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Matinee: Wohin steuert Europa? Mitglieder des EU-Weisenrats in Diskussion

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Prorector for Education, University of Copenhagen Abstract
High Noon in Europe
In June 1989, Solidarnosc produced an election poster with Gary Cooper from High Noon in the run-up to the first free elections in Poland. In 2009, while marking the 20th anniversary of the Solidarnosc victory and the successful  89 revolutions it is once again High Noon in Europe. The EU s  war and peace-narrative has lost most of its resonance and has not yet been substituted by a new one. In the coming years, Europe will, besides responding to the financial crisis, have to develop a new narrative. A possible theme is the defence for liberal democracy. After all, recent developments have proven one of the lessons of  89 wrong: Democracy is not an inseparable twin of market economy. Indeed, today the so-called  sovereign democracies (e.g. China and Russia) are experiencing higher growth than the EU. Needless to say, liberal values are also under threat from organisations such as Al Queda.
Former European Commissioner for Internal Market, Financial Services and Taxation and Former European Commissioner for Competition, European Commission, Brussels; President, Bocconi University, Milan Abstract
The crisis is submitting Europe to pressures that may lead to disintegration, precisely when more integration is needed.

A relaunch of integration requires a new deal between Member States that identify with the Social Market Economy and those relying more on pure market forces (Anglo-Saxon countries and new Member States). A side-effect of the crisis may indeed be the opening up of new possibilities for such a deal.

This should combine a renewed commitment to the single market and competition with some limited measures of tax coordination, so as to allow greater attention to social policies and income distribution.
Member, Advisory Committee, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Oberbürgermeister der Landhauptstadt Stuttgart Abstract
In our globalizing world there is no place for a  fortress Europe . There is no alternative for an  open Europe : open for new ideas, innovations, inventions, information and open for people. At the same time the globalized knowledge society challenges us to develop a new campaign for better education on the European level. Integration of immigrants will foremost succeed through a better inclusion of their children in our education systems. Immigrants will become more integrated if they participate at the various education levels from an early age on.
I recommend to develop an  EU Charta for Education to improve prospects for personal development of children and young people, to facilitate the exchange of educational institutions in different countries and support the self-determined living as well as the economic development.
We need new forms of multi level governance to achieve a better education system as well as other subjects important for the future of Europe, for example energy and environmental issues.
Former President of the Republic of Latvia; Vice-Chairperson, EU Reflection Group, Riga
Senior Editor "Europe and NATO", DER STANDARD, Brussels Chair


Prorector for Education, University of Copenhagen

1994 Head of Section at the Danish Ministry of Industry
1994 Robert Schuman Scholar at the European Parliament, Luxembourg/Brussels
1996-1999 Research Fellow at the Danish Institute of International Affairs (DUPI)
1999-2002 Senior research Fellow at DUPI
2002 Research Director, DUPI
2003-2006 Director of European Affairs,Confederation of Danish Industries
2006-2009 Pro-Vice Chancellor,University of Copenhagen
2009-2011 Danish Minister for Climate,Energy and Gender Equality
2011-2013 Member of the Danish Parliament,( Liberal Party)
since 2013 Prorector for Education, University of Copenhagen

Prof. Dr. Mario MONTI

Former European Commissioner for Internal Market, Financial Services and Taxation and Former European Commissioner for Competition, European Commission, Brussels; President, Bocconi University, Milan

 Mario Monti is president of Bocconi University, Milan. He is also European chairman of the Trilateral Commission and honorary president of Bruegel, the European think-tank he launched in 2005. As the EU-appointed coordinator for the electricity interconnection between France and Spain, he brokered an agreement between the two heads of governments in June 2008. He was a member of the Attali Committee on French economic growth, set up by President Sarkozy (2007-2008). He was for ten years a member of the European Commission, in charge of the Internal market, Financial services and Tax policy (1995-1999), then of Competition (1999-2004). In addition to a number of high-profile cases (e.g. GE/Honeywell, Microsoft, the German Landesbanken), he introduced radical modernization reforms of EU antitrust and merger control and led, with the US authorities, the creation of the International Competition Network (ICN).
 Mr. Monti graduated from Bocconi and Yale University. Prior to joining the European Commission, he had been professor of economics and rector at Bocconi University.

Dr. Rainer MÜNZ

Member, Advisory Committee, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1978 Ph.D., University of Vienna
1979-1989 Research Fellow, Austrian Academy of Sciences
1980-1998 Lecturer, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt and University of Vienna
1986-1987 Visiting Professor, University of Bamberg
1986, 1989 and 1997-1998 Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley
1988-1989 Visiting Professor, University of Frankfurt am Main
1989-1997 Lecturer, Technical University, Vienna
1990-1992 Director, Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Science
1992 Visiting Professor, University of Zurich
1992-2003 Head, Department of Demography, Humboldt University, Berlin
1995, 1997 Visiting Professor, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt
2000-2001 Visiting Professor, University of Vienna
2001-2002 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Mathematics of Finance, Technical University, Vienna
since 2003 Senior Fellow, HWWI - Hamburg Institute of International Economics
since 2005 Senior Researcher, Erste Group Bank AG
2008-2010 Member, Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030, European Union
since 2009 Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
since 2010 Visiting Professor, University of St. Gallen
since 2010 Member of the Advisory Committee, Alpbach Financial Market Symposium, Vienna

Dr. Wolfgang SCHUSTER

Oberbürgermeister der Landhauptstadt Stuttgart

1969-1973 Studien der Rechts- und Staatswissenschaften in Tübingen, Genf und Freiburg (erstes Staatsexamen, Freiburg); hochschulpolitisch tätig als stellvertretender Vorsitzender des Großen Senats der Universität Freiburg
1974-1976 Referendarzeit im baden-württembergischen Staatsdienst in Ulm; Promotion im Zivilrecht; zweites juristisches Staatsexamen in Stuttgart
1975-1980 Stadtrat in Ulm
1976-1977 Studium an der Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in Paris (Schwerpunkte: Verwaltungsführung, internationale Wirtschaftspolitik)
1978-1980 Referent im Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg unter den Ministerpräsidenten Dr. Hans Filbinger und Lothar Späth
1980-1986 Leitender Stadtdirektor der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart; Leitung des Persönlichen Referats von Oberbürgermeister Dr. Manfred Rommel
1986-1993 Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Schwäbisch Gmünd
1993-1996 Bürgermeister für Kultur, Bildung und Sport der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart
seit 1997 Oberbürgermeister der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart (gewählt bis 2013)


Former President of the Republic of Latvia; Vice-Chairperson, EU Reflection Group, Riga

1965-1998 Professor of Psychology, Univ. de Montréal, Canada
1984-1989 Vice-chair, Science Council of Canada
1998-1999 Director of Latvian Institute, Riga
1999-2007 President of Latvia

Thomas MAYER

Senior Editor "Europe and NATO", DER STANDARD, Brussels

from 1982 Studies in philosophy and German literature
from 1984 Journalist for the weekly "Der Falter", Vienna
1986-1987 "Kleine Zeitung", Graz
1987 Free lancer at the weekly "profil"
since 1988 Staff-member at the newly published daily "Der Standard", Vienna
1994-2002 European Editor in Brussels for "Der Standard"
since 2002 Managing editor, head of newsroom, "Der Standard", Vienna
since 2009 Editor for Europe and NATO, "Der Standard", Vienna

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