Implemented Seminars

Seminar 14 June: The European Commission at half-time: What has been achieved?
When Jean-Claude Juncker took over the presidency of the European Commission in November 2014, he promised a "more political" and less technocratic Commission during the forthcoming term of office. Halfway into the term it is time for a health check. What has the Juncker Commission actually...
What does Britain want? Brexit and the new political dynamics of the UK
More than half a year ago, a majority of the British electorate voted for leaving the EU. So, what has happened since and what is to be expected? At this seminar, we will discuss lessons learned from the referendum, public attitudes today and look at current party dynamics. Other issues that will...
1 december An EU asylum policy based on solidarity – just empty words?
According to the treaty, the EU´s policies for border control, asylum and immigration should be guided by a principle of solidarity and responsibility distribution. The EU has also decided that member states has a shared responsibility for asylum seekers, i.e. that asylum seekers in Italy and...
7 September Swedish courts – defenders of European law or of the internal legal order?
During the last decade, Sweden was criticized by the European Commission for having a low number of preliminary references sent to the European Court of Justice by Swedish courts. Since then, new case law has emerged along with an amendment of the Swedish statute. This seminar will discuss the...
After the British referendum: What was the outcome and what happens now?
On 23 June, the British voters will decide whether to remain a EU member or leave the union. The debate prior to the referendum has been intense, and opinion polls suggest that the outcome will be close. But what happens after the referendum? This seminar will discuss the consequences of the result...
24 May The deepening of EMU – a Swedish perspective
The deepening of the economic and monetary union (EMU) is a topical issue among the euro countries. The process itself requires a broad discussion, also in non-euro countries. How is Sweden affected when the euro countries take further steps towards greater integration? How should Sweden position...
18 May The European Court of Justice as an arena for conflict resolution
The European Court of Justice plays a central role in the EU. Its importance as a political arena for conflicts regarding how to interpret the EU's legislation is less known. At this seminar, SIEPS is presenting a report based on unique material analysing how the Member States position themselves...
Seminar 8 April The Dublin Regulation: Why is it not working and what needs to change?
The Dublin Regulation’s inherent problems have become apparent during the recent refugee situation in Europe. The European Commission is expected to soon present a proposal for reform of the regulation, a proposal that will be discussed at this seminar. What does the Dublin Regulation actually mean...
Seminar 16 March: The EU´s external borders
Together with migration, the question of the EU´s external borders features high on the European agenda. This seminar – a collaboration between the European Commission and SIEPS –discusses the Commission´s proposal for a European Border and Coast Guard and is divided into two parts. The first part...
1 February Borders and undocumented migration in the EU
Undocumented migration may become one of the most pressing issues in 2016. At the seminar "Borders and undocumented migration in the EU", prominent scholars and experts analyse and discuss human smuggling, human trafficking and undocumented migration in the EU. SpeakersIlse van Liempt, Assistant...
14 December The EU-China strategic partnership: Challenges and prospects in a changing world
This year marks the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, a relationship that today is one of the world’s most important bilateral partnerships. At this seminar, SIEPS will present a new publication dealing with the EU-China Strategic Partnership. The authors of the report will shed...
23 November Is there power in a union?
In February 2015, the European Commission adopted its strategy for the creation of a European energy union. The objective is, among other things, the completion of an internal energy market and ensuring security of supply. The strategy comprises deepened political integration, major common...
2 October Intelligence and decision-making within the Common Foreign and Security Policy
During the last decade there has been a considerable increase in European intelligence cooperation within the realm of foreign and security policy. At this seminar, political scientist Björn Fägersten will present the new Sieps publication Intelligence and decision-making within the Common Foreign...
4 September Limits and control of the EU criminal policy area
Liberal political theory, with its roots in the European enlightenment, has had profound impact on the classic-liberal criminal law movement all over Europe. The basic idea is that criminal law should be used to a minimum extent. Still, there is quite large diversity in the shaping of national...
9 June The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - consequences for the EU
The ongoing negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US have thus far raised concerns on many levels, not least with respect to the Member States' right to regulate and their ability to maintain current levels of protection in a number of areas...
25 May Has the Court of Justice made it impossible for the EU to accede to the ECHR?
The Lisbon Treaty clearly expresses that the EU should accede to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). Nonetheless, the Court of Justice ruled, quite unexpectedly, in December 2014, that the draft agreement on the accession is not compatible with EU law. This...
22 april The Nordic EU members during the crisis
The euro crisis has altered the political map of the EU and various member states have been faced with difficult political decisions.  At this seminar the publication Same, same but different – The Nordic EU members during the crisis, where the three Nordic countries' management of the euro crisis...
16 april Can the EU put an end to homophobia?
Sexual orientation and gender identity have been more and more identified as grounds of discrimination in European as well as in national legislation. Today, the situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer persons in the EU is considered a human rights concern. But what can the EU really...
3 March Can the EU Development Cooperation Policy reduce poverty?
Development cooperation traditionally has played an important role in the European Union’s external action. Yet, shared with the Member States, and overlapping with other EU foreign policies, how can the Union exercise its development competence consistently and efficiently? At this seminar, Morten...
8 December Does the EU take Fundamental Rights Seriously?
What measures are available for the EU when its Member States violate fundamental rights protected under EU law, what impact does the EU Charter on fundamental rights have on the protection of these rights in the EU and what can the EU institutions do in order to safeguard the protection of...
28 November EU Cohesion Policy and the Roma in Romania
Beggars have increasingly become a common sight in Swedish cities, which has led to a renewed discussion on the situation for the Roma in Southeast Europe. At this seminar, Professor Daniel Tarschys presents a new European Policy Analysis in which he poses the question whether EU Cohesion Policy...
22 October Social Europe After Crisis: EU socio-economic governance agenda and its reception
As the financial crisis in Europe continues to take its toll, discussing the fate of Social Europe seems more relevant than ever. With the reformed socio-economic governance instruments in place, however, there is a need to reformulate the old questions and develop new critical ways of addressing...
16 October Fighting Youth Unemployment: Lessons from the Netherlands and Sweden
The high unemployment among young people in many European countries poses a significant challenge to our societies and is hence a priority on both national and European levels. On 16 October the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) and the Netherlands Embassy in Stockholm will hold...
9 October The impact of mortgage payments on house prices and household debts
In connection with the financial crisis, we have seen a fall in house prices in many EU member states. At the same time, the economic decline in several countries appears to have been amplified by high household debts. In Sweden this has led to the question of amortization featuring high on the...
28 May The election is over - what now?
The European Parliament elections 22-25 May has been described as the most important hitherto. With the new powers given in the Lisbon Treaty, the new parliament will decide on a number of issues vital to the European cooperation. This post-election seminar will discuss the implications of the...
17 April What is at Stake in the European Parliament Elections in May?
The European Parliament elections in May 2014 will be the most important to date. With the new powers of the European Parliament under the Lisbon Treaty, a new majority will shape EU policies in many important areas. It will also be the first time the new majority will formally “elect” the...
8 April Are future EU treaty revisions possible?
The European economic crisis revived the discussion on future treaty revision. However, stringency of the revision procedure based on unanimity requirement presented an obstacle to fast resolution of complicated problems posed by the crisis. Faced with that difficulty, a majority of the Member...
13 February Youth unemployment and exclusion in Europe
The global financial crisis has led to a substantial rise in youth unemployment in Europe. Furthermore, young people are today increasingly excluded not only from the labour market, but the education system as well. This has given rise to the concept of NEET – not in employment, education or...
7 February The role of national parliaments during the Eurozone crisis
National parliaments are often thought of as having lost substantial powers due to European integration. In what way has the rapid decision-making of the EU during the Eurozone crisis affected national parliaments within the Union? At this seminar, political scientists Katrin Auel and Oliver Höing...
12 december The interface between the EU and International Law
The Treaty on European Union stipulates that in its relations with the wider world, the EU shall uphold and promote its values and interests; it shall also contribute ‘to the strict observance and the development of international law, including respect for the principles of the United Nations’. At...
11 December Regulating Lifestyles in Europe: Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Diets
During the last decade, European Union has undertaken a range of measures aiming at prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Regulation of the so called ‘lifestyle risks’ is, however, not uncontroversial. Henceforth, strategic consideration and careful policy planning are...
25 November The Future of the Schengen System
The Schengen system is one of the core achievements of the European integration process. This system, which permits persons present in any of the Schengen States to cross the borders without being checked, assumes a considerable degree of harmonization and mutual trust among those states. That...
20 November Immigration, Integration, and "Social Tourism" in the EU
At the turn of the year, any remaining restrictions to the free movement of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens will have to be removed. This has raised fears of “social tourism”, among other things, in a number of member states. At this seminar, SIEPS presents a new report which examines the Swedish...
8 October The European Council - the Union's new power centre
The fundamental task of the European Council – consisting primarily of the heads of state or government in the EU member states – has been to define the EU´s general political direction. Its influence and scope of intervention, however, is gradually increasing. With the Lisbon Treaty it was given a...
17 September - The German elections: What to expect for Germany and Europe
On 22 September, Germany goes to the polls. But although the country plays a crucial role in the European cooperation – not least in trying to solve the euro crisis – EU topics have hardly been present in the election campaign. The campaign has instead focused on domestic issues such as pensions,...
27 June - Fundamental rights and the EU
Fundamental rights have been increasingly in focus in Europe over the last few years. Issues about respect for and promotion of fundamental rights have been highlighted not only in the context of candidate countries wishing to join the European Union, but with regard to EU Member States as well....
12 June - A changing EU - what implications for Sweden?
The financial and economic crisis has had a considerable impact on European integration. As a result of the stress inflicted not least on the common currency, the euro, we are now experiencing a deliberate movement towards enhanced economic and political cooperation. At the same time, several...
10 June - Institutions, Policies and Growth in Europe
What triggers growth? How can the EU Member States ensure conditions that have a proven positive effect on growth? These questions are relevant, not least considering the recent financial and economic crisis which represents the deepest downturn in world economy since Second World War. How...
30 May - Crisis Management in the EU
The economic crisis has revealed a number of weaknesses in the structures of the EU and the EMU. The measures taken in order to thwart the crisis have been introduced at a pace that has sometimes made it difficult to keep up with developments. In order to facilitate a discussion about the most...
6 May - How has the crisis affected public opinion on the EU?
The European Union is still struggling with finding solutions to the economic crisis. The crisis has affected not only the living conditions for many citizens, but also their attitudes towards the European Union and the euro. As a result, we are now experiencing a rapid decline in public opinion on...
23 april - Public Procurement and the Environment - States as Market Participants in the U.S. and EU
In light of the Europe 2020 strategy, public authorities in the European Union should make better use of public procurement in support of general societal goals such as the protection of the environment and good social conditions. However, the objective of the procurement rules in the Union is...
11 April - Housing finance in Europe in times of crisis
The financial and sovereign debt crisis has underlined the important role of housing finance in the economy. Risky and short-term mortgage credit contracts as well as securisation were all important causes behind the crisis we are currently experiencing. The volume of housing finance is such that...
11 February The EEAS two years on: Legal foundations and inter-institutional relations
On 11 February 2013, a new SIEPS report entitled EEAS 2.0 – A legal commentary on Council Decision 2010/427/EU on the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service, will be presented in Brussels, at the Centre for European Policy Studies. This legal commentary offers an...
How can the EU become more attractive to Foreign Direct Investments?
Foreign direct investment (FDI) is generally considered to be a key factor in fostering economic growth. In light of the single market programme and the introduction of the euro, studying the determinants of regional FDI is of vital importance in a policy perspective. At this seminar, professor...
7 December - Is the EU ready for a common energy policy?
Energy has always had a prominent place in the European integration process. And yet, the establishment of an EU energy policy is relatively recent, particularly in its external dimension. Increasing energy needs, and the imperative to secure supply in a changing geopolitical context may explain...
6 December The Cyprus EU Presidency - cancelled!
Due to the severe weather conditions and cancelled flights, we are unfortunately unable to proceed with tomorrow's (6/12) seminar "The Cyprus EU Presidency". Sincerely,SIEPS__________________________________________________________________________ Cyprus assumed the EU Presidency in the midst of...
20 November - Should Sweden improve its methods of implementing EU law?
Sweden´s capacity to implement EU law in a swift and efficient way has varied through the years. A sizeable amount of the complaints and lawsuits against Sweden are indeed caused by delays and other shortcomings in implementing EU directives and regulations. This can prove costly, because of the EU...
19 November - The Venice Commission and democratic development in Europe
Constitutional issues are hot in many countries. Foreign institutional models are often invoked in these debates, but so are national traditions and the lessons of national experience. The Venice Commission – the Council of Europe´s advisory body on constitutional and other legal matters of...
26 October – Consumer Empowerment in the EU
<p>Consumer empowerment is very much a European topic today. A clear example is the European Commission´s new European Consumer Agenda. But what is the current status of the EU's 500 million consumers? What influence do they actually have and how can it be strengthened?</p> <p...
3 October - Why does legitimacy matter to the monetary union?
The economic crisis in Europe has renewed the debate on the functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The discussions have mainly focused on economic aspects of the union’s viability and design, while its other characteristics remain largely overlooked.  At this seminar, Professor...
28 September - The Council of the European Union - How do member states vote?
The Council of the European Union is certainly the most powerful institution of the European Union, as a major Community legislator – alone or with the European Parliament – and as an executive body.  Still, there is only limited knowledge of the Council’s decision-making and how the Council...
28 August - Is the Swedish model sustainable?
The Swedish model of Government administration, often seen as an inspiration internationally, has been challenged in an EU context. One question is whether the Government can be responsible for independent authorities acting in relation to the EU. Another concerns the number of Swedish laws...
29 May -The Danish Presidency
The ongoing crisis in the Eurozone has posed particular challenges to the current Danish EU Presidency. Denmark, like Sweden, is not a member of the Euro Group and has therefore been excluded from some of the most important decision-making during the first half of 2012. Moreover, the political...
25 May - The external dimension of the EU’s area of freedom, security and justice
While the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice is generally viewed as an internal policy of the European Union, it also has a significant external dimension. Following several initiatives from the European Council, the EU has thus become a global player in areas such as migration policy, the fight...
10 May - The crisis and its effect on public opinion on the EU
The European Union is currently going through a difficult time. The common currency is put under pressure and European leaders meet regularly to solve pressing problems. This situation has spurred tensions between the member states and has affected the relations between the public and their...
9 May - How is Europe managing the competition?
On Europe Day, 9 May, SIEPS in collaboration with the Government Offices is arranging a seminar on Europes´ competitiveness. Will the EU be transformed from an economic powerhouse into the worlds´ largest museum or can the tide be turned? SpeakersBirgitta Ohlsson, Minister for EU-affairs Pontus...
18 April - Europaforum, Hässleholm: The Euro Crisis - The Euro Crisis – Lessons from the Public Inquiry on the EMU
After a thorough inquiry on whether Sweden should join the euro or not, the official Swedish Government Commission on the EMU opted for a wait-and-see policy. At this seminar, three of the Commission members and one former cabinet minister will participate in a discussion on the present euro crisis...
6 March – The State of the European Economy: the 2012 EEAG Report
Note! New venue The European sovereign debt crisis has put the euro area in turmoil and has resulted in an acceleration of the European integration process. On March 6, a group of prominent economists will present their annual report, The European Economic Advisory Group (EEAG) Report on the...
14 December - The Polish Presidency of the EU Council
The ongoing crisis in the Eurozone has posed particular challenges to the current Polish EU Presidency. Poland, like Sweden, is not a member of the Euro Group and has therefore been excluded from some of the most important decision-making during the second half of 2011. Moreover, the political...
9 December - Social Europe for Consumers, Citizens and Workers
This seminar is the second of three held during the SIEPS conference on Social Europe. SpeakersAntonina Bakardjieva-Engelbrekt, Professor of Law, Stockholm UniversityChristian Joerges, Professor of Law, Universität Bremen, GermanyDiscussantMats Engström, Director of Policy Departement, Unionen...
8-9 December - Conference on Social Europe
The relation between economic goals and social ambitions has always been much-disputed within the European cooperation. Not least in times of economic crisis, member states ability to combine the demands of the internal market with a social policy in the interest of the citizens is put to test....
9 December - General services - local interests
This seminar is the last of three held during the SIEPS conference on Social Europe. SpeakerCaroline Wehlander, Researcher in Law, Umeå UniversityUlf Bernitz, Professor of EU Law, Stockholm UniversityJörgen Hettne, Senior Researcher in Law, SIEPS ChairBruno de Witte, Professor of Law, Maastricht...
8 December - Social Europe at the Time of Economic Crisis
This seminar is the first of three held during the SIEPS conference on Social Europe. SpeakersGiuseppe Bertola, Professor of Economics, EDHEC Business SchoolKarolina Zurek, Senior Researcher in Law, SIEPSPaolo Graziano, Associate Professor of Political Science, Università Bocconi, Italy...
28 November - Law, Politics and Climate Change: EU Strategies for Durban
In December 2011, the EU and other concerned parties will convene in Durban in order to try to reach an agreement governing emission reductions after 2012, when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires. The EU has been a leading actor in the climate negotiations since the 1992 Rio...
26 october - EU and the Swedish welfare
Welfare services in Sweden are to a large extent the responsibility of municipalities, county councils and regions. This includes the provision of housing, health care, waste management and education to the citizens. The actual execution of those tasks however, is frequently delegated to private...
13 October - EU, the euro and the crisis
The ongoing sovereign debt crisis is putting its distinct mark on Europe. In order to deepen the understanding of the crisis and the efforts undertaken within the scope of EU cooperation, the Committee on Finance in the Riksdag and SIEPS are hosting a seminar. Starting point for the discussion will...
6 October - Organised interests in the European Union
Can involving organised interests in the decision-making process enhance the democratic legitimacy of the EU? Thomas Persson and Karl-Oskar Lindgren, political scientists at Uppsala University, have set out to answer this question through studying the process that produced the new regulatory system...
29 September - EU and the Swedish wolf-hunting
The Swedish wolf-hunting policy is today an issue high on the EU agenda, something that can hardly have escaped anyone. The European Commission has questioned the Swedish management plan for wolves and the Swedish government has replied by replacing the 2012 licensed hunting with extended...
Almedalen 6 juli - Vad händer med Europas pensionssystem?
Att Europas befolkning lever allt längre samtidigt som arbetskraftens andel minskar innebär en stor utmaning för EU:s medlemsländer. Påskyndad av finanskrisen har därför pensionsfrågan hamnat högt på den politiska dagordningen, och inom EU förs nu en diskussion om framtidens europeiska...
21 June - Achieving Europe's R&D Objectives: Delivery Tools and Role for the EU Budget
The EU’s R&D policy has recently come under the spotlight. It is a central element both in the review of the EU budget and in the so called Europe 2020 strategy, where the goal of increasing the level of investment in R&D in the EU to three percent of GDP is emphasized. This seminar will...
17 June - Corruption in Europe
The quality of government shows considerable variation within and between EU member states. At this seminar, the authors of the swedish report Corruption i Europe will present new and unique data of regional differences in the quality of government and a number of conclusions regarding what...
14 June - Regional Disparities and Regional Policy in the European Union
The aim of reducing regional disparities in the European Union is enshrined in the EU Treaty. An important aspect that takes centre stage in discussions on the EU’s so-called cohesion policy is the ranking of the Union’s many regions in terms of their levels of prosperity. This ranking largely...
17 May: Swedish public opinion on the EU
Swedish public opinion on the European Union has undergone considerable changes since Sweden became a member. Last year, SIEPS and the SOM Institute presented data showing a majority of Swedes in favour of membership for the first time since 1996. In what way then has the euro crisis affected...
12 May: The EU as a Global Actor - Lessons from the Arab Spring
The Lisbon Treaty emphasized the need for a more coherent and comprehensive European foreign policy – and supposedly gave the EU the institutional tools to carry it out. More than one year on, and in the midst of a 'stress test' from the Arab uprisings, how well are these goals being accomplished?...
Europadagen 9 maj: När allmänintresset möter marknaden - EU och kommunerna i praktiken
Municipalities, counties and regions in Sweden bears responsibility for ensuring that people have access to housing, health care, waste management and schools. These are services of general interest to all citizens. Many of these services are also provided in areas where new markets are being...
Europe Day 9 May: The Long-Term Budget of the European Union - What Should Go In? What Should Go Out?
Even though the EU Member States are ambitious in setting the agenda for the European Union, they are less keen to provide the funding necessary to meet these ambitions. Indeed, if we seriously sought to attain all goals and ambitions of Member States, it would easily swallow large parts if not all...
29 March EU-rätten, Ungern och pressfriheten
At the end of last year, the Hungarian parliament adopted a new media law. It was immediately criticized for constituting a threat to the freedom of the press and for being incompatible with EU law. Even the European Commission questioned the  law and its consequences, leading up to the remodeled...
21 March in Brussels: The Creeping Nationalisation of the EU Enlargement Policy
Often presented as the "most successful EU foreign policy", enlargement has been one of the most significant undertakings of the European Union over the last two decades. The recent admission of numerous states to the Union has however exposed shortcomings in the way in which that policy is carried...
21 March: Which Economic Governance for the European Union?
Sovereignty over the Economic and Monetary Union, EMU, is divided. Monetary policy is unified at the European level while economic policy is in essence national. The debate on how the economic part of the EMU could be given a content so as to prevent future crises has been re-ignited during the...
9 March in Brussels: The Next Long-Term Budget: What Should Go In? What Should Go Out?
Preparations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework are in full swing. In its mid-term budget review, the Commission has put great emphasis on the need to mobilise substantial resources to pay for the investments providing genuine European Public Goods. Experts have long agreed that such...
8 March The 2011 Report on the European Economy by the European Economic Advisory Group
On March 8, a group of leading economists in the European Economic Advisory Group (EEAG) will present its review of Europe’s most pressing economic issues together with a forecast for the European economy. This year’s report addresses the prospects and challenges for the Euro and the necessary...
22 February Europa och finanskrisen - lärdomar från psykologin
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, a vast amount of economic analysis and a sizeable number of reforms in the financial markets have followed. In the research report The Financial Crisis  - Lessons for Europe from Psychology, Professor Henry Montgomery takes the analysis one step further by...
13 January What Future for the Open Method of Coordination?
The Open Method of Coordination is a relatively new form of cooperation within the European Union. It is used to adjust the policies of the member states in order to reach common goals. The method is controversial. Critics have argued that there are limited effects whereas supporters stress the...
2 December The Belgian EU Presidency
The current Belgian EU Presidency has faced a number of tough challenges. These include reaching an agreement on the new initiatives about the EU:s economic decision-making system as well as handling the continuous economic crisis. The Presidency has also had to focus on the effective...
29 November The Creeping Nationalisation of the EU Enlargement Policy
Often presented as the "most successful EU foreign policy", enlargement has undoubtedly been one of the most significant undertakings of the European Union over the last two decades. The recent admission of numerous states to the Union has however exposed various shortcomings in the way that policy...
15 October Fifteen years on: Finland and Sweden in the European Union
On October 15 there will be a seminar in Reykjavik on Finland's and Sweden's first 15 years in Europe. Behind the initiative are the Centre for Small States Studies at the University of Iceland, the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) and the Institute of International...
11 October Europe and Global Imbalances
The Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and the Riksbank invite you to a seminar about Europe and Global Imbalances. At the seminar the report A European Perspective on External Imbalances by Philip Lane was presented. The report is part of the research project Long-term effects of the...
7 October Undocumented Migrants: Beyond the law, beyond human rights?
Are undocumented migrants violators of the law, or are they rather denied the fundamental protection of the law? For the past two years, a research project at Lund University has focused on the legal status of undocumented migrants. This research is presented, in the report Papperslös, laglös,...
30 September Immigration Policy for Circular Migration
On 30 September 2010 the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) will arrange a seminar in Brussels on circular migration, where Professor Per Lundborg, Stockholm University, presents his report Immigration Policy for Circular Migration. One reason for the EU to consider a circular...
24 augusti Analys av det svenska ordförandeskapet - I Europas tjänst
Welcome to a seminar that evaluate the Swedish EU Presidency in the second half of 2009, as SNS presents a new book titled "I Europas tjänst". In the most serious global financial crisis since the 1930s, it fell to Sweden's fate to take over the Presidency of the EU. The implication of this is to...
9 July External Action and Representation of the European Union: Implementing the Lisbon Treaty
SIEPS, in cooperation with the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations, CLEER, and Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies invites you to a conference in Bryssels about the European External Action Service.  More information about the conference is available below and on CLEER's...
22 June How is the European External Action Service developing?
During the past months, we have witnessed increasing activity regarding the establishment of a European External Action Service (EEAS) – one of the most emblematic innovations that the Treaty of Lisbon introduces to strengthen the EU external action. While the details of the EEAS organisation and...
20 May Swedish Public Opinion on the European Union
Swedish public opinion on EU Affairs has undergone considerable changes since 1995 and Swedes are gradually becoming more positive to membership. Which groups in society are positive to EU membership and which are negative? Has the Swedish Presidency of the European Union affected public...
11 May The Lisbon Treaty and the Social Deficit in the EU
The debate on the social deficit in the EU, has received renewed interest through recent judgements by the Court of Justice of the European Union in cases such as Laval and Rüffert. At this seminar, a new European Policy Analysis will be presented, raising the issue whether the EU will become...
10 May The 2010 Spanish EU Presidency
The current Spanish EU Presidency has faced a number of tough challenges. These include reaching an agreement on an EU strategy for employment and growth (EU 2020), handling the acute financial crisis in Greece and the EU response to the earthquake in Haiti. The Presidency has also had to focus...
14 april Hanteringen av den ekonomiska och finansiella krisen under ordförandeskapet - vad hände?
The economic and financial crisis was one of the most important issues during the Swedish EU Presidency. The outcome, preceded by at times difficult negotiations, was a political decision establishing a new framework for supervision of the financial sector in the EU. In a new European policy...
13 April Public Procurement and Labour in the EU - What room for social considerations?
Is it possible to integrate social considerations into public procurement? For example, is it permissible to promote gender equality, integration of disabled persons, high safety standards and good working conditions. According to Kerstin Ahlberg and Niklas Bruun who have written the report Public...
16 mars Förhandsavgöranden av EU-domstolen – Svenska domstolars hållning
Through the membership in the EU, the Swedish courts have been given a role they previously did not have. They are now part of a European legal and judicial system, which covers the entire EU and where they constitute the EU law's national arm. In a new SIEPS report Professor Ulf Bernitz examines...
11 March Improving the quality of regulation and legislation – difficulties and solutions
Improved quality of regulation and legislation is now a pronounced objective at European as well as national level. The European Commission have for some years now tried to convince EU member states to reduce the administrative burdens – especially for enterprises – and make regulatory impact...
February 26 The European Economy in Focus
The annual report 2010 from the European Economic Advisory Group (EEAG) at the CESIfo Institute in Munich will be presented at a seminar in Stockholm on February 26. In addition to providing a comprehensive forecast of the European economy for the coming year, this year’s EEAG report addresses...
27 januari Slutbetyg på EU-ordförandeskapet
For six challenging months, Sweden held the presidency of the EU Council of Ministers. Now we look back and grade the Swedish leadership. ParticipantsGustaf Lind, State Secretary, Foreign and European Affairs, Prime Minister's OfficeGöran von Sydow, Researcher, SIEPSAnnika Ström-Melin, Journalist,...
17 December Immigration Policy for Circular Migration
Circular migration has become an important concept in the EU's future migration policy. The main purpose is to minimise brain-drain while simultaneously allowing the international movement of workers to render the economies of both sending and receiving countries more efficient. In a new SIEPS...
9 december The Eastern Partnership: an appraisal at the end of the Swedish Presidency
The Eastern Partnership, originally a Swedish-Polish initiative, was officially launched in May 2009 as a European Union policy framework to enhance relations with six countries in Eastern Europe and the southern Caucasus. During this autumn, the Swedish Presidency of the EU has been in charge of...
2 december Sverige och EMU - ett seminarium om eurosamarbetet
SIEPS invites you to the seminar on Sweden and the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), in collaboration with the Parliamentary Committee on EU Affairs. The aim is to provide knowledge and room for reflection on the political and economic experience of the euro collaboration and the potential...
1 december Transatlantic Relations in Perspective: Roads to Deepened Cooperation
The current international context is characterised by uncertainty. On the economic front, the global financial and economic crisis has triggered a search for global economic governance structures and put the politics of trade back on the agenda. The US administration has initiated a new...
19 november Stormakt i sex månader - lunchseminarium
On 1 July this year, Sweden took over the EU presidency. During six months Sweden leads the work in the EU and represents the EU in the world. All this means that Sweden is a "substitute global power". So what does Sweden want with its presidency and what opportunities do Sweden have to influence...
19 november Stormakt i sex månader
On 1 July this year, Sweden took over the EU presidency. During six months Sweden leads the work in the EU and represents the EU in the world. All this means that Sweden is a "substitute global power". So what does Sweden want with its presidency and what opportunities do Sweden have to influence...
13 November Trade in Services and in Goods with Low-Wage Countries - How do Attitudes Differ?
The extent to which low-wage trade competition in the service sector with posted workers should be allowed in the EU has been a hot issue recently. In Sweden, the so-called Vaxholm conflict has become the symbol for this debate. In a new Sieps report with the title Trade in Services and in Goods...
10 november The Swedish Presidency: European Perspectives
As the Swedish EU Presidency is rapidly approaching the end of its term, SIEPS will arrange a seminar reviewing the achievements thus far. To this end, a number of leading policy analysts from around Europe has been invited to give their views on the performance of the Swedish government in its...
23 oktober Reforming the EU Budget: Recommendations for Policy-Makers
The EU budget review will enter a new phase this autumn when the European Commission presents its long-awaited proposals for budget reform. At this seminar SIEPS will publish a new report, How to Reform the EU Budget? A Methodological Toolkit, in which EU spending is examined in detail. The...
7 oktober Stormakt i sex månader
On 1 July this year, Sweden took over the EU presidency. During six months Sweden leads the work in the EU and represents the EU in the world. All this means that Sweden is a "substitute global power". So what does Sweden want with its presidency and what opportunities do Sweden have to influence...
16 september Which Common Policy for Agriculture and Rural Areas beyond 2013?
On the occasion of the Swedish Presidency of the EU,  SIEPS and Notre Europe are inviting specialists, political decision-makers, Commission officials and researchers to discuss the question Which Common Policy for Agriculture and Rural Areas beyond 2013? These think tanks are inviting...
25 augusti Stormakt i sex månader
Global actor for six months - The Swedish EU presidency and its priorities. On 1 July this year, Sweden took over the EU presidency. During six months Sweden leads the work in the EU and represents the EU in the world. All this means that Sweden is a "substitute global power". So what does Sweden...
29 juni Europas val och ordförandeskapets kval
Date:  29 June 2009, Almedalen Visby IntroductionLars Adaktusson, journalist 10:05 to 11:00 People's Will and the EU - the result of the Swedish European electionSoren Holmberg, professor of political science, University of GothenburgThe new political Europe - the European Parliament after the...
17 juni Climate Change and Energy Security in the EU: Possible Synergies?
Climate change and energy will be high on the agenda for the up-coming Swedish Presidency. Energy security, as well as the EU's current and future energy supplies are key aspects in combating climate change. The EU's goal is to get at least 20 percent of its energy supplies from alternative energy...
10 juni Europaparlamentsvalet: en första analys
On June 7, Swedes voted for the fourth time in a European Parliament election. Previous elections have been characterized by a low participation and large fluctuations in the support of the various political parties. Generally speaking,  the government parties and the major parties usually do worse...
28 - 29 May: Swedish Presidency 2009
Swedish Presidency 2009: Finding Solidarity in the Face of Crises The Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, SIEPS, in cooperation with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, arranged a major international conference on the eve of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union....
14 May The 2009 Czech EU Presidency
Date: May 14 The 2009 Czech EU Presidency: Contested Leadership at a Time of Crisis The Czech Presidency of 2009 inherited a fully charged agenda after France. Three severe external crises confronted the Czech government as it took over at the helm of the EU: the gas dispute between Ukraine and...
11 maj: EU: Fem år efter utvidgningen mot öst
Date: 11 May 2009 in Hässleholm In May 2009 it will be five years since the EU's enlargement to the east. The enlargement was surrounded by both aspirations and concerns. In 2009 SNS Democratic Council presented the report "Europe after enlargement," which examines what the enlargement meant for...
7 maj: Empowering national courts in EU law
Date: 7 May 2009 in Stockholm National courts are critical for the European legal system to function. In July 2008 the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which the national courts' role was emphasized. According to the resolution, the dialogue between national courts and the ECJ must be...
21 April - Migration as Foreign Policy?
Date: 21 April 2009 in Stockholm The external dimension of EU migration and asylum policies is getting an increasingly prominent role. The EU's role as a global actor opens up new possibilities in the field of migration but also a greater responsibility towards third countries. During the Swedish...
14 April - EU Budget Reform - Insights from Theory
Date: 14 April 2009 in Stockholm The current EU budget review creates fundamental questions about what the EU is and should do. The budget review aims to create a budget better tailored to meet future challenges. The seminar presented the report Fiscal Federalism, subsidiarity and the EU Budget...
25 March - Europas ekonomi under luppen 2009
Date: 25 March 2009 in Stockholm John Hassler, Professor of Economics, presented this year's report from EEAG - European Economic Advisory Group at CESifo in Munich at a seminar organized by SIEPS and SNS. In addition to a macroeconomic forecast of the European economy, the report contains a number...
29 January - Utrikespolitiska utmaningar för Obama
Date: 29 January 2009 in Stockholm The new U.S. administration will inherit a number of large and persistent challenges from President Bush, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran, a re-awakening of Russia and an increasingly tight timetable of negotiations on...
The French Presidency of 2008
Date: 3 December 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden The French Presidency of the EU during the autumn 2008 is played out during a period of intense activity both on the global and European levels. The agenda of the Presidency has largely been set by unexpected external events, such as the conflict in...
Utrikespolitiskt konvent: Vad händer med Lissabonfördraget?
Date: October 9, 2008 in Stockholm What happens to the Lisbon Treaty? This seminar was part of the arrangement "Conference on foreign policy 2008". ParticipantsCarl Fredrik Bergström, Researcher, SIEPSAnna Kinberg Batra-, Chairman, Committee on EU Affairs Ulf Holm, member, Committee on EU Affairs...
The Politicisation of Energy Security
Date: 9 October 2008  The last decade has seen a dramatically changed context for European energy policy with increasing volatility of the energy markets, a changing pattern of external dependency after EU enlargement and increasing global demand without corresponding increases of supply. These and...
Immigration From the New Member States and the Swedish Welfa
Date: 22 September 2008  Prior to the eastern enlargement of the EU in May 2004 a heated debate arose in Sweden about so-called “social tourism” and possible negative effects on the Swedish labour market. SIEPS presented a new report, Immigrants from the New Member States and the Swedish Welfare...
Global Challenges to Development
Date: 3 September 2008  In 2008 several dramatic and apparently sudden economic developments have taken place. Among the most conspicuous are the US subprime loan debacle, rising raw material prises and the spectre of interest rate increases in the context of economic global slow-down.  This is...
Power, Influence and the Lisbon Treaty
Date: 11 July 2008  How does the Lisbon treaty changes the present treaties? How will the ratification process proceed? Can the new treaty enter into force? During Almedalsveckan in Visby, SIEPS organized a seminar on the practical implications of the Lisbon treaty in cooperation with the...
Sweden, the EU and Global Development
Date: 12 June 2008  The politics of global development includes numerous different policy areas and actors. The European Union is an important actor in this field, for example through its power in trade and economic cooperation. In com-bination with its Member States the EU is the biggest donor in...
Hur ändras EU? Om Lissabonfördraget
Date: 7 April 2008 at the Europe Forum in Hässleholm The Lisbon Treaty is the EU's new basic treaty and is expected to become effective in 2009. At the seminar a draft of the report The Lisbon Treaty was presented. The report analyzes the contents of the Lisbon Treaty, and discusses why it has been...
The Slovenian Presidency
Date: 28 May 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden Slovenia is the first post-socialist Member State to hold the presidency of the European Union. The Slovenian Presidency has, inter alia, been devoted to the ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty, the development of the European Research Area, energy and...
Think Global - Act European Seminar
Datum: 23 May 2008 in Paris, France The future Trio of the French, Czech and Swedish Presidencies will be active at a key moment of the EU agenda, from July 2008 to December 2009, with the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, the budget review, the European election campaign and the renewal of the...
Growing support for the EU
Date: 21 May 2008  The support for EU-membership has increased in the Swedish public opinion and the latest survey shows higher levels of support than in any previous survey. A new analysis from SIEPS, Ökat opinionsstöd för EU, describes the trends in Swedish public opinion towards the EU. The...
From Borders in Space to Borders in the Mind
Date: 16 May 2008 To mark the 4th anniversary of the historic enlargement of the European Union to the East in 2004 and to present a joint Swedish-Polish contribution to the ongoing European debate a conference was arranged in Stockholm. The goal was to to discuss the identity of Europeans,...
Institutional Competences in EU External Action
Date: 12 May 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden The development of institutional com-petencies within the EU’s external action in general, and in the framework of the CFSP and ESDP in particular, have brought questions concerning the division of roles between the different actors to the fore. SIEPS, in...
The Food Policy of the European Union
Date: 21 April 2008  From farm to fork - so says the slogan for the EU’s food policy. It will represent the holistic approach applied to the food policy area. This holistic approach is the result of the review of the EU legislation on food safety that began around the millennium after several food-...
The EU Budget Review 2008/09
Date: 14 April 2008 in Brussels, Belgium  In May 2006 the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission agreed to invite the Commission to “undertake a full, wide ranging review” of the common budget and to report in 2008/09. On 15 April 2008 the Commission closed the consultation...
Europas ekonomi under luppen
Lars Calmfors, professor of economics, presented the annual report of EEAG, European Economic Advisory Group (EEAG) at CESifo in Munich. This year's report is titled "Europe in a globalized world". It includes an assessment of the near-term economic development, but focuses primarily on the more...
The Priorities of the Czech Republic and Sweden for the EU P
Date: 4 March 2008  The Czech Republic will hold the presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2009, preceded by France and followed by Sweden. The three countries and the Council Secretariat are now preparing the common 18-month program. During this open lecture the priorities of...
Security of Energy Supply. EU-Russia and Transit Countries
Date: 31 January 2008 Chloé Le Coq, SITE, and Elena Paltseva, Copenhagen University, presented the new SIEPS’ report Common Energy Policy in the EU. The report is part of the research project Energy: towards a common (green) energy policy?  The report is analysing potential insurance economic...
Local and regional links to Brussels
Date: 13 December 2007  The EU activities of Swedish subnational authorities have varied across space and time since Swedish membership in the Union. The constitutional asymmetries on the regional level in Sweden create a unique opportunity for testing the impact of different institutional settings...
The Portuguese Presidency
Date: 7 December 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden The current Portuguese Presidency has inter alia focused on finalizing the negotiations over the Lisbon Treaty. Other priorities include highlighting Africa, with the EU-Africa summit as a controversial centerpiece, and within the framework of the 18 month...
The EU Budget Review: Possibilities and Challenges for the Future
Date: 6 November 2007  The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and SIEPS arranged a lunch time meeting in Brussels on the EU Budget Review of 2008-2009. At the seminar, the report Agenda 2014: A Zero-Base Approach by Daniel Tarschys was presented. The report is part of the research project...
The Purse of the European Union
Datue: 26 October 2007  SIEPS’ Annual Conference 2007 was devoted to the ongoing review of the EU budget, which will be completed in 2008-2009. The review should cover “all aspects of EU spending, including the CAP, and of resources, including the UK rebate. Professor André Sapir and professor Iain...
Romania's path to the European Union
Date: 24 September 2007  The road to full membership of the European Union is long and demanding for an applicant country. The EU sets a number of convergence criteria that the applicant state needs to fulfil. This seminar was devoted to Romania’s path to full EU membership. The mechanisms of...
The New EU Treaty - a Big Deal?
Date: 17 September 2007 in Stockholm During the summer a deal has been struck between European Governments to resurrect the notorius ”Constitution” in the shape of a Reform Treaty. The formalia are expected to be swiftly put into print. Even if the new Treaty has been designed to cause a lot less...
Who Shapes the Future of Criminal Law?
Date: 4 June 2007  Common solutions to common problems are the idea behind European integration. Transnational crime is a common problem. However, criminal law is deeply rooted in the Member States’ national law, which makes international co-operation more difficult.  A new report from Sieps...
The German Presidency
Date: 31 May 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden The current German pre-sidency has focused on the Constitutional Treaty. The European Council meeting in June will most likely indicate some directions for the constitutional reform of the EU. The summit in March was mainly concerned with common strategies to...
27 April - EU-positiva opinionsvindar
Date: 27 April 2009 in Stockholm At this seminar the report EU gradually more accepted will be presented. The latest polls of public opinion shows that support for the EU is at its greatest since Sweden joined. It is now almost a majority support for the EU. The trend shows that more Swedes embrace...
Increasing public support for European integration among Swe
Date: 25 April 2007  The attitudes of the Swedes to the European Union has ever since Sweden joined the Union in 1995 been characterised by a relatively high degree of scepticism. New data shows however that these attitudes are changing.  Speakers:  Sören Holmberg, Professor, Department of...
Family-friendly policies and their impact on fertility rates in Europe
Date: 16 April 2007    The old age dependency ratio in the EU is projected to increase from 25 percent 2005 to 54 percent in 2050. This is the result of increased life expectancy and lower fertility rates. The resulting strain on public finances, through increased pension payments and increased...
Bargaining Power in the European Council
Date: 2 April 2007 The meetings of Heads of State and Government in the European Council set out the general direction of the integration process and difficult and contentious issues are resolved. Since these meetings are held behind closed doors little research and systematic knowledge has been...
The European Research Conference
Date: 26 March 2007    Presentation of the report "The euro – What’s in it for me? An economic analysis of the Swedish euro referendum of 2003" by Professor Lars Jonung and Assistant Professor Jonas Vlachos. The report is part of the research project The Economic and Monetary Union. Professor Bo...
National Courts and EU Law
Dates: 6 och 8 December 2006 These seminars were organized for the purpose of promoting the awareness of the role of the national courts in the legal order of the EU. They were organized by a research group at the Faculty of Law at the Lund University in cooperation with SIEPS. 6 December:...
The Finnish Presidency
Date: 5 December 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden The current Finnish presidency has tabled, among others, issues about economic innovation and the Northern dimension including EU-Russia relations on the agenda. Furthermore, the situation in the Middle-East as well as the future of the Constitutional...
The Northern Dimension and EU-Russia relations
Date: 27 November 2006   On November 24 a EU-Russia summit will be held in Helsinki. The Northern Dimension policy relates to the cooperation between countries in Northern Europe. Current developments in Russia as well as major challenges relating to, inter alia, natural resources, environment,...
Budget Allocation in an Expanding EU
Date: 27 November 2006 in Brussels, Belgium In a new report from the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, SIEPS, professor Mika Widgrén, Turku School of Economics in Finland, evaluates the costs of future enlargements under different Council voting rules. During this seminar, the report...
SIEPS' Annual Conference - Why Europe?
Date: 16 November 2006 The failure to ratify the Constitutional Treaty has prompted a renewed debate on the legitimacy of European integration, which fundamentally structures the future direction and speed of future integrative processes. Are democracy and the Con-stitutional Treaty prerequisites...
CSR and the Swedish model
Date: 6 November 2006 The EU has recently become more active in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). A question of special interest from a Swedish perspective is whether the European discussion on CSR may lead to a more active role for corporations on social issues. Will this change...
Taxes and free movement in the European Union
Date: 18 October 2006 At the seminar the report Taxes and free movement in the European Union by Kristina Ståhl was presented. The report is part of the research project The EU's Internal Market: Effects on Central Areas. The development of the case law of the European Court of Justice implies that...
The Union Citizenship and its effect on the free movement of
Date: 10 October 2006 The principle of free movement has become a real and individual right which entitles European citizens to move freely within the European Union. Some opposition does however exist since many Member States fear that their welfare system will be exploited, especially when it...
The Austrian EU Presidency
Date: 9 June 2006 A number of central and contentious issues have been on the agenda of the Austrian presidency. Before the term comes to an end the European Council will have an important summit in Brussels mid-June. Among the issues for debate were key questions concerning the future of the...
Transatlantic Relations in Trade and Security
Date: 30 May 2006  By the end of the 1990s, the United States reasserted its position as the dominant political-security provider but shared a new bipolar economic order – one marked by both competition and cooperation – with an economically united, successful and self-confident EU. Despite...
Maintaining momentum: Research as the key to a future Europe?
Date: 22 May 2006 How can research contribute to more growth and employment in Europe? What role can the EU play? Critical voices in Europe are claiming that the Lisbon strategy has failed. The gap of innovation between the EU and the US has widened in recent years, economic growth in the member...
What about the Constitutional Crisis in the EU?
Date: 10 May 2006 As a part of the Government Offices events on Europe Day, 9 May, SIEPS arranged a seminar on constitutional matters. Three preliminary reports were presented, describing the constitutional development in the EU after the negative referenda results in France and the Netherlands...
Political Dynamics of EU Enlargement
Date: 4 May 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden During this seminar the report The Dynamics of Enlargement: The Role of the EU in Candidate Countries by Andreas Bågenholm,  on how the road towards EU membership affects internal policies in the applicant countries was presented.  The report is a part of the...
Freedom of Movement for Workers from Central and Eastern Europe
Date: 24 April 2006   Ireland and Sweden, togehter with the United Kingdom, were the only EU15 Member States to open their labour markets to the new Member States after the 2004 EU enlargement. A new report from the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, SIEPS, examines the effects on...
Sweden, the EU and Community Law
Date: 27 March 2006 The obligation of Swedish courts of justice to ask the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling was discussed at a seminar in Hässleholm. At the seminar the report Sweden on trial - The Control of Member States in the EU was presented. The report is part of the...
The Swedish Constitution and the EU
The debate on the Swedish Constitution and the EU came to an abrupt end last spring when the EU constitutional treaty was put on hold. A number of questions were unanswered. Does the constitution reflects our membership in the EU? Who determines the content of Sweden's constitution - the...
The European Union as a Global Actor
Date: 21 March 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden Two new reports treating the role of the European Union on the international scene and published by SIEPS were presented during this seminar. Leader or Foot-Dragger? Perceptions of the European Union in Multilateral International Negotiations by Ole Elgström...
Report on the European Economy 2006
Date: 15 March 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden The annual report from the European Economic Advisory Group (EEAG) at the CESIfo Institute in Munich on the European Economy was presented at a seminar in Stockholm on 15 March. This years report analyses the growth performance of different European...
The European Debate on Growth
Date: 13 December 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden Economic growth is at the core of the debate in the EU today. This is particularly so after the adoption of the Lisbon Strategy. The report The European Debate on Growth by Anne D. Boschini and Rickard Eriksson, which provides a summary of the European...
Sieps årskonferens 2005: The State of the European Union
Date: 7 December 2005 in Stockholm Invited speakers from the world discussed the EU from their respective perspectives. The focus of the conference was the future challenges for the EU and the EU's role in the world.Welcoming wordsMats Hellstrom, President of the SIEPS' board SpeakersVladimir Zuev...
What Remains of the Stability Pact and What Next?
Date: December 6 2005 in Stockholm At the seminar, the report What Remains of the Stability Pact and What Next? by Lars Calmfors was presented. The report is part of the research project Fiscal Policy in the EU and in the EMU. Participants:Lars Calmfors, Stockholm UniversityJean Pisani-Ferry,...
Interstitial Institutional Change: Contested Competences in Europe
Date: 2 December 2005 Treaty revisions at Intergovernmental Conferences regularly bring about changes in institutional rules governing decision-making in the European Union. By focusing uniquely on treaty reforms as highly salient events, less conspicuous, incremental changes that occur between...
The 2005 UK Presidency: Beyond the British Question?
Date: 2 December 2005  Presentation of the paper The UK 2005 Presidency: Beyond the British Question?by Edward Best. This paper looks at the evolution of Britain's role in Europe in the light of the issues facing the UK Presidency in the second half of 2005. Written at the end of October 2005, the...
Is the Commission the Small Member States' Best Friend?
Date: 21 November 2005  Presentation of the report Is the Commission the Small Member States' Best Friend? By Simone Bunse, Paul Magnette and Kalypso Nicolaïdis. This study investigates the nature of the relationship between small states and the European Commission, posing the question whether the...
The Role of the National Courts in the European Union: A Future Perspective
Date: 21 November 2005 in Lund, Sweden The European Union is, at this time, under a "constitutional momentum". Even if the text of the Treaty will not be ratified the Constitutional Treaty will probably affect the role of national courts in the near future. The Constitutional Treaty has, in fact,...
What is left of the Stability Pact?
Date: 8 November 2005 In the spring of 2005 the Stability and Growth Pact was reformed. A report was presented at the seminar which describes the application of the Pact thus far, attempts to predict the consequences of the 2005 reform, and provides alternative solutions that would ensure fiscal...
Trade Effects of European Integration
Date: 21 October 2005 How is world trade affected by the European integration process? Is there a trade diversion that is to the disadvantage of countries bordering on the Union? The report European Integration and Trade Diversion: Yeats revisited was presented at the seminar which discusses these...
EU and Swedish Monopolies - Theory, Reality and Future
Date: 5 October 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden At this seminar a report on the future for the Swedish monopolies in the EU was presented. The report  EU and Swedish Monopolies - Theory, Reality and Future by Anna Meyrowitsch, Emanuel Allroth and Jörgen Hettne was presented during this seminar. The...
The Future Cohesion Policy in the New Member States
Date: 28 September 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden How well does EU Structural Policy suit the needs of the new Member States? The report From Policy Takers to Policy Makers: Adapting EU Cohesion Policy to the Needs of the New Member States by Jonas Eriksson, Bengt O. Karlsson and Daniel Tarschys was...
From Policy Takers to Policy Makers
Date: 26 September 2005    The seminar was held at the Centre for European Policy Studies. Seven of the authors of the report presented the result of a collaboration between SIEPS and six European research institutes. The report concludes that the new EU Member States will not be able to fully reap...
A Modern European Union - What should it be doing?
Date: 1 September 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden After the results of the referendums in France and the Netherlands on the European constitution and after the European Council's decision to proclaim a period of reflection in the EU, SIEPS arranged a seminar to discuss how the cooperation within the EU...
The Enigma of European Added Value: Setting Priorities for the European Union
Date: 23 June 2005 After the referendums in France and the Netherlands as well as the European Council's decision to call a "period of reflection" in the EU, SIEPS invited to a seminar and discussion on the issue of how an EU cooperation should be developed. Can the EU contribute in a better way...
Referendum on Parliamentary Ratification
Date: 14 June 2005   At a seminar on the ratification of the European Constitution a new report from SIEPS, written by Ann-Cathrine Jungar and Christer Karlsson, was presented. The report discusses the different ways in which the member states have chosen to ratify the constitution. Furthermore,...
The Battle of the EU Budget
Date: 2 June 2005 In connection with the European Council on 15-16 June 2005, SIEPS arranged a seminar in which various aspects of the EU budget were discussed. Research on voting rules, where different kinds of voting procedures are tested empirically in order to predict budget allocations,...
After the Referendum in France: What Happens Now?
Date: 30 May 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden Following the referendum on the Constitutional Treaty in France on 29 May 2005 SIEPS organised a seminar at which the implications of the result of the referendum was discussed. ParticipantsLars Danielsson, Prime Minister's Office Jonas Tallberg, Stockholm...
Old and New Legislators - EU and Criminal Law
Date: 11 May 2005  At this seminar the report Old and New Legislators - EU and Criminal Law was presented. The seminar was organised by SIEPS in co-operation with Information Rosenbad. Medverkande: Annika Ström Melin, SIEPS Gunnar Persson, LL D Erik Wennerström, Ministry of Justice Ola Löfgren,...
The EU Constitution and the Swedish Basic Law
Date: 9 May 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden At this seminar the Swedish ratification of the Constitutional Treaty was discussed. Would it have been possible for Sweden to ratify the Treaty without changing the basic Swedish law or would such a change have been necessary following the implications in the...
Hur informera och kommunicera EU till allmänheten
Date: 28 April 2005 in Stockholm A new joint network meeting of the authorities whose task is to inform the public about the EU. The network meeting was a follow up of the meeting of Parliament on 21 October 2004. The network meeting was held at the European Commission's representation in Sweden on...
The 2005 Luxembourg Presidency: Priorities and Strategy
Date: 26 April 2005  The paper "The 2005 Luxembourg Presidency: A Presidency Devoted to the Stability and Growth Pact" was presented. Speaker: Professor Philippe Poirier, Université du Luxembourg Discussant: Magnus Robach, Director General, Department Prime Minister's Office  Programme (90.16 kB)  ...
The Constitutional Treaty and Ciminal Law
Date: 25 April 2005 at Europaforum in Hässleholm, Sweden The report Old and New Legislators - EU and Criminal Law by Gunnar Persson was presented at this seminar. The report is a part of the research project A Constitution for Europe? ParticipantsJörgen Hettne, SIEPS Henrik Jermsten, Ministry of...
Deliberative Democracy and Civil Society
Date: 20 April 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden The seminar was a co-arrangement between the European Commission's representation to Sweden and SIEPS. Participants Hans Alldén, the European Commission's representation to Sweden Ann-Cathrine Jungar, Södertörn University College Jan Olsson, The Swedish...
The European Economy under the Magnifying Glass
Date: 6 March 2007  Presentation of the annual report from the European Economic Advisory Group Group (EEAG) at the CESIfo Institute in Munich. In addition to providing a European economic forecast, the report addresses several important policy issues. This years report focuses on asymmetric...
Treaty Establishing a Consitution for Europe
Date: 25 February 2005 At this seminar the Treaty Establishing a Consitution for Europe was discussed. The seminar was organised by SIEPS in co-operation with the Center for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) and the EU 2004 Committee. Participants: Hand Hegeland, Swedish Parliament Carl Fredrik...
The new EU constitution
Date: Januari 28 2005 Participants: Jan-Erik Lane, University of GenevaAxel Moberg, Department of Foreign AffairsMikael Priks, Ludwig-Maximilian University in MünichJesper Roine, Stockholm School of Business  Program (84.53 kB) Date: Januari 28 2005 Participants: Jan-Erik Lane, University of...
The Political Implications of Turkish Accession to the EU
Date: 11 January 2005 in Brussels During the seminar, the report The Political Dynamics of Turkish Accession to the EU: a European Success Story or the EU's Most Contested Enlargement? by Kirsty Hughes was presented. The paper looks at the key political dynamics involved in the process of Turkish...
Which Priorities for the New Commission in the WTO?
Date: 16 December 2004  SIEPS, in cooperation with the National Board of Trade and the European Commission Representation in Sweden, arranged a seminar on 16 December 2004 in connection with a visit to Sweden by Mogens Peter Carl, Director General of DG Trade, European Commission. The theme of...
Ten Years in the EU - What has happend?
Date: 9 December 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden ParticipantsFranz Vranitzky, tidigare förbundskansler i Österrike Pertti Salolanien, tidigare vice statsminister i Finland Ingvar Carlsson, tidigare statsminsinter i Sverige Fritz Breuss, ordförande för Europainstitut i Wien Teija Tillikainen, direktör...
A Constitution for Europe? Reflections
Date: 1 December 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden At this seminar a collected volume of five studies on the Constitutional Treaty was presented. During this seminar the report A Constitution for Europe? Reflections by Thomas Bull, Torbjörn Larsson, Ulrika Mörth, Joakim Nergelius and Ola Zetterquist was...
What Future for the European Constitution?
Date: 1 December 2004  At the seminar two reports were presented: National Parliaments and Decision-making at the European Level by Fredrik Langdal and The Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in the Future EU by Michael Hellner. Both reports are part of the research project Strategy 2004...
The Netherlands 2004 EU Council Presidency
Date: 3 November 2004 in Stockholm The report The Netherlands 2004 EU Council Presidency: Dutch EU-Policy Making in the Spotlights by Mendeltje van Keulen was presented at this seminar.  This report discusses the domestic backgrounds and challenges of the 2004 Netherlands European Union (EU)...
Conference on Industry Location in Europe
Date: 25 October 2004 The European integration has changed the preconditions for the localisation of firms in many areas. In a more integrated market companies can choose to concentrate their production to the most attractive locations, for example in regions where consumers have stronger...
The Adventure of the European Constitution: Will and Chaos
Date: 20 October 2004 The seminar was organised in co-operation with the French Embassy, the EU 2004 Committee and the Network for Swedish and French Parliamentarians. Participants: Olivier Duhamel, Professor Tomas Dahlman, SIEPS
Labour Mobility in the Enlarged EU
Date: 23 September 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden On 1 May 2004 ten new countries joined the European Union. While this has been labelled an unprecedented achievement in the European integration process, this particular enlargement was also accompanied by great concern of an increase in the immigration...
The New Constitution for the European Union
Date: 22 June 2004 The seminar was organised in co-operation with the EU 2004 Committee. Participants: Lars Danielsson, Prime Minister’s Office Lena Hjelm-Wallén, Swedish Representative to the Convention  Kenneth Kvist, Swedish Parliament’s Representative to the Convention  Ingvar Svensson, Swedish...
The Directive on Services - a European Perspectiv
Date: 10 June 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden   Participants David Kernohan, Centre for European Policy Studies Lena Maier, SACO Håkan Jonsson, National Board of Trade  Programme (13.16 kB) Date: 10 June 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden   Participants David Kernohan, Centre for European Policy Studies Lena...
The Future of the EU after the Enlargement
Date: 5 May 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden This seminar was organised in co-operation with Information Rosenbad. ParticipantsUlf Bernitz, Stockholm University Lars Calmfors, Stockholm University Lars Danielsson, Prime Minister’s Office Daniel Tarschys, Stockholm University Tomas Dahlman, Director,...
Economic Growth in the European Union
Date: 29 April 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden The results from three reports that have attracted much attention in the debate on economic growth in the EU were presented and discussed at this seminar. The seminar is a part of the research project The EU Economic Policy och results from the following...
Conflict of Interests in the World Trading System - Global T
Date: 29 March 2004  In which direction is the world moving regarding international trade? Are we witnessing an agenda dominated by a multilateral approach, or will there be an increase in the emphasis on regional agreements? Is there even an increase of protectionism in today's world trading...
The Irish Presidency: A Preliminary Analysis of Precedent, Goals and Achievment
Date: 16 March 2004 Participants: Ben Tonra, Professor, University College, Dublin Axel Wernhoff, Prime Minister’s Office  Programme (14.93 kB) Date: 16 March 2004 Participants: Ben Tonra, Professor, University College, Dublin Axel Wernhoff, Prime Minister’s Office  Programme (14.93 kB)
Presentation av den årliga rapporten från EEAG
Date: 16 February 2004 in Stockholm Every year since 2003, an international group of researchers publishes a report that examines various aspects of the European economy; "Report on the European Economy". Lars Calmfors, professor of economics at the Institute for International Economics, is the...
European Union Interregional Economic Strategies: The Cases of North America and the Mediterranean
Date: 15 January 2004 Participants: Beverly Crawford, Professor, University of California, BerkelyEdward A Fogarty, PhD Researcher University of California, Berkely Programme (pdf)  
The Convention Behind the Scenes: The Working Method and the
Date: 9 December 2003 Participants: Håkan Jonsson, National Board of Trade Hans Hegeland, Swedish Parliament At the seminar the report The Convention Behind the Scenes: The Working Method and the Bargaining Game of the European Convention by Hans Hegeland and Håkan Jonsson was presented....
Industry Location in an Enlarged Europe
Date: 27 November 2003 Presentation of the reports Italiensk utenrikspolitikk under Berlusconi-regjeringen frem til EU formannskapet by Elisabetta Cassina Wolff (only available in Norwegian) and Industrial Structure and Industry Location in an Enlarged Europe by Karolina Ekholm. Which consequences...
The Italian Presidency
Date: 24 November 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden Italian foreign policy has traditionally been shaped by the interplay between three factors: the transatlantic relations; Italy’s relationship with the countries of the Mediterranean Sea, and Italy’s place in Europe. During the seminar the report The...
Forging an Effective EU Foreign Policy
Date: 17 November 2003  The seminar was co-arranged between Centre for European Reform, Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and the Swedish Embassy in London . At the seminar, institutional reform and the EU's ability to act coherently in its foreign policy was a dominating theme....
Legislation in the Future EU
Date: 11-13 November 2003 Participant: Carl Fredrik Bergström, SIEPS
Sweden in the Future EU
Date: 7 November 2003  Programme (255.67 kB)
The future budget of the EU
Date: 8 October 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden A report which analysed and suggested amendments to the EU budgetary system in the light of the enlargement was presented at this seminar, which was held in Brussels . The report covered both expenditures and revenues. The report Coming of Age? Economic...
The Future Court System of the EU
Date: 17 september 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden Two reports were presented during this seminar within the research project Strategy 2004: The Court System in the Future Constitution of the EU by Jörgen Hettne and Ulf Öberg Decentralized Agencies and the IGC: A Question of Accountability by Carl...
The Structural Policy
Date: 16 September 2003  The EU Structural Policy aims to promote social and economic cohesion in the Union. However, the differences between regions are often overstated in the data - different statistics produce different results. Furthermore, the funds used to promote cohesion have been...
Transatlantic Relations the European Union and the United States: Partners or Competitors?
Date: 26 August 2003 Presentation of the paper Transatlantic Relations: The EU and the US Towards a Common Global Role. Transatlantic relations have seen the most dramatic crisis ever, over the issue of how to deal with Iraq. The report is part of the research project Trade and Welfare Effects of...
Vissa konstitutionella frågor i framtidens EU
Date: 12 juni 2003 in Stockholm At the seminar, two reports were presented within the research project Strategy 2004:  National Parliaments and decision-making at the European levelav Fredrik Langdal The Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedomsav Michael Hellner Participants: Anders...
Security and defence in the future EU
Date: 10 June 2003 Presentation of the report Security and Defence in the Future EU: An Analysis of Defence Matters in the European Convention. Since the creation of the European Union, there have been member states striving to create a common defence to protect the union from external enemies. The...
Striking the Institutional Balance?
Date: 2 June 2003 The seminar was organised in co-operation with EPIN, European Policy Institutes Network, financed by the Commission. At the seminar, the reports Reforming the Council: A Work in Progress, Simply Simplification? The Proposal for a Hierarchy of Legal Acts and The Invisible...
More common decision-making in the future EU?
Date: 8 May 2003 At the seminar the reports Taxes - Competition or Harmonisation? and The Politics of Asylum in the Future Europe were presented. The reports are part of the research project Strategy 2004. Participants: Hans E. Andersson, Göteborg University Mats Persson, Stockholm University Per...
The European Convention and Distribution of Competences
Date: 10 April 2003 At the seminar three reports were presented: The Principle of Subsidiarity: Juridical Review or Political Control? by Jörgen Hettne. Preparing Intergovernmental Conferences: The Convention in Context by Karl Magnus Johansson. The Division of Competences between the EU and the...
The Open Method of Coordination
Date: 28 March 2003 in Stockholm When the European Convention began its work, the open method of coordination (OMC) was not one of the central issues. However, open coordination slowly but steadily cropped up in different working groups of the Convention. There is no doubt that the OMC, although...
The Making of a European Constitution
Date: 20 March 2003  The on-going work of the Convention on the Future of Europe was discussed at the seminar. Through this seminar, the research project Strategy 2004 began. Participants: Giuliano Amato, Convention on the Future of Europe  Lena Hjelm-Wallén, Swedish Representative to the...
A Europe of the Citizens or a Europe of the Politicians?
Date: 4 March 2003 in Stockholm, Sweden ParticipantsJacob Söderman, The European Ombudsman Tommy Möller, Professor in political science, Stockholm university Göran Magnusson (s), vice chairman the Committee on the Constitution, The Riksdag Göran Lennmarker (m), Representative of the Riksdag to the...

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