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EU institutions in a changing European landscape

  • Date(s)
    22 February 2013
  • Time
    12:45 - 14:15
  • Location
    Europe House 32 Smith Square London SW1P 3EU
EU institutions in a changing European landscape

Policy Network in cooperation with the European Parliament Information Office in the UK is hosting an informal lunchtime discussion with Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European Parliament, discussing ‘EU institutions in a changing European landscape’. This event will be held on 22nd of February 2013 from 12:45 to 14:15 at Europe House. Sandwiches and coffee will be served from 12.15.  

Speaker:
Klaus Welle
, Secretary General of the European Parliament

Respondents:
Anand Menon, Professor at King’s College London
John Peet
, European Editor, The Economist
Mary Honeyball
, Labour Party MEP for London

Chair:
Olaf Cramme
, Director of Policy Network

Context:
The recent eurozone debt crisis has generated fundamental questions about the future of the European Union. Changes in EU governance over the last three years have not only opened up a growing division between 'core' member states and those unwilling or unable to adopt the euro - moving the Union towards a two-tier system and putting the UK in an extremely awkward position - they have also impacted heavily on the EU institutions and their decision-making methods. With new initiatives such as the European Stability Mechanism and Fiscal Compact Treaty resting almost entirely on national governments and parliaments, the relevance of the 'Community method' is under challenge. Among themes to be addressed in the roundtable are:

  • Can the EU institutions cope with a deepening eurozone?
  • Is there a 'new inter-governmentalism' at the heart of the EU, and does it matter?
  • Where does this leave the European Commission and European Parliament, and how are they responding?
  • Will new euro structures be gradually reintegrated into the classic EU system or is this the start of a fundamental system change?
  • How can the legitimacy and responsiveness of EU systems and EMU governance be enhanced?
  • Where do these changes leave the euro-outs, and especially the United Kingdom?
  • Where is the current UK approach to the EU leading?

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