The Central European Academy and the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law organized an international conference “Maastricht 30”, which took place in Budapest in 2023.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty, it is worth taking a glance at the political discourses that defined the era and examine which goals set in that exceptional historical period came into reality. In the given period, two main goals were defined: on the one hand, the continuous internal deepening of the integration, including the establishment of the Economic and Monetary Union – which became possible after the construction of the single internal market –, on the other hand, the doctrine of continuous geographical growth, that is to say the access.
These goals are discussed in the planned conference, broken down into five sub-points – also related to the political discourse of the time – namely: (1) constitutional identity versus ‘ever closer unity’; (2) the future of the EMU, (3) the dilemmas of geographical expansion, that is where are the final geopolitical boundaries of EU enlargement; (4) institutional reforms in connection with the Future of Europe conference, (5) evaluation of the Union’s energy policy.
Participation in the conference is by prior invitation. The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission to the event in case of irregular registration.