What Future for the European Union? Sixty Years on from the Treaty of Rome

Date and time
7 Mar 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
European Union Society
Old College (Playfair Library Hall)

The Edinburgh University European Union Society
Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh
and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Edinburgh

Are pleased to invite you to a special event on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome:

What Future for the European Union?
Sixty Years on from the Treaty of Rome

Tuesady 7 March 2017
6pm to 7.30pm

Old College
Playfair Library Hall

Register via Eventbrite: bit.ly/EdinEU60

Doors open from 5.30pm
Reception to follow

Introduction from Dr Mark Hanniffy
Consul General of Ireland in Edinburgh

Conclusion from Jens-Peter Voss
Consul General of Germany in Edinburgh

This March marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – an agreement which created the European Economic Community and paved the way for today's European Union. The evolution of the European project over those six decades has brought the Single Market and its freedoms, the euro, the Schengen area of borderless travel and Erasmus exchanges, among many other (often less recognised) elements of cooperation and partnership. In parallel to these developments, however, the EU has faced its share of challenges and crises, which have in recent years seemed to become ever more existential. Sixty years on, what lies ahead for the European Union? Will it be able to successfully adapt to the changing needs and wishes of European publics? How well can it manage relations with its neighbours (including, eventually, the UK)? What might Europe look like sixty years from now? Join us as we explore these timely questions on the future of Europe.

Prof Laura Cram
Professor of European Politics · The University of Edinburgh

Prof Máiréad Nic Craith MRIA
Professor of European Culture and Heritage · Heriot-Watt University

Colin Imrie
EU Policy Analyst

Dr Sanja Badanjak
Postdoctoral Research Fellow · The University of Edinburgh

Anthony Salamone | Chair
European Union Society President

Questions for the panel can be submitted in advance by email to eusocietyedinburgh@gmail.com

About the Speakers

Prof Laura Cram is Professor of European Politics and Director of the Neuropolitics Research Lab at the University of Edinburgh. Her research areas include European public policy, European identity and the neuropolitics of public policy and identity. Her work on neuropolitics focuses on how insights from psychology, information science and cognitive neuroscience can help to explain political behaviour and policy processes. She was Senior Fellow in The UK in a Changing Europe programme in 2015-2016 and has been an active contributor in informing public debate on the EU referendum and Brexit.

Prof Máiréad Nic Craith MRIA is Professor of European Culture and Heritage and Director of the Intercultural Centre at Heriot-Watt University. Her research considers language, power and cultural policy in European society, and has included work on political boundaries and language, language and citizenship, interculturality, and minority and contested languages. She also works on intangible heritage in a European context and was previously Director of the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster.

Colin Imrie is an independent EU policy analyst. He previously worked on EU affairs for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Scottish Government where he was, among other roles, Head of the European Relations Team in Edinburgh and Brussels. He also has experience working for the European Commission. His areas of interests include European economic governance, the operation of the Single Market (including the four freedoms) and Scotland's relationship with Europe. He was a DAAD Stipendiat (bursary) in Hamburg from 1980-1982, working on the origins of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Dr Sanja Badanjak is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, with the Political Settlements Research Programme. Her primary research area is European politics, focusing on the realignments in party systems and voter affiliations that result from the process of Europeanisation. She also researches international effects on national politics more broadly and uses quantitative research methods to study political settlements.

The event reception is generously supported by the Edinburgh Europa Institute and the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh

This event is free. Registration in advance required
All are welcome

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