Schmidt Discusses EU Socioeconomic Governance on ETUI/ETUC Panel


On June 22, 2022, Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the Pardee School, participated in a panel at the European Trade Union Institution (ETUI) and European Trade Union Confederation’s (ETUC) flagship “A blueprint for equality” conference during which she discussed

Schmidt was joined on the panel, titled “EU socio-economic governance for equal society in times of crisis,” by Susanne Conze, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture (EAC), European Commission; Silvia Rainone, Researcher, ETUI; Zane Rasnača, Senior Researcher, ETUI; and Zsolt Darvas, Senior Research Fellow, Corvinus University of Budapest.

Schmidt’s presentation explored the impact of the COVID-19 recovery strategy on the potential reorientation of European Union (EU) economic governance and whether this leaves room to maneuver and implement progressive social reforms as well as increase the democratic legitimacy of the EU (in contrast to the Eurozone Crisis of 2011). In particular, she discussed the extent to which the adoption of the NextGenerationEU coincides with a truly transformative moment for European integration.

A full recording of the event can be viewed below.

Vivien Schmidt is a Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and was the first Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe, housed at the Pardee School. Schmidt’s research focuses on European political economy, institutions, democracy, and political theory—in particular on the importance of ideas and discourse in political analysis. Read more about Professor Schmidt on her faculty profile