The State of Europe Forum
May 9, 2011, Bartok Hall, Budapest Congress Centre, 14.00-16.00
The opening day of the congress, May 9, coincided with Europe Day, the commemoration of the Schuman Declaration in 1950 and the birth of what has become the European Union.
As the ‘European capital’ for the first half of 2011, Budapest was the venue for the first State of Europe Forum to be held annually, sponsored by the Schuman Centre for European Studies.
The purpose of this forum was to recall Robert Schuman’s founding vision and values for the EU, to evaluate Europe today in the light of these values and to reflect on their contemporary relevance.
The State of Europe Forum was held as a pre-congress event, and was attended by over 100 participants.
Os Guinness, Michael Schluter, Jeff Fountain, Sander Luitwieler, Thomas Schirrmacher, Vishal Mangalwadi
Chaired by Dr Thomas Schirrmacher, head of the theological commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, the forum was addressed by:
• Jeff Fountain, director of the Schuman Centre for European Studies - on the forgotten birthday
• Dr Vishal Mangalwadi, author of The Book that Made Your World
Dr Sander Luitwieler, on Revitalising the European values
• Dr Os Guinness, on A world safe for diversity – European leadership in forging a civil public square
• Dr Michael Schluter, on developing a relational Europe
Videos of the talks will shortly be uploaded on www.schumancentre.eu