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Denmark and the EC/EU Experience – 50 Years of Membership

This one-day day international seminar is called to discuss the Danish membership experience

Info about event

Time

Friday 7 October 2022,  at 10:00 - 17:30

Location

Aarhus University, Building 1333, Auditorium A1

Organizer

Thorsten Borring Olesen and the Research program for History

On 2 October 1972, Denmark voted to join the European Communities (EC). Today, fifty years later, Denmark is still a member, now of the European Union (EU). This international seminar is called to discuss the Danish membership experience, its ups and downs and its historical achievements and future challenges. We have invited a number of distinguished scholars, politicians and civil servants to contribute to putting the anniversary into perspective.   

The seminar will be held in English
We invite everyone interested to join

Programme

Morning

10.00-10.05: Welcome by Research Program Director, Karen Gram-Skjoldager (Dept. of History – Aarhus University)

10.05- 11.30: Ireland, the UK, and Denmark in Europe since 1972/1973

  • Professor and Jean Monnet Professor Michael J. Geary (Dept. of History – NTNU Trondheim)  – Ireland
  • Professor N. Piers Ludlow (Dept. of International History – London School of Economics) – United Kingdom
  • Professor Thorsten Borring Olesen (Dept. of History – Aarhus University) - Denmark

Moderator Gerda Henkel Fellow Dr. Haakon A. Ikonomou (University of Copenhagen)

11.30-11.45: Coffee Break

11.45-13.00: Social and Economic Europe and Denmark’s Challenge

  • Professor Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen (Dept. of Poltical Science - University of Copenhagen) – EU and the Danish labour marked model
  • Professor Derek Beach (Dept. of Political Science - Aarhus University) – In and out of the EMU 

Moderator Associate professor Christina Fiig (Dept. of Global Studies - Aarhus University)

13.00-13.45: Lunch break

13.45-15.00: Denmark in the EF/EU: Eyewitness session

  • Former Ambassador and former Permanent Secretary of Danish Foreign Office Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller: “1972 and 1992 – seen from within the FO”
  • Former member of the Danish Parliament and since 2004 member of the European Parliament Margrete Auken (Green Left and EP Group of Greens/Free Alliance): “The EU project in a Green Left perspective.” 

Moderator: Associate professor Rasmus Brun Pedersen (Dept. of Political Science - Aarhus University)

15.00-15.15: Coffee break

15.15-16.30: “Denmark and the EU – Past, Present and Future” (Roundtable)

  • Professor Marlene Wind (Dept. of Political Science - University of Copenhagen)
  • German Ambassador to Denmark Pascal Hector
  • Former Ambassador and former Permanent Secretary of Danish FO Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller
  • Professor Thorsten Borring Olesen (Dept. of History – Aarhus University)

Moderator: Professor Jan Ifversen (Dept. of Global Studies - Aarhus University)

16.30-17.30: Reception and ‘bobler’

 

Participants: 

  • Margrete Auken, Green Left member of the European Parliament
  • Professor Derek Beach (Dept. of Political Science - Aarhus University)
  • Associate professor Christina Fiig (Dept. of Global Studies - Aarhus University)
  • Professor and Jean Monet Professor Michael J. Geary (Dept. of History – NTNU Trondheim)
  • Research Program coordinator and associate professor Karen Gram-Skjoldager (Dept. of History – Aarhus University)
  • Ambassador Pascal Hector, German Embassy of Denmark
  • Gerda Henkel fellow, Dr. Haakon A. Ikonomou (University of Copenhagen)
  • Professor Piers Ludlow (Dept. of International History – London School of Economics)
  • Professor Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen (Dept. of Poltical Science - University of Copenhagen)
  • Former Ambassador and former Permanent Secretary Danish FO, Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller
  • Professor Thorsten Borring Olesen (Dept. of History – Aarhus University)
  • Associate professor Rasmus Brun Pedersen (Dept. of Political Science - Aarhus University)
  • Professor Jan Ifversen (Dept. of Global Studies - Aarhus University)
  • Professor Marlene Wind (Dept. of Political Science - University of Copenhagen)