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The Current State of the European Union — Future of Europe, Online

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datum 29 juni 2020
plaats Online, Online
organisatie European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

The primary objective of this online course is to explain the post-Lisbon regime, with a view to the just launched “Conference on the Future of Europe”, assess how the novelties introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in various policy areas have proved themselves in practice and, finally, see what further modifications in institutional governance and the respective competencies are to be sought for to better equip the EU to respond to the current challenges.

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SKU: 2050701 Categories: EU Law, EU Policies, Law and Practice Tags: Article 50 TEU, Banking Union, Brexit, Common European Asylum System, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Conference on the Future of Europe, delegated and implementing acts, European External Action Service, European Fiscal Compact, European Monetary Union, European Union's Common Commercial Policy, Eurozone, post-Lisbon regime, Schengen Area

About this online course

The European Union is becoming an ever more complex entity that is difficult to grasp even for practitioners. At the same time, the European integration project has lately been facing distinct challenges that affect the core of the EU’s policy-making capacity as well as the political commitment of its Member States. The culmination of recent events creates dilemmas that go much further than traditional ‘deepening’ or ‘expanding’ integration paradigm and push the European Union to embody its mission more convincingly.

This summer school’s primary objective is to explain the post-Lisbon regime, with a view to the just launched “Conference on the Future of Europe”, assess how the novelties introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in various policy areas have proved themselves in practice and, finally, see what further modifications in institutional governance and the respective competencies are to be sought for to better equip the EU to respond to the current challenges.

More specifically, the summer school will tackle how the institutional structure of the EU could be enhanced to better adhere to the democratic principle. In that regard, the possibilities of designing new electoral laws for the elections of the European Parliament will be discussed in detail as well as the right of initiative as the cornerstone of the current ordinary legislative procedure. Then, the course will elaborate further on how the EU could effectively safeguard the Rule of Law in its Member States, especially in cases of backslidings. Later, the modules will also address, inter alia, how the EU could further ensure the protection of Fundamental Rights in the EU, how the EU is to preserve the Eurozone (and whether to expand it), how to make the European Union Greener and how to fight effectively against the climate crisis. Moreover, the course will also make a distinct effort to explain what digital transformation entails, what policies are regulatory areas are the most affected by that process and how the European values regarding social justice and equality can be maintained in the meantime. Finally, the course will map out how make the EU more secure and what role the EU should play on the world stage. On that basis the summer school will make an attempt to see what could the major issues for both EU Member States and EU institutions be in making an attempt to redesign the EU at the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Who this course is for:

Experts from national administrations and EU Institutions; practitioners from various EU-regulated policy fields; and lawyers, consultants, journalists and other professionals dealing with the European Union who want to enhance their understanding of how the recent developments in the EU will have an impact on their work.

Course methodology and highlights:

Sessions will be conducted by two experts providing a short presentation followed by facilitated panel discussions, allowing for the exchange of ideas and addressing issues of concern based on case studies, where participants will be especially encouraged to share their respective experiences.

What you will learn in this online course

The objective of the summer school is to provide national administrations, interest groups and practitioners affected by EU regulatory policy an enhanced understanding of how to work more effectively with the EU.

In essence, the course explores the tenets of the European Union and helps participants to understand the underlying political, social and economic dilemmas and evaluate European-level responses.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • understand what major events and policies shape the European Union today and how these events will have an impact on the institutional and legal identity of the EU of tomorrow.
  • understand the major political, legal, economical and asocial drives behind key EU policies
  • understand what the Conference on the Future of Europe is and what are the fundamental issues at stake

A 5-day course

The course consists of 10 modules:

Module I -Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU - Democratic institutions

As we would like you to gain maximum benefit from this course, irrespective of your level of knowledge on the European Union, we suggest that you enrol on the first module and take part in the thematic discussion of the “Conference on the Future of Europe”, and the democratic principle with a view to designing new rules for electing the Members of the European Parliament. Therefore, in this module, you will be introduced to the intrinsic nature of the EU, the motivations behind treaty modifications, the structure of the debate and the methodology of the Conference and eventually have an in-depth discussions on the context of changing MEP electoral laws.

Module II - Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU - Democratic procedure

The second module focuses on how to make EU decision-making more democratic and what are the major items the “Conference on the Future of Europe” could discuss to further enhance the transparency and representative nature of the EU legislative processes. In this context a distinguished attention will be paid to the right of initiative - being, so far, the almost exclusive prerogative of the European Commission.

The module will map out the repercussions of equipping the European Parliament with the same right of initiative a specific demand made by the Parliament in preparation for the Conference.

Module III - European values - Rule of Law

The third module will provide an in-depth discussion of what is at stake when the principle of the Rule of law is under stress, what enormous risks Rule of Law backsliding really entails, what are the tools currently available for the EU to monitor its Member States and how it can intervene where there is a serious risk or persistent breach of Rule of Law in the latter. The session will also map out possible ways of strengthening the EU‘s repository of tools in stepping up for the defence of the Rule of Law and for the fundamental values of the EU.

Module IV -European values - Fundamental rights

The fourth module will elaborate on the current state of fundamental rights protection in the EU and how to improve the protection system. In that regards, the impact of the EU Charter and its direct enforceability on the Protection of Fundamental Rights will be assessed and the topic of the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human rights will be specifically tackled.

Module V - EU priorities - Environmental challenge and climate crises

Climate crises and making the EU Greener is a top priority. The session will identify what are the key regulatory matters behind the Green deal, the circular economy (waste management), plastic reduction and biodiversity. The session will also discuss the EU’s climate targets and establish the link between environmental protection, combat against climate change and energy.

Module VI - EU priorities - Social justice and equality

In order to fully comprehend the drives behind social justice and equality the session will first introduce the main components and key concepts of an EU social policy, and then it will turn its attention specifically to the European “Pillar of Social Rights”.

Module VII - EU priorities - Economic governance

The seventh module concentrates on the discussion of the Eurozone. It asks the following questions: how it has served the needs of the participating EU Member States and what are the immediate perspectives of this heightened form of integration.

Module VIII - EU priorities - Digital transformation

In the context of digital transformation, issues concerning EU data policy and artificial intelligence (AI) will be revisited. In this context, personal data protection, big data and ad data sharing will be specifically discussed. Corresponding EU policies will be identified with the view of what social-economic developments digital transformation and especially AI could entail.

Module IX - Security and the role of the EU in the world - Internal security

This module discusses the security issues which are currently present and shape home affairs cooperation among EU Member States. In this vain EU border security and solidarity in asylum policy will be specifically discussed as being key areas in which future consensus needs to be found to preserve the current intensity of the internal security cooperation among EU Member States.

Module X - The role of the EU in the world - External relations

The last module discusses the EU’s external actions. Discussions begin at the new powers granted to the EU by the Treaty of Lisbon and then specifically focus on the role of the European External Action Service, the EU’s external trade policy and, finally, the current stage of and lessons from Brexit. The session will complete the discussion of EU external action by mapping out the EU’s trade relations as well. Ideas will be conveyed as what ideas form the current and future role of the EU at the world stage.

The course is divided into shorter courses to offer you flexibility in adapting it to your needs. If you prefer to attend one of the shorter courses, kindly click on Future of Europe or EU Priorities or External Relations and Security.

If you are interested in attending only one or a few modules, kindly contact programme organiser Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi.

Igor Dizdarevic (FR)

EU Law / EU Affairs

Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz (ES)

EU Law

Dr Sabina Lange (SI)

EU Decision-Making

Petra Jeney (HU)

Freedom Security and Justice

Martin Unfried

ITEM, Maastricht University

EU Environmental / Regional Policy

Dr Theo Jans (BE)

EU Governance

Tomasz Kramer (PL)

EU Law / Internal Market

Dr Roberta Ribeiro Oertel (DE)

EU Law

Wolfgang Koeth (DE)

EU External Relations

Practical information

Programme Organiser

Ms Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi

Tel: +352 426 230 301

s.gemnig@eipa.eu

Discounts

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?

Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Confirmation

Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Payment

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy

For administrative reasons you will be charged €50 for cancellations received after confirmation of your participation.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel its live online activities up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

The programme

 

Module I -Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU - Democratic institutions

09.00

Democracy as the founding principle of the European Union

The session will lay out the frame of discussion, the legal and political EU treaty reform, the methodology of the Conference on the Future of Europe and the way forward to a new EU. It is in this vein that the session will specifically discuss the principle of democracy as it features among the founding values of the European Union and how that principle paved its way into concrete institutional and procedural solutions, such as the citizens initiative, the involvement of national parliaments. Specific emphasis will be made as to see how these instruments can be further mended to make the EU more democratic.Short presentation by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz facilitated by the Igor Dizdarevic.

10.00

Discussion between Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic.

10.30

Break

11.00

Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU: EP elections

This session will explain how EP elections are currently held and will shed light onto the new discussion on redesigning the EP elections - a recurring theme in the debate on how to render EU institutions more democratic. The session will discuss in particular the lead candidate system [Spietzenkandidaten] and the transnational lists for European elections.

Short presentation by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz facilitated by the Igor Dizdarevic.

12.00

Discussion between Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic.

12.30

Break

Module II -Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU - Democratic procedures

13.00

Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU: The right of initiative

This session will start the discussion with the quintessential feature of EU policy cycle making that is the right of initiative which is an almost exclusive power of the European Commission. The session will explain how this right affects the entire EU policy cycle and how other actors/institutions, notably the European Parliament is keen to enjoy the same prerogative.

Short presentation by Sabina Lange facilitated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz.

14.00

Discussion between Sabina Lange and the participants, moderated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz c.

14.30

Break

15.00

Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU - The legislative procedures

This session will review the ordinary and special legislative procedures as amended by the Lisbon Treaty and examine how the legislative bodies of the EU as well as the EU Member States’ national parliaments have made use of their respective powers. On that basis the session will identify issues that could feed into the discussion on how to make the legislative procedures more democratic and transparent.

Short presentation by Sabina Lange facilitated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz.

16.00

Discussion between Sabina Lange and the participants, moderated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz c.

16.30

End of Day 1

 

Module III -European values - Rule of Law

09.00

Democracy, rule of law and security, solidarity and trust

The session explains what the respect of rule of law entails in an EU context, explores what mechanisms are currently available for the EU to monitor and sanction Member States that fall short of this obligation. On this basis future possibilities to strengthen EU’s vigour in adherence to the principle will be discussed.

Short presentation by Igor Dizdarevic facilitated by Petra Jeney.

10.00

Discussion between Igor Dizdarevic and the participants, moderated by Petra Jeney.

10.30

Break

11.00

Independence of the judiciary II.

The session specifically deals with judicial independence, a corner stone of the principle of rule of law and explains why this is of pivotal importance for the EU. Issues regarding judicial independence will also serve as a case study of a non-compliant Member State to demonstrate how rule of law issues lead to systemic deficiencies affecting the EU. This will enable participants to assess the EU institutions’ responses and draw lessons on how the rule of law tools available for the EU can be reinforced in the future

Short presentation by Petra Jeney facilitated by Igor Dizdarevic

12.00

Discussion between Petra Jeney and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic.

12.30

Break

Module IV -European values - Fundamental rights

14.00

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

This session will explain the legal nature and effect of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, its increasing direct enforceability, and how more and more rights in the Charter text are interpreted by the Court of Justice as having direct effect. The session will specifically tackle what impact the Charter has on the work of national judiciaries and how this imposes a further filter of legality on Member States when implementing EU law.

Short presentation by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz, facilitated by Petra Jeney.

 

Discussion between Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and the participants, moderated by Petra Jeney

15.00

Break - Experts available for discussion

16.00

 

The EU and the European Convention on Human Rights

The session will identify why the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is marked as a legal imperative by the Lisbon Treaty. The role and status of the ECHR in EU law will be discussed, and an update on the recent developments concerning the EU’s accession to the ECHR will be provided. The session will illustrate with practical examples what the EU’s accession to the ECHR will entail for the national judiciaries.

Short presentation by Petra Jeney facilitated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz,

 

Discussion between Petra Jeney and the participants, moderated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz

16.30

End of Day 2

 

Module V - EU priorities - Environmental challenge and climate crises

09.00

Environmental challenges and the climate crisis I

This session will map out the current and future environmental challenges in the context of urgency of the climate change urgency. Particular focus will be given to the priorities of the current Commission, such as the Green Deal, the circular economy (waste management), plastic reduction and biodiversity.

Short presentation by Igor Dizdarevic, facilitated by Martin Unfried

 

Discussion between Martin Unfried and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic

10.00

Break - Experts available for discussion

11.00

Environmental challenges and the climate crisis II

The second session will cover the EU’s climate related targets for 2030 and beyond, in particular in terms of emissions (the ETS system) and will also establish the link between environmental protection, combat against climate change and energy.

Short presentation Martin Unfried, facilitated by Igor Dizdarevic

 

Discussion between Martin Unfried and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic

12.00

Break - Experts available for discussion

Module VI - EU priorities - Social justice and equality

13.00

Social justice and equality

This session will introduce the main components and key concepts of an EU social policy, such as the fundamental principle of non-discrimination. The participants will also get a clear view of which competences the EU has to act in favor of social justice and equality of treatment, and which ones remain in the remit of the Member States.

Short presentation by Igor Dizdarevic, facilitated by XY

 

Discussion between Igor Dizdarevic and the participants, moderated by XY

14.00

Break - Experts available for discussion

15.00

Social justice and equality

The second session will explore the current (legislative) framework for social rights with concrete examples such as the parental leave directive or the recently revised posted workers directive. The European “Pillar of Social Rights” will also be examined.

Short presentation XY, facilitated by Igor Dizdarevic

 

Discussion between XY and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic

16.00

End of Day 3

 

Module VII - EU priorities - Economic governance

09.00

EU economic governance reform, Treaty reform

The session will explain and elaborate on the ‘Six-pack’ and ‘Two-pack’ and the European Fiscal Compact, a.k.a. the ‘Fiscal Stability Treaty,’ and the ultimate question whether the EU should move towards a genuine Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) encompassing fiscal union.

Arguments for and against the fiscal union will be discussed with a view on its impact on the Member States.

Short presentation by Theo Jans, facilitated by Igor Dizdarevic

10.00

Discussion between Theo Jans and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic

10.30

Break

11.00

Banking Union

The session aims to explain what the Banking Union entails. Special reference will be made to the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the Single Resolution Mechanism and the complementary goal of attaining a Capital Markets Union and their respective impact on national authorities’ competences.

Short presentation by Theo Jans, facilitated by Igor Dizdarevic

12.00

Discussion between Theo Jans and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic

12.30

Break

Module VIII - EU priorities - Digital transformation

13.00

Digital transformation - EU Data Policy

Data is at the centre of the digital transformation. It is expected that the volume of data produced annually in the world will grow from the 33 zettabytes of 2018 to 175 zettabytes in 2025. Europe has the opportunity to unlock all this potential to work for the economy and society. The new Commission considers data as one of the pillars of its new mandate, shaping a digital future that puts people first. This presentation will give an overview of the horizontal regulatory and policy frameworks for data, from data protection to data reuse. Building on the initiatives of the past mandate, it will introduce participants into the Commission’s plans to create a single market for data where more data becomes available while keeping companies and individuals who generate it in control.

Short presentation by Alberto Gago-Fernandez (TBC), facilitated by Tomasz Kramer and Roberta Ribiero Ortel (TBC)

14.00

Discussion between Alberto Gago-Fernandez and the participants, moderated by Tomasz Kramer and Roberta Ribiero Ortel (TBC)

14.30

Break

15.00

Digital transformation - Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has become an area of strategic importance and a key driver of economic and societal development. However, socio-economic, legal and ethical impacts have to be carefully addressed. For example, safety and reliability of most of AI systems are dependent on wide availability of high-quality data. The presentation will give an account of the work of the Commission to stay at the forefront of this technological revolution, to ensure competitiveness and to shape the conditions for its development and use, in line with human rights and fundamental values.Short presentation by Alberto Gago-Fernandez (TBC), facilitated by Tomasz Kramer and Roberta Ribiero Ortel (TBC)

16.30

Discussion between Alberto Gago-Fernandez and the participants, moderated by Tomasz Kramer and Roberta Ribiero Ortel (TBC)

16.00

End of Day 4

 

Module IX - Security and the role of the EU in the world - Internal security

09.00

Border security Future of Schengen

The area with no internal border controls is the most palpable benefit of European integration. The session will explore how the migration crisis of 2015 has also jeopardised the Schengen Area and caused Member States to temporarily reinstate internal border controls. The session will provide an overview of the reforms so far made, such as the reinforcement of FRONTEX (the European Border and Coast Guard Agency), as well as the future steps that are needed to ensure border security and the continued existence of the Schengen Area.

Short presentation by Petra Jeney, facilitated by Clara Cotroneo

10.00

Discussion between Petra Jeney and the participants, moderated by Clara Cotroneo

10.30

Break

11.00

Reform of the Common European Asylum System

In 2015, Europe was shaken by the unanticipated exodus of people in need of international protection. The session will explain the events that triggered this unprecedented crisis and what impact this had in reshaping the Common European Asylum System on the basis of the current framework provided by the Treaty of Lisbon

Short presentation by Clara Cotroneo, facilitated by Petra Jeney

12.00

Discussion between Clara Cotroneo and the participants, moderated by Petra Jeney

12.30

Break

Module X The role of the EU in the world - External relations

13.00

External security - Common Foreign and Security Policy

The Treaty of Lisbon reinforced the capacities of the EU in the field of external relations, inaugurating a series of news actors (European External Action Service) and improving instruments and mechanisms for the conduct of external affairs. The session will explore Member States’ perception of the new capacities and stakeholders carrying out their respective roles in the last decade and what that entails for the future.

Short presentation by Wolfgang Koeth, facilitated by Petra Jeney

14.00

Discussion between Wolfgang Koeth and the participants, moderated by Petra Jeney

14.30

Break

15.00

External trade

The Treaty of Lisbon also reinforced and widened the scope of the European Union’s Common Commercial Policy. The session will take account how the improved powers of the EU to negotiate trade agreements have been used in practice and what role the EU plays in the WTO today.

Short presentation by Wolfgang Koeth, facilitated by Petra Jeney

15.30

Discussion between Wolfgang Koeth and the participants, moderated by Petra Jeney

16.00

End of the course


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European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Het Europees instituut voor bestuurskunde (beter bekend als The European Institute of Public Administration - ofwel EIPA) streeft ernaar om de kennis van ambtenaren die zich met de EU bezighouden te vergroten door het ontwikkelen en organiseren van trainingen. Het instituut wil wetenschappelijke kennis en praktische 'know–how' met elkaar verbinden. EIPA bestaat al meer dan 35 jaar.

Het hoofdkantoor van EIPA is gevestigd in Maastricht en heeft dependances in Luxemburg en Barcelona. Gemiddeld nemen 14.000 nationale en Europese ambtenaren per jaar deel aan de trainingen. Daarnaast biedt EIPA ook consultancy, onderzoek en op maat gemaakte programma’s/trainingen aan. Bij EIPA werken circa 120 hoogopgeleide medewerkers.

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