A Stronger or Weaker EU? Institutions and decision-making after the Lisbon Treaty

By invitation only
Ambassador Jan Store Ambassador Jan Store
Teija Tiilikainen Teija Tiilikainen
Piotr Kaczynski Piotr Kaczynski
Juha Jokela and Jan Store Juha Jokela and Jan Store

Thu 26.5.2011 at 9:00-11:00
Auditorium of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Ankkurikatu 5, 4th floor, Helsinki

The key aim of the recent treaty reform was to streamline the enlarged EU. The Lisbon treaty created new institutions and reformed the existing ones with significant implications for the EUís decision-making system. While the implementation of the reforms has proven difficult, new external and internal challenges are demanding a more efficient EU action in many policy fields. Can the reformed EU decision-making system deliver?

Opening remarks
Dr Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Dr. Tiilikainen is the Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Previously, Dr. Tiilikainen was the Director of the Network of European Studies at the University of Helsinki. She has also served as Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Dr Tiilikainen was the Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Finland in the Convention on the Future of Europe in 2002-2003.

Where did the Lisbon treaty take the EU?
Ambassador Jan Store, Finlandís permanent representative to the European Union, Brussels

Mr Store has served as the permanent representative of Finland to the EU since July 2008. He entered the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1978 and has previously worked among other as the Director General of the Department for European Affairs and as Finlandís ambassador to Poland.

More conflicts or cooperation between EU institutions after the Lisbon treaty?
Mr Piotr Maciej Kaczyński, Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

Mr Kaczyński is a research fellow with the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2007, where he deals with political integration of the EU and inter-institutional developments. He also manages the CEPS-led European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN). His research topics include the application of the Lisbon Treaty in particular the implications on the European Council and its permanent president and the role of the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.

This seminar marks the launch of a series of FIIA Briefing Papers and round table discussions focusing on the EUís institutional development and decision-making in the post-Lisbon context.