Jean Monnet Conference 2014: what's next for European Union studies?
The future of EU studies is the focus of this year's annual Jean Monnet Conference, which takes place in Brussels on 1 and 2 October. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Training, Multilingualism and Youth, will open the event. Some 350 experts, including Jean Monnet professors, other academics, decision-makers and representatives from international organisations and business, will take a fresh look at the core objective of the Jean Monnet Actions: promoting excellence in teaching and research in European Union studies worldwide, as well as new ways of delivering teaching in this area. The Jean Monnet Actions are part of Erasmus+, the new European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.
"I am very glad that this year's conference is taking a new look at the content and delivery of European Union studies. The world is changing and so must our approaches. The contribution of the Jean Monnet community cannot be underestimated; during my mandate as a European Commissioner I have greatly appreciated the role of Jean Monnet professionals in contributing to a better Europe. I urge them to keep up the good work in the future," said Commissioner Vassiliou.
The conference will in particular consider the ways in which an EU studies background can contribute to improving European governance and policy-making, and how an EU focus can benefit areas of study and practice outside the 'classic' EU study domains of law, politics and economics. A greater awareness of European integration among partners outside Europe can also contribute to improving mutual understanding with partner countries throughout the world. (RAPID, IP/14/1059, 30.9.2014)