Guest Lecture: "Dr. Hilde Hardeman, Head of FPI Service", March 5 (College of Europe, Bruges)
On Friday 5 March 2021, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies organises a guest lecture by Dr Hilde HARDEMAN, Head of the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments on "Turning EU Foreign Policy into Action: The European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments as First Responder to Political Needs and Opportunities". The guest lecture will take place online and is open to all College students. Registration is required before 1 March 2021 (12:00 noon).
Online Lecture: “The role of the European Council within the EU”, March 9 (IIRPS, Lithuania)
Jean Monnet Chair professor at IIRPS VU Ramūnas Vilpišauskas invites to a public lecture “The role of the European Council within the EU”, which will take place on the 9th of March, at 16.45 (EET) and will be broadcasted on the IIRPS VU Facebook page. The lecture will be given by a leading researcher in the field of European Union political system and European integration, prof. Wolfgang Wessels. Prof. Wessels is the director of the Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS) at the University of Cologne and holds Jean Monnet Chair ad personam for Political Science since 1990.
In his lecture, Professor will discuss the role of the European Council as „master of the enlargement“. Reflecting recent developments in Belarus, the lecture will analyze difficulties and opportunities of dealing with the crisis in the country as well as point to the importance of the Eastern partnership.
Webinar: “The Prosperity Paradox: Fewer and More Vulnerable Farm Workers”, March 10 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)
Why do farm workers become more vulnerable as countries get richer? As countries get richer, the share of workers employed in agriculture falls. In richer countries, hired farm workers do ever more of the work on the fewer and larger farms that produce most farm commodities. These hired workers are among the most vulnerable. They include local workers who lack the skills and contacts needed to get nonfarm jobs that usually offer higher wages and more opportunities as well as legal and unauthorized migrants from poorer countries who may not know or exercise their labor-related rights. Government enforcement of labor laws depends on complaints, and vulnerable workers rarely complain. The Prosperity Paradox explains why farm worker problems often worsen as the agricultural sector shrinks, and lays out options to help vulnerable workers. Analysis of farm labor markets in the US, Mexico, and other countries shows that unions and fair trade efforts to protect farm workers cover a very small share of all workers and are unlikely to expand quickly. Most labor-intensive fruits and vegetables are eaten fresh. Unsafe food that sickened consumers led to voluntary industry and later government-mandated food safety programs to ensure that food is safe when it leaves the farm, with protocols enforced by both government inspectors and buyers who refused to buy from non-compliant farms. This food safety model offers the most promise to launch a new era in protective labor policies.
DiCE Networking Conference on Brexit, 11-12 March 2021
Over the last decades, the EU has faced a number of crises, from financial and economic to migration crises, but also renewed geopolitical tensions, domestic opposition and Brexit. Such challenges have resulted in calls to make arrangements more flexible and adaptable to member states’ different needs and to different policy areas. Differentiation has gained prominence on the European agenda and is a crucial matter in today’s debates on the future of Europe, raising new questions: Is differentiation sustainable and acceptable? Can differentiation instead lead to democratic problems, or ultimately, disintegration?
The DiCE Networking Conference on Brexit aims at mobilizing experts and relevant stakeholders from policy-making, civil society and academia and bring them together for three roundtable debates, as well as a ‘witness panel’ with stakeholder involved in the Brexit negotiations. The conference focuses on the distinction between internal and external differentiation and on the role of Brexit for the future of the EU in general and the effects on differentiation research in particular. More information on the programme and how to attend the conference will be available soon.
- Brigid Laffan, European University Institute
- John Erik Fossum, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
- Nicoletta Pirozzi, Istituto Affari Internazionali
DiCE is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) that brings together the three successful projects funded by the EU on ‘Past, present and future of differentiation in European governance’: Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU), EU Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability (EU IDEA), and EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy (EU3D). DiCE aims to enhance the focus on Brexit and to broaden the general understanding on the different dynamics of internal and external differentiation.
Online Course: "The New Cohesion Policy Regulations 2021-2027 and Implementing New Structural Funds Programmes", March 11, 12 and 15 (EIPA, Maastricht)
The New Regulations are expected to be agreed by the end of 2020 and in place in 2021. What changes have been made to the Draft Regulations (proposal)? What are the resulting key changes, compared to the 2014-2020 period? New Operational Programmes for 2021-2027 have been prepared and are being negotiated and agreed. How have the Programmes changed? How can the Structural Funds Programmes be implemented? How have they selected priorities and planned finances and how do they measure performance?
This online course will address these questions and examine the new 2021-2027 regulations in detail. We will refer to the new Programme and Reporting templates. We will see how the Structural Funds Programmes have been simplified and we will consider the impact of the health crisis on Programmes – current and new.
March 11, 12 & 15
Webinar: “Foreign Direct Investments in the post-COVID World”, March 11 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)
The European University Institute (EUI) cordially invites you to join a cycle of online seminars to debate the impact of the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 on economic protectionism and nationalism. In particular, the webinar series aims to add to the debate on the impact of the coronavirus crisis on foreign direct investments and on the system of merger control in Europe.
Conference: “Baltic EU Conversations 2021: Is Europe Getting Better?”, March 12 (LIIA, Latvia)
On 12 March 2021, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), in cooperation with the European Commission’s Representation in Latvia and the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia, will hold an annual high-level international conference: “Baltic EU Conversations 2021: Is Europe Getting Better?”
This will be the sixth year of the “Baltic EU Conversations”, the largest EU-themed high-level international conference in the Baltic states. Every year, speakers are selected to represent the diversity inherent in European Union decision-making – the conference draws the participation of the highest-ranking officials, influential politicians, think-tankers, and academia from the EU member states and various EU institutions.
This year, “Baltic EU Conversations 2021” will deal with seven topics: the EU trade policy, European democracy, European economy in a climate-change aware environment, European strategic autonomy, European Neighbourhood Policy, and as well as the EU crisis dynamics and broader EU foreign policy.
The “Baltic EU Conversations” is supported by the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia and the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia and is organized in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University (Lithuania), the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute and the International Centre for Defence and Security (Estonia), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.
Guest Lecture: "Mr Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General, Legal Service, European Commission", March 16 (College of Europe, Bruges)
On Tuesday 16 March 2021, the Department of European Legal Studies organises a guest lecture by Mr Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of the Legal Service at the European Commission on “The Priorities of the Von der Leyen Commission: The Legal Challenges”. The guest lecture is open to all students of the College of Europe.
Webinar: “The EU, Japan and a Fraying International Order”, March 22 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)
The rise of China has fuelled the hopes and kindled the insecurities of many of its neighbours and counterparts, across the Eurasian landmass. At the same time, China’s regional assertiveness, the challenge posed by distorted market practices and the sirens of dirigisme, global political involution, and the advent of a more isolationist, if not outright disruptive and protectionist, United States posture have translated into repeated -both exogenous and endogenous- blows to the international liberal order. Japan and the European Union’s responses to such dire international challenges offer a unique window into the complex interplay and links among economic, political, and security dynamics of the Indo-Pacific region, with important implications for European actors.
In the face of these challenges, we intend to hold an event that raises awareness of contemporary Japanese and East Asian security, political and economic dynamics, while exploring avenues for cooperation between Japan and the EU, as well as Japan and NATO. Both partnerships ought to be considered only natural, considering our shared values, and our common stakes in an international liberal order, premised on multilateralism and an open world economy. Yet, the NATO-Japan relationship and the recent EU-Japan Strategic and Economic Partnership Agreements brim with untapped potential for more fruitful cooperation in defence of the global commons.
The conference at the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre, where an EU-Asia Programme has been inaugurated in January 2021, will explore the EU and Japan’s international relations in an age of great power competition, especially their position amidst US-China rivalry and the engagement with economic statecraft and strategic communications. This conference and the EU-Asia Programme will position the EUI as a European hub for research on contemporary Asian politics and economics. The event – focused on EU-Asia geo-economics and (dis)information challenges – will include relevant Europe & Asia experts from our network, and members of the EUI academic community.
Online Course: "Data Protection: Refresher and Advanced Course for DPOs and Data Protection Experts", March 23-25 (EIPA, Maastricht)
The data protection officer (DPO) is a key element of accountability as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),which has been applicable since 25 May 2018. The designation of a DPO is mandatory for public authorities and other organisations if their core activities require regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale or consist of processing on a large scale of special categories of data.
You will learn:
- How to deal with controllers’ expectations and manage diverging objectives in the business environment (stake holder management)
- How to ensure data protection by design and by default in a fast changing digital and legal environment
- How to assess data protection compliance and how it is interlinked with IT security
- Risk analysis & management
- How to assess issues related to personal data transfers
- What actions to take in case of personal data breaches
- How to implement controls.
Online Workshop: “A Workshop on Academic Publishing with the Czech Journal of International Relations Editorial Board Members”, March 25-26 (IIR, Czech Republic)
The Czech Journal of International Relations (CJIR) invites primarily PhD students to a workshop on academic writing and publishing. The workshop will allow PhD researchers to gain novel insights into how the review process in an academic journal works and what the expectations of journal editors are. They will also receive informal feedback on their drafts from the members of the CJIR Editorial Board.
In order to allow us enough time to prepare structured comments, please send us your drafts or abstracts to daniel[at]iir.cz no later than on 7 March. The workshop capacity is limited, and preference will be given to those who send their materials in advance.
Online Course: "Financial Management of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds: Moving from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027", April 20-22 (EIPA, Maastricht)
What are the key live issues for Programme finance and Financial Management of Operational Programmes in the 2014-2020 period? What are the key Audit and Public Procurement issues? Are these accentuated as current programmes try to absorb the emergency REACT-EU funding? How do the New Regulations change Financial Management and Audit rules for 2021-2027?
This seminar will address these questions and take a close look at the programme and financial templates for the new EU Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes. There will be a special focus on extending the use of simplified cost options, the most frequent audit issues (eg. eligibility of expenditure, public procurement) and on the role of strategic procurement.
Online Course: "Understanding EU Decision-Making: Principles, Procedures, Practice", April 20-23 (EIPA, Maastricht)
Book Launch Webinar: "The External Action of the European Union – Concepts, Approaches, Theories", April 20 (College of Europe, Bruges)
On 20 April 2021, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe will hold a webinar to launch the 'fresh from the press' textbook The External Action of the European Union – Concepts, Approaches, Theories.
The book will be briefly introduced by its editors, Professor Sieglinde GSTÖHL and Professor Simon SCHUNZ, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies.
Online Course: "Introductory and Practitioners’ Seminar- European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice", May 4-7 (EIPA, Maastricht)
This comprehensive online seminar will provide you with an understanding of the principles and procedures of European public procurement policy, focusing on the Public Procurement Directives and relevant case law. You will be guided through the Public Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU and the Utilities Directive 2014/25/EU. During the seminar you will receive insights into the application of professional procurement practices.
The four-day programme will begin with an ‘Introductory Seminar: European Public Procurement for Newcomers to Procurement’, which will be held on 4 May 2021. The three-day ‘Practitioners’ Seminar: European Public Procurement Rules, Policy and Practice’ will commence on the following day.
Online Course: "Evaluation and Monitoring of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes, 2014-2020 and 2021-2027", May 5-7 & 11-12 (EIPA, Maastricht)
Member States continue to conduct evaluations of their 2014-2020 EU Structural and Cohesion Funds projects and programmes. Have they collected the best monitoring data and do they know how to measure impacts? Which evaluation method should be used – theory-based or counter-factual? As new programmes for 2021-2027 are now being agreed and implemented, are we clear about what the New Regulations say about monitoring and evaluation requirements? This is a webinar that will go on for 5 days (mornings and afternoons).
May 5-7 & 11-12
Mon07Jun2021College of Europe, Bruges
Training Course: "EU Project Management", June 7-11 (College of Europe, Bruges)
The EU Project Management training course is a one-week interactive journey along with the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project design, proposal writing, budgeting, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. High level experienced practitioners lead participants through a curriculum based on the latest project management methodologies.
7-11 June 2021
Mon14Jun2021College of Europe, Bruges
“Monitoring & Evaluation”, 14-16 June 2021 (College of Europe, Bruges)
Improve, extend and update your knowledge of the Monitoring and Evaluation techniques through a practical training programme. The objective is to ensure that participants are thoroughly acquainted with the main principles and techniques of M&E of EU funded projects.
Learn more here.
Bruges, 14-16 June 2021
Closing Ceremony: "Mário Soares Promotion 2020-2021", June 18 (College of Bruges)
The Closing Ceremony for the Mário Soares Promotion 2020-2021 of the College of Europe, Bruges campus, takes place on Friday 18 June 2021 at 14:00.
Speakers will be Mr Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the Administrative Council of the College of Europe, Rector Federica MOGHERINI; Mrs Zociana STAMBOLLIU, President of the Alumni Association of the College of Europe; and Student Representatives. Different prizes will be awarded to students of the Mário Soares Promotion. The closing ceremony will be livestreamed.
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