FGV celebrates 30 years of Jean Monnet activities with debate on regional integration
On August 19, a conference titled “Regionalism in Hard Times: 30th Anniversary of Jean Monnet Activities” was held in FGV’s main building in Rio de Janeiro. The event, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of Jean Monnet activities as part of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ program, brought together specialists who have participated in the program and scholars of the European project in general.
The conference examined obstacles currently faced in the area of regionalism and inter-regionalism by organizations in Europe and South America. The opening remarks were given by representatives of the organizing entities: Professor Renato Galvão Flôres Junior, director of the FGV´s International Intelligence Unit (FGV NPII); Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida, a professor at the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School and the coordinator of the Jean Monnet Chair teaching post at the school; and Costanzo Fisogni, a member of the European Union Delegation in Brazil.
After that, the keynote speech was given by Professor Mario Telò, the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at the Free University of Brussels and LUISS in Rome, titled “The European Union in a comparative perspective. Regionalism and interregionalism in hard times: pessimism of intelligence and optimism of will.” A panel discussion was then held, moderated by Professor Paula Almeida. The other participants were Paulina Astroza Suárez, coordinator of the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Concepción in Chile; Andrea Hoffmann, of Rio de Janeiro Catholic University’s International Relations Institute and a member of the institution’s Jean Monnet Network; Carolina Moehlecke, of FGV’s School of International Relations (FGV RI); and Renato Flôres, of FGV NPII.
Starting from the premise that forms of integration follow different paths in different regions, the participants shared their opinions about the past and present of regionalism and inter-regionalism in Europe and South America. They also looked to the future in order to identify some key challenges that lie ahead, including populist movements and the terms of the trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosul.
The conference took place as part of a long-standing partnership between Fundação Getulio Vargas and the European Commission, which will continue in the coming years as the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School hosts the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in EU-South America Global Governance and FGV NPII organizes the Jean Monnet Atlantic Network 2.0.