Newsletter May 2016

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Have you seen the #EUIA16 conference line-up of keynote speeches, academic sessions and policy-link panels yet?

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d’études européenes at the Université libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), the United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and Egmont - the Royal Institute for International Relations would like to announce the 5th biennial EUIA (European Union in International Affairs) conference from 11 to 13 May 2016. The conference will gather over 300 international academics and practitioners and host the presentation of more than 200 scientific papers. Conference panels will address, among a wide range of other topics, the EU’s most pressing challenges in international affairs, including high-level debates on counter-terrorism, the EU’s current migration challenge, the UK’s Brexit vote and the North Korean nuclear and missile challenge.
Registrations for #EUIA16 are now closed. We are happy to inform you though that we will provide live streams of both the opening and the closing keynotes for all of you who could not make it to Brussels this time. Please join us on on

•Wednesday, May 11 at noon; for the opening keynote by Gilles de Kerchove (EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator)

•Friday, May 12:30 at noon; for the closing keynote by Prof. Dr. Koen Lenaerts (President of the European Court of Justice)


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What if? The implications of a Brexit - scenario
on different EU policies

By bundling the manifold policy expertise of the researchers of the Institute for European Studies (IES), this project investigates the potential implications of a ‘Brexit’ scenario for different EU policies. All papers ask the same three questions: 1) What is the state of the EU policy in focus? 2) What is the UK’s role/interest in this policy field? 3) What are the potential implications of a ‘Brexit’ scenario at the policy-level? 

After Claire Dupont and Florian Trauner introduce the project, Richard Lewis sets the historical and cultural context and explains how the UK and the EU have come to such a low-point in their relations. Next, five policy fields are analysed: justice and home affairsfree movement policiesEU external representationthe (digital) single market; and environmental policy.

A complete overview of the implications of a Brexit - scenario on different EU policies can be found here. 



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