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.

FEUTURE Kick-off Conference in Istanbul, 26-27 May 2016

FEUTURE NL logo draftTaking Stock of EU-Turkey Relations: A Successful Kick-off for FEUTURE

On 26 and 27 May 2016 the research project “The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios” (FEUTURE) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme was officially launched. About 100 participants including researchers from the consortium, distinguished Turkey experts, stakeholders and practitioners from Turkey, the European Union (EU) and the neighbourhood, as well as students and the wider interested public got together at the FEUTURE Kick-Off Conference in Istanbul. This event was hosted by Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi.

During the debate of the first day, which was open to the public, different views as to which path relations will most likely take in the future were exchanged and discussed in light of FEUTURE’s research aims and design. FEUTURE’s broad assessment of this relationship acknowledges the depth and intensity of relations between Turkey and the EU. It will combine both a look ‘backwards’ through its analysis of narratives which have shaped the debate in Turkey and the EU in different phases with a forward-looking approach which aims at delineating a most likely scenario(s) for the future and related policy recommendations. All participants welcomed this project and its research approach, because they felt that at this point in time substantial and ambitious research on EU-Turkey relations is highly relevant.

Debating FEUTURE’s Research Design: Future Scenarios and Historical Narratives

FEUTURE kick-offThe first day of the conference focused on discussing FEUTURE’s scenarios and narratives at two high-level panels with the project’s researchers and renowned Turkey experts from the project’s Scientific and Policy Advisory Board. The aim was to update the project’s research agenda and make it fit to meet the challenges of analyzing EU-Turkey relations which constitute a ‘moving target’ par excellence.

At the first panel, chaired by Funda Tekin (FEUTURE Project Director), Nathalie Tocci (FEUTURE Scientific Coordinator) presented three ideal-type scenarios (Convergence, Cooperation, Conflict) that will be tested through FEUTURE’s research in the upcoming three years. Overall, Tocci identified coexisting trends and concluded that for the project this will also mean that research will most probably not identify only one most likely scenario but rather delineate a mix of their features. Andrew Duff (former MEP), Nilgün Arisan Eralp (TEPAV) and Ronald Linden (University of Pittburgh) agreed and particularly stressed the need for flexibility in these three scenarios. Furthermore they encouraged to think “out of the box” and to scrutinize the EU’s relationship with other (new) external countries.

The second panel, chaired by Senem Aydin-Düzgit (Bilgi University), elaborated on the project’s ‘backward perspective’ of EU-Turkey relations in form of the historical analysis of narratives. Wolfgang Wessels (FEUTURE Project Director) and Atila Eralp (METU) presented this part of FEUTURE research that starts from the assumption that a critical assessment of the history of EU-Turkey relations is a key element for delineating scenarios for the future. Therefore, the research aims to 1) map the milestones and periods of EU-Turkey relations and 2) identify the most salient narratives, which have shaped the political debate both in the EU and in Turkey during different historical phases. The representatives from the FEUTURE Scientific and Policy Advisory Board, Albert Rohan (Independent Commission on Turkey), Ofra Bengio (Tel Aviv University) and Meltem Müftüler-Bac (Sabanci University) further contextualized the narrative analysis of EU-Turkey relations by elaborating on four key-terms that have been used in the past and present in order to structure the interrelatedness of the EU and Turkey: 1) Bridge, 2) Model, 3) Orientation and 4) Asset. Additionally, the debate critically assessed the question of how relevant history really is for the present and what the added value of a historical analysis is in light of EU-Turkey relations. Finally, the importance of understanding the EU integration process itself for analyzing EU-Turkey relations was underlined.

Getting Started with the Research: Workshops on the Second Day

The second day provided the researchers from the consortium the possibility to familiarize themselves with the details of the FEUTURE research. The Work Package (WP) Leaders organized parallel workshops on the six thematic dimensions that FEUTURE will analyse: politics, economics, security, energy/climate, migration, identity/culture. It will be the aim of their research to identify the drivers that determine the relations from these different perspectives. At these workshops in the morning of 27 May 2016, the WP leaders together with their research teams prepared the first steps and updated their research designs with regard to the latest developments.

In a ‘synthesis and outreach’ session led by Nathalie Tocci and Sinan Ülgen the consortium discussed the third phase of the project, which will synthesize and test these results within one or more scenario(s) with the aim of producing policy recommendations. The Kick-Off Conference concluded within the first meeting of the FEUTURE General Assembly, in which the partners’ representatives discussed matters concerning the consortium as a whole.

A detailed Conference Report will follow shortly and will be available at www.feuture.eu.

Past events at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Spring 2014

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A public stakeholders event within the framework of the project New Pact for Europe was organised on 10 March 2014. Within this project, public panel debates have been organized with a broad range of stakeholders in 15 Member States: representatives from civil society, business community, employers’ and trade unions, think tanks and media, policy makers from national, regional and local level. Members of the Reflection Group have participated in these debates that will feed into the reflection. The event in Italy was organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) of Rome in collaboration with Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF) of Turin. Please click here to download the conference programme, conference report, first report of the project.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference: Priorities and Challenges of the Italian Presidency 2014

Growth, employment and immigration are at the top  of the agenda of Italy’s EU presidency. IAI with TEPSA have prepared a background paper assessing these and other challenges and presented a series of recommendations to the Italian foreign ministry, 24-25 March 2014, Rome.

Conference series of “The future of the European economy” on: “Quadrare il cerchio nell’Eurozona. Riforme, stabilità finanziaria e sostenibilità fiscale”

With Marco Buti, Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), 26 March 2014. A meeting to talk about Italy and the European Union, economic balance and banking union. The debate has been inspired from the data and information contained in the report of the European Commission on the EU’s economic imbalances, published on March 5. Please click here to download the report, the photos and the interview.

Workshop on “L’Europa e le politiche di migrazione”

Organized by the Representation of the European Commission in Italy within the framework of the project Politically.EU, 31 March 2014, Naples. The deliberation workshop which took place in Naples among national stakeholders has emphasized the need for the EU to adopt an innovative political and cultural approach about immigration, with a prompt change of perspective and with a net reversal of points of view. The programme and the report are available for download.

Presentation of the study “Space, sovereignty and European security. Building European capabilities in an advanced institutional framework” to the Subcommittee on Security and Defence of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, 1 April 2014, Brussels

A new IAI monograph commissioned by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence offers an analysis of the role of space-based capabilities in supporting the security and defence policies of the EU and its Member States. Please find the monograph here.
Conference on “Energy and Environmental Policies in Post-Crisis Europe”, within the framework of the project “Towards a More United and Effective Europe: Beyond the 2014 European Parliament Elections”, 9 April 2014, Athens. Please find the programme and information on the project here.

Conference on “Turkey and Europe: a multifaceted relationship migration, citizenship and civil society”

Within the framework of the project “Global Turkey in Europe”, in cooperation with German Marshall Fund of the United States, Istanbul Policy Center and Mercator Foundation, 14 April 2014, Berlin. Please find the programme here.

Round table on “L’Italia guarda a Strasburgo: Il Parlamento europeo e il dibattito politico italiano”

In cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo, in the framework of the project “EP votes that shaped EU and national politics 2009-2014”, 14 April 2014, Turin. Please find the programme, the IAI-CSF report and the project.

Presentation of TEPSA Briefings on the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance

On 15 July 2008, in the European Parliament in Brussels, the authors of briefings on the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance presented their findings to members of the European Parliaments’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

These briefings provide an analysis of the 2007 annual action programme for each candidate (FYROM, Croatia, Turkey) and potential candidate country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo) in preparation of the EP’s Multi Annual Indicative Programme.

From Istanbul to Brussels: Dialogue on Turkey’s accession to the EU

On 3 and 4 March 2009 TEPSA, in co-operation with the Centre for European Studies (CES) of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, organised at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels the Kick-Off Conference of the project “Mobilizing Local Networks for a better informed Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU” (ACCESS-TR) which aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU.

Under the title “From Istanbul to Brussels: Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU” the Kick-Off Conference gathered in Brussels a number of key multipliers of the ACCESS-TR project and its outreach and brought them together with representatives of the European Institutions, civil society, diplomatic missions, media and stakeholders of Turkish interest representations in Brussels. By this TEPSA and CES seek to obtain sustainable partnerships after the end of the project. For the conference report please klickhere.

For further information please contact Anne Schmidt (anne.schmidt[at]tepsa.be).

ACCESS-TR Workshops in Turkey

After the successful Kick-Off conference of the ACCESS-TR project in Brussels in March the CES, together with TEPSA, is organising three regional workshops taking place in Antalya, Gaziantep and Samsun. The ACCESS-TR project, implemented by TEPSA and CES/METU, aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU.

The goal of the regional workshops is, alike the Kick-Off conference, to discuss benefits and challenges of EU enlargement, here especially with regard to regional questions. They address local stakeholder from Politics, media, business, academia, civil society etc. with the aim to contribute to a better informed dialogue about Turkey’s accession process to the EU.

Thematically, beside an own regional focus of the hosting universities in the 3 cities, the following 4 topics will be central:

 

1) Single Market (sectoral approaches, consumer protection)

2) Gender issues across social protection, education policies and regional development strategies

3) Notions of inclusive citizenship linked to the debates on European citizenship

4) Ways of conducting foreign policy in the European Union

 

The workshops are taking place on 3-5 June (Antalya), 9-11 June (Gaziantep) and 25-27 June (Samsun).

 

For more information please contact: Anne Schmidt (anne•schmidt©tepsa•be).