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IEP Annual Conference: The Future of Europe — Questions, Concepts and Actors

The IEP Annual Conference fosters the exchange between academics and practitioners. The 2022 Annual Conference “The Future of Europe: Questions, Concepts and Actors” focuses on the topics: “EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policy; Rule of Law; EU Economy; and EU Climate Policy.

Thursday, 29 September 2022 02:00 pm – Friday, 30 September 2022 12:30 pm

This event is in the past.

The IEP Annual Conference is an academic conference organised annually with the Academic Advisory Board of IEP. After two years of virtual meetings and online events, the Conference will again take place as on-site event in Berlin. The overarching goal of the conference is to communicate clearly and extensively Germany’s European policy in the context of the elections in Germany (2021), France, Hungary and the upcoming elections in Italy (2022) as well as the implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine for the EU. Specifically, participants will discuss the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy with regard to the watershed moment (“Zeitenwende”), the protection of the rule of law within the EU, the EU economy, and the EU’s ability to advance climate action.

The aim of the conference is to allow the exchange between invited academics and practitioners. Young as well as experienced academics will reflect together with representatives from European politics and civil society on European policy challenges and develop common solutions to topical essential questions.

Panel Overview:

The Future of the EU’s Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

Russia’s war against Ukraine in 2022 has made the risk of a war in the EU real. In order to guarantee peace and security within and beyond the borders of the EU, EU member states still have to reinforce the Strategic Compass through more effective implementation. At the same time, EU countries have to work more closely together within NATO and strengthen further the EU’s strategic autonomy. The EU has yet to take concrete steps to be a Europe that takes responsibility for itself against global threats.

The Future of the Rule of Law in Europe: What does it take?

Despite the generally pro-EU and pro-democratic views maintained by their populations, Hun-gary, just like Poland, continuously violates the rule of law, undermines minority rights and me-dia freedom as well as facilitates corruption, which is also a significant problem in Bulgaria. All measures previously applied by European institutions to curb the rule of law erosion in Hungary and Poland failed. Against this backdrop, the Commission, following the pressure from the Eu-ropean Parliament, is for the first time employing the rule of law conditionality mechanism. It remains an open question whether the current institutional set-up is sufficient to counter effec-tively rule of law violations within the EU.

The Future of the EU’s Economy

Russia’s war against Ukraine and the resulting sanctions from the EU present growth and fiscal challenges globally and renewed threats of divergence among Eurozone members. As already witnessed during the pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine is another external shock that will im-pact the bloc of EU members differently depending on national economies. The EU’s energy market dependency from Russia and growing inflation call for united and sustainable decisions, for example by extending joint borrowing programmes initiated during the pandemic or by re-deploying COVID-19 recovery funds.

The Future of EU’s Climate Policy: Internal and External Challenges

The EU has to face both internal as well as external challenges when it comes to its climate pol-icy. Despite recent agreements on the legislative proposals in the ‘Fit for 55’ package and new strategies such as the REPowerEU Plan of May 2022, an exacerbated climate crisis and rising en-ergy prices call for further rapid reform measures. Other measures, the ʿgreen taxonomyʾ in par-ticular, continue to be heavily debated in EU institutions and among Member States. The EU's path to achieving its long-ago agreed climate targets is paved with internal disagreements. At the same time, the EU needs to advance global action through climate diplomacy and cooperation initiatives, in order to ensure the effectiveness of development cooperation while building capacity to support partner countries in their efforts to achieve climate goals.

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About the Annual Conference in Cooperation with the Academic Advisory Board project: The IEP Annual Conference offers a space to promote the exchange between academics and practitioners and to discuss scientific analyses of the EU in a practice-oriented way.

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