#JeanMonnet30 - 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Activities

The European Commission celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Activities through a series of events and other initiatives around the world. Past and current Jean Monnet beneficiaries and success stories are encouraged to celebrate with us through debates, conferences, workshops, public debates and other activities engaging with students, policy makers and civil society. The European Commission will be present in the European University Institute’s State of the Union event on 2 May in Florence.

Let us know if you are planning to organise an event

The European Commission created a survey that is available to all parties interested in organising events under the umbrella of 'Jean Monnet – 30 years of excellence in EU studies'.

Be part of the celebration

The Commission created a Facebook group where organisers can share the events and initiatives celebrating this anniversary around the world.
In this group, you are welcome to:

  • announce the events you plan to organise in the context of the anniversary;
  • share news related to Jean Monnet Activities with potential partners, students who benefit from the programme, students of European studies, the teaching community and anyone who has an interest in EU studies.

30 years celebrating academic excellence in European Studies

30 years ago, Ms Jacqueline Lastenouse presented her idea of “European Chairs” in Higher Education. Her initiative met the growing need to support research on European Integration, embrace and encourage the existing efforts of universities and European studies associations in teaching European Studies. The Jean Monnet Action was born, named after one of the EU Pioneers, the first president of the executive body of the European Coal and Steel Community, Jean Monnet (1888 – 1979).

Over the last 30 years, a striking number of almost 5000 projects have contributed to the field of European integration studies. Currently half a million students benefit from the Jean Monnet Actions every year, which is now present in 87 countries worldwide. The 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Actions in 2019 provides an opportunity to discuss its impact on European studies worldwide but also its wider impact on our society.

For more info about the Jean Monnet activities and annual Call visit here.