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Josep Borrell inaugurates IE University’s Center for European Studies

Josep Borrell inaugurates IE University’s Center for European Studies

Earlier today Josep Borrell inaugurated IE University’s Center for European Studies (CES), set to focus on the teaching, dissemination and analysis of the economic, legal and political challenges resulting from European integration. The inauguration of the Center coincides with the recent entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon and the start of the Spanish government’s EU presidency on January 1.

Josep Borrell, former Spanish minister and president of the European Parliament, and current president of the European University Institute in Florence, gave an address centered on “Europe, from the fall of the wall to overcoming the crisis”.

The Center for European Studies is presided by José María de Areilza, holder of the Jean Monnet-IE Chair, and directed by Marie-José Garot. The Center will also have its own advisory board chaired by Rafael Puyol, president of IE University, and comprised of key figures that include Miguel Maduro, Fidel Sendagorta, Guillermo de la Dehesa and Romana Sadurska.

The CES, which enjoys the backing of the European Commission, will run seminars and conferences to promote debate on contemporary European issues as well as fostering research through the publication of articles by IE experts. The Center will also develop “European modules” for IE’s master programs. All IE University students, including those on exchange programs and summer courses, will receive instruction on European issues.

“IE University competed with a large number of European institutions to host this research center. The result is proof of the recognition by the EU of our work in this field,” said Marie-José Garot, Director of the Center for European Studies. “The Center will have a markedly multidisciplinary approach. We will be examining the challenges posed by European integration from an economic, political, and legal perspective, all this with an acute awareness of the role played by the EU in economic globalization”.