In the framework of the project InDivEU, on 29 November 2019 TEPSA hosted a panel on “The Future of Europe” at its traditional Pre-Presidency Conference, held in Zagreb on the occasion of the incoming Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Moderated by Paul Schmidt (Austrian Society for European Politics – ÖGfE, Vienna), the panel involved outstanding academics on differentiated integration: Frank Schimmelfennig, Member of the TEPSA Board, Professor and Head of European Politics Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – ETH, Zürich; Funda Tekin, Member of the TEPSA Board, Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik – IEP, Berlin; Juha Jokela, Member of the TEPSA Board, Programme director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs – FIIA, Helsinki; and John Stevens, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Federal Trust.
The Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPCs) are TEPSA’s flagship activity. TEPSA and its Croatian member, the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), organised the “Zagreb EU Pre-Presidency Conference – Europe at a Crossroads” on 28-29 November 2019. Croatia will assume the Presidency of the EU Council on 1 January 2020. This will be the first Presidency since the country joined the EU in 2013. It will also be the first Presidency working from its start with the new EU institutions, after the EU elections. The Croatian Presidency will have to deal with important topics on the EUʼs agenda such as negotiations over the Multi-Annual Financial Framework or the consequences of Brexit.
InDivEU brings together a consortium of some of Europe’s foremost research universities and outstanding scholars of Differentiated Integration in order to create a comprehensive knowledge base on differentiated integration that will be of direct relevance to Europe’s policy makers.
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 822304.
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