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
Challenges and Prospects for EMU
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Emeritus Professor at the Université catholique de LouvainSecretary General of Robert Triffin International
The challenges are real. They are mostly a result of EMU’s structural incompleteness. And its prospects will largely depend upon our ability to perfect it and to realise Pierre Werner’s vision.
Indeed, the Economic and Monetary Union born of the Treaty of Maastricht did not exactly correspond to that vision. The conclusions of the Werner Report in October 1970 clearly stated:
B. Economic and monetary union means that the principal decisions of economic policy will be taken at Community level [my emphasis] and therefore that the necessary powers will be transferred from the national plane to the Community plane. […]
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