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Road to a New Treaty
European Parliament, PHS 7 C 050, Tuesday 12th May 11:00-14:00
Aim of Conference
The aim of the conference is to reframe the actual dominant narrative around any possible treaty change focusing only on the integration of the economic governance agreements.
Europe still struggles with socioeconomic crises dividing the North from the South and the East. The crisis management is not effective and the cohesion policy is not sufficient. What is the risk of dividing Europe into euro-zone and non-euro-zone countries and can a New Treaty bring European citizens closer and not further away from each other?
Major structural and economic reforms were introduced since the crisis and once again intergovernmental agreements are running and controlling our economy ready to be integrated in the fundamental legal texts. Can we make sure that a New Treaty procedure will be more transparent and democratic in the future than it was before?
The debate around European social responsibility has many levels. Can the provision of a New Treaty turn the concepts of a socially more responsible Europe into reality? What are the most advanced elements of an integrated social responsibility ready to be lifted to European level. And can we accept any further major changes in the future without the establishment of the social pillar.
Preliminary Draft Program
11:00-11:10 Welcome by Tamas MESZERICS MEP, The Greens/EFA, Coordinator in Foreign Affairs Committee
Road towards a New Treaty: opportunities and challenges
11:10-11:25 Danuta Hübner, Chair of Committee on Constitutional Affairs, EPP
11:25-11:40 Philippe Lamberts, Co-Chair of Greens/EFA
11:40-11:55 Marju Lauristin, Vice-Chair of S&D
11:55-12:20 Questions and comments
Proposals should be involved in a New Treaty procedure
12:20- 12:40 Janis Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies and Head of Programme at the European Policy Centre (EPC)
12:40-13:20 László Andor, Mercator Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance
13:20-13:50 Questions and comments
13:50-14:00 Tamás Meszerics
Tamas Meszerics - Hungary
The Greens/EFA, Coordinator in Foreign Affairs Committee
He studied at the Faculty of Arts at Loránd Eötvös University in Budapest where he earned his Master of Arts in history and English Studies in 1990. After graduation he was a fellow at the Institute for International Studies at the University of Leeds and at the George Mason University. Beginning with 1992 he became a program coordinator, in 1995 a research assistant at the Political Science Department of the Central European University. Meszerics earned his PhD degree in contemporary history at his alma mater about Anglo-American foreign policy in 2000. He was appointed assistant professor in 2002. In 2011 he was a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies of the Harvard University. His fields of interest are theories of democracy, historical and theorical studies of intelligence, bureaucracy, bureaucratic politics and their theories, the history of modern Central European countries and behavioral game theory.
Danuta Hübner - Poland
Chair of Committee on Constitutional Affairs, EPP
She served as European Commissioner for Regional Policy from 22 November 2004 until 4 July 2009, when she resigned to become a Member of European Parliament for the Civic Platform. In 2012, Professor Hübner became a member of the International Honorary Council of the European Academy of Diplomacy.
She received her MSc in Economics, Warsaw School of Economics (Central School of Planning and Statistics) in 1971, her PhD in economics, Warsaw School of Economics 1974 Visiting scholar at the Centre for European Studies at the University of Sussex in 1974, and her post-doctoral degree in international trade relations, Warsaw School of Economics in 1980. She was a 1988–1990 Fulbright scholar, University of California, Berkeley and received an honorary Degree in Laws of the Sussex University in 2005.
Philippe Lamberts - Belgium
Co-Chair of The Greens/EFA
He has been a Member of the European Parliament for the Ecolo party since 2009 and he was the co-spokesperson of the European Green Party between 2006 and 2012. He is a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy. As a member of ECON he was credited with an amendment to the Fourth Capital Requirements Directive that capped bonus payments in the financial services to no more than 100% of their salary, or 200% with shareholder approval. He graduated as an engineer at the Université catholique de Louvain in 1986. From 1987 to 2009 he worked at IBM in a variety of positions, also as a manager. Between 1999 and 2003 he was an adviser of the Vice-Prime Minister Isabelle Durant on foreign affairs and defence.
Marju Lauristin - Estonia
Vice-Chair of S&D
Ms Lauristin was one of the establishing members of 'Rahvarinne' in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. In 1990 she was deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament. From 1992 to 1994 she was the minister of Social Affairs of Estonia (Estonian Social Democratic Party/'Moderates'). Later, she was also a member of the Riigikogu, elected as a member of the People's Party Moderates.
Lauristin graduated from Tartu University in 1966 with a degree in Journalism and Sociology of Mass Communication. In 1976, Lauristin completed her PhD studies in Journalism. Since 1995 Lauristin has been Professor at Tartu University. In addition to her academic career in social sciences she has worked in journalism.
László Andor
Mercator Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance
Dr. László Andor is Mercator Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), and Visiting Professor at ULB (Brussels). He served as EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion from 2010-2014. Between 2005 and 2010, he was a member of the board of directors at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London), representing Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Croatia. Previous to this, he was adviser for the Prime Minister's Office in Hungary (2003-2005). Andor holds a degree in Economic Sciences from Karl Marx (now Corvinus) University of Budapest, as well as an MA in Development Economics from the University of Manchester. During his studies, he spent time at George Washington University, King’s College London, and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been Associate Professor at the Department of Economic Policy (Corvinus University) since 2000. He has also taught at Rutgers University (USA). Between 1993 and 2005, he was editor-in-chief of the quarterly social science journal Eszmélet. In cooperation with Stiftung Mercator, he conducts research in the field of “Cohesion and Convergence in Europe“ and will tackle the problem of increasing disparity and threatened social cohesion in the EU. A special focus of his research will be the future development of the EMU.
Janis Emmanouilidis
Director of Studies and Head of Programme at the European Policy Centre (EPC)
Director of Studies and Head of the European Politics and Institutions programme at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. He has publishedwidely on the EU's overall political and institutional development, the perspectives of differentiated integration in an EU 28+, the Union's foreign, security and defence policy and on EU enlargement. He has been an advisor of various governments, EU institutions, European parties and NGOs on a broad range of issues related to European integration and has commentated widely on EU affairs in the media. Between 2007-2009 and before moving to the EPC he was Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens, Greece. Between 1999-2007 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research (C•A•P) in Munich, Germany, responsible for three research projects related to the reform and enlargement of the European Union. Before that he worked as a Research Fellow at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) responsible for the research area on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Janis is also member of the Scientific Council and Research Associate at ELIAMEP and EU Institutional Development Advisor of the Polish think-tank demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy in Warsaw. He has studied international relations and strategic studies in the UK and economics in Germany.