In the context of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Jacques Delors Institute, in partnership with the Gulbenkian Foundation, organised a round table on European identity in a globalising world. Taking part in the round table were Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, Margarida Marques, Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Viriato Soromenho Marques, Professor at Lisbon University, and Aziliz Gouez, Irish President’s speechwriter who chaired the discussion. The conclusions were drawn by Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute.
While Europeans generally appear to be united by a development model trying to reconcile economic efficiency, social cohesion, and protection of the environment in a democratic framework, some rather highlight their differences and reject the European project. Can we not, on the contrary, consolidate the construction of Europe by reaffirming our common identity?
In this synthesis, Luc Vincent, Research Assistant at the Jacques Delors Institute, presents the main analysis and recommendations formulated during this round table.