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Jean Monnet Conference on Political Implications of European Economic Integration

Date: 14 November 2013 - 15 November 2013
Location: Brussels, Belgium, 09:00 - 18:00
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14 - 15 November, 2013 - Hotel Le Plaza, Boulevard Adolph Max 118, Brussels, BELGIUM


A Chinese proverb says, "Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only standing still". In terms of the evolution of the political structure in the European Union, this is similar to the European Commission's thinking.

At this conference, President Barroso, Commissioner Vassiliou, high ranking European political decision makers, Jean Monnet Professors and other top academics and experts will address the burning issue of the post 2008 crisis: given deepening economic integration, does Europe now have the economic, political and cultural pre-requisites to move further towards a political Union? This discussion is held with a view to providing guidance to the European Institutions and European citizens.

The 2013 Jean Monnet Conference forms a continuum with the two previous Conferences. The 2011 Global Jean Monnet Conference put emphasis on European economic governance in an international context. The reasons for the economic and financial crisis were analysed and possible solutions discussed by political decision-makers at European level and outstanding international academics of the Jean Monnet network. In 2012, the importance of education for sustainable growth was discussed at the highest level. The Jean Monnet Conference 2013 will analyse the political implications of European economic integration and ask whether Europe is ready for political Union. The Conference will gather some 400 participants. 

The Jean Monnet Programme constitutes a network of top-level professors at universities in 77 countries across the five continents. It has facilitated global dialogue and provided policy guidance to the European Commission on numerous occasions in the past. Several concrete European Commission initiatives on such themes as the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue and the EU's Neighbourhood Policy were developed at Jean Monnet Conferences.



14 November, 2013

09:30 – 10:30 Registration of participants

10:30 – 11:25 Welcome and Opening Session

The economic and financial crisis led to the need for the EU to take concrete measures to combat it. This de facto situation led to a deepening of economic integration, which is not short of political implications and might in the near future lead to a further political convergence in the European Union, or even a political Union. The subject is presently being discussed at both the European and Member States levels, as well as in different dedicated fora.

The question of the possible further political convergence must be extensively analysed. Europe's history, culture and social realities raise potential obstacles to – and offer great opportunities for – further political convergence. All these aspects should be considered in their economic, political and societal perspectives.

Session Chair

  • Jan TRUSZCZYŃSKI, European Commission, Director-General for Education and Culture


  • Androulla VASSILIOU, Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Multilingualism and Youth

  • José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission

Keynote Speaker

  • Jean McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Politics in the Department of Political Science at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University in the United States. He was Fulbright-Schuman Chair in EU-US Relations at the College of Europe in 2013, and is Indiana programme director for the Erasmus Mundus Euroculture MA. He is the author of more than a dozen books on the politics of the EU, British politics, environmental policy, and comparative politics, the most recent of which was "Why Europe Matters: The Case for the European Union" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

11.25 – 11.55 Coffee break

11:55 – 12:45 Q&A Session

12:45 – 14:15 Lunch

14:20 – 15:05 Session 1: Economic aspects

Several measures have recently been taken by the European Union at the economic level. Already in September 2010, the Commission presented six legislative proposals on economic governance (the so-called "Six-Pack"). This legislative pack, currently in force, contained the most comprehensive reinforcement of economic governance in the EU and the euro area since the launch of the Economic and Monetary Union. Broader and enhanced surveillance of fiscal policies, but also macroeconomic policies and structural reforms were proposed. New enforcement mechanisms were foreseen for non-compliant euro zone Member States, and the "European Semester" was introduced. In addition, on 13 December 2012 Member States of the European Union agreed on the creation of a Supervisory System Mechanism (SSM).

Subjects to be discussed

  • How is the existing "economic integration" working?

  • What remains to be done?

  • What models could be chosen and why?

Session Chair

  • Michel Servoz is Deputy Director-General at the Commission's Secretariat-General


  • Lucio Pench is Director for Fiscal Policy at the Directorate-General for Economic and Social Affairs (European Commission).

  • Member of the European Parliament [TBC]

  • Nico Groenendijk (University of Twente, NL) is Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic Governance. He is Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies and Program Director for the BSc programs in Public Administration and European Studies and the MSc program in European Studies. His research interests concern European Economic Governance.

  • Panagiotis Liargovas is a Jean Monnet Professor who holds the senior academic rank of full professor in Macroeconomics in the Department of Economics at the University of Peloponnese (EL). He is specialised in international and European economics, monetary economics, regional economics and economic development and policy.

15:05 – 15:35 Q&A Session

15:35 – 15:50 Wrap-up and conclusions by the Session Chair

15:50 – 16:25 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:15 Session 2: Political aspects

Some Member States deem it necessary to increase political convergence among the European Union Member States. It is generally considered that closer political convergence is needed to balance the deepening of economic integration in the Member States, which resulted in a first stage from concrete measures to solve the Eurozone crisis.

Both economic and political aspects of economic integration should be analysed, since in an evolving context, like the present one in the European Union, adaptation of existing institutions and decision procedures might be necessary, as well as the means of financing a further politically converged EU. Debates should lead to an update of the 25 year-old report of Paolo Cecchini on the costs of non-Europe.

Subjects to be discussed

  • What are the political implications of economic integration?

  • What would be the consequences of a further political convergence, or even a political union, for the global order?

  • How should a further politically-converged Union be financed?

Session Chair

  • Stefano Manservisi is Director-General at the Directorate-General for Home Affairs (European Commission).


  • Maximiliano Bernad is a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Zaragoza. He was one of the first Jean Monnet Chairs (1990) and has published several books on the construction of the European Union, including the functioning of its institutions. He is the President of the “Real Instituto de Estudios Europeos”. He was Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, University of Paris-I and Paris II, and invited to the Hague Academy of International Law. From 1988 is the Director of the Master on European Union (Zaragoza, Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Madrid and Frankfurt). In 1982 he was awarded the “Pro merito” Medal, Council of Europe.

  • Wolfgang Wessels is a Professor Wessels studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Cologne and in the USA. He was Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik in Bonn (1973-1993) and Head of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges (1980-1996). Since 1994 he has been a Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Cologne. He held the European Chair at Sciences Po Paris (1999) was Jean Monnet Visiting Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence (2000) and held the Alfred Grosser Chair at Sciences Po Paris (2004/2005). In 2007 he was awarded the Jean Monnet Award in gold.

  • Dusan Sidjanski is Honorary President of the European Cultural Centre and special adviser to the President of the European commission and founder of the Department of Political Science at the University of Geneva.

  • Dr Amelia Hadfield is a Professor in European International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). Tasked with launching a full-fledged EU Studies programme at undergraduate and graduate levels within the Politics and International Relations Programme at CCCU, she is also the Jean Monnet lead and Erasmus coordinator for the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at CCCU, the Blended Learning liaison for Pol/IR, and founder of the new Energy Policy Analysis Group. Previously, Amelia was Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs at the VUB and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies (IES/VUB).

17:15 – 17:45 Q&A Session

17:45 – 18:00 Wrap-up and conclusions by the Session Chair

17:45 – 18:00 Dinner


November 15, 2013

10.00 – 10.30 Arrival of participants and coffee

10:30 – 11:15 Session 3: Societal and cultural aspects

Citizens should not be disconnected from what is decided in the economic and political areas. Europe is in the midst of an economic and financial crisis which has been painful for many EU Member States. This brings a sense of disenfranchisement among its population, in particular the youngest generation, which wonders what the Union is delivering for them, and asks whether it is worth all the difficulties. If these trends continue, they could compromise one of the most significant and unlikely accomplishments of the 20th Century: an integrated Europe, at peace with itself, seeking to project power as a cohesive whole. In this context, the costs of non-Europe could be analysed.

It is necessary to address the issue of bridging the gap between citizens and the European Union in an innovative way, by finding methods of increasing the number of citizens from different ages, nationalities and backgrounds who can express themselves on matters related to the EU policy that affect their daily lives.

Subjects to be discussed

  • How to promote "ownership" of the European project among European people?

  • What are the best ways to engage with the younger generation to develop democracy (participatory or representative) with a European component?

  • European v. national identities.

Session Chair

  • Jean-Claude THEBAULT is a General Director of BEPA (Bureau of European Policy Advisers)


  • Morten Løkkegaard is an MEP, Vice-Chair the Committee on Culture and Education, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Denmark.

  • Alberta Sbragia is a Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Prof. Sbragia is specialised in comparative politics, Western Europe, European Union politics and comparative federalism.

  • Henrik Plaschke is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Professor of European Studies and Political Economy at the Aalborg University. He is a member of the European Research Unit at the Department for History, International and Social Studies. He is also an associate member of SPIRIT, the School for Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Research on Interculturalism and Transnationality.

  • Daniel Wincott is the Blackwell Law and Society Chair at Cardiff Law School, a position he has held since September 2008. Previously, he was based in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include European Union law, new institutional approaches to political science, and citizenship. He is managing director, along with Charles Lees, of the Journal of Common Market Studies.

11.15 – 11.45 Q&A Session

11:45 – 12:00 Wrap-up and conclusions by the Session Chair

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:35 Closing Session

Session Chair

  • Xavier PRATS MONNÉ, Deputy Director-General for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth


  • Fausto de Quadros is a Professor of European Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Lisbon and Jean Monnet Chair in Constitutional and Administrative Law at the same centre.

  • Daniela Schwarzer is Head of the Research Division "EU Integration" at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin.

  • Guillaume Klossa is President of the European think tank EuropaNova, dedicated to the European common interest. Former special adviser to JP Jouyet, during the French presidency of the European Union and adviser to the reflection group on the future of Europe chaired by Felipe Gonzalez, he is also the founder of the 40under40 European young leaders’ program and of the Etats généraux de l’Europe, one of the first European citizen forums. He is part of “A new pact for Europe” initiative which gathers former advisers of head of state and government and of European affairs and economy ministers, European economists and thinkers, who reflect together on the next steps of the European integration under of Europanova, an NGO that promotes public debate and the European common interest.

The European Parliament's views for the future:

  • Othmar Karas, Vice-President of the European Parliament

14:35 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 15:25 Q&A Session

15:25 – 15:30 Final remarks

  • Xavier PRATS MONNÉ, Deputy Director-General for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

15:30 – 16:30 Information session about Erasmus+

Registration is open until 31 October at the following link: http://jeanmonnet2013.teamwork.fr  (password is 'npec').

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