The European Union’s constitutional challenges after the euro crisis
CEUR Guest lecture by Danuta Hübner
Chair: Uwe Puetter
The entering into force of the European Union’s 2009 Lisbon Treaty coincided with the unfolding of the euro crisis - one of the most severe political and economic challenges the Union has faced so far. The experience of the euro crisis showed the need for continuing political debate about the EU’s constitutional architecture. Moreover, the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union’s inter-institutional dynamics is only now understood more comprehensively. The European Parliament is a key venue for debate about the future of the Union's institutional set-up and needs to reassert this role in relation to other dominant institutional players - notably the European Council and the Council.
Professor Danuta Hübner is a Polish economist, academic, and policy maker. She was Poland's first-ever European Commissioner and has played a key role in the enlargement of the EU. She was re-elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2014 and is the Chair of its Committee on Constitutional Affairs. Hübner also was a Member of the European Parliament in the 2009-2014 electoral period and then served as Chair of the parliament’s Committee on Regional Development. She was Commissioner in the Romano Prodi Commission and since November 2004 was entrusted the regional policy portfolio. Danuta Hübner also held positions in the Polish government including Minister for European Affairs, Head of Office of the Committee for European Integration and Secretary of State for Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade and Minister Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. In 2000-2001 she was United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. She studied at the Warsaw School of Economics where she gained an MSc (1971) and a PhD (1974). In 1988-1990 Hübner was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1992 she was conferred with the scientific title of Professor of Economics by the President of the Republic of Poland. She has been awarded with five doctorates honoris causa by European universities.
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