EU&ME summit

9.12.2016

Leading politicians, entrepreneurs and researchers added lustre to conference in Maastricht

Exactly twenty-five years after the Maastricht Treaty, the Limburg capital invited prominent Europeans to return to the birthplace of the modern European Union and the euro.

Participants at EU & ME included Jean Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission), Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament), Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Dutch Minister of Finance and President of the Eurogroup), Herman van Rompuy (Former President of the European Council), George Papaconstantinou (former minister of Finance of Greece) and Gordon Bajnai (former Prime Minister of Hungary). Professors Mathieu Segers, Bruno de Witte, Paul de Grauwe and Maria João Rodrigues represented the academic world. Various signatories to the Treaty were also present.

The event was opened by Theo Bovens, the King’s Commissioner for Limburg, and Annemarie Penn-Te Strake, the Mayor of Maastricht. The conference,featured keynote speeches, panel discussions, appearances by signatories to the Treaty in 1992 and a debate among young people, was chaired by Jacki Davis. EU & ME also featured music and theatre presentations by students from the United World College in Maastricht. The event was held in the MECC exhibition and convention centre.

summaries can be read here: morning programme | afternoon programme

watch the video report of the EU@ME summit

Keynote speakers

Jean Claude Juncker

President of the European Commission

Herman van Rompuy

Former President of the European Council

Martin Schulz

President of the European Parliament

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Minister of Finance of the Netherlands and President of the Eurogroup

Panel morning programme

Klaas Knot

President of De Nederlandsche Bank (The Dutch national bank)

Mathieu Segers

Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration, University College Maastricht

Paul de Grauwe

Economist, teaches at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Gordon Bajnai

Former Prime Minister of Hungary

Panel afternoon programme

Bruno de Witte

Professor of European Law at Maastricht University

Janis Emmanouilidis

Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels

Maria João Rodrigues

Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group Vice-President in charge of Economic and Social Policies

George Papaconstantinou

Former minister of Finance of Greece

Programme

  • 09:00 am | Arrival and registration MECC Maastricht
  • 10.00 am | Start of Morning Programme
    Introduction by moderator Jacki Davis
    Welcome speech by the King’s Commissioner, Theo Bovens, and the Mayor of Maastricht, Annemarie Penn-te Strake
    Retrospective based on interview with former heads of government and ministers
  • 10.45 am | Morning Programme
    Keynote speech by the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker
    Interactive panel discussion with:
    • Paul de Grauwe, Professor in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics
    • Gordon Bajnai, former Prime Minister of Hungary
    • Mathieu Segers, Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration, University College Maastricht
  • 12.00 am | Lunch
    Lunch with Keynote speech by Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council and President of European Policy Centre
  • 02.00 pm | Start of afternoon programme
  • 02.10 pm | Afternoon programmme
    Keynote speech by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz
    Interactive panel discussion with:
    • Bruno de Witte, Professor of European Law at Maastricht University
    • George Papaconstantinou, former minister of Finance of Greece
    • Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group Vice-President in charge of Economic and Social Policies
    • Janis Emmanouilidis – Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels.
  • 03.30 pm | Afternoon programme
    Keynote speech by the Dutch Minister of Finance and President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem
    Conclusion
  • 04.30 pm | Afternoon programme
    Networking drinks in the Provincial Government Buildings on the Meuse
  • 06.30 pm | End of programme

General information

Inquiries
Klinkhamer Group | meeting services
helpdesk: +31 (0)43 3627008

Registration
www.klinkhamergroup.com/europecalling

Language
Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands but English is widely spoken.The official conference language is English and there will be translations provided in German and French.

Accessibility
If you want more information about accessibility please click here

Venue

MECC Maastricht
Forum 100
NL- 6229 GV Maastricht

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