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Perspectives for the EU 2020
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The post 2008 financial and sovereign debt crises and their constitutional, legal, political, and economic consequences have become a special work-focus of ECSA Austria in recent years. Although possibly the EU has come past the worst of the crisis in economic terms since 2012, it continues to heavily impact the integration process at present and will do in the future.Since we deem a thorough analysis of this impact necessary to develop perspectives for the EU, ECSA Austria herewith proposes the execution of a programme touching on major aspects of the crisis and its consequences under the heading ‘Perspectives for the EU 2020’.This integrated programme is comprised of the following five major activities (in chronological order):1. Conference ‘Loyalty and Solidarity in the EU – 14th Austrian European Law Conference’2. Conference ‘Gradual Constitutional Change in the EMU’3. Conference ‘The Banking Union’4. Workshop ‘TTIP – the EU and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’5. Workshop ‘Possible Treaty Changes and Member States’ Constitutions’With activity 1 dealing with a broad perspective on current challenges for integration and activity 2 focusing on the constitutional implications of the EU’s measures to combat the crisis, the stage will be set for a debate about the impact of the crisis for the finalité of the EU with activity 3. Activities 4 and 5, on the other hand, in a forward looking approach will dig deeper into possible long term solutions: enhanced Transatlantic economic co-operation and changes of the EU treaties.After concluding the programme we hope that we will have not only sensitised a larger number of experts from the academia and administration, representatives of civil society, and students for the challenges for European integration deriving from the post 2008 crisis, but with a number of publications on the issues at stake have laid the groundwork for future debate.
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