and the European Policy Centre
organised a panel discussion around the question “A Federal Europe – The only way to save the euro and the EU?” in Brussels on 12 July 2012. Two weeks after the European Council of June 2012 and in the context of reflections about the future institutional architecture of the European Union, four panellists offered different perspectives on the topic:
– Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul, Political Analyst at the European Commission and member of the Board of Directors of Notre Europe;
– Luuk Van Middelaar, speechwriter for European Council President Herman Van Rompuy
– Pieter Cleppe, Head of the Brussels Office of Open Europe;
– Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre.
Tim King, the Editor of European Voice, moderated the debate. Beforehand, an introductory speech was given by Yves Bertoncini, Secretary General of Notre Europe. Questions and answers from the audience concluded the event.
The discussions addressed three topics: the current institutional set-up, different approaches for the future and the challenges ahead. Valentin Kreilinger, Research assistant at Notre Europe, summarises the key issues in this synthesis entitled “Fire-fighters, Policemen and Architects for European Integration”.