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YEAR 2010

moscow, russia,The State University – Higher School of Economics, "russia-eu business cooperation: specificity of interest representation and lobbying in the european union for russian companies". 8 july 2010

"When I entered the European Parliament (EP) in summer 1984 it might as well have been 1954 in terms of the then Soviet Union’s relations with the EP and the then EEC. True, there was an EP Delegation for the Soviet Union but I was told it never convened such was the diplomatic permafrost.  The Eastern Bloc’s own “common market”,COMECON, was seen as a hostile rival to the “ever closer union” in Western Europe, but COMECON was not a union of consent. Contrast this ideological prejudice to the pragmatic stance taken by the other great power in the East, China. For China, Western Europe’s rivalry with the Soviet Union  provided a welcome counterbalance to offset against Soviet/Chinese mutual suspicions. EU/Chinese relations have always been more productive than EU/Russian because of this Chinese pragmatism[...]"

Michael Hindley, FMA Member

YEAR 2009

POLAND, UNIVERSITY OF WARMIA AND MAZURY."EUROPEAN STUDY WEEK" 24-29 MAY 2009

"I have had the privilege and pleasure of visiting Poland on the European Parliament Campus Programme, with the cooperation of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn. The programme was an excellent mix of the University students, senior schoolchildren, foreign students studying in Poland from other European countries, Faculty professors and lecturers, and the office staff of a farm commune some 80 kilometres from Olsztyn. During this “European Study week” I spoke to, and met, many hundreds of students who were thirsting for knowledge of how Europe works. Based on my experiences, I can conclude that the Campus Programme is s wonderful way of communicating with young people about the European Union."

John Corrie, FMA Member
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YEAR 2008

CARPATHIANS, UNIVERSITIES OF TIMISOARA, ORADEA, DEBRECEN, KOSICE, RZESZOW. "CULTURAL RELATIONS AND EUROPEAN IDENTITY IN CARPATHIANS" 4-11 JUNE 2008 

"The Carpathian universities had invited MEPs to take part in a conference of five universities in four countries, organised to mark the EU Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. We six MEPs knew very little of the area between Timisoara, Oradea, Debrecen, Kosice and Rzeszow. The participants in the conference, which began in Timisoara, Temeswar, were graduate students from Ordea/Groswarein and also lecturers from other universities in France, Spain, Ukraine and Turkey. The inevitable result of 50 people spending a week together was continuous dialogue and discussions. It was a successful experience for the MEPs, who could not only report on their experience of Parliamentary work but also always found that their views were listened to – a further argument for the ‘EP to Campus’ programme."

Prof. Dr Braun-Moser, FMA Member

USA, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA "VARIOUS LECTURES AND TALKS ON THE EU AND EU ENLARGEMENT" 5-10 APRIL 2008

"Through the EP Former Members Association I was invited to visit the Centre for European Studies in April 2008, as part of the Centre’s programme of study of European Union enlargement.  I had a busy few days.  I delivered two lectures.  The first was on the growth of the European Union and the prospects for Croatian membership. I also lead seminars on democratisation and economic policy and spoke at a meeting of the EU Club, which students had formed earlier in the year.  They bombarded me with questions which left me no doubt of their deep interest in European affairs. “Bringing Europe to Florida” is part of the mandate of the European Centre, and I hope that my visit helped to raise the visibility of the Centre’s work."

Adam Gordon, membre de l'AAD 

YEAR 2007

MALTA, UNIVERSITY OF MALTA "BUSINESS ETHICS AND RELIGIOUS VALUES IN THE EU AND MALTA" 20 SEPTEMBER 2007

"Through the good offices of the Former Members Association (FMA) I was invited, along with my fellow former MEP colleague Irene SOLTWEDER-SCHÄFER (German Greens 1994-99) to attend a conference in Malta in September on business ethics. The actual title of the conference was "Business Ethics and Religious Values in the EU and Malta - for a moral level paying field "? As former MEPs and still active politicians, it was enormously stimulating for Irene and myself to be exposed to some excellent academic thinking about this complex but important interaction between business and ethics. We both feel that the FMA can play an important role by bringing practical experience to such dialogues. The University of Malta is to be congratulated on organising such a conference and it is hoped that the FMA's "EP to Campus" Programme can continue to channel members' experience into such contemporary and vital debates."

Michael Hindley, FMA Member


 PETER G. XUEREB, UNIVERSITY OF MALTA 

 

"I am grateful to the EP Former Members Association for providing such excellent speakers. I also thank the European Commission for supporting this collaboration between the University of Malta as Jean Monnet Action beneficiaries and the EP Former Members Association. The resulting mix of former MEPs, current MEPs and academic experts made ours a most fruitful conference."
Professor Peter G. Xuereb


YVES MENY, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE, FLORENCE 

"Former MEPs can play an important role by sharing their intimate and detailed knowledge of European institutional mechanisms and, in particular, the work of the European Parliament."
Professor Yves Mény

BELEN BERNALDO DE QUIROS, HEAD OF UNIT, ERASMUS AND JEAN MONNET ACTION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

  "The initiative by the European Parliament Former Members Association to create a new 'European Parliament to Campus' Programme constitutes an important step forward in the development of European integration studies at university-level. As such, it fits entirely with the philosophy of the Jean Monnet Action."
Mme Belén Bernaldo de Quíros