EURINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES „ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA”  UNIVERSITY  Iași  ROMANIA
EURINT 2019 | European Union’s structural challenges: the way forward 17-18 May, 2019 Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania
EURINT proceedings
CES Working papers (11.3, 11.4)
Today’s global context brings about various insidious effects that weight heavily on EU’s security and stability. As such, over the last decade EU has been confronted with multiple challenges (e.g economic crisis, migrants’ crisis, Ukraine crisis, etc) that have become a key driver of uncertainty and have determined the European decision-makers to take very seriously the means and ways to boost EU’s resilience when designing policies and strategies. Additionally, should we consider the neorealists’ warnings about the shaking liberal world order, it becomes more imperative than ever for Europe to be prepared to face the future and find a way forward on its own. Within this context, the EURINT Conferences Series aims to foster and provide a proper context for mutual dialogue, joint knowledge and a better understanding of the challenges the EU faces in the current global context marred unprecedented shocks and challenges. Under the auspices of Romania’s Presidency of the European Union’s Council, the Centre for European Studies in cooperation with European Institute of Romania  organizes an international academic event which addresses those who show a genuine interest in enhancing their research skills in European studies and in contributing to developing a transnational network of contacts and cooperation. The event aims to transmit knowledge about EU’s opportunities and risks in today’s increasingly volatile global context and to draw together scholars, popular experts, civil society activists and decision-makers to encourage an exchange of views.
EURINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES „ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA”  UNIVERSITY  Iași  ROMANIA
EURINT 2019 | European Union’s structural challenges: the way forward 17-18 May, 2019 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 (11.3, 11.4)
EURINT proceedings