Call for participation

On 18 April 1951, the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was signed in Paris by France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The community-based management of heavy industry, at that time a key sector of the economy and the basis of the arms industry, would render further conflict between the countries of Western Europe impossible and would create a third force in the context of the Cold War that was beginning to take shape. The success of the ECSC went far beyond mere economic results: the true achievement was securing reconciliation between France and Germany just five years after the end of the Second World War. The ECSC's importance also lies in its influence on the form of the current Community institutions.

 The CVCE (Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe) and its partners (the Centre for European Studies at the University of Trier, the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG, the Pierre Werner European Cultural Institute, CIDEM and Animafac) will be holding a tri-national seminar at the Château de Sanem, Luxembourg, on 5 December 2011 to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ECSC Treaty.

Contributions by specialists in European matters will provide the basis for an analysis of the mechanisms and modus operandi of the Community institutions from their very early days, with the aim of showing how the ECSC institutions have served as a model for the current institutions of the European Union.

This seminar is open to Master's-level students (in contemporary history, political science, European law and more generally all students in European studies) from Luxembourg, France and Germany.

The working languages will be French and German (simultaneous interpreting will be provided).

Travel and accommodation expenses will be fully covered by the organiser.

Students interested in taking part are asked to register before 18 novembre 2011 at the following address :
Please indicate your first and last names, your email address, your level of studies, specialisation and university, as well as your home postal address and personal telephone number.
Priority will be given to the first 30 students who register.



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