2017 Biennial Jean Monnet conference and kick-off meeting for new beneficiaries

27-28 November 2017, Brussels

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About the conference

The Jean Monnet biennial Conference (BiCo) took place on 27 - 28 November 2017,  back to back with a kick-off meeting for  new beneficiaries of Jean Monnet Activities (co-organised with the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency).

The 2017 year's edition of the Jean Monnet  conference was devoted to the current major political turning point in EU history and its consequences for the future of European integration. This theme has been very high on the agenda of political and academic debates recently and has gained even more relevance in the light of the Commission's White Paper, the speech on the state of the union by president Juncker and also major political developments in EU member states in the course of 2017. This year's conference objective was to allow debate on important EU-policy issues but also to disseminate information on more technical issues for the new grant holders.

The 2017 edition of the Jean Monnet conference gathered nearly 40 renowned speakers and moderators and 350 participants.
The conference was web streamed and followed by interested parties from all over the world. 


Monday 27 November morning: Kick off meeting only for newly selected (2017 call) beneficiaries

09.00 – 09.30


09.30 – 09.45

Welcome and introduction to the Jean Monnet Kick-off meeting / coordinators’ conference

Amaya Perez de Albeniz, Acting Head of Unit, EACEA, Erasmus+ Unit, Higher Education – Knowledge Alliances, Bologna Support, Jean Monnet

09.45 – 10.30

General issues related to the implementation and management of the Jean Monnet selected projects 2017

Snejina Nikolova, Project Adviser, (EACEA)

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break with networking corners/tables for the different Jean Monnet activities (Modules, Chairs, Centres of Excellence, Projects, Networks, Associations)

Executive Agency for Education Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA)

11.00 – 11.45

Financial issues: presentation and Q&A

Guido Di Fiore, Head of  Finance Sector, (EACEA)

11.45 – 12.15

Dissemination: Database Erasmus+ Project Results

Edith Genser, Programme Coordinator, (EACEA)

12.15 – 13.00

Bilateral meetings: Specific meetings with EACEA project officers in charge of your project


13.00 – 14.00

Buffet lunch


Registration for other participants (not new beneficiaries)

27 November afternoon: Jean Monnet Actions – expectations and best practices for all invited participants

14.30 – 14.50

Introductory remarks: Jean Monnet – the way forward

Claire Morel, Head of Unit, DG EAC, International relations Unit

14.50 – 16.00

Best practices in Jean Monnet Activities – panel discussion

Panellists: Tamara Capeta, Professor, University of Zagreb (Croatia); Phillippe De Bruycker, Professor,  Université  Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium); Ana Bojinovic Fenko, Professor, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Moderator: Amaya Perez de Albeniz, Acting Head of Unit, EACEA, Unit Erasmus+: Higher Education – Knowledge Alliances, Bologna Support, Jean Monnet

16.00 – 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.45

Ideas for the new programme period – panel discussion

Panellists: Alberto Alemanno, Professor, HEC, Paris (FR); Heidi Maurer, Professor, London School of Economics (United Kingdom); Bruno Mascitelli, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology (AU).

Moderator: Anita Pelle, Professor, University of Szeged (Hungary).

17.45 – 18.00

Closing of the day

Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director of Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport, DG EAC

18.30 - 20.00

Group photo

Dinner at the Restaurant & Klimt Room

Tuesday, 28 November – Europe at a turning point?

09.30 - 09.45

Welcome speech

Martine Reicherts, Director General, DG EAC.

09.45 – 10.00

Keynote address: a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe

Pieter Cleppe, Open Europe, Head of Brussels office (Belgium).

10.00 – 11.15

Panel discussion: "Plans for the Future of Europe"

Introductory remarks followed by a moderated panel discussion and open debate.

How to keep the wind in the EU's sails?
The EU managed to overcome several interlinked crises recently, but still challenges exist. What is the best policy mix to tackle challenges and ensure a secure and prosperous Union in the long run?

Building a more democratic Union – political and institutional issues at hand
How to support further democratisation of the EU by stronger public involvement and institutional reforms?

Vision/s for Europe​
In line with the 2017 State of the Union speech, the EU needs to remain a club of equal members. How to reach this objective in the long run?

Panellist speaker(s): Alexander Mattelaer, Director of the European Affairs programme, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations (Belgium); Ulrike Liebert, Professor, University of Bremen (DE); Ms. Roza Thun Hohenstein, MEP, EPP.; Pieter Cleppe, Open Europe, Head of Brussels office (Belgium).

Open discussion

Moderator: Jens Nymand-Christensen, Deputy Director General, DG EAC.


11.15 – 11.45

Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00

Panel discussion: Reflections and Actions on how to Shape Europe's Future.

Introductory remarks followed by a moderated panel discussion and open debate.

Assessment of EU initiatives on furthering the European integration.

European values, European citizenship, our cultural heritage and their role in shaping the future of European integration.

The EU as a global actor – trade, foreign and security issues and global challenges, trans-Atlantic relations. 

The role of media in the debate on Europe​.

Panellist speaker(s): Olivier Costa, Director of Studies, College of Europe, (Bruges, Belgium); Anna Triandafylidou, research area Director, European University Institute, Florence; Alasdair Young professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (USA).

Open discussion

Moderator: Amelia Hadfield, professor, University of Canterbury, United Kingdom.

13.00 – 14.30

Buffet lunch

Afternoon: Thematic parallel panels based on key sectoral issues in separate rooms

14.30 – 16.00

PANEL ONE: Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union

Moderated debate with participants on the proposed reforms and future prospects of EMU.
Room: Palace Ballroom plenary room ground floor. 

Presentation by: Zsolt Darvas, senior fellow, Bruegel, Brussels (Belgium).

Gabriele Giudice, Head of Unit Directorate General of Economic and Financial Affairs.
Moderator: Kurt Hübner professor, University of British Columbia (Canada).

PANEL TWO: The Future of European Defence

Moderated debate with participants on initiatives to enhance the EU's defence profile.
Room: Klimt room ground floor.

Presentation by: Steven Blockmans, senior fellow, head of unit, CEPS, Brussels.

Arnout Molenaar, Senior Expert, European External Action Service (EU).
Moderator: Martin Dangerfield professor, University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom).

PANEL THREE: Harnessing globalisation

Moderated debate with participants on how the EU should realign its policies to make the most of globalisation.
Room: Evasion + Innovation room first floor.

Presentation by: Kolja Raube, senior researcher, KU Leuven. (Belgium).

Miroslaw Galar, Negotiator, Directorate General Trade European Commission.
Moderator: Kirstyn Inglis visiting professor, University of Sao Paolo (Brazil).

PANEL FOUR: The social dimension of Europe

Moderated debate with participants on social policies and initiatives.
Room: Creativity & Exploration room first floor.

Presentation by: Beatriz Rodríguez, Labour Law Professor, Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Gelu Calacean, Assistant to the Director General, Directorate General of Employment (DG EMPL), Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Moderator: Alessandro Alemanno, professor, HEC International Business School, Paris (France).

PANEL FIVE: The future of EU budget: what to expect?

Moderated debate with participants on how the EU's budget which is a powerful policy tool for the union should be designed to achieve maximum relevance and efficiency.
Room: Harmony first floor.

Presentation by: Jorge Nunez Ferrer, senior fellow, CEPS, Brussels (Belgium).

Gábor Iván, Director, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.
Moderator: Rob Ackrill, professor, Nottingham Business School (United Kingdom).


16.00 – 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.00

Closing of conference

Jim Cloos, Deputy Director-General of the General Secretariat of the Council

Presentations and speakers' contributions

Snejina Nikolova, Project Adviser, Executive Agency for Education Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA)

Guido Di Fiore, Head of Finance Sector, Executive Agency for Education Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA)

Financial issues (PPT)

Edith Genser, Programme Coordinator, Executive Agency for Education Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA)

Dissemination: Database Erasmus+ Project Results (PPT)

Alasdair Young


Alberto AlemannoPDF
Ana Bojinović FenkoPDF
Bruno MascitelliPDF
Kirstyn Inglis

Contribution (PDF)

Supplement on harnessing globalisation (PDF)

Anna TriandafyllidouPDF
O CostaPDF




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