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European Public Policy Conference 2018

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The European Commission in Bulgaria

124 ulitsa „Georgi S. Rakovski“

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The European Public Policy Conference is an initiative organized by students from the Hertie School of Governance and sponsored by the IPLI Foundation. This year’s conference, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of EPPC, will be hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria at the European Commission from April 13 through April 15, 2018. The three-day event will include speakers, workshops, discussions and social events.

This year's theme is Borders in Transition: Creating, Imagining, Removing.

The conventional notion of borders as existing between nation-states has its roots in the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. However, recent political, technological and societal developments have made it clear that this conventional definition of borders and its impact on policy-making requires rethinking and reevaluation. The migrant and refugee crisis in Europe has raised questions regarding stability; technological advancements have removed borders in both communications and the financial sector; and within nations and communities, societal boundaries have profound political implications. In essence, borders are bifurcating -- simultaneously being built up in certain areas, while being removed or broken down in others.

Europe, in particular, has been at the forefront of these issues. Through the removal of national borders, the free flow of labor, the single-market economy, and the Common Security and Defense Policy, the European Union defy the classic understanding of borders. Recent events have found Europe challenged by both conventional and unconventional border issues. The secessionist movement in Catalonia, for example, and the right to self-determination more broadly, make it clear that the discourse surrounding traditional notions of borders is still very much in contestation. At the same time, Europe must also be prepared to address newer, more abstract border issues such as internet privacy and how to govern borderless spaces.

The public policy community both within Europe and internationally must work to diagnose these issues and strive for innovative and effective solutions. The role borders play has changed vastly in the last thirty years. The advent of globalization and digitalization has only further complicated and obfuscated these complexities at all levels of society. In an effort to address this, EPPC 2018 draws upon traditional conceptualizations of borders and reimagines them in the context of 21st century issues.

We hope you will join us in this pursuit.

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