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The EU is faced with the challenges of fashioning practices and institutions that reconcile the conflicting demands on political representatives from their international partners and their domestic constituents. This has been particularly manifest in the eurozone recently, but it reflects a deeper challenge which also concerns non euro-area members such as the UK.
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Self-Determination Processes in the EU. The Case of Catalonia
Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19 AM
Oct 25, 2013 12:00 AM
End: Oct 25, 2013 12:00 AM
25 October 2013
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In recent years, several EU Member States have faced claims from one of their constituent regions to be granted the right to decide on their separation from the state - most prominently Scotland, Flanders and Catalonia. In each case, what is at the forefront of political debate is not only the constitutional possibilities that exist in each state for such a separation to come into effect in the first place. Equally at stake is the question of the putative new state's status vis-à-vis EU membership. This half-day conference will assess both implications by concentrating, albeit not exclusively, on the case of Catalonia. Public figures from the Catalan media and academia, representing different standpoints in the debate, will discuss recent efforts in Catalonia that have sought to argue for the legitimacy of a public referendum on separation. Constitutional and political experts will then assess what possibilities and constraints exist domestically for attempts at separation, not least in comparison with other cases in the EU, and the issues which arise under EU law where these are constitutionally possible within the Member State.
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Professor Mary Fulbrook
Director, UCL European Institute
Mr Albert Royo
General Secretary, Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia
The Case of Catalonia
Sir Stephen Wall
Chair of UCL Council
Introduction to Catalonia
Mr Geoff Cowling
Former British Consul-General in Barcelona
Catalonia's self-determination process: a bottom-up movement?
Professor Miquel Strubell
Chair in Multilingualism, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), co-founder of the Catalan National Assembly
followed by Q&A
What has been happening in Catalonia recently?
Mr Xavier Vidal-Folch
Journalist and former deputy editor of the Spanish newspaper El País, and correspondent in Brussels (1994-2000)
followed by Q&A
|10.20am||Open discussion with the public|
||Self-determination processes in the EU|
Dr Uta Staiger
Deputy Director, UCL European Institute
Professor Robert Hazell, Director, UCL Constitution Unit
|Professor Montserrat Guibernau, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London|
Mr Graham Avery, C.M.G., Senior Member of St. Antony’s College,
University of Oxford, and Honorary Director-General of the European
Professor Sir David Edward
Professor Emeritus at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
|followed by discussion|
Mr Roger Albinyana, Secretary for Foreign and European Union Affairs, Government of Catalonia
|Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council|
Lunch for all participants
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