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The New European Commission: prospects and mission

Hosted by the Department of International Relations

Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker

Enrico Letta

Enrico Letta

Chair

Professor Karen E Smith

Professor Karen E Smith

The European legislature that started few months ago is like no others. Over the past five years, both the European and the global contexts have profoundly changed. Logics, methods, and solutions framed in a business-as-usual mentality cannot address the requests and the needs of European citizens.

The challenge between the United States and China and the dynamics of demography make it clear that we no longer live in a Eurocentric world. Hence, Europe’ strategic independence is at stake and, with it, its ability to shape its own future.

What is the road to take to do that? Adopting a mentality whereby European values coincide with European interests. This shift is the key in order to meet three major challenges Europe faces today: a renewed relationship with its citizens, a technological humanism for the digital age, and a global leadership in the fight against climate change.

Enrico Letta (@EnricoLetta) is the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris and also the President of the Jacques Delors Institute. In June 2019, Enrico Letta appointed President of APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs). Between 2001 and 2015 he was Member of the Italian Parliament, excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party from 2009 to 2013. He was born in Pisa in 1966 and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa. He was the Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014. Before he served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001) and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008

Karen E Smith is Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit (within the International Relations Department). 

The Department of International Relations (@LSEIRDept) is now in its 92nd year, making it one of the oldest as well as largest in the world.  

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