The Current State of the European Union — External Relations and Security

The Current State of the European Union — External Relations and Security

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External Relations and Security: Internal security, External relations

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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

External Relations and Security is part of a 5-day course

This course consists of two modules:

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.


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 EU Priorities, or you can attend the full 5-day course.

Petra Jeney (HU)

Petra Jeney (HU)

Freedom Security and Justice

Wolfgang Koeth (DE)

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 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