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Pierre Werner et l’Europe : pensée, action, enseignements – Pierre Werner and Europe: His Approach, Action and Legacy

Edited By Elena Danescu and Susana Muñoz

Le centenaire de la naissance de Pierre Werner (1913–2013) a offert une occasion privilégiée d’évoquer la personnalité et l’œuvre de cet homme d’État luxembourgeois qui a marqué de son empreinte le devenir contemporain du Grand-Duché et l’intégration européenne. Réunis lors d’un colloque international qui s’est déroulé les 27 et 28 novembre 2013 à Luxembourg, une trentaine de chercheurs et d’experts réputés d’horizons différents (historiens, économistes, juristes, politologues), ainsi que des grands acteurs de la pensée économique et monétaire ont analysé la vision européenne de Pierre Werner et ont mis en lumière, dans une perspective internationale, l’actualité de ses réflexions face aux défis du XXI e siècle. Sur le plan méthodologique, plusieurs contributions puisent leur originalité dans l’exploitation scientifique des archives familiales Werner. Par le message et les enseignements qu’il délivre, cet ouvrage a pour ambition de contribuer à approfondir l’étude interdisciplinaire de l’Union économique et monétaire sur le long terme et invite les lecteurs à découvrir davantage le projet d’intégration européenne à travers la vision et l’action de l’un de ses promoteurs, Pierre Werner.
The centenary of the birth of Pierre Werner (1913–2013) offered a timely opportunity to reflect on the personality and achievements of this politician from Luxembourg who left his mark on the future of his country and on the European integration process. On 27 and 28 November 2013, some 30 renowned experts and researchers including historians, economists, legal experts and political scientists, together with major players in economic and monetary affairs, assembled in Luxembourg for a conference during which they analysed Pierre Werner’s European vision and offered an international perspective on the relevance of his approach in light of the challenges facing us in the 21 st century. Several of the papers provided new insights based on the authors’ exploration of the Werner family archives. The aim of these proceedings is to offer a series of observations and conclusions that encourage further interdisciplinary analysis of Economic and Monetary Union from a long-term perspective and invite readers to find out more about the European integration process through the vision and actions of one of its instigators, Pierre Werner.
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Marianne BACKES

DirectorCentre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE)

The centenary of Pierre Werner’s birth on 29 December 2013 offered a timely opportunity to reflect on the personality, approach and achievements of this politician from Luxembourg who left his mark on the future of his country and on the European integration process.

To mark this event, the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE), in cooperation with its partners the Pierre Werner Foundation, the University of Luxembourg, Robert Triffin International and the European Commission Representation in Luxembourg, held an international conference entitled “Pierre Werner, a vision for Europe: his approach, action and legacy”. Some 30 renowned experts and researchers, together with major players in economic and monetary affairs, assembled at the Cultural Exchange Centre of the Abbaye de Neumünster on 27 and 28 November 2013 to analyse Pierre Werner’s European vision and demonstrate the relevance of his approach in light of the challenges facing us in the 21st century.

This conference served a twofold purpose. Firstly, it was part of the series of events held to mark Werner’s centenary. The CVCE was closely involved in this occasion, also organising a round table1 and a biographical documentary that shed light on the intellectual achievements, convictions and actions of Pierre Werner, an architect of a united Europe, as seen through accounts from individuals that knew him well.2

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