THE STATE OF THE UNION is created and promoted by The European University Institute (EUI).

The EUI is an international organisation dedicated to post-graduate and post-doctoral education in the social sciences. It was set up in 1972 by the six founding Member States of the European Communities to provide advanced academic training to doctoral researchers and to promote research at the highest level. It opened its doors to the first researchers in 1976.

The EUI Community counts approximately 1000 members. Researchers, teaching and administrative staff are mainly but not exclusively recruited from EU Member States. The EUI excels with an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to both teaching and research and transcends national academic traditions.

It carries out research in a European perspective in EconomicsLawHistory and Civilization, and the Political and Social Sciences.

The EUI is home to the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, an interdisciplinary research and policy centre focusing on European and international themes and it also hosts the Historical Archives of the European Union.


The EU Energy Policy Session (10 May) is coordinated by the Florence School of Regulation.

The Florence School of Regulation (FSR) is a partnership between the European University Institute (EUI) / Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), the Council of the European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the Independent Regulators Group (IRG), and it works closely with the European Commission.

FSR is a European forum where academics,  policy-makers, regulators, and regulated companies  from different countries who are involved in regulation can meet, allowing to develop European or cross-country issues as well as comparing national experiences and country specific regulatory problems. Founded in  2004 FSR has since then established itself as a European reference point for research and debate on regulatory issues in the energy sector, the communications & media sector and the transport sector.
Its mission is to decipher the European dimension in these regulatory fields  and to safeguard the European common interest by ensuring high-level and independent debate and research on regulatory topics.

Florence School of Regulation has four main areas of activities:

  • to organise policy events dealing with key regulatory issues;
  • to provide state-of-the-art training and improve knowledge sharing between academics and practitioners;
  • to produce analytical and empirical research in the field of regulation;
  • to promote international networking, trough knowledge and practice exchanges.