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Quantitative Easing: qui supporte les risques?
24 juin 2015, Bruxelles, 13:00 - 14:30     

Y-a-t-il une contradiction entre la volonté de la BCE de maintenir des politiques budgétaires strictes et cet 'assouplissement quantitatif'? En limitant le mécanisme de solidarité à 20%, le risque n'est-il pas la renationalisation de la politique monétaire par les pays mambres de la zone euro? La BCE aurait-elle dû intervenir plus tôt au vu de l'évolution du taux d'inflation inférieur au mandat qui lui a été fixé et des politiques monétaires mis en oeuvre aux Etats-Unis, au Royaume-Uni et au Japon? Quelles sont les chances de succès?

Une  Controverse citoyenne avec André Grjebine, Directeur de recherches au Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CER) de Sciences Po, et Etienne Callataÿ, économiste en chef et administrateur délégué de la Banque Degroof et responsable du département d'analyse financière. 

Le débat a été modéré par Pierre Defraigne, Directeur exécutif, Centre Madariaga-Collège d'Europe.

Le débat s'est tenu en français.

Un rapport est en préparation
 
Are we closer to or further away from a common European Defence Policy?
23 June 2015, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

Have NATO expansions (1999, 2004, and 2009) stifled the idea of a common European defence programme? Is there a strategic European interest? How has the Ukrainian crisis reflected European defence? Are the “reinforced cooperation” mechanisms, which are provided for by the Treaties, adapted to the operational challenges of the armed forces and the needs of the defence industries? What role can the European Defence Agency (EFA) play? How can one interpret the policies which have systematically ignored the majority of the population which is in favour of a more ambitious European defence project?

Citizen’s Controversy with Nicole GnessottoProfessor at CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), Chair of EU studies, specialist on strategic questions, Director of the Institut d’Etudes de Sécurité de l’UE , Vice-President of Notre Europe, Institut Jacques Delors , President of IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale), and Jo Coelmont, Senior Associate Fellow at Egmont Institute, Royal Institute for International Relations and Senior Fellow at Royal High Institute for Defence.  

The debate was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate was held in English.

A report is under preparation 

 
Combining the Juncker Plan and the “One Belt, One Road” Project: a win-win situation?
23 June 2015, Brussels, 09:30 - 11:30     

China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative is an extremely ambitious project aimed at improving mutual connectivity between Europe and China, by developing transportation and communication networks, and integrating the Eurasian continent even further.

At the other end of the Silk Road, on 26th November 2014, the European Commission presented an investment plan to boost Europe’s economy, which will unlock public and private investments in the real economy of at least €315bn over the next three years.  The EU commissioner for growth and jobs, Jyki Katainen, has announced that the “EU is open to investment; the origin of an investor is irrelevant”. 

Although no formal applications have been made, Chinese officials have been said to have shown a “genuine expression of interest” in Juncker’s Investment Plan. The President of the European Commission has already agreed in principle that the two projects could work together, stating that “it just needs transparency and the will to work together. We must engage to make sure that our plans fit at both the macro level & the operational level. If we can make it work – and I hope we can – I see huge benefits for both China and the EU.”

How might the “One Belt, One Road” project be combined with the Juncker Plan? Could the project be incorporated with the Juncker Plan? In what areas could this be done? To what extent can private Chinese investors invest in this Plan? How might the AIIB get involved?

Speakers:

Mr. Hu Hao, Mr. Wang Yiwei, Mr. Gerhard Stahl, and Luigi Gambardella

The debate was held in English.

A report is under preparation

 
The European Neighbourhood Policy: time to change tact?
22 June 2015, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

The European Neighbourhood Policy aims to “foster sustainable and resilient economies and free and inclusive societies” in sixteen of the EU’s closest neighbours. Events over the past number of years, however, in the southern and eastern neighbourhood have thwarted democratic and economic reform, with many of the Policy’s objectives becoming obsolete. If the EU is to maintain its transformative power in the region, it needs to “build an environment of security, stability and prosperity with its neighbours to the south and east.”

Where do we stand with the European Neighbourhood Policy today? What changes need to be made? What initiatives has the new Commission taken in this regard? Is the failure of the Policy to be blamed on Europe’s inaction or events independent of the EU’s involvement?  Are the deep and comprehensive trade agreements (DCFTA) working? What role has Russia played in all of this? Has progress in the Balkans slowed down?

Citizen’s Controversy with Eneko Landaburu, Special Advisor to the President and member of the Board of directors of the Jacques Delors Institute and Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director and Head of Research, Martens Centre.
 
The debate was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga-College of Europe Centre.
 
The debate was held in French and English. No translation will be provided.
 
A report is under preparation  

 

 

 

 
L'Ukraine est-elle condamnée à l'éclatement?
10 mars 2015, Bruxelles, 13:00 - 14:30     

Après une période de stabilité durant la longue présidence de Leonid Kouchma, dont les traits essentiels étaient la distribution clanique du pouvoir et la politique étrangère multi-vectorielle, la faiblesse d’une identité commune ukrainienne – exacerbée et exploitée par la Russie afin de garder l’Ukraine hors des structures euro-atlantiques – a commencé à se manifester à chaque campagne électorale et dans tous les moments de crise politique. Peut-on parler de faillite du projet d’édification de la nation ukrainienne ? Si oui, quelles sont les responsabilités des élites politiques, économiques et intellectuelles, dans cet échec ? Faut-il chercher la cause de cette fragilité dans l’histoire du pays, ou plutôt dans une mauvaise gestion politique postindépendance ? Convient-il plutôt de se pencher sur l’ingérence extérieure, et comment ces facteurs ont-ils interagi pour conduire le pays au seuil de l’éclatement ? Existe-t-il des solutions viables permettant de préserver l’intégrité territoriale de l’Ukraine ?

Une Controverse citoyenne avec Jean-Marie Chauvier, journaliste et essayiste politique, et Ioulia Shukan, Maitre de conférences en études slaves, Université Paris-Nanterre.  

Le débat a eté modéré par Pierre Defraigne, Directeur Exécutif, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

Le débat s'est tenu en français.

Un rapport est en cours de préparation

 
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