The Neighbours of the EU’s Neighbours: Legal, Political, Security and Socio-Economic Challenges beyond the ENP, College of Europe, Bruges

On 21-22 March 2013, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges organised an international conference to discuss specific policy challenges in the European Union’s broader neighbourhood (Sahel, Horn of Africa, Middle East, Central Asia).

The conference focused on technical and sectoral issues such as political and legal challenges; security and military challenges; socio-economic challenges as well as concrete measures to connect the neighbours of the EU’s neighbours. It followed up on a conference held in November 2012 which examined the geopolitical and diplomatic dimensions beyond the ENP. This first conference had concluded that the EU might want to consider drafting a Strategy on the Neighbours of the EU’s Neighbours which would focus on building bridges across the different (sub-)regions by drawing on and further developing the interfaces between them.

 For further information, please visit the conference website:www.coleurope.eu/neighbours

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National Implications of the Sovereign Debt Crisis, conference on 28 February 2013 at the College of Europe in Bruges

COEThe sovereign debt crisis has resulted in the overhaul of European economic governance: a recent report by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy called for “a genuine economic and monetary union”, indicating the incomplete nature of the governance structure that had initially been in place at the time of the launch of EMU. Though the European dimension has attracted much attention, what of the national dimension? For debtor and creditor countries, the sovereign debt crisis has sparked national debates: on the austerity policies (in debtor countries) and the democratic legitimacy of fiscal transfers across borders (in creditor countries) and notions of solidarity (both).

This workshop examined these national debates in order to better understand the limit and possibilities facing the EU as it struggles to complete EMU. A keynote address was delivered by Pablo Zalba Bidegain, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. One panel covered the debtor countries and the politics of austerity and reform, with speakers including George Pagoulatos (Athens University of Economics and Business, College of Europe), David Howarth (University of Luxembourg), Sebastian Royo (University of Suffolk, USA), and Lucia Quaglia (University of York). Another panel will deal with creditor countries, non euro area countries, and the politics of redistribution, featuring Joachim Schild (Trier University), Peter Wierts (Dutch Central Bank), Gabriel Glockler (ECB), and Jim Buller (University of York).

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Past events at the College of Europe (Natolin) – Summer 2014

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PhD Summer School “Between Continuity and Change: The EU, the ENP and the southern and eastern neighbourhood”, 25 June-4 July 2014, College of Europe, Natolin campus

The European Neighborhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, organized the second PhD Summer School on “Between Continuity and Change: The EU, the ENP and the southern and eastern neighbourhood”, from 25 June to 4 July 2014 at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw).

The PhD Summer School concentrated on the dynamics between the European Union (EU) and its southern and eastern neighborhoods, with a special focus on the revised European neighborhood policy (ENP) framework. 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 encourage the exchange of their expertise.

Past events at the College of Europe (Bruges) – Spring 2014

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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-Sbannercotland 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 Event Scottish governmentforward 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.

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

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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 www.coleurope.eu/10yearsIRD.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Past events at the College of Europe (Bruges) – Spring 2015

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The EU and China: Reform and Governance, College of Europe (Bruges), 4-5 May 2015

On 4-5 May 2015 the EU-China Research Centre and the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe held a conference on “The EU and China: Reform and Governance”. The conference was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (4 May 2015) ancolleged the European Parliament (5 May 2015) in Brussels.

The objective of this one-and-a-half day conference was to bring together high-level European and Chinese researchers and policymakers to explore the topic of reform and governance. It did so by focusing on both the EU’s and China’s apcollege 2proaches to domestic and global governance, as well as current reforms in the EU and China. Whereas the first day was devoted to an in-depth study of the internal opportunities and challenges shared by the EU and China as well as their contribution to global governance, the morning of the second day put an emphasis on global climate governance.

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