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Organized by the Alliance Française of Cork
As part as the French presidency of the European Union
On Octobre 8, 2008, at the University College Cork
under the high patronage of Hans-Gert PöTTERING
President of the European Parliament
Following the example of many Alliances Françaises in Europe, which promote debate of ideas, the Alliance Française de CORK has great pleasure and also the honor to contribute to the full success of the French Presidency of the European Union.
The outcome of Lisbon treaty referendum in Ireland, on 12 June 2008, illustrates the lack of appropriation of the European political project by the population. However, there is today a strong need for a powerful Europe, able to protect citizens in a world where uncertainty is everywhere and in which we will have to summon up our strengths so as to be in a favourable position to tackle international issues.
After the great success of its last year’s Symposium entitled “The Challenge of Europe for our Century – towards a Union of Pragmatism and Vision – Setting the Scene”, the Alliance française of Cork organizes again this year within the prestigious confines of the University College Cork (UCC) a European symposium, which aim is to carry on the crucial debate on Europe and its place into the world. This significant event comes within the scope of the French presidency of the European Union as well as the European Cultural Season.
At the end of the meeting, an executive overview will be drawn and submitted to the highest Irish and French authorities. We will endeavour to bring out practical proposals that could help politician leaders to reinforce the European leadership into main multilateral negotiations.
This event is supported by the European cultural Season, organized during the French Presidency of the European Union (July 1st – Dec. 31st, 2008)
The 2008 European Symposium programme is extremely rich. It displays our humanist ambition as Alliance Française, to promote Europe by fostering intercultural dialogue and organising debates with European citizens and distinguished speakers from all over the world.
8h30-9h00 : Welcome Address
Guest Speakers :
Laurent COHEN-TANUGI, Chair of the French ‘Europe and Globalisation’ mission
Thierry CHOPIN, Research Director at the Robert Schuman Foundation
Philippe HERZOG, Chairman of the Association “Confrontations Europe”
Elvire FABRY, head of the Europe and international Department at the Foundation for Political Innovation
Debates chaired by Alan DUKES, President of the Alliance Française in Dublin
10h30-10h45 : Coffee break
Guest Speakers :
Dr. Vaira VIKE-FREIBERGA, Member of the Working Group on the Future of the European Union, Former President of the Republic of Latvia
Mohammed ABBOU, Member of the Algerian Constitutional Council, Former Minister of Culture
Andrzej WIELOWIEYSKI, Polish MEP
Debates chaired by Francis JACOBS, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland
Key Guest Speaker : Micheál MARTIN, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Dr. Andrew COTTEY, Senior Lecturer and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration in the Department of Government, University College Cork
Debates chaired by Paul GILLESPIE, Foreign Policy Editor- The Irish Times
Minister of State, former Vice-President of the European Commission
Guest Speakers :
Renaud DONNEDIEU DE VABRES, Ambassador for the Cultural dimension of the French presidency of the European Union, Former Minister of Culture and communication
Odile QUINTIN, Director General for Education and Culture at the European Commission
Martin TERRITT, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland
Debates chaired by Jean-Michel DJIAN, journalist- Professor at University Paris VIII
Hélène DUQUIN, Director of Alliance Française de Cork.
You can book online to attend all the Symposium or only the panels you are interested in, filling the form below :
We also propose you to download and print our answer card. Fill it and return it at the following address :
Alliance Francaise Cork
Enterprise House, 2nd Floor, 36 Mary Street, Cork
Biographies of our guests :
Dr. Andrew Cottey
Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres
Jean-Pierre de Launoit
Invitations & programme :
Saison Culturelle Européenne
La lettre d’information du réseau culturel français à l’étranger
University College Cork
Lisbon signature is solemn promise