UCL European Institute


The EU after Lisbon Debate

25 October 2010, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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Organised by the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe, this event invites 4 MEPs from different parts of the political spectrum to discuss the future and finality of the European project.

Sir Stephen Wall (Chair, UCL Council, Vice-chair, Business for New Europe, formerly UK permanent representative to the European Union)

David Rennie (Journalist, The Economist)


  • Timothy Kirkhope (Member of the European Parliament, Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament)
  • Claude Moraes (Member of the European Parliament, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in Europe)
  • Andrew Duff (Member of the European Parliament, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe, spokesman on constitutional affairs)
  • Gabi Zimmer, (Member of the European Parliament, Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left)

Almost a year after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, 6 months after the general election in the UK, and in view of the current budget/economic crisis it is time to discuss the future (and the finality) of the European Union project. Was Lisbon the final step of European integration? Is it time to transfer competences back to the Member States? Or will the EU become more state-like (possibly with a Commission which reflects the political majority in the EP; more EU competences in foreign relations, a clearance requirement for Member States' budgets, etc)? Or should the EU rather change its focus away from market integration and free trade towards a more socially just and equal Europe? What is attainable and what is desirable? We have invited four Members of the European Parliament representing different parts of the political spectrum to reflect on these questions in a debate that will be moderated by the experienced journalist David Rennie, formerly EU correspondent and Charlemange columnist of the Economist, now their Political Editor and Bagehot columnist.

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Organised by the UCL Centre for Law and Governance in Europe.