About the lecture

The Europe Lecture is a frequently recurring lecture on the meaning of Europe from a socio-economic, political or cultural perspective and takes place in the Hague. The Europe Lecture focuses on the role of Europe in the World'. How do countries or other continents view Europe and the European Union in particular?


Stimulating the public debate

There is a lot of discussion on the topic 'Europe'. After all, the European Union is more than just a financial-economic cooperation project. The Europe Lecture aims to stimulate the public debate on Europe and tries to attract a wide audience interested in current and future developments of the European Union.

In 1993, Jacques Attali i delivered the first Europe Lecture. Since then, various inspiring speakers have established a tradition. Among them the former British minister of Foreign Affairs Lord Peter Carrington i, former Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Richard Goldstone i, former Irish President Mary Robinson i, former NATO-secretary Javier Solana i and president of the European Council Herman van Rompuy i.



The Europe Lecture originated from an initiative called 'de Europalezing' of the University of Higher Education Utrecht and newspaper 'Utrechts nieuwsblad' in 1992 and is now, for the third time since 2009 organized in The Hague. From 2013 the Europe Lecture is made possible by (financial) support from the Municipality of The Hague. The Europe Lecture Foundation takes care of the organization.


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Members of the boards of the Europe Lecture Foundation provide advice and guidance pertaining the organisation of the Europe Lecture.