The history of European integration. Europe under stress
U4U is a European and civic-minded trade union which affirms its support for the European project and defends the
public service. The staff are concerned about the construction of Europe and the quality of a public service at the service of society. Our raison d’être is the construction of Europe. It is in the name of this approach that we have organised several cycles of conferences on the history of European integration. Not all the subjects we want to cover have yet been dealt with, and they will certainly be in the next few years.
There are many ways of presenting the history of what was to become the European Union as we know it today. One of the most enlightening is undoubtedly to retrace the history of the many tensions, contradictions, confrontations and hesitations that have marked this path.
- Session 1 (17 November at 12:45): The economy and/or peace: in search of the nature of the European project. With the exceptional participation of Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman.
- Session 2 (29 November, 12.45pm): Models of ‘coopetition’: Europe according to Monnet, Spinelli, Churchill, Marshall, Beyen and a few others (with the exceptional participation of Joseph Stalin).
- Session 3 (Friday 10 February, 12.45) : From the SMI to EMU: the already long history of our single currency (with the exceptional participation of Robert Triffin and Pierre Werner) The circumstances that led to the creation of the Euro go back much further than we often imagine. Let’s retrace together the series of events (and of course tensions, since that’s the theme of our series) and decisions that led us to the situation we know today.
- Session (Friday 31 March, 12.30 to 13.30): The already long history of our single currency (part 2) For this second part devoted to European monetary unity, our colleague Andrea Mairate will talk to us about the sometimes tortuous path that led to the creation of the Euro. We will continue our journey through the series of events, hesitations, accelerations, tensions and decisions that led to the single currency as we know it today.
- Session 4 (date to be fixed) : Competition and/or Competitiveness: at the dawn of the European Union’s economic policies (with the exceptional participation of Hans von der Groeben and René Marjolin)
- Session 5 (date to be fixed) : The prehistory of the internal market: integration of European markets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (with the exceptional participation of John Cockerill)
- Session 6 (date to be fixed) : Agriculture: the politics of all dangers (with the exceptional participation of Sicco Mansholt)
Workshops: pacifying our working environment
Here’s a new series of our “Pacifying our working environment” workshops led by Clément Lonardo over lunchtime (1pm-2.30pm).
The workshops are independent of each other and are reserved for members.
and aims to facilitate our relations at work. You’ll find new workshops, tried-and-tested workshops
You’ll find new workshops, tried-and-tested workshops and a regular workshop to find solutions to complex problems.
- A 90-minute online workshop
- Group size: 15 participants maximum
- The registration link is sent a few days in advance to members of our
- Please register as soon as possible, as places are limited.
- Free of charge
- Registration required
- My personality: light and dark sides: 19 October 2022
- How to transform ineffective behaviour in a relationship: 16 November 2022
- Interpersonal allergies: 30 November 2022
- Taking advantage of collective intelligence to find solutions to complex situations: 7 December 2022
- Giving and taking – finding the right balance: 14 December 2022
- Conflict management: 11 January 2022
- The dramatic triangle: how to remain an adult in a situation with “victim”, “persecutor” and “saviour” protagonists 25 January 2023
- Benevolent communication for more effective collaboration, Part 1: Emotions and needs, how to get out of the “I have to”: 8 February 2023
- Benevolent communication for more effective collaboration, part 2: Saying and hearing “NO” and other subjects: 8 March 2023
- Taking advantage of collective intelligence to find solutions to complex situations: 22 March 2023
- Self-judgement, how to get out of it: 19 April 2023
- Taking advantage of collective intelligence to find solutions to complex situations: 26 April 2023
- How to take your place: 24 May 2023
- Learning to delegate and manage your time: 7 June 2023
- Coaching for meaning: who am I, where am I going (taking stock of our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities)
- opportunities): 21 June 2023
- Apéro Workshops to end the season on a high: 28 June 2023
Cultural walks in Brussels
A walk through Brussels and the social, economic and social history of Belgium.
- Invitations are sent to members of our membership list.
- No need to register, just turn up at the meeting point.
Last tour to take place: Saturday 1 April 10am, a cultural and social tour of Brussels.
On the menu: a visit to the Cathédrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels. With its origins
dating back to the creation of a chapter of canons in the 11th century, the very recent Brussels
60s) was built in stages between the 12th and 16th centuries.
16th century. Its stained glass windows, to which few people pay any attention other than aesthetic attention almost like a comic strip, tell a terrible “secret” that speaks to us cruelly about the history of the mind, the history of mentalities in our regions.