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AMSTERDAM POLICY PRIZE - APP 2024

Click here to check out the winning policy proposals at APP 2024!

Established in 2021, the APP, the prestigious policy competition where student teams come together to compete against each other, was hosted again by the EUH Amsterdam this year in 2024.


The days-long event was concluded with new friendships, enhancement of academic skills, and, of course, the top three best policy proposals on the topic "A Look Towards the East"!

We would like to give a big heartfelt 'thank you' to all the volunteers, the APP committee, and the EUH board! Without their passion, dedication, and painstaking efforts, the APP would have not been such a smashing success! And a big 'thank you' to all those who participated. It is your enthusiasm that made APP memorable and worth continuing! So, THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN WITH US THROUGH THIS YEAR'S APP! See you next year!

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Amsterdam Policy Prize 2024: About
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The Theme of APP 2024

The theme of the Amsterdam Policy Prize 2024 is ‘A look toward the East’.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 was not only an unlawful bid to subordinate a sovereign nation, but also a calculated attempt at undermining the established framework of democratic security in Europe. The ensuing conflict continues to present a myriad of challenges to the European Union, caught in its midst as a steadfast regional supporter of Ukraine amidst the ongoing war. 

Firstly, the invasion by Russia has prompted European leaders to reflect on their reliance on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as the cornerstone of European security architecture. Moreover, the 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump has recently rejected the idea of coming to Europe’s aid, in case of an attack. However, this predicament is two-fold: while the imperative for heightened security becomes increasingly evident, the financial capacity of member states to invest in defence is constrained, given that resources are being redirected toward supporting Ukraine.

Secondly, the European Union was faced with the consequences of their reliance on cheap Russian gas, in a congruent attempt to boycott the authoritarian states, forcing an energy supply chain rearrangement. The subsequent rise in energy prices caused varying levels of backlash against national governments from EU citizens. 

Finally, Ukraine’s now much more pressing ambitions to distance itself as far as possible from Russian influence culminated in the nearly universally commended EU accession plan. However, Ukraine is also by no means the only country whose ambitions for membership increased since the start of the war. Georgia and Moldova both submitted their membership applications days after the Russian invasion, while Bosnia and Herzegovina received candidate statuses that same year. Even so, the majority of these nations, with the war damaged Ukraine in the forefront, will require the investment of substantial amounts of money in EU development funds. On top of that, the European Union’s current issue with accommodating far right/EU sceptical member states, such as the countries of the Visegrád Four, stands to become more prominent as more conservative states gain voting power in the Union’s institutions. The EU is thus faced with a dilemma: expansion or reform?

Participants of the APP 2024 were able to choose between two track options to use as the base in their policy proposals, in order to provide them with the freedom to pursue what they believed was the best policy route for the EU. The first track regarded "EU sccession expansion and reform" and the second "EU-Russia relations in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine". 

Amsterdam Policy Prize 2024: Quote

THE GUEST EXPERTS OF APP 2024

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DR. DANIEL PINÉU

Speaker

As a Lecturer and Tutor at AUC, Dr. Pinéu educates on diverse subjects including Violence & Conflict, International Crimes, and International Relations in Theory & Practice, alongside specialized courses on European and International Institutions. His research interests focus on international security, foreign policy analysis, and global political sociology.

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DR. NATASHA STAMENKOVIKJ

Speaker

Dr. Natasha Stamenkovikj is an international relations expert, researcher, and lecturer at the European Studies department at the University of Amsterdam. Her subject matter expertise includes, European integration, European and International Public law, International Criminal law, Human Rights, policy analysis, legal writing, and transitional justice.

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DR. GERTJAN HOETJES

Speaker

Gertjan Hoetjes is a lecturer in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where he specializes in the intricate dynamics of EU Enlargement, External Relations, European Geopolitics, and European Integration. His main research interests revolve around state-society relations, political economy and international relations in the Gulf region.

Amsterdam Policy Prize 2024: Team

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APP Ceremony 2024

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Amsterdam Policy Prize 2024: Portfolio
Amsterdam Policy Prize 2024: About
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ABOUT AMSTERDAM POLICY PRIZE

2021 - The first "APP"

On the Saturday 24th April and Saturday 1st May, we are hosting a prestigious policy competition where several student associations will come together to compete against each other. The policy competition aims to foster connections of student associations across Amsterdam and will allow for students to present their talents. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in public speaking and learn more about policy making, namely on the topic of the Doughnut Economic Model.

Amsterdam Policy Prize 2024: Welcome

Check out the previous APPs!

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