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Workshop: LSE-KFG Research Workshop, Environmental Governance in SEE, LSE, 6 May 2011‏


Workshop: LSE-KFG Research Workshop, Environmental Governance in SEE, LSE, 6 May 2011‏

LSEE-KFG RESEARCH WORKSHOP

Environmental Governance in South East Europe and the Western Balkans
 

The Transformative Power of Europe?

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Liliana Andonova - Graduate Institute of International and Development

Studies, Geneva

Prof. Miranda Schreurs - Freie Universitat Berlin

Prof. Tanja Borzel - Freie Universitat Berlin

Other speakers:

Dr. Matthew Gorton - University of Newcastle, UK

Dr. Adam Fagan - Queen Mary, University of London / LSEE

Dr. Cristina Parau - University of Oxford

Dr. Aron Buzogany - German Research Institute for Public Administration,
Speyer

Dr. Claudiu Craciun - SNSPA, Bucharest

Prof. Mina Petrović - University of Belgrade

Establishing effective environmental governance across the new member and

contender states of South Eastern Europe represents one of the most complex

challenges for the EU. In terms of the prospects of future enlargement, and
the

continued transformative power of Europe, the environmental perspective

provides an invaluable empirical and conceptual vantage point to consider

whether lessons of previous enlargements have been learnt; to assess the

implementation of soft, non-binding forms of regulation; to examine the
realities

of weak states and limited statehood; and to consider the extent to which
limited

success, or indeed outright failure, will impact upon the normative
authority of

the EU. In addition, the nexus of Europeanization, environmental regulation
and

energy security provides an interesting perspective from which to consider

whether EU regulation and conditionality remain relevant in the context of

significant non-EU (Russian) investment in regional energy sectors.

At the level of domestic politics, not only is formal compliance with the

environmental acquis extremely costly and administratively burdensome, but

effective implementation ultimately depends upon radical new forms of

governance and interaction. Perhaps more than any other policy area, success
is

contingent upon governments engaging local as well as trans-national
non-state

actors and fostering regional co-operation in order to respond positively to

global agendas on climate change, global warming and a reduction in GHGs.
The

extent to which the Commission is effectively driving environmental
governance

within South Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans also offers a valuable

optic on the capacity of the EU to act as the key global player in driving
climate

change governance.

This workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners, both within

Western Europe and the region, working on aspects of environmental

governance and regulation in new member states (Bulgaria and Romania as well

as CEE states), and candidate and potential candidate states within the
region

(Albania, Montenegro, FYROM, BiH, Serbia and Croatia). Comparative papers
and

perspectives are particularly welcome, as are contributions focusing on

institutional as well as network analysis, or multi-level governance.

The specific aims of the workshop are: (i) to map and critically analyse
emergent

regional and inter-state co-operation; (ii) to examine the impact of

Europeanization via enlargement on environmental governance (institutions
and

networks) in the context of weak civil societies and limited statehood;
(iii) to

critically assess the extent to which new forms of multilateral governance
and

regulation are emerging within the region; (iv) to consider “local”
environmental

regulation and regional responses in the context of energy sector
development,

climate change and ‘global’ trans-national environmental agendas and
initiatives.

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

FRIDAY, 6 MAY 2011

Venue:

London School of Economics and Political Science

Cañada Blanch Room (J116), First Floor, Cowdray House

09:00-09:30 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Dr. Adam Fagan, Queen Mary, University of London / LSE

09:30-11:00 Environmental governance and the transformative power of Europe

Chair: Prof. Kevin Featherstone, LSE

Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universitat Berlin)

“European Energy and Climate Politics: Implications for South East Europe
and

the Western Balkans”

Prof. Tanja Borzel, Freie Universitat Berlin

“When Europeanization Hits Limited Statehood: The Western Balkans as a Test

Case for the Transformative Power of Europe.”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Legacies from previous enlargements

Chair: James Ker-Lindsay, LSE

Prof. Liliana Andonova, Graduate Institute of International and Development
Studies,

Geneva

“Greener Together: Transnational networks and environmental protection in

South East Europe.”

Mr. Aron Buzogany, German Research Institute for Public Administration,
Speyer

“Avoiding the ‘Eastern Syndrome’: Conditionality and post-accession
compliance

in the new member states.”

Dr. Claudiu Craciun, SNSPA, Bucharest

“Green parties in CEE and SEE. Institutionalisation and Europeanization”

Cristina Parau, University of Oxford

"Environmental NGOs and The Power of Transnational Networks in Romania"

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Environment, state and society in the Western Balkans

Chair: Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, LSE

Dr. Indraneel Sircar, LSE

“Europeanization and Multi-level Environmental Governance in a Post-conflict

Context: the Gradual Development of Environmental Impact Assessment

Processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina”

Dr. Matthew Gorton, University of Newcastle

“Agri-environmental governance in Serbia and models of European

rule adoption”

Prof. Mina Petrović and Jelisaveta Vukelić, University of Belgrade, Serbia

“Issues of environmental governance in Serbia: local authorities'
perspective.”

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18.00 POLICY DIALOGUE - ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Chair: Adam Fagan Queen Mary University of London / LSE

Regional Environmental Center (REC)

DG Enlargement (environment, WB)

Green 10 / FoE-I

Green Visions (Sarajevo)

18:00-19.00 WINE RECEPTION AND BOOK LAUNCH (Green Activism in Postsocialist

Europe and the Former Soviet Union – ROUTLEDGE)

Registration details:

Registration for this workshop is free.

To attend the workshop, please register by e-mailing Mr. Ivan Kovanovic at

EuroInst.LSEE@lse.ac.uk. Places will be reserved on first come, first serve
basis.