Prof. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt was appointed as a new member of the Global Future Council on Agile Governance 2020-2021 of the World Economic Forum by Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. The Global Future Council on Agile Governance brings together leading experts from business and government to drive regulatory reform that unleashes innovation and drives economic growth. The council is developing a playbook of agile regulatory techniques (e.g. regulatory sandboxes) that governments can adopt to support and stimulate innovation, drawing on best practices from around the world. Next year’s council will focus on developing the role of business in driving agile technology governance in support of government practices.
Today, international organizations are important actors in international politics and have contributed a great deal to conflict resolution and the reconciliation of interests between states. The withdrawal of the United States from international organizations, the rise of the People's Republic of China, which is founding new organizations, and informal cooperation formats pose great challenges to international politics and can become a threat to the global peace order. Eugenia Conceiçao-Heldt, Professor of European and Global Governance at the Hochschule für Politik at the TU Munich, shows how international organizations can overcome this crisis.
The lecture on September 28 at ARD alpha Campus Talks:
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This year Prof. da Conceição-Heldt will give a lecture on "International Institutions: the tragic heroes of international politics" at CONVOCO! FORUM 2020 - NEW CONSTITUTIONS OF THE PRESENT: APPROXIMATIONS, INSTITUTIONS AND LEGITIMITY - in Salzburg. Further guests of the conference were Prof. Dr. Udo Di Fabio, Prof. Dr. Gabriel Felbermayr, Ambassador Peter Wittig, Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest, Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler, Prof. Dr. Peter M. Huber as well as Roland Berger.
Europe's currency guardians must now better explain what they are doing to win the trust of citizens, Prof. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt and Tony Müller say in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. You can find the full article here.
Prof. da Conceição-Heldt took part in the virtual Health Security Roundtable of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) on 7 April. Under the motto "Together we are less alone - Germany, Europe and COVID-19", she discussed with Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute and other high-ranking representatives from the German Federal Government, NGOs and research institutions as well as leading pharmaceutical and digital companies about perspectives for crisis management. In an intimate atmosphere, under Chatham House Rule, the discussion included, among other topics, the role Germany and the European Union can play in further containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Professor da Conceicao-Heldt comments on the current corona crisis. She warns against egoism in the EU and calls on the union of states to develop a joint plan for reconstruction in a bid to emerge stronger from the crisis. The complete interview (in German) can be found here: https://www.br.de/nachrichten/deutschland-welt/corona-krise-professorin-warnt-vor-egoismus-in-der-eu,RuHvoI4
The social credit system has an impact beyond China. The bidt's "Learning from the Frontrunner?" research project examines what data is collected and what the system means for German companies and institutions such as the World Bank.
Find the complete interview here (in German)
The John McCain Dissertation Award was awarded for the second time at the Munich Security Conference 2020. Honoring the significant contributions of John McCain to strengthening transatlantic ties, the award was established to recognize exceptional academic achievements in the field of political science, with an emphasis on the transatlantic relationship. The McCain Award Ceremony took place on Friday evening of the first conference day in a traditional Munich institution, the Käfer Schenke. Among the distinguished guests were Cindy McCain, US Senators Lindsey O. Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt, dean of the TUM School of Governance.
The European Central Bank (ECB) emerged from the sovereign debt crisis as one of the most powerful supranational institutions. Against this background, this article explains how and why the ECB became empowered during the euro area crisis. Building on the delegation, governor’s dilemma, and epistemic community approaches, we argue that the ECB ability to play a strong role in this empowerment process and to convince member states to entrust it with more competences was the outcome of a combination of three factors: limited cohesiveness within the collective principal (Eurogroup); a fiduciary relationship characterized by broad discretion and independence on the trustee side (ECB); and strong specialization with the ECB acting as epistemic entrepreneur. We illustrate our argument with two cases: the Trichet letters exemplify an autonomous emergency empowerment and the introduction of the single supervisory mechanism demonstrates ECB influence on institutional design decisions in negotiating processes.
China's social credit system (SCS) is a system supported by artificial intelligence that aims to improve moral behavior, financial reliability and social control. It is one of the most significant examples of radical digital innovation and the largest attempt to use social engineering. Its impact extends beyond China, as it affects foreign companies and individuals operating in China - including those from Germany and Bavaria. Against this background, this interdisciplinary project examines the opportunities and risks arising from China's digital transformation (through its SCS) and the impact it has on Germany and the Bavarian government, its companies and society. In doing so, we draw on the team's expertise regarding the technical structure of the SCS from an IT perspective, the cooperation and competition between Chinese and foreign companies from an economic perspective, and the effects of the SCS on global governance and diffusion processes from a political science perspective.
- Prof. Dr. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt, Technical University of Munich, Chair of European and Global Governance, Hochschule für Politik München
- Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer, China Business and Economics, University of Würzburg
- Prof. Dr. Jens Großklags, Technical University of Munich, Chair for Cyber Trust
Funded by the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt).
Bavaria's European Minister Dr. Florian Herrmann presented the Bavarian European Medal to Prof. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt and twelve other distinguished personalities. Conceição-Heldt is Professor of European and Global Governance at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Reform Rector of the Hochschule für Politik (HfP) and Dean of the TUM School of Governance. Since 1990, the "Medal for Special Services to the Free State of Bavaria in Europe and the World" has been awarded to people who have rendered outstanding services to the Free State of Bavaria in a united Europe or contributed to Bavaria's international reputation in the world. "If creativity, innovation and intellectual dynamism are our raw materials of the 21st century, your work at the Hochschule für Politik and the TUM School of Governance will be one of our greatest sources of future success," said Minister of State Herrmann in praising Prof. Conceição-Heldt's achievements. The political scientist thinks and works in a European and transatlantic network and ensures that science remains attractive and relevant in a digitalized world full of acceleration and new trends. Prof. Conceição Herdt's research interests include European integration and the causes and consequences of the delegation of powers to international organizations. She has held the Chair of European and Global Governance since 1 July 2016. On this date, she also took up her post as Reform Rector of the Hochschule für Politik. In 2014, the Bavarian Parliament transferred the sponsorship of the HfP to the TUM, which was completely restructured in the following years. Prof. Conceição-Heldt's research and teaching at the HfP focuses on political changes in times of profound technological and social change.
Source: CCC TUM/Hellmich www.tum.de/die-tum/aktuelles/pressemitteilungen/details/article/35450/
In the presence of US Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense von der Leyen, Prime Minister Söder, President of the Landtag of Bavaria Ilse Aigner, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger and Cindy McCain, the Munich Security Conference remembered the late US Senator John McCain. McCain’s life's work will be honored with the newly established John McCain Dissertation Award, which will be awarded up to two doctoral theses each year for outstanding scientific contributions in the field of political science, with a focus on transatlantic relations. This year's two winners were selected by an international jury chaired by the Reform Rector of the Hochschule für Politik München, Prof. da Conceição-Heldt.
The World Economic Forum’s Expert Network has nominated Prof. Dr. Conceição-Heldt as an expert in the area of “European Union”. The network brings together close to 5,500 leading experts from academia, business, government, international organizations, civil society, the arts, and the media committed to improving the state of the world by helping to shape the global agenda. The Expert Network is designed to promote interdisciplinary and innovative thinking about the future, challenge conventional wisdom, and develop new ideas related to industry, regional and global agendas.
The Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, has assigned Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt to chair an international jury in charge of the awarding of the John McCain Dissertation Award. This prize is awarded annually at the Munich Security Conference for up to two doctoral theses based on outstanding scientific contributions in the field of transatlantic relations with a focus on foreign and security policy.
Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt has been appointed a member of the World Portuguese Network (Portugese Disapora Council) - a network under the patronage of the Portuguese President and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Membership in this network is reserved for the 100 most influential Portuguese living abroad (a total of 5 million) from science, business, culture and civil society.
In November 2018, Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt officially opened the inaugural event of the Munich Politics Network. The newly founded platform aims to create a global network and forum for scientists, decision-makers, politicians, business representatives and representatives of civil society to discuss current disruptions in politics and technology at an annual conference and to seek answers to the new challenges they pose. The inaugural event took place in cooperation with the World Economic Forum and the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).
As part of the Sustainable Development in Africa Symposium, Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt moderated a round table. The participants Prof. Dr. Hofmann (TUM Vice President); Dr. Nathalie von Siemens (Siemens Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG); Prof. Dr. Chiheb Bouden (University of Tunis El Manar); Prof. Francis Kéré (TUM); Prof. Noël Gbaguidi (UNESCO Chair of Human Rights, National University of Benin); and Roland Polte (Executive Board Member and Head of Human Resources of the DRÄXLMAIER Group) discussed the topic "Challenges of Governance and Education".