Workshop with the Authors: “New Frontiers of EU Funding: Law, Policy, Politics” (Collected Courses of the AEU) (LAW-DS-MOV-21)
The 2021 Academy of European Law summer course on The Law of the European Union focused on EU funding. The workshop brings together EUI researchers with the five prominent lecturers who taught the specialized courses. These lecturers will be preparing chapters for the edited collection (to be included in the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law series, published by OUP).
EUI researchers will be given an opportunity to act as discussants, thus enhancing their skills in critical and constructive engagement with texts and public speaking.
The theme of the summer course and of the volume is driven in part by the remarkable emergence of the Recovery Fund in 2020 as a response to the Covid pandemic. This highlighted how the EU budget and the broader landscape of EU funding have typically been little studied by EU legal scholars. This has changed, albeit to a limited degree, in recent years for four reasons. First, the sovereign debt crisis brought more interest to the EU’s role in funding although, for interesting reasons, this related more to extra-EU mechanisms than to the use of the EU budget. Second, it was due to an increasing focus on using spending as a tool to reinforce EU values especially in relation to rule of law backsliding in some Member States. Third, it has been due to the use of EU funding to respond to pressing priorities such as environmental challenges including climate change. Fourth, Covid transformed discussions on EU funding, and opened interesting legal questions and frontiers, especially as the pandemic began in the year when the new budget had to be settled for the 2021-2027 period. Hence, a focus on the law, policy and politics of EU funding is both important and timely. An exceptional line-up of authors will explore the political economy of EU funding, competence issues in EU funding, the governance of EU funding, new purposes and sources of EU funding, and funding conditionality.
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Richard Crowe, Head of Unit for Institutional & Budgetary Law, Legal Service of the European Parliament
Ioanna Hadjiyianni, Lecturer in Public Law, University of Cyprus
Emilia Korkea-aho, Associate Professor in European Law and Legislative Studies, University of Eastern Finland
Brigid Laffan, Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
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