InDivEU Kick-off Conference, 24-25 January 2019, Florence

The Kick-off Conference of the Horizon 2020 project ‘Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU)’ was held on 24-25 January 2019 at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

Under the lead of the European University Institute (EUI) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland), InDivEU brings together a consortium of some of Europe’s foremost research universities and outstanding scholars of Differentiated Integration in order to create comprehensive knowledge base on differentiated integration that will be of direct relevance to Europe’s policy makers.

To learn more about the InDiv project, click here.

The first day was open to the public and discussed the content and objectives of the project’s Work Packages. On the second day, the members of the consortium gathered to discuss the work plan of the next three years. Among other things, TEPSA’s Chairman Michael Kaeding and Executive Director Mariam Khotenashvili discussed the project’s expected impact and presented the InDivEU dissemination strategy.

Programme of the public conference:

10.30 – 11.00 Registration and welcome coffee

11.00 – 11.30 Welcoming address and introduction to the project
Brigid Laffan | European University Institute
Frank Schimmelfennig | ETH Zurich

11.30 – 13.00 First round of presentations by Work Package leaders

Differentiated Integration Beyond the Member States: External and Regional Differentiation
Michael Keating | University of Aberdeen

The Philosophical Foundations of Legitimate Differentiated Integration
Richard Bellamy | European University Institute
Sandra Kröger | European University Institute

The Politics of Differentiated Integration: What do Citizens, Parties and Governments Want?
Catherine de Vries | Vrije University of Amsterdam

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Keynote speech
Daniel Kelemen | Rutgers University

15.00 – 16.00 Second round of presentations by Work Package leaders

The Legal Feasibility and Constitutional Acceptability of Differentiated integration
Bruno de Witte | European University Institute

The Evolution of Differentiated integration: Patterns, Causes, Effects
Frank Schimmelfennig | ETH Zürich

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 18.00 Third round of presentations by Work Package leaders

Internal Differentiated Integration in Core State Powers: Money, Budget, Defense, and Schengen
Markus Jachtenfuchs | Hertie School of Governance
Philipp Genschel | European University Institute

Differentiation Through Flexible Implementation
Sebastiaan Princen | University of Utrecht

Alternatives to Differentiated Integration
Jonathan Zeitlin | University of Amsterdam

18.00 – 21.00 Cocktail and dinner


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 822304