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European Values: Acquis or Cheap Talk?

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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Do our multicultural societies actually have common European values? Are these values necessary and worth fighting for? Do we maybe even need stronger values or some kind of European identity? What does solidarity mean nowadays?

Speakers

Former President, EBRD - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London; President, PlaNet Finance Group, Paris
Director, ResPublica, London
Prorector for Education, University of Copenhagen Abstract
90% of the world s wealth will soon be generated outside Europe. It s time for Europe to follow the  Elvis principle   A little less Conversation; a little More Action . However, Europe is stuck. Although the European nation states can only compete if we deepen cooperation (for instance through a liberalisation of the service sector) Europe is often portrayed as a villain. This is largely due to national politicians who refrain from putting Europe on the agenda during for instance national elections. Europe can only get out of the crisis if we stop this  cheap talk and concentrate on Europe s core problems.
Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, Lancaster Abstract
To date, the concept of a European identity (or different European identities) remains vague and obscure. Who is European and who is not? Where does Europe start and where does it end? What values do the Europeans/EU-citizens share and who is excluded from the European community? This brief statement discusses the context of the Nobel Peace Prize which was awarded to the European Union 10 December 2012. In this context, I would like to challenge the  values and principles which underlie current hegemonic European policies and ask why the Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union: as recognition for past achievements or as motivation for new future policies? Or both? What are the consequences of the Peace Prize?

To illustrate my assumption that the values of the EU have changed drastically, from  securing peace in Europe and the implementation of the Fundamental Rights Charta to  providing prosperity in a Knowledge-based Economy in recent years, I will provide some evidence from speeches at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in October 2012, from David Cameron s EU speech in 23 January 2013, and from the trajectory of an appeal to the European Parliament  to counter the rise of xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and antiziganism in EU-member states  which was drafted by over 40 prominent European scholars in November 2012. These snapshots will allow for a viable entry-point to engage with possible visions and imaginaries of the EU in the near future.
Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath Chair

Jacques ATTALI

Former President, EBRD - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London; President, PlaNet Finance Group, Paris

 Studied Economics at the University of Paris
 Teacher of Economy at Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées & University of Paris Dauphine
1981-1991 Special Advisor to the President of the French Republic, Francois Mitterand
1984 Founder of Eureka (main European program on new technologies)
1989 Launched an international program against massive floods in Bengladesh
1990 Founder & president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London
1998 Founder of PlaNet Finance

Phillip BLOND

Director, ResPublica, London

 Phillip is an internationally recognised political thinker and social and economic commentator. He bridges the gap between politics and practice, offering strategic consultation and policy formation to governments, businesses and organisations across the world. He founded ResPublica in 2009 and is an academic, journalist and author. Prior to entering politics and public policy he was a senior lecturer in theology and philosophy - teaching at the Universities of Exeter and Cumbria.

PhD Lykke FRIIS

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

Dr. Dr. h.c. Ruth WODAK

Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, Lancaster

1971-1972 Research Fellow in the Linguistics and Indo-Germanic Department, University of Vienna
1974 PhD (Sub Auspiciis Praesidentis Rei Publicae) in Linguistics, University of Vienna
1980 Habilitation in  Applied Linguistics, including Socio- and Psycholinguistics , at the University of Vienna
1975-1983 Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Vienna
  Department of Linguistics, University of Vienna, Austria
1983-1991 Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics, with emphasis on Discourse Analysis,
1991 Offer of a chair at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA as "Full Professor" for Applied Linguistics (not accepted)
1991-2004 Full Professor of Applied Linguistics, Chair, University of Vienna
 Since 2000 Co-Director of Austrian National Focal Point, EUMC (since 2007 FRA), Vienna
1992-1993 Austrian Chair, Stanford University
1997-2003 Director of Research Centre "Discourse, Politics, Identity", University of Vienna
1999-2002 Research Professorship, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
2003-2005 Permanent Research Fellow, Collegium Budapest
2005 Offer of Canadian Research Chair, University of Waterloo (not accepted)
2004-2007 Chair in Discourse Studies, LAEL, Lancaster University
 Since 2007 Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, LAEL, Lancaster University
2008 Kerstin Hesselgren Chair of the Swedish Parliament

BA Peter WOODWARD

Independent Facilitator, Quest Associates, Bath

 Peter Woodward is an experienced independent facilitator. He specialises in the design and delivery of effective participative processes through his own business, Quest Associates Ltd. Assignments range from helping small teams to develop a strategy through to major multi-stakeholder international conferences. Peter supports clients from all sectors including local citizen groups, business, through to the European Commission. He is particularly active with clients who are working towards social, environmental and economic sustainability goals. Recent clients include the European Sustainable Development Network, EC EcoAP Green Innovation programme, the UK Charity Bank, The European Business Network and the Church of England. He has established a special reputation for bringing energy, enjoyment and added value into the conference setting.

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kategorie: Alle BreakoutPlenary

19.08.2013

14:30 - 14:45OpeningPlenary
14:45 - 16:30European Values: Acquis or Cheap Talk?Plenary
17:00 - 18:30The European Union's Future Role in a Global EconomyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00"Foreign" by Miriam FassbenderPlenary

20.08.2013

09:00 - 10:30Europe in the MediaPlenary
11:00 - 13:00Working Group 01a: The European Union - With or Without Me?Breakout
11:00 - 13:00Working Group 02: Europe after the Crisis - "More Europes" or "More Europe"?Breakout
11:00 - 13:00Working Group 03a: Higher Vocational Education and Training in Europe: Which Way Forward?Breakout
11:00 - 13:00Working Group 04a: Is there a Future for the European Welfare State?Breakout
11:00 - 13:00Working Group 05: What Role for Social Partners in the European Union 2.0 of the Future?Breakout
11:00 - 13:00Working Group 06: Coordinating Economic Policies within the EUBreakout
11:00 - 13:00Working Group 07: The Financial Crisis as Litmus-Test: The Union between Austerity and GrowthBreakout
11:00 - 13:00Working Group 08: The Achillees Heel of the European Project: Youth Unemployment in EuropeBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Working Group 01b: The European Union - With or Without Me?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Working Group 03b: Higher Vocational Education and Training in Europe: Which Way Forward?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Working Group 04b: Is there a Future for the European Welfare State?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Working Group 09: A New Culture for Investment and InnovationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Working Group 10: The EU s Role in Global Governance: Working With Strategic PartnersBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Working Group 11: Changing Values - Focus on IncentivesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Working Group 12: Coordinating European Pension Policies - A Bridge so Near?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Working Group 13: Horizon 2020: The Ambitious Goals of the EU Innovation PolicyBreakout

21.08.2013

09:30 - 13:00The EU's WMD strategy - Lessons Learnt from Outreach Programmes in Export Control
10:00 - 10:30Europe: A Phoenix from the Ashes?Plenary
10:30 - 12:30The Future of Europe: A Grassroots PerspectivePlenary
12:30 - 12:35ClosingPlenary