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21st May 2018

Future UK-EU Trade Arrangements: Implications for Ireland’s Agri-food Sector

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.
16th May 2018

The 2018 European Semester: Inclusive Growth and Social Fairness for Ireland and Europe

The theme of the seminar is The 2018 European Semester: Inclusive Growth and Fairness for Ireland and Europe.
10th May 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s Vision of a Sovereign Europe: Rhetoric or Reality?

Since his election, Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly called for ‘European sovereignty’. This blog will analyse the French leaders’ vision for a sovereign Europe, and whether his vision for the European Union is feasible in the current political climate.
30th April 2018

Preparing for EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans

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.
30th April 2018

A Balancing Act for the EU27: Juggling the Next MFF and EU Institutional Reform

Building on the recent experience of the Estonian Presidency in the Council of the EU, Deputy Minister Maasikas reflected on issues which will have an impact on the EU27 post-Brexit, such as negotiating the next MFF period and institutional change.
20th April 2018

Reconciling risk sharing with market discipline

Prof. Bénassy-Quéré will discuss recent attempts by leading academics from France and Germany to overcome the differing approaches towards EMU reform in both countries.

EU Affairs Publications

21st February 2018

Maintaining the Rule of Law in Poland: What next for the Article 7 proceedings?

On Wednesday, 20 December 2017, the European Commission proposed that the European Council adopt a decision under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) to formally issue a warning to the Polish government regarding its repeated disregard of European Commission Rule of Law recommendations. This unprecedented proposal follows almost two years of dialogue and represents a significant escalation in the ongoing rule of law dispute. The European Commission has stated its “readiness” to reconsider its proposal should the Polish government act on the Rule of Law recommendations, but a three-month deadline has been set for Poland to take these into consideration. Considering the EU is based on shared values and the rule of law, it is feared that this ongoing dispute could threaten to undermine the fabric of the EU itself. This policy brief will examine the origin and evolution of this rule of law ‘crisis’, the next steps and the possible outcomes.
16th November 2017

Europe’s Problem with England

This paper by guest contributor Edmond Grace SJ contends that Britain was constitutionally incapable of fulfilling the commitment entailed by its membership of the European Union and that Brexit is the inevitable outcome of this situation. The paper makes the case that Britain is a “vehicle for the pre-eminence of England” – and that this English pre-eminence is inimical to the sharing of sovereignty on which the European project depends.

Edmond Grace SJ is a Catholic priest and Director of PeopleTalk: Citizen Juries Shaping Government, an initiative of the Jesuits in Ireland. He studied law at Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University New York and is author of ‘Democracy and Public Happiness’ (I.P.A., 2007). He lectured on law and social ethics in the National College of Ireland and, while working in Gardiner St. parish in Dublin’s north inner city, was involved in building relations between local communities and an Garda Síochána as part of the struggle against drugs and organised crime. He has also written in various journals on jurisprudential and political matters, as well as playing a prominent role in the second Lisbon Referendum campaign in 2008. He is Coordinator of the Venice Workshop on Faith and Politics which is organised by every two years for young adults from around Europe.

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23rd June 2017

Enhancing Cooperation – German Attitudes Towards European Security and Defence Policy

This discussion paper by the Institute’s Germany Group provides a snapshot of German views on the highly pertinent topic of European security and defence policy. It reveals that the current German government has taken a very careful approach in seeking to reconcile its firm commitment to further European integration with the politically very sensitive topic of increasing military expenditure. For Germany, strategic bilateral and minilateral relationships within Europe may be key in sustaining the momentum in this policy area. Looking ahead to the German Federal Elections, which will take place on 24 September 2017, the paper also examines the views of Germany’s main opposition parties.
1st June 2017

6 Years On: Assessing the Impact of Country Specific Recommendations

The Country Specific Recommendations form a key part of the European Semester process, which guides the EU’s economic governance. This policy brief examines how the CSRs have evolved since their introduction in 2011 and analyses the implementation record of the recommendations to date, particularly in the case of Ireland. It also provides an overview of some of the obstacles, such as enforcement constraints and reform fatigue.
7th December 2016

EU Economic Governance: Guide to the Main Elements

The financial crisis led to significant constitutional, legislative and administrative changes to the European Union’s economic governance framework. These changes have strengthened economic governance, but also made it increasingly complex. This paper by the IIEA Economic Governance Group provides a comprehensive guide to the main elements of economic governance in the EU. It examines how key aspects of the governance framework are functioning and outlines how the EU’s fiscal rules have been implemented, both at an EU and Member State level, to date. The IIEA Economic Governance Group is a high level working group, which analyses the continuing reform of Europe’s economic governance architecture and publishes analytical papers detailing the implications of reforms for Ireland and Europe. The group is chaired by Michael G Tutty.
12th July 2016

The Elements of a New EU-UK Relationship

In this new paper for the IIEA, Dr. John Temple Lang discusses some of the elements of a new EU-UK relationship, that might reconcile the interests of Ireland, the EU and the UK. Dr. John Temple Lang is an Irish lawyer who spent more than twenty years in the Legal Service and the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. He returned to private practice with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in 2000, practicing primarily in EU competition law. He has published over 300 articles on legal topics and has lectured at many conferences in Europe and North America.

EU Affairs Past Events

12th March 2018

The EU-Turkey deal two years on – Humanity, Realism and the Asylum Debate in the EU

In his address to the IIEA, Gerald Knaus argued that an effective EU policy on borders and asylum is possible, but the first step is a serious debate on what has worked and what has failed.
16th February 2018

Changing Narratives: The Domestic Debate in the Netherlands on the Future of Europe

Dr Adriaan Schout will offer an assessment of the official Dutch EU narrative and of the emerging EU-critical counter narrative that influence the debate on the future of the EU in the Netherlands.
5th February 2018

The End of Europeanisation? Poland’s Changing Approach to EU Integration

Piotr Buras will explore the sources of Poland’s current attitude towards the EU and how the new Polish European policy will impact on relations with the country’s key partners.
12th December 2017

The Western Balkan Region – Is Accession to the EU Still a Reality?

Following a succession of political crises in several countries of the Western Balkan region, the EU has put forward a series of initiatives aimed at reconfirming the perspective of EU accession for the region.
8th December 2017

Investing in Europe’s Future

President Hoyer will illustrate the role of the EIB in fostering competitiveness through investment in Education, Technology and Strategic Infrastructure.
21st November 2017

The Future of Europe: A Spanish Perspective

In his address to the IIEA, Jorge Toledo, Spain’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, presented the Spanish vision for the future of the EU after Brexit, noting the challenges ahead and the Spanish policy priorities for the EU27.