With the Juncker Commission now in office for a hundred days, the Jacques Delors Institute and Friends of Europe have invited Jacques Delors, Jean-Claude Juncker and Etienne Davignon to debate the challenges facing European governance.
Key issues for discussion include the qualities needed for the job of President of the European Commission: is it all about personality, or are factors like institutional architecture and the political context also in play? Should the Commission do more to make public the shortcomings of national governments? Would a regular TV address by the Commission president help to improve the connection with Europes citizens by updating them on recent developments, global flashpoints and key issues ranging from Ukraine and Syria to migration, unemployment, energy and the euro? Is the coming into office of Syriza, and the rise of extremist newcomers likely to change the EU’s political calculus significantly?
Monday, 16 March 2015
16.00 – 19.00
Sofitel Brussels Europe,
Place Jourdan 1, 1040 – Brussels
Welcoming of the participants – 16.00 > 16.30
Introduction – 16.30 > 16.45
Yves Bertoncini, director of the Jacques Delors Institute
The Commissions leadership and the governance of Europe – 16.30 > 18.30
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission
Jacques Delors, president of the European Commission (1985 1995)
Etienne Davignon, vice-president of the European Commission (1981 1985)
Peter Oomsels, vice-president of the Young Europeans Federalists
Valentina Pop, EU correspondent, Wall Street Journal
The debate will then be opened to the audience.
Debate moderated by Giles MERRITT, secretary general at Friends of Europe
18.30 > 19.00: Cocktail
This event will be livestreamed, allowing a wide audience to follow the debates and to ask question electronically.
The event will take place in English and French (with simultaneous translation)