«100 Shades of the EU: The Political Economy of the EU Peripheries Between Pandemic and War»


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NH Hotel
Corso Cavour 7
34132 Triest

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The conference “100 shades of the EU: The Political Economy of the EU peripheries between Pandemic and War” will take place on the 3rd and 4th of April, in Trieste (Italy).


This conference aims at expanding the academic and political discussion initiated with the study published last year and will cover the following topics:

  • Core and periphery model and the EU
  • Structures of dependency in the EU
  • Economic and political impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war on Ukraine on the EU, particularly on Southern and Eastern peripheries
  • Position of labour and trade unions
  • International cooperation between workers in different countries involved in GVCs
  • Political cleavages in the EU
  • The role of EU and the role of the State in shaping Europe
  • A new industrial policy for Europe
  • Social and cultural constructions of peripherality in the EU

Organised by:
transform! europe in cooperation with
CGIL Trieste (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro), and
CSI Nord EST / MSS Severovzhod (Consiglio Sindacale Interregionale Friuli Venezia Giulia /Slovenia – Medregijski sindikalni svet Furlanija-Julijska Krajina/Slovenija)

CGIL Trieste is partner of Euradria project 2022-2024

Keynote speakers:
Manuela Boatca (University of Freiburg, Germany) Dorothee Bohle (University of Vienna, Austria), Giacomo Cucignato (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Nadia Garbellini (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy), Annamaria Simonazzi (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Vera Scepanovic (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)

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Monday, 3 April

9:00-10:15 (CET): Registration

10:15-10:30 (CET): Opening Session


  • Cornelia Hildebrandt, Co-President transform! europe
  • Roberto Treu, President of Irtucs Friuli Venezia Giulia/Slovenia Cgil Cisl Uil Zsss Ks 90

10:30–12:00 (CET): Session 1: 100 Shades of the EU: Mapping the Political Economy of the EU Peripheries


  • Giuseppe Celi, Associated Professor of Economics, University of Foggia, Italy – Economic Models of EU Peripheries and Global Interactions

  • Valentina Petrović, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Sociology, University of Zurich, Switzerland – The Political Manifestations of the Core-Periphery Divide

  • Veronika Sušová-Salminen*, Independent Researcher, Czech Republic/Finland – The Unbearable Lightness of Imitation. Mimicry and Dependency in Central Eastern and Southern Europe

*Authors of the study “100 Shades of the EU: Mapping the Political Economy of the EU peripheries”

12:00–13:00 (CET): Lunch break

13:00–14:30 (CET): Session 2: The Political Economy in Central Eastern Europe in Times of Crisis


  • Dorothee Bohle, political scientist; University of Vienna – Europe´s Eastern Periphery in the Polycrisis

  • Attila Antal, political scientist; Senior Lecturer at the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law Institute of Political Science, Budapest, Hungary – The Political Economy of Emergency Governance in Hungary

  • Gavin Rae, Fundacja Naprzód, Poland- Military Keynesianism: Poland’s New Macroeconomic Policy on the Edge of War


  • Veronika Sušová-Salminen

14:30–14:45 (CET): Coffee break

14:45-16:30 (CET): Session 3: Welfare State, Green Transition and Growth: What Alternatives?


  • Annamaria Simonazzi, Professor of Economics at Sapienza University of Rome, Rome – Social Investment as an Engine of Growth and Innovation: The Case of Long Term Care

  • Giacomo Cucignatto, Postdoc Researcher at the Department of Economics and Law, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy – Which Energy Policy and Ecological Transition For the EU? A Reconsideration in the Aftermath of the War

  • Nadia Garbellini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy – Industrial Policy From a Left-Wing Perspective


  • Giuseppe Celi

16:30–16:45 (CET): Coffee break

16:45–17:45 (CET): Session 4: Peripheral Growth Models


  • Gabriel Sakellaridis, Eteron Institute for Research and Social Change, Athens – Growth Models, International Investment Positions and Financing Patterns: The South-European Road to the Crisis and its Aftermath
  • Mariusz Kalanta, Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Vilnius – Middle-Income Trap and Diverging Growth Models in the Baltic States


  • Dagmar Švendová

Tuesday, 4 April

10:00–11:15 (CET): Session 5: The Position of Labour and Wages


  • Bojana Tamindžija and Vladimir Simović, CPE – Centar za politike emancipacije – European Periphery Outside of the EU: the Case of Garment and Shoe Industry in Serbia

  • Małgorzata Kulbacczewska-Figat, Journalist, Fundacja Naprzód, Cross-Border Talks editor-in-chief, Poland – Perspectives of a Labour Movement Revival in a Post-Socialist Peripheral Economy: The Case of Poland

  • Vincenzo Maccarone, Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence – Common Pressures and Uneven Trajectories: Assessing Ten Years of European Governance Interventions on Irish and Italian Wage Policy


  • Cornelia Hildebrandt

11:15-11:30 (CET): Coffee break

11:30-12:45 (CET): Session 6: Institutions, Geographies and Inequalities


  • Manuela Boatca, Professor of Sociology and Head of the School of Global Studies at the University of Freiburg – Unequal Citizenships and the Political Economy of Cultural Differences

  • Odysseas Konstantinakos, Department of Political Sciences, European University Institute Fiesole – «Power and Puzzling» in the Southern Periphery: How and When European Institutions Learn From the Failure of Austerity

12:45–14:00 (CET): Lunch break

14:00– 16:00  (CET): Session 7: Shipbuilding Industry: Labour’s Right and Industrial Policy

  • Matteo Gaddi, member of the Scientific Committee of the Claudio Sabattini Foundation and a trade union official at CGIL in Reggio Emilia, Italy – The General Situation of the Italian Shipbuilding Industry
  • Trade Union Delegate from MonfalconeThe Monfalcone Shipyard Situation
  • Trade Union delegate from MargheraThe Marghera Shipyard Situation
  • Trade Union Delegate from Wartsila, ItaliaThe Industrial Supply Chains of Shipbuilding

16:00–16:30 (CET): Coffee break

16:30–18:30 (CET): Session 8:The International Port of Trieste: Public Government in Value Chains


  • Michele Piga, General Secretary of Cgil Trieste, Italy


  • Michelangelo Agrusti, President of Confindustria Alto Adriatico
  • Zeno D’Agostino, President of European Ports ESPO /President Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea
  • Roberto Treu, CSI

Final conclusions:

  • Stefano Malorgio, General Secretary of FILT CGIL