TEPSA 2019 Finnish Pre-Presidency Conference

invitation only · The National Museum of Finland, Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki · 06.06.2019 12:30 - 07.06.2019 13:30

invitation only

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), in cooperation with Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), is organizing the TEPSA 2019 Finnish Pre-Presidency Conference.

Finland will assume the Presidency of the EU Council on 1 July 2019. The third Finnish Council Presidency will take place right after the EU elections, and it will coincide with the process of making the EU’s top appointments and agreeing on the key political priorities of the EU’s five-year institutional cycle. Finland’s own presidency priorities will be finalized by the new government in the making.

The aim of the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference is to provide sound assessment, analysis and advice on topical issues facing the EU in general and the Council Presidency in particular. In this context, the conference will address themes and topics such as the Future of Europe in light of EU elections, EU defence in the changing security policy landscape and the Finnish Presidency priorities. Other key topics (inter alia) include Growth and Multi-Annual Financial Framework, Rule of Law challenges, and the Future of EU-Africa relations. Keynote speakers include the Commission’s Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier and State Secretary Kare Halonen.    

TEPSA is the first transeuropean research network in the field of European affairs. It consists of leading research institutes in the field of European affairs throughout Europe. The TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference is held twice a year in the capital of the country assuming the rotating EU Council Presidency.

The conference is supported by the Representation of the European Commission in Finland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, and the SEnECA and InDivEU projects in the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


Words of welcome

Teija Tiilikainen, Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
Jaap de Zwaan, Secretary General of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA),
Emeritus Professor, Erasmus University in Rotterdam

Plenary session I: Priorities of the Finnish EU Council presidency:

Keynote address by Kare Halonen, State Secretary, EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office
TEPSA recommendations for the Finnish EU Presidency by Sabina Lange, TEPSA Board
Young ideas for Europe by Jana Schubert, Research Associate, Institut für Europäische Politik (IeP) and
Sara Kibler, Rapporteur of the project #EngagEU

Comments by Kare Halonen, State Secretary, EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office
Moderator: Teija Tiilikainen, Director, FIIA

Plenary session II – The Future of Europe

Keynote address by Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator, Taskforce on Article 50
negotiations with the United Kingdom Brexit and the Future of the EU

Panel discussion on the Future of Europe in light of EU elections:
Michael Kaeding, Chairperson of TEPSA, Professor, University of Duisburg-Essen
Tuomas Saarenheimo, Permanent Under-Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Finland
Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor and Head of European Politics Group,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich)
Elisa Pascucci, Researcher, University of Helsinki

Moderator: Juha Jokela, Programme Director, FIIA

Parallel sessions I: Rule of Law challenges in the EU

Moderator: Wolfgang Wessels, Professor, Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics, University of Cologne
Allan Rosas, Judge, EU Court of Justice
Lucia Mokrá, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University of Bratislava
Päivi Leino-Sandberg, Professor of Transnational European Law, University of Helsinki

Plenary Session III: EU defence and the changing security policy landscape

Keynote address by Jyrki Katainen, Vice-president of the European Commission

Jori Arvonen, State Under-Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office
Sylvia Hartleif, Principal Advisor, Leader Foreign Policy Team, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
Barbara Kunz, Research Fellow, Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI)

Moderator: Gianni Bonvicini, Scientific Advisor, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Parallel sessions II: EU and Russia in Central Asia, Eastern neighbourhood and Western Balkans

Moderator: Atila Eralp, Professor, Middle East Technical University (METU)

Arkady Moshes, Programme Director, FIIA
Julian Plottka, Senior Researcher, Institut für Europäische Politik (IeP)
Pernille Rieker, Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Dušan Reljić, Head of Office, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)


Michael Kaeding, Chairperson of TEPSA