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Towards a New Europe? 
Vrboska, Island of Hvar, Croatia
June 2017

Summer School 
Towards a New Europe?   
Vrboska, Island of Hvar/Croatia
June 2017


In June 2017, EPIC held its 14th annual summer school in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence at Croatia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The course was not targetted toward one specific sector, and was therefore open to representatives from public administrations, business, law, finance, the media, or non-governmental organisations. In the end, we attracted participants from across the region, including Croatia, BiH, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia. Following a long successful collaboration, the summer school once again took place at the four star Senses Resort (www.senses.hr).
We plan to be back on Hvar in late May/early June 2018, and precise dates and the course agenda will be identified in February of that year. In the meantime, should you have any questions please contact:
Dr Andreas Staab
Managing Director
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+44 208 444 7970 




Hvar Seminar Schedule 2017



Wednesday June 7 

19.30 Welcome Reception 



Thursday June 8

09.00 - 12.00  Brexit: An Alternative Model for European Integration? (AS)

12.15 - 13.30  Populism, National Governments and the EU's Democratic Deficit (TB)  

17.30 - 19.00  The Euro: How can it be fixed? (RH)


Friday June 9

09.00 - 10.00  Enlargement in the Age of Euroscepticism (AS)  

10.00 - 11.00  Migration (AS)

11.30 - 13.00  The Future of Civil Society (IB)

17.30 - 19.00  Podium Discussion: Is the EU fit for Purpose (AS, IB, RH, TB)   


Saturday June 10

09.00 - 10.15  Trade after TTIP and TTP (AS)

10.30             Seminar Close  


AS: Dr Andreas Staab, EPIC

IB: Ian Baker, Catalys/UK

RH: Prof Robert Hancke, London School of Economics

TB: Tony Bass: Clingendael





Course Agenda

The summer school paid reference to the seismic changes that have rocked the political and financial establishment in Europe and the United States in recent months. In an emerging age of populism, resurgent nationalism, and ever-growing Euroscepticism, what challenges lie ahead for the future of the European project. The following topics were addressed.   

  • Brexit and New Models of European Integration
  • Civil Society and the Move towards a West European Model 
  • Economic and Monatary Union and the Persistent Debt Crises in Southern Europe 
  • Enlargement in the Age of Euroscepticism
  • Migration
  • The Future of Global Trade after TTIP and TTP 



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Centre of Excellence

Centre of Excellence, Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

The summer school would not be possible without the continuous support of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and here in particular its Centre of Excellence. The Centre is instrumental in offering knowledge and experience gained through the country's EU integration process to the next generation of accession and candidate countries. The Centre supports the participation of Croatian civil servants at the summer school, and has been integral to the development of the course agenda, while also offering assistance to representatives from across the region. 











Andreas Staab

Andreas Staab is the founder and Managing director of EPIC. A former lecturer in European Integration at the London School of Economics, he has worked with governmental officials, business leaders, journalists, but also NGO’s and youth programmes in a host of accession and candidate countries, including Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Turkey and Cyprus (north and south). He is the author of a text book on the EU called ‘The European Union Explained’. Andreas is Adjunct Professor at the Executive Master’s Programme in International Logistics at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Academic Liaison for European Economics and Politics at the London Programme of Washington University in St. Louis.

Ian Baker

Ian Baker is the Director of Catalys, and has over 30 years experience in regional and rural development, as well as a more specific experience in NGO development, environmental planning and fisheries. Ian has been collaborating with EPIC since 2008 as our Project Leader in Bosnia & Herzegovina. He has led numerous regional and rural development projects throughout the Western Balkans. He is also the Chief Executive of a UK-based enfironmental NGO. It was Ian's fourth visit to the summer school. 

Bob Hancke

Robert Hancke is a Belgian economist who specialises in European economies and in particular labour relations. Having gained his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is currently Reader in European Political Econnomy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A long time associate of EPIC, 2017 was his fifth appearance at our summer school. 

Tony Bass

Tony Bass is an independent consultant specialising in communications, lobbying and public administration reform. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations (Clingendael). Tony has experience in almost all EU member states, as well as in Armenia, Ukraine, China and most recently Myanmar. He has been Team Leader of a large EU funded project on improving public services in the Western Balkans based at the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) in Montenegro. Previously, Tony was a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and a Senior Expert at the European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA). He also held several positions within the Irish Civil Service, including roles as Special Adviser to ministers, Press Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of EU Training in the Civil Service Training Centre. This was Tony's fourth time at the summer school.