European Studies: Study Trips

 

2016/17 Study Tour to the EuropeanUnion Institutions and NATO
Dr. Maya Sion-Tzidkiyahu
February 5 - 12, 2017 

Two multilateral institutions in Brussels, the EU and NATO, will be the focus of the study tour. While the EU is a unique supranational "beast", and NATO is a pure intergovernmental organization, both are in search of new goals to justify their existence. This is especially true for the EU, which is struggling with a pluri-crisis regarding its economic situation, challenge of immigration, terror, Euroscepticism, Brexit and rise of extreme political parties. At the basis of these crisis lies the question of its legitimacy and solidarity among its member states and peoples.

The study tour focus on the integration and cooperation within the EU and NATO and on processes of binding collective decision making. Its aim is to deepen the understanding how the EU and NATO work and operate, and to add to the academic learning an additional layer of understanding through visiting the institutions and meeting EU and NATO politicians, diplomats, officials, experts, researchers and graduate students working in/on the different institutions of these entities. The study tour aims to give a first-hand encounter with the political culture and state of mind in the EU and NATO, and to conduct and interactive dialogue, presenting questions and debating different topics.

Main topics:

  • Decision-making processes within and between EU institutions
  • Understanding EU pluri-crisis situation at close quarters
  • EU – Israeli relations from political, economic and cultural perspectives
  • NATO operations as pure intergovernmental multilateral institution and the challenges it faces
  • NATO – Israel relations

 

Program

 

Day 1, Sunday, February 5: Flight, City Center of Brussels

12:00-15:00

Old center of Brussels – History, Culture and Tastes: The Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Belgian Waffle and Chocolate

 

Day 2, Monday, February 6: European Commission and Council of the European Union

09:00-12:45

European Commission

09:00-10:30

Mr. Mark CORNER: The Role of the European Commission as the Political Executive of the European Union

10:45-11:45

Mr. Christos ANGELOPOULOS, Unit Horizon 2020 Policy, Directorate-general Research and Innovation: Research and Innovation

11:45-12:45

Mr. Pablo CORNIDE, Unit Employment Strategy, Directorate-general Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion: Youth Unemployment

15:00-17:00

Council of the EU

15:00-16:00

Ms. Susanne NIELSEN: The Immigration Challenge

16:00-17:00

Mr. Peter SPOOR: The Counter-terrorism Coordination

17:30

French Fries at Maison Antoine

 

Day 3, Tuesday, February 7: The External Dimension of the EU

09:30-13:30

The Israeli Mission to the EU and NATO

09:30-10:15

H.E. Aharon LESHNO-YAAR, Ambassador - Head of Mission

10:15-11:00

Ms. Shuli DAVIDOVICH, Minister - Deputy Head of Mission

11:15-12:00

Ms. Michal WEILER-TAL, Minister Counsellor - Head of EP Liaison Department

12:00-13:00

Attaché Panel:

 

Mr. Gal MOR, Minister Counsellor – Head of Industry and Trade Office

 

Ms. Gali BAR OZ, Minister of Finance, Customs and Taxation

 

Mr. Haim TAGER, Agriculture Affairs Attaché

13:00-13:20

Ms. Shiraz DROMI, Senior Advisor for EU Trade Policy and Commercial Affairs and Alumni of the European Studies Graduate program

15:40-17:30

European External Action Service (EEAS)

15:40-16:20

Introduction: Mr. Krassimir NIKOLOV, Deputy Head of Division Migration and Human Security. Former Deputy Head of Division MENA-2: Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and MEPP

 

Ms. Petra ANDERSSON-ERHARDY, Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) desk, EEAS: The EU's Policy on the MEPP

16:20-16:50

Ms. Miriam BREWKA-PINO, Senior Expert on migration, EEAS: The EU's Migration Policy

16:50-17:30

Mr. Luigiandrea PRATOLONGO, Deputy Head of Division "Economic and Global Issues", EEAS: The EU's Policy on the Climate-Energy Cluster

18:00-19:00

EIPA – Europe Israel Public Affairs

 

Mr. Alex BENJAMIN, Director of EIPA – Europe Israel Public Affairs: Lobbying the EU

 

Day 4, Wednesday, February 8: The European Parliament and Meeting with Students of European Studies

10:00-15:00

European Parliament

10:00-11:30

Introductory presentation and visit to the Plenary Chamber; Tour in EP building

12:00-13:00

MEP James CARVER, UKIP West Midlands, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee

13:00-14:00

MEP Ivo VAJGL, ALDE, Slovenia, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee

16:15-17:30

Institut d'Etudes Européennes (IEE), De l'Université Libre de Bruxelles

 

Debating EU Internal and External Issues with students in Advanced Master in Interdisciplinary Analysis of EU integration

 

Moderator: Mr. Mandel GOLDSTEIN, former EEAS ambassador, AlumnIEE president

 

Day 5, Thursday, February 9:

09:30-11:30

The European Policy Centre (EPC) - Visit to a Leading Think Tank

09:30-10:00

Dr. Yann-Sven RITTELMEYER, Policy Analyst: How Does the EPC Work?

10:00-11:00

Dr. Yann-Sven RITTELMEYER, Policy Analyst: The New Pact for Europe Project

11:00-11:30

Andrea FROTINI: EU – Israeli Relations

14:00-17:15

College of Europe

14:00-15:00

Prof. Erwan LANNON: The June 2016 EU Global Strategy and the EU's Wider Neighbourhood

15:00-15:30

Ms. Olivia TAVEIRNE, Communications Manager and Head of Student Affairs: The College of Europe

15:45-16:30

Ms. Joanna HORNIK, Academic Assistant for the European Law and Economic Analysis (ELEA) and European Public Policy Analysis (EPPA): The Economic Challenges Facing the EU

16:30-17:15

Mr. Ludovic HIGHMAN, Academic Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies: The Brexit Challenges Facing the EU

 

Mr. Gil STEIN, Academic Assistant, European Economic Integration and Business (EEIB), European Economic Studies Department

 

Tour in the Flemish City

 

Day 6, Friday, February 10: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

09:30-10:30

Mrs. Alicia AMBOS, Political Officer, Middle East and North Africa Section, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, International Staff: NATO’s Relations with the Mediterranean and the Middle East Region

10:30-11:15

Mr. Michael RÜHLE, Head Energy Security Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, International Staff: NATO’s Actual Polices

11:30-12:15

Mrs. Radoslava STEFANOVA, Head of the Russia and Ukraine: Relations Section, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, International Staff:NATO-Russia/Ukraine

12:15-13:00

Mr. Ohad HORSANDI, First Secretary, Mission of Israel to NATO: NATOIsrael

 

Day 7, Saturday, February 11:

18:00-19:30

Discussion and Reflection on the Study Tour

 

Day 8, Sunday, February 12:

11:15-12:45

Magritte Museum – Guided Tour

13:30

Joint Lunch