Gareth Davies is Professor of European Law at the VU. His research concentrates foremost on European economic integration in order to analyse the division of powers between the EU and its Member States.
ACCESS EUROPE pursues three main functions: research, education, and public outreach. We organise seminars, research workshops, public lecture series, and other joint activities on which we build systematically. Across each of these functions, ACCESS EUROPE focuses on six interrelated themes.
The European Union is by any standards an unconventional polity. It is neither a federal state, nor a loose confederation of states, nor an international organization.
The clamorous rejection of the European Constitution in national referenda in 2005 was an important moment in the political history both of Europe and the countries that rejected it.
European integration and the expansion of the welfare state are closely related institutional innovations of the postwar era.
The deepening of European integration has been accompanied by broader societal and demographic changes, such as individualization, increasing cultural diversity, the rise of the service economy, and population ageing.
In the rapidly mutating global and domestic context, understanding the changing identities of Europe and Europeans is crucial.
Over the past three decades, the deepening and widening of European integration has propelled the EU to a prominent role on the global stage.