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Veranstaltungen 2015

Vienna Lecture on the European Union: "Reforming the EU's Economic and Monetary Union from a 'social investment perspective': Mission possible?" with Anton Hemerijck

Datum: 15.12.2015 | Zeit: 17:00| Einladung [pdf]

Ort:
Campus der Universität Wien, Aula, Hof 1.11, 1090 Wien

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Lecture: Anton Hemerijck (VU University Amsterdam/London School of Economics and Political Science)

Abstract:
The EU finds itself at a crossroads five years after the Euro crisis. Europe is in dire need of a growth strategy that is – all at once – economically viable, social just, and politically legitimate. Without a strategic focus on an inclusive labour markets and resilient welfare systems, easing employment transitions for working families, supported by human capital improvements and comprehensive safety net buffers, the EU economy risks becoming entrapped in secular stagnation. Given the major reforms in the architecture of EU economic governance (‘Six Pack’, ‘Fiscal Compact’, ‘Two Pack’) and the launch of the Social Investment Package as a strategic communication in 2013, the key question for this lecture is whether the new E(M)U macro-economic governance paradigm is intellectually and practically supportive of the social investment imperative to advance inclusive labour markets and resilient welfare systems.
The ‘short’ answer is ‘no’, but the ‘long’ and more positive answer is that with the publication of the 2013 communication, the social investment genie is out of the bottle. As the status quo reform triad of fiscal austerity, social retrenchment and quantitative easing remains suboptimal and unstable, policy attention is bound to shift gears towards evidence of social investment reform “crowding in” private economy initiative through high employment and productivity returns. This opens up a vista, contingent on EU administrative support and domestic political mobilization, for embedding more resilient and inclusive social investment reforms in the European Semester to ensure the long-term stability and legitimacy of E(M)U.

Comments:
Karl Aiginger (Austrian Institute of Economic Research WIFO)
Yuri Albert Kyrill Kazepov (Department of Sociology, University of Vienna)

Moderator:
Gerda Falkner (Institute and Platform for European Integration Research, University of Vienna)

Präsentation Prof. Hemerijck (PDF)

 

EIF Lunchtime Seminar

The debate on access to social benefits for economically non-active mobile EU citizens: The Austrian perspective - Input Statement by Veronika Pollak

Datum: 30.11.2015 | Zeit: 12:00| Einladung [pdf]

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Abstract:

Access to social benefits by mobile European Union (EU) citizens has been widely discussed in recent years. It’s a highly sensitive political topic, as it touches upon questions of solidarity and national sovereignty. While such debate is not new to European Union politics, the economic crisis, pressures on the social budgets of member states and the end of transition rules on the freedom of movement of Bulgarian and Romania workers, have led to a resurgence of public debates on ‘welfare tourism’.
The lunchtime seminar will take a look at this debate from an Austrian perspective: What is the position that Austria takes on this topic in the Council of the EU? Who was included in the EU-position formation process at the national level? And finally, could Austria successfully defend its position at the EU level?

 

EIF Lunchtime Seminar

‘Opposing’ in the Council of the EU and its effects on the transposition of Directives - Input Statement by Brigitte Pircher

Datum: 23.11.2015 | Zeit: 12:00| Einladung [pdf]

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Abstract:

In the Council of the EU a qualified majority is mostly required to adopt legislative acts. Based on this majority rule, individual member states can be outvoted and are nonetheless later forced to implement the law. Recent studies in compliance research have examined the correlation between EU decision making and the implementation process. However, little is known of the extent to which being outvoted in the Council may affect the transposition process. This seminar discusses this question by using the example of Austria. The analysis of twelve Directives where Austria was outvoted, the corresponding decision-making processes and actual transposition performance will be presented in the seminar.

 

EIF Lunchtime Seminar

Ukraine and the European Union: Perspectives for cooperation - Input Statement by Oksana Krayevska

Datum: 09.11.2015 | Zeit: 12:30| Einladung [pdf]

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Abstract:

The process of the EU enlargement caused that the Ukraine became a direct neighbour to the EU. This political situation in the EUUkraine relations mostly determines the character of these relations and the perspectives of Ukraine’s future development. It is in the core interest of the EU to have an independent, politically stable and economically strong Ukraine as a neighbour. The perspective of the EU-Ukraine cooperation in different spheres of the European integration process and the realization of an integrative direction of Ukraine’s foreign policy will be discussed.

 

EIF Lunchtime Seminar

The reform of EU asylum policy: An adequate response to the refugee crisis? - Input Statement by Florian Trauner

Datum: 20.10.2015 | Zeit: 14:00| Einladung [pdf]

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Abstract:

The unprecedented rise of refugees arriving on European soil has been a great challenge for the European Union (EU). A fair refugeeburden sharing scheme and solidarity within the EU have become often heard demands in countries strongly exposed to the arrival of new refuges such as Austria and Germany. Yet, what is the EU’s response to the refugee crisis as a whole? Does the emergence of a resettlement plan within Europe indicate a major shift in EU asylum policy? What is the future of the Dublin asylum system supposedly allocating responsibility for asylum seekers in the EU?

The lunchtime seminar will deal with these questions, thereby embedding the EU’s response to the refuge crisis in a wider context.

 

EIF Lunchtime Seminar

Results of Eurozone summit - Input Statement by Gerda Falkner

Datum: 13.07.2015 | Zeit: 12:30|

Ort: Seminarraum EIF, Strohgasse 45, 1030 Wien, Dachgeschoss

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Abstract:

Below are a few hints to the relevant dynamics outside prime media attention so far and links to the most recent EIF media activities around this crucial moment of Eurozone (dis-)integration. In short, the Heads of State and Government have, after 17 hrs of negotiation, agreed upon conditions for Greece to stay in the Eurozone. Implications are tremendous not only in economic and financial terms but also for multi-level governance and democracy in Europe. From the Greek perspective, evaluation will hinge on the fact and details of the debt restructuring to be agreed upon after a first evaluation of the programme (and that will be the 'litmus test' of the seemingly so unfortunate referendum). From the German perspective, Merkel's remark to journalists today that a Grexit could only have happened with Greek agreement is noteworthy. Here the links and summaries of EIF TV presence during the last few days: http://eif.univie.ac.at/news/index.php

 

EIF Lunchtime Seminar

Accounting for global exit from the EU's decision trap - Input Statement by Zdenek Kudrna and Patrick Müller

Datum: 22.06.2015 | Zeit: 12:30| Einladung [pdf]

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Abstract:

Accounting for global exit from the EU's decision trap The multi-level system of the European Union's governance increasingly interacts with the global level of policy-making. This paper analyzes the effects of these interactions on the prevalence of the joint-decision trap in the EU. It employs the case study of the adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards to illustrate the opportunities for a 'global exit' from the EU's decision traps that build on compensations through synergistic linkages, legitimation of global policies and delegation of policy-making to alternative venues. Interactions with the global level allow the Commission to adopt the strategy of 'harmonizing globally to harmonize internally' that has enabled the EU to overcome policy disagreements among member states. At the same time, the analysis explains the puzzle of why the EU keeps a global standard-setting body – the International Accounting Standards Board – integrated within its governance framework despite a relative failure of the global harmonization and presence of the viable EU-level alternative.

 

EIF Lunchtime Seminar

The European Citizens' Initiative: The case of 'right2water' - Input Statement by Jakob Luger

The reintroduction of border controls: Schengen as a sacrifice for 'national security'? - Input Statement by Stefanie Rieder

Datum: 16.06.2015 | Zeit: 12:30| Einladung [pdf]

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Abstract:
The European Citizens' Initiative: The case of 'right2water'

This master´s thesis analyses the participatory potential of the European Citizens´ Initiative (ECI) in comparison to other channels of political participation of citizens at European level. For this purpose the theoretical concept of "Opportunity Structures for Citizens´ Participation" (OSCP) by Michael Nentwich is used. This concept allows the comparative characterization of all means that enable citizens to participate in EU-politics. Based on this theoretical analysis the thesis reveals the current state of the “political opportunity structure” (POS) within the EU and it shows in how far the European Citizens’ Initiative changes the POS. Basically, using the ECI citizens can set the formal agenda at EU-level and on different levels they can intervene in the EU-policy-process. However, the POS of the EU stays strongly exclusive. Given the high financial and logistic efforts it takes to organize a European Citizens´ Initiative, it seems rather likely that civil society organizations will take over the initiation and implementation of an ECI.
In the second part of this thesis the case study of "right2water" makes clear that the core objectives of an ECI are hard to be implemented. However, some political impact can be seen at European as well as at national level. Among further initiatives the European Commission has undertaken a public consultation concerning the "Drinking Water Directive". Another example is the referendum in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, where the population voted against the privatization of the public water service company. This referendum was mainly organized by trade unionists of the "right2water" coalition and implemented against the will of the Greek government and the Troika. "right2water" clearly shows the importance of civil society organizations – like trade unions or NGOs – to support an ECI as they often have the resources to organize a successful campaign.

Abstract:
The reintroduction of border controls: Schengen as a sacrifice for 'national security'?

The purpose of this work is to investigate, whether the legal conditions for reintroducing internal border controls within the safety clause have been restricted or extended through the Schengen-Reform by the end of 2013. This paper therefore not only examined the development of the safety clause, but also compared the reform demands of the involved players with the achieved end results by illustrating two case studies on the reintroduction of border controls. The result showed that on the one hand legal possibilities to reintroduce internal border controls have been extended by adding a new safety clause; but on the other hand have been restricted by procedural requirements – which in total may not be qualified as a spill-back in the European integration process.

 

Kooperationsveranstaltung mit dem Institut für Europarecht, Internationales Recht und Rechtsvergleichung:

EU Democracy and Transnational Law-Importance of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
mit  Prof. Dr. Matej Avbelj (Graduate School of Government and European Studies Slovenia); Einführung Univ.-Prof. Dr. Verica Trstenjak

Datum: 09.06.2015 | Zeit: 12:00 | Einladung [pdf]

Ort:
Juridicum, Seminarraum 51, 1. Stiege, 5. Stock, Schottenbastei 10-16,1010 Wien

 

Vienna Lecture on the European Union: How and why international organizations develop mechanisms for the protection of human rights

Datum: 23.03.2015 | Zeit: 17:00 | Einladung [pdf]

Ort:
Campus der Universität Wien, Aula, Hof 1.11, 1090 Wien

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Lecture:
Michael Zürn (Berlin Social Science Center)

Content:
The policies of European and international institutions today directly impact the lives of individuals ever more often. In doing so, these institutions occasionally violate human rights and thus fail to do justice to standards of legitimacy with which they are expected to conform. We show in this contribution that international und European organizations, in order to (re-)legitimize themselves, establish provisions which should guarantee they do not violate human rights and which should provide affected individuals avenues for complaint.
However, the development of human rights protection provisions does not follow the logic of normative functionalism. Rather, different international institutions develop provisions of different quality.
Moreover, the evolution of these provisions can be traced back to different causal mechanisms, in which the parliaments of the dominant member states of the international organization, the international courts, a coalition of putative weak, i.e. like-minded actors, or forward-looking actors within the organization provide decisive input. Of these four causal mechanisms, the court driven one seems to produce the best protection of individual rights.

Comments:
Ulrich Brand (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna)

Monika Mayrhofer
(Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights)

Moderator:
Gerda Falkner (Institute and Platform for European Integration Research, University of Vienna)

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Kooperationsveranstaltungen mit dem Institut für Europarecht, Internationales Recht und Rechtsvergleichung:

Promoting Austrian goods in light of the EU internal market principles
mit Prof. Dr. Janja Hojnik (Universität Maribor); Einführung Univ.-Prof. Dr. Verica Trstenjak

Datum: 23.03.2015 | Zeit: 12:30 | Einladung [pdf]

Ort:
Juridicum, Saal U16, 1. UG, Schottenbastei 10-16,1010 Wien

 

 

Panel Discussion: The EU in Crisis: Effects in different policy areas

Datum: 26.01.2015 | Zeit: 17:00 | Einladung [pdf]

Ort:
Campus der Universität Wien, Aula, Hof 1.11, 1090 Wien

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Abstract:

European integration is in a time of crisis: The breakdown of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered a banking and sovereign debt crisis that turned into an economic and political crisis that not only, but particularly, affected the EU – which in parallel also encountered unforeseen problems in its near neighborhood and transatlantic relations. This has a profound impact on different EU policies. The Institute for European Integration Research has therefore initiated a major collaborative project comparing the effects of the euro crisis, in a wide sense, on the EU’s various policy domains, including financial market integration, health, migration, research, energy, foreign and state aid policies.
The panel will present the main findings of the project as well as related research by international scholars, and will debate major aspects from an interdisciplinary angle: What is the crisis’ effect on EU decision-making? Can heightened functional pressures have a facilitating effect and open up “joint-decision traps”? In other words, can the governments find consensus more easily under time pressure and looming disaster? Has the crisis impacted the most central EU policies and, if so, in constraining or enabling ways? Additionally, how much has solidarity been affected in times of crisis?

Panel statements:

Brigid Laffan (European University Institute, Florence): Public finance in Europe in the shadow of the crisis
Michèle Knodt (Technical University of Darmstadt): Solidarity in the EU Zdenek Kudrna (Institute for European Integration Research, University of Vienna): Financial market regulation - source of and solution to crucial challenges?
Gerda Falkner (Institute for European Integration Research, University of Vienna): Comparing policies with regards to the crisis

Discussant: Robert Rebhahn (Faculty of Law, University of Vienna)

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