FMA Annual Events
December, 6-7 2023

The FMA Annual Events will take place on 6-7 December 2023 at the European Parliament in Brussels. Starting off, Former MEPs will attend an EPRS event in honour of the late President of the European Parliament and Former President of the FMA, José María GIL-ROBLES GIL-DELGADO. Current FMA President Klaus HÄNSCH will introduce the event, which will also be attended by Former Presidents of the European Parliament and Former FMA Presidents Enrique BARÓN CRESPO and Hans-Gert PÖTTERING. There will be eyewitness accounts by Enrique BARÓN CRESPO, Former President of the European Parliament, and Jaume DUCH GUILLOT, Director-General for Communication and Spokesperson of the European Parliament, moderated by Wolfram KAISER, Head of the European Parliamentary Research Service, EPRS; Professor of European Studies, University of Portsmouth.


This will be followed by the FMA’s Annual Cocktail Reception and Dinner marking the end of an intense year of activities and programmes. The Vice-President of the European Parliament, Rainer WIELAND, will attend and speak on behalf of the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola. Former and current MEPs will be present, including the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Marc ANGEL.


On 7 December 2023, from 10.00 to 11.00, FMA Vice-President Monica BALDI, and EP to Campus coordinator and FMA Board Member Michael HINDLEY (editors) will present the FMA_HAEU Publication “Participation in Europe” during the Librorum event at European Parliament in Brussels. The book explores ways to enhance civic education and envision a European landscape where citizens are not just spectators but active architects of their democratic future. The publication is based on contributions of speakers and guests during the hybrid conference on 16 June 2023. The event will be opened by FMA President Klaus HÄNSCH. FMA Honorary Secretary Teresa RIERA MADURELL will introduce the editors who will then present the publication. Dieter SCHLENKER, Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) and Valentina RIBOLDI, Communication Unit Italian Erasmus+ National Agency – INDIRE, will both make a short online intervention, before moving


on to the Q&A session with the audience in the room and connected online. The event will end with the final remarks of the editors.


Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French, Spanish, and Italian.


From 11.00 to 13.00 (Brussels’ time), the FMA will hold its Annual Seminar 2023 on ‘New technological transition: opportunities and challenges in the European Parliament, Brussels. Guest speakers Associate Professor of IT Law at the University of Tartu and Research Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance (EUI), Marta CANTERO, and CEO of the Customized Artificial Intelligence Solutions company Querlo, Francesco RULLI, will deliver eye-opening and inisghtful speeches on the opportunities and challenges of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence. They will unpack the potential of AI and will weigh the ethical considerations and potential pitfalls associated with integrating AI into democratic systems.


FMA President Klaus HÄNSCH will welcome the audience, FMA Secretary Teresa RIERA MADURELL will moderate the Q&A session with the audience and FMA Board Member Paul RÜBIG will draw the conclusions.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.


Later in the afternoon, the FMA Management Committee will meet to discuss the future projects of the FMA in 2024, in particular the European elections and the visits organised by the FMA to Belgium and Hungary on the occasion of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. These visits facilitate and promote a pluralistic political dialogue with representatives of national parliaments and governments in order to assess the progress made in EU affairs.