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Has the US' War on Drugs Been Lost and what Lessons Should Europe Heed?
26 November 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30

With a greater number of casualties than the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns combined, and very meagre results, the US is starting to reconsider the "War on Drugs", waged since the '70s. The paradox of the "repressive-only" approach - the tougher the government acts, the more profitable the drug trade becomes - is being increasingly exposed by the media, opinion leaders, and politicians. Does Europe have an approach, and is it any more effective than the American one? Should European policies on the matter be more coordinated in tackling the societal challenges which are the causes and consequences of drug use? What is the record of countries that have adopted a decriminalisation approach? Is the "War on Drugs" part of the US' global responsibility, and is it also likely to change as a result of power shift and American global disengagement?     

Citizen’s Controversy with Dana Spinant, Head of Unit for Anti-Drugs Policies at the European Commission, and Martin Jelsma, Coordinator of the Drugs and Democracy Programme of the Transnational Institute (TNI).  

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate will be held in English.

To register, please send your name, title and the name of your organisation to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by fax to: +32 (0) 2 209 62 11.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us on: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10.

Participation fee: €10 / Students: €3. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:30 onwards

 
The EU and The Emerging Powers 2015: Cooperation and Competition in Knowledge and Technology

 

Call for Papers

 

The Eu and the emerging powers 2015:

Cooperation and competition in knowledge and technology

 The Political Sciences Louvain-Europe Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain,

the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven,

the Center for International Relations Studies of the Department of Political Science of the University of Liège,

the Department of Political Science of Ghent University,

the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles,

the Institute for  European studies of the Saint Louis University Brussels

and the Madariaga College of Europe Foundation

 

 invite experts to contribute a paper which focuses on the relations between the European Union and emerging powers. The papers will be presented at an International Conference that will take place in Brussels in the last week of April 2015. 

 

Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals: 10th of November 2014

Registration & Abstract Submission at: http://www.usaintlouis.be/iee/1735.html 

 

More info

 
A Financial Transaction Tax through Enhanced Cooperation: Electoral Window Dressing or Measure of Social Justice?
29 October 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

Facing mounting pressure from public opinion - especially in distressed countries - to rein in financial excesses, 11 EU Member States agreed to introduce a tax on shares and some derivatives through enhanced cooperation by 2016. Participating countries will also maintain their existing national tax schemes on derivatives, if not covered by the common legislation. However, significant details need to be worked out, such as where the tax would be paid. The proposal attracted huge criticism from Member States that traditionally lean towards the concerns of the financial sector regarding the effect on growth and jobs, and also from the supporters of the Commission's original proposal in 2012 which was judged tlo be more ambitious. Would it be better to return to the Commission's proposal, and what would be the chances of overcoming the opposition of some Member State? Does a financial transaction tax make sense if adopted by only a limited number of countries, and what is the record of countries which have approved similar measures on their own?   

Citizen’s Controversy with Dominique Plihon, Professor at the University Paris XIII, and Christian Valenduc, Senior Advisor at the Belgian Federal Ministry of Finance and Professor at the Universities of Louvain and Namur.  

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate will be held in English.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us on: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10.

Participation fee: €10 / Students: €3. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:30 onwards

 
Why Does TTIP Need an Investor-State Dispute Settlement?
21 October 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

A scheme for investor protection is quite common in trade deals involving countries where the rule of law and the independence of the courts are dubious. these schemes usually aim at establishing international arbitrage mechanisms to solve disputes arising between the investor and a government violating the terms of the investment through political or administrative intervention. However, extending the model of the Investor-State-Dispute Settlement (ISDS) to the EU-US trade talks implies a number of potential consequences that civil society associations deem of particular concern. Many argue that offshore tribunals are easily captured by corporate interests and might limit the ability of states to enforce their citizens' preferences as defined by democratic processes. Would a more aggressive US legal culture favour the US business in offshore litigation? Do sophisticated legal systems such as the US and EU ones require international arbitrage to protect investors? Would a US dominant culture in international litigation regime implicitly put pressure towards privatisation in Europe in a number of sensitive fields?   

Citizen’s Controversy with Jacques Bourgeois, Senior Associate a WilmerHale, and Fredrik Erixon, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).  

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate will be held in English.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us on: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10.

Participation fee: €10 / Students: €3. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:30 onwards

 
Is China the New World Banker?
1st October 2014, Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation (Brussels), 10:30 - 12:30

China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt with about $1.3 trillion in bills, notes and bonds, behind only the Social Security Trust Fund and the Federal Reserve. The recent creation of the BRICS Development Bank provides China with a new tool to channel additional funds into developing countries. With about one third of global currency reserves, China, often described as the world’s factory, seems on its way to becoming the new world banker. What are the sources and the drivers behind China’s financial power? Will the Yuan become the new world currency? How does the Chinese financial system work and how well-grounded is it? What are its strengths and weaknesses? 

Claude Meyer, Professor, PSIA-SciencesPo Paris and author of “La Chine, banquier du monde” (Paris, Fayard, 2014)

A second speaker TBC

Rupert Willis, China Desk, Unit D3 - G20 countries, IMF, G-groups, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation.

To register, please send your name, title and the name of your organisation to    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by fax to: +32 (0) 2 209 62 11

The debate will be held in English.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10

In partnership with Confucius Institute in Liège (Université de Liège - ULg)

 Institute Confucius - Liège ULg

 

 
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Call for Papers

The EU and the Emerging Powers 2015: Cooperation and Competition in Knowledge and Technology

Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals: 10 November 2014

Registration & Abstract Submission at: http://www.saintlouis.be/iee/1735.html

The papers will be presented at an international Conference that will take place in Brussels in the last week of April 2015 

More info


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