16:10 - EU: EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE, THE STATE OF THE UNION IN FLORENCE
(Sir Europe - Brussels) - Economy, geopolitics, energy. These are the three topics of the sessions of the second The State of the Union conference, organised for 9th and 10th May by the European University Institute, a EU body based in Florence. The Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, in the heart of the Italian city, will host speakers and guests from all over the European Union. The purpose of the conference is to bring together high profile people on behalf of the European and national institutions and the academic and economic world, to start a debate - the organisers state - about the EUs development and future. Guests include: the president of the EU Commission, José Manuel Barroso; the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti; Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs; Michel Barnier, Commissioner for the Domestic Market; Tony Barber of the Financial Times; Jean-François Cirelli, president of Gaz de France-Suez; Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics at Berkeley University; Anne-Marie Slaughter, professor of international politics and affairs at Princeton University. The three sessions will be named: Economic governance for the European Union; The EU in a new world; The energy policy in the European Union. For information: www.eui.eu.