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THE EU'S CURRENT CRISIS: Towards a multi-speed Euro zone

Date: 13.12.2011 | Time: 17:00 | Invitation [pdf]

Place:
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sitzungssaal, 1. Stock
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien: Wegbeschreibung

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The ongoing crisis is forcing Euro zone member states to strengthen economic governance, although not all of them may be willing and/or able to implement new measures. This increases the risk of the multi-speed EMU/EU and creates new challenges for its governance. The new member states all accepted the commitment to join the EMU, but ongoing reforms induce them to rethink their commitment and postpone their decisions, perhaps indefinitely. This panel summarizes recent and forthcoming developments in EMU governance and draws implications for the current and prospective Euro zone members alike.

 

Panel Discussion:
Europeanization? Lessons from the case of Greece

Date: 30.11.2011 | Time: 17:00 | Invitation [pdf]

Place:
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sitzungssaal, 1. Stock
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien: Wegbeschreibung

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Panelists:

Paolo Graziano (Bocconi University, Milano):
The political science concept of "Europeanization" and some findings from Southern Europe

Zoe Lefkofridi (visiting researcher, Stanford University, US):
Clientelism, populism, political parties: Theory, and Greek practice

Gerda Falkner (Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Vienna):
A political system on trial: Greece and the European Court of Justice

 

Multi-level governance and partnership in EU cohesion policy

Datum: 29-30 November 2011 | Call for papers [pdf]

Ort:
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sitzungssaal
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien: Wegbeschreibung

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We are pleased to invite contributions to the Workshop on "Multi-level governance and partnership in EU cohesion policy", which will be hosted by EIF and take place on 29-30 November 2011. The workshop is the first out of three workshops organized as part of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) Research Network on "Effectiveness, Added Value and Future of EU Cohesion Policy" in collaboration with CERI -Sciences Po Paris and European Policies Research Centre (University of Strathclyde). Please see the call for papers for more details. The deadline for the call is 31 August 2011.

 

VIENNA LECTURE ON THE EUROPEAN UNION:
Europe and Its Empires: From Rome to the European Union

Public lecture by Gary Marks ,
Burton Craige Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chair in Multilevel Governance, VU Amsterdam

Date: 17.10.2011 | Time: 17:00 | Invitation [pdf]

Place:
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sitzungssaal, 1. Stock
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien: How to get there

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Multilevel governance can be understood as an attempt to reap scale while adapting government to local and regional self-rule. This essay engages scale and community where they are most in tension-in empires. Empires are interesting for a political scientist precisely because they confront, in an extreme way, a tension that exists in any polity composed of multiple communities. Just as an astronomer might look for clues to the life of stars by examining supernovae, so empires provide natural experiments in the life of large, diverse, polities.

 

VIENNA LECTURE ON THE EUROPEAN UNION:
EU Environmental Policy: The Challenges of Accession

Public lecture by Tanja Börzel,
Freie Universität Berlin

Date: 18.05.2011 | Time: 17:00 | Invitation [pdf]

Place:
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sitzungssaal, 1. Stock
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien: How to get there

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Accession to the EU is both a blessing and a curse to the transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The implementation of EU policies supports their transformation from authoritarian regimes with centralized planned economies into liberal democracies with market economies. However, they face great difficulties in restructuring their institutions in order to meet the conditions for EU membership. This is particularly true for environmental policy, where the need for effective policies is as high as are the financial and administrative burdens to set up new and stricter regulation. The EU provides comprehensive environmental regulation; yet, the adoption of the green acquis runs into serious problems concerning the effectiveness and the legitimacy of EU policies. These problems cannot simply be solved by invoking EU conditionality, since these countries are weak states that often lack the administrative capacity rather than the political willingness to effectively implement EU policies. Therefore, so-called new modes of governance that seek to involve business and civil society in policy were expected to emerge promoting the effective adoption of the acquis. New modes of governance would help provide the accession countries with important resources necessary to make EU policies work.

Yet, we hardly find new modes of governance in CEE countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007. Traditional command-and-control approaches tend to prevail, because the state is weaker in post-communist transition countries than in Western industrialized democracies. Unlike in the EU's older member states, the governments of CEE accession countries have not been strong enough to induce industry to cooperate on voluntary self-regulation or public-private co-regulation. Nor could governments always deliver the agreements reached with business and civil society in the implementation of EU policies. The weakness of CEE countries has resulted in a serious paradox– the stronger the need for new modes of governance to compensate weak state capacities in the implementation of EU policies, the less likely they are to emerge and to be effective, precisely because states are weak.

 

VIENNA LECTURE ON THE EUROPEAN UNION:
Justice and Home Affairs in a Globalised World:
The EU's Ambitions and Reality

Public lecture by Marise Cremona,
Head of Department of Law, European University Institute

Date: 21.03.2011 | Time: 17:00 | Invitation [pdf]

Place:
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sitzungssaal, 1. Stock
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Wien: How to get there

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The EU´s policy on Justice and Home Affairs has as its objective the establishment of the Union as `an area of freedom, security and justice with respect for fundamental rights and the different legal systems and traditions of the Member States´. How does this essentially internal objective translate into international action? How does the Union respond, in an internal policy field, to external challenges? This paper will assess the ambitions and the reality of the external dimension of the EU´s policy of Justice and Home Affairs from two perspectives. The first is the close link between internal and external objectives and policies, and the implications for both EU competence and policy priorities. The second is the progressive constitutionalisation of the JHA field, its transformation from inter- governmental cooperation into a policy domain subject to the political and judicial accountability of ordinary legislative procedures. The paper is structured around a case study of the negotiation, renegotiation and eventual conclusion of the EU-US Agreement on the transfer of financial messaging data for the purpose of combating terrorism (the `SWIFT´ Agreement), and in particular the interplay thereby revealed (i) between different regulatory approaches to data protection in the context of international commercial transactions and the needs of private commercial undertakings; (ii) between different (EU) institutional actors in the context of international action against terrorism where the EU needs to be seen as an effective actor and partner of the US; and (iii) between the needs of public security and the need to provide against the risk of breaches of individual rights of data protection and privacy through the misuse of security-based powers.

 

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