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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 4: Digital transformation
In the context of digital transformation, issues concerning EU data policy and AI will be revisited. In this context, personal data protection, big data and data sharing will be specifically discussed. Corresponding EU policies will be identified with a view of what social-economic developments digital transformation and especially AI could entail.
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 1, Module 2, Module 3 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 4 – Digital transformation|
|09.00||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 in 2018 to 175 zettabytes in 2025. Europe has the opportunity to unlock all this potential to work for the economy and society. The European 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 to the EU’s policy considerations to create a single market for data where more data becomes available while keeping companies and individuals who generate it in control.
Florina Pop, Data Protection Expert, EIPA, Maastricht (NL), (tbc)
|10.00||Discussion between Florina Pop and the participants, moderated by Godefroy de Moncuit|
|11.00||Digital transformation: data governance and ownership
First the debate about data ownership/rights over data in the EU will be explained to map out in detail the Data Governance Regulation proposed by the European Commission. In close connection with this, the Internet of things, smart objects and the decentralised production of data will be addressed to further map out the potential implications of digitisation on market dynamics and the European economy.
Florina Pop, (tbc)
|12.00||Discussion between Florina Pop and the participants, moderated by Godefroy de Moncuit|
|13.30||Digital transformation: the interaction between data protection and competition law
Big data holders use data protection rules to justify their refusal to share data with third parties. This type of refusal raises competition issues. The GDPR strengthens the position of big data holders vis-à-vis rival firms and increases concentration in the data markets by reinforcing the barriers to data sharing. This session will aim at demonstrating how the reinforcement of data protection would also ensure the existence of a healthier competitive environment.
Thomas Tombal, post-doctoral researcher at Tilburg University, (tbc)
|14.30||Discussion between and the participants, moderated by Godefroy de Moncuit|
|15.30||The regulation of digital platforms: competition enforcement in digital markets
The recent Digital Markets Act (DMA) creates new EU rules to limit the market power of big online platforms acting as gatekeepers. Given the ability of big techs to abuse their technological and data superiority, the DMA blacklists certain practices used by large platforms. This session will therefore focus on the objectives, scope and implications of the DMA for companies considered to be gatekeepers.
Godefroy de Moncuit, Lecturer in EU Law at the European Institute of Public Administration
|16.30||Discussion between and the participants, moderated by (tbc)|
|17.00||End of day|
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