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Europe and the UK in the financial crisis

Europe and the UK in the financial crisis: Union or Disunion?

6th December 2011

As we face the largest financial and economic crisis since the 1930’s, what are the implications for Wales and the UK?

Wales’s First Minister, the Rt.Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, will discuss Wales and the European Union in light of this salient issue in his keynote speech at an economic governance event this week (Wednesday). This will be the first time the First Minister has spoken in public on this subject.

The School of European Studies at Cardiff University together with the European Commission, and in association with the Learned Society of Wales, are hosting the half-day conference which will bring together speakers from across Wales, the UK and Europe to explore potential strategic options that UK and Welsh governments will face in the future.

The conference, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the agreement of the Maastricht Treaty of the European and Monetary Union (EMU), will be chaired by former Cardiff University President and former Vice-President of the European Commission, Lord Neil Kinnock.

Other key participants at the conference include MEP and member of the Economic and Monetary Committee Kay Swinburne, Michele Calandrino of the European Commission, and Rory O’Donnell, Director of the National Economic and Social Council in Ireland.

The European Union and its Member States have faced unprecedented challenges caused by the global financial and economic crisis during the last 18 months. The conference will consider how proposed reforms to re-shape economic governance within Europe, may affect Wales and the rest of the UK.

 Kenneth Dyson, Professor at the School of European Studies, said: “With newspaper coverage that 'we have only a few days left to save the Euro', and with the imminent meeting of the European Council to try to agree a final crisis package to reassure the markets, what choices face Wales and the UK in this context?”

‘A Federal Europe in the Making? Europe 2020, the European Semester and the Euro Plus Pact’ takes place on Wednesday 7th December at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay, from 9.45am – 2.00pm.

The conference is free of charge and is part of the wider programme of events ‘Reforming European Economic Governance: Implications for the United Kingdom and Wales’ which runs until Spring 2012. The programme is sponsored by the European Commission and the Cardiff School of European Studies, organised in association with the Learned Society of Wales. 

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