on the management of migration flows, borders and relocation. The first part of the course will focus on the legal aspects, whereas the second part will look into best practices, including a case study from a Member State.

More information can be found here.

Conference “The European Union and Peacebuilding”, 17 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


17 October 2016, 14:00 to 18:00
AUD 1, Verversdijk, Bruges campus, Verversdijk 16, 8000 Brugge

The European Union increasingly responds to crises and addresses longer-term security threats around the world. The Lisbon Treaty stipulates that the European Union aims to “preserve peace, prevent conflicts and strengthen international security” (Article 21:2 TEU). Peacebuilding is generally understood as comprising a range of measures that try to reduce the risk of (re-)lapsing into conflict by strengthening a country’s capacities for conflict management, laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development. In the EU’s external action, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and mediation have gained importance in recent years.

Peace and conflict prevention/resolution is also one of the declared areas of focus of Rotary International, the international service organization which unites over 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. For many years, Rotary members have organized special programmes, campaigns and service projects to prevent and mediate conflict by addressing its underlying structural causes, including poverty, inequality and lack of access to education. Every year, Rotary’s Peace Center Programme provides special grants – so-called Peace Fellowships – for up to 100 individuals to study peace and conflict prevention in one of six partner universities around the world.

This conference will address various aspects of peacebuilding. The keynote address will be delivered by the leading peace researcher Peter WALLENSTEEN, Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Richard G. STARMANN Senior Research Professor of Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. He will present the notion of quality peace which stresses the importance of civil society, security, governance, economic reconstruction, and reconciliation (including transitional justice).

The keynote address will be followed by a roundtable with Visiting Professors from the College of Europe, focusing on the EU’s role in peacebuilding, and a presentation of the Rotary Peace Fellowships. The conference is organized by the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies together with The Rotary Foundation.

Participation in the conference is free of charge but registration is required by 12 October (noon).

The programme: is available here.

Practical information can me found here.

For more information please contact sabine•dekeyser©coleurope•eu  (sabine•dekeyser©coleurope•eu)  .

Please register here.

Training Course “Monitoring and Evaluation of EU External Cooperation”, 21-23 November 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


21-23 November 2016
Bruges campus, Dijver 11, 8000 Bruges, Belgium

This advanced training course organized by the College of Europe Development Office in Bruges, provides participants with a detailed presentation of the main principles and techniques of monitoring and evaluation of European external cooperation projects. The main focus of the course will be on the understanding of concepts and tools for effective monitoring and evaluation, as well as on their role and importance throughout the project cycle.

More information can be found here.

A special discounted package is offered to participants who register to both the Monitoring and Evaluation of EU External Cooperation course and the EU Project Management course. Please find more information about the EU Project Management course here.

Seminar “Trade Policy and the TTIP”, 24-27 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges

CoE24-27 October 2016
College of Europe, Bruges campus, Dijver 11, 8000 Bruges

A four-day seminar organized by the College of Europe Development Office in Bruges, this training session is designed to offer a thorough and detailed introduction to trade law and the WTO, and to the EU’s trade negotiations with other large trading blocks, such as the USA. It provides the participants with a comprehensive analysis of the significance of the International Trading System. This seminar is designed for officials from EU institutions and agencies, and from national administrations.

More information can be found here.

Seminar “Negotiations in Practice” 14-18 November 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


14-18 November 2016
College of Europe, Bruges campus, Dijver 11, 8000 Bruges

The purpose of this seminar is to train professionals to become strategic and effective negotiators. It will enhance negotiation and communication skills that are used in interactions of different actors both between and within EU institutions, by means of interactive training sessions, workshops and simulation games.

More information can be found here.

International Conference: “The Fate of Freedom in Eastern Europe: Autocracy – Oligarchy – Anarchy?” 22-23 September 2016, College of Europe (Natolin)


The European Civilization Chair at the Natolin (Warsaw) campus of the College of Europe, will be hosting its largest event yet on 22-23 September 2016: the International Conference “The Fate of Freedom in Eastern Europe: Autocracy – Oligarchy – Anarchy?”.


Conference topics

This major international conference addresses a timeless problem posed by many thinkers since Aristotle – the degeneration of various forms of government: of monarchy into tyranny, of aristocracy into oligarchy and of democracy into anarchy.

Leading historians, political scientists, public intellectuals and politicians will gather to consider whether ‘Eastern Europe’, understood for these purposes as the region between Poland and Russia, has from the Middle Ages to the present been historically fated to experience the failure of every form of government based on freedom. Or whether – au contraire – the nations of the region (not just the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but also including the old kingdoms of Bohemia and Hungary) have for many centuries sustained a rich potential for personal liberty and government by consent. In this context participants will discuss the relationships between freedom and oligarchy, citizenship, diversity, autocracy, anarchy, sovereignty and democracy. These problems are of crucial importance to European civilization as a whole.

Programme in English | Programme in Polish


The conference will be held in English and Polish, with simultaneous translation provided. No fee will be charged for attendance, but as places are limited we ask all interested persons to register in good time by writing to Mrs Anna BANACH at anna•banach©coleurope•eu  (anna•banach©coleurope•eu)  .

Training Course “EU Economic Governance”, 17-21 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


17-21 October 2016
College of Europe, Bruges campus, Dijver 11, 8000 Bruges

About of the course

This one-week interactive course is delivered by high-level experienced professionals  and designed for participants to learn about EU Economic Governance, to share experiences, discuss current challenges and to improve their negotiation skills. After giving a general introduction to the EU’s economic policy and integration, practical sessions and exercises will explain to the participants how the European economic governance has evolved and will further cope with the challenges of the 21st century.

Learning methodology

The programme combines training sessions on both substance and skills:
Interactive training sessions examining theoretical and practical aspects of EU Economic Governance; A workshop and a case study designed to present and develop essential skills and discuss current issues; A feedback session to consolidate knowledge and encourage debate;
Debates to promote networking and exchange experiences with lecturers and peers.

Why participate?

  • Update and improve your knowledge and understanding of the EU’s economic governance and the recent reforms following the economic and financial crisis;
  • Acquire relevant skills such as negotiation and legal drafting;
  • Participate in a Study Visit and discuss challenges of economic governance with EU officials;
  • Explore the role of the EU’s economic policy and economic governance more generally;
  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn in a multicultural environment and extend your personal and professional networks.


Register here.

Practical information can be found here.

The programme is available here.

Training course “EU Diplomacy & Diplomatic Skills”,10-12 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


10-12 October 2016, 09:00
College of Europe, Bruges campus, Dijver 11, 8000 Bruges

The College of Europe Development Office is organising a specialized training course on the main policy issues of EU external relations, at the Bruges campus on 10-12 October 2016. To provide participants with valuable insight into the workings of the EEAS, the seminar will cover the complexities of EU external affairs through a dynamic and comprehensive approach, offering workshops, case-studies and debates. It will be delivered by a faculty of excellence, consisting of distinguished academics and practitioners.

More information can be found here.

Workshops “Dialogue across Borders – Overcoming Borders through European Integration” from September 2016, Centre International De Formation Européenne (CIFE)


Altea France in association with CIFE, YIHR and CBM are pleased to announce their upcoming programme supported by the French-German Youth Office (OFAJ) “Dialogue across Borders – Overcoming Borders through European Integration”.

An exceptional opportunity to meet and engage with youth from France, Germany, Kosovo and Serbia in Cologne, Nice and Belgrade and Pristina. The programme consists of a series of 3 workshops intended for youth (18-29 years old) who are nationals of France, Germany, Kosovo and Serbia. The programme targets youth who are interested international communication, mass media and/or solving issues regarding dialogue between communities, countries and European organisations.

The workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Cologne, Germany: 6-11 September 2016

Nice, France: 20-26 November 2016

Serbia/Kosovo (places to be determined): 4-12 March 2017

The interactive programme will consist of joint reflection and analysis of intercultural challenges, inputs from participants and experts, visits and exchanges with key organizations and institutions, as well as training and exercise elements. The main objective of the programme will be to develop and improve the participants´ skills and working knowledge on outreach and communication.

More information can be found here.

Alumni meeting “Rome Regional Alumni Meeting”, 30 September 2016, Centre International De Formation Européenne (CIFE)


A summer university programme will take place in Rome at the end of September on the topic: “Migrants in Europe: Borders, Human Rights and International Security”. At the end of this programme, an alumni meeting will be organised especially for the students of the different programmes of CIFE. This Alumni meeting will begin in the evening of Friday 30 September (closing session of the Mediterranean summer university) and end in the afternoon of Sunday 2 October.

More information can be found here.

Presentation “ Riga Dialogues Afterthoughts”, 14 September 2016, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)


14 September 14, 11:00
Hotel Bergs (Elizabetes iela 83/85)

Presentation of the Riga Dialogues Afterthoughts, a collection of articles published as a result of the “Riga Dialogue 2016: Building Bridges for Euro – Atlantic Security”. It will include contributions on security challenges faced by the Euroatlantic community and possible ways forward. For more information on these and other events, please follow or LIIA’s Twitter & Facebook.

A new book and experts’ panel discussion “EU’s economic presence and Europeanisation in the Eastern Partnership countries”, 25 August 2016, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)


25 August, 15:00-17:00
Astor Riga Hotel (Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 10)

LIIA will present a new book on the EU’s economic presence and Europeanisation in the Eastern Partnership countries and hold an experts’ panel discussion. The book will provide theoretical and practical insights on the Europeanisation transformations taking place in the Eastern Partnership countries and how the economic ties between the EU and the partners affects these transformations. The book will consist of a collection of articles written by a group of international and local scholars and the subject matters considered will include the adaptability and challenges of EU’s external governance in a tense geopolitical environment, the effectiveness of the Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, analysis of specific country situations and a comparison of the partners’ potential for a consistent Europeanisation.

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania

penn_logoThe Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania was initiated to provide a single source of information on think tanks.

During the last ten years, data has been collected on over 6500 think tanks from 169 countries. Information in the database can be sorted by institution, region, country, zip code, and reports produced.

The programme collects and analyzes information about think tanks through surveys so that national, regional, and global trends can be identified.
With a view to updating the Global Think Tank Database, the University of Pennsylvania invites all interested think tanks to complete a survey by 30 June 2016.

The Think Thank Survey can be accessed here.

For any further information, you can contact Dr James McGann at jmcgann©wharton•upenn•edu  (jmcgann©wharton•upenn•edu)  .


International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”, 21-22 September 2016, Institute of International Relations, Prague



IIR4The International Symposium of the Czech Foreign Policy is, as its name suggests, a conference focusing on different aspects of the Czech foreign policy from the point of view of different fields of research. It strives to bring together specialists, politicians, academicians, the public and the media to enable a broad exchange of ideas and experience. The intellectual interaction of academicians and politicians is one of the core benefits of the event, which has, throughout the years, gained the respect of both the research community and other groups of interest. The Symposium as such is an evolving event that is open to new ideas, welcoming bright minds from around the world, although its main focus is on the Czech foreign policy and its neighbourhood. This year’s topic is “Strategy in Foreign Policy”.

ASEM seminar on “Asia and Europe in the XXI Century. Challenges of the New Silk Roads”, 30 June 2016, Italian Parliament

IAI50 In cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental forum for dialogue and cooperation established in 1996 to deepen relations between Asia and Europe. In view of the 11th ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in July 2016 in Mongolia, the Italian MFA and IAI organise a joint event on 30 June at the Italian Parliament to discuss the outcome of the 9th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP9) held in April and offer useful feedbacks.

The programme of the event is available here.

Please register here.

CIFE Summer University Programme 2016, Centre International de Formation Européenne



This year’s weekly courses on a variety of European topics take place in Split (Croatia), Warsaw (Poland), Batumi (Georgia), Slobozia (Romania) and Silistra (Bulgaria), Canterbury (UK).
For more info, please visit

Foreign Policy debate in the conversation festival “LAMPA”, 2 July 2016, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)



The Latvian Institute of International Affairs will hold a foreign policy debate in the conversation festival “LAMPA”, which will take place in Cēsis on 1-2 July. Venue and time: July 2, the stage “Uzzibsnī”, 12:00-13:45.

News from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)


The Latvian Institute of International Affairs is continuing to work on the book “The Economic Presence of the European Union in the Eastern Partnership States: Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.” The publication is expected to take place in July/August.

UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Public Consultation on revising the European Consensus on Development

European Commission logoThe European Commission (Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development) has launched a public consultation on revising the European Consensus on Development.

The consultation seeks the views of all interested parties (citizens or organisations) on how development policy, in the context of EU external action as foreseen by the Lisbon Treaty, should respond to the range of landmark 2015 summits and conferences, and also to the rapid changes happening in the world.

Views from this consultation will be used to inform the way forward on the revision of the European Consensus on Development and other external aspects of 2030 Agenda implementation.

The consultation will be open from 30 May 2016 to 21 August 2016. For more information on the consultation and to learn how to submit your contribution, please click here.

News from the Centre of International Relations of University of Ljubljana

CIR LjubljanaMarko Lovec, research fellow at Centre of International Relations (CIR) of University of Ljubljana, won one of the 2016 Visegrad Fund visiting grants. He will be conducting research on negotiating Transatlantic Trade and investment Partnership in agriculture at the Institute of International Relations in Prague during July and August 2016.

40th Anniversary Conference of the Danish European Community Studies Association, Danish Institute for International Studies, 6-7 October 2016


The annual DSE conferences provide a unique setting for EU and European studies scholars from Denmark and beyond to discuss new research, meet colleagues and engage with the topic of Europe and European integration.

This anniversary edition will also feature more festive activities including a high-level debate on current European affairs open to the public and presentation of a festschrift celebrating the DSE and Denmark’s relationship with the EU.

The conference will be co-hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Institute for International Studies on 6-7 October 2016.

Conference theme: Renationalization of European politics?

It is often claimed that renationalization can be understood both as a central problem and key solution facing Europe at this juncture, but is this accurate? The past year has revealed deep cracks in the foundations of the European project, exemplified not least by the re-introduction of border controls and the rise of nationalist parties across the continent. Two separate countries in very different circumstances have come so close to leaving the European Union that Grexit and Brexit now are household terms. Simultaneously, there have been renewed calls for national parliamentary controls over the EU policy process amid a European legitimacy crises, centered not least on the inability of EU institutions to deal with a multitude of diverse crises and a resurgence of intergovernmental decision-making structures. In the wake of the economic crisis, even the ‘unstoppable’ trend of financial globalization was reversed and most strongly so in Europe. Is renationalization the best concept to understand these developments?

This year will feature a keynote address by Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor of European Politics at ETH Zurich, who has published extensively in leading journals on European integration and, more specifically, on differentiated integration, EU enlargement and democratization. The topic of the keynote will be European integration in times of crisis.”

More information can be found on the conference website.

2nd International Conference “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC) – Conflicting liberalism and economic patriotism in present day capitalist systems”, IWE Budapest, 10-11 November 2016

HungaryThe Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, together with the Center for European Neighborhood Studies, Central European University, is organising the 2nd International Conference “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC) – Conflicting liberalism and economic patriotism in present day capitalist systems”. The conference will take place on 10-11 November 2016.

Since its beginning the Conference has been trying to document the extent and reach of state capitalism around the world and explore its economic implications. The 2016 Conference aims particularly at exploring the ideas around liberalism and economic patriotism in present day capitalist systems.

The idea of the conference is to collect contributions on the clashes of liberal economic thought and economic patriotism on national and supranational levels during the past 10-15 years. Main strands of interest are the transition process in Central and Eastern Europe, European integration (“fortress Europe” vs. TTIP, conflicting national and supranational interests), emerging markets in world trade and capital flows as well as theoretical contributions on liberalism and economic patriotism today.

The keynote speakers will be Leszek Balcerowicz (Warsaw School of Economics) and Ben Clift (University of Warwick).

Conference fees:

Access to the Conference, Conference lunches, Conference breaks Conference dinner
Registration fees: 100 euros (if paid after September 17, 2016)
Early bird (if paid before September 16, 2016): 80 euros
Reduced registration fees (for PhD students if paid before September 16, 2016): 40 euros
Reduced registration fees (for PhD students if paid after September 17, 2016): 50 euros

For all information and updates, please visit the conference website.

The organisers welcome high quality contributions proposing advances in the field of theory, empirics or policy. The call for contributions is available here. The deadline for contributions is 1st July 2016.

EU Diplomacy Lecture “The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, 17 years on” by Dr. Javier Solana, 27 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges is organising the third “EU Diplomacy Lecture” in Bruges.

Dr. Javier Solana, President of the ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Madrid-Barcelona), and former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, will deliver a high-level lecture on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. As the EU finds itself surrounded by a host of challenges, the time has come to take decisive steps to boost the Union’s common foreign and security policy. Dr. Javier Solana will outline the current state of the conflicts surrounding the EU’s borders and offer his outlook for the future. In this context, he will also analyze the new approach offered in the EU Global Strategy. The lecture will be followed by a short Q&A session and a reception.

To register (until 24 October 2016), and for more information, please visit the conference website.

Conference “Between Cooperation and Competition: Major Powers in Shared Neighbourhoods – Lessons for the EU”, 22 September 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


On 22 September 2016, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, in cooperation with the UN University-Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies organises the international conference “Between Cooperation and Competition: Major Powers in Shared Neighbourhoods – Lessons for the EU”.

The conference aims at comparing major powers’ interactions in ‘shared neighbourhoods’. Starting from the EU perspective, it considers the EU’s neighbourhood policies vis-à-vis its Eastern and Southern neighbours and then looks for comparisons with other major global powers with neighbourhood policies, the US, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China), Turkey and the Gulf states

For more information on the conference and to register (before 19 September 2016), please visit the conference website.

5-day PONT Career Skills Training in Brussels

PONTIn 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 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 EUR 250. All other expenses, like accommodation, are to be covered by other sources or by the participants themselves.

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

Inauguration of the Chair in European Values: discourses and prospects

4 May 2016, 17:45
BOZAR, rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels

In the presence of Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, and of Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the European Council.

At a moment when the European Union’s foundations are put into question – with a barely tamed euro crisis, a divisive refugee crisis, and growing public disenchantment – it seems more urgent than ever to examine what makes Europe unique. What unites the people on our continent: culturally, politically, and historically? The Chair in European Values: Discourses and Prospects, a joint project between the UCL and the UAntwerp, is dedicated to the study of European values. Do we share a common heritage? What to make of value differences between East and West or North and South? How to deal with the current challenge of migration? How to promote a better public appreciation of the interaction between Europe’s unity and diversity? How can the diversification of our cities stimulate cultural exchange and understanding? Working on the intersection between social science, history, and philosophy, the new Chair aims to provide insights and strategies to students, policy-makers, and the wider public alike.

More information and the programme of the event can be found here.

European Commission’s Public Consultation on a proposal for a mandatory Transparency Register

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The European Commission seeks the views of all interested parties on the performance of the current Transparency Register for organisations and self-employed individuals engaged in EU policy-making and policy implementation and on its future evolution towards a mandatory scheme covering the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.

This public consultation has a twofold objective: (1) to gather views on the functioning of the current Transparency Register and (2) to receive input for the design of the future mandatory regime of registration announced in President Juncker’s Political Guidelines. The purpose is to assess and understand what has worked well so far, what can be improved and how, in order to ensure that the Register fulfils its full potential as a meaningful tool governing relations between the EU institutions and interest representatives. The results of the public consultation will feed into the preparation of the proposal on a mandatory Register by the Commission.

The period of consultation is from 01/03/2016 to 01/06/2016.

More information about the public consultation can be found here.

EIPA Summer School on EU Economic Integration and Local & Regional Development


Barcelona, 27 June – 1 July 2016

Over the course of this Summer School the main aspects and challenges of economic integration, the aftermath of the financial crisis, and regional and urban development strategies will be discussed and analysed using real life business cases.

Additionally, the way in which territories can steer their own economic destiny and boost growth through dedicated policies and drivers, while at the same time enhancing territorial cohesion and making smart use of the available EU supportive resources will be illustrated. This will be achieved again by using examples – in particular, results-orientated good practices that make use of different EU funds.

This practical and interactive programme will conclude with an examination of seven steps to achieve public management excellence as a basis for territories’ competitiveness and success.

This annual Summer School is a unique opportunity for participants to exchange with and learn from leading-edge experiences and to receive practical instruments and advice.

For more information, please have a look at the programme and registration form.

Seminar “Public Health and Human Rights – Current Challenges and Possible Solutions”

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The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights in Venice is organizing the seminar Public Health and Human Rights – Current Challenges and Possible Solutions, to take place on 19 May 2016 on the Lido, Venice. The issue of global health governance deals with the question how to regulate efficiently a panoply of actors in global health, such as international organisations, States, NGOs (including philanthropic foundations), private-public partnerships, pharmaceutical companies, individuals and others. The seminar on public health and human rights will host some of the most renowned experts on health related human rights. Their presentations will be organized in three panels: (a) public health and human rights at national, regional and national levels; (b) global health security and the protection of human rights; and (c) public health systems and prevention of human rights. Presentations in each panel will be followed by an interactive discussion with other participants. The key-note lecturer at the seminar is Prof. Stefano Semplici, from “Tor Vergata” University in Rome and a former Chairperson of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. Other lecturers include: Prof. Brigit Toebes (Groningen), Prof. Vesna Švab (Ljubljana), Dr. Gorik Ooms (Protection International), Dr. Sondus Hassounah (Imperial College), Dr. Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy (Hertfordshire), Prof. Stefania Negri (Salerno), Prof. Stéphanie Dagron (Geneva), Rossella Miccio (EMERGENCY) and Prof. Sarah Hawkes (University College London).

More information can be found here.

News from the Centre d’Etudes Européennes of Sciences Po

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New website

The CEE has a new website. The new address is:

Visiting Researchers

The Centre d’Etudes Européennes is regularly hosting guest researchers and doctoral students from foreign institutions who take an active part in our scientific activities. These stays often allow them to explore, build or pursue research cooperations with CEE researchers.
The CEE is pleased to welcome in the next months:

  • Sonja Avlijaš, Post-doctoral Researcher at European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (April – June 2016)
    Research Interests: Capitalist diversity, labour markets, economic restructuring, knowledge economy, social investment state, gender, Eastern Europe
  • Athanassios Gouglas, PhD at KU Leuven Public Governance Institute (April 2016)
    Research Interests: Parliamentary/legislative turnover, political elites, comparative politics, comparative public policy, political advisers, ministerial advisers, ministerial cabinets, policy advice.
  • Fuchen Li, PhD at Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy and Management (March – April 2016)
  • Sean McDaniel, PhD at University of Warwick (April –July 2016)
    Research Interests: Social democracy ; The Labour Party ; Le Parti Socialiste ; austerity ; global financial crisis ; comparative political economy

EEAS’s East StratCom Task Force publishes two weekly newsletters


The EEAS’s East StratCom Task Force was set up following the European Council in March 2015, which asked the EU High Representative to submit, in cooperation with EU institutions and Member States, an action plan on strategic communication in order to address Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns. As part of this effort, it offers two public, weekly newsletters to stay up to date with the latest disinformation stories and narratives:

  • The Disinformation Review collects examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation articles and stories all around Europe. Every Tuesday, it gives you precise data on where disinformation has appeared, showing the trend of the week. See what it looks like.
  • The Disinformation Digest analyses how pro-Kremlin media see the world and what independent Russian voices say. Every Friday, it shows key trends on Russian social media, so you can put pro-Kremlin narratives into their wider context. See what is looks like.

You can sign up to receive the English newsletters here and subscribe to the Russian versions here. You can also keep in touch with us on Twitter by following @EUvsDisinfo.

At the same time, the Disinformation Review depends on a network of contributors who follow the pro-Kremlin disinformation in their countries and report it to us. We are constantly looking for new partners who might help us exposing the disinformation campaign in all European countries. If you know anyone who might be interested in cooperating with us on this, or if you yourself would care to help us, receiving some additional visibility through that, don’t hesitate to contact Jakub•kalensky©eeas•europa•eu  (Jakub•kalensky©eeas•europa•eu)  .

For more details about the East StratCom Task Force, you can consult the Questions and Answers.

New publications from the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne


Oliver Höing, Weder Stabilitäts- noch Transferunion: Der Europäische Stabilitätsmechanismus in einer reformierten Währungszone, in: Integration 1/2016, pp. 17-31.

Tobias Kunstein & Wolfgang Wessels, Meilensteine in der politischen Entwicklung der Integration. Vom “verspäteten Mitglied” zum “verlässlichen Kerneuropäer”? in: Griller, Stefan/Kahl, Arno/Kneihs, Benjamin/Obwexer, Walter (eds.): 20 Jahre EU-Mitgliedschaft Österreichs. Auswirkungen des Unionsrechts auf die nationale Rechtsordnung aus rechtswissenschaftlicher, politikwissenschaftlicher und wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Sicht, Vienna, pp. 57-76

New publication by Andrew Duff, “The Protocol of Frankfurt: a new treaty for the eurozone”


At a time when the EU finds itself in a perfect storm of crises which it seems unable to overcome, a bold move is needed to reinvigorate the EU’s system of government and stave off the risk of disintegration. In order to address the inherent weakness of the EU’s monetary and economic governance, this pamphlet proposes a new treaty for the eurozone: the Protocol of Frankfurt. Written by Andrew Duff, former Member of the European Parliament and Visiting Fellow at the EPC, it is the first ever attempt to draft a treaty aimed at setting up a fiscal union. “The Protocol of Frankfurt provides the constitutional framework for a proper economic government and will, hopefully, also serve to accelerate the debate on the Five Presidents’ Report”. Realising that the time is not ripe for a major constitutional overhaul, the pamphlet instead puts forward a shorter treaty revision that concentrates on re-engineering the Maastricht arrangements for the economic and monetary union, taking on the form of a Protocol to be added on to the existing Treaties. Article 48(2) of the Treaty on European Union allows the government of any member state, the European Parliament or the Commission to table amendments to the Treaties. Our hope is that somebody, informed by this draft Protocol, does just that.

Click here to access the publication.

Upcoming event at the Centre for Small State Studies of University of Iceland: Small States Summer School 2016

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20 June-2 July 2016

The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland offers an intensive two week summer course sponsored by an Erasmus+ grant, focusing on opportunities and challenges of small European states in the 21st century. The course brings together many of the leading scholars in the field of small state studies who have substantial knowledge in various diverse disciplines such as political science, economics, history, public policy and sociology. This offers an innovative and exciting forum to debate contemporary issues concerning small states.

The 2016 Small States Summer School will be held from Monday 20 June to Saturday July 2.

The summer school, titled Small States in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges, is organized around four interlinked pillars each identifying a specific set of challenges and opportunities for small states. The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland organizes the Summer School in cooperation with five other universities who are leaders in the field of small state studies: The University of Copenhagen, Vilnius University, Tallinn University of Technology, University of St. Andrews and the University of Malta. The Centre for Small State Studies is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.

More information can be found here.

SUMMIT Roundtables on the European Council, Spring 2016

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After the project’s kick-off conference ‘Grasping the European Council: Raising Awareness for a Key Institution’ in January with many participants from the TEPSA network, the SUMMIT roundtable series will enable debates with academics, practitioners and the general public on a European Council topic in selected European cities. The topics include the European Council as ‘constitutional architect’, its internal dynamics, its role in the institutional balance of the EU and specifically vis-à-vis the European Parliament. Roundtables will take place at the Europe House in Vienna (18 February), at the College of Europe in Natolin (8 April), at the Charles University in Prague (14 April), at the IAI in Rome (20 April) at the University Vilnius (26 April) and at the TAU in Istanbul (4 May). All interested persons are cordially invited.

More information can be found here.

CALL FOR PAPERS EGA ISCTE-IUL 2016 international conference “Europe as a global actor, 23-24 May 2016


Deadline: 26 March 2016

Notification of acceptance will be communicated on the 9th of April 2016.

In the context of new changes in the global security environment and of the subsequent development of new tools and approaches in the EU’s external action, including the first steps towards a new European Security Strategy, the Centre for International Studies at ISCTE-IUL (University Institute of Lisbon) is organizing an international conference, to be held in Lisbon, between May 23rd and 24th 2016. This interdisciplinary conference aims to understand the trajectories and potential of the EU as a global actor in areas related, but not limited, to security and defence.

The proposed papers should follow the main topics of the conference:
– The development of a new European Security Strategy
– The comprehensive approach in EU external action
– Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
– Crisis management
– The refugee crisis and the EU’s response to asylum seekers
– Terrorism and organized crime
– Other threats to European and Global security
– The European Union and its Strategic Partners

How to submit:

Proposals (in English) should be submitted in the application form available here and include:
– Name, institutional affiliation and a short biographical note (550 characters with spaces)
– Title
– Abstract (1400 characters with spaces)

Additional information can be found here.

All inquiries should be sent to: europeglobalactor•cei©iscte•pt  (europeglobalactor•cei©iscte•pt)  

SUMMIT kick-off conference, 28-29 January 2016, Brussels: “Grasping the European Council – Raising Awareness for a Key Institution”

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Under the slogan “Grasping the European Council – Raising Awareness for a Key Institution” the SUMMIT kick-off Conference and PADEMIA workshop gathered about 70 academic experts and practitioners for enriching discussions about the European Council’s performance, its role in the EU’s political live and about problems of researching this institution.

Exclusive insights could be gained by contributions of Herman VAN ROMPUY (President of the European Council Emeritus), Martin SELMAYR (Head of Cabinet of the European Commission), Didier SEEUWS (Head of Cabinet of the previous President of the European Council, now Director for Transport, Telecom and Energy of the Council of the European Union), Zoltán MARTINUSZ (Director for Enlargement, Security, Civil Protection, Foreign Affairs Council Support of the Council) and Shahin VALLEE (former economic advisor to European Council President Van Rompuy).

The participants deepened their discussions in eight working groups with different focuses on this key EU institution.

The SUMMIT project (Studying the European Council – Mastering and Disseminating Knowledge about a Key Institution) is dedicated to the European Council, and aims to contribute to the promotion of European Union studies by providing the latest research-based knowledge about this key institution.

More information about the SUMMIT project

Public consultation on ‘A renewed Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education in the European Union’

logo_enEuropean Commission’s public consultation on ‘A renewed Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education in the European Union’

The European Union aims to support higher education institutions and national authorities responsible for higher education to build highly effective higher education systems. The EU’s priorities in the area of higher education are currently set out in its “Agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems

In a fast changing world, it is important that the EU’s priorities and activities reflect the real needs of higher education in Europe. For this reason, the European Commission is currently reviewing the existing agenda to ensure what it does is as useful as possible.

Target groups include students, higher education institution staff and researchers, social partner organisations representing employers and workers, governmental bodies, relevant associations, and umbrella organisations.

The period of consultation is between 27/11/2015 to 29/02/2016.

More information can be found here.

Public consultation of the European Commission

logo_enPublic consultation on EU Citizenship: Share your opinion on our common values, rights and democratic participation

The European Commission is welcoming responses from all EU citizens, organisations and other stakeholders concerned with advancing EU citizenship.

The period of the consultation is from 14 September to 7 December 2015

For more information:

Cool Industries for the Creative City (CICC) project, September 2013-April 2014, IRMO

Logo project1Logo project2The Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) is carrying out the Cool Industries for the Creative City (CICC) project, started in September 2013 and running until April 2014, focusing on the capacity building of the cultural/creative industries of the city of Zagreb. This research-consultancy project is a follow up of previous activities of the Institute’s Department for Culture and Communication in the field of cultural/creative industries, and represents an implementation phase, introducing cultural/creative industries into Zagreb’s public policies. The main objectives of the CICC project are to: a) stimulate the socio-economic development of the city through cultural/creative industries, b) create a greater visibility of the city c) ensure the sustainability of the cultural/creative industries sector. For more information please visit:

EC launches 2014 European Research Area Survey

RP LuxoThe EC has launched the 2014 edition of the European Research Area (ERA) Survey on how to implement a ‘single market’ within the EU for researchers, knowledge and technology. Taking into account the EC’s aim that all the elements should be in place to create a properly functioning ERA by 2014, the 2014 ERA Survey is therefore “crucial for identifying areas where progress has been made and where further efforts are required”. The results of the Survey, which follows on from a similar exercise in 2012, will also be “aggregated at national level to reflect the overall state of play in each country”. The deadline for sending responses is 21 March 2014.

The Survey, which contains a range of questions but has been streamlined compared to the 2012 edition, has been divided into two formats – one for ‘organisations that fund research’ and one for ‘organisations that perform or perform and fund research’. Accordingly, national Research Councils/funding agencies as well as universities and research institutes are encouraged to complete the survey. The results of the Survey will also feed into the development of the next ERA Progress Report, due to be published later in 2014.

Further information
The Survey can be accessed here.

Editorial TEPSA Newsletter February 2014: “European Union Cooperation: The Art of Explaining”, by Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

5133718252_5efaeb86d5_zThe upcoming elections of May for the European Parliament are a test case for the public support and, in a way, the credibility of the EU cooperation.

In many member states euro scepticism is gaining importance. Furthermore, in all member states the support for European cooperation has been affected negatively by the economic crisis.

People are already concerned that an important number of euro-sceptics will win a seat in the European Parliament. Apart from that, the risk of a low turnout does exist, as evidenced in earlier elections.

Obviously, a discussion about the ins and outs of European cooperation is a good thing. However, such a discussion should be organised in a balanced and nuanced manner. In debates of euro-sceptics one often hears only shouting, one-liners and slogans. Nonetheless, it is the full story that should be told and explained.

So far, from the side of national governments there is hardly any input to this debate. Yet, an adequate response is desperately needed.

In order to tell the whole story it seems that three things are important:

1. To demonstrate the necessity and importance of international cooperation,

2. To explain the adequacy of the EU framework for that purpose and, connected to that,

3. To explain the originality of the decision-making procedures.

As to the need for international cooperation one merely has to refer to the global threats and challenges of today’s world, such as the economic crisis; asylum and immigration; environmental protection, climate change and energy; scarcity problems with regard to water and food; combat of poverty; and combat of terrorism. All issues mentioned are, one way or the other, related to our security. Moreover, because all of them have an international character, it is obvious that individual countries are not able any more to cope with these matters on their own. On the contrary, the need for international cooperation is clearly indicated.

In Europe we have an appropriate framework for cooperation between states at our disposal: the European Union with its institutions and legal instruments. Indeed, different from other international organisations where essentially decisions having a political character are produced, it is in the framework of the EU -a community of law- that policies can be truly developed.

Then, when one analyses the essentials of the decision-making procedures of the EU it becomes apparent that member states are in fact fully in control. Because, they -as ‘Herren der Verträge’- are the ones who negotiate and conclude the basic texts, the treaties. They are also the ones who -in the European Council, the framework of member states’ representatives at the highest political level- establish the general political guidelines including the policy priorities of the EU as well as the timetable for their completion.

It is only within the framework thus established by the member states themselves that the so-called supranational procedures are of application: the exclusive right of the Commission, (qualified) majority voting in the Council, and co-legislative competences for the European Parliament. Last but not least, the Court of Justice controls the legality of the acts of the institutions.

All these elements have their justification. The Commission operates in the general interest of the European Union and not with national interests in mind -which is the natural attitude of member states. Majority voting does contribute to the efficiency of the cooperation. The European Parliament is directly elected and their co-legislative (and co-budgetary) powers illustrate the democratic character of the process. Finally, the presence of an independent judiciary underlines the rule of law nature of the EU cooperation.

All in all, it is not difficult to argue that the EU decision-making process on an overall basis is a democratic one.

That being said, if there is a problem with regard to the popularity of the European Union -and there certainly is one- the problem is not so much related to the democratic character of the decision-making process but has to do with the legitimacy and the credibility of the process. Indeed, citizens are not aware of these elements or do not understand their exact meaning, and politicians do not explain them. Often one may even wonder whether politicians themselves do understand the process fully.

Be that as it may, the ‘distance’ between the citizen and the EU has become a serious and urgent problem and has to be overcome.

Of course, in order to solve these problems there rests a responsibility with the EU institutions, members of the European Parliament in the first place, the media and, certainly also, the citizen him or herself. Indeed, for ordinary people it is not difficult to be informed about all topical developments. One only has to consult the multitude of news sites available.

However, above all, the first to be held responsible in this process are national politicians: the members of national governments and parliaments. Members of national governments should present themselves as a dimension of an international layer of governance and have to explain the achievements of the Brussels’ discussions. They must provide information on how the process works and should not blame Brussels in case they have not been able to push their national points of view fully through. Members of national parliaments have to recognise that their European agenda gradually has become as so important, not to say more important, compared to the national one.

So, Brussels is us and we are Brussels!

The conclusion to be drawn from this is that in order to cope with the global challenges of today the EU framework is a suitable one. With regard to the objectives and the direction of the cooperation, the member states are the ones playing a determining role in the EU integration process. The supranational procedures are the instruments, nothing more and nothing less, allowing the European Union to implement the objectives set out by the member states themselves. Moreover, supranational decision-making serves the democratic character, the efficiency and the effectiveness of the overall process.

This has to be explained to the citizen. It is the primary role for the member states to do so.

Therefore, from a point of view of substance, citizens have all interest to cast their vote in elections to the European Parliament.

Politicians in their turn have to start working to explain the relevance of EU cooperation. They have to hurry up, the deadline until the end of May is short.

There is no time to lose!

Jaap W. de Zwaan

Secretary-General of TEPSA

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Consultation on the Notice on the notion of State aid

RP LuxoThe notice on the notion of aid is an integral part of the Commission’s State aid modernisation (SAM) programme. The notice intends to provide practical guidance in order to identify State aid measures pursuant to Article 107 (1) of the TFEU, which have to be notified to and approved by the Commission before being lawfully implemented. In doing so, the draft notice aims to cover all the constitutive elements of the notion of State aid: existence of an undertaking, imputability of the measure to the State, financing through State resources, grant of an advantage, selectivity and effect on trade and competition.

Period of consultation: 17 January 2014 to 14 March 2014

More information on the consultation can be found here.

Energy Efficiency: Progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework

RP LuxoThe aim of this public consultation is to seek the opinions of the general public and all stakeholders on the issues related to energy efficiency policies and measures for 2020 and 2030.  Particularly, the replies submitted to this consultation will provide an important input to the review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency target under Article 3(2) of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU. They will also be taken into consideration for the follow-up of the Communication “A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030” to establish the exact ambition of future energy savings policy and the measures necessary to deliver it.

Consultation period: 3 February 2014 to 28 April 2014

More information on the consultation can be found here.

New framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

RP LuxoThe main policy objective of this initiative is to support the objectives of the reformed CFP. Technical measures are a key tool to achieve these objectives.

Consultation on a new framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

The new framework will also contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy by simplifying the fisheries policy, which has been criticised as being overly complex and difficult to enforce.

This overarching policy objective will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

  • Creation of a simplified regulatory framework that allows for regionalisation of technical measures.
  • Reduction and avoidance of unwanted catches through improvements to fishing gears and effective spatial and temporal measures.
  • Minimisation of the ecosystem impact of fishing gears through the mitigation of incidental bycatch of endangered, threatened or protected species and reduction of fishing pressure on sensitive habitats.

This consultation should ascertain the views of the main stakeholders on how to achieve these objectives considering both the measures themselves and the governance structure within which they operate.

Period of consultation: 24 January 2014 to 25 April 2014

More information on the consultation can be found here.

Christmas Greetings TEPSA team

Goodbye, Marine!

Marine Jacob PictureMarine Jacob worked at the TEPSA Secretariat for eight months, from mid-April until the mid-December. Marine provided a great support to the TEPSA Team in Brussels notably in the organisation of conferences, her continuous involvement in European Parliament’s studies and workshops’ requests as well as her active implication in the setting-up of the new TEPSA website and newsletter.

During her internship Marine notably participated as co-author in the drafting of the TEPSA Brief on The issue of solidarity in the European Union as well as of the report of the European Parliament’s workshop on The EU and China: Strategic partners or global rivals? She also lately drafted the report of the European Parliament’s workshop on the Security Sector Reform (available soon).

We would like to thank again Marine for her involvement and great collaboration during her internship and wish her all the best for the future.

Learn more about Marine.

Public Consultations held by the European Commission

The Union’s humanRP Luxoitarian aid: Fit for purpose?

The purpose of this consultation is to obtain stakeholders’ views on the challenges, objectives and options to enhance the effectiveness and impact of the Union’s humanitarian aid (through operational, policy, organisational or other measures), taking into account the changing global context at the outset of the 21st century. The input gathered will feed into the Commission’s future initiatives on further increasing the impact of the EU’s humanitarian action. Your input will be most welcome by 15 March 2013. More information here.

Public consultation on the protection of business and research know-how

Keeping valuable information secret is often the only or the most effective way that companies have to protect their intellectual property (such as the results of their research and innovation efforts). Although patents play a decisive role in this area, there are limitations as to what can be patented. New business solutions, marketing data and many incremental technological improvements, for example, are not patentable). Concerns regarding the effectiveness of the legal protection against the misappropriation of trade secrets in the Internal Market are already being voiced. Deadline for a contribution: 8 March 2013. More information here.

Consultation on structural options to strengthen the EU Emissions Trading System

Stakeholders and experts in the field of the European carbon market are invited to comment on the structural options and views reflected in the report “The state of the European carbon market in 2012”, which serves as the consultation document. Deadline: 28 February 2013. More information here.

Ensuring Sustainable Development GLobally: EU follow-up to RIO+20

The objective of the consultation is to provide input to the European Commission for the development of specific actions and measures. It will serve as input to a Communication from the Commission on Rio+20 follow-up, planned for the first half of 2013. The consultation is also a complement to the Public Consultation “Towards a post-2015 development framework”. Deadline: 15 January 2013. More information here.

Consultation on “the future of EU-US trade and economic relations”

TEPSA would like to draw your attention to the following open consultation.

An open consultation has been voiced by the Directorate-General for TRADE published a Consultation on “the future of EU-US trade and economic relations”. This public consultation by the European Commission is aimed at all relevant stakeholders.

The US is a strategic partner of the EU. Both the EU and the US are strong promoters of free trade and investment and are among the most open economies in the world. The EU and the US are cooperating at the multilateral level and are engaged in numerous sector-specific bilateral dialogues aiming at increasing transatlantic economic relations. As a political body, the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) oversees and facilitates such cooperation with the aim of advancing economic integration between the EU and the US. To further deepen the transatlantic economic relations, the 28 November 2011 EU-US Summit launched a High Level Working Group (HLWG) on Jobs and Growth tasked with looking at all options to further increase bilateral trade and investment. The Group produced an interim report in June. A final report with recommendations to leaders is due by the end of the year.

The creation of the High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth is a significant event in transatlantic relations. It is currently injecting strong momentum into the transatlantic economic relationship. The objective is to identify policies and measures to increase EU-US trade and investment to support job creation, economic growth and international competitiveness of EU and US industry. The focus of the Working Group is on options where a common approach is likely to be beneficial for both economies and for the functioning of the global trade architecture. This encompasses, for instance, areas such as tariffs, non-tariff measures, services, investment, intellectual property rights and public procurement.

Building on the good existing relationship and cooperation between the EU and the US in fora such as the TEC and the High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum (HLRCF), the trade policy initiative envisaged by the HLWG is aimed at shaping the future framework of the EU-US trade relationship. It is consistent with the Commission’s view of trade policy as set out in the Communication Trade, Growth and World Affairs of 9 November 2010, which proposed to develop stronger relations with strategic partners such as the US.

This public consultation is intended to enable the gathering of detailed views relating to the future trade and economic relationship between the European Union and the United States. Taking into account the more general initial public consultation published February 2012, it aims at detailing and structuring the feedback of all relevant stakeholders. The results of both consultations will feed into the Impact Assessment DG TRADE is currently preparing. The Impact Assessment will help shaping the position of the Commission with regards to a potential bilateral initiative with the United States in the field of trade policy.

For more on the bilateral trade relation, the objectives and possible options for increased cooperation between the European Union and the United States please click here.

The period of consultation will last from 27 June 2012 to 27 September 2012.

More information on how to submit your contribution can be found here.


Call for Applications, Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellowships on “Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change”

4 Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellowships – Climate Change
1 Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Europe in the World

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Hertie School of Governance and Stiftung Mercator are pleased to launch the Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellowships as part of a joint research initiative culminating in a Symposium on “Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change” in late 2013. Honouring the intellectual legacy of Lord Dahrendorf, the Symposium is to offer European perspectives on climate change as a pressing global challenge.

The post-doctoral positions will be attached to one of five working groups:
1. Infrastructure and Climate Change, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin
2. Governance and Policy Aspects of Climate Change, Hertie School of Governance in Berlin
3. Social and Cultural Aspects of Climate Change, Grantham Research Institute, LSE in London
4. Economics and Climate Change, Grantham Research Institute, LSE in London
5. Europe and the World, Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (with some time to be spent at LSE in London)

The post-doctoral researchers will be expected to play an active part in a network of academics and policymakers, in workshops, and in the production of publishable policy-oriented papers for the 2013 Dahrendorf Symposium in Berlin. The posts will be filled between September 2012 and January 2013 for one year. For further information about the Dahrendorf Symposium please see:

• Excellent recent doctoral degree in the social sciences, including economics, law and history
• Demonstrated research experience relevant to one or more of the working groups
• A good working knowledge of English

How to apply
Queries and applications for position 1, 2 and 5 should be sent to Ms Brincker at the Hertie School in Berlin (info©dahrendorf-symposium•eu).For further information also go here.
Further information and online application for position 3 and 4 can be found here

Please submit:
• Cover letter stating which of the post-doctoral positions you apply for; attach 1-2 page description of potential research issues or questions to be addressed
• Curriculum Vitae and recent writing sample
• Three names of referees with contact details

The Fellowships include a competitive salary for an initial period of 12-month appointment (full time position), and a travel budget of 5.000 Euro.

Studies and workshops for the European Parliament

Under the European Parliament’s Framework Contract that TEPSA won in 2009, TEPSA was requested to organize two workshops commissioned by the Security and Defence Committee:


Workshop on EU-China relations

The main objective of this workshop was to analyse the impact of China’s policies on bilateral relations and on EU interests in the context of growing interdependence between the two sides. It was organised on the 21st of June at the European Parliament with the following experts: Dr. Hongyi Lai of the University of Nottingham on China’s domestic politics, Dr. Valérie Niquet of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) on China’s foreign policy and Mr Jonas Parello-Plesner of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) on the EU-China relations. The workshop started with a welcome address by the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrey Kovatchev followed by introductory remarks of the Chairperson of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China Mr Crescenzio Rivellini. After the presentation of the three experts, the floor was opened for questions and comments from Members of the European Parliament and other participants. The report of this workshop will be available soon onto our website.

Workshop on Nagorno-Karabakh: security situation

This workshop on the security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh took place on 20 June 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The main objective was to provide a description of the security situation in the region. Arnaud Danjean (Member of the European Parliament) introduced the debate and was followed by the presentations of three experts: Dr. Tracey German from King’s College London with an introduction to the Nagorno-Karabakh security situation, Dr. Adam Eberhardt from Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) with a countries briefing on Armenia and Azerbaijan and Dennis Sammut from LINKS on an EU approach and Instruments at our disposal. The discussion was oriented towards the security context in the region Nagorno Karabakh. All three experts evaluated the effects of a possible conflict spill across the region from a security, economical, and geostrategic point of views. Mr Philippe Lefort, EU special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia concluded the discussion. The report of the workshop will be available soon onto our website.

Moreover three other requests from the European Parliament are currently in preparation to provide expertise on: the EU approach to security sector reform, the maritime dimension of CSDP and the development of the European defence technological and industrial base. For more information on these upcoming requests please contact laura•ventura©tepsa•eu


Newsletter 2012-06




TEPSA Newsletter June Edition 2012


by Jean-Paul Jacqué

At the last Pre-Presidency Conference in Nicosia, TEPSA members took part in a lively discussion on the topic of solidarity. At this occasion, several participants questioned the legal validity of this principle. This editorial aims at providing some information on this issue.

It is perhaps a commonplace to state that once a society decides to set up frameworks in order to achieve a common goal, solidarity represents the cement of it – regardless of whether it is a fisher’s association or a state. From the beginning of European integration, the concept of solidarity was highlighted by Robert Schuman in his speech in the Salon de l’Horloge which referred to the creation of de facto solidarity. From Westphalia to Rome, we have moved from reciprocity to solidarity. The logic of the Monnet method and the spillover effect are based on this idea; when the challenges are beyond the capacity of a single state, it is necessary to address them jointly and the solidarities already created serve as cement for developing new ones. The concept of subsidiarity, as introduced into EU law by the Treaty of Maastricht, is another aspect of this solidarity. For the fields that can be managed by a single state, national solidarity is enough, however when a transnational link is established, solidarity plays a role at European level.

The concept of solidarity is very present in the treaties since there are six references in the TEU and six others in the TFEU. It is noteworthy that the term of solidarity appears as a mantra precisely in those areas where solidarity is weaker (three times in the CFSP, twice in the asylum and immigration). Article 80 TFEU even uses the term “solidarity principle”. One reference relates to energy, a new policy area introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon, another to the financial assistance as an exception to a bail-out, and also one related to the overseas territories. Finally, the treaty contains a solidarity clause in case of financial disaster or terrorism. This variety expresses an important aspect of the issue: solidarity is expressed in different ways depending on the policy of the Union in question.

The general reference to solidarity is made in the preamble of the TEU (“Desiring to deepen the solidarity between their peoples”), which comes on top to the classic statement of a ever closer Union. The new element is the one contained in Article 2 on values. Solidarity is not mentioned as a value here but as a feature of European society. This solidarity is not qualified. Is it the solidarity between member states or the solidarity among citizens within the EU or within the Member States? All forms of horizontal and vertical solidarity seem to be covered. Social solidarity is addressed more specifically in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. Under these conditions, is solidarity only one element, sometimes even hypocritical, of political discourse or does it have a legal value? The Court does refers to the principle as such, but mainly in infringement procedure cases.

In order for solidarity to be an operating legal principle it would require its content to be sufficiently precise to be legally tested. As noted by the Court in Case C-149/96 “a general principle of law cannot be derived from programmatic provisions that do not contain a specific obligation.” But the concept of solidarity is programmatic. This does not mean that the recourse to solidarity is stripped of any legal significance.

Solidarity is a constitutional principle inherent in the Union as stated in Article 2 TEU, but it is also a constitutional objective. The Union is based on solidarity and aims at amplifying it. The implications are twofold:

1. During the elaboration of the Charter, there were long discussions on the difference between principles and rights. The result of this is that rights are directly justiciable whereas principles are only justiciable through measures to implement them. Once a policy aims at strengthening solidarity, any attack on it is thus justiciable.

2. If a Union act goes directly against a principle or prevents its achievement, it is invalid (ECJ, 6 and 11/69). In this case, the Court stated that the establishment of preferential discount rates for exports constituted an infringement because it was opposed to the principle of solidarity, based on the community system in its whole.

Under these circumstances, the obligation or the objective of solidarity plays a key role when it materializes through positive or negative measures of implementation. It takes two forms: solidarity between member states and solidarity between citizens of the Union.

I. Solidarity between Member States

Without going into detail on all aspects of solidarity in Union’s policies, it suffices to take some examples such as the institutional solidarity and the financial solidarity.

A. Institutional solidarity

This solidarity is primarily expressed in the principle of loyal cooperation between member states and institutions enshrined in Article 3 TEU. This principle of loyalty is the natural outcome of solidarity since there is no solidarity without mutual trust in the compliance with all of its obligations. This aspect of solidarity is the translation of the rule Pacta sunt servanda in an institutionalized context familiar to lawyers in international law. Within the logic of integration, this rule is not left to the discretion of the individual subject to reciprocity. The rule is controlled by institutions and sanctioned by the infringement procedure. The Court does not say anything else in Case 39-72 where it finds that the non-respect by Italy regarding milk quota affects the balance between benefits and costs of the Common Agricultural Policy, calling into question the equality of Member States and therefore constitutes a breach of the principle of solidarity..

The principle of loyal cooperation takes three forms for member states: to take all appropriate measures to ensure the fulfillment of the treaty obligations, to facilitate the achievement of the Union’s tasks and to refrain from breaching the treaty. This latter requirement is not subject to a restrictive interpretation. In case 6 and 11/69 (aforementioned), France argued that contested measures did not fall under Community competence. The Court replied that the principle of solidarity requires that member states refrain from using their own competences to prevent the compliance with the Treaty. This will lead to important case law that subordinates the use of member states’ competencies in respect to the Treaty, on the basis of solidarity.

Similarly, when it comes to facilitating the achievement of the Union’s tasks, the Court considers it appropriate that member states should refrain from taking any measure which could jeopardise the achievement of the Union’s objectives. Consequently, in the case 266/03, Luxembourg was condemned for having concluded negotiations within the framework of a joint agreement while the Community itself had already opened negotiations.

Thereby, the solidarity principle under the form of loyal cooperation nourishes all the implementation mechanisms of EU law.

B. Financial solidarity

Leaving aside the economic and monetary solidarity which are subject of intense debates, the financial solidarity is one of the pillars of the Union. Budgetary solidarity is evident. Unlike the traditional international organisations, the Union’s budget does not cover merely the functioning of the organisation, but also policies that benefit member states in different degrees, particularly with regard to cohesion.

Union’s policies are based on a redistribution which is, by default, a form of solidarity. The extent of redistribution is certainly subject to constant controversies like witnessed by the claims of “net contributors” and the invocation of the principle of “juste retour”. But even in the British case, there is a place to solidarity as the rebate only covers 66% of the amount by which UK payments into the EU exceed EU expenditure returning to the UK.

The extent of solidarity is a political choice to be made at the time of discussing the EU’s own resources in connection with the Multiannual Financial Framework. But once a decision has been made, solidarity fully plays its role as noted by the Court in the case C-239/05 on the duty-free import of military equipment by Italy. The latter invoked Article 296 EC and the necessity to ensure its external security. According to the Court, this argument is not sufficient to evade from “the obligations imposed by financial solidarity as regard the community budget” at the expenses of other states.

Institutional solidarity is not the only one that has to be taken into account by the treaties. The solidarity between citizens plays an increasing role in the European Union.

II. The development of interpersonal solidarity

This type of solidarity finds its main scope of application within social policy. One could find applications in other fields such as the internal market. Yet in the social field, the development of citizenship shows an emphasis of solidarity at the Union level which may undermine the national solidarity.

A. European citizenship, a support for solidarity

European citizenship is reflected in a set of rights and duties both vis-à-vis the political authority and vis-à-vis the citizens. Of course, the first impact has been political (voting rights, consular protection abroad …), but the essential impact, and perhaps unexpected, comes from the combination of citizenship, freedom of movement and non-discrimination.

Freedom of movement gives access to social and health benefits in the host country. This situation was originally restricted to workers and has been extended to other citizens by law. But this extension was multiplied by the Court of Justice when it indicated that “citizenship is the fundamental status of member states to allow those among them, that are in the same situation to enjoy regardless of their nationality … the same legal treatment “(Martinez Sala, C-85/96). The Court’s jurisprudence will become more extensive, allowing family members of a citizen to benefit in some cases from advantages that are normally restricted to citizens when they are not citizens themselves.

European citizenship provides access to national solidarity in the name of European solidarity, but wouldn’t it in some situations represent a risk to undermine national solidarity?

B. Preservation of national solidarity

National solidarity is now the essential element of national identity. Each member state has developed its own system of redistribution citizens rely on. European solidarity complements these systems and does not challenge them. For this particular reason the treaty contains a number of safeguards designed to protect national solidarity. This is the case of the ‘brake’ clause on social security of migrant workers which allow the possibility to refer an act which would affect important aspects of national security system “regarding the scope, the cost or the financial framework, or would affect the financial balance of that system” to the European Council.

Similarly, Article 14 TFEU recognises the role of services of general interest in social cohesion and requires the legislator to take measures to enable them to accomplish their mission.

The jurisprudence of the Court has also expressed the will to preserve national solidarity. It is willing to do so by requiring the existence of a genuine link with the state of residence to receive certain benefits or by restricting the access to health services by the imposition of a permit from the state of origin to benefit from the reimbursement of certain hospital services delivered in another member state. Or by agreeing that one could limit the enrollment of students from another member state if the recruitment for a profession or the system’s financial balance is put into question.

There is a balance that requires an appreciation of solidarity. But one could question whether it is the judge should make that assessment, or whether the legislator should intervene.


Solidarity is a founding principle that nourishes the entire system. It is a source of rights in many policies, but has direct effect essentially only through its various implementations.

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Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute: Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague

The Institute of International Relations (IIR) is an independent public research institution which conducts scholarly research in the area of international relations since 1957. Its founder is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The IIR tries to form a link between the academic world, the public and the international political practice.

The main activities of the Institute of International Relations comprise the following:

  • Basic and applied research of international relations, often in the framework of Czech, as well as international, projects
  • Publication activities in the form of periodicals (IIR periodicals include the monthly magazine for the general public Mezinárodní politika, the theoretical journal Mezinárodní vztahy and the scholarly peer-reviewed biannual Perspectives, which is published in English), articles in scholarly literature, and policy papers.
  • Organization of scholarly events – national and international conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions and presentations (more than sixty per year).
  • Cooperation with many governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations from the Czech Republic and abroad.
  • The services of the library, which has a specialized library fund that provides public library and information services.
  • Doctoral studies, providing a common doctoral programme with the Metropolitan University of Prague.
  • Educational activities, student internships for students from all over the world.
  • Research: The IIR is the largest Czech research institution in the field of International Relations, European Studies, Security Studies and Area Studies. Its mission is to contribute to European and international IR research. In order to accomplish this goal, the IIR builds heavily on a robust body of basic and theoretical research which is subsequently translated into applied research as well as policy advising.

The IIR’s fields of research:

  • European Integration
  • International Security
  • Development Studies
  • Territorial Studies (Central Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, North America, the Balkans)
  • International Law and International Organizations
  • IR Theory and Research Methodology

For more information please refer to our website or read online.

News from the TEPSA Secretariat

New TEPSA website and new lay-out for the TEPSA Newsletter

From this edition onwards the TEPSA Newsletter will have a new modern lay-out. You will recognise all familiar categories like the editorial of TEPSA’s Secretary General Jean Paul Jacqué; introducing a TEPSA member institute; upcoming events; latest publications et cetera. The new TEPSA Newsletter is integrated in the new website of TEPSA, which can still be found at The new website will allow TEPSA to better communicate with the general public as well as specific target groups like policy-makers, journalists, academics, students, and others. The main innovation of the new website is the full integration of the TEPSA Newsletter. Sections of the Newsletter like introducing a TEPSA member institute, upcoming events of TEPSA members and latest publications of TEPSA members will be incorporated in the relevant sections of the TEPSA website. News on upcoming events, publications and vacancies within the TEPSA network will directly be added to the website. The bi-monthly Newsletter will nevertheless also continue to exist.

For TEPSA members these changes encompass expanded visibility and we hope this will lead to even more input from our members. With this integrated approach we will also deliver an improved service to all visitors on activities and research carried out within the whole TEPSA network.

If you experience any problems with the readability of the TEPSA Newsletter, or if you have suggestions for the Newsletter or website, please feel free to contact href="maito:%20Laura•Ventura©tepsa•eu">Laura Ventura or Marine Jacob  (marine•jacob©tepsa•be)  .

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

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

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TEPSA welcomes a new member institute: Institute of European Studies and International Relations (IESIR) Bratislava, Slovakia

On 14 June 2012 the General Assembly of TEPSA has unanimously voted in favour of the inclusion of a new TEPSA member: Institute of European Studies and International Relations (IESIR). IESIR will be TEPSA’s member institute in Slovakia and has been established within the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University.

For more information on IESIR website or read online.

Recent TEPSA events

Pre-Presidency Conference in Cyprus: The Cypriot EU Presidency 2012: Institutional consolidation and responding to new challenges, 14-15 June 2012

The Cypriot Pre-Presidency Conference took place on 14 and 15 June 2012 at the New Campus of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia. It was organised by KIMEDE (Cyprus Institute of Mediterranean European and International Studies, in cooperation with the Erasmus Academic Network LISBOAN, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), the Cypriot Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the University of Cyprus. This conference welcomed a broad audience of local politicians, representatives of the EU institutions and of local organisations but also researchers from EU member states and beyond.

The conference was opened with the TEPSA recommendations to the Cypriot presidency and followed by the presentation of the Priorities to the Cypriot EU Presidency. During the plenary session, TEPSA members took part in a lively discussion on the theme of solidarity: Which kind of solidarity? An analysis of the sharpened debate on the EU in the member states. The workshops have discussed about “The economic and social crisis in the EU”, “Free movement and migration”, “the EU Enlargement Policy” and “the EU’s external relations and diplomacy”. The participants have also tackled the sharpened debate of the solidarity at the European and national level. The Pre-Presidency Conference closed with a Plenary Session on “the reflections on Lisbon innovations and the role of the EU Council”.

Please download the programme here or read online.

LISBOAN 2nd Annual Conference on “Governance in and of the crisis – Lessons and options of Lisbon and beyond”, 10-11 May 2012

On 10-11 May, the LISBOAN second annual conference took place at Fondation Universitaire, rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels. After the first annual conference that was organised last June 2011, the second annual conference also brought together members from all 67 partner institutions. The topic that served as this …Read online.

Upcoming TEPSA events

THESEUS International Summer School and Simulation Exercise 2012 ‘The Future of EU Economic Governance’, 2-6 July 2012, Brussels

The International Summer School and Simulation Exercise on ‘The Future of EU Economic Governance’ will take place on 2-6 July 2012 at la Fondation Universitaire, Brussels. This event is co-organised by TEPSA and University of Cologne within the framework of the projects THESEUS ( The Summer School and Simulation Exercise will start on Monday 2 July 2012 until Friday 6 July 2012. The Summer School will gather about 20 students as to gain insight in and to discuss the broader subject of the Future of EU Economic Governance as well as to participate pro-actively in a simulation game on an EU Council meeting on Economic Governance together with academic experts and decision-makers. To 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. As in previous years the seminar will feature speakers and high-level experts from international organisations, business, politics, as well as recognised researchers. Iain Begg from the London School of Economics will accompany the seminar as THESEUS Resident Researcher. Beyond own teaching he will animate the debate and advice students on group and individual basis. The participants will have 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 will be followed by a European Council simulation exercise discussing future scenarios of a European economic government.

Please to read the draft programme.

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Studies and workshops for the European Parliament

Under the European Parliament’s Framework Contract that TEPSA won in 2009, TEPSA was requested to organize two workshops commissioned by the Security and Defence Committee:

Workshop on EU-China relations

The main objective of this workshop was to analyse the impact of China’s policies on bilateral relations and on EU interests in the context of growing interdependence between the two sides. It was organised on the 21st of June at the European Parliament with the following experts: Dr. Hongyi Lai of the University of Nottingham on China’s domestic politics, Dr. Valérie Niquet of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) on China’s foreign policy and Mr Jonas Parello-Plesner of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) on the EU-China relations. The workshop started with a welcome address by the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrey Kovatchev followed by introductory remarks of the Chairperson of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China Mr Crescenzio Rivellini. After the presentation of the three experts, the floor was opened for questions and comments from Members of the European Parliament and other participants. The report of this workshop will be available soon onto our website.

Workshop on Nagorno-Karabakh: security situation

This workshop on the security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh took place on 20 June 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The main objective was to provide a description of the security situation in the region. Arnaud Danjean (Member of the European Parliament) introduced the debate and was followed by the presentations of three experts: Dr. Tracey German from King’s College London with an introduction to the Nagorno-Karabakh security situation, Dr. Adam Eberhardt from Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) with a countries briefing on Armenia and Azerbaijan and Dennis Sammut from LINKS on an EU approach and Instruments at our disposal. The discussion was oriented towards the security context in the region Nagorno Karabakh. All three experts evaluated the effects of a possible conflict spill across the region from a security, economical, and geostrategic point of views. Mr Philippe Lefort, EU special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia concluded the discussion. The report of the workshop will be available soon onto our website.

Moreover three other requests from the European Parliament are currently in preparation to provide expertise on: the EU approach to security sector reform, the maritime dimension of CSDP and the development of the European defence technological and industrial base. For more information on these upcoming requests please contact laura•ventura©tepsa•eu

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News from TEPSA member institutes

Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), News

The history of the FIIA published Emeritus Professor Osmo Apunen has authored the history of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. The book is entitled “Silmän politiikkaa: Ulkopoliittinen instituutti 1961-2006“. It outlines the history of the Institute as well as the history of Finnish foreign policy since early 1960s. The book is available for purchase from the Institute for €20 + postage.

The Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs awarded The Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs (Ulkopolitiikka-lehti) has been awarded in the annual quality magazine competition of the Association for Cultural, Scientific and Advocacy Magazines (Kultti ry). The journal shares the first prize with the magazine Basso. The award was presented on 26 May at the World Village Festival in Helsinki. In 2008, the journal received a special mention in the competition.

Research projects The European Parliament has published a study by FIIA researcher Anaïs Marin entitled “Sociological Study on the Composition of the Belarusian Society”. She assesses the limited impact of the EU’s sanction policy and advocates the opening of a “third track” for building a real partnership with Belarusian society. The study also evaluates the potential for Belarus’s approximation with the EU within the Eastern Partnership in the wider geopolitical context of Belarus’s on-going integration with Russia.

Dr Hanna Ojanen has received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation to write a book on relations between the UN, NATO and the EU. The working title is “Power in Interorganisational Relations”, and the manuscript is planned to be ready at the end of next year.

Staff news Dr Calin Trenkov-Wermuth will join the Institute in July. He holds a PhD from University of Cambridge and his research focuses broadly on rule of law reform and transitional justice, as well as on European security politics. He is the author of United Nations Justice: Legal and Judicial Reform in Governance Operations (United Nations University Press, 2010). Dr Trenkov-Wermuth’s eight-month visit is part of TAPIR exchange programme (Transatlantic post-doc fellowship program for international relations and security). Johannes Urpelainen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Columbia University, will join FIIA for the month of August. His research interests include global environmental governance and he will be working on a joint-article with FIIA researcher Antto Vihma. Vihma defended his doctoral thesis Soft Law, Hard Law, and the North-South Politics of Climate Change? in the University of Helsinki main building on 20 June. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, Dr Sean Roberts joins the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia programme in June. Read online.

Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin, News

New online publication series: “IEP Policy Papers on Eastern Europe and Central Asia”

IEP Policy Papers on Eastern Europe and Central Asia are published in the framework of the research project “The EU’s policy towards Eastern Europe and Central Asia – A key role for Germany”. This project, which aims at analysing the EU’s relations with …

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Institute für Europäische Politik, Berlin, News

European Citizens’ Initiative launched: Great expectations – extensive scepticism

Since 1 April 2012 European citizens own a new right: the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). One million citizens have the right to invite the Commission to draft a proposal for a legal act that, in their point of view, should be managed by the Union. The IEP …

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Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)

Programme Universitaire d’été 2012 – Summer University Programmes 2012 All programmes are open for registration. Grants available under examination of the complete file.

  • Black Sea Summer University, September 7th to 13th, 2012 : Gediz University Izmir – Turkey Topic : « Geopolitics of the Black Sea …Read online.

Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)

Call for paper: The 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty: The Franco-German Alliance and European Integration, Engine or Directorate? The scientific quarterly journal L’Europe en formation invites would-be contributors to submit papers for consideration in a forthcoming thematic issue on “the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty: The Franco-German Alliance and European Integration, Engine or Directorate?”, to be …

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Centre international de formation européenne CIFE

Call for application With the European Online Academy (EOA), CIFE in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Cologne organises the Certificate (one-year) and Master in EU Studies Online (two-year). Through a combination of e-learning and rigorous face-to-face-learning phases (on weekends mainly in Berlin, Barcelona, Brussels and Budapest) the EOA allows its participants to deepen …

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Recent events hosted by TEPSA member institutes

Institute for International Relations (IMO): Public lecture on “The Role of the National Parliaments in the EU”

In the framework of the LISBOAN Guest Lecture programme, Thomas Christiansen, Jean Monnet Professor of European Institutional Politics at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University, visited the Institute for International Relations (IMO) in Zagreb. Hosted by Višnja Samardžija from the IMO, Prof. Christiansen delivered a …

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Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), Seminar on “the Eve of the French Presidential Elections”, 19 March 2012

The French presidential elections are to be held on the 22nd of April with a possible run-off on the 6th of May. Socialist frontrunner François Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy seem to have pulled ahead of rivals in recent weeks. That might indicate that the April-May election could become a clear two-horse race. But the leader of …Read online.

Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI): Seminar on “Hungary: A Challenge for Democracy?”, 12 April 2012

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), together with the International Commission of Jurists, ICJ, organised a seminar on the political and judicial developments in Hungary. After the elections last spring the center-right political party, Fidesz, got 68% of the seats in the Parliament. With this majority, Fidesz has the power to change the constitution, which it has …Read online.

Institut für Europäische Politik: IEP Lunch Debate on “Europe at the crossroads: solidarity and effective transformation towards new horizons,26 April 2012 ”

At the IEP lunch debate, Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, spoke on the internal and external challenges of Europe’s future. Brok focused in particular on Europe’s responsibility to formulate financial and political strategies perpetuating Europe’s stability. In the context of the debt crisis, he appealed for more solidarity to be …Read online.

Institut für Europäische Politik: IEP Lunch Debate on “Perspectives on Stabilisation and Integration of the Western Balkan States”, 2 May 2012

Guest speaker Doris Pack, Chairwoman of the Committee for Culture and Education and a member of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo, discussed the numerous challenges of EU integration both individual Balkan countries as well as the region as a whole are facing. Pack emphasised that EU involvement in … Read online.

Elcano Royal Institute: Conference and Round table on “International Security. NATO: A Modern, Flexible and Global Security Alliance”, 7 May 2012

This conference was organized by the Embassy of the United States in Spain and the Elcano Royal Institute. With Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State. More information: NATO: A Modern, Flexible and Global …

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Institut für Europäische Politik: 14th Franco-German Dialogue: “More Europe! But how?”, 11 May 2012

The demand for more Europe might appear provocative with regard to the growing number of voices seriously discussing steps of disintegration. However, the participants of the Franco-German Dialogue, organised by the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen in cooperation with the Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. and other partners, supported the call in broad consensus. Due to …Read online.

Institut für Europäische Politik: Meeting of IEP Study Group Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy, 12 May2012

The IEP Study Group Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy met on the 12th of may, in the European House, Berlin, to discuss the topic of “Association agreements as an alternative to EU membership? Options of shaping EU relations with the Eastern European states”. Chaired by Elmar Brok, MEP Chair of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy …Read online.

Institut für Europäische Politik: Lunch Debate on “New impulses after the balance of the European Neighbourhood Policy”, 7 June 2012

Editors Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel, Director of the Center for European Integration and head of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe”, Freie Universität Berlin, and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director and Director of the research project “The EU’s policy towards Eastern Europe and Central Asia – A key role for Germany”, Institut für Europäische Politik …Read online.

Institute of World Economics (RCERS):Hungarian Academy of Sciences Conference on “the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020”, 11 June 2011

The conference had ten speakers from both the public administration (different ministries) as well as the academia (research institutes, higher education). The highly interesting contributions discussed the expected major changes on the revenue and expenditure side of the upcoming MFF as well as their impact on Hungary and other new member states.

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Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), Seminar on “EU – Japan Trade Relations: What’s Next?”, 14 June 2012

Will there ever be a Free Trade Agreement/Economic Partnership Agreement between EU and Japan? At the top level meeting between EU and Japan a year ago a decision was taken to start so called scoping exercises to prepare for negotiations of a free trade agreement as well as a binding political agreement. The process is so far moving …Read online.

Institute of International Relations, Prague: Seminar on “The Perspectives of Security: The Czech Republic and Central Europe in the Second Decade of the 21st Century”, 21 June 2012

The Institute of International Relations is organizing the seminar under the patronage of the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Milan Štěch. The seminar will deal with the profound changes of Central European security that stem from the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty, and Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidential …

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Institute of International Relations, Prague: Conference: The Visegrad Group and the Future EU Economy on “Standing Together or Falling Apart?”, 21 June 2012

The conference was co-organised with the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and the Slovak Foreign Policy Association. The conference was sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) and it is part of the project The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further led by the IIR. The project …

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Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po: Colloque L’Etat des droits – Pratiques des droits dans l’action publique, 25-26 June 2012

The seminar is co-organized with the Centre de recherche sur l’action locale (CERAL), Université Paris 13, AFSP and AFS in Paris and Villetaneuse. For more information, please click here and read online.

Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po: Research Seminar on International Relations: Les BRICS entre eux. Les relations Brésil – Chine, 26 June 2012

This research seminar is co-organized with IHEAL and Asia Center and will take place in Paris. Danielly Ramos Becard from the Universidade de Brasilia, Insitituto de Relaçöes Internationals was invited as an intervenant and the dissucion was animated by Georges Couflignal, IHEAL, Université de Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle and the following speakers: François Godement from the Asia Center …Read online.

Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po: Seminar Global Islamophobia. Muslims and Moral Panic in the West, 28 June 2012

The seminar was co-organized with the Centre Maurice Halbwachs in Paris. Speakers: George Morgan, Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sidne, Australia and Scott Poyngting, Professor of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK . For more information, please click here and read online.

Real Instituto Elcano y Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge), Panel on “Foreign Direct Investment and Development: How to Assess its Impact?”, 28 June 2012

The Elcano Royal Institute organize this feature panel at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) 24th Annual Conference. The panel includes the presentations on Foreign Direct Investment and Development by Iliana Olivié, Elcano’s Senior Analyst for Cooperation and Development; the FDI and Development research …Read online.

Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Past Events

The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) organized the following conferences during April, May and June 2012. For more information, please visit the website of the Institute.

  • 1 June: Seminar on “Global Politics and Global Religion in the 21st century”, with prof. Scott Thomas
  • 29 May: Seminar on “Economic transition in Azerbaijan and relations with Italy”
  • 29 May, Milan “L’Italia …

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Upcoming events hosted by TEPSA member institutes

Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA): Conference on “Exiting the crisis”, 29 June 2012

On 29 June at 10 a.m in Dublin, the IIEA will host a major conference in Dublin, entitled Exiting the Crisis. The conference, which is supported by the European Commission, will provide insight into the European and national policy responses to the European financial crisis. Keynote speakers at the conference will include Patrick Honohan, Governor of the … Read online.

Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po: Seminar NEM (Nations, Europe, Monde) Identification à des communautés socio-politiques, 4 July 2012

The seminar will take place in Paris. The following speakers will participate: Nuria Garcia, Vers un dépassement des frontières linguistiques entre Etats-Nations, Sciences PO-CEE, Katharine Throssel, “Soi-même avant l’autre: la nation chez les enfants français et anglais”, and Géraldine Bozec, “la Nation, l’Europe et le Monde dans la civilisation civique scolaire en France et en Angleterre”. For more …Read online.

Greek Centre of European Studies and Research (EKEME): Debate on “What kind of solidarity in the EU?”, 5 July 2012

EKEME is organising, at the offices of the Representation of the European Parliament in Greece, a debate on “What kind of solidarity in the EU?” on Thursday 5th July 2012 at 18.00-19.30. The key-note speakers will be Mr. Nikos Frangakis, Advocate and President of EKEME and Mr. A. D. Papayannides, Advocate-Journalist and member of the Board of EKEME. …Read online.

Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po: International conference Open Legislative Data in Paris. A Conference of the Third Kind with Hacktivists and Academics, 6-7 July 2012

The conference is co-organized with The Law Factory (Sciences Po, CEE, Regards Citoyens, Médialab) in Paris. On Friday 6th, the conference will start with a welcoming address from Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po, CEE and will be followed by a plenary session. In the afternoon, there will be …Read online.

College of Europe, Eighth Annual Conference on “Competition law in times of economic crisis: In need of adjustment?”, 8 et 9 November 2012

The GCLC is pleased to announce its forthcoming Eighth Annual Conference. The 2012 edition will cover the following topics:

  • Antitrust enforcement
  • Merger control
  • State aid policy and the real economy
  • State aid policy in the financial sector
  • The nexus between competition, trade and industrial policies
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EXACT Fellows

Vanessa Boas, Article, L’Unione Europea può cooperare con il diavolo turkmeno?” in Meridiani Relazioni Internazionali, 27 April 2012

Bodgana Depo, Paper presented: “The EU’s Policy towards Ukraine: Towards an Eastern Enlargement or Acceptance of a ‘Wider Russia’?” at the Conference: The EU’s Eastern Neighborhood in Transition: Risks and Opportunities in Europe’s Two Largest Countries”, 8 May 2012

Marlene Gottwald,Humanizing Security? The EU’s responsibility to protect in the Libyan crisis“, FIIA Working Paper, No. 75, May 2012.

Niklas Helwig, Paper presented: “The High Representative as the new Presidency in the Common Foreign and Security Policy: ‘The king is dead, long lives the king! at the European Union in International Affairs III conference, 13-15 May 2012, Vrije Universiteit Brussels.

Leonhard den Hertog and James Nyomakwa-Obimpeh : teaching at the University of Cologne: “EU external relations – a special focus un EU-Africa relations” (Spring Semester 2012, April-July)

Nicole König, Presentation on “The Arab Spring: Testing the EU’s Crisis Response Capacity” at the COMOS Conference on “From Arab Spring to European Fall: die EU in Zeiten der Krise”, 4 May 2012, Nice

Andreas Raspotnik, Paper presented: “The Future of Arctic Shipping along the Transpolar Sea Route” at the 3rd Annual “Geopolitics in the High North” Conference, 23 – 25 May 2012, at Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Berlin

Andreas Raspotnik, Discussant in the Session on “Shipping and Transport: EU Interests and Governance Challenges” at the 3rd Annual “Geopolitics in the High North” Conference, 23 – 25 May 2012, at Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Berlin

Andreas Raspotnik, Participant Calotte Academy 2012 – a travel symposium in Rovaniemi (Finland), Kiruna (Sweden) and Tromsø (Norway), 27 May – 4 June 2012; Paper presented “The Future of Arctic Shipping along the Transpolar Sea Route

Marco Siddi: “Bystander in its neighbourhood? The European Union’s involvement in protracted conflicts in the post-Soviet space“, IEP Policy Papers on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, No. 1/2012, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin

Marco Siddi: “No settlement without a proactive policy: the European Union and the secessionist conflicts in the post-Soviet space“, IEP Policy Brief on Enlargement and Neighbourhood, No. 5/2012, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin

Simon Stroß: Conference “The European Union in International Affairs III”, 3-5 May 2012, Vrije Universiteit Brussels – Paper presented: “Programming financial instruments post-Lisbon: The European External Action Service and the new institutional architecture of EU external action

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Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin

Differentiation instead of „one size fits all“ – New impulses for the European Neighbourhood Policy

Editors Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel, Director of the Center for European Integration and head of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) „The Transformative Power of Europe”, Freie Universität Berlin, and Dr. …

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Institute for International Relations (IMO)

Snježana Ivanović, Informacijski izvori iz međunarodnih odnosa i međunarodna integracija Hrvatske (Information sources in the field of international relations and international integration of Croatia), Zagreb, Institute for International Relations, June 2012 The purpose of the booCover IMO publication, Information sources in the field of international relations and international integration of Croatiak, published in Croatian language, is to stress the need for good information sources in the field of international relations and to evaluate the role of libraries in both building the information and open democratic societies. Namely, only well informed citizens can actively participate in the political process, not leaving that task exclusively to political decision makers and epistemic communities. The book promotes the idea that it is necessary for the users in Croatia to get most of relevant information related to international relations, and particularly its political aspect, from a single point of access. Such access to digital information sources on the Internet is possible only by creating a vertical portal, i.e. vortal. Starting from the comparative analysis of the examples of good practice in the world, the book focuses on the elaboration of a vortal of international relations within the library of the Institute for International Relations (IMO), Zagreb.

Sanja Tišma, Ana-Maria Boromisa and Ana Pavičić Kaselj, Environmental Finance and Development, London and New York, Routledge, May 2012 Cover IMO Environmental Finance and DevelopmentThe book Environmental Finance and Development, authored by IMO researchers Sanja Tišma, Ana-Maria Boromisa and Ana Pavičić Kaselj, has been published in the Routledge Studies in Ecological Economics Series. This book focuses on environmental financing in the process of alignment with the EU. Based on a comparative analysis of national environmental strategies and financial needs, and their links with strategic development documents in five selected countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey), the book identifies major achievements and remaining challenges in the main areas of environmental regulation: nature protection, water, waste, air and climate change. For each area the same concept is applied: the current situation is presented, followed by an overview of institutional and legal frameworks. The division of competences between actors at the same or at different levels is addressed, costs of implementation are estimated and possible sources of financing identified. The analysis shows that a significant role in the decision making related to financing environmental protection has: (i) commercial value of environmental infrastructure necessary for services; (ii) issue of affordability; (iii) price setting mechanisms; (iv) risks for investors and creditors; and (v) policy stability and predictability.

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Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs The latest issue of Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs (Ulkopolitiikka-lehti) was published in early June. It takes a look at the ecological boundaries of our planet and looks for possible plan B’s in the fight against climate change: what ought to be done if greenhouse gas emission reductions fail? The journal also introduces the Swedish statistics wizard Hans Rosling, and visits Iceland to see how the island state is making its way up after the financial crash.

All FIIA publications can be downloaded from the institute’s website. The most recent FIIA publications include:

  • FIIA Working Papers 74-75

Marlene Gottwald,Humanizing security? The EU’s responsibility to protect in the Libyan crisis,

  • FIIA Briefing Papers 103-110

Timo Korkeamäki, The corporate benefits of the euro: Finnish companies cannot live without a common currency

Teija Tiilikainen,On the road to a true Economic and Monetary Union? The challenges of fiscal federalism and democratic legitimacy

Stefan Meister, An alienated partnership: German-Russian relations after Putin’s return

Juha Jokela & Kaisa Korhonen, A Eurosceptic big bang: Finland’s EU policy in hindsight of the 2011 elections

Hanna Ojanen & Barbara Zanchetta,Turkey and the Iranian nuclear programme: Key to progress in regional disarmament?

Marikki Stocchetti, Ripe and ready for Rio+20? The UN conference on sustainable development and the European Union

Antto Vihma & Harro van Asselt, Great expectations: Understanding why the UN climate talks seem to fail

Kristi Raik, A rocky road towards Europe: The prospects for the EU’s Eastern Partnership Association Agreements

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The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA)

Patrick Keatinge and Ben Tonra, European Security in the 21st Century, 25 April 2012. In this analytical paper published by the IIEA, Professors Patrick Keatinge and Ben Tonra examine the origins of the current security environment in Europe, trace some of the major conceptual debates associated with the recent evolution, describe the multilateral institutional framework and, finally, comment on the contribution of Ireland. Professors Patrick Keatinge and Ben Tonra are two of Ireland’s foremost academics in this field. The paper launches the IIEA European Security and Defence Series, and offers a broad outline of the policy sector as a whole as an introduction to the series. The series will continue over the coming months with further briefing papers and factsheets on specific aspects of European security and defence policy. The paper can be downloaded here.

Gina Hanrahan, Cyprus to Assume EU Presidency at a Critical Moment, 14 June 2012. This report outlines the priorities of the Cypriot Presidency of the Council of the EU, which will begin on 1 July 2012. It follows a keynote address by the European Affairs Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, Andreas Mavroyiannis, at the IIEA on 13 June. The report can be read here.

IIEA, The Stability Treaty Ratification Map. On 31 May 2012, the Irish people voted in a referendum on whether or not to opt in to the Fiscal Stability Treaty, an intergovernmental agreement signed by 25 of the 27 EU Member States. In the period leading to the referendum, the IIEA ran a high-impact information campaign, creating a suite of visually appealing and information-rich materials designed to help inform the public and policymakers about the content of the Stability Treaty and its implications for Ireland and Europe. The Stability Treaty Ratification Map is one of the innovative infographics of this information campaign that remains relevant after the votes have been cast. It visually tracks the timeline and method of ratification for each of the twenty-five signatories. It will be updated regularly as the ratification process proceeds. The IIEA Stability Treaty Ratification Map can be viewed here.

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Elcano Royal Institute

William Chislett, Country’s fall from grace is greatly exaggerated, Opinion – 12 June 2012

Federico Steinberg, A bail-out that leaves questions unanswered, Opinion – 11 June 2012 Good strategists know that it is risky to have to fronts open at the same time while in a state of internal weakness. That is why the Euro Zone, which is at its darkest hour, has decided to close the Spanish front in order to focus on the Greek one, which could open up again after the elections on 17 June.

Federico Steinberg,Saving the Euro requires a great leap forward in political integration, Opinion – 11 June 2012 Ever since the Greek crisis broke out, Germany has been mulling over a plan for the Euro Zone. It saw the chance to build the strong and federal Europe it had always yearned for by making use of its economic power and influence over the ECB to ensure that aid for hard-pressed countries would only be made available in exchange for greater transfers of sovereignty.

Federico Steinberg and Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Reframing the euro vs. dollar debate through the perceptions of financial elites in key dollar-holding countries (*), 7 June 2012 This paper proposes a theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded cognitive approach to analyse how financial elites from China, the Gulf Cooperation Council states and Brazil interpret the euro vs. dollar debate.

William Chislett, The Rise of Spain’s International Presence, por/by William Chislett, 21 May 2012 Written by William Chislett, this document forms part of “Spain’s Global Presence and Company Brands Atlas” which will be published by the Leading Brands of Spain Forum in the autumn.

Jorge Blázquez and José María Martín-Moreno, Emerging Economies and the New Energy Security Agenda (ARI), ARI 33/2012 – 27 April 2012 The influence of the emerging economies on the energy markets is becoming as important as that of the developed economies. The new energy security agenda to be implemented in the coming years will have to deal with this scenario.

Gonzalo Escribano, Ecuador’s Energy Policy Mix: Development, Conservation and Nationalism with Chinese Loans (ARI), ARI 26/2012 – 17 April 2012 Ecuador’s energy policy faces a complex variety of political and economic objectives that are difficult to reconcile in a consistent manner.

Mario Kölling and Cristina Serrano Leal, Austerity vs Stimulus: The MFF 2014-20’s Role in Stimulating Economic Growth and Job Creation (ARI), ARI 24/2012 – 12 April 2012 The negotiation of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-20 is a crucial feature on the EU agenda for the next few months.

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Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes

All the new publications of the CEE team on the website

Pierre Lascoumes and Patrick Le Galès, Sociologie de l’action publique, (2e édition), Paris, Armand Colin, May 2012

Olivier Rozenberg and Shane Martin (eds), The roles and Function of Parliamentary Questions, Routledge, “Library of legislative studies”, April 2012

Adrian Favell, Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011, Blue Kingfisher Limited, April 2012

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Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Andrea Colombo and E. Greco, Pa Politica estera dell’Italia. Edizione 2012, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012

Michele Comelli, The Image of Crisis-Ridden Europe and the Division Between Creditor and Debtor Countries: The Case of Italy, IAI Working Paper 12/17, June 2012

Michele Comelli (ed.), “Focus sulle Relazioni Transatlantiche” n. 9, novembre 2011-marzo 2012, Osservatorio di Politica internazionale, Camera dei Deputati, Senato della Repubblica, Ministero degli Affari Esteri.

Andrea Dessì, Israel and the Palestinians After the Arab Spring: No Time for Peace, IAI Working Paper 12/16, May 2012

Daniela Huber,Mixed Signals” Still? The EU’s Democracy and Human Rights Policy Since the Outbreak of the Arab Spring,

Marilisa Lorusso, The 2012 Armenian Parliamentary Elections: Implications for Armenian Foreign Policy, IAI Working

Rossela Marangio, The Somali Crisis: Failed State and International Interventions, IAI Working Paper, 12/15, May 2012

Giordano Merlicco, La missione in Afganistan e le tappe per il ritiro (Usa, Francia, Canada e Bahrein), Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale, Note, n. 34 – Aprile 2012

Maria Cristina Paciello, The Political Economy of Youth Exclusion in the Mediterranean: Continuity or Change?, Poinions on the Mediterranean, IAI, June 2012

Nicolo Sartori, Politica europea dell’energia: il Corridoio Sud, Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale, n. 56 – giugno 2012,

Nathalie Tocci, Elena Maestri, Soli Özel and Serhat Güvenç, Ideational and Material Power in the Mediterranean. The Role of Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council, Mediterranean Paper Series 2012, IAI-GMF, June 2012

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Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Jan Joel Andersson and Erik Brattberg, “NATO-toppmötet 2012” ” UI Brief 12, Stockholm: Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 2012.

Erik Brattberg and Per Augustsson, “What Makes the Nordic-Baltic Region So Interesting to the U.S.?” in Volker, Kurt and Kupche, Ieva (eds.) Nordic-Baltic-American Cooperation: Shaping the U.S.-European Agenda, Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 2012.

Björn Fägersten, Swedish EU leadership or why beggars can’t be choosers, ECFR blog, 2 March 2012.

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News from outside the TEPSA network

Call for Contributions on the cultural component of citizenship

The Access to Culture Platform WG on Audience Participation, to which belong the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, is pleased to announce its call for research for a publication entitled: The Cultural Component of Citizenship: an Inventory of Challenges. Practical and theoretical research, conference presentations, interviews or any relevant contributions are welcome. The publication aims to be as …Read online.

Open Consultations of the European Commission

TEPSA would like to draw your attention to the following open consultation.

An open consultation has been voiced by the Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) on “the 2013 EU Citizenship Report “EU citizens – Your rights, your future”. This public consultation by the European Commission is aimed at all EU citizens and organisations. It wants to know …

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Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po: Seminar Panorama des enquêtes quantitatives sur les migrants, 27 June 2012

The seminar is co-organized in Paris with France Terre d’Asile and IPSOS. For more information please click here.



Prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué – OLD

Secretary General

Professor Jean-Paul Jacqué has been the Secretary General of TEPSA since January 2010. He was elected for another two year mandate by the TEPSA General Assembly in December 2011.

Jacqué holds a doctorate in Law. He is Professor at the University of Strasbourg, Faculty of Law since 1978. and at the College of Europe since 1988. He is also Visiting Professor at other universities, including universities of Barcelona, Louvain, Lisbon, Madrid, Santiago du Chili. Before joining TEPSA as Secretary General, he was Director of the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union from 1992 to 2008. Jacqué is now a Honorary Director General and Special Councellor in the Council. He is the author of books and articles on Constitutional and Administrative Law; International Law and Human Rights; as well as European Law.

As Secretary General of TEPSA, he is a member of the TEPSA Board and responsible for the daily management of the association. His main responsibilities consist of the overall coordination of TEPSA as well as the representation of the network. Other aspects of the daily management have been delegated to an Executive Director. Jacqué writes the editorial in the bi-monthly TEPSA Newsletter, which can be found here.

The Baltic Sea Regional Dimension & EU-Russia Relations

Summary of the sixth session of the Russia-EU-Baltic Roundtable held from 17-18 April 2008 in Riga and hosted by the Riga office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in cooperation with the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LAI).


Call for Application: Marie Curie Post-Doc or Experienced Researcher Position in the field of EU External Action

EXACT is an EU wide Ph.D. and professional training programme on EU External Action for university graduates and researchers in an early stage of their professional and academic careers. EXACT recruits a post-doc or experienced researcher in the field of EU External Action (2012-2013).

Please click here to read the Call for Application. The deadline for the submission of application material is 1 June 2012.

If you have further questions please contact the EXACT Project Director Wulf Reiners, Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science / Prof. Wessels, University of Cologne, Germany: wulf•reiners©uni-koeln•de