The European Union Diplomatic System after Lisbon: Institutions Matter

Date: 18-19 November 2010
Venue: Maastricht University, the Netherlands

This exploratory and interdisciplinary two-day workshop, organised by Maastricht University, analyses the institutional development of the diplomatic system of the EU and will be organised around the following themes/panels:

- Questions related to the institutional design of the European External Action Service (EEAS)
- Legal challenges emerging from the EU diplomatic system
- Inter- and intra-institutional relations amongst the Brussels-based diplomatic actors
- Impact of EU diplomacy on the domestic institutional settings
- Recruitment and training of EU diplomats
- EU Representation in third countries and international organisations
- Questions of legitimacy and political accountability

The aim of the workshop is to contribute to current debates about the institutional dimension of the emerging EU system of diplomacy and to identify the key challenges to be addressed in the short and medium term. The organizers encourage an input from scholars from different disciplines, ranging from IR to law, comparative politics, public administration, organization theory etc. The workshop is open to both established and young academics as well as to practitioners.

A full conference report together with details of the programme are now available.

Organisers: Prof. Dr Sophie Vanhoonacker, Dr Karolina Pomorska and Dr Petar Petrov, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University.

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