QCEA’s Study Tour is quickly approaching. We are excited to meet participants from around the world to reflect on the direction of the EU and learn about its key policy-making mechanism.

However, for those that did not manage to register this year, we have the pleasure to invite to join the Study Tour’s opening session ‘Europe at a Crossroads’ online.

When? Monday, 14 November at 18:15-19:15 (CET).

To register click on this link


  • Judith Kirton-Darling – Former Member of the European Parliament
  • Jeremy Lester – Chair of Saferworld Board, QCEA’s outgoing Clerk and former leader of EEAS division for the Horn of Africa and Head of Delegation in Niger and Rwanda
  • Clare Daly – Member of the European Parliament GUE/NGL

Brief description of the event:

2022 will go down in history as a year of compounding crises. The new IPCC report revealed that the window of opportunity to avoid irreversible harm caused by global heating is rapidly closing. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought the threat of war ever closer to the EU, prompting member states to expand their military budgets. Meanwhile, events in Afghanistan, and Ukraine, and protracted armed conflict in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Ethiopia and Somalia have caused an increase in refugee flows, while the pandemic lingers on, exacerbating inequalities and impacting the most vulnerable. The policies that are approved in this crucial time will define the direction of the EU for the years to come and its capacity to respond to growing challenges such as the climate crisis, socioeconomic inequalities, youth unemployment, mass displacement, inflation, food and energy security, etc.

The aim of this session is to provide an opportunity to reflect on this crucial year for Europe and the direction it is taking in its policy choices.