futurEU Competition 2021: Final Rounds

futurEU Competition 2021: Final Rounds

15 April, 5:30 - 7:15pm CET
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Join the futurEU final to hear students and PhD researchers from CIVICA present their visionary proposals for the EU.

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This first edition of the futurEU competition prompted students and PhD researchers across CIVICA to participate in a thought experiment about the future of the European Union.

39 teams made up of 121 students and PhD researchers registered to propose bold treaty reforms for a better EU. Experts of the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School have invited the best eight teams to defend their ideas during the oral rounds of the futurEU competition. 

On 15 April, the two final teams will present their visionary treaty reform for a better EU.


  • Welcome and introduction
  • Keynote: Prof. Dr. Christine Reh, Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of European Politics, Hertie School
  • EU reform proposals presented by the two finalist teams 
  • Q&A session with the audience
  • Messages from CIVICA's Executive Director, Aurélien Krejbich, and the futurEU team 
  • Announcement of winning team  

futurEU partners: CIVICA, Jacques Delors Centre Berlin and the Hertie School

futurEU is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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futurEU semi-finals

If you want to watch the eight semi-finalists defend their proposals and the judges pick the two best ones, tune in for the semi-final on 14 April at 3:30 pm (CET)

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Keynote and chairwoman

Christine Reh is Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of European Politics at the Hertie School. Her work focuses on the European Union’s institutions, politics and legitimacy, with a particular interest in decision-making processes, informal governance and politicisation. Her current research explores the impact of national (electoral) politics on supranational actors and law-making. She previously held academic positions at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and at University College London, where she maintains an affiliation with the Department of Political Science. She is also an editorial board member of the Journal of European Public Policy. Reh received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) in 2007. 


Thu Nguyen is a Policy Fellow for EU Institutions and Democracy at the Jacques Delors Centre. Before joining the Centre, she was an Assistant Professor of comparative constitutional law at the Department of Public Law at Maastricht University. She holds a PhD in EU and comparative constitutional law from Maastricht University and was a re:constitution Fellow 2019-2020. Thu studied European Law in Maastricht and Rennes and holds a LL.M. from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Nils Redeker is a Policy Fellow for European Economic Policy at the Jacques Delors Centre. Prior to joining the Centre, he taught courses in Political Economy at the University of Zurich and was a Visiting Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Nils has studied political science and economics at the Free University Berlin and the London School of Economics, and did a PhD on questions concerning the Euro crisis, global imbalances and economic inequality at the University of Zurich.

Nicole Koenig is Deputy Director at the Jacques Delors Centre. Her areas of expertise include EU foreign and security policy, institutional questions, and migration policy. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal The International Spectator. Prior to joining the Jacques Delors Centre, she worked for the Trans European Policy Studies Association in Brussels, the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome, as well as the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. Nicole holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the Universities of Cologne and Edinburgh. She holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Management from the University of Constance and one in EU International Relations and Diplomacy from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Christian Freudlsperger is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hertie School and research coordinator at the Jacques Delors Centre. He holds degrees from the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, Sciences Po and Ludwig Maximilians University. He was also a visiting researcher at the European University Institute and the University of Ottawa. His area of interest is in comparative federalism's contribution to EU studies. His doctoral research explored the role of sub-federal actors in international trade liberalisation and was published as a monograph with Oxford University Press, two articles with the Journal of European Public Policy and one with Regional and Federal Studies. Christian is now working on territorial diversity in the EU and other multilevel polities, with a book chapter forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Heidi Marleen Bräuer is the Project lead for the Franco-German Dialogue Series at the Jacques Delors Centre. Prior she was Manager of Communications at the Jacques Delors Centre where she managed the websites, social media accounts, campaigns and events. At the Hertie School, she was also responsible for the communication of the university network CIVICA. Previously she worked as a press officer for financial topics in the German Bundestag and for DER SPIEGEL. Heidi holds a BA in French-German studies from the University Bonn, a MA from Sorbonne University in Paris and studied European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe in Warsaw.

Marta Migliorati is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hertie School. She is currently working on the codification of internal differentiated integration of core state powers in the EU as part of the InDivEU Horizon 2020 programme. Her research interests include EU-level executive and legislative politics, agencification, bureaucratic behaviour and politicisation dynamics. She holds a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Milan, a Master of Science in EU Public Policy from University College London, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of Pavia. Her research has been published on West European Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of Public Policy and the International Review of Public Policy.

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This event is organised in the framework of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences. CIVICA brings together eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond. CIVICA was selected by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities under Erasmus+. 

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