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.
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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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).