TEPSA Recommendations

TEPSA formulates recommendations to the Council Presidencies before they take office. TEPSA recommendations are formally presented to representatives and high-level officials of the incoming Presidency at the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences. TEPSA recommendations are formulated by experts from the TEPSA network, without necessarily representing the views of TEPSA or its Member Institutes.

A new set of TEPSA Recommendations will be presented to the incoming Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU during the Swedish Pre-Presidency Conference on 1-2 December 2022. You can read the Recommendations from members of the TEPSA Network to the Swedish Presidency and learn more about the conference here.

In addition to an introduction penned by the TEPSA Recommendations Team – Nicoletta Pirozzi (Institute for International Affairs), Funda Tekin (Institute for European Politics), and Ilke Toygür (Center for Strategic and International Studies) the Swedish presidency has been presented with four detailed recommendations:

  • “Energy, Security and Climate: the Challenges of the Century”, by Aleksandra Palkova (Latvian Institute of International Affairs) & Marco Siddi (Finnish Institute of International Affairs);

  • “EU Defence in Light of Russia’s War Against Ukraine: Capabilities First, Autonomy… Possibly Later”, by Kristi Raik (Estonian Foreign Policy Institute);

  • “Fundamental Rights and Migration”, by Peter Bosch (Egmont Institute) & Eleonora Milazzo (Egmont Institute & European Policy Centre);

  • “Supporting Ukraine: Next Steps”, by Vasyl Yurchyshyn (Razumkov Centre), Olga Pyshchulina (Razumkov Centre), Oleksiy Melnyk (Razumkov Centre) & Ramūnas Vilpišauskas (Vilnius University).

The main message of the TEPSA Recommendations is that “the European Union is going through a perfect storm. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the war is causing economic turbulence and energy shortages, with different levels of impact on the Member States. A number of emergency measures are on the table at the EU level to mitigate its dependences in crucial sectors such as energy and defence, which have exposed it to adverse circumstances. The EU realized that this has the potential to undermine the solidity of European unity, since national governments will be tempted to privilege the protection of their own interest and try to appease an increasingly worried domestic public opinion. At the same time, the EU’s world shrunk as Russia revealed itself as a systemic enemy, China reinforced its status as an economic competitor and countries in the global South became more vocal in their criticisms of the European model. The EU’s allies also are at critical junctures, given notably the political turmoil and the long wave of consequences of Brexit in the UK and the political consequences of midterm elections in the US. More than ever, the EU has to find its own way to strategic autonomy, social resilience and regional stability. The newly formed Swedish government will have to face the conundrum of these challenges when it takes over the Presidency of the EU Council from Czech Republic in January 2023.”

WATCH: TEPSA Recommendations to the Swedish Presidency:

TEPSA Recommendations Archive:

Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Swedish Presidency (November 2022)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Czech Presidency (May 2022)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the French Presidency (December 2021)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Slovenian Presidency (June 2021)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Portuguese Presidency (November 2020)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the German Presidency (June 2020)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Croatian Presidency (November 2019)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Finnish Presidency (June 2019)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Romanian Presidency (November 2018)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Austrian Presidency (June 2018)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Bulgarian Presidency (November 2017)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Estonian Presidency (June 2017)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Maltese Presidency (November 2016)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Slovak Presidency (June 2016)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Dutch Presidency (November 2015)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Luxembourg Presidency (June 2015)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Latvian Presidency (December 2014)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Italian Presidency (March 2014)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Greek Presidency (October 2013)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Lithuanian Presidency (July 2013)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Irish Presidency (November 2012)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Cypriot Presidency (June 2012)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Danish Presidency (December 2011)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Polish Presidency (July 2011)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Hungarian Presidency (December 2010)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Belgian Presidency (May 2010)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Spanish Presidency (November 2009)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Swedish Presidency (May 2009)
Recommendations from members of the TEPSA network to the Czech Presidency (December 2008)

TEPSA’s Recommendations are co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the EU.