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Towards a European Economic and Political Union


Towards a European Economic and Political Union

Turin, September 16-17 2013


The Lisbon Treaty, in conjunction with the Euro crisis, has contributed to favor an institutional imbalance to the advantage of the European Council at the expense of the European Commission. The new Fiscal Compact and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), ratified outside the Treaty’s framework, have additionally increased the intergovernmental dimension of the European Union (EU)’s decision making system. At the same time, the European Central Bank (ECB) is taking the lead of the Banking Union. How can these new Treaties and mechanisms help move towards the ultimate aim of a Political Union? Can they be effectively integrated in the current EU’s political and institutional set up? Is it still realistic to believe in a Political Union?
Monday, September 16
Flavio Brugnoli, Director, Centro Studi sul Federalismo, Turin 
14.30 – 14.45 
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, President, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome 
14.45 – 16.00 Session 1 “The financial and economic crisis as a test bench for the Lisbon institutions: what new roles and functions? What is missing?” 
Alberto Majocchi, Professor of Public Finance, University of Pavia 
16.15 – 17.30 Session 2 “Old and new institutions for the management of the Fiscal Compact and ESM” 
Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science 
17.30 – 18.45 Session 3 “How to effectively integrate the Fiscal Compact and the ESM into the Lisbon Treaty?” 
Lucia Serena Rossi, Professor of International Law, University of Bologna 
Tuesday, September 17 
Gustavo Visentini, Scientific Director, Fondazione Bruno Visentini, Rome 
9.30 – 10.45 Session 4 “The issue of legitimacy: the role of European Parliament and National Parliaments in the new institutional context” 
René Repasi, Assistant Professor, Heidelberg University