European GSI Summer School 2018: Blog

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The EU and its Exchange Programs

Dr Hanns Sylvester Director, EU Division & National Agency for Higher Education Cooperation

Saturday, 16 September 2017

We've reached a milestone - 30 years ago, an initiative came to life, an initiative that has ever since shaped European identity. Happy 30th birthday, Erasmus Mobility!

What is Erasmus+?
Certainly a success story for Europe and the 4,4 million students that took part in the experience so far.

Up and running officially since 1987, we have now reached the midterm of the 2014-2020 program. That doesn't prevent us from thinking ahead for the next 7 years of success. How can we engage students from a wider range of subjects? Engineers, medical students, and lawyers, for instance, have lower chances of experiencing European mobility due to the specificity of their study programs. Perhaps the future plan for Erasmus will be able to address this.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

What is Europe? What makes you feel european?

Yestarday the 29th European Summer academy visited the House of European History (HEH) in Brussles. The European Parliament founded HEH in 2011 and it became the first museum which focuses on european history, not on the multiplicity of national histories. The very interactive character of the exhbition deeply engaged us in the ideas which were represented. One of them I can illustrate better with the words of a woman from the video: "I don't belong anywhere. I am european citizen, lets say". The exposition constructs the new memory and new identity of a european citizen, and in this narrative all histories ended in the European Union as the most civilized and peaceful among any systems.

Despite some technical problems, we were really excited to be there and felt like 2 hours was not enough - someone even skiped a lunch:)

Aleksandra Voronina
Yana Tsimavets

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COREPER-I-Issues in an international context

Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU

Thursday, 14 September 2017

COREPER- Issues in an International Context:

(Health Counsellor)
COREPER is served by deputy ambassador. It prepares different situations, where decisions can be adopted.
Council adopts/rejects decision. National diplomatic officers are pushing forward national ideas in COREPER.
They are basically lawyers/politicians.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

During the lecture of Mr. Christian Ried. – – hier: European Commission.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

The 75 participants of the 28th European Summer Academy at the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Council of the European Union

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A traineeship at the European Commission

Mr Christian Ried (D) DG Communication, EU Commission

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The European Commission

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

75 participants from all over Europe at Schengen, where a founding treaty of the European Union was signed in 1985. – – hier: Schengen.

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Peaceful and enriching coexistence between peoples and cultures worldwide

Ifa, the competence centre for international cultural relations

with Mr Ronald Grätz (D)
Secretary General
Ifa, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen Stuttgart

Monday, 11 September 2017

Mr Roland Grätz gave the last lecture of the day. Making an introduction Grätz told of his multicultural background and previous work with many cultural institutions like the Goethe Institute.

The Foreign culture policy according to the speaker consists of: Diplomacy and Security, Economy and Intercultural relations which together build the dialogue of civil societies. Unfortunately, some perceive the foreign culture policy as means of nation branding or image building.

The challenges of the modern world include a new wave and surge in disintegration and a raise of new nationalism. The European Union is an example of it too. Throughout the EU the so-called populist or Eurosceptica parties have made their most significant gain on the political map of Europe. East-Central European countries have these parties in power.

Culture is before all an instrument that should lead to supra-nationality and unite us even though throughout history, culture was used as an instrument to draw borders and divide, referring to the propaganda exploits of totalitarian regimes.

The lecturer came to point that the one great idea of Europe is to state “My culture is European; inside Europe my culture is of state XY!” History, country, language and society builds our identity and because of it we cannot be oblivious and ignore the later part of the previous statement or pretend that it does not matter.

How can we make change? What can be done? Mr Grätz introduced a model. It is important that we start with coproduction and cooperation with others, ask what are their goals, interests and other important issues. From there we can build networks, through these networks we can influence cultural policy. This model could work when both dealing with members of different cultures or with trying to influence policy makers within our own societies.

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Europe’s strength and Crisis Management

Perspectives for a strong Union – Seen from the outside

Foto: Ivana Jankovska

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Nationalism in Russia and South- East Europe: Causes, Types, Lessons? by Dr. Veljko Vujachic, prof. at European university at St. Petersburg
Nationalism within the Yugoslavia was encouraged and developed within the national insititutes just later after the separation to be challenged by the big nations. The professor made a clear differential between being civic and ethnic nationalist and between nations and states. The nationalists especially the ethnic ones are not representative and oppressive for the minorities in a multinational federal state such as India, Yugoslavia and Canada. Comparison on different types of conflicts because of nationalism was drought from the Russian (“Friendship of people”) , Yugoslavian (“Brotherhood in Unity”) history to current nation-states explaining the background for the disputes and the fall of the Unions and the current perceived gained sovereignty within the EU.

Bye everyone hope you enjoyed the academy

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OLAF - Office de Lutte Anti-Fraud

Investigation on fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European institutions - A general presentation

Friday, 15 September 2017

On September 15, GSI Summer Academy participants had a chance to visit OLAF (Office de Lutte Anti-Fraud) - European Anti-Fraud Office. The presentation was given by Dr. Catalina Manea, the Head of International Relations at OLAF.

OLAF conducts internal and external investigations in cooperation with EU member-states, as well as non-EU states that have signed a cooperation agreement with the EU. For external investigations, OLAF has offices in Ukraine, the UAE and China, for example. Some of the common cases that are investigated involve cigarette smuggling or other forms of illicit activities.

It is important to note, that OLAF does not initiate investigations. This task is fulfilled by auditors. However, a range of actors can be involved as informants to OLAF. Anyone can anonymously submit an allegation to OLAF, which will be evaluated based on certain criteria. Then decision is taken, whether an investigation should be initiated or the case should be dismissed. Some allegations come from member states authorities, reports from EU bodies, whistleblowers or non-EU country authorities.

As Dr. Manea has noted, success of OLAF can be indicated by the increase of information submitted to OLAF in recent years. Amount of money recovered from investigations is another marker of accomplishment. The top amount recovered as a result of an investigation was around 800 million Euros.

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Walk to OLAF

Office de Lutte Anti-Fraud

Friday, 15 September 2017

The 75 participants of the 28th European Summer Academy at the Office de Lutte Anti-Fraude (OLAF).

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

During the lecture of Philipp Tillich, Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU. – – hier: Bruxelles/Brussel.

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The Internal Energy Market in the context of Neighboring Policies of the EU

Mr Brendan Devlin (UK) Policy Co-ordinator DG Energy, European Commission

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Europeans need secure, sustainable and affordable energy. During our Thursday visit to the European Commission, after the useful tips and tricks how to become a successful trainee and employee of the EU institution, we focused on energy politics at an interactive lecture by Mr Maciej Ciszewski, an expert from DG Energy. As the European external energy relations are linked mostly to Russia and Ukraine, this lecture was particularly interesting from our distinguished colleagues from those countries but of course for all of us. The topic is being covered by Tu?çe Akarsu from University of Regensburg and Sandra Brožová from Prague.

Right at the outset, we benefited from the very recent information that a new regulation concerning the security of energy supply was passed on September 12th, 2017. The key objective for the future is to ensure fair and competitive energy market. Regional cooperation, mutual solidarity and coordination is a mandatory prerequisite. The rules and regulations of Member State´s activities are not the only thing EU should focus on. There is also transparency of contracts, active monitoring and energy diplomacy towards external partners. We should work on our preparedness on all the fronts.

We can highlight two main pillars of the completion of internal energy market which is a flagship of the European energy strategy launched in 2015:

· the competition enforcement (antitrust and merger control)
· smooth implementation of existing legislation, through early engagement of Member States institutions and formal legal steps, such as infringement procedures, which we discussed by the way at our Wednesday meeting with the Court of Justice (CURIA) in Luxembourg

We can mention the great success of the European energy policy: there has not been any serious crisis since the gas disruption at the beginning of the Czech Presidency in January 2009. However, challenges remain. These are e. g. crisis prevention, infrastructure shortcomings in some Member States. Although the EU consumes one fifth of the world´s energy, its dependence on external energy sources is raising. In the future, the EU should become indeed less dependent on energy from outside its borders. Diversification of external sources should go hand in hand with a more efficient use of all existing domestic sources, including renewable.

In the discussion, we touched some very important questions, for example the need to consider environmental consequences and some new trends and possible ways how to gain energy: fracking (hydraulic fracturing), nuclear energy and its relations to investments from China, the cooperation of EU institutions with academia and industry companies, or the exact extent of the gas consumption in Europe and its forecasting.

This meeting brought us closer to the daily work at the DG Energy and enables us to better understand the economic and politic aspect of energy issues.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The 75 participants of the 28th European Summer Academy at the European Court of Auditors. – mit Nadina Iacob und Miky Voinea – hier: European Court of Auditors.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The 75 participants of the 28th European Summer Academy at the European Court of Justice. – – hier: Cour de justice de l'Union européenne.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

On Wednesday afternoon, September 13th we got the opportunity to visit the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The session on CVRIA focused on how the European Court of Justice functions and how the Treaties of the European Union are utilized in practiced. The two presenters explained how ECJ is made up of the General Court and the Court of Justice, which compose the overall duties of the ECJ. The first presenter gave clear examples on how the ECJ acts in certain judicial cases. We got a clear picture who can address the ECJ. Unfortunately the presentation of the second presenter was abruptly stopped, although he seemed rather competent to add more about the ECJ and lead further discussion. Overall, the visit to the ECJ was a rewarding and enlightening experience.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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EU Leadership in Peace and Crisis Mediation

Stefan Damjancevic (SRB) Vodafone Chair Research Associate TU Dresden

Saturday, 9 September 2017

EU Leadership in Peace and Crisis Mediation Workshop. Saturday, 9th of September.

3 Role-Plays on alternative dispute resolution. Seeking mutual benefits.

- New Silk Road is being built over Xinjiang Province and Tibet by PR China against the wishes of locals. Mediated by local officers.

- Kurdish Conflict came on the scene at a Café in Turkey among customers. Mediated by the Café owner.

- Moot case of custody battle fought between a EU and a non-EU parent.

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