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The European Union

The European Union: How it came about, what it does, how is it run and where is it going?

Join us for an insightful journey into the intriguing world of the European Union (EU). In this thought-provoking talk, we will delve into the origins, functioning, and future prospects of this unique political experiment. Former European Commission President Jacques Delors once referred to the EU as an "unidentified political object," and indeed, it stands as a distinctive blend of supranational and intergovernmental elements.

During this session, we will explore motivations behind its creation and evolution, gaining a deeper understanding of the Member States' aspirations within this complex entity. Gain valuable insights into how the EU operates and the ways in which it addresses various challenges. Our discussion will also focus on the EU's response to recent crises that have tested its resilience. Explore how the EU has tackled significant events such as the financial crisis, migration crisis, Brexit, the impact of the Covid pandemic, and the Ukraine War. Looking ahead, we will explore future scenarios and challenges that lie on the horizon for the EU. Delve into the questions of what lies ahead for this political entity and how it may shape the future of Europe.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Francis Brendan Jacobs is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University College Dublin, and a Visiting Professor at the Collegio Europeo in Parma. Francis worked for the European Parliament from just before the first direct elections in 1979 until May 2016, as a staff member on various European Parliament committees, and also as the head of the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Ireland from 2006-16. Since his retirement, he continues to give lectures and to write.

He is the author of “The EU after Brexit : political and institutional implications “(published in spring 2018 ), of “Jacobs EU Guide Book: the Landmark Sites of European Integration” (published in May 2022), the co-author of the “European Parliament”, with its 10th edition now in preparation, and editor and main author of a reference book on “Western European Political Parties”. He has also taken part in the Collecting Memories Project, interviewing former Members of the European Parliament for an oral archive housed at the European Union Historical Archives in Florence.


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