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Jean Monnet Programme

International conference

„European Union Policies in the Making”

Krakow, Poland. 18-19 April 2008

Important information:

Title: „European Union Policies in the Making”

Deadlines for abstract submission: 04.02.2008

Announcement of selection results: 18.02.2008

Deadline for full paper submission: 31.03.2008

Conference: 18-19.04.2008

Conference fee: no conference fee; lodging and board for speakers provided.

Conference background:

Apart of its institutional setting (the Reforming Treaty), today we can observe significant developments in five key areas of the European Union. Those are the following policies:

(1) Common Foreign and Security Policy

(2) European Security and Defense Policy

(3) Energy and climate protection

(4) Transport

(5) Lisbon strategy.

The CFSP seems to be progressing better than before, drawing lessons from past experiences since the Maastricht treaty and improvements of Amsterdam treaty. Similarly, the ESDP is evolving fast, with the Member States learning to cooperate within new structures and contributing to peacekeeping and/or peacemaking missions. Energy policy combined with efforts to manage the climate change amounts now to a major challenge for both the EU as a whole and its member states in what they attempt to achieve: a single market for energy, secure in supply and responding to climate change. The transport sector, in turn, provides examples of success (air) and clear lack of it (railroads). The implementation of the Lisbon Strategy appears even more tricky. Here, the instruments are soft, cooperation is difficult and results are systematically criticised.

Aim of the conference:

The conference „European Union Policies in Making” aims at summarising recent and current efforts of the EU to build up or strengthen up its policies in those five important fields. The objective of our conference is to provide an opportunity to have a closer look at internal developments in all five policies. With this in mind, the Tischner European University invites scholars, practitioners and PhD students to submit paper abstracts within one or more of the five areas mentioned above.

Guidelines for conference papers:

For its analytical framework, the conference takes the “EU as a political system” approach. Therefore, both separate analyses of respective policies as well as their comparisons are welcome. Papers presented should deal with institutions' and other actors' (businesses, NGOs, etc.) strategies, resulting regulatory regimes and wider consequences for both the sectors tackled and the current course of integration efforts. Authors might draw larger conclusions as to the dynamics of sectoral integration, appropriateness of tools used and intersectoral similarities as is the case of network-based economies and approaches, for example.

Conference application and paper submission:

All those interested in presenting a paper during the conference should fill in an application form on the website www.eup.wse.krakow.pl and send it via website together with an abstract of maximum 1800 characters with spaces by 04.02.2008. The online application tool will be available from 17 December 2007.

The results of selection proceedings will be announced by 18.02.2008. The authors of abstracts selected will be requested to provide the final version of their papers by 31.03.2004. All papers presented during the conference will be published in the conference proceedings.

Working language:

The working language of the conference will be English. The abstracts and papers are also expected to be delivered in English.

The Conference “European Union Policies in the Making” is an element of a larger project under the same title, funded by the Jean Monnet program, within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union. More information about the project can be found on the website:


More information about Jean Monnet program can be found on the website:


The organisers and the venue:

The conference will be hosted in Krakow, in the main hall of the Tischner European University, at ul.Westerplatte 11.

The Tischner European University is a young, dynamic institution established in 2003 by the Publishing House ZNAK. In a few years, the university won an important place on the map of higher education in Poland. The TEU is currently educating BA and MA students in 3 fields: International Relations (in Polish or English), Sociology and English Philology/Applied Linguistics. Further 450 students participate in a dozen professional development courses, ranging from “European Integration – EU Funds” to “Journalism” to “Project Management”. From the very start, the European Integration has been the focus point for teaching and research activities at TEU. The flagship project in this field carried out by TEU titled “Power in Europe”, comprised of various international initiatives such as conferences and international seminars, has been creating an important forum for learning and debate. The conference “European Union Policies in the Making” is a continuation of this work. For more information about TEU please visit: www.teu.krakow.pl


Westerplatte 11

Additional Information

Practical and financial conditions for participation: There is no participation fee in this conference. Lodging and board during the conference will be provided by the organisers. Other expenses, including travel costs, have to be paid by the participants.