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May
19
Wed
EU taxes and how they can increase citizens support for the European Union @ Online
May 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Conversations for the Future of Europe

Speaker: Miguel Maduro
Discussants: Jakob Kepeller & Mattias Kumm

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Conversations for the Future of Europe feature one speaker and two discussants and will take place on Zoom.

Please register below to receive the link.

Conversations for the Future of Europe 2021

To guide the steps of the European Union and to mobilize its citizens so as tomake such steps possible, it is not enough to analyse the past and criticize the present. It is crucial to concoct concrete proposals for a better future and to subject them to a no-nonsense, multidisciplinary discussion. The conversations for the future of Europe aim to contribute to such a discussion. 

A concern for concreteness and political feasibility should be present throughout, the aim being, as in Robert Schuman’s 1950 declaration, “des réalisations concrètes” rather than vague dreams. However, this should not prevent us from bearing in mind Max Weber’s warning at the end of 

Politik als Beruf : Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth that man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible. A concern for feasibility is compatible with boldness. Indeed, it may require it.

May
25
Tue
Direct Democracy and the European Unification Process @ Online
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Organised by the Swiss Chair with the Embassy of Switzerland in Italy and the Istituto Svizzero

Building on the insights of Professor Kreis’ book ‘Why Italy Was For Europe: On the History of the 1989 Advisory Referendum’ a roundtable discussion on the role of referenda in the European unification process.

What is the role of referenda in the advancement of the European unification process? Why do some EU member states employ them to decide about EU matters whereas others do not? Focusing on the case of Italy and its oft-neglected 1989 ‘Referendum for Europe, Professor Georg Kreis (University of Basel) delves into these questions in his last book titled ‘Why Italy Was For Europe: On the History of the 1989 Advisory Referendum’ (Publisher: Schwabe Verlag, Basel, 2021).

The event will start with a brief address by the Swiss Ambassador in Rome, the Honorable Rita Adam. The discussion will be moderated by Elias Dinas, Swiss Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance.

The Swiss Chair – joint chair of the EUI Department of Social and Political Sciences and the Robert Schuman Centre – organises this event with the Embassy of Switzerland in Italy and the Istituto Svizzero, in collaboration with the European Governance and Politics Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre and the Cluster on Democracy in the 21st century.

In order to receive the zoom link please contact: rscas.conferences@eui.eu. It will also be possible to watch the livestream on Youtube on the day of the event.

Speakers:
Ambassador Rita Adam (Swiss Embassy in Rome)
Prof. Georg Kreis (University of Basel (CH))
Francesca Piazza (Segretario della Commissione Affari esteri e comunitari della Camera dei deputati)
Prof. Daniele Caramani (European Governance and Politics Programme – EUI)
Prof. Lucy Riall (EUI – HEC)

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May
26
Wed
The adoption of the EU’s Covid recovery plan @ Online
May 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Policy shift, legal engineering, and institutional transformation?
For this week’s EGPP Seminar Series, Prof. Bruno de Witte will discuss the Next Generation EU recovery plan as a major shift in EU economic policy, away from austerity and controls of national fiscal policy, towards the creation of a fiscal capacity at the European level through massive borrowing on the financial markets.

The adoption by the European Union of an economic recovery plan, amounting to 750 billion euro in direct subsidies and loans for all its member states, had the great merit of restoring confidence in the EU’s capacity to act in the face of major external challenges. The recovery plan (also known as Next Generation EU) is a major shift in EU economic policy, away from austerity and controls of national fiscal policy, towards the creation of a fiscal capacity at the European level through massive borrowing on the financial markets. The adoption of the programme required creative legal engineering, to exploit the available legal bases for EU action and comply with the legal constraints on EU public finances. Whether the recovery plan also causes a deep institutional transformation of the European Union, as is sometimes argued, is far less certain.

The presentation will be based on an article by the author that is forthcoming on 1 June in Common Market Law Review 2021, nr 3.

This event will take place on Zoom. Please register below to receive the link.

Speaker: Bruno de Witte

Chair: Daniele Caramani

 

Jun
2
Wed
Europe’s New Fiscal Union @ Online
Jun 2 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

EGPP Seminar Series: Research Seminar
Speaker: Pierre Schlosser

More information coming soon.

Jun
16
Wed
Covid-19: Resilience and adaptation of the EU’s legislative process @ Online
Jun 16 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

EGPP Seminar Series: Research Seminar
Speakers: Selma Bendjaballah & Valentin Kreilinger

More information coming soon.

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