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The 2012 edition of The State of the Union, organised by the European University Institute (EUI), is again hosted in the historic Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio (Florence City Hall). The Conference takes place on 9 May, the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, and continues on 10 May. It aims at contributing to the analysis and debate of the European Union’s current situation, EU policies and the functioning of EU institutions and it brings together high-level policy-makers, leading academics and opinion leaders.

 

9 May - Programme

Sessions 1 and 2

The State of the Union Conference is opened by the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti and features the participation of the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.

The Conference opening remarks will be made by EUI President Josep Borrell, with an intervention of Matteo Renzi, Mayor of the City of Florence.

 

 

Mario MontiMario Monti

Prime Minister of Italy

 

 

 

 

Jose Manuel BarrosoJosé Manuel Barroso

President, European Commission

Josep BorrellJosep Borrell

President, European University Institute

Matteo RenziMatteo Renzi

Mayor, City of Florence

 

On 9 May there are two sessions.

The first session, entitled Economic Governance for Europe”, addresses questions on the European sovereign debt crisis and the current challenges of the Eurozone and Europe as a whole. It is coordinated and introduced by EUI Professor Elena Carletti and is divided into two panels: Panel 1, "The Eurozone Crisis and EU Institutions: What is the Optimal Design?", and Panel 2, "What implications for the Integration Process and the Outer World?".

 

Elena CarlettiElena Carletti

Professor of Economics, European University Institute 

 

 

 

Panel 1, "The Eurozone Crisis and EU Institutions: What is the Optimal Design?", is moderated by Tony Barber, Europe Editor, Financial Times, and the participants are Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President, European Central Bank, Fulvio Conti, CEO, Enel, Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley, Daniel Gros, Director, Centre of European Policy Studies, and Olli Rehn, Vice President, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission. 

 

Tony BarberTony Barber

Europe Editor, Financial Times

 

Vitor ConstancioVítor Constâncio

Vice-President, European Central Bank

Fulvio ContiFulvio Conti

CEO, Enel

Barry EichengreenBarry Eichengreen

Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley

Daniel GrosDaniel Gros

Director, Centre of European Policy Studies

Olli RehnOlli Rehn

Vice President, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission

 

 

Panel 2, "What implications for the Integration Process and the Outer World?", is moderated by Alessandro Plateroti, Deputy Director, Il Sole 24 Ore, and the participants are Edmond Alphandéry, Chairman of the Board, CNP Assurances and Former Minister of Economy of France , Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, European Commission, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, President, Ferrari S.p.a., and Harold James, Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University.

  

Alessandro PlaterotiAlessandro Plateroti

Deputy Director, Il Sole 24 Ore

 

Edmond ALPHANDERYEdmond Alphandéry

Chairman of the Board, CNP Assurances, and Former Minister of Economy of France 

Michel BarnierMichel Barnier

Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, European Commission

Luca Cordero di MontezemoloLuca Cordero di Montezemolo

President, Ferrari S.p.a. 

Harold JamesHarold James

Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University

 

The second session, entitled “The EU and the New World”, concentrates on the challenges of globalisation and on the role of the EU as a global actor. The session is coordinated and introduced by EUI Professor Miguel Maduro and it features Panel 3, "What is New in the World and Why Does it Matter for the EU?", and Panel 4, "What EU for a New World?". 

 

Miguel MaduroMiguel Maduro

Director of the Global Governance Programme, European University Institute

 

 

 

Panel 1, "What is New in the World and Why Does it Matter for the EU?", is moderated by David Tweed, Europe Editor, Bloomberg Television, and the participants are: Kemal Dervis, Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution and Former Head of the United Nations Development Programme, Zhou Hong, Director, Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Oleg Kharkhordin, Rector, European University at St. Petersburg, Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, Former President of Cape Verde and winner of the 2011 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, and  Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at Oxford University.

 

David TweedDavid Tweed

Europe Editor, Bloomberg Television

 

Kemal DervisKemal Dervis

Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution and Former Head of the United Nations Development Programme

Zhou HongZhou Hong

Director, Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Oleg KharkhordinOleg Kharkhordin

Rector, European University at St. Petersburg

Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires

Former President of Cape Verde and winner of the 2011 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

Jan ZielonkaJan Zielonka

Professor of European Politics, Oxford University

 

 

Panel 2, "What EU for a New World?" is moderated by Quentin Peel, Berlin Chief Correspondent, Financial Times, and the participants are: Mark Leonard, Director, European Council on Foreign Relations,  Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University / Former Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, Helga-Maria Schmid, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service, and Javier Solana, President of ESADEgeo and Former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy

  

Quentin PeelQuentin Peel

Berlin Chief Correspondent, Financial Times

 

Mark LeonardMark Leonard

Director, European Council on Foreign Relations

 

Anne-Marie SlaughterAnne-Marie Slaughter

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, and Former Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State

 

Helga Maria SchmidHelga-Maria Schmid

Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service

Javier SolanaJavier Solana

President of ESADEgeo and Former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy

 

 

 

10 May - Programme

Session 3

On  10 May the Conference will be dedicated to assessing EU Energy Policy and will be structured in four panels: “Achieving the Internal Market”, “Mitigating Climate Change”, “Implementing Security of Supply” and “Three Energy Pillars or Three Energy Policies?”.   

The first panel "Achieving the Internal Market" will be devoted to the analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the EU Internal Market policy applied to the Energy sector. The session is chaired by Claude Mandil, Former Director, International Energy Agency. Confirmed speakers are Philip Lowe, Director-General, European Commission - DG Energy, and David Newbery, Professor at Cambridge University. Panellists for this session include Inge Bernaerts, Head of Unit, European Commission - DG Energy, Guido Bortoni, President, Autorità per l'Energia Elettrica e il Gas (AEEG), Daniel Dobbeni, CEO Elia and President, ENTSO-E, Juan Perez, Director of Strategy & Business Development at EPEX Spot, Alberto Pototschnig, Director, ACER, and Pippo Ranci, Professor at Cattolica University. 

 

Claude MandilClaude Mandil

Former Director, International Energy Agency

 

 

Philip Lowe

 Philip Lowe

Director-General, European Commission - DG Energy

 

 

 

David NewberyDavid Newbery

Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge

 

Inge BernaertsInge Bernaerts

Head of Unit, European Commission - DG Energy

Guido BortoniGuido Bortoni

President, Autorità per l'Energia Elettrica e il Gas (AEEG)

Daniel Dobbeni

Daniel Dobbeni

CEO, Elia; President, ENTSO-E  

Juan PerezJuan Perez

Director of Strategy & Business Development, EPEX Spot

Alberto PototschnigAlberto Pototschnig

Director, ACER

 

Pippo RanciPippo Ranci

Professor of Financial Ethics,  Cattolica University

 

 

The second panel is dedicated to Mitigating Climate Change and will be chaired by Denny Ellerman, Director, Climate Policy Research Unit (LdP/EUI). The speakers for this session are Carlo Carraro, Rector, University Ca' Foscari of Venice, and Coordinator, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Programme (FEEM), and  Jos Delbeke, Director-General, European Commission - DG Climate Action. Panellists include Carlos Batlle, Associate Research Professor at Comillas University and Visiting Scholar at MIT, Ronnie Belmans, Professor at KULeuven, Simon Blakey, Special Envoy, Eurogas, Karsten Neuhoff, Head of Department Climate Policy at DIW Berlin, and Jorge Vasconcelos, Chairman, NEWES. 

  

Denny Ellerman Denny Ellerman

Director, Climate Policy Research Unit, Loyola de Palacio Chair (LdP), European University Institute

 

 

Carlo CarraroCarlo Carraro

Rector, University Ca' Foscari of Venice; Coordinator, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Programme (FEEM)

Jos DelbekeJos Delbeke

Director-General, European Commission - DG Climate Action

 

Carlos BatlleCarlos Batlle

Associate Research Professor, Comillas University; Visiting Scholar, MIT 

Ronnie BelmansRonnie Belmans

Professor of Electric Power and Energy Systems, University of Leuven; Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors, Elia 

Simon BlakeySimon Blakey

Special Envoy, Eurogas

Karsten NeuhoffKarsten Neuhoff

Head of Department Climate Policy, DIW Berlin

Jorge VasconcelosJorge Vasconcelos

Chairman, NEWES - New Energy Solutions

 

 

The third panel is dedicated to Implementing Security of Supply and will be chaired by Leigh Hancher, Professor at Tilburg University. Confirmed speakers include Jeff Makholm, Senior Vice President, NERA, and Jean-Arnold Vinois, Acting Director, European Commission - DG Energy. Panellists for this session are Walter Boltz, Managing Director at E-Control and Vice President at CEER, Jacques de Jong, Senior Fellow, CIEP, Francisco de la Flor, President, GLE, and Helmut Schmitt von Sydow, Professor at University of Lausanne. 

 

Leigh HancherLeigh Hancher  

Professor of Eureopean Law,  University of Tilburg

 

Jeff D MakholmJeff Makholm

Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting

Jean-ArnoldVinois

Jean-Arnold Vinois

Acting Director of Directorate General, European Commission - DG Energy

BoltzWalter Boltz

Managing Director, E-Control; Vice President, CEER

 

 

 

Jacques de JongJacques de Jong

Senior Fellow, CIEP

 

Francisco de la FlorFrancisco de la Flor

President, GLE

Helmut Schmitt von SydowHelmut Schmitt von Sydow

Professor of European Law, University of Lausanne  

 

The fourth panel will assess the topic Three Energy Pillars or Three Energy Policies?  It will be chaired by Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation and Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair (EUI) and will host Heinz Hilbrecht, Former Director, European Commission - DG Energy, and Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga, Professor and Director of the BP Chair on Sustainable Development, Comillas University; Permanent Visiting Professor, MIT.

 

Jean-Michel GlachantJean-Michel Glachant

Director, Florence School of Regulation (FSR); Holder, Loyola de Palacio Chair (LdP),  European University Institute

 

Heinz Hilbrecht

Heinz Hilbrecht

Former Director, European Commission - DG Energy 

 

Ignacio Perez ArriageIgnacio Pérez-Arriaga

Professor and Director of the BP Chair on Sustainable Development, Comillas University; Permanent Visiting Professor, MIT

 

The final Roundtable chaired by Simon Wright, The Economist, will host Ferdinando “Nani” Beccalli-Falco, President and CEO of GE Europe & North Asia, and CEO, GE Germany, Jean-François Cirelli, President of Eurogas and President of Gaz de France-Suez, Fernand Felzinger, President of IFIEC Europe, Jürgen Großmann, CEO at RWE, Christian von Hirschhausen, Professor at TU Berlin and Research Director at DIW Berlin, and Umberto Vergine, COO at ENI.

 

Simon WrightSimon Wright

The Economist 

 

 

 

 

Ferdinando Beccalli Falco

Ferdinando “Nani” Beccalli-Falco

President and CEO of GE Europe & North Asia; CEO, GE Germany 

Jean-Francois CirelliJean-François Cirelli

President, Eurogas and President, Gaz de France-Suez

 

Fernand FelzingerFernand Felzinger 

President, IFIEC Europe  

Christian von HirschhausenChristian von Hirschhausen

Professor of Infrastructure Policy, Berlin University of Technology; Research Director at DIW Berlin

Umberto VergineUmberto Vergine

COO, ENI

 

 

 

 

Contact: Serena Burgisser, External Relations - Communications Service, +39 055 4685 378.

 

Information on the 2011 edition.

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