The State of the Union 2011 (9-10 May 2011) welcomed to Florence and the European University Institute (EUI) some of the leading personalities of contemporary Europe.

Among the Participants were:

Mario Monti, Current Prime Minister of Italy; Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth; William E. Kennard, US Ambassador to the EU; Matteo Renzi, Major of Florence; Wu Jianmin, President of China Foreign Affairs University; Joseph Weiler, NYU; Dimitris Tsigos, President of YES – European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs; Peter Spiegel, Financial Times; Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Former Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank and Yves Mersch, President of the Central Bank of Luxembourg.

Here are the video interviews of some of the Speakers at the State of the Union 2011:


Mario Monti


Androulla Vassiliou


William E. Kennard


Matteo Renzi at the State of the Union Conference 2011 in FlorenceMatteo Renzi


Jianmin Wu at the State of the Union 2011Wu Jianmin


Joseph Weiler at the SoU conference in FlorenceJoseph Weiler


Dimitris Tsigos at the Sou on May 2011 in FlorenceDimitris Tsigos


Pieter Spiegel at the State of the Union Conference 2011Peter Spiegel


Lorenzo Bini Smaghi at the SoU 2011 in FlorenceLorenzo Bini Smaghi Yves Mersch at the State of the Union 2011 in FlorenceYves Mersch


Further videos about The State of the Union are available on the website of the Festival d’Europa.