Slovenian Pre-Presidency Conference by CIR & TEPSA (17 and 18 June 2021, Online)


On 1 July 2021, Portugal will hand over the Presidency of the Council of the EU to Slovenia, which will hold its reigns for the second time since its accession to the EU in 2004. During the next six months, the Slovenian Presidency will have to sail through troubled waters to address some of the most pressing EU issues, such as the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of the European Green Deal, the digital agenda and EU’s relations with its external partners. To scrutinise the priorities and challenges of the Presidency, Centre of International Relations (CIR) – Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, and Trans European Policy Studies Association – TEPSA, will digitally host the Slovenian Pre-Presidency Conference on 17 and 18 June 2021.

CIR and TEPSA will gather high-level panellists to speak in plenary and parallel sessions about current EU affairs, including the European Green Deal, European solidarity, digitalisation, the EU post-pandemic, the Conference on the Future of Europe, enlargement, and European strategic autonomy. During the two day-event, EU and Slovenian policy-makers, officials, researchers, journalists and civil society members will aim at answering some of the following questions:

  • How can the European economy recover from COVID-19 and prioritise the green transition at the same time?
  • Has the pandemic promoted European solidarity amongst Member States or rather showed a lack of it? Has the European Union extended its powers in times of crisis?
  • How is the EU and its Member States responding to the crisis caused by the pandemic? Is the Recovery and Resilience Facility the right and sufficient answer? How are the Member States addressing the crisis?
  • To what extent is the Conference on the Future of Europe a viable scenario for European reform? What do people and governments want?
  • To what extent have EU tools to promote democracy and rule of law worked to bring change to the EU neighbourhood?
  • What practical applications of the concept of Strategic Autonomy should the EU try to achieve in the fields of trade policy, medical supplies, defence and digitalisation in the next decade?

During the event TEPSA will also present its Recommendations to the Slovenian Presidency. These recommendations are formulated by experts from the TEPSA network, without necessarily representing the views of TEPSA or its Member Institutes.

You are kindly invited to join the event. Participation is free of charge and the discussion will take place mostly in English. 

READ THE AGENDA HERE

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKERS HERE

REGISTER HERE

The sessions will be held on Zoom. You will receive the links after registration.

Related to the conference, Tepsa prepared some recommendations to the Slovenian Presidency to the Council of the EU. These are available here.

*The conference is supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, and the InDivEU project in the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


Back to list of notificationsPublished: 26. May 2021 | Category: News