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THE COMMISSION’S LEADERSHIP AND THE GOVERNANCE OF EUROPE

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Friends of Europe’s policy insight brought together Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Etienne Davignon, Vice-President of the European Commission (1981-1985) for a lively debate on the first hundred days of the Juncker Commission and European governance with a video contribution by Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission (1985-1995).


Rebuilding and maintaining trust between citizens, member state governments, and the EU institutions is one of the greatest challenges facing EU leadership, President Juncker stressed. “The concepts of subsidiarity and solidarity belong together,” he said. “The way national governments present EU decision-making as a zero-sum game is a total disaster and contrary to the spirit of the EU. We need to change this.”

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Programme

16.00 – 16.30 Registration of participants

Welcoming remarks by Yves Bertoncini, Director of the Jacques Delors Institute
Speakers /
Jacques Delors / President of the European Commission (1985 – 1995) – Video contribution
Jean-Claude Juncker / President of the European Commission
Etienne Davignon / Vice-President of the European Commission (1981 – 1985)
Commentators /
Peter Oomsels / Vice President of the Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe)
Valentina Pop / EU Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
Debate moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary  General of Friends of Europe

18.30 – 19.00 Networking cocktail

Speakers

  • Jean Claude Juncker

    President of the European Commission

  • Jacques Delors

    President of the European Commission (1985 – 1995)

  • Etienne Davignon

    President of Friends of Europe, Belgian Minister of State and former Vice President of the European Commission
    Etienne Davignon is one of the few statesmen in Europe who has been actively involved in EU affairs from the beginning, from his early role as Chief of Staff to Paul-Henri Spaak to today. He has held high-level positions in both the public and private sectors, including as Vice President of the European Commission, President of the Société Générale de Belgique, first President of the International Energy Agency and through various Board mandates.

  • Valentina Pop

    EU Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

  • Peter Oomsels

    Vice President of the Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe)

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