Venues: European Parliament / European Commission
10:00 – 12:00
|Student visit of European Union institutions|
Venue: Committee of the Regions
Welcome address by Luc Van den Brande, vice-president of the Committee of the Regions
|13:30 – 15:30||
Seminar One: European and international studies
The position of Europe in a changing world: Facing a new neighbourhood
2011 has been an eventful and challenging year for EU external policy. The Arab revolutions have changed the face of Europe's neighbourhood, creating both hope and uncertainty. The EU's response has been slow; old divisions amongst member states have resurfaced, most prominently over Libya.
These developments have prompted a reform of the EU's neighbourhood policy, and the EU is now seeking to be more pro-active in support of democratic change. New instruments are being discussed - for example a European endowment for democracy - in a bid to assist civic and democratic forces abroad.
But as the EU's attention is absorbed by the debt crisis, are such policies for real? And is the EU's power of attraction still intact? Enlargement, the most tangible expression of that power, has stalled. Turkey, the most important membership candidate, is cooling to the prospect of joining the EU, and is instead promoting its own ‘soft power' in the Arab world (as well as the Balkans), with greater success than the EU.
The other main lever of EU influence - investment and aid - is also coming under strain as a result of the financial crisis.
Under such conditions, can the EU still pretend to be a global leader? Is the European External Action Service, one year after its launch, capable of stemming the erosion of EU influence abroad? And will the EU be able to shape the transformation of the Arab countries, or is it too late?
- Moderator: Toby Vogel, external affairs reporter, European Voice
|13:30 – 15:30||
Seminar Two: Business and Law
The potential of the digital economy for generating growth and new jobs is recognised by policymakers around the world. The EU has made the digital agenda one of its flagship projects to drive growth over the next decade. Despite the shared view of the importance of the digital economy, there are wide divergences among policymakers in the EU, the US and Asia over how to regulate this sector to maximise its growth potential and boost citizens' trust.
This seminar will look at the different attitudes to the digital economy in the EU, the US and Asia.
- Moderator: Simon Taylor, news editor, European Voice
|15:30 – 16:30||Post-seminar reception|
13th Annual EU Studies Education Fair
Venue: Area 42
|10:00 – 16:00||
Academic institutions present postgraduate programmes in EU Studies, International Relations, Business, Law and MBA's.
Address by Androulla Vassilliou, European Commissioner for education, culture, mulitlingualism and youth.
Venue: Area 42
|11:00 – 12:00||
Seminar One: What is ‘European Studies'?
• Dr David J. Galbreath, reader in politics and international relations, director of studies for MA politics programmes and euromasters, University of Bath
• Dr Tom Casier, senior lecturer in international relations, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent
• Cristian Nitoiu, PhD student in the departement of politics, history & international relations, University of Loughborough
• Dr Stijn Billiet, Assistant to Kathleen van Brempt MEP
|14:00 – 15:00||
Seminar Two: The European Job Market
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