Coppieters Academy 2017 - Brussels


What is the Coppieters Academy?

The Coppieters Academy is a three-day intensive study programme at the heart of Europe’s political capital, in which participants gain an in-depth knowledge on the European Union through a series of lectures, interactive workshops and study visits.

The Coppieters Academy is an opportunity for participants to share and exchange ideas with prominent scholars and researchers, policy-makers at diverse European institutions and other experienced practitioners. The sessions will be practically oriented aiming to inspire and encourage participants to think critically, reflect, investigate and learn from each other.

2017 Edition:

This intensive course is designed to introduce students to European public policy on human rights, linguistic and cultural diversity, minority rights, self-determination, the principle of subsidiarity, and the process of European integration.

These topics are more pressing than ever as Catalonia and Scotland are on the path to independence; as the role of regions and cities is changing; as Euroscepticism, hate speech and discrimination of minority groups is on the rise; as European endangered languages remain marginalized; and as calls for constitutional reforms for a “Europe of peoples” are gaining popularity, to name but a few.

Participants will gain in-depth knowledge on interest representation, activities carried out with the objective of influencing EU policy formulation, and advocacy strategies, how to safeguard and promote your rights and how to be heard.


  • To improve, extend and update participants’ knowledge and understanding of European institutions and policy-making through in-depth analysis with a team of experts;
  • To identify and understand the role of formal and informal channels of representation and advocacy by meeting representatives from these channels;
  • To discuss and analyse European public policy issues with a special focus on diversity governance, minority rights, self-determination and the process of European integration;
  • To experience ‘Brussels’ during (and after) sessions with EU practitioners and visits to the EU institutions.


Day 1 – 12 of September

09:30-10:30 What are minority rights?

  • Zora Popova, European Centre for Minority Issues

11:00-12:00 Language diversity protection in the EU

  • Vicent Climent-Ferrando, Government of Catalonia and European Research Consortium MIME (Mobility and Inclusion in a Multilingual Europe)

13:00-16:00 Visit to the European Parliament & Parlamentarium

16:00-17:00 Channels of interest representation in the EU

  • Justin Greenwood, Robert Gordon University and College of Europe

17:00-18:00 Political and cultural identities

  • Alan Sandry, Swansea University

Day 2 – 13 September

09:30-10:30 Catalonia and the European Union: Three future scenarios

  • Fernando Guirao, Pompeu Fabra University

11:00-12:00 The role of regional offices in Europe: From para-diplomacy to interest mediation

  • Sandrina Antunes, University of Minho

13:00-14:30 Visit to the office of the Basque Country’s delegation in Brussels

14:30-15:30 The many faces of rising euroscepticism and intolerance in Europe

  • Alan Sandry, Swansea University

16:00-17:00 Women, borders and human rights

  • Anna Zobnina, European Network for Migrant Women

17:00-18:00 The future of Scotland in Europe post-Brexit

  • Anthony Salamone, Scottish Centre on European Relations

Day 3 – 14 September

(Departure for Antwerp)

09:30-10:30 Why Do We (Have to) Keep Archives? The Basics of Archival Management for National Minorities & Movements

11:00-12:00 Guided tour of the ADVN Archives and Research Centre

16:00-18:00 Participant Presentations

18:00-19:00 Certificate award ceremony & evaluation of course

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When: 12-14 of September 2017,
Where: Brussels Media Centre, Centre Maurits Coppieters offices, Boomkwekerijstraat 1, Brussels


Registration is closed.

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This Conference is financially supported by the European Parliament and CICP – Research Centre for Political Science, University of Minho.

The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

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This conference is a joint initiative of Centre Maurits Coppieters.