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10 d’octubre de 2014

4th International Conference Building a New State 2014

Catalonia and Europe, the Transition to the 21st Century

“La vrai générosité envers l'avenir consiste à tout donner au présent” 
Albert Camus, L'homme révolté, 1951

On Friday, 31 October, Sobirania i Justícia (Sovereignty and Justice) will hold the 4th edition of the international conference Building a New State 2014, with a morning session for an invited audience (in Palau Robert's Sala de les Cotxeres) and afternoon sessions open to the public (in La Pedrera's Auditorium). This year’s event is entitled Catalonia and Europe, the Transition to the 21st Century and brings together nine renowned specialists as hosts and speakers. It is designed to reflect on the impact that the process of European union has, as an undercurrent, on the current political situation in Catalonia, and, particularly, on the debate about the architecture of a new state. The European ambitions of Catalonia are strong and unquestionable. For this reason, the new Catalan political structures and institutions must be conceived, and allowed to evolve, in accordance with this collective framework. The debate will revolve around three basic topics: constitutional order, public governance, and security and defence strategy. And we will look at how the arrival of the new century can serve to help our societies in transition, both Catalan and European, to open the door to a new age, strenghtened by consensus, well-being, and civility.

Sovereignty and Justice has organized this international conference in close collaboration with Diplocat (Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia), CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs), and the newspaper ARA, our distinguished partners on this journey. To them, our most sincere thanks.

(i) Constitutional order

All constituent processes in Europe today must be scrupulous with regards to guarantees and satisfy the highest democratic canons. After the proclamation of independence, the Parliament will have to approve a law that stipulates procedures and establishes the interim regime of the institutional and legal framework in Catalonia. After that, it will have to draft a Catalan Constitution, the guiding document for the legal structure of the new State. The values and principles of advanced democracy that today inspire the process of political regeneration in Catalonia will have to be codified and given force in the Magna Carta. Citizens of Catalonia, as well as of Europe, are demanding a more equitable and transparent relationship with their political representatives. The notions of "citizenship" and "nationality" are taking on moral and political dimensions unseen until now, but anticipated to some extent in the 1992 Treaty of Maastricht.

The round table discussion Constituent Process: Building an Advanced Democracy, chaired by M. Dolors Feliu, jurist and Director of Legal and Advisory Services for the Catalan Government, will explore the constituent process, the principles of the Constitution, and the concepts of "citizenship" and "nationality" in light of the necessary process of in-depth democratic examination. Josep M. Vilajosana, Professor of Legal Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Pompeu Fabra University, Ioannis Papadopoulos, Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Macedonia (Greece) and visiting professor at the Faculty of Sciences-Po of the Sorbonne, and Eduard Sagarra, Professor of International Law at the University of Barcelona and ESADE, will be the three speakers at the event.

(ii) Public governance

The gradual advent of the European aggregation and, more in the background, economic globalization, are putting enormous pressure on the “classic” European state vis-à-vis the mature societies which it must satisfy. Tensions between technocracy and democracy -very visible on the path to the deepening of the EU-, tensions between conventional representative democracy and a more participative and deliberative one, tensions between the welfare state and the globalized economy, tensions between the local and the global imaginary, are just some examples. The discussion in Catalonia in relation to the structure of a new state is, inevitably, contextualized by this phenomenon that affects, in an intense and creative way, the future appearance of all the states of Europe.

The economist and Managing Director of the newspaper ARA, Salvador Garcia Ruiz, will lead the round table discussion on The European State in the 21st Century: Creative Tensions. The two speakers, Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Professor of European Law and Human Rights at Oxford University, and Montserrat Guibernau, Professor of Political Science at Queen Mary University of London, will help us to analyze how the format of nation-states and public governance in Europe will have to evolve in order to overcome these tensions and assure that they are effective tools in the service of good government and common weal.

(iii) Security and defence strategy

With the signing of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007, the member states of the European Union started working together to provide Europe with more cohesion and impact in the international arena. Since 2003 when the Council approved the European Security Strategy (ESS) the world geopolitical panorama has undergone profound changes. European soft power has lost strenght in its ability to influence: cooperation and economic assistance, as well as multilateralism, are strategies on the wane before the emerging avidity of new players of neo-Westphalian character and booming economy. Liberal interventionism is at a low ebb. In addition, the United States now looking towards Asia brings the traditional transatlantic relationship into question. Europe needs a new strategic wager. Catalonia, in the middle of the new chessboard, will have to know how to foster, in this area as well, a fruitful relationship of mutual trust with the world.

Jordi Bacaria, Professor of Applied Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Director of CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) will preside over the workshop Security and Defence in Europe: in Search of a Global Strategy, which will be presented by Jolyon Howorth, Professor of European Politics at the University of Bath and visiting professor in the Departments of Political Science and Global Affairs at Yale University. The workshop will be held in the morning session in the Sala de les Cotxeres of Palau Robert. Later, in the Auditorium of La Pedrera, Professor Howorth will repeat the session, speaking on the same topic during the closing lecture of Building a New State 2014. 

Information and registration: bns2014@sij.cat 

 MORNING SESSION - 10:00 h to 12:00 h - Sala de les Cotxeres of Palau Robert 

Welcome: Alícia Casals

Workshop - 10:00 h to 12:00 h

                     Security and Defence in Europe: in Search of a Global Strategy
                     Speaker: Jolyon Howorth
                     Presiding: Jordi Bacaria

     AFTERNOON SESSION - 16:00 h to 20:30 h – Auditorium of La Pedrera 

    Welcome: Joan Vallvé

    Round table - 16:00 h to 17:30 h

                          Constituent Process: Building an Advanced Democracy
                          Speakers: Josep M. Vilajosana, Ioannis Papadopoulos and Eduard Sagarra
                          Presiding: M. Dolors Feliu

      Round table - 17:30 h to 19:00 h

                           The European State in the 21st Century: Creative Tensions
                           Speakers: Sionaidh Douglas-Scott and Montserrat Guibernau
                           Presiding: Salvador Garcia Ruiz

        Lecture - 19:30 h to 20:30 h

                            Security and Defence in Europe: in Search of a Global Strategy
                            Speaker: Jolyon Howorth

          Closing remarks: Isabel-Helena Martí

          El debat sobre la creació d'un Estat independent - The debate on building an independent State

          El debat sobre la creació d'un Estat independent - The debate on building an independent State
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