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11 May 2021

The Future of legal Europe - will we trust in it?

On Tuesday 11 May 2021, ERA held its first conference as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe:


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In her candidate’s speech to the European Parliament in July 2019, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged to set up a conference to examine the mid- and long-term perspectives of the EU aiming to develop a strategy involving citizens and not excluding institutional reforms. This Conference on the Future of Europe has now been formally launched by the three presidents of Parliament, Council and Commission through a joint declaration signed on 10 March 2021.

As in former reform processes of the EU, ERA will closely monitor and enrich the unfolding debate through a series of own conferences and discussion fora with a particular focus on the legal aspects of the ongoing analysis and emerging proposals. The series proceeded with the first event on the 11th May. There was a panel of two key politicians with a legal background – Vice Presidents Vĕra Jourová of the Commission and Katarina Barley of the Parliament – who discussed aims and procedure of the Conference with an academic, Professor Peter-Christian Müller-Graff (Heidelberg), and with ERA’s former director Wolfgang Heusel.

Professor Müller-Graff gave a tour d’horizon of the most pertinent areas of EU policy as reflected in the list of topics for the Conference (such as climate change and the Green Deal, digital transformation, migration, the EU in the world) which might require legislative programmes similar to the Single Market legislative packages of the ’80s and ’90s. Vice President Jourová, the Commission’s official representative on the Conference Executive Board has a special mandate to look at ways to improving the lead candidate system and at the issue of transnational lists, and Vice President Barley presented ambitions and expectations of the Parliament, before the floor was opened to the 200 strong online audience.

A special surprise at the end of the event was when Wolfgang Heusel was presented with a Liber Amicorum entitled “The future of legal Europe – will we trust in it?” coedited by Gavin Barrett, Diana Wallis, Heinz Weil and Jean-Philippe Rageade in tribute to his contribution as Director of ERA from 2000 to 2020. Published on the 11th May in time for the conference and available to order online from Springer from the 12th May, the book has contributions from leading representatives of the judiciary, the legal profession and politics from all over Europe.
➡️“The Future of Legal Europe: Will We Trust in It?”
The Future of Legal Europe: Will We Trust in It? | SpringerLink

For more information on the Conference on the Future of Europe click here Conference on the Future of Europe (europa.eu)

To see more about this event and upcoming events on the topic of the Future of Europe click here Future of Europe – The future of legal Europe – will we trust in it? (european.law)

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