Over the past two decades, the euro has become an important symbol of European identity. The single currency bears the hallmark of Pierre Werner (1913-2002), Finance Minister and Prime Minister of Luxembourg for many decades, whose 1970 Werner Report provided a detailed blueprint for Economic and Monetary Union. To mark the 20th anniversary of the introduction of euro banknotes and coins, Europe Direct at the University of Luxembourg (EDIC), the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) are holding on 16 June 2022 (from 15:00 to 16:00) a plenary session at the 5th International Conference on Economics and Social Sciences (ICESS) at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. The programme of the event is available here.
The session will open with a video message from Luxembourg Minister of Finance Yuriko Backes.
The plenary session of the ICESS conference entitled “Economic Ideas and Political Action in Shaping Economic and Monetary Union: Pierre Werner and Luxembourg”, will explore the origins of Economic and Monetary Union, the theoretical approach and political action of Pierre Werner and the role of Luxembourg in the establishment of the single European currency. After the video message from Luxembourg Minister of Finance Yuriko Backes, Dr Elena Danescu, Research Scientist at the C²DH and Coordinator of Europe Direct at the University of Luxembourg will give a presentation exploring the role of Luxembourg and Pierre Werner in shaping Economic and Monetary Union and in developing a potent form of transnational, network-based cooperation. The plenary session will conclude with the inauguration of the exhibition “Pierre Werner (1913-2002) – A life dedicated to Luxembourg and Europe”, organised by ED-UNILU, the University of Luxembourg and the C²DH, based essentially on Pierre Werner's private collections and other relevant Luxembourg and European archives, with design, texts, and layout by Henri Werner.
Just days before Luxembourg celebrates its National Day, this prestigious international event in Bucharest will highlight the role of Pierre Werner and Luxembourg in the emergence of the euro and the establishment of Economic and Monetary Union.
ICESS 2022 is organised by the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and its partners including the Higher Education and Research in Management of European Universities (HERMES) Network, the Romanian Academy, Sapienza University of Rome, EM Strasbourg Business School, the Ministry of Finance of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Europe Direct at the University of Luxembourg, the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History. The conference will feature more than 200 paper presentations by researchers from around 30 different countries worldwide.