Europe as a global player 2019

za 26 januari '19

Europe as a global player 2019


10.30 - 17.00 h


Saturday 26 January, 10.30 – 16.45 h 


Is Robert Schuman’s political dream after WWII (9 May 1950) regarding 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 the Marshall Aid Programme. Central and Eastern Europe on the other hand, belonged to the Soviet sphere of interest. Practically all of these countries are now Members of the European Union.

Today the European Union as an economic global player is a reality. Also positive cooperation and 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 trade conflicts, intensified economic competitiveness, terrorism, resurgent nationalism and populism, internet and forms of hybrid warfare. 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 were and still are today.

After each presentation there will be time for discussion.



Frans Alting von Geusau, Em. Professor of international law and international relations at Tilburg University and Leiden University (and elsewhere), will open the programme. He will give 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 Member States and of the European Union of the fifteen, the twenty five and the twenty eight minus one.

Jaap de Zwaan, Em. Professor European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam & former Professor European Integration at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, will address the -external and internal- challenges the European Union is confronted with these days, as well as the options available on how to organise its future cooperation.

Katarzyna Banaszkiewicz, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, The Hague. The Deputy 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.

Gabriel Mares, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Romania, The Hague. Romania will have the Presidency of the European Council from 1 February – 1 July 2019. The Debuty Ambasador wil give his 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.

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

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”).

Musical intermezzos by René Guldenmund/Adèle Nieuweboer and a delicious European lunch will accompany the Symposium. 


Programme Saturday 26 January 2019

10.30 Doors open, Registration & coffee/tea

11.00 Welcome: Mr. René Guldenmund

11.10 Professor Alting von Geusau

11.40 Question time

12.00 Professor de Zwaan

12.30 Question time followed by lunch buffet

13.50 Musical intermezzo

14.00 Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Katarzyna Banaszkiewicz

14.30 Question time

14.45 Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Romania, Gabriel Mares

15.15 Question time

15.30 Researcher & lecturer Margriet Krijtenburg

16.00 Coffee and tea

16.15 Musical intermezzo

16.25 General debate with public

16.45 End


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.