EU3D Future of Europe Debates in France

On 24-28 January 2022, Sciences Po Grenoble-UGA and PACTE organised an EU3D series of debates on the future of the European Union. The debates took place in the context of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The cycle of round tables was opened by Sabine Saurugger, Director of Sciences Po Grenoble-UGA and coordinator of WP3 at EU3D. Speakers from WP3 CNRS included Fabien Terpan, Associate Professor and Cecile Pelaudeix, Researcher. The debates have provided the opportunity to discuss important policy issues with students, academics, policy makers, citizens and stakeholders from civil society.

Speakers from French and EU institutions were French Senator André Gattolin, MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield and MEP Sandro Gozi, Member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Armelle Douaud, Director at Directorate for Democracy Support, European Parliament, Gaetane Ricard-Nihoul, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission, Citizens’ Dialogues. Other participants were Marie-Estelle Binet, Professor, Head of Research, Sciences Po Grenoble-UGA, GAEL, Céline Belot, CNRS Researcher, PACTE - Sciences Po Grenoble-UGA, Yann Echinard, Associate Professor in economics at Sciences Po Grenoble-UGA, Camille Brugier, Researcher, IRSEM, Jacques Le Cacheux, Professor in economics, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Sciences Po Paris, École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Henri Oberdorff, Professor Emeritus, President of the Université Populaire Européenne de Grenoble, Lencka Popravka, PhD student, UGA, CESICE, Cécile Pelaudeix, Chercheuse EU3D CNRS PACTE - Sciences Po Grenoble-UGA, Elisabeth Sénégas, La Chimère citoyenne, Fabien Terpan, Associate Professor in Public Law,  Sciences Po Grenoble-UGA, Deputy Director of CESICE.

The 4 round tables were set in a hybrid format, both face-to-face and virtual. They have gathered more than 90 participants and have successively addressed integration and differentiation in four areas:

  • The rule of law in the EU: Does the EU have the instruments to deal with the rise of so-called 'illiberal' regimes? The participants questioned the EU’s capacity to deal with rule of law violations in the context of differentiation. The round table allowed to make the concept of differentiation known to students and the larger public and featured the difficulties that arise for the uniform application of EU law.
  • The health crisis and economic recovery profiles in Europe: What lessons from previous crises and what policies put in place? The participants discussed the stabilisation policies put in place recently, and the features of the EU recovery plan and budget based on differentiated contribution and common debt.
  • The EU in search of citizen attention: What perception do citizens have of the European political system and how can citizen participation work? Invited speakers explained the innovative and challenging aspects of the Conference on the Future of Europe from the perspectives of the Parliament and the Commission, and the need for Europeanisation of participation to take place at all levels: local, national, transnational. The perspective of a local participation of citizens in the city of Grenoble was brought forward. 
  • EU resilience and China: In the face of China's systemic and protean influence, how can the cohesion and effectiveness of European policies be strengthened? The round table highlighted the role of the parliament in EU foreign policy, pointed to some vulnerabilities of the EU in particular in some policy areas such as academic freedom but also to the strengths of the EU when it comes to its commercial power and cohesion policies.  The diverse effects of internal and external differentiation on EU resilience were exposed to students who engaged in lively discussions with the speakers.

The debates were entirely open to the public and co-organised with the student association “Alp’Europe” of Sciences Po Grenoble.

The programme can be found here (in French).

Watch the roundtable discussions here (in French): 

The debates were entirely open to the public and co-organised with the student association “Alp’Europe” of Sciences Po Grenoble.


Published Apr. 18, 2022 10:44 AM - Last modified July 20, 2022 10:32 AM