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Solidarity in Europe

The 2018 edition will have a special emphasis on Solidarity in Europe, an overarching theme relevant to European economic, monetary and fiscal policies, social investment, strategies of EU defence and security, migration, climate change and energy programmes.


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Thursday 10 May 2018

European University Institute | Badia Fiesolana 08.00 – 22.00

The event will take place in English.



07.30 – 18.00 Registration 

09.30 – 10.00 Plenary Session, Welcome and Introduction by Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, and Opening Address by Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic.

Please note that the Opening Address will be delivered in Italian, with English translation

10.00 – 11.30 Reassessing the Fiscal Monetary Framework of EMU in 2018

10.00 – 11.30 Platforms and Communities: New Forms of Markets and Solidarity Emerging in the EU Energy World

11.45 – 13.15 Social Investment in the Balance

11.45 – 13.15 Solidarity in Development? Historical Experiences and Present Concerns with Economic Stability and Political Security across Borders

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch Break

14.30 – 15.00 Plenary Session, Introduction by Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, and Address by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

15.00 – 16.30 Climate Change Solidarity within the EU

15.00 – 16.30 Cities and Asylum Seeker Integration: Innovative Practices and (Trans)national Approaches

16.45 – 18.15 Limits of Solidarity: Narratives and Attitudes towards Migration

16.45 – 18.15 European Union Foreign, Security, and Defence Policies: Solidarity or Separation?

18.30 – 19.00 Plenary Session, Introduction by Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, and A conversation between Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic and Tony Barber, Europe Editor, Financial Times

19.00 – 23.00 Tuscan Buffet

A shuttle service will be available from 19.00 – 23.00 to transport conference participants between Badia Fiesolana Parking and Piazza Santa Maria Novella.

Friday 11 May 2018

Comune di Firenze | Palazzo Vecchio 07.30 – 17.30

Simultaneous translation into English and Italian will be available.


07.30 – 18.00 Registration 

09.00 – 09.15 Welcome addresses

9.15 – 09.45 Keynote Speech by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament

9.45 – 10.15 Keynote Speech by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

10.15 – 11.00 Climate Change and Energy Transition: is our ‘Energy Union’ Challenged by New Needs of Burden-sharing Solidarity?

11.00 – 11.30 The State of the Union Address, Welfare State Futures: What Role for Solidarity?

11.30 – 12.00 Introduction by Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, and Address by Prokopios Pavlopoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic

12.00 – 13.15 Solidarity and the EU Budget

13.15 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.45 – 15.15 Address by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission

15.15 – 15.45 Address by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

15.45 – 17.00 It’s Time to Get the House in Order! How to Strengthen the Current EMU?

17.00 – 17.30 Closing Address by Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy

Saturday 12 May 2018

Historical Archives of the European Union | Villa Salviati  10.00 – 17.30



The Historical Archives of the European Union will host an Open Day on Saturday 12 May 2018, from 10.00 to 17.30, at Villa Salviati in Florence. The Open Day will be a path through local cultural, artistic and culinary traditions.



The event will be live streamed