Multiplier events

Two multiplier events were organised by the consortium as part of this project.

Malta, May 11 2015. Small States in the EU: Passive Policy Takers or Industrious Agenda-Setters?

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The multiplier event was part of the development of Pillar 1: The role of small states in European integration. It was organised by the University of Malta in collaboration with the Centre for Small State Studies and the University of Copenhagen.

The event’s programme started with a welcoming address by Professor Roderick Pace, University of Malta and a brief introduction to the project by Pia Hansson, Director of the Centre for Small State Studies. Keynote addresses were held by Anders Wivel, University of Copenhagen and Baldur Þórhallsson, University of Iceland. They were followed by Kulli Sarapuu from the Tallinn University of Technology who discussed the challenges and opportunities of the EU Council Presidency for small states and Mark Harwood from the University of Malta who gave a lecture on Malta´s experience with EU membership.

Godfrey Baldacchino discussed small states beyond the EU, Lino Briguglio addressed economic challenges for small EU member states. Guido Lessing from Luxembourg talked about the experience of Luxembourg in the EU governance structure and Professors Charalombous Tsardinidis and Stelios Stavridis compared Cyprus and Malta in this regard. Other participants included Dr. Gianna Lusa from the University in Zagreb discussing the small Western Balkan states in the EU and Malta´s EU representative, as well as other EU ambassadors appointed to Malta.

Student participation was extensive and the discussions were lively and interesting. Three of the students present attended the summer school in Iceland a few weeks later.

The programme for the seminar can be found here.

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Tallinn, April 15 2016. Small States: Advancing International Status Through Smart Governance

2016-04-15-11-05-36The multiplier event was part of the development of Pillar 2: Good governance, innovation and entrepreneurship in small states. It was organised by the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) in collaboration with the Centre for Small State Studies (CSSS).

The event’s programme started with welcoming addresses by Tiina Randma-Liv, TUT and Pia Hansson, Director of the CSSS. The keynote speech was delivered by Kaja Kallas from Estonia and Member of the European Parliament. She was followed by Professor Anders Wivel from the University of Copenhagen who delivered a lecture titled „The Normative Power of the Nordic Countries“ and Benjamin de Carvalho and Halvard Leira who jointly gave a talk titled „Status and Foreign Policies of Small States: the Case of Norway“.

Two sessions followed. The first one was titled „Seeking status through innovative policies: case studies“. It had three speakers Zanda Kalnina-Lukaševica, Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Latvia gave a lecture titled „Governing the Small State Presidency of the EU: the Case of Latvia“; Siim Sikkut, Adviser at the Government Strategy Unit in Estonia gave a lecture titled „The Estonian E-Residence Program: Growing from 1 to 10 million“; and Professor Ian Taylor, University of St. Andrews, Scotland gave a lecture titled „Mauritius – the World’s First Fully-Fledged Cyber State?“. The second session were final discussions under the heading „How Do Little Frogs Fly? Small States in the International System“. Participants in the final discussions were: Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland; Raimundas Karoblis, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania; and Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at the University of Tartu and Executive Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute.

 

The programme for the seminar can be found here.