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Inauguration of the Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs

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Veröffentlicht am Mittwoch, den 13. April 2016

On Monday, 11 April 2016, the University of Luxembourg inaugurated the Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs, after securing funding from the European Commission for the institute as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. The institute will focus on the interdisciplinary study of European affairs and the European Union.

Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence are funded across the European Union under the auspices of the Erasmus+ programme. They aim at gathering the expertise and competences of high-level experts for interdisciplinary and international synergies for the study of EU-related topics. The Luxembourg centre is set to focus on issues such as economic integration, its national and international dimensions, as well as constitutional and institutional evolution. First research projects include matters such as the economic governance of the Union, the future of societies with an aging population, research on the Court of Justice as institution of the Union.

The activities carried out by the University of Luxembourg’s Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs will be coordinated by the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, and the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education. The project was initiated by Professors Robert Harmsen, Herwig Hofmann, David Howarth, Andreas IrmenRené Leboutte and Eleftheria Neframi, representing law, political science, economics and history.

Professor Hofmann, director of the institute, commented: “The objective of the Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs at the University of Luxembourg is to encourage creative thinking – asking questions, collecting ideas, identifying issues but also developing proposals for further research and development of solutions to pressing societal problems.” Through publications, conferences and round-tables, “the centre will work to increase visibility on matters of integration and the European Union, to foster informed debate and help develop ideas for the future of Europe,” he added. University president Rainer Klump said: “Our University is situated in the heart of Europe, and it has a European heart. The Robert Schuman Institute will help us to further strengthen our European profile.”

The Robert Schuman Institute for European Affairs has been awarded funding as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for a period of three years until the end of 2018. The official opening ceremony was celebrated on 11 April 2016 on Limpertsberg Campus. The opening speech was given by Koen Lenaerts, president of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Photo caption: Herwig Hofmann during his speech and René Leboutte, in the background, © Éric Chenal / University of Luxembourg 2016