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Yves Bertoncini

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Yves Bertoncini has been Director of the Jacques Delors Institute since April 2011. He assists the ...
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European Union and Citizens

Yves Bertoncini on Public Service Europe : "The search for EU's new frontiers"

on June 1, 2011, 13:21
Article - Yves Bertoncini

Article of Yves Bertoncini, on the EU's main challenges, published by Public Service Europe, june 1th 2011.


Read the article on Public Service Europe or download it.

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1.The European Union has traditionally been inward-looking but now the challenges it faces are global, argues Yves Bertoncini


The European Union was born almost 20 years ago, a product of the Maastricht treaty and the re-birth of the old European Economic Community which was established in the 1950s. It is now facing, at the same time, a post-teenage and a midlife crisis – quite a big existential challenge, for sure, made up of a series of smaller ones. In such a context, it is essential to see "far and wide" - answering the invitation of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa.

It is tempting to summarise these challenges by saying that the EU is looking for a new frontier, the concept made famous by John F Kennedy in 1960 in an attempt to give a new vision and breath to his country. This new frontier could be found in the role the EU plays in globalisation – but also in the way that being a member of the EU can be perceived as a useful specificity. Unsurprisingly, the challenges linked to the definition of the EU's borders are significant in this regard."


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