Academic programJuly 24th - July 31st 2021
Lectures and workshops 2021
The academic programme for European Summer School 2021 is being continuously announced and broadened these days. Below, you can find some of the lectures awaiting our students this summer.
Please follow our website and Facebook page for more updates. Meanwhile, you can take a look at the topics which we are going to adress during this year´s lectures at the section "Topics" on our website.
European economic recovery - equipped with new tools towards new beginnings?
The COVID-19 pandemic brought along an unprecedented economic downfall. In an attempt to provide new stimulus for the economy, European Union introduced the Next Generation EU plan, providing the member states with extra €750 billion on top of the €1 074.3 billion from the Multiannual Financial Framework. Key part of the recovery plan is the Recovery and Resilience Facility, a tool which aims to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient and better prepared for future challenges, with a great emphasis on the green and digital transitions. However, connecting the damage control with forward looking approaches proves difficult for member states across the EU – especially in a situation when the pandemic is still ongoing, the time framework is unprecedentedly tight and the program calls for forward-looking innovative solutions.
This session will begin by an introductory lecture to the topic, which will be followed by a workshop familiarizing the students with basic principles of the new programs aiming to support the EU economic recovery and provide an impulse for investments to green and digital measures. This highly interactive lecture will allow participants to step into the shoes of policy makers and suggest the most efficient schemes for model situations.
New US administration - chance to reset the transatlantic agenda and revitalize EU-US relations?
About halfway into his first year, the Biden Administration has had to balance a range of domestic issues including combatting the ongoing pandemic, rebuilding the economy and healing a divided nation while maintaining his campaign and early promises in the White House to put America back at the global table. So far, he has sought to rebuild and repair relations with partners around the world and most notably, to restrengthen the EU-US relations. The last four years under the previous administration have been a stress test for this relationship as Trump took unilateral approaches towards many global issues, often departing from the multilateral system and leaving the EU to fend for itself.
With new American leadership in place, the EU and the US now have an opportunity to recommit to various multilateral efforts and realign on foreign policy items including post-pandemic and economic recovery, climate change, security, digital and trade relations, and to deal jointly with geopolitical challengers such as Russia and China. As the US and the EU seek to develop a new transatlantic agenda for global cooperation based on common values, interests and global influence, the EU has an opportunity to become a more balanced and equal player in addressing these global challenges than before. This session will explore the ongoing and future foreign policies of the Biden administration, discuss how these will further impact the future EU-US relationship and how the EU can be a more proactive player as the new transatlantic agenda continues to develop.
Climate action and green recovery from the V4 perspective
In 2019, the EU has agreed to reach climate neutrality by 2050. In 2020, the mid-term target of emission-reduction by 2030 has been updated from 40% to at least 55% compared to 1990 levels. Now we must move from plans to action, while also taking into account the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Commission will unveil its biggest climate and energy legislative package yet. Deep reforms are needed in order to get the EU on track to reaching its climate goals. Every country will need to step up its game, yet there are still vast differences among Member States when it comes to delivering the green transformation and dedication to the principles of sustainable recovery.
Some of the CEE countries fear that decarbonisation will pose uneven burdens on their societies and economies. Some recovery plans are supporting business-as-usual rather than making full use of the opportunity for profound change. At the same time, there are unprecedented financial resources available for countries and regions hardest hit by the transition to help them get on track, including from the Just Transition Fund and the Resilience and Recovery Fund. How does the future of climate action look like from the V4 perspective? What are the biggest obstacles to decarbonising their economies and will the money be enough to overcome them? What is needed to make the green transition fair, inclusive and above all successful?
Quest for European strategic autonomy - Is it receding or becoming as important as ever?
Debating workshop: Introduction to debating and argumentation
The students will learn the theory and practice of debating according to the Oxford-style rules. First, they will explore the basic concepts of proper argumentation as well as what is considered to be argumentation fallacies. After the indtructory part, they will be divided into small groups and will get the chance to try their newly gained skills in practice. Afterwards, they will share their views on what went well and what could have been done better in order to learn the most from the workshop. This activity will enhance students’ key transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis of facts and formulation of arguments and public speaking.