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Professor El. Thalassinos Special Lectures at Universite Paris X

posted Jun 25, 2014, 1:46 PM by Georgios Dafnos

Professor El. Thalassinos, Director of the E.R.S.G. on the Political Economy of the EMU, delivered a series of special lectures at University of Paris X on 19th March and 20th March 2014.

You may find the relevant announcement here.

You may find the relevant presentations at the Policy Brief & Presentations section.

E.R.S.G. Final Conference - Athens 18/6-20/6

posted Jun 15, 2014, 11:55 AM by Georgios Dafnos   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 3:46 AM ]

E.R.S.G. held its Final Conference in Athens from 18/6-20/6.

The Final Conference commenced on Thursday 19/6 at the University of Piraeus' Central Building Conference Hall. On the same day a concluding meeting took place which contemplated on the closing activities of the Project as well as on the formulation and the title of the final book.
On Friday 20/6 the Final Conference was concluded on Hydra in collaboration with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Piraeus on Shipping, Trade and Transport, which will hold its 2014 Summer School in the same venue. The second day of the Final Conference was marked by the ERSG/JMCE Workshop titled "EU Crisis as an Opportunity for Deeper Integration"

The Final Conference had the following structure:

THURSDAY 19/6 (12:00-16:00)


E.R.S.G Final Conference – University of Piraeus: EMU Effect on EU’s Political Economy
- EMU Effect on Trade
- EMU Effect on Economic Transformation and Development
- EMU Effect on Economic Governance and Institutional Structures
- EMU Effect on Macroeconomic Convergence and Fiscal Integration
- EMU Effect on European Banking and Financial Integration

FRIDAY 20/6 (13:00-18:00)

Workshop: EU Crisis as an Opportunity for Deeper Integration
- EMU’S Systemic Effect on EU Integration and Consequences: Countries’ Case Studies and the case of Greece 
- Challenges that Arise from Current EU Sovereign Debt Crises as an Impetus for Deeper Integration

Prof. El. THALASSINOS (Univ. of Piraeus)
Prof. Th. PELAGIDIS (Univ. of Piraeus)
Ass. Prof. K. LIAPIS (Panteion Univ.)
Prof. ELZBIETA KAWECKA (Warsaw School of Economics)
Prof. JAROSLAW KUNDERA (Univ. of Wroclaw)
Prof. ILEANA TACHE (Univ. of Brasov)
Prof. MIRELA CRISTEA (Univ. of Craiova)
Prof. DEJAN SPASIC (Univ. of Nis)

You may review the Final Book's Chapter 5 presentation on the relevant section of our website.

You may review Final Conference Proceedings here.

You may find relevant photos at the Media section of our website.


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Workshop and Progress Meeting at the University of Nis, Serbia (08/05-10/05/2014)

posted Apr 8, 2014, 2:07 AM by Georgios Dafnos   [ updated Jun 11, 2014, 2:13 AM ]

The European Research Study Group realized its Spring 2014 Workshop and Progress Meeting at the University of Nis, Serbia. 

The University of Nis, Serbia and, in particular, Professor Dejan SpasicProfessor Assoc. Prof. Tamara Milenković-Kerković and Assoc. Prof. Ksenija Denčić-Mihajlov, full-heartedly welcomed the attendees of the Group's meeting from 08/05 to 10/05

The University of Nis Vice Rector for International Relations Dr. Vesna Lopicic welcomed all participants and addressed the meeting with the following words:
"Dear professor Thalassinos, dear colleagues from Greece, France, Romania and Serbia, dear Tamara Kerkovic as the hostess of this progress seminar, dear friends,

I know you have had a long and busy day, so I will tell you a joke to cheer you up. It is about economists, but I hope you won’t mind:

Man walking along a road in the countryside comes across a shepherd and a huge flock of sheep. Tells the shepherd, "I will bet you $100 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in this flock." The shepherd thinks it over; it's a big flock so he takes the bet. "973," says the man. The shepherd is astonished, because that is exactly right. Says "OK, I'm a man of my word, take an animal." Man picks one up and begins to walk away.

"Wait," cries the shepherd, "Let me have a chance to get even. Double or nothing that I can guess your exact occupation." Man says sure. "You are an economist for a government think tank," says the shepherd. "Amazing!" responds the man, "You are exactly right! But tell me, how did you deduce that?"

"Well," says the shepherd, "put down my dog and I will tell you."

What I can tell you is that as vice-rector for international relations, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all today at the University of Nis. The occasion is the progress seminar of your Jean Monnet project, but any occasion is good enough for friends and colleagues to meet. I am also convinced that your project will contribute to our efforts to make our University recognizable as a centre of excellence in the field of sciences.

Let me extend the warmest welcome of our rector, dr. Dragan Antic, who greeted you this morning at the Faculty of Economics. For the sake of our guests who are visiting our university for the first time, I will briefly introduce the University of Nis.

It was founded 49 years ago and now comprises 13 faculties with about 27.000 students at all levels of study. The teaching process is carried out by the teaching staff of about 1700 professors and their assistants. It is the only state university in the south-east of Serbia with the population of about two million people. It is also one of the most important institutions in Nis, a city of about 300.000 inhabitants, a significant economic, social, educational, cultural, sport and tourist centre of Serbia. Last year our city was the site of the celebrations marking 1700 years of Christianity since emperor Constantine was born here. Next year, the University will celebrate its 50th birthday, which is a cause good enough for summing up our achievements. This project will be one of them.

The aim of our university is to encourage career development of researchers in order to meet the requirements for academic excellence in the world. In changing social and economic conditions, the University of Nis takes a leading role in demonstrating the policy to be part of the European academic community, despite adverse circumstances. This is not a BIG project, but it shows that our university has enthusiastic researchers who will involve younger colleagues into this network of academic community.

I know that the initiator and organizer of this progress seminar, professor Tamara Kerkovic, has done a very good job in preparing the environment for an exchange of academic ideas and research results. Recognising the significance of strengthening close relations, cooperation, joint scientific and mobility programmes and projects, our university is more than glad to support all these activities in the interest of capacity building. Our university is proud that through the effort of its professors the university as an institution has become recognizable among researchers. Please be convinced that the university will offer you strong support in your future plans.

I am a person who comes from the field of literature, and maybe unlike most of my colleagues I do believe that the inevitable bridge between hard sciences and humanities needs to be built. For that reason I listened to the plenary lecture this morning given by professor Bozidar Cerovic, and however little I understood, I think I got the main idea. Our projects and other forms of collaboration should strive towards that ideal, as well, to bring researchers from different  fields together in the hope that the grand unified theory of knowledge will be once constructed.

In view of all this, I wish you a pleasant stay in Nis and at our university."

The project's partners attending the meeting discussed on the latest developments on EMU front as well as on the completion of the project's works. Issues such as the project's further dissemination, the requirements for the publication of the Collective Book as well as technical issues were addressed.

Moreover, the meeting set the following milestones:

·   16th June 2014: Deadline for Papers

·   18th – 21st June 2014: Final Conference – Athens, Greece

·   20th July: Deadline for Final Books Chapters + Policy Proposal

·   Late Aug 2014: Book Publication (structure set in the meeting)

You may find photos of the Nis Progress Meeting here.

Workshop and Progress Meeting, Nov 2013, Warsaw, Poland

posted Dec 16, 2013, 2:16 AM by Georgios Dafnos   [ updated Dec 16, 2013, 2:42 AM ]

The European Research Study Group realized its Fall 2013 Workshop and Progress Meeting that took place in Warsaw, Poland from 28th to 30th November 2013.

The Warsaw School of Economics and, in particular, Professor Elzbieta Kawecka-Wyrzykowska, full-heartedly welcomed the prospect of hosting the Group's meeting as one of the project's partners. 

Both the distinguished academic institution and Professor Elzbieta Kawecka-Wyrzykowska have been most accommodating in the project's needs to organize a fruitful event.

It was widely and unanimously accepted that the Warsaw Progress Meeting was crowned with complete success. The meeting was very fruitful as the team produced useful results that will further enhance its works and will provide concrete research orientation in the immediate future.

The meeting set the following milestones:

·   January 2014: ongoing communication on works' progress

·   Early April 2014: Progress Meeting & Workshop

·   Late April 2014: Completion of Papers’ Publication

·   June 2014: Final Conference in Athens

·   Late Aug 2014: Book Publication (structure set in the meeting)

Other useful results were produced regarding the group's research orientation and its further needs in involving policy makers on a local level and reaching out to civil society with regard to the group's research results.

Photos of the Meeting you may see here.

Kick-Off Meeting in Cyprus

posted Sep 12, 2012, 4:39 PM by g d   [ updated Oct 16, 2012, 4:30 AM by Georgios Dafnos ]

The E.R.S. Group's kick off meeting was held in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 12th of October at 15:45.
The scope of this meeting was to deal with all administrative issues, allocating research fields to all partners and setting the agenda of activities and the milestones for the academic year 2012-2013.
The meeting met great success as not only did it address most of the project's administrative issues but also it attracted the participation of two distinguished academics -Professor J.P. Allegret and Professor (JMC) Hardy Hanappi- from prominent Universities of France and Austria respectively.
Finally, the timeline of activities was agreed while issues of research approaches and team coordination were tackled. The Research Group started off its activities in a rather dynamic and energetic fashion.
Please, visit our Media Gallery page for photos taken from the first meeting of the group.

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