The Institute for International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) organised the 5th European Meeting in Enghien-les-Bains on 23rd February 2013 together with the Robert Schuman Foundation on the theme of "Bringing Europe and its Citizens closer together". On this occasion the Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation, Jean-Dominique Giuliani presented the "Schuman Report on the State of the Union 2013" to be published on 28th February. (French version)
One observation dominated the three round tables: the European Union is seen by European citizens as increasingly distant, bureaucratic and difficult to understand. Just as the economic crisis is raging across the continent identifying solutions that will democratise the Union by strengthening its roles in the world and by pacifying relations between public opinion and the institutions in Brussels are becoming fundamental stakes.
The inaugural speech by Bernard Cazeneuve, delegate Minister for Foreign Affairs responsible for European Affairs set the themes for the day showing that "Europe had to be the solution and not the problem in the crisis." Moderated by Pascal Boniface, the Director of IRIS the first roundtable focused on the citizens' disenchantment with the community project. With 200 in the audience the second roundtable looked at the position of the EU in international relations whilst the last discussion assessed the economic crisis and the euro.
Presentation of the Schuman Report on the State of the Union 2013
Inaugural speech by Bernard Cazeneuve
From left to right: Roland Cayrol, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Gael Sliman.