On the 29th of March, 2017, nine months after the referendum for which 51,9% of the British population voted to leave the EU, the United Kingdom triggered the article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). From this date, the UK has now two years to negotiate with the 27 remaining Member States on terms and conditions of its leave, which still remains an official member of the EU. Since September 2017, the Commission has set a “Article 50 Task Force”, led by its chief negotiator Michel Barnier and in charge to lead negociations with the UK on behalf of the EU. Jonathan Faull, former Director-General of the “Task Force for Strategic Issues related to the UK Referendum” of the European Commission, will shed the light on the negotiating process and introduce its “hot” issues.
- 09:00 – European “Café culture”
- 09:45 – Introduction by Pierre Lequiller, regional adviser and president of the Ile-de-France Europe association
- 10:00 – Brexit negotiation
Discussion between Elvire Fabry, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, and Imola Streho, director of the Notre Europe Academy
- 11:00 – Brexit
Séminar by Jonathan Faull, former Director-General of the European Commission
In April 1989, a “Committee for the Study of the European and Monetary Union”, chaired by the European Commission president, Jacques Delors, and whose 12 Central Bank governors of the European Commuity were members, issued a report which laid the foundations of the current EMU. Almost thirty years later, while the Single Market and the Monetary Union are functioning, the Economic Union is still incomplete and social policies supposed to reinforce its architecture are not meeting initial expectations. That is why the afternoon of this session will be dedicated to the study of the economic and social Europe, two crucial components of the European integration. Their origins, developments and institutional shortcomings will be introduced by Sofia Fernandes et Eulalia Rubio, senior research fellows at the Jacques Delors Institute. Maria João Rodrigues, MEP and president of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) will, thereafter, introduce the main current issues on these topics.
- 13:30 – Pedagogical workshop: discussing seminars
Led by Eulalia Rubio, senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, and Imola Streho, director of the Notre Europe Academy
- 14:30 – Introduction to the Economic and Social Europe
Eulalia Rubio and Sofia Fernandes, senior research fellows at the Jacques Delors Institute
- 15:30 – The Economic and Social Europe
Seminar by Maria João Rodrigues, vice-president of the vice-présidente Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats at the European parliament and president of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
- 17:00 – Joint programme workshop and wrap-up session