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Shaping the Future of Europe: German Pre-Presidency Conference Virtual Edition 2020

On 1 July 2020, Germany will take over the presi­dency of the Council of the European Union for six months. In view of this upcoming task, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in cooper­ation with TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Associ­ation) will organize the “German Pre-Presi­dency Conference – Shaping the Future of Europe” on 25 and 26 June 2020. Due to the circum­stances of the Corona-Pandemic this conference will feature in a virtual edition.

During the conference, high-level experts and partic­i­pants will discuss in an innov­ative way the complete package of topics relevant to the German Presi­dency beyond economic and social recovery ranging from the differ­en­tiated future of the EU after Brexit, the European Green Deal, enlargement policy and social policy to insti­tu­tional reforms in times of crisis management, migration policy and the EU’s external relations. TEPSA recom­men­da­tions for the German EU Council Presi­dency as well as “young ideas” from the #EngagEUr­Council project will flow into the panel discus­sions. High-ranking repre­sen­ta­tives from politics and civil society as well as members of the TEPSA network and IEP Academic Advisory Board will take part in the event.

NOTE: With the aim of inhibiting the spread of the corona virus, the event will take place as an online debate.

Pre-Presi­dency Confer­ences (PPCs)

The Pre-Presi­dency Confer­ences (PPCs) are TEPSA’s flagship activity. They take place twice a year in the capital of the country holding the Presi­dency of the Council of the EU prior to the beginning of its mandate.

The main aim of TEPSA’s Pre-Presi­dency Confer­ences is to bring together academics and researchers from the broad TEPSA network, policy-makers, media and civil society in order to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Council Presi­dencies. TEPSA Pre-Presi­dency confer­ences constitute a major platform for commu­ni­cation and exchange between policy-makers and academia.

Prior to the event, TEPSA researchers formulate recom­men­da­tions to be presented to high-level officials of the government concerned in a plenary session. The confer­ences actively involve civil society and media actors, who are able to interact with practi­tioners and academics. Finally, the insights gained during these confer­ences and seminars directly feed into future research on the EU and into EU policy making. Thanks to their genuinely European and transna­tional nature and to the involvement of civil society, TEPSA’s Pre-Presi­dency confer­ences actively contribute to shaping a European public sphere.

The last TEPSA Pre-Presi­dency Conference took place in Zagreb, Croatia on 28–29th November 2018.