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A Question of Trust

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

European Ethical Pluralism and the Challenge of Bioethics

Publication date: Dec 20, 2012 10:29:00 AM

Start: Sep 7, 2012 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 24, 2012 6:00:00 PM

24 October 2012, 5.30pm

When
24 Oct 2012, 5.30pm

Venue:
Residence of the Belgian Ambassador
36 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8QB

Admission strictly by registration only. For RSVP details see below.

Bioethics

Organised in the framework of the Ambassador's "Belgian Salon" Series

Stem-cell research, GM crops, animal cloning are just a few topics among an increasing set of ethically controversial issues addressed by policy-makers in all economically developed societies. Advisory bodies at both the national and European level play an important role in thinking about and deliberating on the complex questions involved. Different models of public reasoning and decision–making are found in different national bioethical committees. Some strive to find a consensus in the midst of ethical pluralism; others see their task as merely to reflect that pluralism.

The discussion is aimed at examining the challenges that ethical pluralism poses for policy making, particularly in the field of regulation. Disunity is bad, but does that mean that pluralism is good? Policies are better when they are the products of dialogue and debate, but what if no consensus emerges? What does it mean for regulation in the European Single Market, if some societies take one position on ethically controversial questions and other societies take a different view? Can there be a European deliberative process that would adequately take into account whatever differences in sensitivities exist at the national and even sub-national levels? 

These are just a few questions that will be discussed at the Belgian Salon, jointly organized by the Embassy of Belgium and the European Institute at University College London. Prominent speakers will introduce the debate that promises to be lively and thought provoking.

Programme

5.30pm
Arrival
5.40pm
Welcome by Ambassador Verbeke
5.45pm
Dr Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, UCL, London
  Dr Paul Schotsmans, President of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Louvain, Belgium
  Dr Inez de Beaufort, Professor in Health Care Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
6.15pm
Debate
7.00pm
Reception

The “Belgian Salons” are a series of events organized by the Belgian Embassy in London addressing issues of common interest in an innovative and critical perspective.

Registration

To book your place, please RSVP Ann Willems

RSVP: 020 7470 3720  Email: ann.willems@diplobel.fed.be


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