EuroDiv Conference: Towards a Differentiated Europe

In Oslo on 18 and 19 May, this conference discussed the current internal dynamics in the EU, the different models of partnership with the EU and the future of Norway-EU relations. 

European Council meeting

European Council meeting in Brussels on 9 March 2017. (Photo: European Council)

The UK vote on its EU membership shook up the political and academic debate – regardless of whether and in which form the British will ultimately leave the Union. The referendum follows a series of persisting, some might even say existential, crises the EU has been facing for several years. The pronounced need for action has led to new dynamics within the EU. The Bratislava summit of the EU27 in 2016 represents a first attempt to tackle the current challenges. In the same vein, the Brexit vote has put a new focus on differentiation and alternative forms of partnership with the EU onto the political and academic agenda. Which concepts of close cooperation do exist beyond membership? Have existing models proven themselves? How are the EU’s semi-integrated neighbours affected by the current developments?

The conference jointly organised by COMOS, CETEUS and ARENA will throw light on the current political developments and academic debates. In three thematic panels, the conference will discuss

1) the current internal dynamics in the EU

2) the different models of partnership with the EU, and

3) the future of Norway-EU relations.

With the conference taking place in Oslo, the organising committee will seize on the opportunity to integrate a practitioner’s perspective into the debate, for instance by inviting a representative of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a key note speaker. The conference will gather both senior scholars and up-and-coming academics from diverse backgrounds to Oslo. Beyond the academic exchange and debate, the event will serve to foster the academic network in the area of EU studies among scholars based in the EU and in Norway, and to strengthen the links to relevant scientific institutions in Oslo.


Day 1: Thursday 18 May 2017

13.30 – 16.00 Plenary session
13.30 – 13.45


13.45 – 14.05

Key note speech I: Norway-EU Relations

Elsbeth Tronstad, State Secretary of EEA and EU Affairs, Norway

14.05 – 14.20 Q&A
14.20 – 14.45 Break
14.45 – 15.30

Key note speech II: The European Council as the EU's Constitutional Architect: Leading or Misleading?

Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30

Academic workshop: New Dynamics or Disintegration in the EU? From Bratislava to Rome

Chair: Johannes Müller Gómez, University of Cologne

Democracy and Differentiation in Europe
Erik O. Eriksen,  ARENA/University of Oslo 

Current Challenges from a Legal Perspective
Christophe Hillion, Universities of Leiden, Gothenburg and Oslo

Politicization, Populism and the Future of the EU
Barbara Lippert, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik 

Differentiated Integration Reconsidered
Hartmut Marhold, Centre international de formation européenne

Day 2: Friday 19 May 2017 

09.30 – 11.00

Panel session I: Alternative Forms of Partnership of and with the EU

Chair: Wulf Reiners, Turkish-German University

EU Differentiation and the Role of the EEA
John Erik Fossum,  ARENA/University of Oslo 

Issues of Citizenship in the EU and the Nordic States
Espen D.H. Olsen,  ARENA/University of Oslo

Concepts of Differentiated Integration in Europe 
Funda Tekin, University of Cologne/CIFE

EU-Turkey: Towards a Strategic Partnership? 
Ebru Turhan, Turkish-German University

Implications of Brexit for International Agreements: Will Treaties Concluded be the EU Continue to Apply to the UK?
Birte Windheuser, University of Cologne 

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Panel session II: Norway’s Role in Europe and the Future EU-Norway Agenda

Chair:  Andreas Hofmann, University of Gothenburg 

European and Norwegian Environment and Energy Policies
Elin Lerum Boasson, University of Oslo

Brexit: Implications for Norway 
Halvard Haukeland Fredriksen, Bergen University

EU & Norway in the Arctic 
Andreas Raspotnik,  Arctic Institute

EU and Norwegian Foreign and Security Policy
Helene Sjursen,  ARENA/University of Oslo  

13.00 – 13.30

Conclusion: Summary of findings and outlook

John Erik Fossum,  ARENA/University of Oslo
Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne

Full programme (pdf)



Published Apr. 20, 2017 12:19 PM - Last modified Oct. 2, 2018 11:20 AM