Publications from the College of Europe

COEMichele Chang and Jӧrg Monar (eds.), The European Commission in the Post-Lisbon Era of Crises: Between Political Leadership and Policy Management, Brussels: Peter Lang 2013). Available here.

Michele Chang, Georg Menz and Mitchell P. Smith (eds.), Special Issue: Redefining European Economic Governance, Journal of European Integration v35 i3, April 2013.

Irene Fernández Molina, El Parlamento Europeo y el conflicto de Libia (2011): ¿una tribuna moral eficiente?”, in Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, April 2013.

Michal Natorski, “Deeds not declarations: Ukraine’s convergence with the EU’s foreign and security policies until 2010” in GerganaNoutcheva, Karolina Pomorska and Giselle Bosse, The EU and its neighbours. Values versus security in European foreign policy, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013.

Dimitris Bouris, “Palestine donors: time to end paper solutions to real problems”, in euobserver.com.

4th ENP PhD Summer School: “The ENP under Pressure: Conceptual and Empirical Understandings of EU Foreign Policy towards the Southern and Eastern Neighbours”

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College of Europe – Natolin,
23 June-1 July 2016

Following the success of previous summer schools held at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe,  the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, together with TEPSA, organised the 4th ENP PhD Summer School on “The ENP under Pressure: Conceptual and Empirical Understandings of EU Foreign Policy towards the Southern and Eastern Neighbours”. The Summer School took place from 23 June to 1 July 2016 at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw).

The event is sponsored by the ENP Chair of the College of Europe, Natolin campus, in collaboration with the ECPR, the ECPR-SGEU, and TEPSA.

Rationale

The ENP PhD Summer School concentrated on analyzing conceptually and empirically the dynamics between the European Union (EU) and its Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods, with a special focus on the recently revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) framework of 2015. It analyzed the evolution and implications of the 2004, 2011 and 2015 ENP, social and political transformations in the neighbouring countries, as well as issues related to conflict and territorial occupation. It also discussed how the most recent developments in the ENP countries and across the EU’s neighbourhoods have influenced EU policies and politics.

 Purpose

The purpose of this summer school was to bring together and train a group of PhD students in theoretical, empirical and research-strategic issues on the subject matter, as well as to encourage the exchange of their expertise. Additionally, the aim was to support the participants in furthering their research projects. The ENP PhD Summer School invites political science applicants who specialize in various sub-disciplines, including EU Integration Studies, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Public Administration.

Structure and content details

The ENP PhD Summer School was held at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe and focused on both the Eastern and the Southern dimension of the ENP. Each day, invited academics gave lectures on a subject related to the theme of the summer school and provided participants with feedback and comments on their PhD projects. The topics presented during the lectures included, among others:

  • Research designs in the study of European integration, EU foreign policy and the ENP
  • The Evolution of the ENP – Problems and Pitfalls
  • What kind of power? Role concepts, the ENP and ‘Normative Power Europe’
  • External Perceptions of the ENP and the EU as an international actor
  • The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and the ENP
  • The role of the European Parliament, the EEAS and other EU institutions in the ENP
  • The ENP and Democracy Promotion
  • A new generation of association agreements with the eastern neighbours of the EU
  • The EU and state-building in the southern neighbourhood
  • The EU, the ENP and the Arab Spring
  • The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The case of Ukraine
  • The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The Case of South Caucasus
  • The EU, the ENP and conflicts in the neighbourhood
  • The role of civil societies in conflicts in the neighbourhood
  • The EU, the ENP and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Migration and displacement in the European neighbourhood

The school offered PhD students the possibility to present their work in progress and benefit from academic support on issues relating to their individual PhD projects. In this respect, PhD students were expected to circulate their paper before each presentation, and each presentation was assigned to a discussant/lecturer that is supposed to prepare a number of specific comments. All of the students’ presentations were followed by substantive discussions about how to improve their research theoretically/conceptually/methodologically and with regards to the case studies and the evidence used.

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

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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.

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

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This conference, organised by the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe together with The Rotary Foundation, 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, and Richard G. Starmann, Senior Research Professor of Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame, Indiana. 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.

For more information and to register (until 12 October 2016), please visit the conference website.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

SHAPING THE FUTURE: A YOUTH CONFERENCE ON 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.

PROGRAMME

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.

INVOLVING THE YOUNG GENERATION

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 http://www.reinventing-europe.eu or send an email to clemens•domnick©gmail•com  (clemens•domnick©gmail•com)  .

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

Applications

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)  .

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

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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.

Publications from the TOTAL Chair of EU Foreign Policy, College of Europe

Seminar “EU Project Management” 14-18 November 2016, College of Europe, Bruges

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

This seminar is an interactive journey through the lifespan of European projects, from EU funding to tender writing, project implementation and evaluation. Participants will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the essential techniques for successful, cost-effective management of EU projects. This is a particularly pertinent course for those wishing to understand the EU funding process in these most uncertain economic times. The seminar will take place in Bruges from 14 to 18 November 2016 and is organized by the College of Europe Development Office.

More information on the seminar can be found here.

Complete your training with a specialized course on Monitoring and Evaluation of EU External Cooperation. A special discounted package is offered to participants registering to both the EU Project Management and the Monitoring and Evaluation of EU External Cooperation courses.

More information on the specialized course can be found here.

Professional Training on EU Affairs – 2013 Training Programme, College of Europe

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Gain a valuable insight in the EEAS’s world

Trade Policy, Bruges, 28-30 October 2013
Understanding the essentials of EU Trade Law and WTO

Download here the full catalogue – 2013 Training Programme

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

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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.

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

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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.