October 19, 2008
The members of the Reflection Group, set up by the European Council in December 2007, has at last named its membership. It now has until June 2010 to report. It is to be hoped that the reflection process will be transparent and participatory.
Felipe González Márquez, Former Spanish Prime Minister
Vaira ViIe-Freiberga, Former Latvian President
Jorma Ollila, Chair, Nokia
Lykke Friis, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Copenhagen
Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect
Richard Lambert, Director-General, Confederation of British Industry
Mario Monti, Former EU Commissioner, now President of Bocconi University, first chair, Bruegel think tank Bruegel
Rainer Münz, Head of Research, Erste Bank, Venna and Senior Fellow, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (Austrian)
Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International relations, Oxford University (Greek)
Nicole Notat, French trade unionist, founder of Vigeo
Wolfgang Schuster, Lord Mayor of Stuttgart
Lech Walesa, Former Polish President
Comments on composition:
6 biggest, 5 smaller and 1 new Member State
Diverse – strong academic, political, trade union, business, architect…
Group established to help Union anticipate and meet challenges more effectively in the longer term (2020 – 2030). Starting-with challenges set out in Berlin Declaration of 25 March 2007, Group to identify the key issues and developments which Union is likely to face and to analyse how these might be addressed.
This includes strengthening and modernising European model of economic success and social responsibility, enhancing EU competitiveness of rule of law, sustainable development as fundamental EU objective, global stability, migration, energy and climate protection, and fight against global insecurity, international crime and terrorism. Particular attention should be given to ways of better reaching out to citizens and addressing their expectations and needs.
Institutional matters not to be discussed, nor, in view of its long-term nature, should its analysis constitute review of current policies or address next financial framework.
Group will need to take into account likely developments within and outside Europe and examine in particular how stability and prosperity of both Union and of wider region might best be served in longer term.Author : Stanley Crossick