It’s that time of the year again, when the rest of the world is wondering what on earth is going on up there in Europe – we are of course talking about Eurovision Song Contest. This time around EUSA has come together with the Erasmus Student Network and the Residence Life Program to provide you all with a proper screening live from Tel Aviv. There will be snacks, drinks and lots of good company, so we hope to see you there!
The screening will take place at De Klok common room at Enthovenplein, from 20.30 onwards.
On the day of Europe, the 9th of May, Dutch MEP Kati Piri will join EUSA and talk about her work at the European Parliament and the upcoming elections!
Kati Piri is a Dutch Member of the European Parliament. She is a member of the Labour Party (PvdA), part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). She is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and member of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. In addition to her committee assignments, she is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.
We welcome you all to this interesting lecture. It will take place on the 9th of May and it will start at 15.00 in room 3.48 at Wijnhaven, The Hague
After the event, we will continue the evening at Café Leopold, 17.30 for our Board-borrel. Are you interested in becoming a EUSA board-member next year and do you want to know more about the different positions? Join us and feel free to ask us your questions!
Still undecided who to vote for in the upcoming elections for the European Parliament?
If so, CIROS, SPIL and the EUSA have great news for you. On the 30th of April, the three associations are co-hosting a European Election Night with representatives from different Dutch parties running for this year’s elections.
Part I: From 7 PM to 9 PM representatives of Dutch parties will participate in a panel debate, moderated by Dr. Karolina Pomorska. The content of the debate will be derived from the student’s input.
Part II: After the event, everyone is invited to join us at De Paraplu (Bagijnestraat 9) for a Pub Quiz about the European Union! In teams of five you get the unique opportunity to show off your knowledge about the EU and hopefully win a crate with beers from all over Europe!
Brexit was se too take place the 29th of March this year, three years after the referendum that staked out a new course of action for the United Kingdom and the European Union. However, no such thing happened, deadlines were extended, and for now the UK remains in the EU. But what now?
In this time of confusion and uncertainty EUSA is here to provide a little bit of clarity. The 24th of April we invite you all to join us when we host a guest lecture and discussion with Dr. Maxine David and Dr. Matthew Broad on the hottest topic of Europe today: Brexit. Dr. David and Dr. Broad are both British professors at Leiden University, specialising in respectively Russia and EU foreign policy, and international relations. Together they will engage in a discussion with the audience, reflecting on how far we have come and where we will go for now.
The event is open to all, and we hope to see as many as possible present.
On Wednesday the 10th of April, EUSA will hold a very special event with the Norwegian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Martin Sørby. We will discuss EU-Norwegian relations, the special position of Norway from an EU perspective and play a Kahoot to learn more about Norway and Norwegian matters in an informal and down to earth setting.
Together with the Ambassador, EUSA is aiming to show that also Ambassadors are regular people up for an interesting chat, hence why the event will be held in the ESN common room. We are happy to welcome you all, and are looking forward to an interactive evening with interesting discussions.
On the 2nd of April we organise a lecture with Ms. Marija Boskovic as our guest speaker. She is currently Deputy Head of Mission and Political Officer at the embassy of the Republic of Serbia to the Netherlands. She will discuss with us the accession process of Serbia to the EU, possible future enlargement and development of the European Union as well as the current relationship between Serbia and the EU.
This is the question we ask ourselves when EUSA next weeks invites to a discussion with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Vsevolod Chentsov. He will share his views on the relationship between Ukraine and the EU, the role of Ukraine when looking at the future development of the European Union, as well as the fast-approaching presidential elections.
Ambassador Chentsov has previously worked in Ukrainian missions in Turkey and Poland. Furthermore, he has been the Deputy Head of Mission of Ukraine to the European Union (2007-2011) and Director of the EU Department of the MFA of Ukraine (2011-2017).
Join our interesting discussion on Thursday the 21st of March at 17.30 in room 2.58 Wijnhaven (The Hague). See you there!!
On the 26th of February, Bulgarian MEP Andrey Kovatchev will join EUSA to talk about his work at the European Parliament and to share his views on one of the most interesting issues in the current political landscape of the EU, the current situation and the future of the Western Balkans.
Andrey Kovatchev is a Bulgarian politician, Quaestor of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the EPP Group, responsible for Enlargement and Mediterranean Policy. Currently, Mr Kovatchev is also the Head of the Bulgarian EPP delegation in the European Parliament. Between 2011 and 2018, he was Vice Chair of the Union of European Federalists. Mr Kovatchev has a long-lasting knowledge of and experience in Foreign Affairs, EU Mediterranean and Enlargement policies. Since 2009, he has been an active member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) of the European Parliament, and between 2012 and 2014 he was its Vice-Chair. In this term, Andrey Kovatchev is also Member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. He is a Substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). Mr Kovatchev is one of the co-initiations of the interest group on Patient Access to Healthcare.
EUSA is pleased to announce that we are cooperating with the Leiden Debating Union (LDU) for our next event, which will take place the 19th of February in Leiden. LDU is hosting a special debating event particularly focused on the EU and European politics, and EUSA will join them for a night of proper debating. This is therefore not only a great chance to work on your debating skills in a welcoming setting, but also to get to know members of another student association of Leiden University.
After the debate we will join the members of LDU at Cafe de Keyzer for drinks, so that we can get to know each other better! Who knows, maybe the debate will continue there…
EUSA will meet outside KOG at 18.45 and to together to the events, which starts at 19.00. We hope to see you there!
Upcoming events – The rule of law: the situation in Poland and Hungary
In recent years, the European democratic project has been threatened due to incipient attacks to the rule of law in Member States, with Poland and Hungary being at the forefront. In the case of Poland, judicial reforms result in a lack of judicial independence that could not only be viewed as a breach of the EU fundamental values but could also put the EU integration at risk.
As a cornerstone of the EU, the rule of law must be properly protected in order to safeguard European cooperation. Which measures could the EU take in response to the developments in Poland and Hungary? And to what extent are they effective, desirable and possible?
On the 7th of November EUSA organises an event in which this topic will be discussed.
We would like to introduce to you, our guest-speaker for this event: Ms. Kristel van Kruisbergen, who is currently conducting a PhD research on the principle of mutual trust and the respect for the rule of law in the European Union. Various cooperation mechanisms in the European Union are based on the principle of mutual trust. Yet, when there is a breakdown of the rule of law in one of the Member States this could affect EU cooperation on the basis of mutual trust. She will examine whether the principle of mutual trust leaves (sufficient) room to safeguard the respect for the rule of law in the Member States. In the context of her PhD, she focusses on both Poland and Hungary as Member States where the rule of law is currently, according to some, under threat.
We look forward to inviting you all to an evening focused on some of the most pressing issues in Europe today.