International Meeting "Common Values in Europe? Strengths and weaknesses in the normative self-understanding of European integration" October 19th - 21st, 2017
The main focus of the academic event will be the values in Europe: in 2017 there will be a fourfold anniversary for European integration. First of all, there is the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome (1957) and the ratification of the Single European Act (EEA) in 1987. In addition, the " area of freedom, security and justice" act which has existed for a quarter of a century against the backdrop of the Maastricht Treaty (1992) and the Erasmus program, which since its implementation (1987) can already look back on a 20-year anniversary. This is enough to address the systematic question of where we currently stand in Europe in regards to the idea of integrating national states in a supranational network, and how the citizens of the European Union are able to strengthen their political, social, economic and cultural existence with a view to an all sharing community or perhaps to a non-sharing one?
The anniversary celebration "30 years of Erasmus - 60 years of the Treaty of Rome" will therefore be combined into a three-day European conference at the University of Vechta, which will address the question as a guideline as to the extent to which value orientations represent a common basis for the European integration project, and in which areas they have been successful so far and where and why they could not develop any relevance to date. On the occasion of the anniversary’s outlined above, the conference is oriented both interdisciplinary and internationally, and in this respect follows a conceptual orientation towards cooperation with certain partner universities in the EU member states, which in recent years have been part of the Erasmus program for the University of Vechta in education and research.