16 september 2014, om 19:00, KU Leuven, Naamsestraat, Leuven | KU Leuven, Naamsestraat, Leuven

Which Social Dimension for the European Union? 

Normative, Political, Legal and Economic Perspectives. A Euroforum conference, 16 September 2014

Programme conference, 1 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Hogenheuvelcollege (Faculty of Economics), Naamsestraat 69, Leuven

Session 1, Chair: Jos Berghman

  • 1 p.m. Catherine Barnard (Cambridge University) & Geert De Baere, ‘Towards a European Social Union: Achievements and Possibilities under the Current EU Constitutional Framework’
    Response by Marc Lepoivre (Director of the Egmont Institute)
  • 2 p.m. Steven Van Hecke, Johan Lievens, Stefan Sottiaux & Wouter Wolfs, ‘A Social Compact for a Social Union?’
    Response by Sophie Vanhoonacker (Maastricht University)
  • 3 p.m. Coffee break
  • 3.30 p.m. Paul De Grauwe, ‘How to Conduct Macroeconomic Policies in the Eurozone?’
    Response by Iain Begg (London School of Economics) and Georg Fischer (Director for Analysis, Analysis, Evaluation and External Relations, DG Employment, European Commission)

Session 2, Chair: Erik Schokkaert

    • 1 p.m. Marc Hooghe & Soetkin Verhaegen, ‘The Democratic Legitimacy of the EU and Support for Redistribution within Europe’
      Response by Jean-Claude Barbier (CNRS Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)
    • 2 p.m. Toon Vandevelde, ‘Ethical Justifications of Social Europe’
      Response by Philippe Van Parijs (Université catholique de Louvain)
    • 3 p.m. Coffee break
    • 3.30 p.m. Frank Vandenbroucke, ‘The Case for a European Social Union’
      Response by Elsa Maria Fornero (University of Turin & former Italian Minister of Labour, Social Policies and Equal Opportunities) and Jan De Bock (Former Belgian Ambassador to the EU, Italy and Spain)

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Evening Lectures, 5 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Promotion Hall, Naamsestraat 22, Leuven

      • 5 p.m. Welcome by Frank Vandenbroucke
        Loukas Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy: ‘Does Europe Need a New Grand Bargain?’
      • 5.30 p.m. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council: ‘Building a More Social Europe, One Step at a Time’
      6.00 p.m. Reception

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