The 'new' EU Institutions: What changes ahead?

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), in cooperation with the Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies, arranged a discussion on the latest trends shaping how the EU institutions operate and interact.

Much has changed in the EU in 2014. Elections to the European Parliament altered the contours of its party politics. A new Commission President was appointed using a new nomination system. And both the European Council and External Action Service (EEAS) changed leadership, with heightened expectations.

What can we expect from the EU’s institutions in the years ahead? Will the Commission become more politicized? Will the European Council continue to be a driving force? Will the EEAS finally reach its potential? How can the EU shore up its economy, regain the confidence of its citizens and manage security threats in the ‘near abroad’? 


Neill Nugent, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Manchester Metropolitan University.

David EarnshawPresident and Senior Advisor, Burson-Marsteller Brussels.

Michael Shackleton, Professor of European Institutions at Maastricht University.

Annegret BendiekSenior Associate at the SWP, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and Ph.D. in Political Science.

Francis Jacobs, Head of European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.

Helene Sjursen, Professor at ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo.

The seminar was moderated by Mark Rhinard, Senior Research Fellow and head of the Europe Research Program at UI.


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