Secession in EU member states – Current trends in Spain and the United Kingdom

Thursday, 10. July 2014 (All day)

Thon Hotel Brussels (Salle France)

Denis Huber
Executive Secretary, Chamber of Regions
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe

Michael Keating
Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen Director, ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change

Ferran Requejo
Professor of Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Stefan August Lütgenau
Director, Foster Europe Foundation

Wednesday 10 July, 17.00-19.00 followed by a reception (registration from 16.40)
Thon Hotel, 75 Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels (Salle France)

The European Policy Centre and the Foster Foundation are pleased to invite you to a Policy Dialogue, on 10 July. The maps of the European Union may look different within the next five years. In various EU member states, strong movements promoting secession from their respective nation state and seeking independence have emerged. These movements have gained in strength over the past years. While in Scotland a referendum is set for 18 September 2014, the central government in Spain and the regional government in Catalonia are still debating a planned referendum in Catalonia. In both cases, the regions seeking independence are claiming continued EU membership, once they have seceded. These developments are clearly among the most demanding challenges to the EU in the near future. The event will be chaired by EPC Chief Executive Fabian Zuleeg.