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Pat Cox will be the new President of the Foundation as of 1 January 2015


At the end of two three-year terms, Mr. José Maria Gil Robles has decided to pass the Presidency of our Foundation to his successor.

On 12 December, 2014, the Executive Council has appointed the role of President of the Foundation to Mr. Pat Cox, for a renewable term of 3 years, from 1 January, 2015.

Of Irish nationality, Pat Cox is 62 years old and is a former Member of the European Parliament over a 15 year period; during which he served as President from 2002 to 2004. He was then President of the European Movement International from 2005 to 2011. In 2004, he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aix la Chapelle.

Pat Cox will be the fourth President of the Foundation created by Jean Monnet in 1978, following in the footsteps of former renowned Presidents Henri Rieben (1978 to 2005), Bronislaw Geremek (2006 to 2008), and José Maria Gil-Robles (2009 to 2014).

Pat Cox’s inaugural conference will be held on Thursday, 12 March, 2015 at 5 pm in Dorigny. The event will be open to the public.

The Foundation awards its Gold Medal


On 17 October 2014, the Foundation awarded its Gold Medal to Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council; Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament; and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.Through this award, the Foundation sought to jointly commend three people who, at the head of their respective institutions and in the spirit of the Community method forged by Jean Monnet, have succeeded in showing solidarity in confronting the major challenges faced by Europe, by preserving the original community framework that presided over the European integration process.


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Why do the new generations need the European Union?

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José Daniel is the author of a clear and didactic book of 30 pages entitled “The European Union and the New Generations: all that we should know how to and not forget”, available in French, English, Spanish and Catalan.

The author is a member of the Council of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, an academician of Spanish Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences and former member of the general direction of the Nestlé Ltd Vevey World center in Switzerland.

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Publication of Paul Collowald’s memoirs


Paul Collowald is a member of the Council of the Foundation. He was born just after World War I and made a commitment for the French-German reconciliation and the European cause from the day after the Second. This Alsatian of Lorraine origin, at first journalist, became Director General of information to the European Commission and futher on at the European Parliament, where he then became the Director of the Cabinet of President Pierre Pflimlin. At more than 90 years, as enthusiastic as tireless, he does not stop testifying of his faith in the European construction.

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See the interview of Paul Collowald realized by the Foundation on March 20th, 2014

Publication of « Notre européanité » by Alfonso Mattera


In this autumn, 2014, the Foundation has the pleasure to announce the publication at “LGDJ lextenso editions” of the work “Notre européanité : Une Histoire millénaire, de l’épopée de Marathon à la réunification des peuples de l’Ancien Continent». This magnificent reference book is written by Professor Alfonso Mattera, member of the Council of the Foundation.

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Number 2 of the “Debates and Documents Collection”


The Foundation is pleased to announce the publication in September, 2014 of the second issue of its “Collection débats et documents“, entitled “Méthode communautaire et fédéralisme : le legs de Jean Monnet à travers ses archives”.

Written by Gilles Grin, Director of the Foundation, this study based on archives, presents Jean Monnet’s thought and action regarding method of integration and institutional architecture of united Europe. It shows that the community method and federalism were in the heart of the reflections and the projects of the builder of united Europe, whose contribution in the philosophy and in the politics action remain relevant.

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