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Conference on 40 years European Parliament direct elections

Posted on 05 October 2018

In view of the European elections, that in May 2019 will decide on the members of the 9th legislature of the European Parliament, panels and roundtables will bring together high-profile academics and EP actors.

The conference aims to discuss how the European Parliament managed to establish itself as a keystone of the European Union’s policy-making process. It will address the history of the European Parliament’s efforts to expand its competences and power vis-à-vis other EU institutions, particularly from 1979 onwards. The conference will take a close look at the contribution of the EP in the construction and democratisation of Europe and the impact that Political Groups and European Political Parties have had on the evolution of the EP and on the process of European integration.

The conference is jointly organised by the EUI’s Historical Archives of the European and the Alcide de Gasperi Research Centre. It receives support from the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre, the School of Transnational Governance, the Association ‘Friends of the Historical Archives of the EU’, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EP-EUI History Roundtable 2018), the European Parliament’s Former Members Association (FMA) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Rome office.

The draft program and any further information about the event are available here.


Refectory, Badia Fiesolana

Florence (Italy)

SP53, 50014 Fiesole FI


Thursday 22 November 2018, 14.00 – 18.30

Friday 23 November 2018, 09.00 – 16.00