Taking Back Control? Inequalities and Social Europe

The Crisis of Sovereignty in Europe
CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) and CETC (Centre d’Estudis de Temes Contemporanis)
November 20-21, 2019

While sovereignty is pulled from above and from below in international, European and local processes, member states still want to hold it back. This seminar, co organised by CETC and CIDOB, seeks to explore first the meaning of sovereignty in today’s Europe, as the tension between supranationalism and intergovernmentalism intensifies. Second, it discusses ways to institutionalise forms of shared sovereignty up from below, in order to address the tensions and crises of state sovereignty.

In order to meet these objectives, the second keynote and subsequent roundtable organised during this two-day seminar, to which Eulalia Rubio, Senior Research Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute, has been invited to intervene, think of sovereignty as “taking back control”.

During the roundtable, Eulalia Rubio will discuss the weakening of the social Europe, particularly as a consequence of the economic and migratory crises. Rethinking sovereignty requires thinking novel ways of addressing social concerns: from developing integrated fiscal programmes or improving service provisions at the subnational level to make reforms that could enable more humane and efficient responses to future migration flows. Eulalia Rubio will intervene along with:

  • Emmanuel Comte, Research Fellow, Vienna School of International Studies
  • Rym Ayadi, Founder and Director, Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies; Senior Advisor, CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies)
  • Blanca Garcés, Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)
    Chair: Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Mandatory registration, full programme


20 Nov 2019


11 h 00 min - 12 h 30 min


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