The Lisbon Treaty marked a watershed in the European integration process. With the ink still wet after having signed off on a decade of institutional reform negotiations, the EU was severely hit by the deepest global financial and economic crisis since the end of the Second World War. At the time, the EU’s “obsession with restructuring its internal arrangements” was famously compared to “rearranging the deck chairs of a sinking Titanic”.
In view of the multiple challenges which have plagued the Union since Prof. Danuta Hübner MEP, Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee, is happy to invite you to the following roundtable discussion: Is EU institutional law resilient enough to face tomorrow’s crises?
The seminar will mark the launch of a Research Handbook on EU Institutional Law, co-edited by Profs. Adam ?azowski (University of Westminster) and Steven Blockmans (CEPS and University of Amsterdam). The new book offers a critical look into the European Union’s legal foundations, competences and institutions. It provides an analysis of the EU legal system, its application at the national level and the prevalent role of the Court of Justice. Throughout the course of the Handbook the expert contributors (both from academia and the EU institutions) assess whether the EU is well equipped for the 21st century and the numerous crises it has to handle. They revisit the call for an EU reform made in the Laeken Conclusions in 2001 to verify if its objectives have been achieved by the Treaty of Lisbon and in the ensuing daily practice of the EU institutions. The book also delves into the concept of a Europe of different speeds, which – according to some – is inevitable in the EU comprising 28 (or 27) Member States. The authors have plenty of suggestions for further reforms to re-fit the EU for purpose, both within and beyond the confines of the existing treaties.
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.
Registration from 15.30 (please be on time for security reason). If you don't have an EP badge, please provide me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org with First Name – Name – Date of Birth – Nationality – Type of ID Document – Number of ID Document, before Wednesday 12 October 2016.
N.B: A Table of Contents and list of contributing authors, can be found on the website of the publisher, Edgar Elgar: http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/research-handbook-on-eu-institutional-law