Europe as a global player 2019

za 26 januari '19

Europe as a global player 2019


Symposium on EUROPE AS A GLOBAL PLAYER, dream or reality?

Saturday 26 January, 10.30 – 16.30


Is Robert Schuman’s political dream (1950) after WWII of an organised and lively Europe as a force for peace still alive? What is left of his spirit of reconciliation? Western Europe at the time was recovering thanks to Marshall Aid. Central and Eastern Europe were suffering under Soviet totalitarian rule. All are now Members of the European Union.


Today the European Union as an economic global player is a reality. Also positive exchanges in other fields take place. The Cold War is forgotten. At the same time we are experiencing the new insecurity of globalization, marked by intensified economic competitiveness, terrorism, resurgent nationalism, internet and cyberwarfare. What is left of the spirit of 1950 under the predominant stress on economic values?

It is important to examine in which way the original dream can still inspire today’s reality; and to ask those who joined the European Union after the end of the Cold War in 1989, what their dreams had been and still are today.

After each presentation there will be time for discussion



Dr. Frans Alting von Geusau, professor of international law and relations emeritus at Tilburg and Leiden University (and elsewhere) will open the program with a brief survey of European unification seen from the angle of the founding dream in the Community of the Six, the Nine and the Twelve and the European Union of the fifteen, the twenty five and the twenty eight minus one.

Dr. Jaap de Zwaan, professor European Law Erasmus University & Fellow at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, will address the challenge of staying the course of European unification in the enlarged European Union as a global player under the predominant stress on economic values.

Dr Marcin Czepalac, Ambassador to the Republic of Poland, The Hague.

The Ambassador will give an explanation of the dreams in the states joining the European Union in 2004, and speak about the period before and after 1989 the year of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Dr. Brânduşa Predescu, Ambassador to Romania, The Hague.

Romania will have the Presidency of the European Council from 1 February – 1 July 2019. The Ambasador wil give her view on the possibility of the European Union to play a global role when (28) 27 sovereign national leaders from Eastern, Central, Western, Southern and Northern Europe seem to be ever more protective of their own national rights.

Dr Margriet Krijtenburg, researcher & lecturer at European Studies Programme, The Hague University of Applied Sciences: will link the core principles of European integration with EU today.


Academics and others will give their insights: The introductions will be 15-20 minutes each and be followed by a 15-20 minutes discussion.

Musical intermezzos and a delicious European lunch will accompany the Symposium. 


Programme Saturday 26 January 2019

10.30 Doors open, Registration & coffee

11.00 Welcome: Mr. René Guldenmund

11.10 Prof. dr. F.A.M. Alting von Geusau

11.40 Question time

12.00 Prof. dr. J.W. de Zwaan

12.30 Question time followed by lunchbuffet

13.50 Musical intermezzo

14.00 Dr. Marcin Czepelac

14.30 Questions from the public

14.45 Dr. Brandusa Predescu

15.15 Question time

15.30 Dr. Margriet Krijtenburg

15.45 Musical intermezzo

15.55 Debate with public

16.15 End


Moderator: Mr. René Guldenmund

René Guldenmund is an international lawyer, specialised in the implementation and enforcement of EU-law. He was a researcher at the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University and worked for many years as a senior legislative lawyer at the ministries of agriculture and economic affairs in The Netherlands. Currently he is a member of the delegation of the Holy See in several international organisations and works on a thesis about the freedom of religion (“God in Public Space”).


Registration: Secretariat SOKA, Concertgebouwplein 17, 1071 LM Amsterdam Tel. 020 573 72 67, email: or via the website:

Place: Conferentieoord Zonnewende, Tilburgseweg 54, 5066 BV Moergestel

Costs: € 35 (studenten 20,-) included ‘lunchbuffet

Payment: Preferably by bank IBAN NL86INGB0005157514, Stichting SOKA, Amsterdam. Payment can also be done at location.




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