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The European Economic Governance: the Place and Role of Public Policies

Conference on the occasion of the book release “Policy-making in the European Union” in Romanian and the second edition of the European Institute of Romania Excellence Awards

The conference was organised by the European Institute of Romania and the Representation of the European Commission in Romania on 13 December 2011 and enjoyed the presence of Mrs. Helen Wallace, Centennial Professor in the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The event marked the release of the volume Policy-making in the European Union, the sixth edition (Helen Wallace, co-author and coordinator, volume translated into Romanian and published by EIR), the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Romanian Journal of European Affairs (RJEA) and the second edition of EIR Excellence Awards.

The conference also enjoyed the active participation of Mr. Leonard Orban, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Niculae Idu, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, Mrs. Gabriela Drăgan, Director General of the European Institute of Romania, Professor Vasile Puşcaş, Director of the Institute for International Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, and former Chief Negotiator of Romania, Mr. Daniel Dăianu, Professor at SNPSA, former MEP, former Minister of Finance, Mr. Valentin Lazea, Chief Economist at the National Bank of Romania Mr. Dragoş Pîslaru, General Manager of GEA Strategy & Consulting Mr. Florin Pogonaru, the President of the Businessmen’ s Association of Romania, Mr. Cristian Ghinea, Director of the Romanian Centre for European Policies.

The sessions of the conference focussed on the importance of public policies in the European Union and the European Economic Governance. The forecasts of the European Commission for 2013 were presented from the perspective of the evolution of the government deficit, the government debt to GDP ratio at European level and the evolution of the yields on 10-year government bonds. The resemblance between the methods of public policy-making at European level and at national level was mentioned, highlighting at the same time the atypical architecture of the European Union. The current economic crisis emphasizes the inadequate design of the economic and monetary union and strengthening the integration can be the only solution for the EU to remain a relevant actor at global level.

In order to select the winners of the 2011 Excellence Awards, the Communication and Marketing Unit of the European Institute of Romania carried out an analysis of more than 60 non-governmental organisations, with activities in fields such as: fundamental rights, participatory democracy, social inclusion, education and environmental protection. The nominations were communicated to a group of selection made up of the members of the Administrative Board of EIR and of the Scientific Advisory Board of EIR.

A prize for his entire activity was awarded to Mr. Lucian Branea, Executive Secretary of the Epsilon III Association, founder of romania_eu_list and the first Editor-in-chief of the Romanian Journal of European Affairs. The laureates of the second edition of EIR Excellence Awards are: The Romanian Academic Society; Pro Vobis; The Romanian Centre for European Policies; Paneuropa Foundation; Terra Mileniul III Association;  Civil Society Development Foundation; Save the Children Romania; Junior Achievement; The National Organisation of Disabled People in Romania; World Vision; The European Institute for Participatory Democracy QVORUM; ANPCPPS. (The National Association for Consumers’ Protection and Promotion of Programs and Strategies from Romania); Pro Democracy Association; AIESEC Romania (Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales).

The full report of the conference is available on the EIR website, at: