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Renaud Dehousse

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European Union and Citizens

Brussels, 28 February 2012 - Community Method, Governance, Efficiency and Democratic Legitimacy

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Closed seminar on the Community Method organised by Notre Europe and the BEPA, Tuesday 28 February 2012, 9.30 – 17.30, Berlaymont – Robert Schuman Room, Rue de la Loi 200 – 1049 Brussels.

This seminar joins in the debate on the community method launched by Notre Europe in 2011.

Antonio Vitorino, President, Renaud Dehousse,Technical Adviser, and Philippe de Schoutheette, member of our board of directors, will speak during this closed seminar.

The seminar will seek to deepen the understanding of the community method, by analysing how it has evolved as a result of developments in the European Union over the last decade or so. In this context, it will address in particular the issues of adaptation, effectiveness as well as legitimacy.

The seminar will ask questions and seek to offer some possible answers about the renewal of the community method, its current limitations, and its added value compared to other processes and 'methods'. The discussion will take place within the EU's political context, namely respect for principles such as equality among Member States, conformity with the "acquis communautaire", but also the demands for more democratic legitimacy and more effective economic governance.


09.30-10.00 Welcome and registration

10.00-10.15  Opening remarks by Notre Europe and BEPA

10.15-11.00 Keynote address by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

11.15-13.00  Community Method 2.0: Originality and Evolution

Moderator: Stefanie Bolzen, Die Welt

Renaud Dehousse, Sciences Po Paris / Notre Europe

Philippe De Schoutheete, Egmont

Franz Mayer, University of Bielefeld

13.00-14.45  Lunch – Discussion between

Catherine Day, European Commission

Klaus Welle, European Parliament

Uwe Korsepius, Council of the European Union

15.00-16.45  New Challenges to the Community Method: Legitimacy and Effectiveness

Moderator: Quentin Peel, Financial Times 

Jean-Paul Jacqué, College of Europe / TEPSA

Miguel Maduro, European University Institute

Kalypso Nicoilaidis, University of Oxford

16.45-17.30  Conclusion by António Vitorino, President of Notre Europe

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