October 2016
The Institute for European Studies (IES) is at the vanguard of a consortium of VUB and Ghent University that has been selected by United Nations University to embed UNU-CRIS, its Belgian campus located in Bruges.
VUB and Ghent University will develop UNU-CRIS as an avant-garde research centre on the intersection of regional integration and the provision of global/local public goods. Research will focus on areas such as security, trade and welfare, rule of law, environment, democratic legitimacy and migration. With its leading reputation in all of these areas, the Institute for European Studies is set to take up the role of the United Nations University's Brussels hub, working closely with the Bruges campus.


Secretary of State Philippe De Backer opens IES academic year

On Wednesday 28 September we had the honour of welcoming Belgian Secretary of State Philippe De Backer. He welcomed a new generation of LLM and EuroMaster students and presented an extremely interesting inaugural lecture on the Digital Economy, Digital Single Market and Privacy. The audience, a mixture of IES students, staff and alumni, got the opportunity to have an interactive debate with Mr De Backer on these highly topical issues in a European and global context.
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Upcoming events

Competition law and regulation
Lunchtime policy forum
Registration is now open for the IES Policy Forum entitled 'The interface between EU competition law and regulation: challenges and new developments', taking place on 13 October from 12:00 to 14:15. Panelists include the Head of DG Competition's Antitrust Telecoms Unit as well as the President of the Belgian Competition Authority.
Climate & biodiversity
Public PhD defence

The public defence of the PhD in Political Science by Lisanne Groen will take place on Thursday 13 October at 5.30pm on the Etterbeek campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels in Building D, level 2, room D.2.01. The title of Lisanne's PhD thesis is 'The Importance of Fitting Activities to Context: The EU in Multilateral Climate and Biodiversity Negotiations.'
Promotor: Prof. Sebastian Oberthür, PhD
Bio-Jet: Will it fly?
Lunchtime policy forum
For the rapidly growing aviation sector, bio-jet fuels constitute the only safe and certified substitute to conventional jet fuel. If produced sustainably, advanced alternative fuels have the potential of cutting aviation emissions by up to 80%. This policy forum, organised in collaboration with Airbus Group, is the first in a series of three, which aim to explore the role that bio-jet could play in reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint. The first event will take place on 19 October with a lunch starting at 12:00.
Paris climate agreement
Lunchtime policy forum

What can the upcoming Marrakesh climate change conference (COP/CMA) contribute to realizing the decarbonisation of the world economy within the next few decades? What other action is required in Europe and globally beyond Marrakesh? What are the prospects for this action materializing in Europe and elsewhere and which steps can and need to be taken next? Join us on 20 October at 12:00 for a lively discussion!
Copyright and Big Data
Evening lecture
On 24 Ocober the IES hosts an evening lecture with Prof. Michael Madison (University of Pittsburgh) on copyright in the era of big data. The IES organizes this event along with the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings, Vesalius College and the Institute for German Studies / Literary and Media Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
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Marie Lamensch appointed member of EU Commission VAT Expert Group

IES Professor Marie Lamensch has been appointed as member of the European Commission VAT Expert Group in her personal capacity for a period of 3 years. The task of the VAT Expert Group is (1) to advise the European Commission on the preparation of legislative acts and other policy initiatives in the field of VAT; (2) to provide insight concerning the practical implementation of legislative acts and other EU policy initiatives in the field of VAT.
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Tomas Wyns invited by Flemish government to present research findings

On 16 September the Flemish minister for industry organised a roundtable on industry and climate, with the goal to discuss how Flanders can contribute to implementation of Paris climate agreement.

IES researcher Tomas Wyns was invited to present our research on industrial low-carbon innovation and new forms of industrial policy (including investment options and the role of the public sector). All presentations of the round table can be found here.
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IES in the media

Picture: Leo Van Hove on Radio 1 
Source: Radio 1
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EL-CSID Policy paper
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