News from the IES

The European International Studies Association (EISA) offered financial support for two Young Researchers’ Workshops (YRWs) to be held in September 2015. Two workshops were selected, of which one is co-organised by IES PhD researcher Lisanne Groen and former IES visiting researcher Iulian Romanyshyn (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca) on The European Union in Multilateral Negotiations’.

The Paris climate conference is expected to adopt a new global agreement on fighting climate change. IES Professor Sebastian Oberthür has been taking an active role on the way towards the Paris conference. On 7 July, he participated in a webinar on “Paris 2015: Lessons from the Copenhagen Experience”.

The European Union has increasingly become an international and global actor in many if not most policy areas (including agriculture, communication, fisheries, health, human rights, environment, trade, etc.) – through transferral of related competence to the EU represented by the European Commission and/or through coordination of the foreign policies of EU member states. International institutions constitute particularly prominent fora for the EU’s pursuit of its international role. Treaty-based international regimes and formal international organizations have proliferated in recent decades, making them probably the most important fora for global governance. Based either on formal EC/EU membership or on coordination of the positions of individual EU member states, the EU has been one of the major players in multilateral institutions, thereby supporting multilateralism and international cooperation in general. This lecture series sets out to explore the notion of performance in international institutions, and then examines the performance of the EU in a range of international institutions.

In the third lecture of the series dedicated to EU/China cooperation in competition law and policy, Mrs. Angela Huyue Zhang, Mr. Chris Bryant, Mr. Torben Toft  and Mr. Dave Anderson discussed the structures of the competition enforcement agencies in China and the EU and the approaches followed during the decision making process.

The third lecture from the IES policy forum dedicated to National Competition Authorities saw the participation of Mr. António Ferreira Gomes, current President of the Portuguese Competition Authority, of Dr. Komninos and of Marta Ottanelli.

Mr. Gomes, after having delineated the main features of the new Portuguese competition law, concluded by sharing his experience with regard to the cooperation of national competition authorities in the framework of the European Competition Network.

The IES celebrated the first wave of IES-VUB Master graduates for 2015 on July 1. The students were tested until the very last moment as the gown-wearing graduates received their diplomas in record high temperatures in a ceremony at the Institute.

On Monday the 6th of July twenty students from twelve countries gathered in Brussels for the start of the 12th edition of the Summer School on EU Policy–making. The Summer School, organised in cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the University of Vienna, offers an intensive two-weeks programme in Brussels in Vienna, including lectures, visits to the EU institutions and the UN and two engaging simulation games whereby the students experience the negotiations environment of the European Union.

On the 8th of J une, IES researchers Alexandra Mihai, Silviu Piros, Serena D’Agostino and Executive Director Anthony Antoine returned to Bucharest to assess the first outcomes of the Euroentrepreneurship project where the IES is partnering the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in its endeavor to update and align both curricula and teaching methods to the European standards and contribute to the Europeanization of the Romanian society.

The IES, as a partner in the FP7 project SOURCE, is currently conducting a series of short film interviews with civil society members, European citizens, scholars, researchers, industry representatives, NGOs and policy makers on how they perceive societal security. Two video interviews have been already conducted with Sebastian Denef, a researcher at Fraunhofer headquarters Berlin and the CEO of Uberblik, and with Ida Haisma, Director of The Hague Security Delta (HSD).


On 19-20 June IES President Bart De Schutter, Executive Director Anthony Antoine and EDU researchers Alexandra Mihai and Silviu Piros travelled to Chisinau, Moldova, to attend the mid-term conference of the Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies (INOTLES) project.