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European Symposium 2009


Saison Culturelle Europeenne


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

AF Director & M.BarrosoFollowing 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.


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.

8h30-9h00Welcome Address

Dr. Michael Murphy, President of University College Cork
Jean-Pierre de LAUNOIT, President of the Worldwide Alliance Française.
Nora CALLANAN, President of Alliance Française de Cork.

9h00-10h30First Panel, “Europe and Globalisation”

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

10h30-10h45Coffee break

10h45-12h15Second Panel, “What borders for the European Union? : the issues of enlargment and of the Mediterranean Union”

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


13h30-14h30Third Panel, “The Lisbon Treaty: Can the European Union be an International Power without renovated institutions?”

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

14h30-15h30Address by Viscount Etienne DAVIGNON, Guest of Honour of this European Symposium: “Europe As an International Power”

Minister of State, former Vice-President of the European Commission

15h30-15h45Coffee break

15h45-17h15Fourth Panel, “Europe’s cultural influence in the World”

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

17h15-17h30Conclusions and prospects

Hélène DUQUIN, Director of Alliance Française de Cork.


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Biographies of our guests :

Mohammed Abbou
Nora Callanan
Thierry Chopin
Laurent Cohen-Tanugi
Dr. Andrew Cottey
Etienne Davignon
Jean-Michel Djian
Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres
Hélène Duquin
Alan Dukes
Elvire Fabry
Paul Gillespie
Philippe Herzog
Francis Jacobs
Jean-Pierre de Launoit
Micheál Martin
Michael Murphy
Odile Quintin
Martin Territt
Vaira Vike-Freiberga
Andrzej Wielowieyski

Invitations & programme :

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Official invitation
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Press Communiqué (English)
Communiqué de presse (French)


Saison Culturelle Européenne
La lettre d’information du réseau culturel français à l’étranger
Euromonde 2015
Atelier Europe
University College Cork
Irish Times
Lisbon signature is solemn promise

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