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MASTER OF ARTS Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe. Сall for applications for the academic year 2011-2012

11 March, 2011

The international Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) is a Second cycle Joint DegreeVytautas Magnus University at Kaunas, the Corvinus University of Budapest, and the Saint-Petersburg State University. The program is jointly carried out with the cooperation of the University of Ljubljana. Continue

The Lisbon Treaty: Italian perspective

7 December, 2010

As a result of French and Dutch referendums, the Constitution was doomed to failure and the EU faced a serious institutional deadlock which lasted for 2,5 years till December 2007. Romano Prodi commented on this situation: «The Treaty gave Europe a number of instruments which till recent times didn’t exist. But there is no more a united spirit which could become a modus vivendi» This situation got resolved on the 13th of December 2007 when the Lisbon Treaty or the Reform Treaty was signed aiming at restitution of the Constitutional Treaty . Continue

Treaty establishing Constitution for Europe: Italian perspective

3 December, 2010

In 2001 Silvio Berlusconi became a chairman of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Since that time and up to the 1st of July of the year 2003 when Italy became presiding over the EU – Belgium, Spain, Denmark and Greece were rotating in turn the EU chair. During their presidency four working programs were approved and main European priorities were highlighted, however, only Belgium presidency resulted in a new body creation that would reform the EU – the Convention. This body was chaired by the former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing together with two deputies, Giuliano Amato and Jean-Luc Dehaene as well as member-states representatives. The Convention was aimed at a new treaty elaboration that was conditioned on by objective realia – without a new treaty the existence of the EU would be hardly possible especially after a large-scale EU enlargement in the year 2004. There was a necessity to fasten decision-making process as well. Continue

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