Past events at the College of Europe, Bruges

Eighth Bruges European Business Conference: Brexit and European Financial Markets, 25 April 2017

The College of Europe (Bruges campus) and Deloitte has organised a one-day conference, bringing together high-level policy makers, businesses leaders and eminent academics, to discuss developments in the European financial sector in the period leading to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The focus of this year’s conference has been on “Brexit and European Financial Markets”.

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Conference: “The interface between EU and international law”, 27 April 2017

Despite their many obvious interconnections, EU and international law are all too often studied and practised in separate spheres and fora. While it is natural for either to insist on their different characteristics, and particularly for the EU to emphasize its autonomous and sui generis nature as a constitutional order of states, important insights may be lost because of this exclusionary approach, and in practical terms there is a risk of duplications, conflicts and contradictions. The aim of this conference was to contribute to breaking through some of these barriers, and to reflect on how to ensure a smooth interaction and synergy between EU and International law, both in theory and in practice. This therefore includes a more theoretical, constitutional dimension, but also a range of substantive policy areas where EU law and international law, as well as their respective actors and organizations, work alongside each other (and not always well with each other?).

Conference programme is available at


Mr Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission, gave a speech entitled “The Future of Europe“, at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, 21 March 2017

The event was open to all students and to the public. The event was live-streamed. The video is available at  competitiveness