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
How Can We Complete EMU in the Spirit of Pierre Werner?
Belgian Minister of StatePresident of the European Investment Bank (2000-2011)
One of the main ideas in the Werner Report was that there could be no monetary union without political union, and vice versa. The two have to go together. That is why, alongside a “Community system of central banks”, he proposed establishing a “decision-making centre for economic policy” under the democratic control of the European Parliament elected by universal suffrage.
The Treaty of Maastricht was an attempt to set up one without the other. But the ordeal of the recession showed how right Pierre Werner was: monetary union cannot function without an economic union, and therefore without political union. This was the conclusion eventually reached by the Van Rompuy report of 5 December 2012.
1. Economic union
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