Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


Rethinking EU Competences
17 Apr 2016 - 23 Apr 2016
Course directors:
Tamara Ćapeta, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Sigmar Stadlmeier, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
Course description:

The rationale of the project is to bring together professors, scholars, students, practitioners, policy-makers and NGO representatives into a unique forum of the 14th session of the Dubrovnik seminar and conference and enable the exchange and creation of new knowledge and ideas about the optimal delimitation of competences between the EU and its Member States. The background for the chosen topic is the long-lasting political, economic and identity crisis in Europe, which brought again to the focus of interest the crucial question for the future of the EU: what do we want/need the EU for? Even though Member States rethought and restated EU competences in the Lisbon Treaty, political realities demanded changes in the redistribution of powers. The economic crisis calls for more EU powers in the economic policy field; the dismantling of the borders required more EU powers in social policy field; or the negotiation of the TTiP opened the issue of the delimitation of powers in external relations.