• Thu

    EIPA Conference: “Making European Policies Work – Next Generation EIPA”, October 28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    10:00Online Event

    This year EIPA is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Much has changed compared to EIPA’s early days, yet the challenge of helping implementation of European policies by administrations at all levels of governance remains at the heart of EIPA’s mission.

    The past decade, with the euro crisis, the migration crisis, and now the pandemic, has shown what it means to be part of a multilevel system. In close cooperation with national and European administrations, our anniversary event “Making European Policies Work – Next Generation EIPA” will address the need for improvements in the EU’s multilevel administrative system to ensure ownership for objectives and reforms for the years to come.

    How to design our multi-level administrative arrangements? How to improve mutual learning and transnational cooperation? What role should political leadership and citizen engagement play in this process?

    We will look at the new challenges for EU policy implementation from three perspectives:

    • the design of multi-level administrative arrangements;
    • the contribution of mutual learning and transnational cooperation; and
    • the role of political leadership and citizen engagement.

    The conference will conclude with an address by Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission.

    Full programme and registration here.

  • Thu

    Online Event: “European Solidarity: What Should and Can it Mean?”, October 28 (UI, Sweden)

    15:00Online Event

    During the last decade Europe has experienced a financial and a migration crisis, as well as a pandemic, all of these showing the importance of European solidarity.

    More solidarity in the European Union is also sought by many. However, the question remains as to what solidarity should and can mean in terms of policies when different EU members give different answers to the question on how countries should act in order to show solidarity.

    To explore this issue with a particular emphasis on the case of Sweden, TEPSA and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs have teamed up to co-host an online debate between three expert panellists. The debate takes place on Thursday 28 October at 15:00 CET.


    • Michael Kaeding, Professor for European Integration and European Union Politics, Institute of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen and Jean Monnet Professor ad personam
    • Katarina Areskoug Mascarenhas, Director at Kreab, Stockholm, Chairman of the board at the Centre for European Studies, Lund University and Member of the board at the Institute for Security and Development, Stockholm
    • Niklas Bremberg, Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University
    • Moderator: Gunilla Herolf, Senior Associate Research Fellow, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs.


    This event takes 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”, co-edited by Michael Kaeding, Paul Schmidt, and Johannes Pollak.







  • Mon

    Conference: “Challenged and Changing Political Leadership in West-Russian Relations”, November 1 (LIIA, Latvia)

    17:00Riga, Latvia

    Riga Dialogue is a two staged conference, first a high-level closed-door international conference in cooperation with European Leadership Network, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and the Russian International Affairs Council. Followed by a public discussion on the framework of the annual Riga Dialogue, concerns topic of “Challenged and Changing Political Leadership in West-Russian Relations”.  The conference aims to promote and discuss mutually beneficial and converging visions of the Euro-Atlantic security order. The upcoming Riga Dialogue 2021 Papers will elaborate on the ideas presented during the discussions.

    Further information is available here.

  • Mon

    TEPSA Debate: “EU Solidarity Under Stress: Views from the Capitals”, November 8

    13:00Brussels, Belgium

    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, TEPSA is organising a debate 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?

    On November 8 at 13:00 CET, TEPSA will host a debate on “EU Solidarity under stress”. The talk, moderated by Michael Kaeding, an eminent expert on European affairs and Honorary TEPSA Board Member, will bring together four expert speakers:

    • Guy Milton, Head of Unit, Analysis and Research Team, Council of the European Union,
    • Sophie Pornschlegel, Charlemagne Prize Fellow,
    • François Roux, Senior Advisor on European Affairs, EGMONT,
    • Assoc. Prof. Steven Van Hecke, KU Leuven.

    Faced with challenges like the asymmetrical impact of the global financial crisis or the arrival of many asylum-seekers, the EU has attempted to find a consensus on which to move forward together in solidarity. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented ‘’Next Generation EU’’ package was agreed to help foster a sustainable economic and social recovery from the pandemic. Nevertheless, some divides within the EU have also deepened over the course of the COVID crisis, such as on the Rule of Law and other core European values.

    This event takes place in person at the Fondation Universitaire (Rue Egmont 11, 1000-Bruxelles). In order to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, a valid Pass Sanitaire is required to attend, and masks are to be worn while transiting inside the building. We thank you for your understanding.


    This event takes 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”, co-edited by Michael Kaeding, Paul Schmidt, and Johannes Pollak.

  • Mon

    Training Course: "EU Project Management", November 15-19 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    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.

    Bruges, Belgium
    15-19 November 2021


  • Mon

    Conference: “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism”, 29 November (IWE CERS, Hungary)

    Hybrid event

    The topic of the conference this year is ‘The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote development in an unfolding new world order’. The SVOC conference will be organized in a hybrid form (depending on the pandemic situation) with both onsite and online sessions. Contributions to SVOC2021 should be related to the general theme of the conference, especially but not exclusively focusing on the following topics:

    1. Enhancing the theoretical framework of Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) research
    2. The (comparative) analysis of contemporary variants of state capitalism
    3. Developmental states in the twenty-first century
    4. Democratisation/re-democratisation and the developmental state;
    5. Is there any convergence to be seen across successful development strategies in the emerging world, or “varietas delectat”?
    6. Post-crisis, alternative trajectories and models of sustainable human development
    7. New perspectives of post-crisis development: focusing on the social component
    8. Consequences of the crisis for changes in the level of democracy/democratisation processes
    9. Environmental considerations in varieties of capitalism
    10. The monetary-fiscal link in state-led intervention

    The keynote speakers will be:

    • Professor Elizabeth THURBON (Scientia Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Sidney)

    Keynote title: Governing for Development in a Crisis-Plagued World: Can We Map a Way Forward?)

    • Professor László BRUSZT (Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of Democracy Institute, Central European University)


    The SVOC2021 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies and Democracy Institute, Central European University.

    Format: hybrid (with both onsite and online sessions)

    Learn more here.

  • Mon

    Conference: “7th The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC): The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote in an unfolding new world order”, November 29-30 (IWE CERS, Hungary)

    Budapest, Hungary

    The SVOC2021 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest, Hungary and Democracy Institute of Central European University.

    Entering the third decade of the twenty-first century, both the world economy and economics as a social science face important challenges that call for paradigmatic changes, maybe even for new paradigms. New trends and challenges emerging (or intensifying) globally during the past few years require the reconsideration of national development strategies to adapt to a post-crisis era from a situation in which these realities were not anticipated, let alone could anyone prepare for them. These changes have important consequences for the role states play in actively promoting development and economic growth in the twenty-first century, while also significantly shaping their internal policy responses to these new developments.

    Following the global financial and economic crisis of 2008-9 and, more recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one can observe different types of active state interventions and growing state involvement to revive economic growth and development throughout the world compared to the pre-crises period. Correspondingly, governments must act under new constraints posed (or intensified) by new challenges, which require the reconsideration of the repertoire of developmentalist policies and state interventions. This has led to a renewed interest in the analysis of the role of the state in economic growth and development in general and to a renaissance of comparative capitalism research in particular, with a special focus on the post-crisis varieties of capitalism. Furthermore, this change in the role of the state and governments have important consequences for the state of democracy and democratisation in less developed countries.

    Learn more here.

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