In 2017, the European Union is celebrating the anniversaries of two key events: 60 years since the Treaty of Rome and 25 years since the Treaty of Maastricht.
The aim of the European project with its six founding Member States, of which Luxembourg and its politicians were among the forerunners, was to guarantee sustainable peace and prosperity on the continent through cooperation and integration. Against a backdrop of success and crisis, and shaped by a shared vision for progress, the process of building a united Europe has progressively yielded its results: the internal market with its four fundamental freedoms, the euro, the promotion of democracy, the European social model and human rights, European citizenship, and infrastructures for education and knowledge are now all part of the daily lives of hundreds of millions of Europeans. The EU has become a factor for development and solidarity in an increasingly globalised world.
But although the EU is stepping up its action to tackle key challenges such as the Juncker Plan for strategic investment in Europe, ongoing efforts for a political, energy and fiscal union, the establishment of a European defence system and the exploration of possible paths for a shared future - as raised in the European Commission White Paper published in March and in the Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union launched on 13 September 2017 -, this year is nevertheless characterised by uncertainty in many areas. The implementation of Brexit, the management of the refugee crisis, the breakdown of solidarity among the Member States and the rise of populism and inward-looking identity politics are leading to fragmentation and division, which in turn are fostering Euroscepticism and casting a shadow over our shared future. Europe will only avoid the worst effects of these trends by drawing closer to its citizens, reminding them of its values and advantages and encouraging them to make a shared commitment, with fresh momentum, to a renewed European project.
The vision of a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe I am outlining today combines elements from all of the scenarios I set out in March. But our future cannot remain a scenario. We have to prepare the Union of tomorrow, today.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, State of the Union Address, 13 September 2017
To help us understand the Europe of today and discuss the Europe of the future,
the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is pleased to invite you to the conference “Shaping the Europe of the future”.
The guest speaker is Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
The conference will also include a round table on the future of Europe featuring eminent European figures:
- Jacques Santer, Honorary Minister of State, former Luxembourg Prime Minister, former President of the European Commission
- Viviane Reding, Member of the European Parliament, former Vice-President of the European Commission
- Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament
- Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, former President of the Banque centrale du Luxembourg
- Prof. Dr Ludwig Neyses, Vice-president for research, acting rector of the University of Luxembourg
- Mara Kroth (Germany), Bachelor in Psychology, University of Luxembourg
- Max Leners (Luxembourg), Master in European & International Tax Law, University of Luxembourg, currently a student at King’s College London
- Mariana Matos Rodrigues (Portugal), final year pupil at the Lycée Michel Lucius, Luxembourg
- Otilia-Ioana Tira (Romania), second year Master’s student in Contemporary European History, University of Luxembourg
who will exchange their views with four students from the University of Luxembourg, chosen following a selection process in which the students had to submit a letter stating their reasons for wanting to take part together with a series of questions they would like to put to Europe.
The event will be moderated by Prof. Dr Andreas Fickers, Director of the C²DH.
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Shaping the Europe of the future
Friday 13 October 2017 - 10am to 12:30pm
Grand Auditoire, Maison du Savoir, Belval Campus, University of Luxembourg
REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED
The reception desks will be open from 8:00 to 9:15.
For security reasons, you will have to present your identity card at the entrance of the Conference Room.
Please be seated at latest 15 minutes before the start of the conference.
For your information, the whole event will be filmed and live streamed on Youtube and by Europe by Satellite.
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