Ukraine and the EU: relationship goals?
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!!
Time: 21st of March, 17.30
Location: Room 2.58, Wijnhaven
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.
When: 26.02.19, 18.00
Where: Room A.144, KOG
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!
Location: Law faculty (KOG) in Leiden
Time: 19th of February, 19.00
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.
Location: B017 at the Law faculty (KOG) in Leiden
Time: 7th of November, 18.00
See you there!
Climate scientist turned politician Bas Eickhout has been a member of the European Parliament for the European Green Party since 2009. During his work he has been involved in many of the EU’s signature climate policies. Moreover, having been involved in the negotiations that led to the 2015 Paris climate agreement, he is now working hard to keep the EU on track to meet its emission reduction commitments.
Together with the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Sustainability, we will ask Bas about his work, his experiences and, most of all, his vision for Europe’s sustainable future. What has been achieved so far? What remains to be done? Where should the EU’s focus lie in the coming years?
Apart from getting an in-depth view on the EU’s climate policy, this event offers a chance to get to know more about the work of an MEP and the inner workings of the European Parliament. Naturally, there will also be room to ask any questions you may have!
We look forward to welcoming you at Leiden University’s Wijnhavenkwartier in The Hague (Turfmarkt 99) on Tuesday the 3rd of April from 15:00 till 17:00. Tell your friends!
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Our first event of 2018 is here!
On the 2nd of February, Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) will join EUSA to talk about her work and share her views on the future of the European Parliament.
Ms Schaake has been a member of the Parliament since 2009 and focusses on topics such as international trade and the digital single market. During her visit, Ms Schaake will firstly reflect on her day-to-day activities within the Parliament and shed light on the topics she deals with.
Afterwards, the discussion will turn to the institution itself. The aftermath of the Brexit vote and the 2019 European elections have set in motion discussions across the EU about the future of the European Parliament. How can we strengthen the connection between European citizens and the Parliament’s daily activities? Shouldn’t we be able to vote for European, rather than national parties? And what to do with the 73 seats which will remain once Britain leaves the EU?
We look forward to welcome you all to this interesting discussion, taking place on the 2nd of February, from 16:30 to 18:30, at KOG (Law Faculty Building) in the Grotiuszaal (A051).
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/944520952368350/
This Friday, the Student Parliament Commission on European Defence will present you the results of its work it has done so far.
The past few months, the Commission on European Defence has dedicated its time to conceptualise and define a political framework in favour of a more concrete and coherent defence policy, regarding current and future challenges of the EU.
While enjoying a drink in our room at Café de Keyzer, the Commission will give a presentation about the processes and the proposed innovations.
After the presentation, the Commission would like to debate its work and proposals with the participants in the assembly and to hear your opinions! You will be able to ask the Commission questions, to provide them with new ideas and to debate its proposals.
Furthermore, at the end of the evening there will be room for questions about the open Board positions, for which the deadline to apply is at the end of this week.
Join us to hear about the European Defence Commission’s results, to introduce possible amendments and to perfectionate its work!
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Date: Friday, 2nd of June
Time: 20:00 – 22:00
Location: Café de Keyzer, Leiden
The 2017 elections in Austria, Holland and France seem to have turned the tide for the European project. However, the European Union still faces multiple challenges and it seems that the politicians who voice the widespread discontent with the Union are bigger than ever. The EU is on a crossroads: should we be optimistic or sceptical about its future? It’s up to a new generation to exchange thoughts about their future of Europe.
On the 31st of May, the EUSA organizes a symposium about the future of Europe in cooperation with B.I.L. and BASIS. Three prominent speakers will provide their (geo-)political view on the future of Europe. Afterwards, there will be a discussion where you will get the chance to participate and share your thoughts on this subject.
Come and debate your Europe on the Spanish Steps at the Wijnhaven dependance of Leiden University from 19.00-21.00.
We hope to see you there!
Date and time: 31th of May, 19.00-21.00
Location: Wijnhaven, Spanish Steps
Facebook event: Symposium: “The Future of Europe”
On the 10th of April, the European Union Student Association (EUSA) organises the lecture “In Conversation with Dick Pels: Is there a European Culture?”. For more information, scroll down.
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On the 10th of April, the European Union Student Association (EUSA) organises the lecture “In Conversation with Dick Pels: Is there a European Culture?”.
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The speaker Dick Pels (1948) is a Dutch sociologist and political writer. He was Professor of Sociology & Communications at Brunel University, London, chairman of the left-liberal thinktank Waterland and director of Bureau de Helling, the research foundation of the Dutch Green Party. His most recent book “A Heart for Europe. The Case for Europatriotism”, was published in 2016.
He wrote: “European civilization is the never-ending quest for a more gentle, more relaxed, more trustful and less dangerous society: a society in which people are no longer afraid of each other, of their institutions, or of themselves. But Europe currently finds itself in the eye of a ‘perfect storm’, being chased by the multiple dangers of populist nationalism, Russian revanchism, neoliberal financial havoc, religious terrorism and refugee chaos. Facing these violent challenges, we urgently need to rethink our European ideals of peace, freedom, democracy, sustainability and the good life. It is urgent that we regain the original passion which lay behind the European project, in order to rescue the idea of a civilized European patriotism from the politics of fear which is conducted by both rightwing and leftwing nationalists.”
Pels will speak with us about whether there is a European Culture or not, what this culture is and what consequences this has on the European Union.
After the lecture there will be a debate in which we’ll consider the question “Is there a European culture?” on the basis of various interesting theses. Everybody attending will have the opportunity and be invited to join this debate.
Location: room 3.18 Wijnhaven, The Hague
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