Past events at Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) – Spring 2016



Kick-Off Workshop of the project “Alternative Europa!”

On 23 and 24 March 2016 the first workshop took place in the ASKO Europa Stiftung in Saarbrücken in the new project “Alternative Europe!”. The project was launched by the ASKO Europa Stiftung (AES) and the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen (EAO) in cooperation with the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP). Given an increasing indifference towards the European project, particularly in younger generations and a general rise in Euroscepticism, the project does not only aim to identify and analyze current and future key issues of European integration but to deduce conclusions and connecting factors for political youth and adult education derived from these findings.

IEP2Fifteen participants from the EAO, the ASKO Europa Stiftung and the Young European Federalists (JEF) discussed with representatives of the IEP which megatrends of European integration are relevant for the education of the EAO and which ones will be. After a first plenary discussion, key issues were identified and collected in clusters, which were discussed in a World Café in working groups of three tables. However the main focus was generally on the discussion about the current state of education and the work of the EAO in particular. Among other things, it was discussed who can achieve the education and by which methods.

More information about the project can be found here.

Training Series on “Quality Infrastructure” for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

The comprehensive training series on “Quality Infrastructure” for the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) was successfully continued in Kyiv by Anne Bercio, Project Leader at IEP. The training is targeted to foster institutional capacities of MEDT and all linked institutions dealing with technical regulations. Core topics of the second and third workshop were legal harmonisation with EU horizontal legislation on Accreditation and Market Surveillance, and conformity assessement in harmonized sectors of the EU single market.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen MEDTs capacities for implementing the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area/ Association Agreement. The trainings are implemented for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

More information about the project can be found here.

Second workshop of the training series “Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”

The second workshop of IEP’s training series „Capacity Building for the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (VRU)” was effectively implemented by Constanze Aka, project manager at IEP, on 4th and 5th IEP3of April, 2016, in Kyiv. The training was delivered to staffers of the European Integration committee as well as other VRU parliamentary committees. In this introductory workshop to legal harmonisation with the EU acquis the participants actively studied the obligations deriving of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, the EU legal order, and methods of legal harmonisation.

Main objective of the training series is to strengthen the capacities of the Verkhovna Rada to effectively contribute to the implementation of the Association Agreement.

The project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

More information about the project can be found here.

Citizen Dialogue: “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!”
4 May 2016

Europa Union Deutschland (EUD) together with the Institut für Europäische Politik organised a citizen dialogue on “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!” on May 4 in Augsburg. The internal and external borders of the European Union were the core topic of the debate. Questions connected to the European border management and its current development were also discussed such as: Does the European Project meet its limits? Is the European capacity to act, its solidarity and the future prospect of the European Idea under threat?

At the dialogue “Europas Grenzen – Wir müssen reden!” citizens were enabled to discuss with politicians and experts about the future of Schengen, the freedom to travel, the even more fundamental freedom of movement, and also, how the migration crisis can be coped with on a European level. Will Europe become “Fortress Europe”? Are there viable alternatives? Do we need once again border controls, walls and fences? Or do these developments, in fact, jeopardise European solidarity and in the end maybe even our freedom? What about the achievements of free movement and open borders?

More information about the event can be found here.