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Carbon Capture and Storage: Back in the EU Agenda?
25 June 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30

Despite the low interest shown by a large number of Member States, and the perception that the momentum has been lost, carbon capture and storage (CCS) is now back on the Comission's agenda. CCS is viewed as a way of coping with stringent emissions commitments, as well as a means to avoid the perceived negative consequences on competitiveness that the abandoning of fossil fuels would have. But what is its potential for significantly reducing CO2 emissions, and how much investment would be realistically needed, and how much investment would be realistically needed for it to be effective? Should Emission Trading Schemes (ETS) revenue be reallocated towards CCS investment, given the expansion in coal consumption, or does it make more sense to keep on funding the renewable sector? Does CCS technology have the potential to enhance the "coal revival", thereby extending the European economy's addiction to fossil fuels?     

Citizen’s Controversy with Chris Littlecott, Senior Policy Advisor at E3G, and Sander Van Egmond, Project Manager at the Utrecht Sustainability Institute, University of Utrecht.  

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

 
Call for Applications: Peace Tour Award for Outstanding Chinese Students in Europe

 

The Peace Tour Award has been jointly set up by the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Europe-China Cultural and Educational Foundation (ECCEF), the European branch of the Peace Tour Committee - World Famous Chinese Artists Global Painting Peace Tour Committee - in order to grant awards to outstanding Chinese students or researchers studying in the European Union.

The Awards programme strives to promote EU-China relations, mutual understanding and people-to-people dialogue. The programme will focus on granting an award each year to ten Chinese students and researchers studying in Member States of the European Union. As more and more Chinese citizens undertake higher education in the EU, such an event will have a positive long-term impact on EU-China relations and on the promotion of cultural and educational exchanges.

This first year (2014), ten awards will be presented to ten outstanding Chinese students or young researchers currently enrolled in the field of physical sciences and engineering. They will act as bridges between European and Chinese research communities and as academic ambassadors for China in the EU and for the EU in China.

The two partners have designed the project to be an on-going cooperation, for an initial period of five years, covering a different academic field each year. As more and more Chinese students study in the EU, such an event will have a long-term positive impact on EU-China relations and increase academic cooperation between Chinese and European universities. In the coming years the project will set up more structured cooperation, opening up to different disciplines and involving a larger number of universities to ensure that an increasing number of students can benefit from it.

The project has received the support of the Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong and the Chinese Ministry for Education, and the European counterpart, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Ms Vassiliou. The first Awards Ceremony will be held in Beijing during the next High People to People Dialogue (HPPD), to be organised at the end of May 2014.

This programme is aimed only at:

- Master students, PhD students or post-doctoral researchers who are currently undertaking a master’s degree, PhD or post-doctoral research in a European university (EU).

- who are of Chinese nationality

- who are under 35 at the time of the awards ceremony

- who are enrolled in the field of Physical sciences and engineering

An article published in an academic journal or a monograph published by a leading publisher in the scientific field, together with the executive summary of the Master or PhD thesis or post-doctoral research project, the CV and academic records of the candidate will form the basis of the jury’s selection.

Applications will be examined by a jury chaired by Dr Javier Solana and composed of high-level academic experts from the specified field, as well as representatives of MCF and Peace Tour. There will be three categories of awards, according to the quality of the scientific work of the winners:

First prize: three awards of 10,000 euro each

Second prize: three of 8,000 euro each

Third prize: four of 5,000 euro each

Hors concours awards by ECCEF: two awards for outstanding visiting scholars (3,000 euro each).

ECCEF reserves the right to nominate for an accessit prize two candidates not selected by the jury.

Please find below the application package. Application forms must be downloaded, completed and returned via email to Ms Maddalena Malgarini, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), with Ms Ariane de Bellefroid, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), in copy.

 Application Form

 General Regulations

 Handbook 

 List of Topics 

 Members of the Jury 

Deadline for application: 24th of April (midnight, CET).

Contact information: Ms. Maddalena Malgarini This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +32/(0)2.209.62.10



 
 
Is Eurosur the Right Response to Lampedusa?
28 April 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30

Coinciding with the latest in a long series of humanitarian disasters in the Mediterranean, the European Parliament has given the green light to Eurosur, an integrated external border surveillance system combining satellite tracking, drones, intelligence equipment and offshore sensors. The system aims at ensuring better detection of migrant flows by informing the departure countries in real time, preventing smuggling and human trafficking, and improving coordination between different jurisdictions. This is in response to the concerns of Member States who claims to have being "left alone" by Europe in confronting maritime migrant arrivals. However, critical voices argue that the measures focus on issues of border defence rather than rescuing human lives: is Europe breaching its human rights commitments by "externalising" its borders to North African countries which have been repeatedly criticised for their treatment of refugees? Do Eurosur provisions risk giving the same treatment to smugglers, refugees, and asylum-seekers? Should the measures contain explicit reference to rescue operations, or has this the potential to further incentivise migrants to undertake dangerous sea journeys?    

Citizen’s Controversy with Kris Pollet, Senior Legal and Policy Officer at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, and Oliver Seiffarth, Policy Officer for Eurosur at the DG Home Affairs of the European Commission.  

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

 
E-Governance in China: Reality or Science Fiction?
10 April 2014, Brussels, 14:30 - 16:00

The penetration of the Internet and opportunities involving Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have occurred at an escalating rate within the private sector in China. Technology initiatives have pushed the Chinese government to tackle access to information, transparency, and digital divides. China has more than 600 million Internet users and over 300 million micro-blog accounts; over 1 billion Chinese own mobile phones, of which more than 400 million are smartphones.
 
The aim of this seminar is to present the evolution and development of e-governance in the PRC. Despite the fact that all societies and governments deal with similar issues with ICTs, each context presents its own characteristics. This seminar will discuss questions raised by the development of e-governance in China. Why and how has the Chinese government adopted e-governance? How does e-governance fit into the existing model of government in China? What are the opportunities and challenges that e-governance brings to the PRC, e.g. e-services and e-participation? How does the adoption of e-governance in the PRC differ from that in Europe and the developed world?

Seminar with Mireia Paulo Noguera, PhD Fellow at Ruhr University Bochum, Research Fellow at Fudan University Shanghai, Prof. Vincent Homburg, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and Duncan Freeman, Research Fellow at BICCS.  

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

The debate was held in English.

The event will start at 14:30, registration will open from 14:00

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Is Euroscepticism a Blessing?
9 April 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30

Eurosceptic parties are expected to significantly increase their influence in the next EU Parliament. Despite the lack of uniformity of the anti-Europe parties, who span the political spectrum ranging from the xenophobic and radical right to the anti-establishment movements, the eurosceptic rise is exposing the fault lines of the European response to the crisis. Citizens feel failed by an elite-driven discourse of integration, which according to them is partly responsible for global developments fostering inequalities and weakening the middle class. Is this a step towards institutional paralysis, or is it a sign of healthy democracy? Does this indicate that European citizens are beginning to recognise the EU as a political space influencing their lives, or do elections not leading to government formation necessarily become an occasion to vent issue-specific grievances rather than selecting between different political projects? Will the growing eurosceptic success drive pro-EU parties towards a cartel replacing the left-right divide and therefore alienating citizens even more, or will it be the chance for the pro-EU movement to finally politicise European discourse?  

Citizen’s Controversy with Thomas Klau, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council for Foreign Relations, and Mats Persson, Director of Open Europe.  

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

The debate was held in English.

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Call for Applications

Peace Tour Award for Outstanding Chinese Students in Europe

The Peace Tour Award has been jointly set up by the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Europe-China Cultural and Educational Foundation (ECCEF), the European branch of the Peace Tour Committee - World Famous Chinese Artists Global Painting Peace Tour Committee - in order to grant awards to outstanding Chinese students or researchers studying in the European Union.

Deadline for application: 24th of April (midnight, CET)

More info here

 


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