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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 5: Migration and the EU in the world, and security
This module discusses the security issues which are currently present and shape home affairs cooperation among EU Member States. In this vein, EU’s New Pact on Migration will be specifically discussed as containing key areas in which future consensus needs to be found to preserve the current intensity of the internal security cooperation among EU Member States.
The last module also discusses the EU’s external actions. Discussions begin with EU’s strategic autonomy and the EU’s responsiveness to world events, and from this we will map out to what extent the Russian–Ukrainian war creates a moment for the EU for a strengthened Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including qualified majority voting, expanding the remit of Military Mobility and increasing commitment to European Defence Union initiatives including funding for lethal equipment.
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 4, 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.).
|Module 5 – Migration and the EU in the world, and security|
|09.00||New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum
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. In particular, the session will tackle the state of play of the current negotiations and identify the key stumbling blocks in search of European solidarity in asylum and migration issues.
Short presentation by Catherine Warin, facilitated by Petra Jeney
|10.00||Discussion between and the participants, moderated by N.N|
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 Catherine Warin
|12.00||Discussion between Catherine Warin and the participants, moderated by Petra Jeney|
|The role of the EU in the world – external relations|
|13.30||The EU’s response to the Ukraine invasion: a new era for the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy
Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the EU has adopted an unprecedented set of sanctions targeting, inter alia, the Russian economy. On that basis the session will explore the nature and scope of the EU sanctions in response to Ukraine’s invasion, and more generally the future of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy to see whether the EU will be able to use the tools at its disposal to address the new combination of geopolitics and geoeconomics to its own advantage and emerge from this crises in a much stronger and assertive form.
Short presentation by Wolfgang Koeth, facilitated by Petra Jeney
|14.30||Discussion between Wolfgang Koeth and the participants, moderated by N.N|
|The United Kingdom and the European Union after Brexit
The session will make an effort to map out the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement to see how it works in the various affected sectors of economy, such as investment, competition, state aid, tax transparency, air and road transport, energy and sustainability and fisheries. Special reference will be made to the Irish/UK border area question and ideas in resolving this after Brexit.
Short presentation by Wolfgang Koeth, facilitated by N.N
|16.30||Discussion between Wolfgang Koeth and the participants, moderated by N.N|
|17.00||End of the course|
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