Tribute to the memory of Chancellor Helmut Schmidt

The Foundation wishes to honour the memory of the great European statesman, the Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

It was honoured to count him as one of its Councillors.

The Foundation granted him its Gold Medal, alongside President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, in 2001.

The Foundation also filmed an interview of Chancellor Schmidt in October 2013, which concerned essentially the history of the European integration.

Click here to learn more about the Gold Medal attribution

Click here to learn more about the filmed interviews

The historic resources made of the Gold Medal ceremony of 2001 and of the two interviews of Chancellor Schmidt are available to researchers who which to have access to them within the walls of la Ferme de Dorigny in Lausanne.

Construction européenne : quels buts pour quel avenir ?

13th European Dialogue of the Foundation

Thursday 26 November 2015, 5.30 pm

Lausanne University campus

Anthropole Building – room 1031

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This Dialogue is organised by our Foundation in partnership with L’Hebdo, the Institut Jacques Delors, the Association Jean Monnet, and with the support of the Université de Lausanne. It is first and for most a debate on the European construction’s ins and outs, starting with current opportunities and difficulties.

Around Pat Cox, President of the Foundation, former European Parliament and European Movement International President, the participants to the debate will be Etienne Davignon, former European Commission Vice President and Minister of State, Nicola Forster, President of the foraus (Foreign Policy Forum) think tank, Pascal Lamy, Honorary President of the Institut Jacques Delors and former WTO Director-General and European Commission member, Enrico Letta, Dean of the Ecole des Affaires Internationales of Sciences Po Paris and former Italian Republic Prime Minister, Chantal Tauxe, joint Editor of L’Hebdo.

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Release of the number 3 of the “Debates and Documents Collection”

This text, available in two versions, English and French, is entitled « From Economic Crisis to Political Crisis in the European Union ? » – « De la crise économique à une crise politique dans l’Union européenne? ».

It’s written by Pat Cox, President of the Foundation and former President of the European Parliament. This analysis is the result of his inaugural conference of March 12th, 2015 as new President of the Foundation.


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• Read or download the publication in English
• Read or download the publication in French

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Two contributions of the director of the Foundation

The director of the Foundation, Gilles Grin, has published two contributions in September 2015.


The United Kingdom in Europe: in or out?

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12th European dialogue of the Foundation

On June 15th 2015, the day after the Scottish referendum and as an aftermath to the General Election in the United Kingdom (“UK”), the Foundation organised on Lausanne University campus a contradictory debate on the UK’s role in Europe, particularly in the light of the upcoming referendum putting at stake its stay in the European Union (EU).

Around president Pat Cox, who moderated the debates, were the following British distinguished gests: Martin Howe, Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Martin Bailey and John Peet.

See the report and the film of the 12th European Dialogue

On the same day, Pat Cox, the Foundation’s president, granted an interview on that same subject to the Swiss Romande Radio, which was broadcast in the evening as part of the Forum program. He also commented on the Greek current issues as well as on the migration challenges.

Click here to listen to the Pat Cox interview

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A tour of Europe in nine months to meet young people


The Foundation supports the Europe Next Door project of a young professional in the communication field. Her name is Suzanne Alibert, age 26, She undertakes a tour of the capitals of Europe in nine months and 28 stages.

She will leave in April, 2015 to meet young people and ask about their vision of Europe, their feeling of membership, their identities, and their expectations. She also tries to better understand the impact of Europe on young people on a daily basis. She will recount her journey and her meetings on various communication mediums (digital magazine, photo exhibition, ebook).

The Foundation will welcome Suzanne Alibert from March 16 till 19,2015. Therefore She will be able to meet Swiss young people on the campus of the University of Lausanne. Those who wish to meet her on this occasion can contact her directly.

Reach the site of the project Europe Next Door

You can also follow the project on Facebook and Twitter