Jean Monnet Lecture Series


The Centre or European Research in Maastricht has been organizing four Jean Monnet Lectures per year since 2008. These are important opportunities for our community and researchers to engage with relevant topics, discover new research perspectives and exchange views and opinions. The JM Lectures are open to the public and given by prominent scholars or experts in the field, which gives a sense of the ability of the University and CERiM to entice a very wide range of speakers to come to lecture.

More details, including short interviews with recent guest speakers, can be found here.


  • Academic year 2022-2023

Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Ambassador of Denmark to the Netherlands: “The European Union in a New World Order”. (13 September 2023)

Philomena Apiko, head of AU-EU relations at The European Centre for Development Policy Management, on “The Future of Africa-EU relations” (9 May 2023)

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and European Commissioner for Competition (8 November 2022)


  • Academic year 2021-2022

Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries at the European Commission, "The Economic Logic behind the European Green Deal: benefits of the green transition for the society of tomorrow" (9 November 2021)

Štefan Füle, former European Commissioner for the Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, "The European Union's Foreign Actorness in its Neighbourhood: Perceptions and Reality” (2 December 2021)

Massouda Jalal, the first and only woman in Afghanistan's history to run in the Afghan presidential elections, "The Current Situation of Afghanistan and Its Impact on Women" (22 March 2022)


  • Academic year 2020-2021

Marietje Schaake, member of the Dutch party Democrats 66 and former member of the European Parliament, "Unaccountable: how technology companies erode democratic governance" (12 January 2021)


  • Academic year 2019-2020

Micheal Shackelton, former Head of the European Parliament office in London and Professor at Maastricht University, presented his book "Shaping Parliamentary Democracy" (8 October 2019)

Matthias Wismar, Senior Health Policy Analyst at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies in Brussels, "Governance in the European Public Health" (20 February 2020)

Karl-Heiz Lambertz, former President of the European Committee of the Regions,"Local and regional authorities: the third dimension of the European Union" (12 March 2020)


  • Academic year 2018-2019

Ryan Heath, Political Editor, Politico, “The First Real European Election?” (10 October 2018)

Alberto Alemano, Jean Monnet Professor at HEC, Paris, “How to make Europe a People’s Project ahead of the next European elections?”  (13 November 2018)

Sophia Russack, CEPS, Brussels, “The European Parliament elections 2019: new internal dynamics and the Spitzenkandidaten mess” (7 February 2019)

Luuk Van Middelaar, academic and former speech writer for Hermann Van Rompuy, “European elections in times of crises: bring on the Opposition!” (28 March 2019)


  • Academic year 2017-2018 

Anthony Teasdale, Director General in the European Parliament, “Heroes and villains in European integration: The battle between Jacques Delors and Margaret Thatcher - and its meaning today” (12 October 2017)

Alexander Stubb, former Finnish Prime Minister and Vice-President of the EIB, “Will the European Union be able to fill the power vacuum after the demise of the Anglo-Saxon world?”  (23 November 2017)

Peer Steinbruck, former German Finance Minister, “Germany’s Role in the European Union: Towards a Reform of the Eurozone?” (19 March 2018)

Ioana Predescu, Romanian Ambassador to the Netherlands, “From Rome to Romania: Taking the Presidency in a defining moment for the European Union” (19 April 2018)


  • Academic year 2016-2017

Harry Cooper, reporter for Politico, “The EU’s Struggle to Communicate in the Digital Age” (13 October 2016)

Martin Westlake, former Secretary General of the EESC and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, “The Brexit Referendum: Taking the Longer-Term View” (9 November 2016)

Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman, “Will the EU survive another 25 years?” (9 February 2017)

Monique Goyens, Director of BEUC, “EU Consumer Policy in Challenging Times – reasons to be optimistic?” (30 March 2017)

George Papaconstantinou, former Greek Finance Minister, presentation of the book “Game Over” (11 May 2017)


  • Academic year 2015-2016

Connie Hedegaard, former Environment Commissioner, “The European Union and the Paris Climate Summit: Strengths and Weaknesses of the European approach to climate change” (25 February 2016)

Andrew Duff, former Liberal MEP, “Facilitating co-existence: the endgame for Brexit” (14 April 2016)

Taja Vovk van Gaal, Museum Curator at EP, “The House of European History” (26 May 2016)


  • Academic year 2014-2015

Julie Smith, a member of the British House of Lords as well as an academic at Cambridge, “After the Scottish Referendum: People, Parties and Parliaments” (23 September 2014)

Pierpaolo Settembri, General Secretariat of the Commission, “The EU in G7/G20: A full-grown actor?” (20 November 2014)

Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for trade policy, “EU Trade Policy: Why should European citizens care?” (17 April 2015)

Nereo Peñalver and Julian Priestley, the former a Parliament official, the latter former Secretary-General of the Parliament, presented and discussed their book “The Making of a European President: How Juncker Won the European Elections” (21 May 2015)


  • Academic year 2013-2014

Stephen Clark, Director for Relations with Citizens at the European Parliament, “This Time It's Different: Communicating on the 2014 European Elections" (25 November 2013)

Kartika Leotard, Dutch MEP from the Left Unity Group, spoke about her own experiences as a Member of the Parliament and the reasons why it made a difference who was elected (20 February 2014)

Simon Hix, Professor in European Studies at LSE, "Looking ahead to the outcome of the 2014 elections" (24 March 2014)


  • Academic year 2012-2013

David Earnshaw, Brussels lobbyist working for Burson Marsteller, “Some thoughts about the (new?) ethics of lobbying” (15 November 2012)

Robert de Groot, Director General for European Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Fixing Europe one (quick) step at a time” (28 February 2013)

Michael Reiterer, Senior Adviser at the European External Action Service, “East Meets West Reloaded: Will the Rise of Asia lead to Europe’s decline?” (26 March 2013)

Robert Pollard, Economic Minister-Counselor at the US Mission to the European Union, "Revitalizing Transatlantic Jobs and Growth: An American Perspective" (23 April 2013)


  • Academic year 2011-2012

Philippe Lamberts, Belgian Green MEP, “The EU at a crossroads: towards further integration or decline?” (29 November 2011)

Philomena Murray, Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, “Europe and Asia: partners or rivals?” (29 March 2012)

Desmond Dinan, Jean Monnet Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy, in Arlington, Virginia, “A Greek Tragedy: American Attitudes toward the European Union” (24 April 2012)

Frank Vandenbroucke, Professor at the Universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Amsterdam and former Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, “The EU needs a social investment pact” (22 May 2012)


  • Academic year 2010-2011

Richard Corbett, Member of the Cabinet of Hermann van Rompuy, “President of the European Council, New Kid on the Block: Asset or Complication” (4 November 2010)

Beate Kohler-Koch, Emeritus Professor at Mannheim University, “The Role of Civil Society Beyond Lisbon” (19 January 2011)

Poul Skytte Christoffersen, Danish Ambassador to Belgium, “The Creation of the European External Action Service: Challenges and Opportunities” (17 February 2011)

Michael Shackleton, Head of the European Parliament office in London, “The European Parliament: The Major Winner of the Lisbon Treaty?” (12 May 2011)


  • Academic year 2009-2010

Kathalijne Buitenweg, University lecturer and former Green MEP, “Europe and its Citizens: Bridging Troubled Waters” (21 January 2010)

Tim King, editor of European Voice, “Democratic or Just Demotic? The European News Media and the European Union” (4 March 2010)

Stephen Clark, Head of Web Communication at European Parliament, “The European Parliament and Social Media; pioneering the European Public Space?” (15 April 2010)

Tony Bunyan, Head of Statewatch, the London-based NGO that monitors the state and civil liberties in Europe, “Transparency in the EU” (May 2010)


  • Academic year 2008-2009

Hans Brunmayr, former Austrian Director-General in the Council of Ministers, “The EU Institutions Beyond the Lisbon Treaty – a Perspective from the Council” (30 October 2008)

David Grant Lawrence, former Director in the European Commission, “The European Commission: 50 Years of Ups and Downs, Highs and Lows” (15 January 2009)

Julian Priestley, former Secretary-General of the European Parliament, “Can the European Parliament Meet the Challenge?” (4 March 2009)

Michiel van Hulten, working at Burson-Marsteller in Brussels and former MEP, “Living Apart Together: Interinstitutional Dynamics in the EU Beyond Lisbon” (16 April 2009)