Recent publications from the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Spring/summer 2016

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Study: “#EngagEUkraine. Engagement of Ukrainians in Poland and Germany”

 

IEP9Within the framework of the joined project “Ukrainians in Poland and Germany – Civic and Political Engagement, Expectations, and Courses of Action” of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), Warsaw, and the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin, the complete study has now been published in German and in Polish. Based on a series of in-depth interviews with members of the Ukrainian diaspora living in Poland and Germany regarding their views on the Ukraine crisis and the future of Ukraine, including the question of EU-membership as well as their readiness to support the democracy movement in Ukraine, the authors of the study analyse various forms of civic engagement of Ukrainians living in Poland and Germany, specific obstacles they are facing and similarities as well as differences in Germany and Poland. The project was funded by Deutsch-Polnische Wissenschaftsstiftung (DPWS).

The publication (in German and in Polish) can be downloaded here.

Policy Paper: “How the Ukrainian Diasporic Community in Germany Contributes to EU’s Policy in its Home Country”

   

IEP10In this new IEP Policy Paper No. 9 the authors Ljdumyla Melnyk, Magdalena Patalong, Julian Plottka and Richard Steinberg deal with the topic “How the Ukrainian Diasporic Community in Germany Contributes to EU’s Policy in its Home Country”. Civic engagement of Ukrainians for their home country has dramatically increased since the protests on the Majdan in Kyiv started in November 2013. Based on the results of a joined research project on Ukrainian civic engagement in Germany and Poland of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, the paper presents first results on the development of a Ukrainian civil society in Germany.

Following a mapping of the non-state actors involved and their fields of activity with regard to their support of Ukraine, the paper analyses why people are voluntarily getting engaged and what they are aiming for. Finally, the paper discusses whether these activities contribute to the EU’s policy towards Ukraine and how the EU could further support these actors in order to benefit from their activities.

The publication can be downloaded here.

Recent publications from the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring/summer 2016

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The Centre for International Law of the Institute of International Relations, Prague, has released a series of observations entitled “The International Law Reflections.” These observations illustrate the current and pressing issues in international law to the Czech general public.

Tamás Lattmann, Judgment in the Savchenko case, New International Law Reflections

Judgment in the Savchenko caseDebated judgment by a dubious judicial forum in a murky legal environment. The current analysis tries to shed some light to some of the legal questions, without examining the charges on their merits.

The publication is available here.

Tamás Lattmann, The case against Russia for the attack on flight MH17, New International Law Reflections

According to the news, a new legal proceeding has been initiated against Russia and its president Vladimir Putin for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the airspace of Ukraine on 17 July 2014. The present analysis by Tamás Lattmann examines the outlines of the case.

The publication is available here.

Eastern Neighbours and Russia: Close links with EU citizens (ENURC)

The ENURC project focused on developing EU citizens’ understanding of the topic of the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia. The project aimed at encouraging citizens’ interest and involvement in this policy which has an impact on their daily lives. Following the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the growing tensions between the EU and Russia, security of the EU citizens and peace at the edge of the EU is becoming ever more relevant. The EU’s response to Russia showcases the diversity of interests among the EU member states since some member states are dependent on Russia for their energy supply and fear security implications of a more assertive Russia.

This project offered five main activities in five different member states for whose citizens the relation with Eastern Neighbours and Russia is key –  Romania, Germany, Latvia, Sweden and Finland. TEPSA’ s partners in this project were the Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE), Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), The Swedish Institute of International Affairs  (UI) and The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). The activities attracted an audience of in total 791 participants coming from the following EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,  Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The activities approached the topic from different angles: economics, geopolitics, development and enlargement, in order to illustrate the diversity of interests and perceptions on this topic. Besides the five project activities, the project also entailed an EU wide study on the public perceptions on EU’s Eastern Neighbours and Russia. The questionnaire focused on the following four questions related to the Eastern Neighbours and Russia: 1) What are dominant views in your country on future relations with Russia? 2) How do the events in Ukraine affect the views in your country on EU relations with Eastern Partnership countries? 3) How was the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on 21-22 May 2015 assessed in your country? 4) Does the EU need its own army in order to face up to Russia and other threats according to assessments in your country?

Recent publications from the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Spring 2016

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Tomasz Berg, Zsuzsánna Biedermann, Rudolf Fürst, Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň, Jan Hornát, Dariusz Kałan, Patryk Kugiel, Marian Majer, Jan Němec, Judit Ricz, Balázs Sárvári, Justyna Szczudlik, Ágnes Szunomár, Marek Wąsiński, Damian Wnukowski, Patryk Kugiel (eds.), 
V4 goes global: exploring opportunities and obstacles in the Visegrad Countries’ cooperation with Brazil, India, China and South Africa
Warsaw: PISM (Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych / The Polish Institute Of International Affairs), 2016. 85 p. (ISBN: 978-83-64895-72-2)

András György Deák (ed.), The end of an era in Eurasia? : Conflict in Eastern Ukraine and economic downturn in the post-Soviet space : In memoriam Zsuzsa LudvigBudapest: Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2015. The beloved colleague and experienced senior researcher of the post-Soviet region died 29th October 2014. (East European Studies; 6.) (ISBN:978-963-301-627-5)

 

Andrea Éltető, Ágnes Szunomár, “Chinese investment and trade – strengthening ties with Central and Eastern Europe, in International Journal of Business and Management, Vol. IV (1), pp. 24-48

Csaba Weiner, Kálmán Kalota, Andrea Éltető, Magdolna Sass, Rossiiskie investicii v Visegradskih stranah: kladbishse teorii (Российские инвестиции в Вишеградских странах: кладбище теорий), in Sovremennaa Evropa (Современная Европа), Vol. 16. No. 6. pp. 60–76

Jámbor, Attila, Miklós Somai, Sándor Kovács,  “Tíz év az Európai Unióban-az új tagországok agrárteljesítményei” [A decade in the EU: the agricultural performances of the new member-states], in Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review – monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 63.3 (2016): 260-284

Andrea Szalavetz, Policy support to commercialisation and Europe’s commercialisation gap, in International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, Vol. 13, Nos. 3/4, 2015

IWE Working Papers:

Csaba Weiner, Central and East European Diversification under New Gas Market Conditions, February 2016

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 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.

Past events at University of Malta – Spring 2014

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Public lecture on European political elites by Prof. Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena), 12-18 May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

Prof Luca Verzichelli visited the Institute for European Studies on May 12-18, 2014. During his visit, Prof Verzichelli held seminars at the MA programme in European Politics, Economics and Law, and delivered a public lecture on political elites in Europe.

Luca Verzichelli is professor of political science at the University of Siena, Italy, where he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences between 2009-2012. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research, and has been the Chief Editor of the Italian Political Science Review (2010-2013). His research interests cover the comparative empirical analysis of political elites, budgetary politics in Italy and the USA, and European Parliaments.

Second Annual Conference of the Jean Monnet Chair “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region”, 5 May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

On 5 May 2014 the Institute for European Studies organized the second annual conference under the general theme “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region”.  TEPSA members were invited to the event. Details of the project could be found on the Institute web-page. Papers published so far and others which will be published in the near future can be accessed through the web-page.

The research dimension of the project focused on the changes which were taking place in the EU focusing mainly on the financial crisis, situation in southern Europe, the state of enlargement and all other aspects of the evolving EU project and the situation in the Mediterranean region particularly after the so called “Arab Spring”. With respect to the latter, the project looked at “state building”, particularly constitution writing, in the southern Mediterranean shore countries as well as regional cross-cutting issues such as energy security, climate change and migration. EU Mediterranean policies were also of interest.

The programme is available here.

Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the European Union, February-May 2014, The Institute for European Studies, Malta

The Institute for European Studies invited application to attend the second edition of the Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the European Union. The Module, made of 14 lectures, focused on key theoretical and empirical aspects of EU agenda-setting processes. Its specific objectives were to provide participants with innovative tools to understand the factors driving the rise and fall of issues in the EU political agenda, and to increase their knowledge of key EU policies.

The guest scholars contributing to this edition were be Dr Enrico Borghetto (Nova University Lisbon), Prof Laura Chaques (University of Barcelona), Professor Christoffer Green-Pedersen (Aarhus University), Dr Francesco Marchi (Sciences-Po Paris), and Prof Catherine Moury (Nova University Lisbon).

The Jean Monnet Module is an EU-funded project coordinated by Dr Marcello Carammia, taught collectively by the academic staff of the Institute for European Studies and a number of guest speakers.

Information about the Module is available here.

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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Past events at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University – Spring/summer 2016

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Conference “Statehood and its Discontents: Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia”
15-17 June, 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania

Joint Miami University Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science Conference “Statehood and its Discontents: Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia” on June 15-17, 2016, Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science.

In the post-Cold War era territorial borders have been continuously contested during the wars in Chechnya, the Caucasus, and more recently Ukraine. The conflict in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine has brought the questions of statehood and sovereignty again to the forefront of popular, political, and scholarly debates. This conference explores historical and contemporary challenges to statehood and emergence of alternative sovereignty and governance regimes. The potential topics include, but are not limited to: hybrid warfare, financial sovereignty, radical politics, nationalism, supranationalism, terrorism, secessionism, migration and displacement, memory and identity. Keynote speakers: Karen Dawisha (Miami University), Ramūnas Vilpišauskas (Vilnius University) and Artemyi Troitsky.

More information about the conference and call for papers can be found here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ENURC conference: “The EU and its Eastern Partners: A Struggle for Stability, Security and Prosperity”, 26 November 2015

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On 26 November 2015 The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) together with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) hosted a conference about the European Union’s Eastern Partnership policy and the prospects for security, stability and prosperity in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The first panel, entitled “New Challenges and Threats: How to Improve the EU’s Eastern Partnership Policy?” featured keynote speakers from the EEAS, La the Latvian Parliament and the Eastern Partnership Ambassador of Sweden, who all shared insights from their work within the EU and the national decision-making processes.  The second panel, entitled “More Effective Support for the EU’s Eastern Partners: How?” addressed the challenges that Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Belarus have to master. The four invited experts from the respective ENP countries shared their insights into the difficult domestic political conditions, and how these countries relations with the EU are influenced by the external pressures from the Russian government. The Third panel, entitled “The Challenge of Communicating the Eastern Partnership “post-Crimea”” focused on one of the biggest challenges that the EU, the member states, and Eastern neighbours are facing: how to explain to EU citizens, and the citizens of the Eastern partners, what the Eastern partnership is, what the EU does, why and how the member states are engaged in the ”Eastern Partnership”, and what closer relations with the EU will mean for the citizens and for European security, stability and prosperity? The panelists discussed how the EU can make itself understood. It brought together experts closely familiar with the challenges of communicating the Eastern Partnership.

The conference was attended by 118 participants (12 speakers, 1 moderator and 105 people in the audience). Participants had very diverse national backgrounds: Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Moldova, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Romania, Panama, Latvia, Cyprus, Russia, Finland, Japan, Bulgaria, Estonia and Serbia. Among these, 14 EU member states were represented.

The conference was followed by an Expert Roundtable on New Strategic Communication Challenges in Europe: How do we identify, understand and address disinformation? Against the background of growing concerns in Europe about the effects of Russian propaganda in the Eastern neighbourhood and even the EU, the roundtable discussion focused on the challenge of how to respond to disinformation and the abuses of the open information spaces. Participants explored ways and means of identifying and addressing disinformation that is spread by different actors through traditional and new “social” media channels and platforms. Both the conference and the roundtable discussion were moderated by Anke Schmidt-Felzmann, Researcher in UI’s Europe programme.

The full conference programme can be downloaded here. The report of the conference can be found here.

More information about the event can be found on UI’s website.

You can find below the podcasts of the panels:

Panel 1 

Panel 2

Panel 3

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.

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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ENURC project seminar: “From a ‘Strategic Partnership’ to a Strategic Problem? Whither EU-Russian Relations”, 4 December 2015

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FIIA1The re-assessment of the overall EU-Russia relationship was the subject of the debate in the final conference of the ENURC project, held in Helsinki on 4 December 2015. The conference started with an opening statement of Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, the Chairperson of TEPSA, who also presented the findings of the pan-European study on citizens’ perceptions on Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia. Dr. Teija Tiilikanen, director of FIIA, opened the conference, underlining the importance of exchanging views within the EU on its relations with its Eastern partners.

The three panels of the conference covered EU-Russia security relations; economic relations and energy relations. In his conclusion on the results of the event, Dr Arkady Moshes stated that, the EU-Russian strategic partnership does not exist anymore, even though this may not be officially acknowledged. The EU-Russian conflict has become the new normal.

In addition to the seminar, the final conference included a dinner debate on 3 December for the speakers hosted by the Director of FIIA. This pre-conference event also aimed to provide an opportunity for the speakers to exchange ideas related to their conference presentation, and it proved to be extremely fruitful for the planning and coordination of the public interventions in the conference.

FIIA2The event attracted 114 participants. Around half of the participants came from Finland (65), but also nationals from 30 other countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, Russia, Morocco, Serbia, Ukraine, South Africa, Egypt, New-Zealand, Indonesia, Palestine, Malaysia, United States, China, Mexico and Belarus. Counting only EU member states, 17 countries were participating to the event.

The full conference programme can be downloaded here.

You can find the report and the podcasts of the conference on the FIIA website.

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 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 Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) – Spring 2016

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FIIA eventsNathalie Tocci, Deputy Director at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), gave a presentation at a two-day EU Global Strategy seminar on EU’s Strategic Vision for Relations with Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood. The seminar was organised in cooperation with EUISS and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Photo: Mattias Lehtinen / FIIA

 

Europe’s New Political Engine: Germany’s role in the EU’s foreign and security policy
15 April 2016, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki

 

International crises and a leadership vacuum in Europe forced the economically strong Germany to learn how to lead the EU’s foreign and security policy and to become Europe’s new political engine. For example, Germany played a key role in the Western response to the Ukraine conflict. Berlin had to determine how to show more international responsibility, while adhering to its traditional foreign policy tenets. There is an active discussion on Germany’s unfamiliar role as a foreign policy leader and the implications for the EU’s foreign and security policy. How did Germany’s foreign policy and its role in the EU change in recent years? What are the implications for its partners in Europe and the Common Foreign and Security Policy? How can potential global ambitions in German foreign policy be reconciled with its European vocation? These and other questions were discussed in the light of current international political developments.

The seminar marked the publication of the FIIA report “Europe’s New Political Engine: Germany’s role in the EU’s foreign and security policy”, which presents the results of a trans-European research task force. The research project and this seminar have been organized in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Opening remarks: Teija Tiilikainen, Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Elisabeth Bauer, Head of the Office for the Baltic and the Nordic countries, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Speakers:
Thomas Bagger, Head of Policy Planning, German Federal Foreign Office
Niklas Helwig, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Lisbeth Aggestam, Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg
Comments: Antti Kaski, Director of Policy Planning and Research, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Chair: Juha Jokela, Programme Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

 

 

From EU ”Poster Child” to a Dysfunctional State? Assessing the situation in Moldova
26 April 2016, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki

 

For a considerable period of time Moldova was perceived as a most promising candidate to play the role of a success story in the EU’s policy in the Eastern Neighbourhood. It concluded an Association Agreement with the EU and was the first country in the region to which Brussels granted the visa-free regime. Moreover, at least some hope was seen for an eventual resolution of the conflict in Transnistria. This positive picture, however, shattered when corrupt practices and the in-fighting within the ruling governmental coalition placed the country at risk of an oligarchic state capture and a protracted political crisis – if not a total state failure. The seminar arranged at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs looked into the current political situation in Moldova in order to understand whether and how the European orientation of the country and its reform process could be sustained. Also, the event aimed at assessing what has gone right or wrong in the EU policy towards Moldova.
Speaker: Ryhor Nizhnikau, PhD candidate, the Skytte Institute, University of Tartu
Comments:
Päivi Peltokoski, Director of Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Kristi Raik, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Chair: Arkady Moshes, Programme Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Past events at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) – Autumn 2014

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Public debate on “(Not so) Soft Power? How Russia and the EU Influence the Neighborhood”
10 October 2014

The concept of “soft power” has been widely used and abused, often without a clear conceptual definition. This public discussion on 10 October 2014 took place in the framework of a project run by the LIIA, which aims to shed more light on the issue, providing an impartial analysis, conceptual (re)definition and recommendations to policy-makers. The discussion had a particular focus on Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and the Baltic States. Some of these countries are striving to join the EU, some are already members, but to some extent both groups are still “grey areas” subject also to Russian influence. The event featured speakers from Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. names?

More information can be found here.

Workshop on “Mass Media – Competing for People’s Hearts and Minds in Russia’s Neighborhood”
12 September 2014

On 12 September, LIIA co-organized a workshop “Mass Media – Competing for People’s Hearts and Minds in Russia’s Neighborhood”, which was held under the Chatham House Rule. The event gathered prominent experts from Russia, the European Union and the Eastern Neighborhood.

Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Spring 2016

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Kick-Off Workshop of the project “Alternative Europa!”

On 23 and 24 March 2016 the first workshop took place in the ASKO Europa Stiftung in Saarbrücken in the new project “Alternative Europe!”. The project was launched by the ASKO Europa Stiftung (AES) and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen (EAO) in cooperation with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP). Given an increasing indifference towards the European project, particularly in younger generations and a general rise in Euroscepticism, the project does not only aim to identify and analyze current and future key issues of European integration but to deduce conclusions and connecting factors for political youth and adult education derived from these findings.

IEP2Fifteen participants from the EAO, the ASKO Europa Stiftung and the Young European Federalists (JEF) discussed with representatives of the IEP which megatrends of European integration are relevant for the education of the EAO and which ones will be. After a first plenary discussion, key issues were identified and collected in clusters, which were discussed in a World Café in working groups of three tables. However the main focus was generally on the discussion about the current state of education and the work of the EAO in particular. Among other things, it was discussed who can achieve the education and by which methods.

More information about the project can be found here.

Training Series on “Quality Infrastructure” for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

The comprehensive training series on “Quality Infrastructure” for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) was successfully continued in Kyiv by Anne Bercio, Project Leader at IEP. The training is targeted to foster institutional capacities of MEDT and all linked institutions dealing with technical regulations. Core topics of the second and third workshop were legal harmonisation with EU horizontal legislation on Accreditation and Market Surveillance, and conformity assessement in harmonized sectors of the EU single market.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen MEDTs capacities for implementing the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area/ Association Agreement. The trainings are implemented for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

More information about the project can be found here.

Second workshop of the training series “Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”

The second workshop of IEP’s training series „Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (VRU)” was effectively implemented by Constanze Aka, project manager at IEP, on 4th and 5th IEP3of April, 2016, in Kyiv. The training was delivered to staffers of the European Integration committee as well as other VRU parliamentary committees. In this introductory workshop to legal harmonisation with the EU acquis the participants actively studied the obligations deriving of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, the EU legal order, and methods of legal harmonisation.

Main objective of the training series is to strengthen the capacities of the Verkhovna Rada to effectively contribute to the implementation of the Association Agreement.

The project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

More information about the project can be found here.

Citizen Dialogue: “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!”
4 May 2016

Europa Union Deutschland (EUD) together with the Institut für Europäische Politik organised a citizen dialogue on “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!” on May 4 in Augsburg. The internal and external borders of the European Union were the core topic of the debate. Questions connected to the European border management and its current development were also discussed such as: Does the European Project meet its limits? Is the European capacity to act, its solidarity and the future prospect of the European Idea under threat?

At the dialogue “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!” citizens were enabled to discuss with politicians and experts about the future of Schengen, the freedom to travel, the even more fundamental freedom of movement, and also, how the migration crisis can be coped with on a European level. Will Europe become “Fortress Europe”? Are there viable alternatives? Do we need once again border controls, walls and fences? Or do these developments, in fact, jeopardise European solidarity and in the end maybe even our freedom? What about the achievements of free movement and open borders?

More information about the event 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.

 

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 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.