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Policy Dialogues held in 2018

Global Governance


The largest platform in the field of global economics related to the European University Institute is the World Trade Forum, which in September hosted more than 100 trade practitioners and scholars, government officials, and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations.

In April, the Global Governance Programme held a policy workshop on ‘Addressing Rising Antisemitism in Europe’, where more than 45 participants, including representatives from the local Muslim and Jewish communities, discussed ways to increase the acknowledgment of Antisemitism as a societal problem. The ‘Terrorism and Security Governance’ Forum, at the end of June, had the dual scope of feeding academic reflection about the analytical problems we face in the study of terrorism, and framing and informing the public discussion on the security situation in Europe. 



The Florence School of Regulation regularly works in close interaction with the key stakeholders of the energy industry at various locations across Europe and worldwide (e.g. the Global Forum on Energy Transition and the Policy Workshop Series). In May The Economics of Cybersecurity for the Energy Sector: Towards Energy Regulation 4.0 aimed to review the current state of thinking on the economics of cybersecurity for the energy sector. For the 2018 edition of the State of the Union conference, an independent Knowledge Hub on Digital age and European energy transition was launched to collect data and evidence in order to formulate policy alternatives and regulatory tools for Europe. Finally, the 6th Vienna Forum on European Energy Law held in September critically assessed the future of the gas transit route through the Ukraine, giving an outlook on the future of EU energy governance. 



Media Pluralism and Media Freedom


Throughout 2018, the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom was involved in many international policy dialogues, ending the year with a conference in Brussels on Monitoring Media Pluralism in the Digital Age, where stakeholders, including the European Commission, discussed the publication of the 2017 Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) and future implementations of the project. 

In June, the CMPF launched two events in Florence: the Data Access Initiative workshop, co-organised with the Media Policy Lab of the media authority Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb), brought together stakeholders from academia, NGO’s and media authorities to discuss online intermediaries and their impact on media pluralism. Further, a joint conference with the regional communications committee of Tuscany discussed regulatory responses to the changing communications and information environment.


Middle East

Tackling with the dynamics of an ever-changing region, the Middle East Directions Programme organised several policy-related events throughout 2018, ending the year with its annual conference. This year’s edition addressed the issue of war economy dynamics in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and neighbouring countries, gathering numerous experts from the world of practice and academia.  

The workshop ‘A Political Economy of Reconciliation and Reconstruction in the MENA region?’, which had taken place before in April, had contributed to the preparation of the conference in terms of setting the research agenda and increasing networking efforts.

The MEDirections Summer School, co-organised with the School of Transnational Governance, focused on post-conflict stabilisation and the main challenges facing the post-Islamic State (IS) scenario in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The aim here was to provide policy-makers, practitioners and academics with in-depth analyses on the most relevant factors affecting the region.



Banking and Finance

In 2018 the Florence School of Banking and Finance hosted several policy dialogue activities with the aim to foster and encourage a critical and thoughtful debate on the logic, soundness and implications of the European regulatory framework. In particular, on 22 March the School teamed up with Fondazione CESIFIN and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze for a high-profile lecture open to experts as well as the local Florentine community. The lecture was delivered by Sabine Lautenschläger, Member of the Executive Board and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank, who spoke about ‘The Banks and the Market’.

The Annual Conference was held on 26 April and focused on the topic of ‘Institutions and the Crisis’. The event gathered participants from financial institutions, national governments, EU institutions, and academics debating the most salient elements and gaps of Europe’s post-crisis institutional architecture. The contributions were published in an e-book.



‘The Migration Policy Centre (MPC) engages with users of migration research to foster policy dialogues in Europe and globally. The MPC’s Annual Conference brings together academics, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss the most important migration policy questions in Europe and beyond. 

The MPC also organises and participates in a variety of policy events and meetings each year. In 2018 this included the LIBE committee of the European Parliament on 26 March 2018 and The many faces of Migrant Smuggling: From a crime to a humanitarian act event, the latter co-organised with CEPS in Brussels.

At the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, the MPC presented its research findings in the field of asylum and migrations policies with the framework of the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM).

Finally, the Conference ‘Crisis of Governability? The politics of migration governance in Latin America & Europe’ in Buenos Aires creating a space of dialogue and exchange between the two regions.



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