Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Winter 2015/16

LIIAInternational High Level Conference “The European Union: Imprint of the Latvian Presidency”
15 February, 2016

On 15 February an international high level conference “The European Union: Imprint of the Latvian Presidency” took place at the Latvian Parliament (Saeima). The event was organised by LIIA and supported by Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, Parliament of the Republic of Latvia and the European Parliament Information Office in Latvia.

The aim of the conference was to provide an expert assessment and a discussion about the current political, economic and security challenges of the European Union, as well as the opportunities Latvia and the organization as a whole has. Concerns over economic problems of the European Union have been replaced by discussions about the refugee crisis, border security, Brexit, rise of political radicalism in the EU member states, as well as the future global role of the EU. During the three afternoon breakout sessions the participants discussed in greater detail the situation in the EU Neighbourhood, economic aspects of the Single Digital Market and the potential of the EU Energy Union.

The conference gathered high-level policy makers, among them Valdis Dombrovskis (Vice-President of the European Commission), Jan Vapaavuori (Vice-President of the European Investment Bank) Members of the European Parliament and Saeima, the representatives of the European Commission, and distinguished experts from the EU, including Latvia.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Winter 2015/16

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Civic School for Sound EU Practice: First series of trainings for representatives from Ukrainian CSOs successfully concluded in Chernihiv, Lviv and Odessa,
December 2015-February 2016

From December 2015 up until the first week of February 2016 a total of five four day long workshops within the second and third cycle of workshops of the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) were successfully implemented in the Ukrainian cities Chernihiv, Lviv and Odessa. They concluded the first series of trainings within the CiSEP and were were conducted by Constanze Aka and Martin Stein, project managers at the IEP, for members of civil society organisations from all over Ukraine.

The workshops gradually built up on each other in order 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 workshops had two components: knowledge transfer and skills/tools. The knowledge transfer provided the participants with information on the Association Agreement in general and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area in particular. In interactive training sessions the participants developed their monitoring skills. The sessions were led by experts from administrative bodies and civil society organizations in EU member and candidate countries.

The long-term project creates a sustainable network and synergies for the cooperation of participating Civil Society Organizations. In addition, the second series of workshops will start in April on Project Cycle Management in the form of a Training for Trainers.

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

More information on the project can be found here.

IEP/GIZ EU trainer programme for Ukrainian Civil Servants completed: Study visit Berlin, Zagreb, Belgrade
24-31 January 2016

From 24 to 31 January 2016 Ms Anne Bercio, project leader at the IEP, and a group of 15 civil servants of the Ukrainian Government Office for European Integration and various line ministries attended a study visit to Germany, Croatia and Serbia.
The main objective of the visit was to further consolidate knowledge and networks from the three-month EU trainer programme previously implemented in Kyiv.
To this end participants visited the central EU coordinating bodies in all three capitals (Auswärtiges Amt, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, MFA in Croatia, Serbian European Integration Office). Appointments at the Representation of Sachsen-Anhalt to the Federal level, the National Assembly of Serbia as well Civil Society Activists in Zagreb and Belgrade complemented the visit.

In the context of training the current and future officials of Ukrainian ministries and agencies to cope with the challenges associated with the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, the objective of this study visit for GOEI was to foster know-how and competences of key stakeholders in the field of EU coordination and strengthen networks among EUIOs as well as with relevant German, Croatian, and Serbian stakeholders.
The programme is kindly supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

More information on the project can be found here.

First Workshop implemented for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, Director of the IEP, and Anne Bercio, Project Leader at the IEP, successfully implemented the first workshop at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on basics of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). With the EU-Ukraine DCFTA entering into force on January 1, 2016, the series aims at enabling members of the Verkhovna Rada to understand the content, pre-requisites, and legal dimensions of the Association Agreement for sound implementation. The participants are members of parliamentary committees and secretaries in the Verkhovna Rada.
The project is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany.

More information on the project can be found here.

Kick-off Workshop for Training on Quality Infrastructure for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade implemented in Kyiv
16-17 December 2015, Kyiv

From 16 to 17 December 2015 Anne Bercio, Senior Project Manager at the IEP, successfully started a training series in cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) in Kyiv on Quality Infrastructure (QI). The kick-off workshop provided an introduction to the overall training topic on QI and covered its terminology as well as institutional transition paths and basics of legal alignment.
With the preliminary entering into force of the EU-Ukraine DCFTA on January 1, 2016, this training series is aimed at enabling employees of the MEDT and line ministries to gradually eliminate technical barriers to trade and harmonise the national system of technical regulations in order to fulfil the obligations that come with this Agreement.

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Autumn 2015

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“Security in the Heart of Asia” Central Asia- NATO partnership: Challenges and Opportunities”
23 November 2015

111The discussion on contemporary security challenges in Central- Asia was opened with a keynote speeches by Lolita Čigāne, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament; Latvia and Igors Apokins, Ambassador- at- large; Latvia. The speakers were featured from the EU and Central- Asian states and consisted of Nargis Kassenova (KIMEP University: Kazakhstan), Nazokat Kasymova (Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies/ UN Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central- Asia; Uzbekistan), Neil John Melvin (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute; Sweden), Józef Lang (Centre for Eastern Studies, Poland) and Māris Andžāns (Resarch Fellow in the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), and was moderated by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs).2222

The topics covered included the stability of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO forces, radicalization of the society and terrorism, organised crime and drug trafficking, border management. The event was organised with the support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

More information and pictures can be found here.

ENURC event: “Eastern Neighbourhood Economies between the EU and Russia”
22 October 2015

The public discussion was aimed at providing an expert assessment, and discussing with the society how the EU and Russia affect the economic situation in the Eastern Partnership states and assessing the social and political implications of this influence. The goal was to identify the available legal and strategic tools that could be applied by the2 EU in order to more substantially impact policies of the Eastern Neighbourhood states.

The discussion was set in two panels. One of them focused on the European Union and its aims and influence in the Eastern Neighbourhood, however the other touched upon economic aspirations and external influences from the perspective of the Eastern Neighbourhood states.

Experts from the EU and the Eastern Partnership states were featured:  Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs), Juris Poikāns, Latvian Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership, David Cadier (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK), Guillaume Van der Loo (Centre for European Policy Studies, Ghent European Law Institute, Belgium), Aldis Austers (LIIA, Latvia), Gunilla Herolf (Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences), Cornel1 Ciurea (Institute for Development and Social Initiatives “Viitorul”, Moldova), Stepan Grigoryan (Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, Armenia), andAndrei Yeliseyeu (Belarussian Institute for Strategic Studies).

The event was part of the TEPSA project “Eastern Neighbours and Russia: Close links with EU citizens – ENURC and was organised with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, and The Black Sea Trust, a project of the GMF.

“Preventing Nuclear War in Northern Europe”
20 October 2015

In the roundtable discussion, organised in a close cooperation with the Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies at the Swedish Defence University and the Stimson Center (USA), participants discussed two nuclear war scenarios in the Baltic region and their prevention possibilities. The discussion also focused on the option to establish a Baltic Nuclear Weapons Free zone and its realistic viability.

The event featured experts from the United States, Latvia and the Northern Europe: Lars Hedström (Executive Director, Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies), Ulrika Kumlien (Research Assistant, Institute for National Defence and Security Policy Studies), Barry Blechman (Co-founder, Stimson Center), Ira Lechner (Founder, Project High Hopes), Jānis Kažociņš (State Secretary’s Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia), Veiko Spolītis (Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia and others).

The roundtable was moderated by Andris Sprūds (Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs).

ENURC event: “The new Russia as a challenge for the European Policy”, 22 September 2015

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iep1aThe second event organised in the framework of the ENURC project was the Lunch Debate organised by the project partner IEP in Berlin. IEP organises “Lunch Debates” on key topics of the current agenda of European politics. On September 22, 2015 the ENURC IEP Lunch Debate was hosted in the representation office of the German state Saarland. The keynote speaker was Dr. h.c. Gernot Erler, member of the German Bundestag and coordinator for intersocietal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and member countries of the Eastern Partnership. The debate on “The New Russia as a Challenge for European Politics” was moderated by Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP).

Erler’s speech which was divided into three sections: the partnership with Russia, the Ukraine crisis and its significance for EU-Russia relations, and the future of these relations. According to Erler, the Russian Federation has undergone with the European Union a relation of “ignored alienation” since 1990. From the EU’s perspective, a joint and strategic partnership with Russia had developed thanks to the regular EU-Russia Summit and the intensifying civil society and economic alliances. However, Russia increasingly alienated itself from the idea of establishing congruent interests. Russia’s constructive participation in the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the call to establish an anti-terror coalition against the IS in Syria, along with the recently active action against separatists in eastern Ukraine have made it clear that the Russian Federation is less interested in isolation and an escalation of the Ukraine conflict and more interested in a western orientation, according to Erler.

The ENURC IEP lunch debate attracted an audience of 170 participants. It provided an excellent occasion for German nationals and citizens from other countries to share their views on the impact of Russia on the European Union. There were 26 nationalities present during the event. There were participants from Germany, the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, Latvia, Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Moldova, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden. For the Europe for Citizens Programme only EU member states are included when calculating the number of participating countries, so 17 EU member states.

You can download here the programme and the report of the event.

More information on the event can be found on the IEP website.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2015

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“EU and its neighbours: charting the way forward”
4 May 2015

On the 4th of May 2015, in Rome, the IAI organized the International conference “EU and its neighbours: charting the way forward”, in cooperation with the Italian Foreign Ministry and with the participation of Mr Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Foreign Minister. The programme of the conference can be accessed here.

“The projection to the South of Europe (from Maghreb to Sub Saharan Africa)”
29 April 2015

On the 29th of April 2015, in Rome, the IAI organized the France-Italy Strategic Forum: conference on “the projection to the South of Europe (from Maghreb to Sub Saharan Africa)”. Here you can find more information about the conference and the Forum.

Past events at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) – Summer 2014

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CUSPP Summer Session
August 2014

The Center for US Politics and Power (CUSPP) at FIIA organized the very first Summer Session on the topic of Nordic-Baltic Security and US Role in the Region after Ukraine in Helsinki and Tallinn in August, 2014.

The aim of the Summer Session was to provide a platform to discuss the topic from different perspectives and it gathered researchers and experts from Europe and the US. The themes included in the programme were US global rebalancing and its impact to the region, transatlantic relations and US politics, dependencies and cooperation (military and trade), regional military cooperation, NATO, cyber and flows, Arctic and the sce¬narios of insecurity. The forthcoming FIIA report on the issue will fur¬ther continue on the themes of the Summer Session.

The Summer Session is part of the agenda of the CUSPP that aims to provide a platform for the research on the US global role and US foreign and domestic policy in Finland and to strengthen CUSPP networks internationally. The Center’s visiting scholar programme not only invites scholars from the US to contribute the research focuses of the Center but also provides possibilities for its own researchers to visit the US.

Eurasian Union project

The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme has conducted a research project on the prospects of Eurasian integration.

The project concluded that the Eurasian Economic Union has, on paper, the potential to transform economic relations in the region and to offer an alternative ot the EU in the post-Soviet space. However, weak institutions and large asym¬metry between member states are continuing to hinder closer ties and the crisis in Ukraine has led to an increasingly hostile international environment. Hence, the union faces an uphill struggle to maintain momentum and deliver the results member states desire.

Kultaranta Talks, 8-9 June 2014, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

The Kultaranta Talks, a foreign policy discussion event, gathered around one hundred foreign policy experts and debaters at the President of the Republic’s summer residence at Kultaranta in Naantali on 8-9 June 2014. Among the main themes were Russia, Europe, cyber security and defence capability. The Kultaranta Talks are aimed at creating a new kind of national debating event based on open and critical consideration of Finnish for­eign and security policy. The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland organised the Talks in cooperation with FIIA.

International Conference on “The Neighbours of the EU’s Neighbours: Diplomatic and Geopolitical Dimensions beyond the ENP”, 15-16 November 2012, College of Europe, Bruges

The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, in cooperation with its TOTAL Chair of EU Foreign Policy, organised an international conference to discuss the concept of the ‘neighbours of the neighbours’ of the European Union. This conference, which was financially supported by the European Commission, dealt with the diplomatic and geopolitical challenges beyond the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. The Keynote Speech of the conference was given by David O’Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at the European External Action Service. The two-day conference was divided into three sections in which speakers and discussants looked into the geopolitical dimensions beyond the ENP’s South (I) and East (II), and the diplomatic dimensions beyond the EU’s immediate neighbourhood (III).

Please find more information on the Conference website.

Seminar “The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Agenda, Bruges, 8-10 October 2012, College of Europe

Seminar “The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Agenda: Opportunities and Challenges for development in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus – Tailor-made Seminar for UNDP Officials from the Eastern Partnership countries.” Bruges, 8-10 October 2012, College of Europe

The Development Office of the College of Europe organized a three-day training on “The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Agenda: opportunities and challenges for development in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus”. Resident Representatives and Deputy Resident Representatives from the UNDP Country Offices in the Eastern Partnership countries as well as from the UNDP Brussels Office and Headquarters in New York were taking part in this tailored course.

Please find more information on the seminar here.

Engaging external actors: The EU in the geopolitics of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by Marco Siddi, September 2012

For the 2012 September Edition of IEP electronic series, Marco Siddi published on “Engaging external actors: The EU in the geopolitics of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict“, IEP Policy Briefs on Enlargement and Neighbourhood, No. 7/2012, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin.

The electronic series “IEP Policy Briefs on Enlargement and Neighbourhood” is dedicated to case studies of Europeanization evaluating the power the EU has to transform its neighbouring countries to foster stability, peace and prosperity. It covers the enlargement countries as well as the eastern neighbours and the Mediterranean region. In this series, young researchers inter alia from the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe” and the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) present the results of their analysis in an abbreviated, user friendly form focusing on policy recommendations.

Marco Siddi is a Marie Curie Researcher, at the University of Edinburgh. His main focus is on EU-Russia relations and Russian foreign policy. Previously, he worked at the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and at the Institute of World Economics (Budapest). He studied at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (MA) and the University of Oxford (BA).

Please click here to read the entire brief and feel free to contact Marco Siddi   (siddi•marco©googlemail•com)  to discuss and to learn more on the future developments about this issue.

Institut für Europäische Politik: Lunch Debate on “New impulses after the balance of the European Neighbourhood Policy”, 7 June 2012

Editors Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel, Director of the Center for European Integration and head of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe”, Freie Universität Berlin, and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director and Director of the research project “The EU’s policy towards Eastern Europe and Central Asia – A key role for Germany”, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin, presented their jointly collected volume of essays entitled “Policy Change in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood: A sectoral approach“ in the European House in Berlin, within the framework of a traditional IEP Lunch Debate. Marzenna Guz-Vetter, Delegation of the European Commission in Germany, Berlin, and Christoph Retzlaff, Director of the department EU-Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin, joined in the discussion as commentators.
The edited volume is the result of a collaboration between the IEP and the KFG. Written by a total of ten authors, the seven papers of the volume analyse the influence of the European Union with regard to policy change in the states targeted by the enlargement policy and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Using a differentiated situation analysis of concrete policy areas in single countries, the papers answer not only the question of how the EU influences third-party countries, but of why the EU has greater transformative power in some policy fields than in others. The results of the research are supplemented with policy recommendations on how the EU can improve its support of reforms in social, economic and political areas of targeted countries.
During the discussion, the necessity for a differentiated view on the topic was emphasised. The conclusions and recommendations mentioned in the edited volume would unequivocally argue for an individualised strategy developed and implemented on a country to country basis. In light of the political developments in the Arab world and the accompanying reconsiderations of European foreign policy, the volume proves to be “a good book at the right time”.
A more detailed report on the event can be accessed on the website

Institut für Europäische Politik: Meeting of IEP Study Group Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy, 12 May2012

The IEP Study Group Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy met on the 12th of may, in the European House, Berlin, to discuss the topic of “Association agreements as an alternative to EU membership? Options of shaping EU relations with the Eastern European states”. Chaired by Elmar Brok, MEP Chair of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), the five guest lecturers and 30 participants with backgrounds in politics, administration, science and society took part in a constructive debate about the Association Agreement with Ukraine and the general design of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The participants voiced strong support for the more-for-more approach currently promoted by the European Commission as well as a differentiated treatment of the individual countries within the Eastern Partnership. Sectoral co-operation, stronger support and capacity-building for civil society and private economy, clear priorities when applying conditionality, and freedom of travel for the citizens of ENP countries emerged as important recommendations for decision makers in German and European politics.

TEPSA Brief: The review of the European Neighbourhood Policy: Increasing the coherence and coordination of EU external action?, July 2011

By Simon Stroß,

The recent events in the Arab world triggered a call for more democracy in the Southern Neighbourhood and, together with the stagnating reforms in some of its Eastern neighbours, forced the European Union (EU) to thoroughly review its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Criticised for focusing on the political stability of neighbouring countries rather than on the promotion of democracy, the EU acknowledged that its former approach “has met with limited results”. The newly established European External Action Service (EEAS), which brings together officials and diplomats from the Commission, the Council and the member states and directly serves its head Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission (HR/VP), was supposed to play a key role in the review process. Ashton and her EEAS officials repeatedly stated that the ENP review is among the top three priorities of the service in its first year. In this context the question arises if the EU will use the chance to achieve one of the major objectives of the Lisbon Treaty, namely increasing the coherence of its external action. This concerns both how coherent ENP policy formulation is carried out in the EU system and to what extent the output of the review is coherent.

Please click here to read the entire brief and feel free to contact Simon Stroß  (simon•stross©tepsa•be)   to discuss and to learn more on the future developments about this issue.

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 “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.

ENURC event: “The Economic influence of the EU and Russia on the Eastern Partnership States”, 22 October 2015

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The third event organised within the framework of the ENURC project is an event in Riga, Latvia on the economic influence of both the EU and Russia on the Eastern Partnership states. The event combined an expert meeting on 21 October 2015 and a public discussion with a wide audience on 22 October 2015. This combination ensured a very high level of expertise and state of the art among the speakers, which was of great interest to the general audience attending the public sessiliia1on.

 The expert meeting was an exchange of views on evaluating the economic presence of Russia and the EU in the Eastern Neighbourhood. The meeting had as aim to develop a concept for a book on Eastern Partnership focusing on the impact of the Deep and Comliia2prehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) or their prospect, in all six Eastern Partnership countries.

The public discussion focused on “Eastern Neighbourhood Economies between the EU and Russia”.
Here experts from the region in question and several EU member states presented and discussed this topic from their diverse (national) standpoints.

The exchanliia3ge of views among experts gathered 11 experts from Latvia, France, Sweden, Belgium and ENP countries Moldova, Armenia and Belarus. The public event gathered over 100 policy makers, diplomats, academics, students, civil society representatives and not-organised citizens. 81 signatures of participants were collected, hence the total number of 81 participants included in the reporting of the project.

There was a majority of the participants coming from Latvia itself, but they had the opportunity to interact with citizens from Italy, Sweden, Finland, Germany, all six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), Norway, Canada, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Japan.

The full conference programme can be downloaded here.

More information about this event can be found on the LIIA website.

News from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

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The Latvian Institute of International Affairs is continuing to work on the book “The Economic Presence of the European Union in the Eastern Partnership States: Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.” The publication is expected to take place in July/August.

ENURC event: “What’s next after the Eastern Partnership? EU membership perspective for Eastern Europe”, 29 May 2015

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The first event organised within the framework of the project “Eastern Neighbours and Russia: Close links with EU citizens – ENURC”, with the support of Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, was “What’s next after the Eastern Partnership? EU membership perspective for Eastern Europe”. This event was organised by the Romanian project partner CRPE in the margins of EUROSFAT – the annual European debates forum which has been taking place in Romania since 2013. The goal of the event was complementary with the objective of EUROSFAT – bringing together politicians, civil society representatives, business leaders, stakeholders and citizens, in order to debate the most important topics of the Eastern Partnership agenda following Riga summit, thus facilitating a more evidence and dialogue-based position for EU member states and EaP members.

The event took place on May 29, 2015 at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest. The timing of the conference had been adjusted to ensure no overlap with EU’s ENP summit, the Riga Summit, one week earlier, May 21-22 2015.

The session focused on the Eastern Partnership and the EU perspective in the East, Riga EaP summit conclusions, and the new challenges within the Black Sea Region. The event was attended by high level EU officials from the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, politicians from Romania, experts, members of civil society and relevant stakeholders that shaped their positions and expectations towards the European Union and the Eastern Partnership. Moreover, the session was also attended by high level experts from Ukraine, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, the Visegrad countries and the Baltic region.

The event proved to be successful in increasing the level of awareness and knowledge on EU’s concerns and main positions towards the EaP countries and also created the incentives for a better understanding of the relationship between EaP countries and Brussels in Central and Eastern European Countries. The audience of the event was made up of 293 people plus 15 speakers, coming to a total of 308 participants. While the audience consisted mostly of Romanian citizens, they had the opportunity to interact with experts and citizens from other countries who attended the event as audience or speakers. There were nine EU countries participating in the event. Besides the host country Romania, also the United Kingdom, Hungary, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Slovakia, Latvia and the Netherlands. There were also participants from non-EU countries: Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

Here you can download the programme and the report of the event.

More information about the event can be found on the CRPE website, both in English and in Romanian.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Winter 2015/16

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Mercator European Dialogue – EU strategic vision workshop
26 February 2016, Rome

Workshop hosted by IAI in the framework of the Mercator European Dialogue project. In an ever more complex and connected world, defining a common strategic vision for the EU as a global actor has become an urgent priority. In this context, the European Council has mandated the High Representative and Vice President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, to draft an EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy. Our workshop provided the chance to explore the content of this strategy review as illustrated by Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director of the IAI and Special Advisor to the HRVP Federica Mogherini, pen-holder of the EU Global Strategy. MPs had the opportunity to discuss priorities and contribute to the debate on the EU’s global role.

European Union Institute for Security Studies-IAI joint conference on “Europe & Africa: A strategic approach”
17-18 February 2016, Paris

“Energy Union: from birth to maturity”, round table organized in cooperation with the College of Europe, Bruges
22 January 2016, Bruges

Between power and rules: The geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership“. Conference organised in cooperation with the Centre for European Reform, London.
18 January 2016, Rome

EU relations with Latin America. From social resilience to global governance“. Conference organised in cooperation with European Union Institute for Security Studies, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, EU Global Strategy and Compagnia di San Paolo.
15 January 2016, Rome

Civili in missione. L’esperienza italiana nelle missioni dell’Unione Europea“. Conference on the civilian missions, in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
17-18 December 2015, Rome

Conference on “A new European Neighbourhood Policy in a changing strategic environment in cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Rome.
9 December 2015, Rome

The Energy Union: towards an effective European energy policy: Conference with Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice President for Energy Union.
4 December 2015, Rome

Quale governo per l’Ue? Presentation of the volume What Form of Government for the European Union and the Eurozone?  edited by Federico Fabbrini, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Han Somsen (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2015), Meeting within the cycle “The future of the European economy” in collaboration with the Center for Studies on Federalism.
4 December 2015, Rome

Italy and the renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership, Conference with Philipp Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, followed by a roundtable with a panel of Italian and British experts.
25 November 2015, Rome

The European Union and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Managing Globalization?“, Conference with Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Notre Europe-Jacque Delors Institute and former Director-General WTO, in collaboration with LUISS-School of Management e German Marshall Fund of the United States.
25 November 2015, Rome

Challenges to European Security: A Transatlantic perspective, Transatlantic Security Symposium (8th edition).
26 October 2015, Rome

China-Europe relations and the role of Italy”, Conference organised in cooperation with T.wai, Turin, and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Beijing, and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the China Embassy in Italy.
22-23 October 2015, Rome

“Eurozone: getting back to growth?”; presentation of the book by Alberto Majocchi “Un piano per l’Europa” (Feltrinelli, 2015) in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo, Turin, and Aiace
20 October 2015, Rome

Conference  with  Mario Monti  (former Italian Prime Minister and chairman of the EU High Level on Own Resources) on Which resources for the European Union and Eurozone budget?. In collaboration with the Center for Studies on Federalism.
19 October 2015, Turin

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Winter 2013/2014

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The Institute of World Economics organised the following Europe Club monthly events:

– End-year evaluation and short-term prospects of the European integration (with Péter Balázs, former EU-Commissioner and minister of foreign affairs, Péter Tálas and László Valki), 28 January 2014
– Utilization of EU transfers in Hungary (Péter Heil), 25 February 2014
– The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (Lutz Göllner from the European Commission and Zsolt Becsey), 3 March 2014
– Critical assessment of the Eastern Partnership (Tamás Szigetvári), 18 March 2014
– Hungary and the European Union: evaluation of one decade of membership and personal thoughts about the future of the Union (András Inotai), 15 April 2014

The Institute of World Economics organised the following other events:

IWE workshop on welfare state models presented by Ágnes Orosz, followed by a discussion (in Hungarian), 9 January 2014

IWE workshop on youth unemployment and basic income presented by Annamária Artner, followed by a discussion (in Hungarian), 6 February 2014

Russia’s strategy in international politics and the global economy: Russia’s relations with the United States (Mihály Simai), with China (Ágnes Szunomár) and energy issues (Csaba Weiner), 12 March 2014

IWE special workshop on Hungary’s EU membership: multiannual financial framework (Miklós Somai), comparative analysis of membership of the Visegrad countries (Krisztina Vida) and of the Baltic States (Sándor Meisel), crisis management and EMU (Margit Rácz), 27 March 2014

The Institute of World Economics also organised activities abroad:

András Inotai’s lecture on “Ungarn, die Europaeische Union und Deutschland”, conference linked to the prize provided to András Inotai by the Thyssen-Stiftung in October 2013, 16 January 2014, Cologne

Tamás Novák on “Implications of TTIP on global economic integration of Central and Eastern Europe” presentation given at the conference entitled: “Before and After the TTIP: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States”, 28 February 2014, Conference at the University of Miami

András Inotai on “Alternative against austerity: a future-oriented strategy for Europe” organized by Progressive Economic Initiative of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, 6 March 2014, Brussels, round table discussion

Tamás Novák on “Impact of the European Union Crisis on V4 Countries: Old and New Challenges”, 26 March 2014, Annual Conference of the International Studies Association, Toronto

XVth April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, Csaba Weiner on “The Contest for Gas Resources and Markets in the Post-Soviet space: Dependence and Diversification”, Moscow, 2 April 2014

András Inotai on “The neighbourhood: Ukraine, the EU and the Russian problem” International conference on Progressive Renaissance for Europe, organized by FEPS and Progressive Economic Studies, 4 April 2014, Brussels, round table discussion

András Inotai on “What growth and employment strategies for Europe?” (same conference and organizers as above), 4 April 2014, Brussels, round table discussion

Editorial TEPSA Newsletter September 2014: “The Neighbouring Policy of the European Union: it is Soft Power that is needed!”, by Prof. Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA Secretary General

Map editorialIn a period of ten years the geopolitical situation at the external borders of the European Union has completely changed. Of course, the Israeli-Palestine conflict unfortunately is a lasting one, during the last decade the situation has in fact only worsened. However, apart from that central problem, a lot of unrest and conflicts have occurred in our neighbourhood. First the invasion in Iraq. Then the Arab Spring which has become an Arab Winter if not worse. The revolution resulted in an unstable Arab world, giving rise inter alia to a civil war in Syria which is now out of control. It also paved the way for a Northern Africa in transformation (Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and recently also Algeria where a French tourist was murdered by a terrorist group). Since a couple of years, we furthermore experience a massive influx of migrants and refugees coming from Northern and Central Africa, looking for a better future notably in Europe. Recently the cruelties of IS in Iraq and Syria have only added to the disasters and dramas which already took place in that region.

This year, also the border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was unilaterally modified by Russia: an unprecedented violation of the territorial integrity of an independent state in Europe’s recent history. As a consequence, the relationship between the EU and the Russian Federation is now full of tensions, whereas the Union is faced with a weakened Ukraine at her Eastern external borders.
This being so, one has to recognize that the last ten years the EU has more or less neglected the relations with her neighbours. The enlargements of 2004, 2007 and 2013 as well as the economic crisis kept us busy. Moreover our approach with regard to the new Eastern neighbours (ENP, Eastern Partnership) is a rather artificial one. In the course of the negotiations to conclude an association agreement, the EU requires them to implement our norms, values and policies. However, the new neighbours -although clearly European states- are not allowed to become new inhabitants of our common house, if it is only in the long run. Such an approach appears to be contradictory and has to change. Peace and security on the European continent requires us to develop a new policy.

We should start to fully exercise our Soft Power capacity in our relations with all our neighbours, whether in the East or in the South. First of all humanitarian aid has to be provided where necessary. Then assistance is needed in the process of reconstruction and institution building, including the setting up of independent judiciaries. We must also support economic reforms and democratic changes. Apart from that, the development of people to people contacts and academic cooperation has to be stimulated. Student and youth exchanges as well as internship programs should be developed. Of course preliminary conditions and requirements also have to be set: notably the firm aspiration of the neighbour in question to strive at democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

At a certain moment this approach has also to be applied in the contacts with the Russian Federation. Because, whether you like it or not, Russia is an important neighbour of the EU. The development of stable relations with that country can only contribute to stability on the whole European continent. In that context it can also facilitate the intensification of our contacts with former Soviet Republics: Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, as well as in the Southern Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. As to the energy sector, an interdependence between Russia and the EU does already exist. However, in the future Russia may also become an important market for our small-, medium-sized and big companies. Moreover well-developed people to people contacts are more than welcome. Be that as it may, first of all satisfactory solutions for the outstanding military, political and economic problems in Ukraine have to be found.

So, an innovated neighbourhood policy has to be developed in the coming period as a priority of EU policy, in the interest of peace and security on our European continent. For that purpose initiatives are to be expected in the first place from the European Commission: a new but challenging responsibility of the new commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn!

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A new book and experts’ panel discussion “EU’s economic presence and Europeanisation in the Eastern Partnership countries”, 25 August 2016, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA)

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25 August, 15:00-17:00
Astor Riga Hotel (Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 10)

LIIA will present a new book on the EU’s economic presence and Europeanisation in the Eastern Partnership countries and hold an experts’ panel discussion. The book will provide theoretical and practical insights on the Europeanisation transformations taking place in the Eastern Partnership countries and how the economic ties between the EU and the partners affects these transformations. The book will consist of a collection of articles written by a group of international and local scholars and the subject matters considered will include the adaptability and challenges of EU’s external governance in a tense geopolitical environment, the effectiveness of the Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, analysis of specific country situations and a comparison of the partners’ potential for a consistent Europeanisation.

Study for the European Parliament: “The frozen conflicts in the European Eastern Neighbourhood and their impact on the respect of human rights”, by András Rácz

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Study frozen conflictsTEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), authored by András Rácz, senior research fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA).

The study deals with “The frozen conflicts of the EU Eastern Neighbourhood and their impact on the respect of human rights”. The frozen conflicts analysed are those of Crimea, Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh. In this study, the author provides a detailed overview of the actual human rights situation in the region. In particular, the focus of the analysis is on the access to the justice system, as well as on the abilities of the de jure or de facto authorities to administer justice. Particular attention is paid to Crimea because the rapidly worsening human rights situation there affects far more people than the population of the other four frozen conflicts combined. International community actions, as well as the role of civil society in protecting human rights are also analysed in detail.

The author argues that, regarding the four pre-2014 frozen conflicts, due to the uncertain legal status of these territories, the international community (including the European Union) has very limited options for getting directly engaged in defending human rights. However, the international community could do much more to hold Moscow accountable for the human rights situation in Crimea, as well as in other parts of the Russian Federation.

The European Parliament has for András Rácz a key responsibility in sustaining public attention and awareness towards the human rights situation in the regions, including both the pre-existing conflicts as well as Crimea.

The full study can be downloaded here.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Summer 2014

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Conference „Aktuelle Herausforderungen für die deutsche Europapolitik: Vertiefung, Erweiterung, Nachbarschaft“ („Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood“)
25-26 September 2014, Berlin, Institut für Europäische Politik and Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration

On September 25-26 the Institut für Europäische Politik organised its annual academic conference in cooperation with the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration. More than 50 academics and practitioners gathered in Berlin in order to discuss the “Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood“.During the first panel potential further strategies for reforming the EU’s political system were discussed. All panelists representing members from the Spinelli Group, the Glienicker Gruppe and the Groupe Eiffel agreed that the Lisbon Treaty provided an appropriate legal framework for current challenges and demanded full exploitation of its text. Ideas were exchanged on the question of how to deal with increasing heterogeneity among the EU Member States and necessary reforms of EU institutions in order to increase their democratic legitimacy. The second panel dealt with the reforms of the Economic and Monetary Union. Given that the crisis management within the Eurozone was perceived successful so far, the panelists focused on questions of how to increase the EU’s competitiveness and of how to guarantee liability of future national economic reforms. The future role of the EU’s enlargement policy as a foreign policy tool was discussed during the conference’s third panel. Enlargement policy was defined to represent an integration rather than a foreign policy tool of the EU. This means that it needed to be complemented by foreign policy initiatives. In light of these considerations the preconditions for a successful enlargement policy were debated. The conference concluded with discussions on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). This debate was guided by the question of whether the general principles of the ENP needed redefinition. In light of the latest developments the panelists agreed that the ENP needed a differentiated approach and other global actors and their interests needed to be included in the considerations of how to stabilize the neighbourhood that currently represented rather a ring of fire than a ring of friends.

The conference was completed by a dinner speech by Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, and a concluding speech by Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank.

Read more here.

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. Peter Ptassek: “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union”
16 September 2014

The IEP Lunch Debate on the topic “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union” with Dr. Peter Ptassek, Deputy Director of the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office, took place on the 16th of September 2014 at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin, Germany. The event was moderated by Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institute for European DSC_0085-243x364Politics (IEP).

Dr. Ptassek began his introductory speech by illuminating several questions facing Europe, including not only still existing concerns about the Monetary Union, but also Europe’s relations with Russia in light of the Ukraine Crisis, and the impending referendum in the UK. Ptassek pointed out that he believed the height of the economic crisis to be behind us, and the monetary union “dishevelled”, but still alive. Ptassek further specified that the Monetary Union includes a clear external dimension, specifically the connection between economic strength and the weight of foreign policy. The whole report on the lunch debate is published in English here.

Recent publications from the College of Europe, Bruges, Autumn 2016

CoEGstöhl, Sieglinde and Simon Schunz (eds), Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017, ISBN: 9781138204799.

 

Despite growing scholarly interest in the EU’s flagship policy towards its Eastern and Southern neighbours, serious attempts at theory-building on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) have been largely absent from the academic debate. This book aims at contributing to fill this research gap in a three-fold manner: first and foremost it aims at theorizing the ENP as such, explaining the origins, development and effectiveness of this policy. Building on this effort, it also pursues the broader objective of addressing certain shortcomings in EU external relations theory, and even beyond, in International Relations theory. Finally, it aspires to provide new insights for European policy-makers. It is one of the first volumes to provide different theoretical perspectives on the ENP by revisiting and building bridges between mainstream and critical theories, stimulating academic and policy debates and thus setting a novel, less EU-centric research agenda.

 

 

 

Past Events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Summer 2014

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Conference on “National and International Security After the Occupation of Crimea”, 29 August 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 29 August, LIIA in cooperation with the Chair of OSCE PA Latvian Delegation Vineta Porina organized the conference “National and International Security After the Occupation of Crimea”, supported by the European Commission. Introduction speeches were delivered by Andris Spruds (Director of LIIA), Vineta Porina (Chair of OSCE PA Latvian delegation), Janis Sarts (State Secretary of Latvian Ministry of Defence), Zbignevs Stankevics (Archbishop of Roman Catholic Church), Jaromir Stetina, MEP, Czech Republic. Panel discussion “Security, Values and the Lessons of Ukraine Crisis” featured professors of the University of Latvia Leons Taivans, Juris Bojars, Zaneta Ozolina and Toms Rostoks, as well as Guntis Kalme (Docent at Luther Academy), Janis Berzins (Executive Director of Centre for Security and Strategic Research at National Defence Academy of Latvia).

More information can be found here.

Public debate on “A Multi-Multipolar World? Contested Leadership in International Relations”, 26 August 2014, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), Riga

On 26 August, LIIA hosted the public debate “A Multi-Multipolar World? Contested Leadership in International Relations” with Dr. Daniel Flemes (GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies and State University of Rio de Janeiro). While new powers like Brazil, India and China gained increasing acceptance at the global level, they often face regional contestation. Secondary powers like Argentina, Pakistan and Japan are key players because of their relative power and their potential for extra-regional alliance-building. The strategic options of regional secondary powers depend on varying structural and domestic drivers of contestation. The conflicts over the assertion of regional leadership will impact the future world order.

More information can be found here.

“Reassuring the Baltics: Strategies, Tactics, Own Capabilities and NATO’s Role”
1 July 2014

This public discussion was organized by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with support of NATO and features experts from Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany and NATO. The video recording will be available on our Youtube (Latvian Institute of International Affairs).

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EU House: European Neighbourhood Instrument 2014-2020: Opportunities, Challenges and Synergies for a Strong Partnership
17 June 2014

The Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Latvian Institute of International Affairs with the support of the European Commission Representation in Latvia and the Embassies of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine organize a seminar on the new European Neighbourhood Instrument 2014-2020 with participation of Latvian, Swedish and Polish Ambassadors at Large for the Eastern Partnership and experts from Georgia, Ukraine, Latvia and the European External Action Service.

The video recording is available here.

Seminar on EU’s funding instruments for the European Neighbourhood, 17 June 2014, LIIA, Riga 

Latvian Institute of International Affairs and numerous partners organized an international seminar on EU’s funding instruments for the European Neighbourhood, which took place on June 17 in Riga.

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.

Past events Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Summer 2014

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A Conference on “The Impact of US monetary policy on the Euro Area“, with Richard W. Fisher, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas was organised on 25 September, Rome.

A Closed-door seminar on “EU-Turkey Energy Cooperation in the Neighbourhood” was organised on 16 September, Rome.

A Seminar on “Serbia’s road to the EU“, with Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU was organised on 22 July, Rome

A Conference on “Tecnologia e innovazione per la difesa europea: riduzione delle spese militari e nuove sfide globali“, in cooperation with Avio Aero was organised on 11 July, Rome.
A video interview is available here.

A Seminar on “Verso una revisione della Strategia EU 2020: scenari ed opportunità future” was organised on 7 July, Rome. The Powerpoint presentation by A. Renda is available here.

A Seminar “The Unfulfilled promise: Completing the EU enlargement to the Balkans“, in cooperation with European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) was organised on 1 July, Rome.

A Seminar on: “Priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the EU“, with Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia was organised on 30 June, Rome.

A Conference with L. Tsoukalis su “The Unhappy State of the Union: A new grand bargain for Europe“, in the framework of the series “The future of the European economy” was organised on 30 June, Rome. Click here for the conference video.

A Final conference of the project “Towards a more united and effective Europe” was organised on 27 June, Rome
Click kere for the conference videos, photos and report.
More information about the project can be found here.

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

High-Level Roundtable on “The Launching of the Second Phase of the European Neighbourhood Policy (2014-2020) in a Challenging Regional Context”, Friday 10 October, College of Europe, Bruges

The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, with the financial support of the European Commission, is organising an afternoon series of public high-level lectures on the European Neighbourhood Policy and challenges in the EU’CoE2s broader neighbourhood and beyond. The speakers, Dr. Fouad M. Ammor, Dr. Roman Petrov and Dr. Claire Spencer, will address three regions: the Maghreb, the Middle East and Eastern Europe with a timely discussion on how the EU can elaborate a new strategy to develop its broader neighbourhood in the light of the most recent challenges in countries like Libya, Syria, Iraq or Ukraine.

1st high-level “EU Diplomacy Lecture” on “The Rights of Others – Why European Human Rights Diplomacy Matters”, 9 October 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe is launching an annual series of “EU Diplomacy Lectures” in Bruges. The firsCoE1t such public high-level lecture, by EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis on “The Rights of Others – Why European Human Rights Diplomacy Matters” will take place on Thursday
, 9 October 2014, followed by a short Q&A session and a reception. EUSR Lambrinidis will explore the role of human rights in EU foreign policy, including some of today’s major challenges in ensuring an effective human rights promotion around the world.

 

The European Neighbourhood Policy. Challenges and Prospects.

by Graham Avery and Yvonne Nasshoven (eds.), Trans European Policy Studies, Brussels, December 2008

The publication represents a collection of TEPSA’s briefings for the European Parliament’s AFET Committee.

If you want to order a printed copy of the book please contact us.

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 Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Autumn 2014

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IEP Lunch Debate with Axel Schäfer: “New Institutions, new Policy? Expectations on European politics in Germany”
27 November 2014

On 27 November 2014, the IEP lunch debate on the topic of „New Institutions, new policy? Expectations on European politics in Germany“ with Axel Schäfer, MP and deputy head of the SPD parliamentary group, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin. Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp, director of the Institut für Europäische Politik, moderated the event. An introductory speech was given by Bernhard Schnittger, head of the political division of the representation of the European Union Commission to Berlin. The speech has been focused on issues like low voter turnouts, rising Euroscepticism and a trend towards populist, radical right and extremist parties that are contrary to the founding idea of the EU. The whole report on the debate is published in English online.

Conference “Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood”
25-26 September 2014

On 25 and 26 September 2014, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) organised an academic conference in cooperation with the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration. More than 50 academics and practitioners gathered in Berlin in order to discuss the “Current Challenges for Germany’s European Policy: Deepening, Widening, Neighbourhood“. The panelists and participants discussed potential further strategies for reforming the EU’s political system as well as the Economic and Monetary Union, and the future role of the EU’s enlargement policy as a foreign policy tool. The conference was completed by a dinner speech by Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister of Special Tasks, and a concluding speech by Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank. The whole report on the conference and the programme are published in English online.

24th annual conference of the German-Hungarian Forum and fourth conference of the Young German-Hungarian Forum
18-19 September 2014

On 18 and 19 September 2014, the 24th annual conference of the German-Hungarian Forum was held in the representation of the Magyar Telekom Nyrt. in Budapest and was attended by over 250 experts from politics, business, academia and civil society. In panel discussions and working groups, the participants, including Elmar Brok, MEP; Prof. Dr. Peter Balázs, Martin Kotthaus and László Szabó as represenatives of the German and Hungarian government as well as Zoltán Balog, Hungarian minister of Human Ressources, discussed bilateral issues as well as the present state the EU and the prospects for its future from a German and Hungarian perspective. In parallel, the fourth Young German-Hungarian Forum dealt with different German and Hungarian concepts of Europe and the expectations of young Europeans towards their home countries and the EU. The whole report on the German-Hungarian conference is published in English online.

IEP Lunch Debate with Dr. Peter Ptassek: “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union”
16 September 2014

On 16 September 2014, the IEP Lunch Debate on the topic “Perspectives of the Economic and Monetary Union” with Dr. Peter Ptassek, Deputy Director of the European Department of the Federal Foreign Office, took place at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin, Germany.  The event was moderated by Prof. Dr. Mathias Jopp (IEP). Dr. Ptassek discussed several questions facing Europe, including the still existing concerns about the monetary union, Europe’s relations with Russia in light of the Ukraine Crisis, as well as the impending referendum in the UK and the threat of increased Euroscepticism. The whole report on the debate is published in English online.