European Regional Meeting of the Trilateral Commission: Madrid, Spain, October 21-23, 2005

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(29th Meeting of European Group)

All events held at the Hotel NH EuroBuilding, Madrid

Conference Chairman: Peter Sutherland
Host Country Chairman: Nemesio Fernandez-Cuesta

Friday, October 21

15h00-18h00
OPTIONAL SESSION ON ISRAEL-EUROPEAN UNION RELATIONS: BRIDGING MISUNDERSTANDINGS (at the Ortega y Gasset Foundation)
Chair: Antonio Garrigues Walker, Chairman, Garrigues Abogados y Asesores Tributarios, Madrid
THE POLITICAL AND STRATEGIC RELATIONS
Chair: Itamar Rabinovich, President, Tel Aviv University
Panel:
Shlomo Avineri, Professor, Institute for European Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dominique Moïsi, Special Advisor to the Director General, French Institute for International Relations (IFRI), Paris

"NEXT STEPS" AFTER THE GAZA DISENGAGEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST PROCESS
Chair: Uzi Arad, Head, Institute for Policy and Strategy, and Chair, The Herziliya Conference Series, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Israel
Panel:
The Political Dimension
Shlomo Ben-Ami, Vice President, Toledo International Center for Peace; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel
Nabil Maarouf, General Delegate of Palestine, Madrid

The Economic Dimension
Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman, The Portland Trust, London
THE ECONOMIC AND TRADE RELATIONS
Chair: Jacob Frenkel, Vice Chairman, American International Group (AIG) and Chairman, AIG's Global Economic Strategies Group, New York
Speaker: Stanley Fischer, Governor, Bank of Israel; former Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

20h00-21h00
Private visit and drinks at the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

21h00-23h00
Opening dinner
Speaker: José Antonio Alonso Suarez, Minister of the Interior

Saturday, October 22

09h00-11h00
SESSION I ON THE HOST COUNTRY SPAIN
Chair: Nemesio Fernandez-Cuesta, Executive Director, Upstream, Repsol-YPF; former Chairman, Prensa Española, Madrid

The Political Dimension
Josep Piqué, Chairman, Popular Party of Catalunya, Barcelona; Member of the Parliament of Catalunya; Member of the Spanish Senate; former Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Economic and Business Dimension:
Ana Patricia Botin, Executive Chairman, Banesto; Vice Chairman, Urbis; Member of the Management Committee, Santander Group, Madrid
Rafael del Pino, Chairman, Ferrovial

The European and Foreign Policy Dimension
Miguel Angel Moratinos, Minister of Foreign Affairs

11h15-13h15
SESSION II ON EUROPE'S FUTURE: THE POLITICAL CHALLENGES
Is it possible for the EU to continue in its political integration process in the light of the failed June referenda and the stalled financial budget perspectives, and what is the impact of the German elections on the European debate?

Opening remarks and Chair: Peter Sutherland, Chairman, BP p.l.c.; Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; former Director General, GATT/WTO; former Member of the European Commission; former Attorney General of Ireland; European Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Panel: Chris Patten, Chancellor, University of Oxford; Chairman, International Crisis Group, Brussels; former Member of the European Commission (External Relations), Brussels; former Governor of Hong Kong
Jean François-Poncet, Member of the Senate; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, France
Michael Fuchs, Member of the German Bundestag (CDU), Berlin

13h15-14h45
Luncheon
Speaker: Pedro Solbes, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy and Finance; former Member of the European Commission

15h00-16h30
SESSION III ON EUROPE'S FUTURE: THE ENLARGEMENT CHALLENGE
Is further EU enlargement envisageable? The Western Balkans "Triptych" after fragmentation and recomposition, now integration?

Is further EU enlargement stalled with Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia?
Chair: Carl Bildt, former European Union High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina and UN Special Envoy to the Balkans; Chairman, the Kreab Group of public affairs companies, the Nordic Venture Network, Teleoptimering AB, Stockholm; former Member of the Swedish Parliament, Chairman of the Moderate Party and Prime Minister of Sweden

On Kosovo:
Soren Jessen-Petersen, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNMIK, Pristina, Kosovo; former UN Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees
On Bosnia: "Dayton Plus Ten":
Richard Holbrooke, Vice Chairman, Perseus, New York; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

16h45-18h15
SESSION IV ON EUROPE'S FUTURE: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHALLENGES
Is it possible to reconcile fractured European societies and their economic and social "models" in the search for growth and jobs in an era of rapid globalization?

Panel:
Niels Thysgesen, Chairman, OECD Economic and Development Review Committee; Danske Bank Professor of International Economics, University of Copenhagen; Chairman, MTS, Copenhagen
Mario Monti, Chairman, BRUEGEL and ECAS, Brussels; President and Professor Emeritus, Bocconi University, Milan; former Member of the European Commission (Competition Policy)

20h30-23h00
Dinner hosted by and at the Autonomous Community of Madrid

FOSTERING DIAOGUE BETWEEN PEOPLES AND CULTURES IN THE EURO-MEDITERRANEAN AREA
Assia BenSalah Alaoui, Professor of Public Law, International Economic Law and Director of Research, Centre for Strategic Studies; Faculty of Judicial, Economic and Social Sciences, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Sunday, October 23

European Group consultations with the European authors on the Task Forces reporting at the Spring 2006 Tokyo Meeting.

EUROPE'S FUTURE: DOES/CAN THE EU PROPOSE EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TOWARDS IRAN AND RUSSIA?
Chair: Andrzej Olechowski, Leader, Civic Platform; former Chairman, Bank Handlowy; former Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Finance, Warsaw; European Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission

09h00-10h45
SESSION V: IRAN AND NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION
Discussion leader on behalf of the European author: Hervé de Carmoy, Chairman, Almatis, Frankfurt-am-Main; former Partner, Rhône Group, New York & Paris; Honorary Chairman, Banque Industrielle et Mobilière Privée, Paris; former Chief Executive, Société Générale de Belgique; European Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Discussant: Pierre Goldschmidt, Adviser to the Task Force Report; former Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Safeguards, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Brussels

10h45-12h30
SESSION VI: RUSSIA AND THE TRILATERAL COUNTRIES
European author: Sir Roderic Lyne, former British Ambassador to Russia; Special Adviser to the BP Group and HSBC Bank, London

End of meeting

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