News from the IES

The Institute for European Studies is partnering with universities, institutes and social science centers in Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Australia to work together for the upcoming five years. The research network officially came into being as from 1 January 2015. The project is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).

On 24-25 November 2014 in the picturesque city of Pont-Saint-Martin, Aosta, Italy IES co-organised a workshop on social acceptability of smart surveillance, within the framework of the EU co-funded ADVISE research project.

This was followed by a winter school on multimodal and privacy-respecting video analytics sponsored by ADVISE’s sister project, VideoSense (25-26 November).

On 13-14 November 2014, the IES organised a tailor-made training session for the Agriculture Section of the United States Mission to the European Union. The main focus was the link between the EU institutions and policy-making processand the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Between July and December 2014 the IES is organising an online training on methods for teaching European Studies in the context of the TEMPUS funded project (Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies (INOTLES).)

The training involves around 50 professors from the 9 participating universities and includes both asynchronous work, on three specially created modules on the EU modules platform, and synchronous sessions via Adobe Connect.

IES Academic Director Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür delivered a keynote address at the international conference "Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Global Climate Governance" held in Amsterdam on 20 November 2014.

Professor Oberthür explored what the Paris conference might deliver in practice and what role the EU could play to this end.His talk investigated on the position of the EU in the current "climate geopolitics" characterized by China and the US as the, by far, biggest and most important players and a number of second-rank actors, including the EU.

Two years after the successful Lecture Series at IES: The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor, IES is proud to announce the publication of a book holding the same title, by Joachim A. Koops and Gjovalin Macaj.

The book was published by Palgrave MacMillan this November. The volume assesses the European Union (EU) as a 'Diplomatic Actor' in key foreign policy fields in the post-Lisbon era. It brings together leading scholars and practitioners in order to examine the main players, processes and outcomes of the EU's collective diplomatic engagement in the fields of security, human rights, trade and finance and environmental politics.

Associate Researcher David Anderson organised a Lecture Series on EU-China cooperation in competition law and policy. After an introductory talk on Chinese competition law regimes, the discussion shifted to cooperation between the European Union and China in the competition law field. The second lecture of the series was dedicated to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the agency responsible for macroeconomic plan and implementation and more specifically for price-related violations.

Press Release 28 November 2014

Two leading experts on climate change, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür and Lisanne Groen, from the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will attend the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP-20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima that takes place from 1- 12 December 2014.

On 4 November 2014, Dr Claire Dupont, IES and EDGE programme researcher, attended a roundtable conference as one of four keynote speakers in Tallinn, Estonia. The speakers were invited to discuss ideas related to the overarching question: “Does democracy depend on energy nowadays?”, with specific emphasis on evolving EU-Russian relations.

Senior Associate Research Fellow at the IES Dr. Anna Stahl participated in “The Economic Transition to Sustainable Development Forum” in Shenzhen, China, which took place on Wednesday 5 November 2014.

The forum was organised by the Center for Green Economy and it was a discussion of the place of international financial markets within the framework of sustainable development.