The Current State of the European Union — EU Priorities

The Current State of the European Union — EU Priorities

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EU Priorities: Environmental challenge and climate crises, Social justice and equality, Economic governance, Digital transformation

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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

EU Priorities is part of a 5-day course

This course consists of four modules

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.


This course is part of a 5-day course, divided into shorter 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 Future of Europe or External Relations and Security, or you can attend the full 5-day course.

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

1 x 0,5 day: regular fee: 130 €, EIPA members’ fee 115 €
2 x 0,5 day: regular fee: 250 €, EIPA members’ fee 225 €
3 x 0,5 day: regular fee 350  €, EIPA members’ fee: 315 €

Petra Jeney (HU)

Petra Jeney (HU)

Freedom Security and Justice

Igor Dizdarevic (FR)

Igor Dizdarevic (FR)

EU Law / EU Affairs

Martin Unfried

Martin Unfried

ITEM, Maastricht University
EU Environmental / Regional Policy

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 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
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