Past events at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP)

IEP_Bildschirm_200x40pxIEP Lunch Debate with Elmar Brok, MEP: “Megatrends in European Integration”

Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, spoke about ‘Megatrends in European Integration’ during the Institute for European Politics’ (IEP) Lunch Debate on 4 December 2015 at the Representation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt in Berlin. Brok’s presentation and the following discussion dealt among other things with the current flow of refugees to Europe, Europe’s future role in the world, and the balancing of national interests and a state’s potential to realize them on a domestic level. The event was moderated by Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the IEP.

You will find a detailed report on our website: http://iep-berlin.de/en/forum/iep-lunch-debate-with-elmar-brok-mep-megatrends-of-european-integration/.

German-Nordic Baltic Forum: “The EU at a Crossroad? German, Nordic and Baltic Views on Internal and External Challenges”

The 7th meeting of the German Nordic Baltic Forum took place in Copenhagen on 19 and 20 November 2015. This year the event was organized by the Danish Institute for International Studies and the Institut für Europäische Politik with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Denmark. More than 40 experts from universities and think tanks as well as officials from national ministries, embassies and parliaments convened in the Danish capital to share their points of view concerning “the EU at a Crossroad?”. This comprised insightful debates with regards to national minorities within the EU, the future prospects of the Eastern Partnership, the possible strategy for the Union’s foreign, security and defence policies and ultimately, the future prospects and integration challenges of the EU. Established in 2008, the annual Forum aims at providing a platform for a seven nations dialogue between planners and thinkers in a capital of one of the represented countries.

You will find a detailed report on our website: http://iep-berlin.de/en/forum/german-nordic-baltic-forum-2015/.

25th annual meeting of the German-Hungarian Forum and 5th meeting of the German-Hungarian Young Forum

On 12 and 13 November 2015 the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooperation with its Hungarian partner hosted the 25th annual meeting of the German-Hungarian Forum and the 5th meeting of the German-Hungarian Young Forum in Berlin. Around 300 experts from politics, business, academia and media discussed German-Hungarian relations.

For more information, see: http://iep-berlin.de/en/forum/25th-annual-meeting-of-the-germany-hungarian-forum-and-5th-meeting-of-the-german-hungarian-young-forum/.

Kick-off events of the project „TruLies: The Truth about Lies on Europe“

On Monday, 16 November 2015, the official launch of the project “TruLies: The Truth about Lies on Europe” which is conducted by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) and the Progressive Zentrum took place in Berlin. In particular with regard to the growing euroscepticism and populism in Germany, the project aims to analyze, clarify, and provide objective evidence for the debate about European politics in Germany. After a workshop with experts in the afternoon, the launch was rounded off by a public evening event with a keynote speech by the Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth, MP.

For more information, see: http://iep-berlin.de/en/kick-off-events-of-the-project-trulies-the-truth-about-lies-on-europe-with-minister-of-state-for-europe-at-the-federal-foreign-office-michael-roth-mp/.

EU Trainer Programme: Six workshops in Kyiv successfully implemented

From September to November 2015 a total of six two-day workshops as part of the EU Trainer Programme were successfully implemented in Kyiv, Ukraine. Anne Bercio, project leader of “Capacity Building for EU Association in Ukraine” at IEP, was responsible for the successful implementation.

All workshops aimed at preparing the participants, working in leading positions in federal ministries or offices, to implement the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) effectively. The programme also aimed at strengthening the relevant horizontal management systems and functions within the government and supporting effective implementation of the initiated policy and institutional reforms related to steering and implementation process of the EU-Ukraine Association which are effectively contributing to EU-AA/DCFTA implementation. In order to achieve this goal, the trainings focused on legal harmonization and coordination within an EU context. The workshops were run by leading experts from administrative bodies in EU member and candidate countries. The experts used interactive simulations and good and bad examples from EU member and candidate countries in order to provide the participants with practical skills and tools.

The last workshop took place on November 21-22, 2015. At the last workshop, the participants received certificates for their completion of the program. Mr. Thomas Piesch, First Secretary and Referent on Economy Cooperation and Development at the German embassy in Kyiv, also attended the closing session. In his closing remarks, Mr Piesch outlined the importance of capacity building in Ukrainian public administration for a sound AA/DCFTA implementation. Mr. Piesch also emphasized Germany’s ongoing commitment to supporting Ukraine with its reform process.

The workshops are kindly supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The participants will take part in a follow-up study visit on EU coordination in Berlin, Zagreb, and Belgrade at the end of January, 2016.

For more information on the project, see: http://iep-berlin.de/en/training/capacity-development/.

Civic School for Sound EU Practice: First workshops in Chernihiv, Odessa and Lviv successfully implemented

From September to November 2015 the first round of workshops within the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) was successfully implemented in the Ukrainian cities Chernihiv, Odessa and Lviv. Anne Bercio, project leader of “Capacity Building for EU Association in Ukraine” at IEP, as well as her colleagues Constanze Aka and Martin Stein conducted trainings for members of Civil Society Organisations from all over Ukraine.

The workshops were opened with intriguing public conferences during which experts discussed the association process and its impacts on the national and regional levels. Numerous representatives of politics, administration and civil society took part in each event.

The aim of the CiSEP trainings is to enable the participants to critically monitor and effectively influence the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. In order to achieve this objective, the trainings focus on knowledge transfer about the Association Agreement in general and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area in particular. Furthermore, interactive training sessions provide the participants with practical monitoring skills and tools.

The training sessions are led by experts from administrative bodies and civil society organizations in EU member and candidate countries. From December 2015 to February 2016 the second and third workshops will be implemented. The long-term project creates a sustainable network and synergies for the cooperation of participating Civil Society Organizations.

The project is implemented in cooperation with Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Studies (Chernihiv, Ukraine) and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

For more information on the project, see: http://iep-berlin.de/en/training/capacity-development/.

Together with Civil Society against Corruption in Moldova – Second workshop implemented

The Institute for European Politics (IEP) Berlin together with the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) in Chișinău implemented a successful workshop with Moldovan civil society representatives on Anti-Corruption strategies and best practices from Croatia and Georgia. The workshop took place from 27-28 October 2015 in Chișinău and was the second training measure this year as part of the overall programme “Together with Civil Society against Corruption in Moldova”. The programme aims at strengthening the network between civil society organisations in Moldova and at contributing to the revision of the Anti-Corruption Strategy and related institutional reforms.

For more information on the project, see: http://iep-berlin.de/en/training/capacity-development/.