The Institute's Events

Effective Market Mechanisms to Curb Carbon Emissions

On November 4, leading experts from Europe and the United States exchanged perspectives on the global carbon market, the effectiveness of Europe's Emissions Trading System and its implications for U.S. climate change legislation, as well as the role of a carbon tax as a supplemental measure to curb emissions. 



Archiving the European Institute Website

From the University of Maryland

         The University of Maryland’s Center for International Policy Exchanges ( is happy to act as steward of the valuable materials published on The European Institute’s website, including those published through its online journal, European Affairs. These articles have illuminated important trans-Atlantic issues since 2000, providing a rich and valuable source of expert opinion and insight.

         All articles and blogs are well indexed and accessible to all here on the existing website of the European Institute ( In the future, we plan to migrate these materials to a UMD site, operating as the European Institute at the University of Maryland.

         Please address any questions to Jason Scott (

Douglas Besharov
University of Maryland School of Public Policy

From the European Institute

Dear Friends,

         As you may already know, The European Institute has ceased operations. I am happy to inform you, however, that in the next few months, the rich work of The European Institute, captured on our website (, will be archived and available to all on the website of the University of Maryland’s Center for International Policy Exchanges ( Until then, the University will continue to maintain the existing URL and website.


The European Banking Union & the Future of the Economic & Monetary Union

On October 6, 2016, The European Institute held a lunch discussion with a delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic & Monetary Affairs (ECON) led by The Honorable Roberto Gualtieri, ECON Chairman and The Honorable Siegfried Mureșan, Spokesman for the European People’s Party and Substitute Member of ECON.  Chairman Gualtieri and Mr. Mureşan, along with other representatives from the ECON Committee, discussed the current status and environment of the banking union as well as the changes the European Union may need to make in order cope successfully with challenges such as Brexit, the need for greater economic growth, and the implementation of a common deposit insurance scheme. Despite differing views on some subjects, the delegation agreed on the necessity of the completion of the bank union.


The Future of the EU: Facing Common Challenges

On Tuesday, May 10, The European Institute hosted The Honorable Tomáš Prouza, State Secretary for European Affairs of the Czech Republic.  Mr. Prouza gave his assessment of the challenges facing Europe today including the United Kingdom’s upcoming referendum on EU membership, the refugee crisis and the security threat posed by an increasingly assertive Russia.  While acknowledging growing nationalism and Euroscepticism, Mr. Prouza encouraged Member States to strengthen integration: “I am convinced that only when we stay united and when we work together to find common solutions will Europe stay strong.”  His full remarks can be found here.


How to Live in a World at Peace?

On May 16, 2016, The European Institute and the European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress hosted a lunch discussion with The Honorable Alain Lamassoure, Chairman of the European Parliament's Special Committee on Tax Rulings.  Mr. Lamassoure addressed how the European Union and the United States are coexisting in peace and how the two global powers must fight the newest enemy, fear.

Read Mr. Lamassoure's full speech here.


A Letter from Brussels

thomasklau2016By Thomas Klau

A day before the Brussels attacks, I was in Paris to participate in a talk show about the aftermath of the November 13 massacre in the French capital. The TV discussion had been long planned. We spoke about the likelihood of further acts of terror. Of course all of us in Brussels knew it was coming, some day, somehow, just as all of us in Europe know that in the years ahead, there will be more explosions of murderous hatred in those wonderful cities that define who we are. We did not know on Monday, that for Brussels, that day would be tomorrow.

When Twitter started spreading the news of the attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday morning, there was shock, anger, sadness, resignation and resolve not to let the carnage get to one. Later came the almost selfish relief to hear of loved ones safe; then the new and sweet ritual, now part of our internet civilization, of over a hundred friends and acquaintances almost instantly getting in touch.