'Pierre Werner and Europe' Project
International conference ‘Pierre Werner, a vision for Europe: his approach, action and legacy’
To mark the centenary of the birth of Pierre Werner, the CVCE, in cooperation with the Pierre Werner Foundation, the University of Luxembourg, the Triffin International Foundation and the European Commission Representation in Luxembourg, held an international conference on 27 and 28 November 2013 entitled ‘Pierre Werner, a vision for Europe: his approach, action and legacy'.
Renowned experts and researchers and major players in economic and monetary affairs met at the Cultural Exchange Centre of the Abbaye de Neumünster to speak on the European achievements of Pierre Werner and their relevance in the 21st century. The CVCE is currently carrying out a large-scale project on the European achievements and approach of Pierre Werner, based primarily on the thorough exploitation of the Werner family archives, which have been opened for the first time for research purposes.
The opening lecture was given by Prof. Hans Tietmeyer, Honorary President of the Bundesbank and former member of the Werner Committee, and the closing lecture by Prof. Philippe Maystadt, Belgian Minister of State and Honorary President of the European Investment Bank.
The contributions were divided into four themed sessions:
- Pierre Werner, a life dedicated to the European ideal (27 November 2013)
- The Werner Report: ideas, initiatives and challenges for a Europe built through currency (27 November 2013)
- From the Werner Report to the Delors Report: progress towards Economic and Monetary Union (28 November 2013)
- Challenges and prospects for Economic and Monetary Union (28 November 2013)
The conference was followed by a lunch debate chaired by Luc Frieden, Finance Minister (2009–2013), whose presentation focused on ‘Financial services in a changing world'.
The biographical documentary ‘Pierre Werner — a European vocation', produced in connection with the research project on the European achievements of Pierre Werner, is also available for consultation.