Unpacking the EU’s Integrated Approach to External Conflicts and Crises

Mon 18 Mar 2019
Time: 12:30 Location: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès 1 – 1000 Brussels Language: English Available seats: 50

A four-year long project is ending, and on 18-19 March the final conference for EUNPACK will take place in Brussels.

As the Horizon 2020-funded EUNPACK project nears its end, this final conference will provide an opportunity to look back at three years of research and fieldwork and to consider the policy implications of its findings. How has EU crisis response been shaped by the two gaps the projects analysed – between intentions and implementation and between implementation and local reception/perceptions? How did these gaps determine the EU’s ability to contribute more effectively to problem-solving on the ground? To answer these questions, EUNPACK has combined bottom-up perspectives with an institutional approach in order to deepen our understanding of how EU crisis responses function and are received on the ground in crisis areas. This entails exploring local agencies and perceptions in target countries without losing sight of the EU’s institutions, their expectations and ambitions. It also entails examining the whole crisis cycle.

The final conference will bring together EUNPACK researchers and their peers with policymakers, civil society representatives and other practitioners, drawn from universities, think tanks, the EU institutions, and diplomatic missions in Brussels.

Please note that there are different registration forms depending on which event you are planning to attend.

  • To attend the final conference ‘Unpacking the EU’s Integrated Approach to External Conflicts and Crises’, 18-19 March at CEPS, please register here.
  • To attend the joint H2020 event ‘The EU, Migrants, and Refugees: Building Walls, Fueling Global Crisis?’ at Norway House, 20 March, 10:00-12:00, please register here.
  • To attend the EUNPACK event ‘Assessing the EU’s Toolbox in Handling Internal and External Crises’ at Norway House, 20 March, 13:00-15:00, please register here.

The EUNPACK project has examined the EU’s capacity or lack of capacity to engage in external crisis response. One of the key findings is that while the EU is heavily engaged and has a comprehensive approach to crisis throughout the crisis cycle, the EU lacks conflict sensitivity based on an in-depth understanding of the root causes of conflict in the areas it is engaged. For more information on NUPI's research on Europe and the EU, please visit NUPI Centre for European Studies (NCE).


Monday 18. March 2019

Venue: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels


Registration and light lunch


Welcome address: How conflict-sensitive is EU crisis response?


Morten Bøås (NUPI, Principal Investigator of EUNPACK)


Keynote: How to increase EU conflict sensitivity?


Alexander Rondos (EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa) (TBC)


Panel 1: Concepts and policy planning


Chair: Pernille Rieker (NUPI)


Loes Debuysere (CEPS): The EU’s integrated approach to crisis response: Learning from NATO, UN, and OSCE




UN Liaison for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) (TBC)


Ruben-Erik Diaz-Plaja (Policy Planning Unit, Office of the Secretary General, NATO)


René Van Nes (PRISM, EEAS)




Panel 2: The EU in Eastern Europe


Chair: Jozef Batora (Comenius University)


Mateja Peter (University of St. Andrews, NUPI) and Sonja Stojanović (Belgrade Center for Security Policy): Ten years of EULEX mission in Kosovo


Roman Petrov (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy): The EU’s crisis response in Ukraine




Katja Lenzing (Support Group for Ukraine/DG NEAR)


Kathleen Verstreken (CMPD, EEAS) (TBC)


Isabelle Ioannides (EPRS)

Tuesday 19. March 2019

Venue: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels


Registration and coffee


Warm-up: Key drivers for a conflict-sensitive EU approach


Ingo Peters (Freie University in Berlin)


Panel 3: The EU in the wider neighbourhood


Chair: Kari Osland (NUPI)


Francesco Strazzari (Sant’Anna University): Crisis Response and Border Management in Libya


Abdoul Wahab Cissé (ARGA): The European Union in Mali – Five Years to Little Avail?


Orzala A. Nemat (AREU): The EU in Afghanistan




Nicolas Suran (PSC Ambassador of France) (TBC)


Ines Ayala Sender (Head of Delegation with the Maghreb, European Parliament) (TBC)




Wrap-up: What lessons for EU policymakers?/EU crisis response: The way ahead


Chair: Steven Blockmans (CEPS)


Morten Bøås (NUPI/EUNPACK)


Stefano Tomat (Head of PRISM, EEAS) (TBC)


Catherine Woollard (Secretary General, ECRE) (TBC)


Farewell lunch

Wednesday 20. March 2019

Venue: Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, 1000 Brussels


Coffee and registration


Session 1: Assessing the EU’s Toolbox in Handling Internal and External Challenges


Chair: Pernille Rieker (NUPI/EUNPACK)


Morten Bøås (NUPI/EUNPACK)


Antoaneta L. Dimitrova (Leiden Uni/EU-STRAT)


Eric Gordy (University College London/INFORM)


Eduard Soler (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs/FEUTURE)


Florence Gaub (EUISS)




Session 2: The EU, Migrants and Refugees: Building Walls, Fueling Global Crisis?


Chair: Kari Osland (NUPI)


Morten Bøås (NUPI)


Roger MacGinty (University of Manchester)


Sandra Pogodda (University of Manchester)


Luca Raineri (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)

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