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18 September 2019

"European Law Protecting our Common Values”

This event will be streamed live on 16 October 2019 from 9:45 to 17:45 CEST.


Foto: "European Law Protecting our Common Values”.


In the framework of the 30th anniversary of the EU’s Jean Monnet Programme, of which it is a beneficiary, ERA is organising a high-level conference to discuss the protection of European values by European law.

After a thorough analysis of the concept of “European values”, successive panels will take a closer look at how European law defends these values against both external and internal threats, and will address the potential conflict between the values protected by EU law on the one hand and national constitutional law on the other.

For an opportunity to attend this fully booked event via a free live stream, register your place in advance, online. This event is being hosted in Brussels at the “House of European History” and will be attended by Officials of the European Institutions as well as representatives of the Member States and other legal professional entities.

Click here for the full programme and list of confirmed speakers.

Summary of the live stream timings as below:

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

  • 09:45:
    Opening of the conference

Věra Jourová
Themis Christophidou
Wolfgang Heusel
  • 10:15:
    Session one: Laying the ground

Keynote speech:
What are the common values protected by European law?
Art 2 TEU; the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Charter; other?
Armin von Bogdandy

  • 11:15:
    Break in live stream

  • 11:45:
    Session two: EU law defending our common values against external attacks

Panel discussion
Moderator: Krystyna Kowalik-Bańczyk
Jacques Malherbe
Paul Nemitz
Diana Wallis

Suggested topics:
Data protection; protection of the responsible consumer; ensuring free and fair trade; democracy: ensuring the freedom of vote; tax havens or tax evasion?
  • 13:15:
    Break in live stream

  • 14:00:
    Session three: EU law defending our common values against internal threats

Panel discussion
Moderator: Pauliine Koskelo
Katarina Barley, Aileen Donnelly, Max Steinbeis

Suggested topics:
Defending the rule of law, basis of mutual trust in judicial cooperation; Art 7 TEU; COM proposal for MFF 2021-2027 with regard to RoL
  • 15:30:
    Break in live stream

  • 16:00:
    Session four: Conflicting values – the case of national identity

Panel discussion
Moderator: Rimvydas Norkus
Ferdinand Kirchhof
Maria José Rangel de Mesquita
Christiaan Timmermans

Suggested topics:
Article 4 para. 2 TEU; Taricco II; the Ajos saga; the IR judgment (prohibition of discrimination vs autonomy of religious communities)

  • 17:30:
    Concluding remarks

Jean-Philippe Rageade

  • 17:45:
    End of conference

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