How to benefit from the Differences Among EU Member Countries
The conference “The Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe – benefits for the Member Countries of the European Union” was held on May 18th 2005 in the Cracow University of Economics and organized by the European Economic Integration Chair. The conference topic was set on the basis of the Agreement signed between the Cracow University of Economics and Jean Monnet Project of the European Commission.
The main objectives of the conference was to discuss the current issues concerning The Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe and the changes it presupposes. Another main theme concerned new Member States’ position in the European Union institutions and the functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union in future.
Each participant of the conference marked out different set of problems concerning Common Europe which made the conference a great opportunity to widen the knowledge already acquired and to gain a new point of view on the current matters.
The first lecture, held by Professor Stanisław Biernat, Jean Monnet Chairholder, Jagiellonian University, referred to the major changes which the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe implements. The speech focused the positive changes introduced by the Treaty but on the other hand, it marked out the possible situation if not all the Member States adopt the Treaty unanimously and the consequences such case could provide.
The subject of the second lecture prepared by Professor Artur Nowak-Far, Warsaw School of Economics, concentrated on the comparison between the present rules of functioning of the Economic and Monetary Union and new regulations in that matter included in the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe. The lecturer pointed out how EU Member Countries can benefit from the differences among them in the light of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe.
Professor Genowefa Grabowska, European Parliament, presented the genesis and the idea of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe with a stress on the proceedings of the European Convention and the Intergovernmental Conference. The lecture enumerated and described such areas as the structure of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe, wide set of opinions formulated by different political parties and the main controversial points the Treaty contains.
The last lecture was held by Professor Helena Tendera-Właszczuk, Jean Monnet Chairholder, Cracow University of Economics, and referred to the important changes in the functioning of the European Union institutional system. The speech analyzed and contrasted the institutional regulations included in the Nice Treaty and in the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe. A special interests was put on the position of new Member States in the European Union’s institutions as well as on the voting power they posses.
The conference met with a lot of interest among research workers and around 350 students, not only from Cracow University of Economics, but also from other Cracovian universities. In addition to that, the conference was a great possibility 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.