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EU institutional affairs

Can the British Brexit notification be withdrawn?

By Franklin Dehousse (21-04-2017)

In Commentaries

During the last year, many observers, especially in the United Kingdom, have commented on the possibility of a unilateral withdrawal of the Brexit notification (see for example the recent Edwards/Jacobs/Lever document). After the notification, the topic has resurfaced. read more…

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Launch of the NPE Belgium National Report. Belgium and the EU : matching rhetoric and commitment

Conference from 17:30 - 19:00 (Registration from 17:00)

Egmont – Institute for International Relations – is hosting a special event to present its contribution to the project New Pact for Europe, in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation. This project gathers several think tanks among 10 EU countries to discuss European Union’s future and current challenges. It has the ambition to launch a European-wide debate on the potential rooms for reforms and improvement within the EU, with a particular focus on three specific policy fields: economy, migration and security policies.

At several occasions, the Belgian National Reflection Group (NRG) has met to reflect on the ‘state of the Union’ from a national perspective and discuss the main challenges the EU and its members are facing, taking into account both the European and national perspectives. These meetings opened-up with the first Belgian NRG meeting, held on the 26th of May 2016 in the presence of Minister Reynders, and has been followed by few others – among which two transnational meetings with the Finnish and Slovak delegations participating to the project.

These meetings have resulted in the finalization of a national report, presenting the outcomes of these discussions.

This report will be released at the occasion of this official launch on the 11th of May and will be presented by the Director of the European Affairs Programme of the Egmont Institute, Alexander Mattelaer.

It proposes ideas and recommendations on how the EU and its members should react to EU’s main challenges and lays down how the EU and European integration should develop in the years to come.

It is the opportunity to share publicly the outcome of this long-lasting initiative and to explain the outreach and goals of New Pact for Europe.


Panelists:  Alexander Mattelaer, Director of the European Affairs Programme and Janis Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies, EPC.


17:00 – Registrations

17:30-19:00 – Launch of the NPE Belgium National Report

19:00-20:00 – Reception

France is headed for big trouble. Europe, be warned.

By Franklin Dehousse (23-03-2017)

In Commentaries

We are living through by far the most extraordinary presidential campaign in the history of the Fifth Republic. It began with a shock with President Hollande’s decision to abandon re-election, due to his incredibly low popularity. read more…

How to make the most of the EU’s financial potential ?

By Anca Cioriciu, Fabian Willermain (22-03-2017)

In European Policy Briefs

In the perspective of the post-2020 Multiannual financial Framework (MFF), this policy brief suggests three reforms that would improve the aim of the MFF as both an expression of EUs political priorities and budgetary planning tool. read more…

A Dublin IV recast: A new and improved system?

By Tamara Tubakovic (17-03-2017)

In European Policy Briefs

According to member states and EU officials, the European Union is now slowly entering a period of ‘post crisis.’ In this fragile period of stability, the European Commission has begun its task of strengthening the EU’s legislative framework on asylum. read more…

The House of Lords’ report on the “Brexit bill” : an extremely dangerous development for the coming negotiation

By Franklin Dehousse (07-03-2017)

In Commentaries

On 4 March 2017, the House of Lords made public a new report about the so-called “brexit bill” – i.e. the final contribution read more…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

60 years after the Rome Treaty: time to reboot the European Project? Fully Booked !

Conference from 16:30 - 18:30

A keynote lecture by Professor Loukas Tsoukalis.
On 25 March 1957, a group of European statesmen gathered in the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Capitoline Hill for a pivotal moment in modern European history. Building on the Spaak report and the 1956 intergovernmental conference on the common market read more…

When a rule of law protection mechanism for the EU?

By Fabian Willermain (23-02-2017)

In Other publications

While the EU promotes the Rule of Law as one of its cornerstone, how can we imagine that these same principles are not respected in each of its member states ?

This article was first published in La Libre. Article only available in French. read more…

Mr Fillon is becoming a growing problem for Europe

By Franklin Dehousse (17-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Most comments about the latest developments in the French presidential campaign have concentrated on their internal impact, and this is normal. One must now however underestimate their external impact, because it could become huge. read more…

We don’t do enough for the rule of law

By Fabian Willermain (10-02-2017)

In Commentaries

At a time when EU seeks to reinvent itself, the author argues that the EU should carry out regular monitoring processes that guarantees of rule of law and democratic values  in its Member States.. read more…