This lecture deals with the following questions: will the euro crisis have lasting effects on the economy (a stronger economy, effects on investment, the social costs), on the distribution of power in the European Union (UK, the Franco-German couple, the Benelux, the new member states), on the institutional development of the EU (more power for Brussels, and the role of the 17), and on foreign policy?
Speaker: Baron Frans van Daele, MA, Former Chief of Staff of Herman van Rompuy
Baron Frans van Daele’s career as a Belgian top diplomat has spanned more than forty years. He was Ambassador in Italy and the United States, among others, and represented Belgium in the European Union, the Security Council of the UN, the NATO. He held several positions at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2010 to 2012 he was Chief of Staff of Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council.
Van Daele is widely seen as the man who compromises behind the scenes, with a keen eye for practicality. He was one of the negotiators who were preparing the Treaty of Nice. Now he teaches at the “College of Europa” in Bruges and John Hopkins University in Washington.
Monday 22 April, 20h00 • Aula Minderbroedersberg 4-6 • Free entrance