The Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU) is broad based standing group affiliated to the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Created in 1995 to promote co-ordination and collaboration among political scientists interested in the blooming area of research on the European Union, SGEU main activities covers

  • the organization of biennial pan-European conferences on the politics of the European Union,
  • the sponsoring of summer schools on any aspects related to the politics of the European Union,
  • the organization and sponsoring of workshops, panels and sessions at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, the ECPR General Conference, and any major political science conference,
  • the maintenance of a mailing list, a news service and a website.

Although primarily a group of political scientists, SGEU also fosters multidisciplinary collaboration across any social science discipline, including anthropology, economics, law, sociology, and social psychology, with a substantive focus on the European Union.

The standing group is open to individuals in ECPR member institutions as well as those from non-ECPR institutions.

The standing group is led by a Steering Committee. It meets at the biennial pan-European conference on the politics of the European Union and at the ECPR General Conference.

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Journal of Common Market Studies Keynote Lecture by Sandra Lavenex: “The Migration (Asylum) Crisis of the EU” (Auditorium, Department of Humanities, University of Trento, June 2016)

Sandra Lavenex and the Magic Migration Formula (Auditorium, Department of Humanities, University of Trento, June 2016)

Reception hosted by Journal of Common Market Studies (Department of Humanities, University of Trento, June 2016)


Roundtable debate ‘‘Towards a new parliament? EP after the 2014 elections’’, Atrium of the City Hall of The Hague, June 6th, 2014, SGEU Conference. Participants: Christophe Crombez (Leuven University and Stanford University), Wim van de Camp (Member of the European Parliament, The Netherlands), Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam), and Bas Eickhout (Member of the European Parliament, The Netherlands). Event moderated by Euro-watcher Joop Hazenberg and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Municipality of The Hague, and the Representation of the European Commission in The Netherlands.

7th Conference on the Politics of the European Union, June 2014, Campus Den Haag, Leiden University. Amy Verdun (University of Victoria) introducing the 2014 JCMS Annual Lecture on “The Return of Politics. The European Union after the crises in the Eurozone and Ukraine” of Luuk van Middelaar, speechwriter to the European Council President and author of „The Passage to Europe” (Yale University Press, 2013)