Wednesday Webinars

Why Webinars?

The Educational Development Unit (EDU) of the IES has decided to focus on the development of a webinar series. Though originally tied to the IES’s well-established training sessions, the webinar series has become a stand-alone initiative. Our decision to move to this online platform came in response to an increased demand of flexibility regarding our training sessions. You can now experience academic and professional training on a wide range of EU matters on your computer, wherever you are.

Webinars provide instructors with the ability to teach in a traditional “face to face” setting while providing users with the flexibility of accessing the session remotely. The sessions will take place on a Wednesday between 12:00 - 13:15. Our goal is to create a schedule that is easy to follow for professionals. Just grab a laptop, some lunch, and make sure you have an internet connection.

Digital Innovation

The Adobe Connect platform used for the Wednesday Webinar Series is a clear example of E-learning innovation. Users are able to communicate directly with the instructor, creating a dynamic opportunity to instantly tailor feedback and information to your professional needs. Users can also interact with each other over voice, video, and type chat during the session, meaning that you will be able to build your professional network while debating these important topics. Finally, the most versatile aspect of the Adobe Connect platform is that it doesn’t require installation, simply access the platform and your training session via the Internet.

Previous Webinars

Date: 14 May 2014 - 12:00

Focusing in depth on the EU’s engagement in critical neighbourhood areas, the webinar also explores the nature of the EU’s strategic partnership with the US, Russia, key neighbourhood states, as well as the potential for its newest but most troublesome area of foreign policy: energy security.

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Date: 26 March 2014 - 12:00

This webinar moves forward from key decision-making to examining the nature of EU foreign policy making in both traditional (trade and development) and more recent areas (security and defence) as well as its relations with key international actors.

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Date: 18 December 2013 - 12:00

This webinar explores the major EU institutions and the nature of their capacity and competences to make policy on EU foreign affairs: chiefly the European External Action Service, the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament, in addition to a survey of the major changes to EU foreign policy-making in the wake of the Treaty of Lisbon. 

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Date: 06 November 2013 - 12:00

This webinar explores the underlying conceptual frameworks by which EU integration, decision-making and the operations and functions of EU institutions can be best explained, drawing from IR theory, EU integration theory, and international political economy.
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Date: 22 May 2013 - 12:00

Focusing in depth on the EU’s engagement in critical neighbourhood areas, the webinar also explores the nature of the EU’s strategic partnership with the US, Russia, key neighbourhood states, as well as the potential for its newest but most troublesome area of foreign policy: energy security.

Date: 17 April 2013 - 12:00

This webinar moves forward from key decision-making to examining the nature of EU foreign policy making in both traditional (trade and development) and more recent areas (security and defence) as well as its relations with key international actors.

Date: 13 February 2013 - 12:00

Using the Treaty of Lisbon as a starting point, this webinar explores the implicit and explicit foreign policy roles of the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council.

Date: 07 November 2012 - 12:00

This webinar explores the underlying conceptual frameworks by which EU integration, decision-making and the operations and functions of EU institutions can be best explained, drawing from IR theory, EU integration theory, and international political economy.

Date: 27 June 2012 - 12:00

by Dr. Anna Rudakowska

Academia, media and public frequently describe the EU’s promotion of values in China as an ‘empty speech’. They criticize the EU that in relations with Beijing, it fulfills member states’ economic and security interests in the expense of human rights and democracy. These comments are widely recognized, but are they based on the detailed analysis of the work of values or rather on a set of popular assumptions about the role of values in international relations?

Date: 30 May 2012 - 12:00

This webinar is the fourth and last session of the series of webinars "DECODING THE EU: EU INSTITUTIONS AND DECISION-MAKING IES ONLINE COURSE" which provides advanced understanding of the EU institutions and decision-making.
This webinar is a guide to the EU decision-making procedure, with a focus on the ordinary legislative procedure (former co-decision)

Date: 23 May 2012 - 12:00

This webinar is the thirth session of the series of webinars "DECODING THE EU: EU INSTITUTIONS AND DECISION-MAKING IES ONLINE COURSE" which provides advanced understanding of the EU institutions and decision-making.

This webinar will give an overview of the powers, structures and functioning of the European Parliament.

Date: 16 May 2012 - 12:00

This webinar is the second session of the series of webinars "DECODING THE EU: EU INSTITUTIONS AND DECISION-MAKING IES ONLINE COURSE" which provides advanced understanding of the EU institutions and decision-making.
During this webinar you will learn about the composition of both the Council of Ministers and the European Council and their role in EU policy-making.

Date: 09 May 2012 - 12:00

This webinar is the first session of the series of webinars "DECODING THE EU: EU INSTITUTIONS AND DECISION-MAKING IES ONLINE COURSE" which provides advanced understanding of the EU institutions and decision-making.
During this webinar you will learn about the role, composition and functioning of the European Commission and understand its power as policy initiator.

Date: 25 April 2012 - 12:00

'Quo vadis EU: The EU Abroad in the World'
by: Prof. Dr. Amelia Hadfield, Prof. Dr. Luis Simon, Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, Dr. Fraser Cameron
This fourth and final Jean Monnet Webinar focuses on the most animating aspects of EU external relations: foreign and security policy, defence developments, and its current strategic partnerships with Russia, US and Asia, including focal points relating to trade and energy security, before concluding with a broad analysis of short and long term trends.

Date: 07 March 2012 - 12:00

'Quo vadis EU: Foreign Policy Vehicles and Near Neighbourhood'
by: Prof. Dr. Amelia Hadfield, Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops, Prof. Dr. Selen Gueren and Dr. Alexander Mattelaer
In addition to major geopolitical transformations of enlargement, and the development of the European Neighbourhood Policy (including a speciaized look at the contemporary role of migration policy within the context of the Arab Spring) this third Jean Monnet Webinar examines the current role of EU trade and development policy, as well as reviewing EU's relations with NATO.

Date: 22 February 2012 - 12:00

by Dr. Magdalena Sapala

The webinar will focus on presenting and explaining the main issues of the ongoing debate on the European Union Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The state of play in the European Parliament and the Council negotiations will be also highlighted.  

The procedure for establishing the multiannual budgets, introduced in the EU in 1988, was to be a remedy to the growing difficulty in negotiating the annual budgets, the guarantee of fiscal discipline and the stable framework for important European long-term projects. It is evident however, that despite the use of this method, the negotiations of both - annual and multiannual budgets - are still very difficult. In recent years the problem has even worsened.

Date: 25 January 2012 - 12:00

Since 9/11, the European Union and the United States have developed a strong police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. Among the agreements, the one on the processing and transfer of financial data (the so-called TFTP agreement) became a key tool in fighting terrorism effectively. However, as processing and transferring huge amounts of personal data are considered by law enforcement as an essential part in this fight, questions remain whether the fundamental right to privacy is adequately guaranteed.

Though both the EU and US share some similarities in data protection, differences persist in their approaches to privacy regulation. This webinar will consider ways of striking the balance between efficient law enforcement and appropriate protection of personal data and privacy, in the context of cross-regional cooperation.

Date: 11 January 2012 - 12:00

'Quo vadis EU: Actors in Play: EU Institutions'

by: Prof. Dr. Amelia Hadfield, Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops, Prof. Dr. Irina Tanasescu and Dr. Alexander Mattelaer

This second Jean Monnet Webinar provides a brief but insightful view of the EU Commission, Council and Parliament as institutional entities, policy makers and modes decision-making, as well as a focused look at the changes brought the Treaty of Lisbon, including the role of the new External Action Service (EEAS).

Date: 26 October 2011 - 12:00

China is no longer the developing country it once was. Beijing’s weight in global affairs is mounting by the day as it stands at the helm of the world’s most successful economy and displays ever more financial prowess. China’s economic success story seems to be never ending. In the past 30 years the Chinese economy has quadrupled in size and some expect it to double again over the next decade. China’s military clout is equally on the rise. In 2008 it evolved into the world’s second highest military spender...