Contemporary history of Europe

Pierre Werner: l'homme et son oeuvre

This publication provides a record of the international conference organised by the CVCE and its partners — the Pierre Werner Foundation, Robert Triffin International, the European Commission Representation in Luxembourg and the University of Luxembourg — and held on 27 and 28 November 2013 to mark the centenary of the birth of Pierre Werner. The conference was an opportunity for some 30 researchers from different horizons (historians, economists, legal experts and political scientists), together with major players in economic and monetary affairs, to speak about the personality and achievements of this Luxembourg statesman, analyse his European vision and offer an international perspective on the relevance of his approach in light of the challenges facing us in the 21st century.

The proceedings of the conference are accompanied by forewords from Professor Kenneth Dyson, a member of the British Academy, and Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank, as well as transcriptions of the opening lecture by Hans Tietmeyer, former President of the Bundesbank and a member of the Werner Committee, and the closing lecture by Philippe Maystadt, Belgian Minister of State and former President of the European Investment Bank.

Several of the papers offer new insights based on the authors’ exploration of the Werner family archives, to which the CVCE has been given privileged access during the ‘Pierre Werner and Europe’ research project. The aim of these proceedings is to offer a series of observations and conclusions that encourage further interdisciplinary analysis of Economic and Monetary Union from a long-term perspective and invite readers to find out more about the European integration process through the vision and actions of one of its instigators.

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