"Transformations In The Middle East And North Africa – The EU’s Response" debate, June 2016 © European Parliament Research Service
A core feature of the Schuman Centre’s mission is to engage with the world of practice though high level policy dialogue and executive training. The model that has been developed over the years brings together academics and practitioners in mutually beneficial engagement in different formats - workshops, seminars, and restricted roundtables. The distinctive role that the European University Institute plays is to provide a European-level forum that is not regarded as belonging to any one member state. Since 2011, the Centre has held more than 20 Policy Dialogues.
The Florence School of Regulation interacts continuously with numerous Commission’s Directorate Generals, the European Parliament, agencies, national authorities and the private sector. For instance on 14 and 15 April 2016 the school held the fourth Vienna Forum on European Energy Law, a joint initiative between the Florence School of Regulation and the Energy Community Secretariat. It is an annual event designed to provide a platform for engagement and debate on the most relevant issues facing the EU and the energy community, and to promote knowledge and practice sharing.
All of the research in the Global Economics area of the Global Governance Programme has policy relevance. In 2014 research was presented to the World Trade Organisation’s Ambassadors in Geneva, the European Commission and policy audiences in various European capitals and Washington DC. For the first time in September 2016 the Schuman Centre also hosted the World Trade Forum conference.
Still in 2014 under the auspices of the Cultural Pluralism area of the Global Governance Programme, Professor Anna Triandafyllidou organised a high level policy workshop on Migrants and Minorities: Towards a Common Rights Framework?. The workshop brought together academics and representatives from European and international institutions such as the OSCE Commissioner on Minorities and the Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights.
For more details on the policy dialogue activities of the Global Governance Programme, please refer to their website.
Memorandum of Understanding with the European Parliament
The European University (EUI) Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Parliament (EP) in 2014, where it committed to two dialogues with the European Parliament each year. The Schuman Centre was asked to organise these so-called ‘EUI-EP Policy Roundtables’.
In December 2014 a first policy dialogue roundtable was organised on ‘The Institutional Significance of 2014 in the European Union’ with the participation of Brigid Laffan, Director of the Schuman Centre, Professor Thomas Christiansen and Professor Diego Garzia. The same year the European Citizen's Prize 2014 was also organised at the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence in collaboration with the Information Office of the European Parliament in Italy.
In May 2015 an EUI-EP Policy Roundtable took place on ‘Economic Governance in the EU’, with Pervenche Berès, European Parliament rapporteur on the review of the economic governance framework, Brigid Laffan and leading researchers in the area.
In December 2015 the focus was on ‘Higher Education in the EU: stocktaking and challenges’, seeking to share experiences between the world of academia and the world of policymakers regarding higher education in the EU. The keynote address was given by Joseph Weiler, President of the European University Institute, and the panels included experts from the Institute and the European Parliament.
On 14 June 2016 the EUI/EP Policy Roundtable discussion was on ‘Transformations In The Middle East And North Africa – The EU’s Response’ and focused on the current Syrian and Libyan conflicts, their impact on the neighbouring countries and the EU’s critical role in this scenario.
On 21 June 2016 another policy dialogue with the European Parliament centred around ‘Media Pluralism In the EU: Risks, Opportunities, Best Practices’, with the participation of Mairad McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Professor Luigi Parcu, Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom of the Schuman Centre.
On 7 November 2016 the EUI/EP Policy Roundtable discussion focussed on 'Evidence and Analysis in EU Policy-Making: Concepts, Practice and Governance' with the participation of Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Anthony Teasdale, Director-General, DG European Parliamentary Research Service, Wilhelm Lehman, EP Fellow at the Schuman Centre and Gaby Umbach, Visiting Fellow at the Global Governance Programme.
On 7 December 2016 the discussion was on 'The 1976 Electoral Act 40 Years On: History and significance for European democracy today', where MEP Jo Leinen, Co-Rapporteur on ‘The Reform of the Electoral Law of the European Union’, Committee on Constitutional Affairs, joined the debate from Brussels.