European Public Policy Conference 2016: Take the next exit?

EU policy directions between integration and differentiation

Each year public policy students from Europe’s top institutions meet in a specially chosen European city for the European Public Policy Conference (EPPC). The EPPC is a unique opportunity for future policy-makers to engage with prominent political leaders, experts and academic thinkers in order to address key contemporary challenges and questions for Europe in the 21st century. This years conference will be held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from April 15 to April 17.

Our Topic

Social Europe

Given the high interaction of important policy issue areas, what we see today is the spill-over effect of core EU policies on policy spheres that belong to the national domain. This results in challenges on the path to creating a unified, EU-wide policy. Soft governance is looked upon as one way to push for policy convergence. Common welfare policies can be instrumental in closing existing social and economic inequalities in the region. Is this idea of a “Social Europe” possible and what are the potential pathways and possible challenges in achieving it?

Decision-making Europe

The EU faces major challenges today in terms of organising, implementing and utilising existing institutions and decision-making mechanisms. In the absence of a single executive power, and the tussle between the Union and the states on retaining or transferring sovereignty, the EU has to rely on members’ voluntary cooperation. This usually leads to increased differentiation, which could lead to fragmentation. In order to ensure that Europe continues to grow together rather than apart, what future policies should be adopted? For example, should countries be afforded flexibility in meeting targets. Under what circumstances and how?

Fiscal Europe

A strong European identity is viewed as the means to unify fiscal policies across Europe and to create a robust EU fiscal policy. Individual national budgets and tax policies lead to the fragmentation of fiscal policies within the EU. Economists believe that Europe must unify itself not only monetarily, but also fiscally, in order to overcome the current financial crisis. Is the European Identity strong enough to inspire states to forego fiscal sovereignty? What should a model for an EU fiscal union look like, and what would be the challenges associated with this?

Our Location

The EPPC2016 will take place at the University of Ljubljana in the capital of Slovenia. Find out more
The Adress of the venue is University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Administration Gosarjeva Ulica 5 1- 1000 Ljubljana Slovenia.

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Our Speakers

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Tanja Fajon, MEP

Opening Keynote
Tanja Fajon is a Member of the European Parliament. She is Vice-Chair of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Through her work in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) she has extensive knowledge about European decision-making. Photo Credits: Tomi Lombar, Delo
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Ivo Vajgl, MEP

Opening Keynote
Ivo Vajgl is a Member of the European Parliament (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats), where he is part of the Special committee on the financial and economic crisis. Before being elected to the EP in 2009, he served as Slovenian Ambassador to Germany, Austria, OSCE, and to the Nordic and Baltic States. In 2004, he was Slovenian Foreign Minister.
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Jörg Haas

Closing Keynote
Jörg Haas is a research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institut. His work focuses on economic imbalances in the euro area and the crisis management capabilities of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union. Prior to his current position, he worked for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva.
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Eric Marlier

Panel Discussion – Social Europe
Eric Marlier is the International Scientific Coordinator of the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research. He manages among other things the EU-funded “European Social Policy Network (ESPN)” with national teams of non-governmental experts in 35 European countries.
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Miroslav N. Jovanovic, PhD

Panel Discussion – Fiscal Europe
Miroslav N. Jovanovic is an economist and guest lecturer of international economics at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. His research interests include various subjects ranging from the enlargement of the EU, the EU itself, evolutionary economics and geography, as well as international economic integration.
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Ognian N. Hishow, Dr. oec

Panel Discussion – Fiscal Europe
Ognian N. Hishow is Senior Researcher at the Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. His current interests include EU economic reforms, economic integration of new EU members and the consequences of membership enlargement and globalization on growth and employment in the EU.
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Prof. Roger Byrd, EdD

Roger Byrd is Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, United States. His research areas include international politics, community and organizational leadership, public administration, and comparative politics.

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