Past Conferences

More than 10 years of EPPC History


EPPC in Berlin

EU Defence at a Crossroad

The 2022 European Public Policy Conference covered EU positions regarding other states, relations against Russia, NATO, complementarity and much more. From April 1st to 3rd, the 24th edition of the EPPC welcomed its participants to the Hertie School in Berlin. The panels, keynotes, and workshops, rooted in the real life experiences of individuals, exposed the impacts that games of power have on people’s lives. Our goal was to organize a thought-provoking conference that sparked new ways of thinking in our participants.

On February 24th 2022, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia confirmed the importance of our topic on the state of European defence. In a context of rising tensions around the globe and changing geopolitical landscapes, the EU is obliged to seriously examine its defence strategy as its values become threatened.


EPPC Online

Coming Full Circle

In 2021, the European Public Policy Conference dived deep into the topic of Circular Economy. From April 23 to 25, 2021, the 23th edition of the EPPC was streamed from Berlin to the world.

Following up on last year’s topic – focused on climate and sustainability – and wanting to expand on it, the team decided for the circular economy to be this year’s overarching topic. The purpose was to investigate this popular – yet sometimes misunderstood – concept, to define it and to find out how and to what extent it can be implemented in practice. In order to answer these questions, experts from different sectors, who shared their thoughts and knowledge about the circular economy, were invited.

Given the breadth of the topic, the conference was divided into three main sub-topics: Digitalisation, Global Trade, and Circular Cities. 

The keyotes, discussions and workshops at this first online EPPC inspired roughly 170 people over the three conference days.


EPPC in vilnius

cancelled due to Covid-19

Our Climate, our Future


EPPC in Madrid


In 2019, the European Public Policy conference seeked to understand the double edged sword, that is technology. The fact that it is so ubiquitous, makes it futile to fight it. We must rather work towards coexisting with technology and that can be done best, by understanding areas where there is an intersection between technology and society.

The problem was addressed by focusing on three areas: Social Inequalities: Tech- disrupting or reinforcing inequalities? Smart Cities v Gentrification: Who has a right to the city? Policy & Government: Is the rise of tech changing the state as we know it?

Being divided into keynote speeches, presentations, panels and discussions, solutions to problems were created  that were not even on the agenda beforehand, wich made the event an excellent opportunity for tech and policy enthusiasts alike.


EPPC in Sofia

Borders in Transition - Creating, Removing, Reimagining

The conventional notion of borders as existing between nation-states has its roots in the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. however, recent political, technological and societal developments have made it clear that this conventional definition of borders and its impact on policy-making requires rethinking and reevaluation. The migrant and refugee crisis in Europe has raised questions regarding stability; technological advancements have removed borders in both communications and the financial sector; and within nations and communities, societal boundaries have profound political implications. In essence, borders are bifurcating — simultaneously being built up in certain areas, while being removed or broken down in others.

Europe, in particular, has been at the forefront of these issues. Through the removal of national borders, the free flow of labor, the single- market economy, and the Common Security and defense Policy, the European Union defy the classic understanding of borders. Recent events have found Europe challenged by both conventional and unconventional border issues. The secessionist movement in Catalonia, for example, and the right to self-determination more broadly, make it clear that the discourse surrounding traditional notions of borders is still very much in contestation. At the same time, Europe must also be prepared to address newer, more abstract border issues such as internet privacy and how to govern borderless spaces.


EPPC in Prague


The 2017 edition of the European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) explored the topic of Democracy in the Digital Age. Nowadays, nearly every aspect of life is making its way towards digitalization. Both political and societal events have demonstrated
the tremendous impact of new technology on domestic and international affairs.

As a result, democracy faces new challenges and opportunities. While citizens are determined to use the internet and social media to engage in the political process, their trust in political parties and democratic institutions is waning. Voter alienation and anti-establishment sentiments have considerably risen, leading to a surge

of support for populist, anti-establishment movements in Europe and across the Western World. Furthermore, social media has created distinct echo chambers, where individual users have a tendency to be in contact with those who share similar beliefs, polarizing political discourse. The now undeniable relationship between digitalization and democracy calls for a discussion about finding ways for this new engagement
to be expressed positively in the political sphere. For EPPC 2017, three subtopics
were developed under the overarching theme of Democracy in the Digital Age, which allowed for a more in-depth analysis of the issue through workshops and panel discussion dedicated to specific questions. These subtopics were Security in the Digital Age, Voter Alienation and the Potential of Citizen Participation and Information and the Shaping of Citizens’ preferences.


EPPC in Ljubljana



EPPC in Warsaw

From Russia With Love? Eastern Europe between Integration, Cooperation & Confrontation

With the title From Russia With Love? Eastern Europe between Integration, Cooperation & Confrontation, the EPPC 2015 focused discussion on the presence and risks of Western and Eastern influences in the region.


EPPC in Rome

Left Behind? New Realities for European Youth

The sixth European Public Policy Conference focuses on the question “Left Behind? New Realities for European Youth”. The young generation in Europe faces grave challenges. Youth unemployment rates in Spain have risen to 60 per cent, Greece faces similar numbers. In Italy between 30 and 40 per cent of the people that are 25 years and younger are unemployed, in France around 30. This crisis undoubtedly is the greatest challenge the European Union has faced since its establishment.


EPPC in Paris

Breaking the Cycle - Rethinking Poverty in the Developed World

The conference “Breaking the Cycle: Rethinking Poverty in the Developed World” was a response to the problems faced by the most vulnerable in society. The austerity measures, adopted in the wake of the financial crisis, continue to push an ever-greater number into poverty whilst worsening the predicament of those already in need. Organised entirely by students of public policy, the conference aimed to address this pressing challenge that we continue to face in the 21st century.


EPPC in Barcelona

Rethinking economic crises: origins, impacts and solutions

The EPPC 2012 was held at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) on 18-20 April 2012. The school served as an superlative venue and IBEI staff was instrumental in assisting conference organizers to ensure that the conference ran smoothly. The world class city of Barcelona served as an excellent backdrop for EPPC and in between proceedings, conference participants had the opportunity to visit many of the cultural highlights that the city has to offer. Barcelona provided many opportunities for the participants, many who had never met one another prior to the event, to network professionally and establish new relationships.


EPPC in Budapest

Migration in Europe - Challenges and Opportunities

The third annual European Public Affairs Conference took place in Budapest on April 18-19, 2011. Students from multiple Master in Public Affairs programs throughout Europe attended two days of events featuring experts on migration in Europe, and on the difficulties and advantages it poses.