News from the IES

The ‘European Union in International Affairs’ (#EUIA20) conference invites paper abstracts and panel proposals. It will be the seventh edition of the EUIA conference, focusing on the theme ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’. The EUIA biennial conference provides a major forum for discussion and exchange of ideas amongst academics and policy-makers who engage with these issues. We encourage the submission of paper abstracts and panel proposals that focus on the EU’s capacity to act internationally.

On Saturday 24 August, IES and University of Turku Joint-PhD candidate Max Jansson defended his doctoral thesis publicly on the legal aspects of PPMs in interstate trade at the University of Turku. In his work, Jansson examined specifically the environmental PPM-criteria on renewable energy implemented by the EU Member States and U.S. states from the perspective of rules on free trade. Jansson argued that under WTO law, EU free movement law and U.S. constitutional law, PPM-criteria can indeed be adopted both for in-state production and imported goods, as long as the criteria are carefully designed. Max’s findings and conclusions provide valuable insights to stakeholders that design and apply sustainability criteria and programs on essential products such as biofuels or electricity from renewable resources.

The network ‘Governing the EU’s Climate and Energy Transition in Turbulent Times’ (GOVTRAN), to which the IES-VUB serves as leading coordinator, is organizing a 2-day International workshop on Climate and Energy Governance and the Future of Europe. The event will take place at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome on 30 September-1 October 2019. The workshop will explore recent advances in European Union (EU) climate and energy governance and policy in the context of broader contemporary aspects and challenges of European integration. A special issue in a high-profile, peer-reviewed academic journal is envisioned as a major outcome of the workshop. We look forward to Director General Mauro Petriccione of DG CLIMA of the European Commission delivering a keynote. More information about the GOVTRAN project is available here.

The public defence of the PhD in Law by Max Jansson will take place on Saturday 24 August 2019 at 11:15 CET. This is a joint PhD with the University of Turku. After an internal defense at the IES, the public defense will take place in Turku. The title of the PhD manuscript is "Value Reconciliation in Trade Law in Light of Criteria on Process and Production Methods – A Comparative study on the EU, the U.S. and the WTO". The Opponent in the public defense will be Prof. Dr. Gareth Davies from Tilburg University. The promoters of the thesis are Prof. Dr. Harri Kalimo (IES-VUB) and Prof. Dr. Tuomas Mylly (University of Turku).

The Institute for European Studies and Vesalius College are jointly looking for two new enthusiastic colleagues, one to work within the Marketing and Recruitment team, and the second one to be working for the accounting of both the IES and Vesalius College. The deadline for applications is 09/08/2019. 

On 1 July 2019, the Institute for European Studies had the pleasure of welcoming Korean students at the first day of our SNU in the EU Brussels Programme.

Being the very first edition of this programme organized by the IES, this programme will further deepen the already established good relations between SNU and the IES. In the upcoming two weeks the students will participate in lectures on the history and future of EU integration, EU institutions and decision-making procedures, EU foreign and security affairs, combined with visits to the ROK Embassies, NATO and EU institutions. Organising this programme is a logical continuation of the institute’s activities related to Korea. In 2017, the Institute for European Studies launched the  KF-VUB Korea Chair, as a primary contact point in Europe on policy issues related to Korea and the Korean Peninsula.

We wish the SNU students a productive and memorable two weeks in Brussels!

The IES is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jamal Shahin as the new Director of its Advanced Master in European Integration (‘EuroMaster’) programme. Dr. Shahin works part time at the IES, as well as in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Jamal is trained as a political scientist, with a PhD from the University of Hull (2005). His research interests focus on global internet governance, political participation in the European Union, EU governance, and the impact of the internet on policy making. In the EuroMaster programme, he teaches the Research Methods Lab course and will be convening the core module on Policymaking and Interest Representation in the EU, as a successor to Prof. Irina Tanasescu. Jamal is looking forward to support all the students and colleagues who are part of the programme!

The EUTOPIA alliance of six European universities, one of which is Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), has been chosen by the European Commission as one of the seventeen pilot projects for developing a ‘European university’, thereby  receiving a 5 million EUR grant from the Erasmus+ ‘European Universities’ programme.

On 24 June, students of the University of Southern California (USC), enrolled in the Brussels Programme on European Foreign Policy at the IES, visited part of the Parliament building, invited by Valentina Papa, (Parliamentary Assistant - Head of Office to Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Swedish EPP MEP) who kindly gave them an overview presentation of the workings of the EP within the workings of the Parliament the Council and the Commission.

The PARENT project's final conference took place in Brussels on 4 and 5 June, 2019. It brought together political actors, researchers and civil society organisations concerned with energy and sustainability in Brussels. Over two days, the conference discussed the project's core themes: sustainability, collaboration and technology. This was done in a collaborative and interactive environment amongst the 90 participants, with workshops organised by various partners, information stands from seven different organisations across Brussels, and an evening session with a keynote speech from Chris Roorda. As a result of the project, several mapping initiatives have been launched, with the ambition to fill the gaps in knowledge on sustainability actions in the region. The dialogue set up amongst actors will continue in the future, as we continue to push for a more sustainable Brussels.