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News 2019-2020


14 December, 2020: Professor Stephanie Hofmann appointed as Joint Chair in International Relations

Professor Stephanie Hofmann of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies will join the EUI in September 2021, as the next Joint Chair in International Relations at the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) and the Robert Schuman Centre. 


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2 December, 2020: What Role for the European Parliament in the COVID-19 Crisis?

The Robert Schuman Centre hosted the "What Role for the European Parliament in the COVID-19 Crisis?” webinar as part of the EUI-funded project, “Democracy in Lockdown".

European Parliament members, Jan Olbrycht (MEP, EPP) and Klaus Welle (Secretary General of the European Parliament), and academics, Adrienne Héritier (Emeritus Professor, EUI) and Olivier Rozenberg (Associate Professor, Science Po Paris), discussed how COVID-19 might impact impact parliamentary roles in the long term. 


1 December, 2020: Media Facing the Pandemic. The Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom School for Journalists

The CMPF School for Journalists and Media Practitioners adapted to the circumstances of the pandemic, shifting to an online format over a period of 5 weeks, offering fresh challenges and new opportunities to connect over distances.

Learn more about the topics covered by the program and its webinars discussing the importance of media freedoms and regulations.



16 November, 2020: The Digital Markets Act: EU Competition Policy at a Crossroads

The European Commission is expected to publish a legislative proposal currently known as Digital Markets Act (DMA) in December 2020. 

The Florence Competition Programme (FCP) and the EU Competition Law and Policy Workshop, organised a joint-event to discuss how this future legislation could be and its impact on EU law.




12 November 2020: The 2020 US elections: grassroots activism, toxic legends and the abiding divide

On 10 November 2020, exactly one week after Election Day, and roughly 48 hours after Joe Biden was announced as the 46th President of the United States, we invited Professors Laura Stoker, Gary L. Gerstle, Federico Romero and Mario Del Pero to share their insights into what the elections results mean going forward.

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4 November 2020: Hot take on a nail-biter election

"Like millions of people across Europe, many Americans both inside and outside the United States are dismayed and disheartened by Trump’s level of support in this election. This year’s election makes clear that 2016 was not an aberration." 

Former fellow Richard Maher shares his views the day after the election as results are coming in.

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30 September 2020: The Yves Mény Annual Lecture: The EU’s Response to Brexit: Rapid, United and Effective

This year we were exceptionally honoured to feature Brigid Laffan, current Schuman Centre Director, as speaker and Yves Mény as discussant.


30 September 2020: Our Media Pluralism Monitor 2020: a Source for the EC's Rule of Law Report

In its Report the European Commission mentions the Media Pluralism Monitor 2020, a project developed by our Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom and published in July this year, as ‘an important source’.

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28 July 2020: An insider look at the Florence School of Regulation Energy Annual Training on the Regulation of Energy Utilities

FSR Energy's flagship training on the regulation of energy utilities has a long and successful story. This year, 18 years of regulatory experience will be condensed into the first online course of its kind.


23 July 2020: Launch of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2020 results

The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom Media Pluralism Monitor 2020 (MPM2020) is a scientific and holistic effort to document the health of media ecosystems, detailing threats to media pluralism and freedom in European Union member states and some candidate countries. The MPM2020 covers the years 2018-19.

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17 July 2020: The Florence Competition Programme 'Competition & Regulation in the Aftermath of COVID-19' webinar series

The FCP series of webinars on the impact of the coronavirus crisis on competition policy and regulation of digital markets in Europe ended with the webinar Telecom networks as an essential facility in times of COVID-19.

All events were recorded and are available to watch on their dedicated page.

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01 July 2020: The Migration Policy Centre Webinar Lockdown Webinar Series

The MPC closed its webinar series with a last discussion on Gender Based Violence and Migration in Times of Covid-1: Perspectives from across the globe

All past webinars are available to watch on the MPC dedicated page.

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29 June 2020: Daniele Caramani appointed as Ernst B. Haas Chair in European Governance and Politics

Daniele Caramani has been appointed as Ernst B. Haas Chair in European Governance and Politics at the Robert Schuman Centre as of 1 September 2020 - a position offered at the European University Institute for the first time. He will lead the European Governance and Politics Programme (EGPP) while being on special leave from the University of Zurich.

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18 June 2020: The French-German COVID-19 Recovery Plan

This online debate held by the European University Institute’s Florence School of Banking and Finance introduced and discussed the unprecedented French-German proposal of a grants-based Recovery Plan funded by a European Union borrowing capacity entrusted to the European Commission.

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16 June 2020: Commisioner Phil Hogan launches review of European Trade Policy

Bernard Hoekman, coordinator of the RESPECT project, in conversation with Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Trade, discussed the details of the Review of European Trade Policy process and how citizens and stakeholders can make their voices to help the Commission formulate the direction of EU trade policy going forward. .

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29 May 2020: Transparency for a Time of Crisis and Long-term Growth in the Middle East and North Africa

Daniel Lederman, from the World Bank group, joined the Middle East Directions Programme to discuss the importance of transparency on health and economic data in the MENA region during the Covid-19 crisis, to foster long-term growth.

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19 May 2020: Maarten Vink appointed as Chair in Citizenship Studies

Maarten Vink has been appointed to the Chair in Citizenship Studies at the Robert Schuman Centre from 1 September 2020. He will succeed Rainer Bauböck as Director of the ‘Global Citizenship’ research area within the Global Governance Programme (GGP). Maarten will be on special leave from Maastricht University where he is Professor of Political Science with a focus on Political Sociology.

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18 May 2020: EU and Trade Policy Coherence at Times of COVID19

On 18 May the RESPECT project, led by Prof. Bernard Hoekman, hosted an online panel which discussed patterns and prospects of trade policy strategies since the COVID19 crisis outbreak. Panellists focused on trade policy responses in Europe, their coherence across EU Member States and EU institutions, their implications for business, and their impact on developing countries.

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May 2020: Covid-19 projects

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, EUI launched a competitive selection to promote and fund new research across the humanities and social sciences. Five of the selected projects were proposed by Schuman Centre academics.


26 April 2020: Nicolas Petit appointed as Joint Chair Professor of Competition Law and Policy

Nicolas Petit, Joint Chair Professor of Competition Law and Policy, joined the Department of Law and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies earlier this year. 

Read about his work in this interview.


31 March 2020: Five EUI researchers receive ERC advanced grants

Five EUI research proposals received funding from the latest ERC call, two of them hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre.

On 31 March 2020, the ERC announced the 185 winners of its annual advanced grants competition. EUI researchers Youssef Cassis, Laura Lee Downs, Anton Hemerijck, Liesbet Hooghe and Glenda Sluga were among the researchers who were awarded five-year grants. Their projects address topics ranging from the memory of financial crises, the history and future of welfare, to polarisation and the economic ideas behind globalisation.



03 March 2020: Glenda Sluga appointed Joint Professor of International History and Capitalism

Professor Sluga will split her time between the Department of History and Civilization and the Robert Schuman Centre. Her work focuses on the intersecting challenges of economics, the environment, and Europe, bridging the gap between social scientists and historians. 
The Australian-Slovenian historian discusses re-writing women into history, and research from the periphery. 

March 2020: Launch of the Differentiation: Clustering Excellence (DiCE) Project

The European Governance and Politics Programme 'Differentiation: Clustering Excellence (DiCE)' project establishes a large, open and inclusive research network designed to ensure that state-of-the-art research on differentiation is translated into policy advice made accessible to policy-makers at European, national and regional levels.


24 Feb 2020: A Differentiated Europe Facing Brexit – What Can We Learn From ‘The Norway Model’? 

Norway’s EU affiliation is generally discussed under the heading of ‘external differentiation’. This very close affiliation is interesting given that the EU membership issue has been one of, if not the, most politically divisive issue in the postwar period. What are the factors and forces sustaining this arrangement? In this presentation, Prof. John Erik Fossum discussed this question with explicit reference to Brexit as well as with regard to the broader question of how the EU handles external forms of differentiation.

January 2020: The LIFE DICET project

LIFE DICET is a Florence School of Regulation Climate project, started last September 2019, supporting EU and Member State policymakers in cooperating for the development and possible integration of carbon markets. 


January 2020: The Migration Policy Centre OPAM Scientific Hub

The Migration Policy Centre's Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (OPAM) has created a new web tool that allows to see the effect of diverse factors on attitudes to immigration: the OPAM Scientific Hub.




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