Transnational Political Contention and the protection of rights and democracy in Europe

The concluding event of the Jean Monnet Network "Transnational Political Contention and the protection of rights and democracy in Europe" will take place in Brussels, on June 7, 2023

Transnational political dynamics are growing: some question the EU liberal order, while others contribute to strengthening democratic guarantees at the European and domestic level as well in candidate countries. The TraPoCo (Transnational Political Contention in Europe) Jean Monnet network contributed to developing a field of research that looks at the interaction of practices and processes that cross the borders of nation-states and have an impact on the functioning of democracy inside and outside the Union.

TraPoCo scholars focused on the advancement of research on the practices of mobilisation and protest of actors such as social movements, activists, civil society organisations, trade unions, etc. in transnational political arenas on issues relating to European integration. In particular, TraPoCo looked at how, in what forms, and under what conditions the societal actors that work for the enlargement of the space of fundamental rights benefit from transnational political spaces at EU level and, in turn, contribute to European integration in some form and reinvigorate democracy in the EU and its Member States.

This event will be an opportunity for TraPoCo partners to share their most cutting-edge research outcomes with civil society and policy-makers, with a focus on policy implications at the EU level.

The event will be held in person at Maastricht University Brussels . It is also possible to watch the event live by clicking on this Zoom link .

Registration is mandatory. Please fill out this short form to register for the event.

The TraPoCo Jean Monnet Network comprises the Faculty of Political Science of the Scuola Normale Superiore ; the Department of Sociology of the University of Belgrade ; the School of Politics and International Relations and UCD College of Business of the University College Dublin ; the Institute of Forest, Environmental, and Natural Resources Policy of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna; the think tank OBC Transeuropa, and the NGO The Good Lobby .

The project TraPoCo is co-financed by the ErasmusPlus, Jean Monnet Action of the European Union.


Transnational Political Contention and the protection of rights and democracy in Europe. Final Conference

Date and Venue: June 7, 2023 - Maastricht University Brussels Campus, Bel Etage Room
Av. de Tervueren 153, 1150 Brussels, Belgio

9:00: Opening: Chair, Kelsey Beltz, The Good Lobby

          Welcome speech: Ylenia Destito, Jean Monnet Programme adviser, European Commission, EACEA

          Introduction: Aron Buzogany, Boku University Vienna

Policy paper discussions:

9:30 - 10:00 | The transnational dimension of Environmental struggles
Policy paper presentation: “Environmental initiatives in Serbia and their European perspective”,
Jelena Pešić, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

Giuseppe Di Paola, Directorate General for Environment, European Commission

10:00 - 10:30 | Migration and Transnational Participation
Policy paper presentation: “Towards the 2024 European elections: Cities and civil society as MEP key partners for a radical reform of EU migration policy”, Federico Alagna, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore

Rita Biconne, ALDA, European Association for Local Democracy 

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 - 11:45 | Building transnational civic spaces in the EU
Policy paper presentation: “The transnational experience of domestic civil society organisations: Italian CSOs exploring the EU multilevel polity”, Luisa Chiodi, Director, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa

MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, Greens/EFA
Roy Virah-Sawmy, Programme Manager CIVITATES 

11:45 - 12:30 | A transnational space for Trade Unions and Labour issue
Policy paper presentation: “The human rights implications of the Minimum Wage Directive”, Graham Finlay, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin

Torsten Müller, Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute
Pablo Sanchez, Policy Advisor, European Public Service Union

12:30 - 13:00 Concluding remarks: Chiara Milan, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore

13:00 Lunch


Contact information:

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Event organised in the framework of the project TraPoCo. Transnational Political Contention in Europe co-financed by the ErasmusPlus, Jean Monnet Action of the European Union.