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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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Conclusion. Pierre Werner and Europe: His Approach, Action and Legacy

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Pierre Werner and Europe: His Approach, Action and Legacy

Bernard SNOY

Professor at the Institute of European Studies,Université catholique de LouvainPresident of the European League for Economic CooperationPresident of Robert Triffin International

I have been asked to draw some conclusions from our discussions – not an easy task, especially as time is short. I would firstly like to thank the CVCE for inviting me and also for involving Robert Triffin International in this conference. I should point out the close intellectual affinities and deep-seated convictions shared by Pierre Werner and Robert Triffin. I would also note the major intellectual contributions made by Robert Triffin, firstly to the European Payments Union, which he helped devise, and then as a member of Jean Monnet’s Action Committee for the United States of Europe, the ideas of which were taken up by key figures such as Pierre Werner. Finally, I would like to mention, especially as Pierre Werner’s children are here with us, the sincere and deep-held friendship that my own father, Jean-Charles Snoy, who negotiated and signed the Rome Treaties before serving as Belgian Finance Minister, had for Pierre Werner. They had very similar views on fundamental issues. I also believe it is fair to say that the telephone calls that my father had with his counterparts in the Dutch and French Finance Ministries played a decisive part in Pierre Werner’s appointment as Chairman of the Committee of Experts that produced the Werner Report.


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