High-Level Lecture on the ENP in a Comparative Perspective
5 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges
On 5 March 2014, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges organized a High-Level Lecture delivered by Dr. Dirk BUSCHLE, Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat. It analyzed the relevance of multilateral agreements based on internal market rules for the development of the European Neighbourhood Policy, and drew on the experience of the Energy Community and of the European Economic Area in discussing issues of topical interest for the future relations between the EU and its neighbours. A summary of the lecture is available on the website.
Economic and Monetary Union after the Crisis: Europe at Two Speeds
12 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges
The first panel discussion addressed changes in euro area governance and the second considered the euro-outs and the impact of differentiated integration. The conference considered some of the major economic and financial reforms undertaken by the EU since the start of the crisis and whether they had led to a permanent division between the euro-ins and euro-outs that impacts integration more generally.
Panel speakers included: Gabriel Glockler, ECB; Daniela Schwarzer, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Declan Costello, European Commission; David Howarth, University of Luxembourg; Martin Marcussen, University of Copenhagen; Zsolt Darvas, Bruegel; and Frank Schimmelfennig, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. The keynote speaker was MEP Danuta Hübner.
The conference was organised by The Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe.
Venue and date: Bruges, March 12. More information on the conference can be found here: Economic and Monetary Union after the Crisis: Europe at Two Speeds.
International Conference on the ENP in a Comparative Perspective
20-21 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges
On 20-21 March 2014, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges held a two-day international conference analyzing and comparing the legal, institutional, political, security, economic and financial challenges that the EU’s various policy frameworks with neighbouring countries are confronted with in order to identify lessons for the ENP. Although the EU’s co-operation with neighbouring countries has taken different forms and shapes, there are many common or similar challenges worth exploring based on a comparative, sectoral and horizontal approach. A report summarizing the conference’s content is available on the conference webpage.
Inauguration of a new EU-China Research Centre
1 April 2014, College of Europe, Bruges
On 1 April 2014, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges inaugurated a new EU-China Research Centre funded by the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund. On the same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping had delivered a keynote speech on EU-China relations to the students of the College of Europe and distinguished guests as part of his state visit to Belgium and to the EU institutions. The new Centre aims to accompany the rapidly developing relations between the European Union and China by critical analysis and academic research.
Public Lecture by the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond on EU-Scotland relations, 28 April 2014, College of Europe, Bruges
The College of Europe wass honored to host the First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP on Monday 28 April 2014. The First Minister Salmond addressed the College with a keynote lecture on EU-Scotland relations and discussed the economic and political value of European integration.
Scotland has played an integral part in Europe since the accession of the UK in 1973 and has benefited from the peace, security and economic opportunities provided by membership of the European Union. Over these 40 years Scotland’s economy and society have become fully integrated in the EU single market. In September 2014 the people of Scotland will get to vote on whether Scotland will be an independent country. A key element of the proposals put forward by the Scottish Government is that Scotland will remain in the EU and become the 29th Member State. In this context, the College of Europe has invited the First Minister of Scotland to discuss Scotland’s contribution to the EU and specifically his vision of Europe and the role that Scotland will play in the EU.