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 Today’s   European   Union   (EU)   is   being   confronted   with   both   economic   and political   challenges.   The   economic   challenges   are   associated   with   the post-crisis   recovery,   while   the   political   challenges   stem   from   the   rise   of nationalism   which   has   recently   hit   the   EU.   Against   this   background,   the Centre   for   European   Studies   within   Alexandru   Ioan   Cuza   University,   is organizing   the   sixth   edition   of   EURINT,   which   will   focus   on   the   resilience capacity of the EU to react to these challenges. Resilience   is   a   concept   which   has   increasingly   been   used   in   the   general public   discourse,   as   well   as   within   the   EU   debates   in   relation   to   economic development,    but    also    to    the    security    and    defence    issues.    Moreover, various   organizations   and   agencies,   research   institutes   and   experts   in various    areas    are    proposing    resilience    analyses    as    being    the    most appropriate   alternative   to   replace   other   key   concepts   in   designing   the European   and   national   policies.   This   is   due   to   the   resilience   capacity   to accommodate   the   multitude   of   factors   and   conditions   that   influence   long- term   growth   and   development   in   a   systemic   approach.   After   the   recent economic   crisis,   most   of   the   European   countries   did   not   manage   to   get back   on   the   growth   path,   and   they   are   still   facing   a   sluggish   growth. Understanding   the   factors   that   foster   /   undermine   economic   resilience   is the key to a faster recovery.  Besides   the   economic   issues,   further   challenges   have   emerged,   testing the   EU’s   cohesion.   The   refugee   crisis   forced   the   EU   to   deal   with   huge refugee   inflows   escaping   conflict   in   their   country,   which   has   generated internal   concerns   over   how   to   deal   best   with   resettling   people.   Soon   after, the   Brexit   referendum   has   further   challenged   the   EU’s   internal   stability and questioned the viability of the European project on the long-term. Therefore,   faced   with   the   current   economic   crisis   affecting   the   European economies,   and   considering   the   pitfalls   of   the   overall   integration   process and   its   own   legitimacy,   the   Union   itself   must   become   not   only   ’smarter’, more    inclusive    and    more    sustainable,    but    also    more    resilient,    more capable of reacting to different internal and external shocks. Topics 'We   welcome   both   theoretical   and   empirical   papers   which   could   fit   the following themes: The   relevance   of   the   resilience   concept   for   developing   EU   and national policies Research   themes:   Empirical   methods   for   assessing   the   resilience capacity;   Developing   new   approaches   for   the   resilience   capacity analysis;   Building   resilience   for   a   more   reacting   Europe;   East   vs. 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? Research   themes:   How   can   the   EU   boost   its   competitiveness?; Reducing   the   administrative   burden   and   increase   the   EU   funds effectiveness;   Reducing   the   young   population   unemployment   by easing   their   transition   to   the   labour   market;   Reducing   the   Brexit shock   spread   effects;   Fighting   for   the   free   trade   (signing   the   TTIP); Reducing regional development gaps across the EU
CES Working papers (special issue)
EURINT proceedings