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Short History of the Forum


Boundaries of Europe.” Around 1,500 members from over 40 countries took part in the fteenth Economic Forum. The sixteenth Economic Forum was devoted to Eu- ropean identity, which was discussed in the context of integration processes taking place in the European Union and what was going on around the European Union. In that year among the Forum participants there were EU Commissioners Viviane Reding and Dalia Grybauskaite, and Prime Ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Ukra- ine, Jarosław Kaczyński, Gedyminas Kirkilas, Viktor Yanukovych. About 1,800 guests from over 50 countries came to take part in the Forum, the agenda of which consi- sted of about 140 debates divided into 10 thematic categories. The presence of EU Commissioners became a permanent element of the Forum.

he expansion of the European Union has always been a controversial issue. It turned out to be a great triumph for the idea of a common Europe, which, building on some commonly achieved rules and values, created a common space for freedom and trust. However, there were ever-more fears and suspicions within the EU itself, a good example of which was the case of the Constitutional Tre- aty of the European Union and its rejection by France and the Netherlands in 2005. It forced everybody to reect on the shape of European integration and, in broader circles, the idea appeared that countries were tired of integration and that Europe was going through a crisis. The seventeenth Economic Forum was devoted to the crisis in the context of changes and opportunities. The list of the prominent Forum guests was expanded with EU Commissioners Danuta Hübner, Dalia Grybauskaite, and Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Aairs in the T

Edmund Phelps, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, USA

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