“30 Jahre Europaministerkonferenz – Handlungsoptionen und Visionen für die Zukunft”

Source: Landesportal Sachsen-Anhalt

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the European Ministers’ Conference (“EMK”), the Hamburg-Vigoni Forum in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Chair of the Otto von Guericke Universiät Magdeburg has published the study “30 Jahre Europaministerkonferenz – Handlungsoptionen und Visionen für die Zukunft”. The policy paper analyzes the impact and the work of the EMK during the last three decades. The results of this study were presented on February 8 during an evening event at the State Representation of Saxony-Anhalt in Berlin.

A keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess, holder of the Jean Monnet Chair European Citizenship at the Freie Universität Berlin, served as an introduction to the discussion on the legal basis of federal-state cooperation in European matters as well as possibilities for shaping active subsidiarity. The latter also dealt with the guiding questions of the policy paper: what role the EMK assumes, how it fulfills this role, and to what extent the profile of requirements has changed over the decades. Against this background, scientific recommendations were then reflected upon from the perspective of political practice.

The panel discussion was attended by Simone Großner, State Secretary for Federal and European Affairs and Plenipotentiary of the State of Saxony-Anhalt to the Federal Government; Almut Möller, State Councillor and Plenipotentiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the Federal Government, the European Union and for Foreign Affairs; and Dr. Anna Lührmann, Minister of State for Europe and Climate at the Federal Foreign Office. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Dr. Eva Heidbreder, Professor of Governance in the European Multi-level System at Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg and Prof. Dr. Markus Kotzur, Project Manager of the Hamburg-Vigoni Forum and Professor of European and International Law at the Universität Hamburg. A total of about 60 people interested in European policy attended the event at the Saxony-Anhalt State Representation. In addition to numerous participants from academia and research, many staff members from the ministries of the federal states and the federal government took part.