News from the IES

Based on prior work carried out at the IES on civil society organisations in the EU and mobilising participation at the EU level for the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions respectively, Jamal Shahin and David Ferrer of the European Youth Forum were invited to be discussants at a European Parliament Research Service 'Policy Hub' on 1 October.

Klaudia Majcher, a PhD researcher in the European Economic Governance Cluster, gave a presentation at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference, which took place from Friday 23 to Monday 26 October 2015. This interdisciplinary conference organised by the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research, an initiative of the University of Amsterdam, provided an opportunity for participants from diverse disciplines to discuss and exchange insights concerning challenging data protection and privacy questions.

The Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES) and the Institute for European Studies (IES) in cooperation with the Charhar Institute from Beijing held a roundtable on the subject of The Silk Road, the New World Order and EU-China Relations on 6 October 2015.

On 14 October Acting Academic Director Alexander Mattelaer delivered a keynote speech in the prestigious Tomorrow's Economy seminar series organised by the asset manager and financial adviser Econopolis.

Under the auspices of the Luxembourg Presidency, the Egmont Institute, the Clingendael Institute and the Royal Higher Institute for Defence organised a day-long seminar on European Strategy, European Defence and the CSDP.

Luis Simón has published an article in the latest issue of International Affairs, a prestigious journal published by the London-based Chatham House. In his article, Luis analyses the geostrategic implications of the rise of Asia for Europe and for the transatlantic relationship.

On 27 October Luis gave the keynote address at the annual NATO-EU meeting on capabilities. He provided an overview of the main geostrategic challenges Europeans face in the East and in the South and outlined some potential implications for capability development and EU-NATO cooperation.

IES researchers Sebastian Oberthür and Lisanne Groen, both members of the Environment and Sustainable Development cluster, attended the UN climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, that were held from 19 to 23 October 2015.

The 2015 edition of the multidisciplinary conference on Romani Studies organised by the Gypsy Lore Society has been held in Chisinau, Moldova, on September 10-12.

Sebastian Oberthür and Ernesto Roessing presented their study on the ‘Implications of actions to enhance synergies: An independent analysis and report’ to the Standing Committee of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Bonn on 15 October 2015.