It has been almost eighteen months since the new European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, took office. How to assess its performance so far? How does it fulfil its core roles and what challenges lie ahead? Questions like these were discussed in the webinar ‘Next Generation EU – Next Generation European Commission?’, organized by research Hot Spot EUROPAL.
EU expert Adriaan Schout has been named Professor (by special appointment) of European Public Administration, part of the Public Administration chair group at the Nijmegen School of Management, with effect from 1 February. Schout is also a senior researcher at the Clingendael Institute.
October 1st marks the start of a new EUROPAL PhD project. PhD student Kris van der Pas will conduct research on strategic human rights litigation in Europe in the field of asylum law. This research aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of strategic human rights litigation in the field of asylum law in Europe.
Responsiveness, or the extent to which a government’s policies mirror the preferences of their citizens, was originally researched at the national level. Increasingly, however, responsiveness in the European Union is investigated. Maurits Meijers, together with past EUROPAL member Asya Zhelyazkova (amongst others) produced three articles on this upcoming theme.
On 8-9 July, with financial support from Europal, a meeting was held in Nijmegen to explore possibilities for research cooperation in the field of European water governance. The current group is composed of researchers from Aarhus University (Denmark), Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), Oldenburg University (Germany), the Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung (Leipzig, Germany), and Radboud University. During part of the meeting, Radboud grants advisors Rudie Trienes and Bas Hendrikx were present.
In December 2018, a jubilee seminar took place to celebrate the first five years of EUROPAL. A digest of the contributions has now appeared in the form of a concise edited volume, published in collaboration with the Discussion Paper Series of the Center for European Integration Studies of the University of Bonn, edited by Henri de Waele and Ellen Mastenbroek.
On the occasion of EUROPAL’s fifth anniversary, the seminar ‘Assessing Better Regulation in the European Union’ took place on Tuesday 18 December 2018, at Radboud University. A diverse group of researchers and practitioners, from the Netherlands and beyond, gathered to present their assessments of the EU’s Better Regulation (BR) programme. Has it so far been as effective and efficient in reality as it has regularly been proclaimed to be in EU policy statements?
The Centre for Migration Law has again received the status of a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for three years, effective 1 September 2018. The new Jean Monnet programme is on ‘Citizenship, migration and security in the EU’.
At the request of the European Parliament, the Centre for Migration Law has done research on the future relationship between the UK and the EU following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in the field of migration (excluding asylum), including future movement of EU citizens and UK nationals between the EU and UK. It also investigates the role of the Court of Justice of the EU.