Conference – Refugees and the European Union – Answers from Law perspective

Joana Abrisketa, professor of International law and headmistress of transnational law faculty, exposed some key points of the European policies for refuge matters and the issues raised from the massive arrival of refugees after the Syrian war. Then, Maria Nagore, professor of International Law of the Law Faculty, focused on the influence of these polices outside the European region. Both professors presented some measures to improve the humanitarian assistance in accordance with international law.

This conference is within the Cycle of International Conferences: New Challenges of the European Union co-organised by the EUCLIPE Jean Monnet chair and the student law association ELSA (European Law Student’s Association). More than 100 law students, in which we may find Pure Law, Economic Specialisation Law and the double degree of International Relation and Law, had attended the conference with the association EUROGETXO.

Economic, Political and Social challenges of the European Unión, A conference of Monica Frassoni

The ex-member of the European Parliament Monica Frassoni, President of the Green group, gave a lecture in which she expressed her awareness over different challenges that the European has to face such as refugee crisis and the lack of participation of the citizen in the European projects and the need of European states to follow the European Union framework.

The conference is within the frame of the International Cycle of Conferences: New challenges of the European Unión co-organized by the EUCLIPO Jean Monnet Chair and the student’s association ELSA (European Law Student Assossiation). More than 100 Law students attended this conference, in which we can find pure Law students; Law with Economy specialisation and the double degree of Law and International Relations, accompanied by the EURGETXO association.


Retos económicos, políticos y sociales para la Uníón Europea del futuro

Article: Relocation of the refugees, a solidarity deficit and a gap in the European Union

Published in the Revista General de Derecho Europeo, no. 44 (January, 2018)

(ABSTRACT) In the judgment of the 6th September 2017, the European Union Court of Justice ruled on the Decision (EU) 2015/1601 of 22 September 2015 establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece (Relocation Decision). As the demands for international protection in the two countries reached numbers never seen before, the Decision put into play a temporary mechanism for the relocation of the asylum seekers arriving from Greece and Italy. According to the Relocation Decision, the remaining State members of the EU would receive 120.000 asylum seekers who would have presented their petition in the two Mediterranean States. The asylum seekers would be distributed among the member States according to a quota system. Hungary and the Slovak Republic requested the European Court of Justice to annul the Decision. The case was relevant due to the nature of the principle of solidarity implied and the context of the reform of the Common European Asylum System in which the judgment was adopted. The Court rejected the applications on the basis of technical and legal arguments rooted in the EU Law. However, the interpretation of the principle of solidarity was reduced to merely a symbolic status.

By Joana Abrisketa, Professor of Public International Law and International Relations at the University of Deusto and member of the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Economic and Legal integration for people.

Financial accountability in the European Union institutions, policy and practice

The EUFINACCO Collaborative Research Network was co-founded in Boston, USA, in 2010 by Deusto prof. Maria Luisa Sánchez Barrueco, who currently holds the Coordination of the Network together with Paul Stephenson, from Maastricht University, and Hartmut Aden, from Berlin School of Economics and Law. This Network has grown continuously ever since that moment and, nowadays, 27 experts are offering their knowledge to the network in the field of financial accountability in the EU. EUFINACCO is also connected to the UACES European association as it gained status as UACES collaborative research network for the period 2015-2018. More information about the Network can be found on the blog.

Among the activities of EUFINACCO, there is the III EUFINACCO Workshop hosted by the Deusto Faculty of Law and organized by the SAPIA Jean Monnet Module held by Maria Luisa Sánchez Barrueco from the 31st January to 2nd February. During the event, numerous experts and professionals of the Network offered several conclusions on the subject that marked the title of the Workshop: the Financial accountability in the European Union institutions, policy and practice.

The event was opened by the Vice-dean of the Faculty of Law and member of the Jean Monnet Chair in “EU Economic and Legal integration for people”, Marta Enciso, who offered the stage to the first speaker, Hartmut Aden. Hartmut together with Gilberto Moggia, EU official at the European Court of Auditors, offered the first insight by explaining what accountability and the Court of Auditors are as well as their importance in this research project.

The following day, the Workshop was started by Gabriele Cipriani, also Official at the EU Court of Auditors, who explained the challenges of visibility of the EU Revenue and some possible solutions for integration through visibility. After this, Justyna Lacny (Polish Academy of Sciences), Andreea Hancu (Universitat de Valencia), Claudia Gloazzo (University of Strathclyde) and Maaike Damen-Koedijk (Tilburg University) offered their knowledge from a more practical perspective as they described the financial corrections, the EU Development fund or the financial instruments in the Cohesion Policy and the accountability process of the Cohesion Policy from the Dutch system. Likewise, Giacomo Benedetto (Royal Holloway University of London) completed the accountability of EU Funds explaining the example of the European Fund for Strategic Investments. Finally, Paul Stephenson offered some remarks on the differences between the parliamentary scrutiny and the audit process of the EU Court of Auditors and Maria Luisa commented the many issues regarding accountability in the field of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU.

The last day was dedicated to a gathering of all the speakers who were present at the III EUFINACCO Workshop.


For more information on Financial accountability in the EU, visit the living bibliography created with the publications and work of the members of EUFINACCO.