Europe Day in Warsaw

The last decade was difficult for European integration. The economic crisis brought a wave of right-wing and left-wing Euroscepticism that swept through virtually all EU countries. The peak of this trend was the decision of the British people to leave the community, which was made in the referendum in the summer of 2016.

During last two years pessimism, however, began to give way to optimism. In France, the presidential election was won by Emmanuel Macron, running a campaign based on a strong pro-European message. The good economic situation has returned to most EU countries. Ideas for a revival of the European idea as well as a debate about community’s reform and its future shape are coming back.

At the beginning of the discussion on the future financial perspective, Europe faces many challenges, and various capitals, institutions or groups give different recipes to overcome them. Is a Europe of many speeds the future of the Union, or should we move forward primarily together? Should cohesion remain a priority or should it be promotion of new technologies and economic growth? How to restore EU solidarity in face of the refugee crisis? These are just a few questions that we should answer during the next 12 months and will be a subject of the conference:

Europe Day

The European Parliament, Heart of European Democracy?

Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, Warsaw

Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 9h30–14h00



9h30–10h00     Registration and welcome coffee


10h00–10h20   Welcoming remarks


Thierry Chopin, Head of Research, Robert Schuman Foundation

Anna Radwan, President of InEuropa

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of the City of Warsaw


10h20–11h00    Europe’s Trends and Future


Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of the Republic of Poland, 1995-2005

Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland, 2010-2015

Moderator: Anna Radwan, President of In.Europa Institute


11h00-11h10         Break


11h10–12h10      Where is the heart of the European democracy?


Pat Cox, Former European Parliament President

Thierry Chopin, Head of Research, Robert Schuman Foundation

Róża Thun, Member of European Parliament

Sébastien Platon, Professor of Public Law, University of Bordeaux, France

Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights, Poland


Moderator: Łukasz Lipiński, journalist, In.Europa Institute


12h10-12h20     Preparing for the European Future

Martin Koopmann, Director Genshagen Foundation


12h20-12h30     Presentation: Warsaw – City for Europe


Robert Zydel, Director of Marketing Department City of Warsaw


12h45–14h00    Networking Lunch