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Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014
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Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public services.
5 November 2014

Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini
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Starts: Nov 5, 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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