Our monthly, round-table discussion for all - students, staff, faculty and community members! Refreshments provided!
The effective management of migration flows is a challenge to the EU principles of solidarity and burden sharing. The EU is working to organize legal immigration better, enhance the integration of non-EU nationals and curb illegal migration.
Why do legislators invest scarce time and resources into forming and maintaining voluntary groups that provide few obvious benefits? Legislative member organizations (LMOs)—such as caucuses in the US Congress and intergroups in the European Parliament (EP)—exist in numerous law-making bodies around the world. Yet unlike parties and committees, LMOs play no obvious and pre-defined role in the legislative process. We argue that LMOs provide legislators with opportunities to establish social relationships with colleagues with whom they share a common interest in an issue or theme. The social networks composed of these relationships, in turn, offer valuable opportunity structures for the efficient exchange of policy-relevant information between legislative offices. Building on classic insights from the study of social networks, the authors demonstrate that LMO networks are composed of weak, bridging ties that cut across party and committee lines, thus providing lawmakers with access to otherwise unattainable information and making all members of the network better informed.
CEUCE is pleased to announce a new certificate offering for CU students, The Certificate in European Union Studies. This certification will allow students in the range of social science and humanities programs to pursue a specialization in the European Union (EU). This program is of particular interest to students majoring in International Affairs or Political Science, although the program is open to students in other disciplines.
The European Parliament Liaison Office is pleased to announce the launching of its next round of internships designed for US graduate students and which will take place from mid-January to mid-April 2014 in its Washington D.C. Office with a possible extension in Brussels and Strasbourg. We are also pleased to inform you that a flat-rate allowance will be granted to the selected candidates.
For most ordinary Europeans one of the greatest successes of the European Union is the legal right to move freely across all 28 states of the Union, to set up home, work and be entitled to the social benefits provided by that country – these are established nationally rather than at EU level. While the right to a minimum of paid holiday and maternity leave have been agreed among all 28 EU countries, the level of unemployment benefit, access to healthcare and child support etc. vary from country to country.