European University Institute State of the Union

Programme 6 May

Palazzo Vecchio

8:00 – 9:30 | Registration, Cortile del Michelozzo

8:00 – 18:00 | Coffee point, Cortile della Dogana

9:30 – 10:00 | Welcome address, Salone dei Cinquecento

Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence

Enrico Rossi, President, Tuscany Region

Leonardo Bassilichi, President, Camera di Commercio di Firenze

Jean-Émile Gombert, President of the EUI High Council

J.H.H. WeilerPresident, European University Institute

10:00 – 10:30 | The State of the Union Address

Ruth Rubio Marín, Professor of Constitutional and Public Comparative Law, EUI

10:30 – 12:00 | Morning session - Women and Conflict

Women and Conflict

Women have played, and continue to play, a variety of roles in contemporary armed conflict. They have also been disproportionately impacted by conflict, whether through sexual violence and other war crimes, forced displacement, the denial of basic services, or the breakdown in communal solidarity. This panel will discuss both how women are being affected by contemporary conflict, and how women might make a greater contribution to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. In so doing, it will discuss the impact of Security Council Resolution 1325, passed in the year 2000, which was the first to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda.  It will also reflect on the progress made in elevating women to strategic leadership roles in international and regional peace and security organisations.


Jennifer Welsh, Professor in International Relations, EUI


Valerie Amos, former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Monica Maggioni, President of RAI

Patricia Sellers, Special Advisor for prosecution strategies to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

12:00 – 12:45 | Europe and Russia: Partnership vs. Brinkmanship

Andrey Fursenko, former Minister of Education and Science; Aide to the President of the Russian Federation


Andrey Fursenko, former Minister of Education and Science; Aide to the President of the Russian Federation

J.H.H. Weiler, President of the EUI

12:45 – 14:30 | Tasting of local specialties, Cortile della Dogana

14:30 – 16:00 | Afternoon Session I - Religion, Marginalisation and Radicalisation

Religion, Marginalisation and Radicalisation


Olivier Roy, Joint Chair RSCAS, Chair in Mediterranean Studies, EUI


Rainer Hermann, Editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

Moncef Marzouki, former President of Tunisia

Christiane Taubira, former French Minister of Justice

16:00 – 16:15 | Break

16:15 – 17:45 | Afternoon Session II - Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership

Leadership has been an elusive but ubiquitous phenomenon throughout human history in all societies. For much of global history, women were not present in formal leadership. In the 20th century, two waves of feminism, in the early part of the century and later from the 1960s onwards, challenged the absence of women from traditional arenas of male leadership. Women began to emerge as leaders in politics, business and other fields. However, the number of women in senior leadership positions remains small in relation to the population of women.


Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Director of the Global Governance Programme, EUI


Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research; Presidency of the EUI High Council

Stefania Giannini, Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research


Maria Luís Albuquerque, former Minister of State and Finance of Portugal

Marta Cartabia, Vice President, Italian Constitutional Court

Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director, Le Monde

17:45 – 18:00 | Break

18:00 – 19:15 | From Rome to Lisbon and beyond: reassessing the fundamentals

Keynote speech:

Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta



Tony Barber, Europe Editor, Financial Times

J.H.H. Weiler, President of the EUI


Keynote speech:

Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy