News from the IES

Associate Researcher David Anderson organised a Lecture Series on EU-China cooperation in competition law and policy. After an introductory talk on Chinese competition law regimes, the discussion shifted to cooperation between the European Union and China in the competition law field. The second lecture of the series was dedicated to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the agency responsible for macroeconomic plan and implementation and more specifically for price-related violations.

Press Release 28 November 2014

Two leading experts on climate change, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür and Lisanne Groen, from the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will attend the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP-20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima that takes place from 1- 12 December 2014.

On 4 November 2014, Dr Claire Dupont, IES and EDGE programme researcher, attended a roundtable conference as one of four keynote speakers in Tallinn, Estonia. The speakers were invited to discuss ideas related to the overarching question: “Does democracy depend on energy nowadays?”, with specific emphasis on evolving EU-Russian relations.

Senior Associate Research Fellow at the IES Dr. Anna Stahl participated in “The Economic Transition to Sustainable Development Forum” in Shenzhen, China, which took place on Wednesday 5 November 2014.

The forum was organised by the Center for Green Economy and it was a discussion of the place of international financial markets within the framework of sustainable development.

Acting IES Academic Director Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, IES Senior Researcher Prof. Dr. Luis Simon  and PhD Researcher Stephan Klose will present their research at the Brussels-Seoul Security Forum on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

The conference entitled “What Korea Needs, What Europe Wants: Regional and Global Security Cooperation Between Europe and the Republic of Korea” will take place in the Obama Hall in Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul.

Alexander Mattelaer will present on "Europe as a Global Security Provider: Values and Technocratic Solutions". Luis Simon will deliver a speech on "The Future of NATO and the Transatlantic Relationship". Last but not least, Stephan Klose, will deliver his presentation on "Developments in the EU’s Strategic Partnerships in East Asia".

On 19 November IES Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür, and PhD researcher Tomas Wyns spoke to Members of the European Parliament in the Environment and Industry Committees on the future of EU climate and energy policy.

They gave a presentation entitled: "Delivering the 2030 climate and energy targets - Long term policy commitments to trump short-term politics".

 Between 3 - 7 November, IES Postdoctoral researcher Prof. Dr. Luis Simon and IES Executive Director Anthony Antoine visited the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). Luis and Anthony held different information sessions for prospective students who want to join the IES Brussels Programme on EU Foreign Policy, a five-week programme held every year in May/June.

We are delighted to announce that Queenie Swerts, an IES-VUB alumna MSc European Integration and Development (EuroMaster), has been selected as a finalist of the ING Thesis Award.

Queenie was selected for her thesis on 'The Gold Reserves of the European Central Bank: A Mystery or a Clever Choice?' (promoter Prof. dr. Leo Van Hove).

This autumn the IES has welcomed two new PhD Researchers. Klaudia Majcher has joined the IES European Economic Governance cluster and Stephan Klose has joined the IES European Foreign and Security Policy cluster.

Klaudia Majcher's PhD research focuses on EU competition law and data protection law in the context of the EU digital market.

Stephan Klose's research project aims at understanding how strategic dialogues between the EU and its Asian partners (China, Japan, India and South Korea) limit or enable particular representations of the EU as a political and security actor and how such representations are used by EU institutions to legitimize (an extension of) the European integration project.

IES PhD researcher Lisanne Groen attended the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which took place from Monday 6 to Friday 17 October 2014.