Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
The research dimension of the IEE-ULB Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
The project awarded in 2016 is dedicated to European solidarity. Research activities include scientific publications, research databases and the organization of international conferences.
Jean Monnet integrative scientific workshop
To launch the scheduled research, the members of the IEE-ULB’s academic and scientific staff are to be integrated into thematic teams. The selected themes echo the focus on European solidarity mechanisms, and bridges disciplinary divides.
This first activity towards this goal was a ULB-wide integrative scientific workshop gathering the IEE-ULB affiliated academics and researchers who are members of the Institute’s Research Committee. This integrative workshop took place on the 14th of Dec. 2016. Discussions were scheduled to produce the original research on “European Solidarity” along each of the 4 IEE-ULB transversal research axes:
- (1) Solidarity in a European Community of Norms and Values – Coordinated by: E. Bribosia, F. Forêt, D. Paternotte & N. Verschueren
- (2) Solidarity and European Socio-Economic Regulation – Coordinated by: A. Van Waeyenberge, A. Crespy & N. Brack
- (3) Solidarity and the European Area of Freedom, Justice and Security- Coordinated by: A. Weyembergh, R. Coman, J. Jeandesboz & P. De Bruycker
- (4) Solidarity and European External Action – Coordinated by: A. Weyembergh, E. Lopez Lucia, F. Ponjaert.
On the basis of preparatory documents prepared by each coordinating team, participants discussed their understanding of the concept of Solidarity that serves as pivot for said research activities. Tasks were dispatched so as to proceed with the implementation of activities. A specific focus was put on the substance that would have to feed into the first interdisciplinary conference to be organised in May 2017.
The organisation of the interdisciplinary conference in EU studies on Controversial European Solidarity – From Burden Sharing to Integration, detailed below, is a second step towards that goal. This was the occasion to launch external collaborations, and especially to develop the cooperation with our partner University, the VUB and its IES.
Online expertise directory
For the IEE-ULB Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence to serve as focal point of expertise, the list of available researchers, academics and associated staff must be readily available for third parties.
Currently, said expertise is spread over a variety of departments, centres and faculties. With the help of the Jean Monnet programme, the IEE-ULB would serve as an integrative platform bringing together (in a user friendly format), the list of people, fields and human resources available.
The resulting expertise database will be the product of a pooling of available datasets by way of a newly setup data system to be managed at the IEE-ULB level.
Our virtual library, is a database that gathers all research, outreach and publications produced at the Université libre de Bruxelles on the European Union, by researchers and academics affiliated to the Institute for European Studies at the ULB.
One of the main features of our research agenda is its interdisciplinarity. It emanates from a dynamic process in which the IEE-ULB Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and its partner faculties define the work that you can now consult at the one-stop-window that is ULBLEU.
European Union in European Affairs (#EUEA)
1st Biennial “EU in European Affairs”
At a moment when the European Commission pushes legislation to advance the agenda of the 20 key principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights, and a few months before the European Solidarity Corps becomes a reality, the Institut d’études européennes at ULB, in coordination with its homologue Institute for European Studies at the VUB, organises the First Biennial Conference “EU in European Affairs – EUEA.”
A Forum to Discuss European Solidarity
The two-day conference “Controversial Approaches towards European Solidarity – From Burden Sharing to Integration” (EUEA17) represented an opportunity for an academic and policy oriented discussion on migration, asylum, security, jobs, education, health, inclusion, as well as on financial sustainability, tax regulation and economic governance, all through the lens of solidarity.
From EU to Transatlantic Solidarity
Professor Vivien Schmidt, from Boston University and ULB, discusses European solidarity in challenging times as the opening keynote speaker of #EUEA17. Professors Mario Telò, Richard Higgot, Anne Weyembergh, Karel de Gucht and Alexander Mattelaer shared the panel “What Future for Transatlantic Solidarity: from Geostrategic Partnership to Competition?”
La solidarité européenne : enjeux et perspectives
Bruxelles, Larcier, 2019, under preparation.
Ramona Coman, Louise Fromont et Anne Weyembergh (under the direction of)
Solidarity is one of the fundamental values that sustains the process of European integration. At the center of political discourse since the beginning of the 1950s, it has been invoked as a vehicle for bringing Member states and their citizens closer together. Even though it is enshrined in the treaties, solidarity poses numerous questions. It is at the heart of major challenges for the Europe of today and tomorrow.
Since 2008, the economic and financial crises have highlighted the limits of European solidarity. The debt crisis in Greece is one of the examples that has marked the recent history of European integration. Solidarity is no longuer a value that unifies Europeans around common values; it has become a source of conflict and tensions between the North and the South, the East and the West, the net contributers and the beneficiaries of European funding, the good and bad students of the Eurozone, the countries located at the center and those at the fringes, the partisans of austerity as the only and unique response to the crisis and those who contest the preminence of the economy over the social challenges.
The book « La solidarité européenne : enjeux et perspectives » is a deep study, both interdisciplinary and comparative, of the current and future challenges and implications of solidarity for European integration. It is the product of collective research conducted at the l’Institut d’études européennes de l’Université libre de Bruxelles, as Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
For its specificities and its interdisciplinary nature, this publication constitutes a unique reference on the concept of solidarity destined for researchers and students, European and national political decision makers , as well as citizens interested in the current challenges of European integration and the transformation of nation states.
Two other edited volumes are under preparation and to be included in a second series managed by the IEE-ULB Jean Monnet Center of Excellence: the Routledge “Globalisation, Europe, Multilateralism” series.
The Future of EU Studies and its Interdisciplinary Dilemna
Edited by Julien Jeandesboz
This textbook is to provide a shared reference for researchers and students interested in European studies with an eye on bridging their disciplinary divides, thus bringing together legal scholars, political scientists, sociologists, economists and historians. The volume will prove a useful complement to the existing literatures on teaching and research in EU studies. The production of this original textbook is rooted in the IEE-ULB own unique experience of interdisciplinary, which highlights a shift within EU studies away from both trans-disciplinarity and multi-disciplinarity in favour of more integrated forms of research and teaching qualified as interdisciplinary.
“The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”