News from the IES

Given the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s resurgence and the burning crises in the South there has never been a better time to discuss European defence. In this essay collection jointly published by the IES, European Geostrategy and the Egmont Institute, a host of leading experts give their national perspectives on the present state and future of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

Gjovalin Macaj PhD's thesis ‘Dysfunctional Endeavour: The Pursuit of EU Unity in the UN Human Rights Council’ has been short-listed by the Political Science Associations of the Netherlands (NKWP) and Belgium (VPW) for the best doctoral dissertation award for the year 2014. The final prize award will be announced on 11 June 2015. 

In collaboration with the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies and the EU-China Research Centre at the College of Europe, the Institute for European Studies is currently organising a series of events on Chinese-EU economic relations. Idea behind this series is to debate “the new normal” in the relations between the two blocs. Given that sustainability is at the core of Europe’s economic policy, we focus on issues related to the concept of a green economy.

Klaudia Majcher, PhD researcher in the Economic Governance Cluster, participated in the 9th International Graduate Legal Research Conference that took place on 13-14 April 2015 at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London.

Researchers working at the Institute for European Studies and the Political Science Department (POLI) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel took part in an all-day workshop in Brussels on 20 March 2015.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss different conceptions, modes and procedures for political representation and to move forward on a common research project on the topic. The workshop fell under the overarching joint strategic research programme of the IES and POLI on ‘Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe (EDGE)’.

On 20 March 2015 IES Doctoral researcher Tomas Wyns presented his work on industrial, energy and innovation policy at an expert meeting organised by Groen in the Belgian Federal Parliament.

Since the beginning of last year the IES Environment and Sistainable Development cluster engaged in a research on post 2020 EU energy and climate governance. In December of last year, IES and Heinrich Böll Foundation published a report on post 2020 EU renewable energy governance. Thanks to a grant by the European Climate Foundation, IES will now continue and broaden its work in this research area.

On 6 March 2015 Carlos Soria Rodríguez participated in the ‘1st seminar on the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive: main challenges for its transposition’. The event took place at the Faculty of Law of the University of Huelva, where Carlos gave a presentation on the essential elements of the new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSPD).