Pierre Werner et l’Europe : pensée, action, enseignements – Pierre Werner and Europe: His Approach, Action and Legacy
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
The Werner Report as a Route Map to Economic and Monetary Union
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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