The format is simple and effective - a relevant policy maker is invited to give a lecture on a pressing policy issue to small groups of international students, academics and researchers. The lecture occurs in an academic setting, thereby enabling a free and in depth exchange of ideas on the issues being discussed. Such seminars enable privileged opportunities for students and academics to learn from policy makers. They also offer policy makers the chance to potentially gain new perspectives from an international body of up and coming future leaders.
Please read below for more information on IPLI's last Symposium:
IPLI Foundation sponsored this Symposium under the auspices of the Paul-Henri Spaak seminar series in cooperation with the Institute for European Studies at Catholic University of Louvain. The speaker for this event was Jean-Pol Poncelet, former vice prime minister, minister of defense and minister of energy of Belgium. Mr. Poncelet delivered an address on the challenges of building common EU energy policies. He noted the fact that energy policy is a highly sensitive issue for national governments, particularly since it is considered a fundamental element of national sovereignty. Forging common energy policy is a massive challenge to EU member states, especially since it involves partial delegation of national energy development and energy mix decisions to supranational EU institutions in Brussels. Mr. Poncelet recently wrote on book on this issue. Click here for more information on his publication.