Three faculty members of the CEU Center for European Union Research (CEUR) participate in the new European research consortium “bEUcitizen”. The consortium, which brings together 26 universities, was successful in a joint bid for a 6.5 million EUR research grant under the European Union Seventh Framework Programme. The interdisciplinary project, which involves research from legal studies, sociology political science, history and economics, aims to study the implementation and practice of European Union (EU) citizenship. The consortium is led by the University of Utrecht.
Agnes Batory and Uwe Puetter, both faculty members of the DPP and member and director, respectively, of CEUR, published an article in the Journal of European Public Policy on one of the most important drivers of European integration, the Presidency of the European Council. The Lisbon Treaty introduced significant changes to the Presidency, which now combines a permanent chair with the principle of rotation based on three member states collaborating during an 18-month period.
Europe is a heterogeneous group of countries that have agreed to work together based on a set of rules. However, the recent economic crisis has shown these rules to be inadequate, paving the way for political decisions that have no place in a rule-based framework, and necessitating a different approach. These were some of the issues discussed at the 3rd Annual Roundtable Debate hosted by CEU’s Center for European Union Research and Department of Public Policy, as well as the Hungarian Europe Society.