Setting Out for the Future: How can we drive Europe forward? - GDL @ DAAD Alumni Event on Mar, 18
As part of a conference on ideas for Europe organised by DAAD, two sessions were hosted by GDL members Prof Dr Jernej Pikalo and Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti. The workshop by Jernej Pikalo explored options for optimal collaboration – especially post-Brexit UK, sharing of research capabilities, mobilities of researchers and educators on both sides, specifically encouraging participants to go beyond simple statements and try to envision the best possible solutions for the future UK-EU scientific collaboration. In the Policy Brief published after the conference, Jernej makes - among others - the following recommendations:
- Scientific cooperation should be granted its own special status, de-coupling it from other political and bureaucratic processes.
- As a fundamental building block to Post-Brexit Study and Research Cooperation, UK should reconsinder its involvement in the Erasmus+ programme with the support of EU.
- Double diplomas of European Universities with UK would encourage cross-communication and foster positive future working relationships.
For decades, the EU has been trying to shape a common and effective Russia policy. Yet, the latest aggression against Ukraine has shown Western policies' failure towards Moscow. The war has also shown that Brussels still relies very much on NATO and the US when it comes to European security. Eleonora's workshop explored the US's role in defining the EU Russia policy through the lens of the contested "strategic autonomy" concept. The workshop also looked at possible conflict developments, including Ukraine's deeper integration (and potential membership) in the EU. Its goal was to come up with practical recommendations for the EU decision-makers on enhancing Brussels' voice and interests when it comes to dealing with its most troublesome Eastern neighbour. These are summerized in Eleonora's Policy Brief that contains the following aspects:
- EU should forster people-to-people contact by reaching out to Russian citizens or by finding ways to bypass media laws in Russia.
- The involvement of citizen lobbies and use of personal connections (networks) in policy design can lead to more inclusive and impactful policies towards Ukraine.
- One main goal is to achieve EU's energy independence through - among others - the REpowerEU plan, harsh sanctions and a new European energy solidarity mechanism.
You can find more information about the event here.
Jernej Pikalo is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Ljubljana and former Minister of Education, Science and Sports of Slovenia.
He was educated at the University of Ljubljana and the University of Warwick (UK) and has authored and co-authored four books and more than twenty peer-reviewed articles.
He has worked across disciplinary boundaries in international teams at the University of Warwick, Bristol University, European Inter-University Centre in Venice, and at the Bifrost University in Iceland.
He has managed and led academic projects financed by the European Union and Council of Europe, mainly on civic education in the global era. He was a chairperson of the Programme Council of RTV Slovenia and member of the board of the Institute of Autism in Ljubljana.
Frequently contributing to Slovene media, he lives in Ljubljana with his wife and two children.
Dr Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti is a research fellow at the Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Centre at ISPI. Prior to that, she was a Marie Curie Fellow based at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, where she completed her PhD.
She had research stays at the Saint Petersburg State University and at the London headquarters of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti worked as a junior researcher at the Brussels office of the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE) and as a research assistant at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).
She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Salento, an MA in European Studies from the University of Roma Tre, and an MRes in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI).
Her areas of interest include Russian foreign policy and soft power, EU-Russia and Russia-Turkey relations, and EU neighbourhood policies (especially with Eastern neighbours). Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti is a member of the WIIS (Women in International Security), an international network dedicated to increasing the influence of women in the field of foreign and defence policy. In addition to her native Italian, she speaks English, Spanish and French fluently and she has a working knowledge of Turkish and Russian.