The CENTRAL COUNCIL
The Central Council which is ELEC's managing body, brings together twice a year the presidents of national sections under the leadership of the International President. It adopts and circulates resolutions in ELEC's name. This is also the forum in which the programmes of ELEC's working commissions are debated and approved, and their work evaluated.
Daniel CARDON de LICHTBUER
Ramon BUISAN (President of the section in Andorra)
Thomas COTTIER (President of the section in Switzerland)
Radu DEAC (President of the section in Romania)
Maciej DOBRZYNIECKI (President of the section in Poland)
Carles GASÒLIBA (President of the section in Spain)
Erich HAMPEL (President of the section in Austria)
Philippe JURGENSEN (President of the section in France)
Ralph ODENDALL (President a.i. of the section in Germany)
Eli LEENAARS (President of the section in the Netherlands)
Antonio MARTINS da CRUZ (President of the section in Portugal)
Raffi SEMERDJIAN (President of the section in Armenia)
Freddy VAN den SPIEGEL (President of the section in Belgium)
Olivier GISCARD d'ESTAING (France)
Jean-Claude KOEUNE (Belgium)
Harry LANGMAN (Netherlands)
Matthijs van der VELDEN (Netherlands)
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Erevan (AM) - 7 June 2013
Bruxelles (BE) - 6 décembre 2013
Brussels (BE) - 7 December 2012
◊ recomendation "Quel avenir pour le modèle social européen?"
Gaia (PT) - 15 June 2012
◊ recommendation "Relancer les investissements et la croissance en Europe" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ resolution "ELEC calls for European road map towards economic and political union"
Lunch speech by Alvaro SANTOS PEREIRA, Portuguese Minister of economic affairs
Brussels (BE) - 2 December 2011
◊ recommendation "Quelle gouvernance économique pour l'Euroland?" (Economic & Social Commission / Monetary Commission)
Dinner speech by Herman VAN ROMPUY - pictures of the event
Bucharest (RO) - 17 June 2011
◊ recommendation "Clefs de la compétitivité future de l'UE dans l'économie mondialisée" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ position paper "EU must play a leading role in the Mediterranean political nad social changes" (Mediterranean Commission)
Conference: "Renewable energy and transport infrastructure: a new challenge for EU-Black Sea cooperation"
Brussels (BE) - 3 December 2010
Wroclaw (PL) - 4 June 2010
Conference: "Political and economic cooperation Eu-Russia in the XXIst century"
Brussels (BE) - 11 December 2009
◊ recommendation "Fiscal stimulus, control of the public debt and recovery from the crisis" (Economic & Social Commission)
Bern (CH) - 5 June 2009
speaker: Michael AMBÜHL, Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
"Switzerland's relations with the European Union"
◊ conclusions "Higher learning, research and innovation in Europe" (Economic & Social Commission)
Brussels (BE) - 12 December 2008
speaker: Jean-Martin FOLZ, President of the Association française des entreprises privées
"The climate-energy package: opportunities and risks for EU competitiveness"
◊ conclusions "Fighting the crisis" (Monetary Commission)
◊ contribution to the reflection on "Reforming world governance" (Economic & Social Commission)
Berlin (DE) - 6 June 2008
speakers: ¤ Marion MÜHLBERGER, Assistant Vice President, DB Research - Deutsche Bank AG
"The economic catching-up process in the new EU member states"
¤ Elmar BROK, Member of the European Parliament
¤ Reinhard SILBERBERG, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office
◊ resolution "The effects of EU enlargement" (Economic & Social Commission / Neighbourhood Commission)
◊ message "For a renewal of the Barcelona process" (Mediterranean Commission)
Brussels (BE) - 7 December 2007
speaker: Peter PRAET, Director, National Bank of Belgium
"Comments on the current financial turbulences"
Vienna (AT) - 1st June 2007
speakers: ¤ Gerhard WESTDICKENBERG, German Ambassador in Austria
"Priorities of the German-Portuguese-Slovenian Trio Presidency and assessment of the results achieved so far"
¤ Klaus LIEBSCHER, Governor of the Austrian Central Bank
"EMU and globalization. Chances and challenges"
◊ resolution "Economic nationalism or European patriotism?" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ conclusion "European Neighbourhood policy" (Neighbourhood Commission)
Brussels (BE) - 8 December 2006
speakers: ¤ Rolf BREUER, former Spokesman of the Board of Managing Directors and former Chairman of the Supervisory Board - Deutsche Bank
"Monetary and financial integration in Europe: the next steps"
¤ Ernest-Antoine SEILLIERE, President - UNICE
"Les entreprises et l'avenir de la construction européenne"
◊ resolution "Enterprises in Europe" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ position paper "Suggested directions for the priorities of the EU's next presidencies"
Barcelona (ES) - 2 June 2006
speaker: Joaquin ALMUNIA, European Commissioner in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs
◊ resolution "Multilateral trade negotiations and balance-of-payments imbalances" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ conclusions of the "Monaco Mediterranean Conference" (Mediterranean Commission)
Brussels (BE) - 9 December 2005
speaker: Freddy Van den SPIEGEL, Chief Economist & Director Public Affairs, Fortis Banque
"Challenges for the European economy in a globalising world"
◊ resolution "Necessary adjustments to demographic ageing" (Economic & Social Commission)
Paris (FR) - 3 June 2005
speakers: ¤ Jean-Claude TRICHET, President of the ECB
"The euro zone in the European Union"
¤ Alain LAMASSOURE, MEP
"Pour une nouvelle Europe dans un monde nouveau"
◊ proposal "Message to the European Council"
◊ position paper "The contribution of European agriculture to tomorrow's society" (Agriculture Commission)
◊ message "The relaunch of the Barcelona process" (Mediterranean Commission)
◊ resolutions "Relocation of businesses and the risk of de-industrialisation in Europe" (Economic & Social Commission)
"EU new neighbourhood policy" (Neighbourhood Commission)
Brussels (BE) - 10 December 2004
speaker: Etienne DAVIGNON, Belgian Minister of State
"The European Constitution: the challenge of ratification"
◊ resolutions "Ratification of the Constitution"
"Budgetary and financial prospects for the EU" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ support letters "Trans European Networks" (Infrastructures Commission)
"Transatlantic dialogue" & "Financial integration" (Monetary Commission)
Amsterdam (NL) - 11 June 2004
speakers: ¤ Alan BLINKEN, Former US Ambassador to Belgium
¤ Wim KOK, Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
"Employment and Labour Market: Europe and the US"
◊ resolution "Job protection and growth" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ statement "Current state of the European Union"
Brussels (BE) - 28 November 2003
speaker: Jean-Luc DEHAENE, Vice-President of the Convention
"The Convention and the IGC"
◊ resolutions "Galileo Programme" (Infrastructures Commission)
"The failure of Cancun" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ position paper "Message to the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC)"
Warsaw (PL) - 6 June 2003
speakers: ¤ Jan TRUSZCZYNSKI, Minister and Chief Negotiator to the EU
"Polish Road to the European Union"
¤ Leszek BALCEROWICZ, President, National Bank of Poland
"EMU enlargement and catching up"
◊ resolutions "ECB Executive Board" (Monetary Commission)
"Work of the Convention"
"Necessary control of public expenditure" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ position paper "Message to the Convention"
Brussels (BE) - 13 December 2002
speakers: ¤ Thomas JANSEN, Chief of cabinet of the President of the Economic and Social Committee
"From diplomacy to democracy - shaping the European Union with a new method"
¤ Thomas COTTIER, Professor, Institute of European and International Economic Law, Bern University
"150 years of Swiss federalism: principles, experience and possible implications for European integration"
Monaco (MC) - 7 June 2002
speaker: Philippe CHALMIN, Economic Adviser, EULER-SFAC (France)
"Evolution of the European social model"
Brussels (BE) - 14 December 2001
speakers: ¤ Pierre DEFRAIGNE, Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner Pascal Lamy
"Trade Policy after the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Doha"
¤ Philippe de BUCK, Secretary General, UNICE
"The voice of business in Europe must be heard urgently"
◊ resolutions "Taxation on savings in the European Union" (Economic & Social Commission)
"ELEC's reaction at the terrorist attacks of 11 September" (Economic & Social Commission)
◊ position paper "The Future of the European Project"
Prague (CZ) - 8 June 2001
speakers: ¤ Jorge BRAGA de MACEDO, President, OECD Development Centre, Paris
"Globalisation and Governance: a Development Perspective"
¤ Petr KUBERNAT, Director EU Affairs, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs
"The Czech Republic on its way to the EU"
Brussels (BE) - 15 December 2000
speakers: ¤ Philippe de SCHOUTHEETE de TERVARENT, Honorary Ambassador of the E.C.
Comments on the Nice Summit
¤ Jean-Jacques SCHUL, President, PROMEURO
"Euro for Europe"
◊ resolutions "Establishing a reliable long-term pensions system in Europe" (Economic & Social Commission)
"No immigration without integration" (Economic & Social Commission)
Berlin (DE) - 16 June 2000
speakers: ¤ Günter VERHEUGEN, European Commissioner for enlargement
The state of enlargement
¤ Jan KULAKOWSKI, Plenipotentiary in charge of Polish accession negotiations
"Federation and a Wider Union - An Attempt to respond to Joschka Fischer"
¤ Andras INOTAI, Director, Institute for World Economics, Budapest
"Reflections about the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union"
◊ resolutions "European policies amidst the globalisation of trade" (Economic & Social Commission)
"Improving the job situation in Europe" (Economic & Social Commission)
Brussels (BE) - 10 December 1999
speaker: Michel BARNICH, Director general, European Financial Marketing Association
◊ resolutions "Fiscal policy" (Economic & Social Commission)
"Pension funds" (Economic & Social Commission)
Copenhagen (DK) - 11 June 1999
speakers: ¤ Henning CHRISTOPHERSEN, Former European Commissioner
"Reforming European Institutions"
¤ Lars CALMFORS, Professor, Stockholm University
"How can European Unemployment be reduced"
¤ David GRESS, Senior Research Fellow, Danish Institute of International Affairs
"The American Challenge to Europe"
◊ resolution "Duty free shops in the E.U." (Economic & Social Commission)
Brussels (BE) - 18 December 1998
speakers: ¤ Mario MONTI, European Commissioner
¤ Michel VANDEN ABEELE, Director general, European Commission / DG XXI
◊ resolutions "Duty free shops in the E.U."
"EU eastward enlargement" (Agriculture Commission)
"WTO Negotiations on agriculture" (Agriculture Commission)
"Problems and prospects for urban and periurban ransport" (Infrastructures Commission)
London (UK) - 19 June 1998
speakers: ¤ Sir Alexander GRAHAM, Lord Mayor l.t. of the City of London
¤ Lord JENKINS, Former President of the European Commission
◊ resolution "E.U. eastward enlargement: an ELEC vision" (Enlargement Commission)
Brussels (BE) - 12 December 1997
speakers: ¤ Albert COPPE, Honorary President of the Générale de Banque
¤ Hervé CARRE, Director, European Commission / DG II
Last developments concerning the euro
◊ resolution "European social policy" (Economic & Social Commission)
Barcelona (ES) - 20 June 1997
speakers: ¤ Krzysztof NERS, Director, Policy Education Centre on Assistance to Transition, Warsaw
Specific problems faced by Poland in view of its accession to the UE
¤ Carlos FERRER SALAT, President, International Vienna Council
The need to conduct an active employment policy
◊ resolutions "European dimension of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership" (Mediterranean Commission)
"Road transports" (Infrastructures Commission)
◊ press release