The Current State of the European Union — Future of Europe

The Current State of the European Union — Future of Europe

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Future of Europe: Democratic institutions, Democratic procedure, Rule of Law, Fundamental rights

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

Future of Europe is part of a 5-day course

This course consists of four modules

Module I –Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU – Democratic institutions
As we would like you to gain maximum benefit from this course, irrespective of your level of knowledge on the European Union, we suggest that you enrol on the first module and take part in the thematic discussion of the “Conference on the Future of Europe”, and the democratic principle with a view to designing new rules for electing the Members of the European Parliament. Therefore, 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 discussions on the context of changing MEP electoral laws.

Module II –Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU – Democratic procedure
The second module focuses on how to make EU decision-making more democratic and what are the major items 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 a distinguished 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.

Module III –European values – Rule of Law
The third module will provide an in-depth discussion of what is at stake when the principle of the Rule of law is under stress, what enormous risks Rule of Law backsliding really entails, what are the tools currently available for the EU to monitor its Member States and how it can intervene where there is a serious risk or persistent breach of Rule of Law in the latter. The session will also map out possible ways of strengthening the EU‘s repository of tools in stepping up for the defence of the Rule of Law and for the fundamental values of the EU.

Module IV –European values – Fundamental rights
The fourth module will elaborate on the current state of fundamental rights protection in the EU and how to improve the protection system. In that regards, the impact of the EU Charter and its direct enforceability on the Protection of Fundamental Rights will be assessed and the topic of the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human rights will be specifically tackled.


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 EU Priorities or External Relations and Security, or you can attend the full 5-day course.

If you are interested in attending only one day, kindly contact programme organiser Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi. Fees for a day are: regular fee 250 €, EIPA members’ fee: 225 €

Petra Jeney (HU)

Petra Jeney (HU)

Freedom Security and Justice

Igor Dizdarevic (FR)

Igor Dizdarevic (FR)

EU Law / EU Affairs

Dr Sabina Lange (SI)

Dr Sabina Lange (SI)

EU Decision-Making

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 I –Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU  – Democratic institutions
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, the involvement of national parliaments. Specific emphasis will be made as to see how these instruments can be further mended to make the EU more democratic.Short presentation by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz facilitated by the Igor Dizdarevic.
10.00 Discussion between Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic.
10.30 Break
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 onto the new discussion on redesigning the EP elections – a recurring theme in the debate on how to render EU institutions more democratic. The session will discuss in particular the lead candidate system [Spietzenkandidaten] and the transnational lists for European elections.
Short presentation by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz facilitated by the Igor Dizdarevic.
12.00 Discussion between Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic.
12.30 Break
Module II –Democratic and institutional aspects of the EU  – Democratic procedures
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 Sabina Lange facilitated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz.
14.00 Discussion between Sabina Lange and  the participants, moderated by  Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz c.
14.30 Break
15.00 Democratic and institutional aspects of the EUThe  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 Sabina Lange facilitated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz.
16.00 Discussion between Sabina Lange and  the participants, moderated by  Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz c.
16.30 End of Day 1
Module III –European values – Rule of Law
09.00 Democracy, rule of law and security, solidarity and trust
The session explains what the respect of rule of law entails in an EU context, explores what mechanisms are currently available for the EU to monitor and sanction Member States that fall short of this obligation. On this basis future possibilities to strengthen EU’s vigour in adherence to the principle will be discussed.
Short presentation by Igor Dizdarevic facilitated by Petra Jeney.
10.00 Discussion between Igor Dizdarevic and the participants, moderated by Petra Jeney.
10.30 Break
11.00 Independence of the judiciary II.
The session specifically deals with judicial independence, a corner stone of the principle of rule of law and explains why this is of pivotal importance for the EU. Issues regarding judicial independence will also serve as a case study of a non-compliant Member State to demonstrate how rule of law issues lead to systemic deficiencies affecting the EU. This will enable participants to assess the EU institutions’ responses and draw lessons on how the rule of law tools available for the EU can be reinforced in the future
Short presentation by Petra Jeney facilitated by Igor Dizdarevic
12.00 Discussion between Petra Jeney and the participants, moderated by Igor Dizdarevic.
12.30 Break
Module IV –European values – Fundamental rights
14.00 The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
This session will explain the legal nature and effect of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, its increasing direct enforceability, and how more and more rights in the Charter text are interpreted by the Court of Justice as having direct effect. The session will specifically tackle what impact the Charter has on the work of national judiciaries and how this imposes a further filter of legality on Member States when implementing EU law.
Short presentation by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz, facilitated by Petra Jeney.
Discussion between Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz and the participants, moderated by Petra Jeney
15.00 Break – Experts available for discussion
16.00

 

The EU and the European Convention on Human Rights
The session will identify why the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is marked as a legal imperative by the Lisbon Treaty. The role and status of the ECHR in EU law will be discussed, and an update on the recent developments concerning the EU’s accession to the ECHR will be provided. The session will illustrate with practical examples what the EU’s accession to the ECHR will entail for the national judiciaries.
Short presentation by Petra Jeney facilitated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz,
Discussion between Petra Jeney and the participants, moderated by Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz
16.30 End of Day 2