Digital Online

06.05.2021, 14:00 bis 07.05.2021, 16:00


"From takers to shapers? Challenges for regions in a dynamic EU polity"

International Academic Conference

Digital Online


Regional political actors are subject to a growing political and academic, but also public interest in the context of EU multi-level governance, as regions continue to increase both their interest in and influence on matters related to EU integration and its policy implications. By now, there is, for instance, a dense network of regional offices in Brussels, and regions have increased cross-country cooperation among each other in order to coordinate their activities and exchange views on relevant EU policy matters. At the same time, the role of the European Committee of the Regions in the EU's policy process has undergone important developments in recent years. Simultaneously, at domestic level regions have become increasingly involved in EU affairs, including regional parliaments who try to develop a stronger voice. While regions have become more active, still the dynamic nature and complexity of EU politics is a challenge for regions.

Thus, we can observe dramatic changes in territorial politics in the EU member states as well as in European governance. Regions are affected by these changes in manifold ways – and they act within changing frameworks of reference. Previously regions were often conceptualized as takers of EU policies, especially of regional and cohesion policies. Yet, regions increasingly become (co-)shapers of the future EU polity. In the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe (expected to start in May 2021) the question of regional voice gains again prominence. The conference has to address this issue and regional policy-maker begin to claim agency in this process.

The question ‘what role for the regions in the changing EU polity’ is of interests for academics, for practitioners as well as well as for citizens, since regions are a strong component of people’s identities. Regions as (co-)shapers of the future EU are at the heart of this 2-day conference, which adopts a multi-disciplinary and multi-perspective approach by looking at constitutional, policy-related, democratic and identity as well as also didactical issues. It aims at increasing and spreading knowledge about regions in the EU both in the academia as well as in the wider public thereby enhancing awareness of the EU in audiences not automatically in contact with European Union issues and thus promoting active citizenship.


The conference will take place in digital format (via ZOOM). The academic programme starts at 14.00 hours (CET) on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and runs until 16.00 hours on Friday, 7 May 2021. Of course, you can also attend only select parts of the programme. The conference is jointly organized with the AEI and the RegioParl project and co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme

The conference will be recorded and the recording will be uploaded on the Internet. With your participation you declare your consent to recording.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. Also PhD and Master students are very welcome to join the conference.

If you want to participate you need to register via e-mail. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.We are looking forward to your participation!

VeranstalterUniversität Tübingen, Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration e.V. (AEI), RegioParl project
E-Mail für Anmeldungen hiwi.abels(at)ifp.uni-tuebingen.de
ZielgruppeAcademic Audience, Students
AnsprechpartnerProf. Dr. Gabriele Abels
TeilnehmerbeitragFree of Charge
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