The commission's leadership and the governance of Europe

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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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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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Welcoming remarks by

Yves Bertoncini

Director of the Jacques Delors Institute

Speakers

Jacques Delors

President of the European Commission (1985 – 1995)

Jean-Claude Juncker

Former president of the European Commission and former prime minister of Luxembourg

Etienne Davignon

President of Friends of Europe, Belgian Minister of State and former European Commission Vice-President

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Peter Oomsels

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

Valentina Pop

EU Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

Moderated by

Giles Merritt

Founder

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Giles Merritt
Giles Merritt

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Giles Merritt is the Founder of Friends of Europe, and was its Secretary General between 1999 and 2015, and its Chairman between 2016 and 2020.

A former Financial Times Brussels Correspondent, Giles Merritt is a journalist, author and broadcaster who has for over four decades specialised in European public policy questions. In 2010 he was named by the Financial Times as one of its 30 most influential “Eurostars”, together with the European Commission’s President and NATO’s Secretary General.

Giles Merritt joined the Financial Times in 1968, and from 1972 until 1983 he was successively FT correspondent in Paris, Dublin/Belfast, and Brussels. From 1984 to 2010 he was a columnist for the International Herald Tribune (IHT), where his Op-Ed page articles ranged widely across EU political and economic issues.

In 1982 he published “World Out of Work”, an award-winning study of unemployment in industrialised countries. In 1991, his second book “The Challenge of Freedom” about the difficulties facing post-communist Eastern Europe was published in four languages. His book “Slippery Slope: Europe’s Troubled Future” (Oxford University Press 2016), was shortlisted for the European Book Prize.

Etienne Davignon
Etienne Davignon

President of Friends of Europe, Belgian Minister of State and former European Commission Vice-President

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Etienne (Stevy) 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.

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