Prof. Zbigniew Rau, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, lawyer, academic teacher.
For many years he taught law at universities in Germany, the Netherlands, UK, the USA and Australia. He was an active member of the Solidarity movement in the 1980s. From 2005-2007 he was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. As a member of the Polish Parliament, he served as President of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, President of the Polish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and President of the Polish-British Parliamentary Group.
How can the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe help the Union in this vital process of self-reflection and adaptation after the pandemic? What are key reforms are necessary to make the Union more resilient and effective? Are we ready for the health Union? What new ideas for European governance should be tested?
The COVID-19 crisis has put the EU and its member states under enormous pressure, raising new challenges and exacerbating existing ones. But the EU and the Member States are working hard on a fair and inclusive recovery that will repair the economic and social damage caused by the pandemic while investing in green and digital future. The EU has also just embarked on the journey to conduct one of the biggest exercises in deliberative democracy on the Continent, the Conference on the Future of Europe that aims at giving the voice to the Europeans on what future EU they want.