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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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The Werner Report as a Route Map to Economic and Monetary Union

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Hans TIETMEYER

President of the Deutsche Bundesbank (1993-1999)Former Member of the Werner Committee

I thank you for this opportunity to address you here in Luxembourg. I am particularly grateful for this invitation, because I have to say that Pierre Werner was one of the truly great figures I have met in the course of my life. Pierre Werner was not only a great Prime Minister of this country but also an outstanding pathfinder and architect of European integration, and he also established major landmarks for his successors, from Jacques Santer to Jean-Claude Juncker, and so on. I do not intend to deal with them all in detail.

Luxembourg, of course, was not only the first seat of the Commission; through the commitment of its political leaders, Luxembourg has often injected vital impetus into the process of European integration, and many people in Europe hope that it will continue to do so.

It is particularly important that Pierre Werner’s commitment to Europe and his great achievements should not slide into oblivion, especially in view of the fact that, even now, the euro remains a live issue, and its future is not yet secure.

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