De Toekomst van Europa
De Toekomst van Europa

The Future of Europe

Thursday 23 May 2024, 6:30 pm - 10 pm

From migration to climate change and farmers in revolt. What challenges does Europe face and what does the future look like?  

On Thursday 23 May, we invite you to the alumni event of Nijmegen School of Management. Students and staff of the faculty are also welcome. The hot topics at play during the European elections will take centre stage. Expect an evening full of inspiring speakers, interactive workshops and fascinating discussions. And, of course, the opportunity to catch up with old classmates and teachers, reminisce and meet new people. 

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  • 18.30 - 19.00: Walk-in with coffee and tea
  • 19.00 - 19.30: Joint opening in the Leon Wecke hall by prof. dr. Anna van der Vleuten
  • 19.45 - 20.45: Choose one of the four seminars 
  • From 20.45: Drinks in The Yard


After the joint opening (in English), you can participate in one of the four seminars. Read below what to expect from the seminars and make your choice. 

Gerry Alons, Vincent Hurkens, Andrej Zaslove

Seminar 1 - Farmers in Europe: Revolt and Populism

Since summer 2023, we have seen large farmers' protests in many European member states against the climate and agricultural policies of the governments in these member states. Farmers are also emphatically making themselves heard in Brussels at the European institutions. Media claim that not only governments but also the European Commission are afraid that populist parties will benefit from these waves of protests in the European elections. In this workshop, we want to take a closer look at some of the assumptions behind this line of thinking:

  1. To what extent are the farmers' protests an expression of dissatisfaction with European and national climate policies?
  2. Are peasant protests a sign of their strength or weakness in our political systems?
  3. Is there a link between peasant protests and populism?
  4. What impact does a populist election victory have on European and national climate policy and food supply?

We do this thanks to the expertise of three Nijmegen-based political scientists: Dr. Gerry Alons is an expert on European agricultural policy, international trade, and the power of farmers' lobbies. Vincent Hurkens MSc is an alumnus of the Political Science programme and is a senior policy advisor at the European Parliament. Dr. Andrej Zaslove is an expert on populism in Europe.

This seminar is in Dutch.

Tineke en Joris

Seminar 2 - Hold back or welcome: new deals around migration and asylum

Overcrowded asylum centres. Dubious deals with countries on Europe's external border. Plans to send refugees to countries like Rwanda. Emotions and tensions around migration are running high, playing an important role in the European elections. What do we think of increasing bets on border procedures and deals with transit countries to stop migration? In this seminar, we will discuss asylum issues with prof. dr. mr. Tineke Strik, Associate Professor of Citizenship and Migration Law and Member of the European Parliament, and dr. Joris Schapendonk, Associate Professor of Migration and Mobility. Strik and Schapendonk will introduce asylum issues from a political, legal and humane perspective. We will then break into groups for discussion, followed by a plenary closing.

This seminar is in English/Dutch.

Emma Leenders en Niels Kastelein

Seminar 3 - On (the right) road to a climate-neutral EU

In the field of European climate policy, great strides have been made and several programmes have been drawn up under the previous Commission, with the support of the European Parliament. In the coming years, these programmes must be implemented and their effects will be increasingly felt. Support for these policies therefore remains crucial. In this seminar we consider the role of the European Parliament and other European institutions in the development of European climate policy and its implementation within European member states. We do so with Emma Leenders, who conducts governance research on decision-making for European climate and energy policy, and Niels Kastelein, Director of Climate Policy at ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.

This seminar is in English/Dutch.

Nora, Shady, Stefan

Seminar 4 - EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive 

We may all agree that action to protect the environment and human rights in global supply chains is urgently needed. As voluntary certifications and initiatives have proven insufficient so far, more and more governments are taking matters into their hands, intensifying transnational sustainability regulation that affects multinational corporations. The European Commission has proposed the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), which would oblige corporations to conduct due diligence processes regarding the environment and human rights in their value chains worldwide. Yet the crucial question remains whether and in what ways transnational regulation like the EU CSDDD constitutes an appropriate means to achieve this end. 

To address this question in the seminar, we focus on three elements. First, you will learn about the essence, evolution and current state of the EU CSDDD. Second, we will discuss the prospects and challenges of too “weak” versus too “strong” transnational sustainability regulation as well as potential solutions to deal with this tension. Finally, we plan a small team simulation game, in which you will take the role of a Sustainability Manager of a corporation with global value chains, to think in practice how the EU CSDDD affects multinational companies. The seminar will be led by three experts in the field of responsible transnational governance at Nijmegen School of Management (Department of Business Administration – Organisational Design & Development): dr. Nora Lohmeyer, Assistant professor, Shady G. Anayati, PhD candidate and dr. Stefan Schembera, Assistant professor

This seminar is in English.

Thursday 23 May 2024, 6:30 pm - 10 pm
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