50 Years of the European Treaties: history and perspectives
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the European Economic Community in 1957, European Economic Integration Chair of the University of Economics in Krakow organised two day conference: “50 Years of the European Treaties: history and perspectives” and the didactic workshop: “Teaching the European integration”. The conference took place at the University of Economics in Krakow from 29-30 May 2007 and brought together scholars from a few PolishUniversities (i.e. Jagiellonian Uiversity, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gdansk University, University of Łódz, University of Economics in Krakow) and many students.
The conference was divided for two session: first one underlined changes within the 50 years of evolution of a regional organisation. As was stated – for good comprehension of European Integration processes, its characteristics and effects, the knowledge of beginning and ideas of European Integration is necessary. The participants tried both to reflect critically upon some of the EU’s achievements and to think imaginatively about the diverse challenges facing the EU for the future. The second session discussed problems of teaching European integration itself and its perspectives from a range of disciplines – law, sociology, history etc - as well as minimum standards of academic courses. The round table debate was focused on how to teach European issues on undergraduate level. It gathered teachers from Academy of Economics and other Jean Monnet Chairholders from polish universities.
The welcome was given by the Rector, prof. Ryszard Borowiecki. Chair of the first session: prof. Ryszard Piasecki (University of Łódź) and prof. Helena Tendera-Właszczuk (University of Economics, Krakow). Second day chair: prof. Helena Tendera-Właszczuk.
Programme of the conference:
Political achievements of the European Integration - Prof. Kazimierz Łastawski, Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń,
Judicial achievements of the European Integration – dr Czesław Paweł Kłak, Jagiellonian Uiversity, Krakow
Economic consequences of the European Integration. The future of euro – dr Marta Wajda-Lichy, University of Economics, Krakow
Perspectives and problems of the EU Enlargements – prof. Stanisław Miklaszewski University of Economics, Krakow
The European Union and the Europe – prof. Jerzy Mikułowski-Pomorski, University of Economics, Krakow
Regional policy of the EU – changes and perspectives – prof. Irena Pietrzyk, University of Economics, Krakow
Institutional framework of Polish economic development – prof. Ryszard Piasecki University of Łódź
CEFTA and the economic integration processes in the CEECs – dr Edward Molendowski
The barriers in the process of European Integration - prof. Helena Tendera-Właszczuk, University of Economics, Krakow
2007 Teaching the European Integration
The European integration and with relations to other scientific disciplines – dr Zbigniew Rudnicki ,University of Economics, Krakow
E-learning in teaching of European Integration – dr hab. Aleksander Surdej, University of Economics, Krakow
The conference met with a lot of interest among research workers and around 120 students, not only from Cracow University of Economics, but also from other Cracovian and Polish universities. The conference was also a great opportunity for a fruitful discussion and exchange of opinions. Some of the participants made an attempt to present their own alternative views on the topics discussed. With no doubt, the conference has reached it’s target and will result in better understanding of the problems of enlarged Common Europe.