The United States of Europe - An illusion or a necessity?

In a European Union where the word 'Union' seems to have lost its intrinsic meaning and value, we try to seek an answer to the question: Is a United States of Europe all about building bridges – or is it a bridge too far?

The Evens Foundation invites you to this fascinating debate in Brussels on Friday, 21st June 2013 at 7.30 pm.

After the debate, the first Evens Prize for European Journalism will be awarded. This Prize is aimed at recognizing the work of European journalists, living and working in the European Union, who have an impressive record in reporting or commenting on Europe and European affairs, and who have contributed to making Europe more comprehensible to a broad audience.


7.30 pm: Welcome
8.00 pm: Introduction by Baron Frans van Daele
8.10 pm: Mrs Ana Palacio
8.30 pm: Debate
9.30 pm: Prize-giving Ceremony of the Evens Prize for European Journalism 2013
10.00 pm: Reception

Keynote Speaker

Mrs Ana Palacio, former Foreign Affairs Minister of the Kingdom of Spain; member of the Council of State

Moderator of the debate

Mr Rob Heirbaut, European Correspondent at VRT

Panel Members

Mr Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade
Mrs Mia Doornaert, Columnist and Independent Expert on International Affairs
Mr Karel Lannoo, CEO Centre for European Policy Studies
Mr Peter Ludlow, President of the Executive Committee of the European Strategy Forum
Mr Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service


Venue: The Egg, Rue Barastraat 175, 1070 Brussels
(Parking Brussels South Train Station – Rue de France 40).

Attendance is free but registration is required before 14th June.
Click here to fill out the registration form.

For further information please contact Greet De Wilde at