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30/04 - The Re-Bel Initiative's inaugural public event

Rethinking Belgium's Institutions in the European Context: The Re-Bel Initiative's inaugural public event
Thursday April 30, 2009, 9am-5.45pm
University Foundation, Brussels


This inaugural event aims to illustrate the spirit of the Re-Bel initiative: interdisciplinary, reform-oriented, taboo-free, argument-based, with the participation of scholars from all Belgian universities and with plenty of room for discussion.
The morning session will offer contrasting views about what Belgium's political history and human geography have to tell us about the future of the country. The afternoon will focus on two specific issues. Is it necessary to regionalize labour market policy in order to handle the very different employment situations in the three Regions? And does the emergence of two distinct public opinions create a fatal obstacle to the smooth running of Belgium's democracy?

The meeting is open to anyone interested in the fate of Belgium and the fundamental issues it raises. Its primary audience consists of academics working on related subjects and of the various actors of Belgium's political life, but also of journalists, politicians, diplomats, civil servants, lobbyists or NGO activists drawn to Brussels by the European institutions and not seldom puzzled by what goes on in their host country.

Welcoming (8.30am)

Morning session (9am-1pm)

9 - 9.15    Opening: The Re-Bel initiative
Paul De Grauwe (K.U.Leuven) & Philippe Van Parijs (UCL)
9.15 - 10.45    What does human geography tell us about how Belgium's institutions should and/or will evolve?
Isabelle Thomas & Jacques Thisse (UCL)
Peter Cabus (K.U.Leuven)
Patrick Deboosere (VUB)
Chair: Mathias Dewatripont (ULB)
11.15 - 12.45    What does history tell us about how Belgium's institutions should and/or will evolve?
Bruno De Wever (UGent)
Herman Van Goethem (UA)
Vincent Dujardin (UCL)
Luc Huyse (KULeuven)
Chair: Bea Cantillon (UA)
12.45 - 13.00    What did I learn?
Derek Blyth (editor of The Bulletin, The Newsweekly of the Capital of Europe)

Afternoon session (2-5.45pm)

14.00 - 15.30    Does it make sense to regionalize labour market institutions ? If so, how?
Bart Cockx (UGent) & Bruno Vander Linden (UCL),
editors of the e-book "The Regionalization of Labour Market Policy"
Koen Algoed (K.U.Leuven)
Mathias Hungerbühler (FUNDP)
Chair: Erik Schokkaert (K.U.Leuven)
16.00 - 17.30    Does it make sense to fight the development of distinct public opinions ? If so, how?
Marc Hooghe (K.U.Leuven) & Dave Sinardet (UA),
editors of the e-book "The Dualization of Public Opinions"
Nenad Stojanovic (Universität Zürich)
Marnix Beyen (UA)
Jean-Pierre Stroobants (Le Monde)
Marc Reynebeau (De Standaard)
Chair: Philippe Van Parijs (UCL)
17.30 - 17.45    Closing: What next?
Chair: Paul De Grauwe (K.U.Leuven)
Registration free of charge but obligatory no later than April 23.
Register (http://www.rethinkingbelgium.eu/rebel-initiative-events/registration-inaugural-event) for the Re-Bel Initiative's inaugural public event

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