On the opportunities for innovative government and governance
Jean Monnet (1888-1979) was a French civil servant, who, despite never having held elected office, is nonetheless viewed by many as “the chief architect of the European Union.” Bringing a new standard of excellence and rigour to public administration, he successively served world leaders on three continents (Europe, United States and China), where he is credited with advocating a host of important initiatives in the pre- and post-World War II period. Most notably, while serving as head of planning for the French government, he designed and created the famous “Monnet method,” which serves today as the model around which democratic governments coordinate policy at the European level.
The Jean Monnet Lecture focuses on the transformative power of governance and government in the 21st Century.
Brian Hayes TDMinister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works; Representative, Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Helle Thorning-SchmidtPrime minister, Denmark; Head, Presidency of the Council of the European Union
"The Danish EU Presidency: A Transformative Agenda for Europe"
Jean-Claude JunckerPresident, Eurogroup; Prime Minister, Minister of State and Minister for the Treasury, Luxembourg
"The Crisis and Economic Governance"
Máire Geoghegan-QuinnCommissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, European Commission
"How to Drive Forward Innovation in Europe"
Meglena KunevaCommissioner for Consumer Affairs, European Commission
"A Blueprint for Consumer Policy in Europe: Making Markets Work with and for People"
Esko AhoExecutive Vice-President, Nokia Corporation; Former Prime Minister of Finland
"Innovation in Services: Driver of Growth, Engine of Creativity"
Jean-Claude TrichetPresident, European Central Bank
"The Need for Structural Reforms in Europe"