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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 unprecedented challenges that affect the core of the EU’s policymaking capacity as well as the political commitment of its Member States. The culmination of recent events, starting from the 2015–16 migration crises, to the Covid-19 pandemic and now the war in Ukraine, creates dilemmas that go much further than traditional ‘deepening’ or ‘expanding’ the integration paradigm and push the European Union to embody its mission more convincingly.
The summer school’s primary objective is to address the major issues discussed in the frame of the ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’, such as making the EU more democratic, incorporating climate change and green economy, digital transformation, migration and security. To do so the discussion will start to first see whether the novelties introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in various policy areas have proved themselves in practice. Then, with a view to the current crises-driven context, to see what further modifications should and could be sought 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, and what regulatory efforts are made at the EU level to tackle artificial intelligence (AI), big data and social media platforms. 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 whether the EU’s united and swift response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has a lasting impact on the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Defence and Security Policy of Europe.
What you will learn in this course
The objective of the summer school is to provide national administrations, interest groups and practitioners working with issues related to the European Union with an enhanced understanding of how the current challenges shape EU policymaking and regulatory affairs related to the integration process.
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.
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 experiences.
Module 1: European democracy
- the thematic discussion of the Conference on the Future of Europe
- the democratic principle with a view to designing new rules for electing the Members of the European Parliament.
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 discussion on the context of changing MEP electoral laws.
The module also focuses on how to make EU decision-making more democratic and what are the major items that 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, attention will be paid to the right of initiative – being, so far, the almost exclusive prerogative of the European Commission.
The course 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.
This module is part of a 5-day course, divided into short courses to offer you flexibility in adapting the course to your needs. If you prefer to attend one of the other options you can click on Module 2, Module 3, Module 4 or Module 5, or you can attend the full 5-day course.
By the end of the course, you will
- understand how the recent and current crises shape the European Union today and how these events have an impact on the institutional and legal identity of the EU of tomorrow;
- understand the major political, legal, economic and social drives behind key EU policies;
- understand what the Conference on the Future of Europe is and what are the fundamental issues at stake.
Who this course is for
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.
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
8 rue Nicolas Adames
Ms Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi
Tel: +352 426 230 301
EIPA member fee
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.
For all other participants, the regular fee applies
Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.
Prior payment is a condition for participation.
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).
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|Module 1 – European democracy|
|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 and the involvement of national parliaments. Specific emphasis will be on seeing how these instruments can be further mended to make the EU more democratic.
Short presentation by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz facilitated by N.N.
|10.00||Discussion between Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic|
|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 on the new discussion on redesigning the EP elections – a recurring theme in the debate on how to render EU institutions more democratic. In particular, the session will discuss the lead candidate system [Spietzenkandidaten] and the transnational lists for European elections.
Short presentation by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz.
|12.00||Discussion between Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic.|
|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 Edward Best facilitated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz.
|14.00||Discussion between Edward Best and the participants, moderated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz.|
|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 Edward Best facilitated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz.
|16.00||Discussion between Edward Best and the participants, moderated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz|
|16.30||End of day|
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