“European Solidarity: (Mis)interpretation in Slovakia”, December 1 (IESIR, Slovakia)
The presentation of chapter European Solidarity: (Mis)interpretation in Slovakia will be held by:
Lucia Mokrá is Associate Professor of International and European law at Comenius University in Bratislava. She is also a visiting professor at other universities in Europe and chairperson of the TEPSA board. Her research includes human rights, external relations, institutional settings and enforcement in international and European law.
The follow-up discussion will be joined by:
Magda Vášáryová is founder and first director of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA); Ambassador, A.D. in Austria and Poland and former Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, former Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.
Tomáš Kozák is the Director-General for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) of Slovakia. Before taking up this position, he was Ambassador to the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC) in Brussels. He joined the MFEA in 2003.
Zuzana Števulová is a lawyer, feminist, and human rights activist. She focuses on human rights, migration and refugees and gender equality. In 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry awarded her the International Woman of Courage Award for her personal commitment to promoting the rights of refugees and migrants. She is co-president of Human Rights League.
Andrea Figulová is Assistant Professor at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Comenius University in Bratislava. She studied political science and law and holds a PhD in European studies and policies. Her research is on political institutionalism and Slovak politics. She has worked in the Slovak parliament and her years of experience there inform her teaching.
High-Level Conference: “A Differentiated Future for the European Union?”, December 2-3
Join us at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels on December 2-3 for a high-level conference on ‘A differentiated future for the European Union?’.
Under the lead of Prof. Brigid Laffan (EUI) and Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zürich), the conference will bring together leading European academics and EU practitioners to discuss differentiated integration as one of the possible scenarios for the Future of Europe. We will discuss the causes and consequences of differentiated integration, its application in concrete policy areas such as the EMU and the EU’s relations with neighbouring countries, member states’ integration preferences, as well as policy and regulatory alternatives to differentiated integration.
We will discuss differentiated integration from a number of perspectives, in five key panels:
- What drives differentiated integration and how does DI affect the EU as a polity?
- Deepening Eurozone integration: towards an ever more differentiated Union?
- What do governments, parties and citizens think of DI?
- How to build close relations with neighbouring countries while preserving the integrity of the Single Market?
- Are flexible implementation and experimentalist governance viable alternatives to DI to manage diversity in the EU?
The conference will be livestreamed. You can register to follow the conference in person or via livestreaming via the link below before 21 November.
“Stronger Together? European Solidarity in Times of Crisis”, December 2 (ÖGFE, Austria)
In the framework of the upcoming book “Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”, edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak and Paul Schmidt, TEPSA is co-hosting a debate on December 2 at 13:00 CET. In partnership with the Austrian Society for European Politics (ÖGfE), this event will feature contributions from:
- Dr. Catharina Sørensen, Deputy Director at Think Tank EUROPA,
- Dr. Petr Kratochvil, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations, Prague,
- Dr. Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute,
- Evelyn Regner MEP, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats,
- Moderated by: Paul Schmidt, Secretary-General, ÖGFE.
In the wake of numerous European crises, Solidarity has become a key watch-word of the European Union. Through the ongoing pandemic, debate over what ‘Solidarity’ means for Europe, and specifically over what it means to EU Member States, has gained a new momentum.
In this context, this debate will seek to answer: what has the EU learned from COVID-19 in terms of solidarity? To what extent has the EU been successful in finding common interest among its Member States? How can the main persisting divides be overcome?
This event took place in the framework of the upcoming publication of TEPSA’s new book: “Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”, which will focus on solidarity in action and is edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak, and Paul Schmidt. Coming soon via Springer.
Conference: “Modal Shift: the Moment of Truth”, December 9-10 (RSCAS-EUI, 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.
TEPSA French Pre-Presidency Conference, Paris, 9-10 December 2021
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:
- Does the Recovery and Resilience Facility genuinely tackle the environmental issue?
- How does the EU deal with the risk that the new facilities that the Recovery and Resilience Facility provide focus on short terms expenditures?
- 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?
- 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?
- Have things changed over the last years with a greater concern in Brussels for the social consequences of European integration?
- 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?
- 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.
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