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The first debate took place on Tuesday 30 January 2007
The topic of these events launch was : "Turkey 's Accession and the European Union's Integration Capacity".
Guest speakers: ALP Yaprak, Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Turkey to the EU and STUBB Alexander, Member of the European Parliament (PPE-DE, FIN).
 
 24th CIFE Lunchtime Debate -  Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Is Federalism the Solution to the Crisis?
Prof. Dusan SIDJANSKI, Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission – Hon. President of the Centre Européen de la Culture
&  François SAINT-OUEN, Secretary-General of the Centre Européen de la Culture and the Denis de Rougemont Foundation - Lecturer at the European Institute, University of Geneva.
François Saint-Ouen  is the author of L’Avenir fédéraliste de l’Europe II – Du Traité de Maastricht à celui de Lisbonne - Bruylant, Bruxelles, 2011 (Foreword and Postscript by Dusan Sidjanski).
50 participants, featuring 8 CIFE Alumni, took part in the 24th Midi du CIFE, which on a one-off occasion took place at the European Commission’s Belgian Representation. Both invitees, François Saint-Ouen and Professor Dusan Sidjanski assessed that the discussion circa intergovernmentalism would merely reproduce solutions equivalent to those of the on-going financial crisis but that resorting to a federalist approach would be able to remedy the global crisis simultaneously preserving the principles of unity and diversity in Europe.
Professor Sidjanski expressed ample concern about the current situation in Greece. In particular, and beyond the issues of the Euro and of the debt, he notes a degree of destabilisation – quote - “flakiness in the political system and a breakdown of solidarity within Greek society”.
Final list of Participants
 23rd CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Wednesday 28 March 2012 - Memory and Policies: Reflections on the Eurozone Crisis and the Greek Case
Catherine GUISAN,
Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota
Catherine Guisan is the author of:
. Un sens à l’Europe: Gagner la paix (1950-2003), Paris: Odile Jacob 2003, and
.  A Political Theory of Identity in European Integration: Memory and Policies, London and New York: Routledge, 2011.
 22nd CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Friday 16 December 2011 - Perspectives for European Governance

Richard CORBETT,
Member of the Cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.
"The steps taken over the last months – each one perhaps small in itself – amount cumulatively to a significant change already in our governance structures",
Herman Van Rompuy at the European Parliament, 16.11.2011

 21st CIFE Lunchtime Debate -  Wednesday 22 June 2011 - Investing more in Education and Youth Mobility
Doris PACK, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the EP Committee on Culture and Education. 2011 Jean Monnet Award Winner.
"Even in times of economic crisis, financing youth and education should not be considered as a cost in the present time but as an investment in the future of Europe" - EP Committee on Culture and Education, 13.04.2011
Some 40 participants participated in this debate which was organised by the CIFE Brussels office.
Doris Pack (PPE, DE) declared that the EP is really trying to improve the situation for students as far as possible. The EP is also trying to make the next education programmes user-friendly and to use synergies so that all the money available to education can benefit to all specific programmes within the current Lifelong Learning Programme which have the right to exist. If the political will of the EP is clear, the one of the member states still needs to be verified...
 20th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 1 February 2011 - Inter-institutional Cooperation under the Lisbon Treaty
Maroš ŠEFCOVIC,
Vice-President of the European Commission, Responsible for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration.
The growing importance and complexity of inter-institutional relations requires a real culture of cooperation and a smooth system of internal communication between all European institutions - Maroš Šefcovic.
Final list of participants
 
 19th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Wednesday 23 March 2011 - The European Union: a Legislative Giant, a Budgetary Midget?
Alain LAMASSOURE,
Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of the Committee on Budgets.
In the past "finance ministers were reluctant to pay," but today in the context of the current crisis, "they are unable to pay."
If the deadlock surrounding the European budget is to be broken, the first line of attack must target the chains that bind it to national contributions.
Alain Lamassoure (quoted by Alain Frachon, Le Monde, 24.09.2010)
 18th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Friday 2 December 2010 - The Slovak miracle: how Slovakia joined the euro area
Jean-Antoine GIANSILY,
author of “Chroniques slovaques" (2010) former MEP - The Slovak miracle: how Slovakia joined the euro area.
Chroniques slovaques » published Colonna édition
Final list of participants :
 17th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Wednesday 9 June 2010 - Europe 2020 Strategy
Mario SEPI,
President of the European Economic and Social Committee
Europe 2020 Strategy: for a sustainable economic and social stimulus plan.
 16th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Thursday 25 March 2010 - The EU towards Sustainable Development Discourse
Extraordinary Lunchtime Debate
The EU towards Sustainable Development Discourse - Strategy - Action,
Jo LEINEN, MEP, Chairman of the EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety& the Directors of the CIFE – Asko Europa-Stiftung research project on Sustainable Development Discourses in European Countries.
*The outcome of the research has been published simultaneously by Nomos and in “L’Europe en formation”, CIFE’s journal of studies.- Final list of participants
 15th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 8 December 2009 - EU of the Lisbon Treaty
EU of the Lisbon Treaty : What International Power?
Prof. Mario TELÒ,
Vice-President of the Institute for European Studies, ULB Ad personam Jean Monnet Chair.
Document :
 
 14th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Thursday 12 November 2009 - Multilevel Governance for Building Europe in Partnership
Extraordinary CIFE Lunchtime Debate
Luc Van den Brande, President of the EU Committee of the Regions
Make your voice heard with the White Paper on Multilevel governance!  
www.cor.europa.eu/governance
Speech by Luc Van den Brande :
 
 13th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 6 October 2009 - Copenhagen

Copenhagen: Will the EU be a Climate Change Leader ?
Monica FRASSONI,
Former President of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, Trustee of Friends of Europe.
Final list of participants:

Photo de droite : parmi les participants, Jan Westenbroek (1er à gauche),  Anne-Marie Banescu (3ème), Delphine Chalençon (5ème).

 12th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Wednesday 8 July 2009 - A new Parliament: for witch Europe?
Annemie NEYTS-UYTTEBROECK,
MEP (ALDE, B),
President of the European Liberal Democrats (ELDR Party).
Final list of participants :
 11th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 31 March 2009 - The EU at risk?
«The EU at risk? Treaty of Lisbon, EP Elections, Financial Crisis »
Guest speaker :
Elmar Brok, MEP.
 10th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 2 December 2008 - The EU's Next Enlargement?
The EU's Next Enlargement :
What Prospects for the Western Balkans ?
Graham AVERY
,
Secretary General of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA),
Hon. Director General of the European Commission.
 9th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 7 October 2008
3 sujets explosifs de l’actualité européenne :
Géorgie, Traité de Lisbonne, Crise financière
Ferdinando RICCARDI,

Journaliste et Editorialiste de l’Agence Europe.
Final list of participants
 8th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 3 June 2008 - the role of EU Institutions - Helping create a European Public Space
Guest: Mr Claus Haugaard SøRENSEN,
Director-General, DG Communication, European Commission.
While we Europeans certainly debate a lot, most of our discussions take place within national circles. We lack a common European public space- an intellectual agora – and we do so at a time when the case for Europe is being contested and needs re-stating.
Javier Solana- Secretary-General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for the Common Foreign & Security Policy.
 7th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 6 May 2008 - EU Enlargement: how far can it go?
Alain SERVANTIE,
Adviser, DG Enlargement, European Commission
In future enlargement policy, we must take into consideration the EU's capacity to integrate new Members.
When doing this, it is of paramount importance that we also keep our own strategic interest in mind.
Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner for Enlargement, 8 April 2008
 6th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 29 January 2008 - The Treaty of Lisbon: what next ?
Jo LEINEN, MEP,
Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs Despite being negotiated on the intergovernmental level,
the new treaty represents a victory for representative democracy in Europe (Jo Leinen, 1 November 2007).
Summary : - Final list of participants :
 
 5th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 27 November 2007 - Citizens and the Future of Europe
The lessons from the 1st Deliberative Poll, Tomorrow’s Europe,
Henri MONCEAU, Programme Director for Transnational Governance and Deliberative Democracy,
Notre EuropeTomorrow’s Europe is the 1st Pan-European Deliberative Poll on the future of Europe.
www.tomorrowseurope.eu - Notre Europe is a think tank dedicated to European unity. It was founded by Jacques Delors.
Final list of participants
 4th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - 9 October 2007 - Educating today the Europeans of tomorow to construct Europe
Educating today the Europeans of tomorow to construct Europe
Guest : Jan FIGEL,
Member of the European Commission 
Final list of participants - Summary
 
 3rd CIFE Lunchtime Debate - 6 June 2007 - Europe and the Global Challenges
Guest speaker Prof. Riccardo PETRELLA calls for an alternative EU's global role focussing on fewer global issues and more coherent policies.
The 3rd CIFE Lunchtime Debate - organised by the CIFE Brussels Office and the Brussels Alumni Group of CIFE in cooperation with the University Foundation -, welcomed Prof. Riccardo PETRELLA as guest speaker.
Prof. Riccardo PETRELLA, Founder of the Lisbon Group, Secretary general of the International Committee for the Golbal Water Contract, and -among other titles- Alumnus of CIFE (University College of Federalist Studies, Aoste 1963 and Sèvres 1964), identified and discussed his alternative vision for the EU's global role. In the audience of 45 people, there were 13 Alumni of CIFE, 1 student of the Master 2006-07 in Istanbul, 1 Bureau member and 3 officials of CIFE. There were also several distinguished professors of universities (Louvain, Gand , Anvers, Bruxelles, Bruges, Harvard...), 1 MEP from Portugal, officials of the EU institutions, etc.
The global economy of natural resources has to be inspired by a "human" perspective reflecting human rights, social cohesion, democratic participation, rule of law and a value-based ecological balance . Europe has to develop such a global strategy to save the living perspectives of its people.
Following Riccardo PETRELLA Europe is in urgent need for such a comprehensive global strategy for the 21st century. He votes for an improved policy agenda of the Union. The EU should focus on fewer "global" issues and be more coherent . The EU's strategies to beat famine, diseases, to prevent ecological disasters are not sufficient. EU-water policy for example must be underpinned coherently by policies in other areas such as development, trade and energy to show results. Future institutional and structural reforms should create a more streamlined, transparent and legitimate organisation with improved multilateral cooperation mechanisms including civil society and improved lesson-learning between the Member States to better meet global challenges. Petrella warned: "Time is out!", il est urgent que l'Europe développe une telle stratégie globale pour le 21ème siècle.
Final list of participants
 2nd CIFE Lunchtime Debate - 27 March 2007 - How to rescue the European Constitution: "Mini-treaty" or "Constitution Plus"?

Guest speaker Andrew DUFF, MEP (ALDE, UK) calls for a roadmap with a clear timetable at the end of the German Presidency.
Europe should not give up to fight for the Constitutional Treaty, should continue to transform itself in order to adapt to future challenges, participants agreed at the second CIFE Lunchtime Debate organised by the CIFE Brussels Office and the Brussels Alumni Group of CIFE on . 25 people, including 7 CIFE Alumni attended the conference.
Guest speaker Andrew DUFF, MEP, ALDE Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs, stated that the Berlin Declaration from last Sunday reflects a strong scepticism towards institutional reform by states like the Czech Republic, Poland, the UK and the Netherlands. Nevertheless, reforming the Union is at stake. Duff's fervent plea for a "Constitution Plus" rejects the recent arguments for a "Mini-treaty" as being "dubious law, poor tactics and bad politics". Instead, Duff proposes to ring-fence part I and II of the Constitutional Treaty from being opened up again and strongly advocates a " small number of highly significant improvements" to the remaining parts, the most important of which are a simplified revision procedure, referring to full employment (Art. III-177), including the Lisbon goals, formalizing the Euro Group, declaring the social dimension of the Union, including common energy policy and reforming CAP. Having a roadmap with a clear timetable to be agreed at the end of the German Presidency would be the best to be achieved at the moment , Duff pointed out. Hopefully, the Union does not commit an historical mistake by further stalling the constitutional question. It is high time for the Europe to take a decisive initiative. Tanya WITTAL-DÜERKOPP, Group of CIFE Alumni in Brussels, Bruno BOISSIERE, Director of the office of CIFE in Brussels.

 1st CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 30 January 2007

The first debate took place on Tuesday 30 January 2007
The topic of these events launch was : "Turkey 's Accession and the European Union's Integration Capacity".
Guest speakers:
ALP Yaprak, Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Turkey to the EU
STUBB Alexander, Member of the European Parliament (PPE-DE, FIN)
TURKEY’S ACCESSION AND THE EUROPEAN UNION’S INTEGRATION CAPACITY - 30 january 2007 - Final participants list
Dépêche diffusée le 1er février 2007 par ABHABER.com, EU-Turkey News Network, relative au premier "Midi du CIFE" organisé à Bruxelles le 30 janvier dernier sur le sujet "Turkey's Accession and the EU's Integration Capacity"

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