The Future of the EU27

EU27 Analysis

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.
3min
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.
2min
17th May 2018

Back on the Agenda: EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans and 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.
2min
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.
9min
12th April 2018

The EU’s Way Forward – a View from Croatia

As Croatia approaches the fifth anniversary of its EU membership, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Pejčinović Burić addressed the IIEA to outline Croatia’s view on the challenges and way forward for Europe.
1min
5th April 2018

IIEA Publication: 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?”
1min
9th March 2018

Thinking about the EU27: Expert Views from Across Europe

The IIEA hosted a panel discussion with senior analysts from leading EU think tanks to debate the proposed reforms for the EU, and discuss the perspectives from Poland, Spain and Austria.
2min
8th March 2018

IIEA Publication: The EU’s role in security and defence after Brexit

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.
1min

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 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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12th April 2018

The EU’s Way Forward – a View from Croatia

As Croatia approaches the fifth anniversary of its EU membership, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Pejčinović Burić addressed the IIEA to outline Croatia’s view on the challenges and way forward for Europe.
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9th March 2018

Thinking about the EU27: Expert Views from Across Europe

The IIEA hosted a panel discussion with senior analysts from leading EU think tanks to debate the proposed reforms for the EU, and discuss the perspectives from Poland, Spain and Austria.
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12th February 2018

Forging Partnerships: Ireland and Lithuania in the EU27

In their address, Minister David Stanton and Minister Linkevičius will outline the Irish and Lithuanian perspectives on the Future of the EU27. Following this, they will be joined by a panel of UCC students.
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