The Future of the EU27

EU27 Analysis

14th September 2018

The Emerging Voices Group

A new national debate on the future of the EU27 has been launched by the Irish Government. Contributions to this debate have been made by leading European figures, by EU Member States, and by the EU Institutions and Irish people have been called upon to discuss their own visions for the future of the EU. As part of this debate, the IIEA began a three-year project in 2017 with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The IIEA Future of the EU27 project looks at the various contributions to the Future of Europe debate emanating from the EU Institutions and from the Member States. Combined with consideration of the policy priorities of other EU Member States, this research will contribute to a more nuanced understanding of where Ireland’s strategic interests lie. For this project, the IIEA is putting together an Emerging Voices Group, which will bring together new voices to share their perspectives on the future of Europe. The group will meet monthly, and representatives of the group will be invited on a rotating basis to join meetings of the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Expert Group, which consists of former government ministers, Irish Ambassadors, EU officials and prominent academics. We want to engage with a range of perspectives, so the panel will be gender balanced, and will aim to bring together people from different sectors, backgrounds and areas of expertise.
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13th October 2017

The IIEA Future of EU 27 Project

Ireland’s strategic agenda for the next three years is complex. Navigating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, and examining Ireland’s position within the EU of 27, will demand reflection and analysis.
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14th September 2018

President Juncker’s Vision for a Unified and Self-Reliant European Union

This blog looks at the proposals put forward in President Jean-Claude Juncker’s final State of the Union address and what they may mean for Ireland.
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5th September 2018

Debating Globalisation and the Future of Work

See some of the key points from an IIEA debate on globalisation and the future of work that took place in June 2018 in Dundalk.
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3rd September 2018

The Role of the EU in Shaping Social Policy

Since the 1970s, the role of the European Union in social affairs has consistently, but cautiously, been expanded. This infographic illustrates the levels at which various types of social policies are set across the EU
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30th August 2018

Ireland’s Involvement in PESCO   

The first set of 17 PESCO projects was adopted by the EU Defence Ministers on 6 March 2018, and Ireland has signed up to participate in two of these projects: European Union Training Mission Competence Centre and Upgrade of Maritime Surveillance
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7th August 2018

The Reallocation of the UK’s European Parliament Seats: A Brexit Dividend for Ireland?

This briefing analyses the redistribution of the UK’s European Parliament seats and shows that, proportionally, Ireland will gain most from this reallocation.
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23rd July 2018

A Vision for a Stronger and More Cohesive European Union

Minister Negrescu outlined Romania’s vision for the EU and the principles and ambitions that underpin his government’s preparations for their Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
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EU27 Publications

17th May 2018

IIEA Publication: EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: towards 2025 & beyond

On Thursday 17 May, EU leaders and leaders from the 6 Western Balkans partners: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo will meet in Sofia at a summit hosted by Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council. The theme of the summit is connectivity and it aims to inject new energy into EU/Balkans relations and to improve relations within the region. Although the European Union’s enlargement policy is widely viewed as one of its most successful policy areas, the relationship between widening and deepening the EU has not always run smoothly. The expansion of the EU West (1970s), South (1980s), North (1990s) and East (2000s) consecutively over five decades while also pursuing ever closer integration has led to “enlargement fatigue” in the current member states and to enlargement being put on the back burner. However, on 6 February 2018, the European Commission published a new strategy paper on EU enlargement that set out how the European Union might engage with and provide an enhanced accession perspective for the six states in the Western Balkans. This was followed on 17 April 2018 by individual country reports which have injected new momentum to the enlargement process and provides a roadmap for the six states to converge towards the European Union model of integration. An IIEA paper by John O’Brennan entitled: EU enlargement to the Western Balkans: towards 2025 & beyond examines the background to the Commission’s decision and the main issues at stake for both Ireland and the EU. It provides an interesting and timely analysis of the potential for the six Balkan countries to achieve EU membership post-2025 and beyond and identifies hurdles to clear on in order to attain this goal and to preserve peace in the EU’s backyard. Both Bulgaria and Austria who hold the current and next Council Presidencies of the EU are championing the cause of Balkan enlargement, and the outcome of the summit in Sofia will indicate whether or not there is a credible perspective of EU accession for these countries in the future. John O’Brennan is one of Ireland’s leading academics on European Integration and the EU institutions. He is Director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies. He is also Vice President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies. His research has primarily focused on the process and politics of the EU’s Enlargement policy.
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27th March 2018

Shaping social policy: what role for the EU?

In this paper, which is part of the Future of the EU27 Project, IIEA Senior Fellow Tony Brown examines two key questions for European social policy: “What challenges should our countries tackle together?” and “What added value can EU level instruments provide in this struggle?”
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7th March 2018

The EU’s role in security and defence after Brexit

On 14 December 2017, the EU formally launched a new framework for improved cooperation in the field of security and defence. Ireland was among the 25 Member States to sign up for the new ‘Permanent Structured Cooperation’, or ‘PESCO’ as it is commonly known, a defence cooperation arrangement requiring more rigorous collective oversight and sustained financial contribution from the Member States. This agreement reflects the fact that defence is now high on the agenda as the EU adapts to a future without the United Kingdom as a member state. In this policy paper, Patrick Keatinge, Co-Chair of the IIEA’s Security and Defence Group and Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, explains the context of PESCO within the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, and argues that it does not threaten Ireland’s policy of military neutrality.
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EU27 Past Events

23rd July 2018

A Vision for a Stronger and More Cohesive European Union

Minister Negrescu outlined Romania’s vision for the EU and the principles and ambitions that underpin his government’s preparations for their Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
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18th June 2018

Whose Job is it Anyway? A debate on Globalisation and the Future of Work in Europe

The Spirit Store, Dundalk, the third regional event of the Future of the EU27 Project. Members of the public were invited to join us for a thought-provoking discussion on globalisation and social policy.
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28th May 2018

Ireland in the EU: A Dynamic Future

In his address to the IIEA, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy presented Ibec’s report on the priorities of Irish business for the future of Europe.
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23rd May 2018

The Future of the EU27: A Perspective from the Bulgarian EU Presidency

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Emilia Kraleva, discussed the priorities of the current Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, placing an emphasis on strengthening the links between the EU and the countries of the Western Balkans.
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EU27 Interview Series

25th April 2018

Interview with Matti Maasikas, Deputy Minister for EU Affairs of Estonia

Part of The Future of the EU27 Video Interview Series
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9th April 2018

Interview with Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs

Part of the Future of the EU27 Video Interview Series.
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30th November 2017

Interview with Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia

Part of The Future of the EU27 Video Interview Series
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