YPFP Events

Is the federalist model working? Perspectives from the US and the EU

April 23, 2014 07:00 pm


The US Mission to the EU
40 Regent Boulevard
1000 Brussels

WHAT: Is the federalist model working? Perspectives from the US and the EU
WHEN: Wednesday 23 April, 19:00- 20:30, followed by a networking reception
WHERE: The US Mission to the EU, Boulevard du Regent 40, Brussels
WHO: YPFP members and friends
REGISTER: Please fill in this form: http://goo.gl/mM19Mm

What does Federalism mean to you?

In Europe federalism is often seen as a divisive issue, with debates settling people into ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ EU camps. Yet, on the other side of the Atlantic, the United States has operated on a federal model since its Bill of Rights was written.

The upcoming European Parliament elections 2014 seem the perfect moment to discuss this issue, and to put some focus onto debates swirling around Brussels and elsewhere. At its heart, the European project, from the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, to its current incarnation as the EU, has been a federalist adventure. It has delivered on its original ambition to move Europe away from war, and has brought a host of fundamental freedoms to the citizens of a united Europe.

Yet, what route forward should we now take? What are the next steps along this federalist path? Are we looking at Treaty change, a two or three speed Europe, or will we see the fracturing of this project as countries and regions turn their back on federalism?

What can be learned from the US model and where should the future focus of Europe lie?

In this event we will explore why the American model of power-sharing works and why the backlash is so strong from European sceptics. Our two experts, one from the US and the other a European federalist will share their insights into this very current topic.

Dr Akram Elias has over 27 years of professional experience as a consultant in the areas of public diplomacy, cross-cultural training, and communication. He has worked extensively with the U.S. Department of State and numerous private and international organizations to provide public diplomacy, cross-cultural analysis and training. Since 1995, Mr. Elias has been contracted by the U.S. Department of State to give in depth briefings on American government, politics, culture and society to international delegates from around the world.

Domenico Rossetti is a Principal Administrator at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. He is specialized in the questions related to Global Europe. Rossetti got his PhD in economics from Paris Dauphine University and he is Professor at the Belgian royal Academy of Sciences. He is the Secretary General of the European Union of Federalists (UEF.be).

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