Andy Burnham (online) Nicolas Tenzer Jan Vincent Rostowski Anna Radwan-Röhrenschef Mateusz Piotrowski (chair)
Politics has often shunned values and long term consequences of this are coming back to bite us. Legacy of war in Iraq has contributed to scepticism of the ethical dimension of international engagement by Western countries. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) concept has been rejected in much of the Global South. There is danger in dismissing all non-realpolitik motives in international relations. Constructing long-lasting political negotiated solutions becomes more difficult without a common basis of valuing the same principles, chief among them the adherence to human rights. Construction of a better world order without values-based convictions of parties at the negtiating table is near-impossible. On the other hand, there is a challenge for champions of ethics – the civil society and human rights organisations and religious figures – to translate their advocacy into language of solutions and policy outcomes. Without strategised, efficient outcomes human rights advocacy for example may become just a side exercise to the main scene of social change, large scale processes and political-economic transformations. The convictions in values-led politics must be upheld by the public, by the opinion leaders and ultimately by policymakers and political leaders.
Ignoring values comes at a cost already. Climate crisis shows how zero-sum thinking is absolutely counterproductive and leads to lose-lose outcomes. Covid pandemic has shown us how devastatingly disruptive the loss of trust in public service orientation of institutions was. Hard adversarial conflicts have high stakes including many human lives. Russian aggression on Ukraine has reminded Europe that peace is not assured when human lives are not valued. Can global politics revive its interest in human rights and protection of human and ecology-centred principles?
Mayor of Greater Manchester
British politician and a member of the Labour Party. From 2001 to 2017, he served as a Member of Parliament. During this time, he held positions such as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Culture Secretary, and Health Secretary in Gordon Brown’s Cabinet. In 2017, he was elected as the Mayor of Greater Manchester and was subsequently reelected in 2021. As Mayor, he successfully resolved a legal battle with private bus operators to bring Manchester’s bus network back into public ownership. His decisive actions during the COVID-19 pandemic secured significant funding to address the impact of the coronavirus.
Editor of the “Le Banquet”, founding president of the Centre d’étude et de réflexion pour l’action politique (CERAP), Guest Professor Sciences Po Paris (Paris School of International Affairs
French civil servant, academic, writer, and editor. He currently serves as the editor of the journal Le Banquet and is the founding president of the Centre d’étude et de réflexion pour l’action politique (CERAP) since 1986. He has also been involved with the Aspen Institute and the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Born in 1961, Tenzer is an alumnus of the École normale supérieure, Sciences Po, and the École nationale d’administration. He has taught political philosophy at Sciences Po and is currently a lecturer in the Master of International Public Affairs program. In his civil service career, he has held significant roles, including heading the Commissariat général du Plan. Nicolas Tenzer is a distinguished member of the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His views seek a balanced perspective on French power, navigating between its changing role in global affairs. He has also advocated for the EU’s attention to focus on Romania as a pro-European leader in Eastern Europe.
Former Poland's Minister of Finance (2007-2013), Deputy Prime Minister in 2013
Polish-British economist and politician. He served as Poland’s Minister of Finance from 2007 to 2013 and became the Deputy Prime Minister in 2013. He is also a Member of Parliament in the Seventh Term Sejm and led the Political Advisors Team to the Prime Minister in 2015. Jacek Rostowski holds academic degrees, including a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, a Master’s degree in Economy and History, and a Master’s degree in Economics. His rich professional and political career includes serving as an economic advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Leszek Balcerowicz and as a professor and head of the Department of Economics at the Central European University in Budapest. He also provided economic advice to the government of the Russian Federation. In 2007, he was appointed as Poland’s Minister of Finance in Donald Tusk’s government and later became Deputy Prime Minister. He actively participated in politics, serving as a Member of Parliament and contributing to economic policy discussions. Jacek Rostowski is known for his publications on topics related to the European Union, monetary policy, exchange rates, and the transformation of post-communist economies. He authored a book titled “Macroeconomic Instability in Post-Communist Countries” and numerous scholarly articles.
Member of Szymon Hołownia’s Poland 2050, “In.Europa” founder
Polish sociologist and social activist. From 2007 to 2015, she served as the President of the Board of the Robert Schuman Foundation in Poland.She graduated in sociology from the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw and completed postgraduate studies in European Studies at the same university. In 2009, she began her doctoral studies at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2001, she has been associated with the Robert Schuman Foundation, initially as a volunteer and co-organizer of the promotional campaign for the accession referendum in 2003 and the European elections in 2004. In 2007, she was elected as the President of the Board of this organization, succeeding Róża Thun. She held this position until 2015. In the same year, she became the director of the Bronisław Komorowski Institute Foundation. On December 31, 2016, she concluded her work in this position. In 2017, she founded the In.Europa Institute, a think tank focusing on European integration and European Union policy.
Mateusz Piotrowski (chair)
President and co-founder of Europe, a Patient
Political scientist (MA, Warsaw) and theologian (PhD, Nottingham). Co-founder of Folkowisko Borderland Culture Association and the Polish Humanities Crisis Committee. Programme Advisor to Global Catholic Climate Movement Poland. Co-creator of Labour Market: User’s Guide programme at TransferHUB Social Innovations Incubator.
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