EURINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES „ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA”  UNIVERSITY  Iași  ROMANIA
EURINT 2018 | Reflecting on Europe’s (dis)order: scenarios for the EU’s future 18-19 May, 2018 Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania
EURINT proceedings
CES Working papers (special issue)
CONFERENCE RATIONALE & TOPICS During the last year, the European Union has faced unprecedented challenges (Brexit, the rise of populism, the devaluation of EU-USA relations) which have represented both a test and an alarm sign for future threats. These challenges have shifted the ordinary political and economic paradigms and have created a new state of affairs for the EU, as well as for its partners. Therefore, new policies are required to help address the urgent economic, political and social challenges. Current strategies are being questioned while new perspectives of the European and global economy are emerging. During his State of the Union Address on 13 September 2017, President Jean-Claude Juncker signalled the opportunity for broader reforms in the European Union, in order to reach a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union. An imperative necessity to re-evaluate the aspects of European policies is observed all across the EU, while, at the same time, this observation process has to take place in relation to the national and international economic dynamics. While the importance of academic research is well recognised, the transposition of the results from the academia to the regional, national, or European policies requires involvement and mutual cooperation. The organisers of EURINT 2018 believe that bringing together a wide and diversified audience from the academia, policy makers, and practitioners will engage the participants in fruitful debate, and facilitate mutual understanding. As such, the aim of the EURINT 2018 Conference is to bring additional insights and also to come up with valuable ideas which could contribute to a reassessment of the European policies. By providing updates on the state-of- the-art methodological approaches, the conference will offer the opportunity to rethink and define new strategic directions for the European Union. While covering the European Union as a whole, the conference will particularly focus on the Central and Eastern European space (including the Eastern Partnership states and Russia) and will allow hands-on exchange of ideas and experiences. The conference will comprise lectures delivered by international academic experts, followed by round tables with stakeholders who are not necessarily involved in the academic field - policy-makers, civil society activists, and professionals – which will address specific topics on Cross-Border Cooperation. Topics We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers which could fit the following themes: •Cross-Border Cooperation at EU’s eastern borderlands: current challenges and futures perspectives •Towards a new policy on migration •A new boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment •A connected (The) Digital Single Market •Climate Change Policy in the European Union •A deeper and fairer Internal Market •There is a European area of justice and fundamental rights based on mutual respect? •EU – a stronger global actor •The Economic and Monetary Union today •PESCO: A Europe that defends? •A Union of democratic change •Rethinking Europe’s Identity: Solidarity versus the Rise of Nationalism The EURINT 2018 was organised by Centre for European Studies of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University within “European Dialogues” campaign dedicated to the preparation of Romania's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event is organised in partnership with: European Institute of Romania [Institutul European din România], Ministry of Foreign Affairs [Ministerul Afacerilor Externe], North-East Regional Development Agency [Agenția pentru Dezvoltare Nord-Est], Embassy of the Republic of Poland [Ambasada Republicii Polone la București], Siret-Prut-Nistru Euroregion Association [Asociația Euroregiunea Siret-Prut-Nistru], The Romanian Association of International Relations and European Studies [Asociaţia Română de Relaţii Internaţionale şi Studii Europene].
EURINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES „ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA”  UNIVERSITY  Iași  ROMANIA
EURINT 2018 | Reflecting on Europe’s (dis)order: scenarios for the EU’s future 18-19 May, 2018 Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania
CONFERENCE RATIONALE & TOPICS
CONFERENCE RATIONALE & TOPICS T o d a y s   E u r o p e a n   U n i o n   ( E U )   i s   b e i n g   c o n f r o n t e d   w i t h   b o t h   e c o n o m i c   a n d   p o l i t i c a l   c h a l l e n g e s .   T h e   e c o n o m i c   c h a l l e n g e s   a r e   a s s o c i a t e d   w i t h   t h e   p o s t - c r i s i s   r e c o v e r y ,   w h i l e   t h e   p o l i t i c a l   c h a l l e n g e s   s t e m   f r o m   t h e   r i s e   o f   n a t i o n a l i s m   w h i c h   h a s   r e c e n t l y   h i t   t h e   E U .   A g a i n s t   t h i s   b a c k g r o u n d ,   t h e   C e n t r e   f o r   E u r o p e a n   S t u d i e s   w i t h i n   A l e x a n d r u   I o a n   C u z a   U n i v e r s i t y ,   i s   o r g a n i z i n g   t h e   s i x t h   e d i t i o n   o f   E U R I N T ,   w h i c h   w i l l   f o c u s   o n   t h e   r e s i l i e n c e   capacity of the EU to react to these challenges. R e s i l i e n c e   i s   a   c o n c e p t   w h i c h   h a s   i n c r e a s i n g l y   b e e n   u s e d   i n   t h e   g e n e r a l   p u b l i c   d i s c o u r s e ,   a s   w e l l   a s   w i t h i n   t h e   E U   d e b a t e s   i n   r e l a t i o n   t o   e c o n o m i c   development,   but   also   to   the   security   and   defence   issues.   Moreover, v a r i o u s   o r g a n i z a t i o n s   a n d   a g e n c i e s ,   r e s e a r c h   i n s t i t u t e s   a n d   e x p e r t s   i n   various   areas   are   proposing   resilience   analyses   as   being   the   most a p p r o p r i a t e   a l t e r n a t i v e   t o   r e p l a c e   o t h e r   k e y   c o n c e p t s   i n   d e s i g n i n g   t h e   E u r o p e a n   a n d   n a t i o n a l   p o l i c i e s .   T h i s   i s   d u e   t o   t h e   r e s i l i e n c e   c a p a c i t y   t o   a c c o m m o d a t e   t h e   m u l t i t u d e   o f   f a c t o r s   a n d   c o n d i t i o n s   t h a t   i n f l u e n c e   l o n g - t e r m   g r o w t h   a n d   d e v e l o p m e n t   i n   a   s y s t e m i c   a p p r o a c h .   A f t e r   t h e   r e c e n t   e c o n o m i c   c r i s i s ,   m o s t   o f   t h e   E u r o p e a n   c o u n t r i e s   d i d   n o t   m a n a g e   t o   g e t   back   on   the   growth   path,   and   they   are   still   facing   a   sluggish   growth. U n d e r s t a n d i n g   t h e   f a c t o r s   t h a t   f o s t e r   /   u n d e r m i n e   e c o n o m i c   r e s i l i e n c e   i s   the key to a faster recovery.  B e s i d e s   t h e   e c o n o m i c   i s s u e s ,   f u r t h e r   c h a l l e n g e s   h a v e   e m e r g e d ,   t e s t i n g   t h e   E U s   c o h e s i o n .   T h e   r e f u g e e   c r i s i s   f o r c e d   t h e   E U   t o   d e a l   w i t h   h u g e   r e f u g e e   i n f l o w s   e s c a p i n g   c o n f l i c t   i n   t h e i r   c o u n t r y ,   w h i c h   h a s   g e n e r a t e d   i n t e r n a l   c o n c e r n s   o v e r   h o w   t o   d e a l   b e s t   w i t h   r e s e t t l i n g   p e o p l e .   S o o n   a f t e r ,   t h e   B r e x i t   r e f e r e n d u m   h a s   f u r t h e r   c h a l l e n g e d   t h e   E U s   i n t e r n a l   s t a b i l i t y   a n d   q u e s t i o n e d   t h e   v i a b i l i t y   o f   t h e   E u r o p e a n   p r o j e c t   o n   t h e   l o n g - t e r m .   T h e r e f o r e ,   f a c e d   w i t h   t h e   c u r r e n t   e c o n o m i c   c r i s i s   a f f e c t i n g   t h e   E u r o p e a n   e c o n o m i e s ,   a n d   c o n s i d e r i n g   t h e   p i t f a l l s   o f   t h e   o v e r a l l   i n t e g r a t i o n   p r o c e s s   a n d   i t s   o w n   l e g i t i m a c y ,   t h e   U n i o n   i t s e l f   m u s t   b e c o m e   n o t   o n l y   s m a r t e ,   more   inclusive   and   more   sustainable,   but   also   more   resilient,   more capable of reacting to different internal and external shocks. Topics ' W e   w e l c o m e   b o t h   t h e o r e t i c a l   a n d   e m p i r i c a l   p a p e r s   w h i c h   c o u l d   f i t   t h e   following themes: The   relevance   of   the   resilience   concept   for   developing   EU   and national policies R e s e a r c h   t h e m e s :   E m p i r i c a l   m e t h o d s   f o r   a s s e s s i n g   t h e   r e s i l i e n c e   c a p a c i t y ;   D e v e l o p i n g   n e w   a p p r o a c h e s   f o r   t h e   r e s i l i e n c e   c a p a c i t y   a n a l y s i s ;   B u i l d i n g   r e s i l i e n c e   f o r   a   m o r e   r e a c t i n g   E u r o p e ;   E a s t   v s .   West   –   a   spatial   approach   on   resilience;   the   normative   role   of resilience   -   enclosing   resilience   on   policy   design;   How   can resilience guide the action of the EU? The resilience of EU actorness Research   themes:   European   Neighbourhood   Policy,   Eastern Partnership, EU- USA relations, EU – Russia relations, etc. How can the EU kick / bust its sluggish economy? R e s e a r c h   t h e m e s :   H o w   c a n   t h e   E U   b o o s t   i t s   c o m p e t i t i v e n e s s ? ;   R e d u c i n g   t h e   a d m i n i s t r a t i v e   b u r d e n   a n d   i n c r e a s e   t h e   E U   f u n d s   e f f e c t i v e n e s s ;   R e d u c i n g   t h e   y o u n g   p o p u l a t i o n   u n e m p l o y m e n t   b y   e a s i n g   t h e i r   t r a n s i t i o n   t o   t h e   l a b o u r   m a r k e t ;   R e d u c i n g   t h e   B r e x i t   s h o c k   s p r e a d   e f f e c t s ;   F i g h t i n g   f o r   t h e   f r e e   t r a d e   ( s i g n i n g   t h e   T T I P ) ;   Reducing regional development gaps across the EU
CES Working papers (special issue)
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