WATCH: “What is the European Interest?” | EuropeChats Episode 2

If you ever wondered what competences the EU has, what effects its policies have on your day-to-day life, and why the EU is so important, then this show will give you all the answers you need! Every episode, Jim Cloos, TEPSA Secretary-General will be answering your questions about Europe and the EU.

In this second episode, we’re talking about how 27 Member States become one European Union: is there a common European interest? If yes, what is it, and how is it created? And what happens when Member States have national interests that differ from the common European interest?

EuropeChats is TEPSA’s talk show dedicated to answering your questions about the European Union. If you ever wondered what powers the EU has, what effects its policies have on your day-to-day life, and why the EU is so important, then this show will give you all the answers you need!

Jim Cloos is TEPSA’s Secretary-General, and has spent a lifetime in the heart of Brussels. As the former Deputy Director General for General and Institutional Policy at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, he was involved in European decision-making at every level. He had a key role in drafting the Maastricht Treaty during the Luxembourgish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 1991, and has an intricate expertise on EU Affairs and the internal functioning of the European institutions. There is no-one better placed to answer any question about Europe that you might have.

Mariam Khotenashvili is TEPSA’s Executive Director. Her background combines research coordination, policy advocacy, project management and academic work. Her fields of expertise include EU foreign and development policies and in particular the European Neighbourhood Policy. Mariam is your direct line into the European bubble, and to Jim’s expertise.