The EU's Prospects 20 years after the Fall of Communism
Global Futures: The Annual Members' Conference
Organized in partnership with the European Commission representation in the UK
This conference will consider the implications of policy decisions taken within the EU over the last 20 years, since the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent EU enlargement, on the next 20 years.
The current economic crisis has exposed the extent to which the EU member states are engaged in a project that contains as many uncertainties for the future as it does signposts towards greater European security and prosperity.
What are the European Union's prospects 20 years after the fall of communism?
- Will the financial crisis drive another phase of economic integration across the EU or will informal barriers to intra-EU investment harden?
- To what extent has EU enlargement strengthened or weakened the EU economically and politically?
- What scope is there to extend the enlargement process over the coming years, and are there new ways that the EU might open up further to those countries outside the EU's borders but within its extended neighbourhood?
- Can migration be managed to fulfill Europe's labour needs and still maintain social stability?
- Will the rise in threats to citizens' domestic security lead to a further deepening of EU member states' cooperation on justice and home affairs?
- Can European states work together and play a leadership role in international economic negotiations and on questions of global governance?
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This conference starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5.30pm
EU National Economies: Lessons from last 20 years and models for the future
- Given the experience of the past 20 years, which have proved to be the most successful national economic models across the EU?
- What prospects are there for raising levels of sustainable domestically-driven growth?
09.30 Chair's Opening Remarks
Dr Robin Niblett
09.45 Keynote Address
Dr Cecilia MalmstrÃƒÂ¶m
Minister for EU Affairs
Prime Minister's Office, Sweden
10.25 Panel Discussion
Chair Dr DeAnne Julius CBE
Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Daiwa Securities SMBC
11.10 -11.30 Refreshment break
The Future of the EU Single Market
- What prospects are there for major breakthroughs in new areas of European economic integration?
- Will we see a more interconnected EU energy market or rising energy nationalism across the EU?
- Are EU-wide service industries, including in the financial sector, more or less of a prospect for the future?
- Will the Euro-area widen to central and eastern Europe? Will Euro-area governments deepen macro-economic cooperation?
11.30 Panel Discussion
Chair Tony Barber
Brussels Bureau Chief
Professor Iain Begg
Professorial Research Fellow
London School of Economics and Political Science
Sir John Grant
Government and Public Affairs
BG Group plc
European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom
Professor Jan Ã…Â vejnar
Director of the International Policy Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
Domestic Security: A new frontier for European integration?
- How can European states coordinate their policies to cope with the growing presures of illegal migration?
- With the growing reach of organized crime networks, can European efforts to cooperate in the fight against crime turn the tide?
- Is there a risk that the current economic crisis will lead to the emergence of new extremist groups?
- Will the growing range of domestic threats to citizens' individual security, from criminality to terrorism, lead to a further deepening of EU member states' cooperation on issues of justice and home affairs?
14.00 Panel Discussion
Chair Professor Richard Whitman
Professor of Politics, University of Bath,
Department of European Studies and Modern Languages
Dr Gunilla Herolf
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Dr Yves Boyer
Fondation pour la Recherche StratÃƒÂ©gique and
Professor of Geopolitics, Ãƒâ€°cole polytechnique
Head, Security and Conflict Programme
Clingendael, The Netherlands
15.30 -16.00 Refreshment break
Can Europe Hope to be a World Leader?
- What are the prospects for the EU playing a leadership role in the future on major international issues such as climate change, development assistance and international trade?
- How important are the reforms contained in the Lisbon Treaty for strengthening the international influence of the EU?
- Will EU states adapt their forms of external representation in international organizations such as the IMF and the UN in order to maximize influence and retain legitimacy in a G20 world?
- How central is the transatlantic partnership to Europe's future security and global influence?
16.00 Panel Discussion
Chair Dr Robin Niblett
Brigadier General Jo Coelmont
Senior Associate Fellow
Egmont- The Royal Institute for International Relations
European Council on Foreign Relations
Jamie Patrick Shea
Director, Policy Planning
Private Office of the Secretary General
The Centre for European Strategy
17.45 End of conference
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