MCEL/CERiM Academic Opening Conference 2017-2018: "'Multi-Speed Europe, Differentiated Integration and The Future of the EU'."

The conference brought together external speakers and MCEL and CERiM researchers working on this topic, who had the opportunity to summarise and discuss their findings and outline further research for the upcoming years.

After the opening by MCEL and CERiM co-director Prof. Ellen Vos, in Panel I (Multi-speed Europe as a Legal and Policy Concept), chaired by MCEL co-director Prof. Bruno de Witte, Bernd Martenczuk (Legal Service of the European Commission) gave a detailed explanation of the legal framework of differentiated integration, while the Dean of University College Maastricht, Prof. Mathieu Segers provided valuable insights on 'Differentiated integration since the Maastricht Treaty: past, present and future’.

Panel II focused on the academic perspectives on differentiated integration and was chaired by CERiM researcher Prof. Sophie Vanhoonacker. Maciej Kisilowski, Associate Prof. at CEU Budapest, gave a presentation on 'Conditionality 2.0', followed by CERiM researcher Prof. Esther Versluis, presenting differentiated integration as an absolute necessity in order to regulate complex policy problems. The last presentation of the Panel was delivered by Prof. Bruno de Witte on 'The Future of Differentiation and the Obstacle of Treaty Revision’.

The conference was concluded by the launch of the recently published volume 'Between Flexibility and Disintegration, The Trajectory of Differentiation in EU Law', edited by MCEL and CERiM researchers. MCEL researcher, Associate Prof. Maja Brkan chaired the discussion between Prof. Michael Dougan (Liverpool University) and Assistant Prof. Natassa Athanasiadou, MCEL member, followed by the closing by MCEL member, Associate Prof. Andrea Ott.

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