Program – Fifteen years on: Finland and Sweden in the European Union

A seminar organized by the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland in cooperation with the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

SIEPS’s newsletter from November 2010 about the conference – in Swedish

October 15, 2010 At the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik

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Programme 0900 Arrivals, collection of papers – coffee

0930 Welcome by the organizers Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland

0935 Small States’ Need for Shelter: The Icelandic Economic Crash and European integration Academic keynote speech by Baldur Thorhallsson, Jean Monnet Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland and Chairman of the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies

1000-1145 First Panel
Nations in the European Union: sovereignty, identity, politics and public opinion Chair: Maximilian Conrad, Assistant Professor of European studies, University of Iceland i) Reluctant Europeans no more? The changing attitudes towards European integration in Sweden Göran von Sydow, researcher at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Stockholm ii) Finland’s Political Identity in the EU Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs iii) Icelandic respondents: Eygló Harðardóttir, member of Parliament for the Progressive Party, Guðmundur Hálfdánarson, Professor of History, University of Iceland, and Þórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir, member of Parliament for the Social Alliance General discussion

1145-1245 Lunch at the National Museum

1245-1415 Second Panel
Small State Economies in the European Union Chair: Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, President of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor i) Adaptation and advantage. Finland’s economy in the EU Dr. Juhana Aunesluoma, Director for the University of Helsinki Network for European Studies ii) Crown or Euro? Sweden facing the European Monetary Union Daniel Tarschys, Professor Emeritus at Stockholm University and Member of SIEPS’ Academic Network iii) Icelandic respondents: Hannes G. Sigurðsson, Economist of the Federation of Employers and Þorvaldur Gylfason, Professor of Economy at the University of Iceland General discussion

1415-1430 Coffee and tea break

1430-1615 Third Panel
Agriculture and the Countryside in the European Union Chair: Anna Karlsdóttir, Assistant Professor of Human Geography and Tourism Studies at the University of Iceland i) The CAP and Future Challenges: Lessons from the Swedish Experiences Ewa Rabinowicz, Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Lund and a member of SIEPS’ Advisory Council ii) State, Structure and Future of Agricultural and Rural Policies in Finland and Beyond Dr. Michael Kull, researcher at MTT Agrifood Research Finland iii) Icelandic respondents: Daði Már Kristófersson, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Iceland; Erna Bjarnadóttir, M.Sc. agricultural economist, Federation of Icelandic farmers; and Kolfinna Jóhannesdóttir, Agricultural University of Iceland and member of the Icelandic EU negotiating team General discussion

1615-1630
Conclusions
Daniel Tarschys, Professor Emeritus at Stockholm University and Member of SIEPS’ Academic Network

1630-1650
Closing remarks
H.E. Mr. Össur Skarphéðinsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs

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