Performance and multilateral organisations

10 Nov 2015 17:00
10 Nov 2015 19:00

Since publication of the EU’s Security Strategy in 2003, ‘effective multilateralism’ has been one of the key ambitions of the European Union’s external activities. Multilateralism encourages development of common rules, expectations and behaviours, which can all contribute to enabling a stable international environment. However, challenges to the system are apparent, notably the failure of multilateral institutions to achieve their aims, as well as the rise of competing and contesting visions of world order. One key question is how the EU, itself not a state, can play a role in the promotion and development of the multilateral world order. This roundtable will address some key questions about the EU’s role in multilateral institutions, focusing on legal and diplomatic positions, and discussing the role of the EU in multilateral economic organisations. Specifically, the panel will address the following questions: What are the specific challenges that the EU faces in acting in multilateral institutions? How does it work to improve the output (not necessarily just efficiency) of the multilateral organisations in which it works?

Speakers:

  • Jonas Jonsson, Head of Division for the Multilateral Relations Division at the European External Action Service
  • Stephan Marquardt, Deputy Head of the Legal Affairs Division of the European External Action Service
  • Dirk Verbeken, Senior Economist and Research administrator at the Secretariat of the European Parliament

Moderator:

  • Joachim Koops, Research Professor for European Foreign & Security Policy, IES

Registration and Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please fill in the online registration form.

Venue:
Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels
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Jonas Jonsson is Head of Division for the Multilateral Relations Division at the European External Action Service and Chair of CONUN (the Council’s UN Working Party). Prior to his current posting, he was Head of the Western Balkans Division at the EEAS. He has previously worked at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, including a posting at the office of the EU Special Representative to Kosovo.

 

 

Stephan Marquardt is Deputy Head of the Legal Affairs Division of the European External Action Service. He previously was the Legal Adviser of the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Prior to this assignment, he was legal adviser in the legal service of the Council of the European Union, with a focus on the external relations of the EU.

 

 

 

Dirk Verbeken works since 2013 as a Senior Economist and Research administrator at the Secretariat of the European Parliament. In this capacity, he recently managed four studies on the role of the EU in various international economic fora (G20, OECD, IMF and FSB). Earlier, he worked for 20 years at DG ECFIN of the European Commission, half of it in the International Affairs and Global Governance Directorate.

 

 

Joachim Koops is Dean of Vesalius College, Director of GGI and Research Professor for European Foreign & Security Policy at the IES. His research focuses on the EU’s Role in Global Governance and Inter-Organisational Relations. Publications include Palgrave Handbook of Inter-Organisational Relations in World Politics (With R. Biermann, forthcoming), The EU’s Role in the IMF (with D. Tolksdorf, Study for the European Parliament, 2015), The Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations (OUP, 2015) and The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor (Palgrave, 2015 with G. Macaj)).

 

 

Contact

Jamal Shahin (General Academic Coordinator)
Senior Researcher
Institute for European Studies
Jamal.Shahin@vub.ac.be

Anamaria Bacsin (Communications and Logistics)
Institute for European Studies
+32 2 614 80 40
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