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The European Union – What is missing?

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Raiffeisensaal
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in englischer Sprache

Vortragende

Initiator, Initiative "A Soul for Europe", Berlin
Member, Social Democratic Group, Austrian National Council; Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
Research Fellow, CEPS - The Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels Abstract
Die Fragestellung des Impulsstatement wäre wie folgt  The Europen Union  What is missing? Is it citizens trust in EU institutions? . Inmitten dieser Thematik werde ich vielleicht einige Sätze zum eklatanten Unterschied zwischen Sozialstaatsausgaben auf nationaler vs. Europäischer Ebene einfliessen lassen mit einem kurzem Ausblick ob ein stärkeres  Europäisches Sozialmodell vertrauensschaffend wirkend würde. Desweiteren einige Sätze zum Erstarken nationalstaatlichen Handelns (nationale Bankenrettungs- und Stimulipläne) nach dem Zusammenbruch von Lehmann Brothers im Oktober 2008 und dem Scheitern der Europäischen Institutionen eine Europäischen koordinierten Rettungsplan zu implementieren.
Senator and Chairperson of the Committee on EU Affairs, The Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Prague Abstract
1) Great expectations connected with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty can meet frustrating disappointment if the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality are not sufficiently respected.

2) The efficient application of the above mentioned principles should reach at least such level that corresponds to the practice of subsidiarity control in federally organized countries.

3) These principles should be taken into account for the future amendments of the EU Founding Treaties as well. Treaty revisions should enable the national parliaments to follow the idea of full-duplex channel, it means to transfer competences not only to the EU level, but - if necessary - to transfer them back to the national level. The EU Founding Treaty should not be considered as an one-way ticket. Let us draw consequences from the concurrence of centralistic constitution and more plural reality in the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy in the nineteenth century.

3) The sovereignty of national states shall be respected in those areas that are deeply connected with core of their identity, where different cultural and social traditions persist as judicated by the German Federal Constitutional Court in the Lisbon case. We are looking forward to the empathy of the European Court of Justice confronting the sensitive human rights issues and the criminal and civil matters.

4) We believe the representative democracy symbolizes the common inherited link of European countries. The legitimacy transfered by the national parliaments to the EU level and accomplished by the directly elected European parliament is the key point for diminishing the deficit of democracy at EU level. The instruments of the direct democracy cannot be introduced by decision-making procedures relating to the EU affairs, because of the lack of preconditions of the truly European awareness of citizens. There is a permanent risk of populism misusing the mechanisms of direct democracy.

5) Nevertheless, the future changes of the EU Founding Treaties cannot neglect or miss the citizens´ expectations. The cooperation of the EU Member States has to be perceived as the tool for guaranteeing the stability and prosperity of Europe. The current financial crisis can be reflected under the described circumstances as the catalyst of the bad decisions taken in the past, and as the inspiration for the vigilant future leadership.
Director, CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich Abstract
Die Europäische Union (EU) stand im Jahr 2009 in Schlüsselbereichen ihrer Politik vor wichtigen Entscheidungen. Gerade angesichts der weltweiten Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise erwies sich die Union allerdings als unentschlossen. Doch nur ein koordinierter europäischer Ansatz kann dabei helfen, Handlungsfähigkeit zu sichern und den Weg aus der Krise zu finden. Dies erfordert die Klärung grundlegender konzeptioneller Fragen. Europa benötigt einen Konsens über eine tragende Idee. Gelingt es der EU nicht, sich darauf zu verständigen, steht vieles auf dem Spiel. Es geht um Europas weltpolitische Mitverantwortung, seine Handlungsfähigkeit und seine Möglichkeit, Identität zu stiften. Europa braucht daher eine neue perspektivische Transparenz.
Professor of Political Science, Department of Government, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna; Director, Institute for European Integration Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna Chair

Dr. Volker HASSEMER

Initiator, Initiative "A Soul for Europe", Berlin

1981-1983 Senator for Urban Development and Environmental Protection, Berlin
1983-1989 Senator for Cultural Affairs, Berlin
1991-1996 Senator for Urban Development and Environmental Protection, Berlin
1996-2002 General Manager "Partner für Berlin" Association Hauptstadt-Marketing mbH
since 2002 Chairman of "Stiftung Zukunft Berlin". Initiating and managing projects between civic projects and policy-makers on the issues of Berlin
since 2009 Chairman of the Board of Managers of the E.E.I.G. "A Soul for Europe", an Initiative that fosters the use of culture as an essential factor for the European development

Dr. Christoph MATZNETTER

Member, Social Democratic Group, Austrian National Council; Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

1978-1983 Degree in Political Science, University of Vienna
1980-1985 Trainee Auditor and Tax Consultant
since 1985 Registered Auditor & Tax Consultant
since 1995 Software Writer - Registered as IT Services Business since 2003
  Party Executive Committee, & SPÖ Party Treasurer
  Member, Supervisory Board, SPÖ Party Executive Committee
since 2000 Member, Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ)
2001-2002 Research for Thesis (Ph.D.)
since 2002 Elected Representative, National Council, SPÖ, Legislative Period XXII- XVIII
since 2005 Chairman, SPÖ Wirtschaftsverband Österreich (Social Democratic Party Business Federation)
2007-2008 State Secretary, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance
since 2008 Elected Representative, National Council, SPÖ, Legislative Period XXIV
since 2009 Vice-President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Dr. Felix ROTH

Research Fellow, CEPS - The Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

1997-2003 Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Germany: Study of Sociology, Economics and European Law; in 2003 awarded a Diploma in Sociology under the supervision of Prof. Ulrich Beck
2004-2007 Scholarship contract as a Fellow of the Postgraduate programme "The future of the European model" at the University of Göttingen
2004-2007 Ph.D. in Economics under the supervision of Prof. Klasen at the University of Göttingen, Germany and Prof. Tonkiss at the London School of Economics, UK. Thesis title: Social Capital, Trust and Economic Growth- A Cross-Sectional and Panel Analysis. 2005 and 2007 Visiting Researcher at the London School of Economics, UK; Exchange as part of Ph.D. in Economics
since 2007 Research Fellow at the Centre of European Policy Studies, Economic Policy Unit
since 2008 Post Doc Fellow at the University of Göttingen
2008-2009 Project Coordinator, "Who can be trusted after this financial crisis?", financed by the Austrian Ministry of Finance
2008-2011 Research Activity on intangible capita and growthl in (INNODRIVE) "Intangible Capital and Innovations: Drivers of Growth and Location in the EU (INNODRIVE)", financed within the seventh Framework Programme by the European Commission
2010-2013 Research Activity on intangible capital in (SERVICEGAP), The Impact of Service Sector Innovation and Internationalisation on Growth and Productivity, financed within the seventh Framework Programme by the European Commission
2010-2013 Research Activity on intangible capital in (INDICSER). Indicators for evaluating international performance in service sectors, financed within the seventh Framework Programme by the European Commission
since 2009 CEPS Editor of Intereconomics, Review of European Economic Policy

MUDr. Ludek SEFZIG

Senator and Chairperson of the Committee on EU Affairs, The Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Prague

 Education: Charles University, Medical Faculty Pilsen - Surgeon (MUDr. - M.D.)
 Medical Attestation of first and second degree
1982-1995 Surgeon in Hospital Rokycany
1989 Internship Karlovy Vary
1990 Internship Bad Aussee Hospital, Austria
1991 Internship Pirmasens Hospital, Germany
1990-1998 Chairman, Honourable Board of District Union, Czech Medical Chamber
since 1994 Member of municipal corporation of City of Rokycany
since 1995 Private surgeon
since 2000 Member of the Civic Democratic Party (Obcanska demokraticka strana - ODS)
  Member, Senate Committee for European Integration
  Member, Delegation of the Czech Parliament to the European Parliament
2000 Senator, Parliament of the Czech Republic
2002-2004 Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee for European Integration
2003 Observer to the European Parliament, Committee: Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy
since 2004 Chairman of the Committee on European Affaurs of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner WEIDENFELD

Director, CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich

1966-1971 Studies of political sciences, history and philosophy, University of Bonn
1971 Graduation ad Ph.D.
1975 Habilitation, Political Sciences
1975-1995 Professor of Political Sciences, Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz
1986-1988 Professeur associé, Sorbonne, Paris
1987-1999 Coordinator, German-American Cooperation in the German government
since 1995 Director, Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), University of Munich
since 1995 Professor for Political Systems and European Integration, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut, University of Munich
since 2000 permanent Guest-Professor, Remnin University of Peking
since 2012 Rector of Alma Mater Europaea, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg

Mag. Dr. Gerda FALKNER

Professor of Political Science, Department of Government, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna; Director, Institute for European Integration Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

 Gerda Falkner studied political science at the University of Vienna; post-graduate degree in European integration at the College of Europe, Bruges/Belgium; post-doc research in England 1994/95; research group director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne 1998-2003; dissertation (1992) on EU decision-making published by Europa Union Verlag, and professorial thesis (1998) on EU social policy and corporatism published by Routledge, UK; assistant professor (1992-98) and associate professor (since 1998) at the Institute of Government, University of Vienna. Gerda Falkner serves as a link between academia inside and outside the university: From 2002 to August 2008 she was Head of the Department of Political Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies. Since 2008 she has also been Director of the Institute for European Integration Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences