• Thu

    Conference: “Modal Shift: the Moment of Truth”, December 9-10 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Florence, Italy

    A two-day conference aiming to evaluate the existing policies and analyse new proposals to accelerate the modal shift. Papers will presented covering the various aspects of railway regulation and focusing on transversal issues such as: competition, track access charges, capacity allocation, traffic management, night trains, long-distance and cross-border passenger rail services, high-speed services, intermodality, digital mobility/railway platforms and others. Debate between academics, industry and public officials is the proposed methodology to provide deep insights and fresh approaches.

    Shift to rail is one of the main challenges to reach the ambitious Green Deal objectives in transport and one of the key issues in the European Year of Rail. However, data shows that such a modal shift is not happening, as rail modal share is not growing in passenger services and is too low and basically stagnated in freight services (Rail Market Monitoring 2021).

    The scope of the conference is to evaluate the existing policies and analyse new proposals to accelerate the modal shift. Debate between academics, industry and public officials is the proposed methodology to provide deep insights and fresh approaches.

    Contributions utilising multidisciplinary, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to regulation, are very welcome. Papers, linking academia and practice, as well as policy research papers, are particularly encouraged.

    The conference is intended for academics, as well as academically minded practitioners.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu

    TEPSA French Pre-Presidency Conference, Paris, 9-10 December 2021

    Hybrid Event

    On 1 January 2022, Slovenia will hand over the Presidency of the Council of the EU to France, which will hold its reigns once again, as it has done on multiple occasions since the rotating presidency was introduced. During the next six months, the French Presidency will have to sail through troubled waters to address some of the most pressing EU issues, such as the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of the European Green Deal, the digital agenda and EU’s relations with its external partners. To scrutinise the priorities and challenges of the Presidency, TEPSA and its French Member Institute, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics at Sciences Po Paris, will host the French Pre-Presidency Conference on 9 and 10 December 2021.

    TEPSA and Sciences Po CEE will be gathering high-level panellists to speak in plenary and parallel sessions about current EU affairs, including the European Green Deal, European solidarity, digitalisation, the EU post-pandemic, the Conference on the Future of Europe, Enlargement, and European strategic autonomy.

    During the two day-event, EU and French policy-makers, officials, researchers, journalists and civil society members aimed at answering some of the following questions:

    1. Does the Recovery and Resilience Facility genuinely tackle the environmental issue?
    2. How does the EU deal with the risk that the new facilities that the Recovery and Resilience Facility provide focus on short terms expenditures?
    3. Can the new rule of law conditionality for EU funding help overcome the current deadlock? Which other existing tools can the EU draw on, and which remain to be developed? And how can the EU tackle democratic backsliding among candidate countries?
    4. What are the latest developments on the reflection on the future of Europe? Has the Conference on the Future of Europe succeeded in being a forum for participatory democracy and inclusive reforms in this regard? Is differentiated integration as a possible path for the future developments of the European political project?
    5. Have things changed over the last years with a greater concern in Brussels for the social consequences of European integration?
    6. Is the current institutional set-up sufficient to allow the EU to play a strong role internationally? How to ensure European unity when individual member states are reluctant to join common initiatives or positions? Which tools for an effective European foreign policy?
    7. Which concrete actions does the EU need to take to ensure its voice is heard both in Europe and beyond? And how can member states rally around a common vision for Europe’s strategic positioning?

    This event takes place in person in Paris, with a livestreamed element for those who cannot join in person. French government COVID-19 restrictions apply, and a valid COVID Safe Pass is required to attend the event. Please ensure you wear a mask and keep your distance. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Thu

    “The Pandemic in Canada in Comparative Perspective”, December 9 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Online Event

    This public session, following the private correlated event, will focus on the after-affects of the COVID19 pandemic on Canada in comparative perspective

    The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented worldwide challenges, to the international economic and political order, but also to the European Union (EU). In the EU we often are ill-informed about policies elsewhere around the globe. This four-person panel, chaired by Renaud Dehousse, European University Institute, with presentations by Ailish Campbell, Canadian Ambassador to the European Union; Frédéric Mérand, University of Montreal; Kathy Brock, Queen’s University and Louis Pauly, University of Toronto, discusses COVID-19 policies in Canada — a decentralised federal state, the second largest territory in the world, with different provincial health jurisdictions choosing their policies sometimes differently from one another. It also places the Canadian policy to COVID-19 in comparative perspective. This roundtable is specifically open to a wider audience of scholars, students and policy-makers who may attend this event virtually from around the globe.

    The roundtable is part of a larger workshop on ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic and the European Union’ taking place on 9-10 December 2021.

    Learn more here.

  • Mon

    “Are coalitions of the willing the future of the EU?”, December 13

    08:30Online Event

    The Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) are organising a webinar on:

    Are coalitions of the willing the future of the EU?

    Monday 13 December 2021, 9.30–11.00 EET (8.30-10.00 CET)

    Differentiation and flexible integration are already the reality in the EU. In recent years, differentiation has been increasingly discussed as a way to move beyond the multiple dividing lines within the EU and to increase the effectiveness of the Union. An interesting example from the Finnish perspective is the area of defence where member states have introduced Permanent Structured Cooperation, work in different minilateral formats, and currently discuss the role of coalitions of the willing in developing the EU’s rapid reaction forces. However, there are also widespread concerns about increasing differentiation for example regarding the rule of law, migration and asylum policy, and the Single Market.

    What are the prospects of differentiated integration in the years to come? How does Finland position itself? And what does differentiation mean in the defence field?

    This event discusses the implications of differentiated integration. Input is provided by policymakers from Finland and the participants of InDivEU, a high-level European research project on differentiation. The event will be held in English.



    Satu Hassi, Member of Parliament, Chair of the Grand Committee, Parliament of Finland
    Saila Heinikoski, Senior Research Fellow, European Union research programme, FIIA
    Eveliina Heinäluoma, Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland
    Marta Migliorati, Max Weber Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
    Ilmari Uljas, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Defence of Finland


    Juha Jokela, Programme Director, European Union research programme, FIIA
    Tuomas Iso-Markku, Research Fellow, European Union research programme, FIIA

    Participation in this event is upon invitation only.

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