15 Years On Finland and Sweden in the European Union

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Fre 15.10.2010 kl. 12:10-12:10
the National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik
Reykjavik, Iceland

FIFTEEN YEARS ON
Finland and Sweden in the European Union
October 15, 2010 | At the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik

PROGRAMME

09:00 Arrivals, collection of papers - coffee
09:30 Welcome by the organizers
Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland
09:35 Small States’ Need for Shelter: The Icelandic Economic Crash and European integration
Academic keynote speech by Baldur Thorhallsson, Jean Monnet Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland and Chairman of
the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies

10:00-11:45 – First Panel: Nations in the European Union: sovereignty, identity, politics and
public opinion
Chair: Maximilian Conrad, Assistant Professor of European studies, University of Iceland
i) Reluctant Europeans no more? The changing attitudes towards European integration in Sweden
Göran von Sydow, researcher at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Stockholm
ii) Finland’s Political Identity in the EU
Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
iii) Icelandic respondents:
Eygló Harđardóttir, Member of Parliament forthe Progressive Party,
Guđmundur Hálfdánarson, Professor of History, University of Iceland, and
Ţórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir, Member of Parliamentfor the Social Alliance

General discussion

11:45-12:45 – Lunch at the National Museum

12:45-14:15 – Second Panel: Small State Economies in the European Union
Chair: Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, President of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor
i) Adaptation and advantage. Finland’s economy in the EU
Dr. Juhana Aunesluoma, Director for the University of Helsinki Network for European Studies
ii) Crown or Euro? Sweden facing the European Monetary Union
Daniel Tarschys, Professor Emeritus at Stockholm University and Member of SIEPS’ Academic Network
iii) Icelandic respondents:
Hannes G. Sigurđsson, Economist of the Federation of Employers and
Ţorvaldur Gylfason, Professor of Economy at the University of Iceland

General discussion

14:15-14:30 – Coffee and tea break

14:30-16:15 – Third Panel: Agriculture and the Countryside in the European Union
Chair: Anna Karlsdóttir, Assistant Professor of Human Geography and Tourism Studies at the University of Iceland
i) The CAP and Future Challenges: Lessons from the Swedish Experiences
Ewa Rabinowicz, Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Lund and a member of SIEPS’ Advisory Council
ii) State, Structure and Future of Agricultural and Rural Policies in Finland and Beyond
Dr. Michael Kull, researcher at MTT Agrifood Research Finland
iii) Icelandic respondents:
Dađi Már Kristófersson, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Iceland;
Erna Bjarnadóttir, M.Sc. agricultural economist, Federation of Icelandic farmers; and
Kolfinna Jóhannesdóttir, Agricultural University of Iceland and member of the Icelandic EU
negotiating team

General discussion

16:15-16:30 – Conclusions
Daniel Tarschys, Professor Emeritus at Stockholm University and Member of SIEPS’ Academic Network
16:30-16:50 – Closing remarks
H.E. Mr. Össur Skarphéđinsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs

End of Seminar