"The Impact of Populism on European Institutions and Civil Society"

International Research Conference, 2-3 December 2019

2-3 December 2019
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Venue: Palazzo Paolo Prodi, via Tommaso Gar 14 (Trento)

How is Euroscepticism, populism, and anti-migrant politics influencing and re-shaping the EU institutions and the EU-level Civil Society?
Bringing together scholars and practitioners who work at European level, this workshop assesses the impact of the recent rise of populist forces on the European Union, its institutions, and the European civil society.  Populism is understood in broader terms as a political programme that challenges some of the key values of the EU, such as reliance on civil society associations in the protection of human rights, an anti-discrimination ethos, support for migrants’ integration, and a positive view of European integration. The seminar collects a variety of critical standpoints on different levels of the EU structure and functioning. It is structured in three main panels, focused respectively on the European Parliament, the European Commission, and European Civil Society. The seminar offers a chance to reflect on how different institutional actors and civil society organisations interact and contribute to the narrative on the impact of populism on the EU.
Contributors from the European institutions will interact with scholars, offering student and the general audience an interesting mix of theoretical and practical perspectives. Documenting and analysing the impact of populism on the EU is part of the all-important aim of enhancing our understanding of political affairs and bridging academic and professional perspectives on the current status of the European project.

Program

Monday December 2nd 2019 – Room 118

15.00-15.10

INTRODUCTION - Carlo Ruzza (University of Trento, SIS)

15.10-17.30

THE IMPACT OF POPULISM ON THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Carlo Berti (University of Trento, SIS)
Markus Warasin (Head of Unit of the Parliamentary Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality - DG IPOL)
Alberta Giorgi (University of Bergamo)

Tuesday December 3rd 2019 – Room 006

10.00-12.30

THE IMPACT OF POPULISM ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Carlo Ruzza (University of Trento, SIS)
Barbara Helfferich (former Member of the Cabinet of the European Social Affairs Commissioner)
Assya Kavrakova (European Citizen Action Service)
Roberto Santaniello (Communication Advisor for the European Commission)

14.00-16.30

THE IMPACT OF POPULISM ON EUROPEAN CIVIL SOCIETY

Paolo Cossarini (University of Trento, SIS)
Pierluigi Brombo (Head of Unit at European Economic and Social Committee)
Luisa Chiodi (Head of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa)

coffee break  
17.00-18:00

POPULISM, EUROSCEPTICISM, AND THE EUROPEAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNANCE

Emanuele Massetti (School of International Studies, University of Trento, SIS)
Round table and open discussion with Carlo Ruzza, Luisa Antoniolli, Andrea Fracasso (University of Trento, SIS)
Closing remarks – Andrea Fracasso (Director of the School of International Studies, University of Trento

 The event is supported by the grant  2015 -40102915 – Prof. RUZZA “Personalization, Institutionalization and De-Institutionalization: the New Dynamics of Power”.