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Policy Dialogues in 2019

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.

Global Governance

In January 2019 the Global Governance Programme held a workshop on ‘E-Democracy – Opportunities and Challenges’, with the participation of Vice-President of the European Parliament Fabio Massimo Castaldo. The debate analysed the impact of technology on governance, participation, citizenship and statehood.


Regulation and Competition

In January the Florence School of Regulation Comms & Media organised a seminar on ‘Ensuring Predictable Market Regulation in an Ever-Changing Environment’ in Brussels with the European Commission DG CNECT. The event was the 13th in a series of Seminars that the European Commission sponsors every year to provide a forum for debate among national judges, regulators, the European Institutions and academia.

In March, the ‘FSR Global Forum 2019 World Energy Transition’took place in Florence. It was a four-day event fostering practice-oriented solutions on key aspects of the world energy transition. It provided a platform for multi-stakeholder engagement to facilitate transnational knowledge exchange. 

In October, the Florence Competition Programme held its Annual Conference ‘Hipster Antitrust, The European Way’, which discussed the main ideas behind the new Hipster Antitrust movement in USA and its influence on EU competition policy and beyond. 



Middle East

MED annual conference 2019

The Middle East Directions Programme Annual Conference ‘Conflicts and Natural Resources in the MENA Region and its Immediate Neighbourhood’  analysed how natural resources are affecting the stability of the MENA region and their potential to do so in the future, taking into account issues related to geopolitics and governance, as well as changes taking place in the natural resources sector itself.



European Politics

With Brexit, the European elections and the new agenda for the European Union, 2019 was an eventful year for European politics.

In January, in collaboration  with the European Policy Centre, the Schuman Centre organised a Policy Dialogue Roundtable on ‘Brexit: which way forward?’, which took place in Brussels.

The European Governance and Politics Programme organised two workshops on European politics. The first one took place in Brussels in March on ‘What Agenda for the Next European Parliament?’, where the EUI wanted to highlight the issues that were at the heart of the political agenda at that juncture. A number of ‘EP Elections Policy Papers’ on all of the major issues were produced and presented.

The second workshop, in October, ‘The Multiannual Financial Framework and EU Policies 2021-2027: The EU towards 2030’, aimed to assess which policy options could contribute to shape the EU policies for the next decade. The keynote speech was given by Pier Carlo Padoan.


Banking and Finance

The 2019 Florence School of Banking and Finance Annual Conference ‘European Financial Infrastructure in the Face of New Challenges’ focused on the topic of ‘Institutions and the Crisis’. The event gathered participants from financial institutions, national governments, EU institutions, and academics assessing the internal and external disruptions that may be putting Europe’s financial system under stress, while offering a way forward to address these challenges. The contributions were published in an e-book.



In May, a Policy Dialogue on ‘Europe’s turning point on migration? Politics, policy and predictions ahead of the 2019 elections’ brought together expertise from the worlds of academia, journalism and public policy to discuss the politics and policy of migration at the 2019 European Parliament elections, including  recent changes in public attitudes, party positions, likely future policy dynamics.

The OPAM team presented a predictive model to forecast the result of the election based on findings of their report, published by ICMPD.

Later in the month, the MPC Annual conference ‘Migration between Africa and Europe: Knowledge Production, Attitudes and Governance”, Migration Policy Centre Annual Conference 2019’, addressed broad questions such as “what is the use of research in public debates and policy-making on migration between Africa and Europe? 


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