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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 sera modéré par Pierre Defraigne, Directeur Exécutif, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

Le débat se tiendra en français.

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Frais de participation: €10 / Etudiants: €3. Un buffet-sandwiches sera disponible à partir de 12h30.

 
Towards What Capital Markets Union?
25 February 2015, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

A capital markets union is among the top priorities of the Juncker Commission. According to its proponents, a range of rules should be harmonised in order to help a shift towards securitisation, making European businesses and households less dependent on bank credit and more able to finance themselves on financial markets. What approach should be developed, and with what sequencing? Is the harmonisation of rules enough, or should a more integrated regulatory and supervisory framework be developed as well? Is securitisation a priority, or rather should the EU concentrate its efforts on the completion of the banking union, considering the persistent dominance of the banking system over the access to finance in the EU?

Citizen’s Controversy with Martin Merlin, Director for Financial Markets at the EU Commission, and Nicolas Veron, Senior Fellow at Bruegel.  

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

The debate will be held in English.

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TTIP: Who Supervises Regulatory Convergence?
16 February 2015, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

Under TTIP, the EU and the US will be required to unconditionally recognise each other’s standards, procedures and conformity assessment tests on products. Due to the considerably diverging societal preferences of the partners, the search for this regulatory congruence will prove to be one of the most controversial and politically sensitive aspects of negotiations. According to Article 43 of the mandate, a Regulatory Cooperation Council will be created to supervise the regulatory adaptation process, raising fundamental transparency and accountability issues. Will this institution merely be executive, or will it de facto extend its mandate to a legislative nature? What mandate should this entity be given, and whom should it be composed of, in order to respect the democratic prerogatives of the partners’ constitutional letter?

Citizen’s Controversy with Jean De Munck, Professor of Sociology of Law at the Université Catholique de Louvain, and Joana Mendes, Associate Professor of EU Law at the University of Amsterdam.  

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

The debate will be held in English.

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Bosnia in Turmoil: Does the EU's Transformative Power Still Exist?
6 February 2015, Brussels, 12:30 - 14:00     

Trapped between a dysfunctional institutional architecture and a depressed economy, Bosnia is at increasingly high risk of falling into a spiral of civil unrest. A slow pace towards disintegration seems to threaten the country’s future, despite the large amounts of foreign aid disbursement and a supportive neighbourhood policy by the EU. As such, the EU’s transformative power is called into question in the Western Balkans, where it was deemed to be more effective than anywhere else. What went wrong with the constitutional system of “constituent people”? How can a politically sustainable constitutional foundation, that is able to go beyond the Dayton arrangements, be defined? Would such a transition be better managed within or outside the framework of the EU accession process?

Citizen’s Controversy with Jacques Rupnik, Director of Studies at Sciences-po, and Erwan Fouéré, Senior Associate Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).  

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

The debate will be held in English.

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The 4th Plenum: what does the rule of law mean in China?
4 February 2015, 10:00 - 12:30, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation, Brussels

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The 4th Plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee, which took place on 20-23 October 2014 in Beijing, was the CPC’s first plenary session which focused on the rule of law. At the closing of the plenum, the CPC published a communiqué on “comprehensively advancing the rule of law in China”, followed by a “Decision of the CPC Central Committee on Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Advancing the Rule of Law” on 28 October. The reform plan promises to enhance court independence from interfering local governments, increase judicial openness and transparency, improve fairness to individual litigants, and further professionalise the judicial decision-making. The 4th Plenum did not set out an accurate timetable but the process is intended to be gradual and incremental. This shift from the “rule of man” to the “rule of law with Chinese characteristics” could be a great drive for the reforms launched in 2013 during the 3rd Plenum. But what does China mean by “rule of law”? Which reforms are going to be implemented to build a socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics? And how are these measures related to President Xi Jinping’s broader reform programme?

A delegation of six Chinese experts, led by Mr Gong Pixiang will be participating in this Expert Roundtable. 

Mr Gong Pixiang (Deputy Director, Standing Committee and Member, Leading Party Group of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Congress) will introduce latest developments of Law-Based Governance in China, while Mr Zhang Yansheng (Secretary-General, NDRC Academic Committee) will eleborate on the relation between rule of law and economic reforms in China.

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne (Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation).

Comments by Prof. François van der Mensbrugghe (Professor of Law, University of Saint-Louis) and Mr Benjamin Hartmann (Member, Legal Service of the European Commission) will introduce the debate, which will be held in English.

Speakers' bios

Mr Gong Pixiang is Deputy Director of the Standing Committee and Member of the Leading Party Group of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Congress. He holds a doctorate in law and he is a law professor and a PhD supervisor. He was President and Party Secretary of Nanjing Normal University from 1998 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2013 he was President and Party Secretary of the Jiangsu Province Higher People’s Court as well as Secondary Justice of P.R. China. Mr. Gong now also holds the position of Vice President of the Chinese Association for the Study of Jurisprudence, Vice President of the Chinese Association for Education and Research of Law, and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Branch of International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. 

Mr Zhang Yansheng is Secretary-General of the Academic Committee of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). He is an expert on international finance and trade and he is a distinguished professor at Peking University and Tsinghua University. Mr. Zhang was born in March 1955. He received a Master's Degree in Economics in Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1984. He lectured at the Department of Economic Management and the Department of Finance in Central University of Finance and Economics from 1984 to 1996. From 1986 to 1988, he studied at the School of Economics of the University of Colorado and the Department of Economics of the University of Toronto and he later worked at World Bank EDI. From 1996 to 2011, he worked at the Institute of Foreign Economy of the NDRC as Head of the Research Office, Deputy Director and Director. He was appointed Secretary-General of the Academic Committee of NDRC in 2012.

François van der Mensbrugghe studied law and economics in France (Aix-en-Provence and Paris), Belgium (Louvain-la-Neuve) and in the UK (London School of Economics). He worked as an attorney at the Paris Bar (France) for several years and he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York, in the Spring of 1993 and at the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C., in the Winter of 1998. In the mid-1990s, he worked as an expert at the European Commission, working in DG XIII (Telecommunications, Information Market and Exploitation of Research), in the Unit headed by Dr. Herbert Ungerer and Jean-Eric de Cockborne (Regulatory Aspects). Following this, he returned to the academic world and completed a doctoral dissertation (JsD) on the concept of “universal service”, taken from a Comparative law perspective (EU/USA). Professor van der Mensbrugghe is currently working as Professor of Law at the University of Saint-Louis in Brussels, as well as the University of Liège (Ulg). His principal courses are: European Union Law, Common Law, and Comparative Law. In addition to this, he is also a member of the “Faculté internationale de Droit comparé” (FIDC) in Strasbourg, member of the Revue de droit international et de droit comparé, and treasurer at the Center for American Studies (CAS) in Brussels. 

Benjamin Hartmann is a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission. He studied at the University of Bonn (Germany), at the Sorbonne (France), and at the University of Oxford (UK). Before joining the European Commission in 2008, he worked as a researcher on international law at New York University and at the European University Institute. From 2006 to 2008, Mr Hartmann worked as a researcher on Chinese law at the Heidelberg Max Planck Institute. His work on rule of law issues in China and the EU also led to a short term secondment to the German Embassy to Beijing. From 2011 to 2012, the European Commission seconded Mr Hartmann to work as an assistant to the President of the German Constitutional Court. Mr Hartmann is a member of the "Deutsch-Chinesische Juristenvereinigung" and the "European China Law Studies Association" and has been teaching at the Goettingen Summer School on Chinese Law. 


 
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