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EUI and European Commission sign memorandum of understanding

Posted on 11 October 2019

The EUI and the European Commission will increase cooperation in training and academic exchange to increase research that feeds into policy-making.

Ilze Juhansone, Acting Secretary-General of the European Commission (EC) and Renaud Dehousse, President of the European University Institute (EUI), have signed in Brussels a Memorandum of Understanding to consolidate an already close and productive collaboration. The European Union is a key stakeholder of the EUI and supports many of its core activities.

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Renaud Dehousse (EUI) and Ilze Juhansone (EC) signed a new memorandum of understanding on 10 October 2019.

Upon the signing, EUI President Dehousse said "The European Commission and the European University Institute are intimately linked by their common aim of making Europe a better place. I am glad to offer the full support of the Institute, its analyses, its expertise, and its training capacity."

The EC's Acting Secretary-General Juhansone also expressed her enthusiasm, stating "I’m looking forward to taking our cooperation to the next level"  [...] "in particular, I find the idea of setting up the new School of Transnational Governance really interesting."

The EUI and the EC will continue to develop training programmes in support of European policies, such as those of the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance (STG). Courses at the STG focus on policy processes beyond the state, with the European Union as the most sophisticated example of transnational governance. 

The two institutions will also intensify academic exchange on EU law and policies to foster the knowledge bases of policy-making processes, as well as to respond to future challenges.

Finally, the agreement reinforces the two parties’ existing commitment to further strengthen and deepen their cooperation in the management of the EU Historical Archives. The Archives, hosted at the EUI, is the official depository of the EU institutions.