EU Affairs

IIEA21st May 20181min

In the ongoing negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the upcoming discussion on the framework for the future relationship between the parties will be critical for Ireland. This IIEA publication analyses the impact that possible UK-EU trade arrangements could have on the Irish agri-food sector. This is the first in a series of IIEA reports looking at the impact Brexit will have on a range of important sectors for Ireland and the all-island economy. Con Lucey, the report author, was Chief Economist of the Irish Farmers Association from 1979 to 2008, where he was involved in providing information and analysis on farm production economics, national economic policy and EU policy. He represented the IFA on the National Economic and Social Council and served as the organisation’s liaison officer with Government on Social Partnership.

Joost Korte, Director General, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission, Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Marie Sherlock, Chief Economist at SIPTU,Tony Donohoe, Head of Education and Social Policy at Ibec,Dan O’Brien, Chief Economist at the IIEA (Event Chair)
IIEA16th May 20182min

The theme of the seminar is The 2018 European Semester: Inclusive Growth and Fairness for Ireland and Europe.

Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director-General of DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
IIEA30th April 20181min

In advance of this summit, the European Commission has published a Strategy on the Western Balkans, which outlines six specific initiatives that aim to support the transformation of the Western Balkans and prepare the European Union for future enlargement.

Luigi Scazzieri, Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform
IIEA12th April 20181min


The upcoming Italian general election could be crucial in shaping European politics. In his address to the IIEA, Luigi Scazzieri dicussed the outcome of the Italian election, and its implications for Italian politics and for the future of European governance. Mr Scazzieri analysed whether the next Italian government be one of the engines of reform, in partnership with France and Germany, or if Italy will become a spoiler, and make it more difficult for ambitious reforms to materialise.

About the Speaker:

Luigi Scazzieri is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. He works on European foreign and security policy, focusing on policy towards the Middle East, Russia, and transatlantic relations. He has conducted research at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He holds an MA from the University of Cambridge, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MA from King’s College London. Mr Scazzieri is the author of several publications for CER and Euractiv, and a frequent media commentator on European affairs.

Stefan Kooths, Head of Forecasting Center, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
IIEA12th April 20181min


Professor Kooths argued that after five years of strong economic growth, the German economy is at risk of overheating. German companies have expressed concerns that they are close to productive capacity and the German economy last year surpassed its potential growth rate of about 1.5 per cent for a fourth consecutive year. Professor Kooths argued that there is a risk that policymakers will misallocate resources into spending programmes, which could lead to inflation, whereas the economy requires structural reform.


About the Speaker:

Stefan Kooths holds an MSc (1993) and a PhD (1998) in economics from the University of Münster in Germany. He joined the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2010. Since 2014, he has been Head of the Forecasting Center, the Institute’s macroeconomic think tank and business cycle analysis unit. In 2013, he was appointed Professor of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Berlin, where he initiated Europe’s first Master Program in Entrepreneurial Economics.

Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs
IIEA12th April 20181min

In his address to the IIEA, Minister Santos Silva presented the Portuguese vision for the future of Europe. Within the context of a renewed impetus for reform of the European Union, the Minister outlined the Portuguese Government’s priorities in an EU of 27 Member States.


About the Speaker:

Augusto Santos Silva has had a distinguished political career spanning two decades. He has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since November 2015. He previously served as Minister of National Defence from 2009-2011 and as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs from 2005-2009. He also served as Minister of Culture from 2001-2002 and as Minister of Education from 2000-2001. He has held his seat in the Portuguese Assembly since October 1995. He received his PhD in Sociology from Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE) in 1992 and his BA in History from the Universidade do Porto in 1978, where he later served as Dean from 1998-1999.