30 years of Jean Monnet Activities: Why study the European Union today?

Event date:
Tue, 18/06/2019 - 09:00 to 18:00
Bibliothèque Solvay, Rue Belliard 137A, 1000 Bruxelles (Belgium)
On 18 June, Commissioner Tibor Navracsics will host the main event of the celebration of the 30th anniversary.

Jean Monnet Professors, students, journalists and policy makers will gather to speak about the beginning, the achievements and the future of the Jean Monnet Activities and EU studies.

Jean Monnet Activities have evolved: the spectrum of disciplines of EU studies has been constantly widening since 1989. Currently, they have acquired an interdisciplinary nature, putting together fields of study, which were traditionally kept separate.

Likewise, innovative pedagogic methods and teaching practices such as blended learning and Massive Online Open Courses have inspired new generations of Jean Monnet professors. Jean Monnet Activities have contributed to the creation of a network of Higher Education institutions, which closely collaborate with each other beyond the borders of the EU.

The international dimension of the activities is a powerful diplomacy tool, present in almost 100 countries especially through centres of excellence around the world. Our honorary guest, Jacqueline Lastenouse, the founding mother of the Jean Monnet Action and the Jean Monnet Chairs will share her memories of the first years of the programme followed by the 3 panels on the achievements past, present and future.

Current students also have their personal Jean Monnet stories and they share them on their Facebook group. Their stories should give an answer on why EU studies are relevant in 2019.

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Find more information about the history of 30 years of Jean Monnet Activities on this page in this downloadable factsheet.


09:00 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 11:00 Opening speech by Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Discussion with two pioneers of the Jean Monnet Activities:

  • Jacqueline Lastenouse-Bury, Honorary Director of the European Commission & initiator of the Jean Monnet Actions in 1989
  • Bart De Schutter, Senior Advisor and former Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Journalist: Quentin Ariès, The Washington Post & President of Café Babel

11:00 - 12:00         How important are EU studies in 2019? - Panel discussion

Moderator: Amelia Hadfield, Head of the Department of Politics, University of Surrey, UK


  • Didier Georgakakis, Professor of Political Science, University Paris 1, France
  • Natasa Besirevic, Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Olivier Costa, Director of Studies, College of Europe (Bruges campus), Belgium
  • Elisabeth Weisswange, European Horizons Think Tank, CoE alumni

12:00 - 13:00         Innovative practices in Jean Monnet Activities - Panel discussion

Moderator: Andras Baneth, Managing Director, Public Affairs Council's European office


  • Alberto Alemanno, Professor of European Union Law, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, France
  • José Martinez-Sierra, Professor in European Union Law, Harvard University, USA
  • Andrea Bertolini, Assistant Professor of Private Law at the Dirpolis Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Pisa, Italy

13:00 - 14:30      Buffet lunch

14.30 - 15.00         “Jean Monnet30 beyond this room”: Jean Monnet stories on the Facebook group, tweets with #JeanMonnet30

Moderator: Rosie Birchard, social media team DG EAC

15:00 - 16:15          Next steps: The future of the Jean Monnet Activities - Panel discussion

Moderator: Alberto Alemanno, Professor of European Union Law, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris, France


  • Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • Allyson J. Delnore, Associate Director, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Jean-Marc Trouille, Professor of European Economic integration, University of Bradford, UK

16:15 - 16:30          Concluding Remarks by Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

16:30 - 18:00          Networking drink

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