Two world Wars brought massive destruction in Europe: moot toldMay 28, 2013
KARACHI: Constant mutual efforts followed by policy based initiatives enabled the European countries to come out of the chaos of wars and stay united under the banner of European Union.
In order to restore stability and ensure peace, it is important to take bold decisions in time. This rule can be applied in the case of Pakistan as well. After coalition, EU’s major achievements include the fact that until the 40’s peace was unthinkable, later, since the 50’s war is unthinkable”, these views were expressed by the Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, Pierre Mayaudon – the Deputy Head of the European Union delegation to Pakistan and others during their address to the seminar titled “The European Union in the 21st Century: Achievements, Potential and Challenges organized by Area Study Centre for Europe here on Tuesday at a local hotel.
In her welcome address Prof Dr Uzma Shujaat – Director of ASCE explained the objectives behind organizing such an event. She was of the view that since the European Union celebrates the Europe Day in the month of May, the Centre for European Studies also wanted to play their part in the celebrations. It is indeed significant to bring in light the policies that were adopted by the EU to cater with the challenges of past. It is, hence, extremely important to closely monitor the current challenges for EU and the way they are dealt as well.
While talking about the topic, Christian Ramage – the French Consul General informed that the year 2013 has been marked as a year to celebrate the French and German reconciliation. He expressed that Europe has witnessed centuries of wars between cities, families, regions, lords, principalities, kingdom, coalition, empires on different issues.
The two World Wars started in Europe after which all the European countries faced massive destruction. The idea of a united Europe emerged in 1945 which was an initiative towards a progressive Europe. Ramage added that the treaty on Franco German
Cooperation had resulted in three instrumental initiatives including exchanges of youth, encouragement of twinning and promotion of teaching of French and German on both sides.
While addressing the seminar, Robertoo Franceschinies – Italian Consul General discussed migration issues in EU and EU’s migration policy challenges. He remarked that migration intervention in the labour sector increases the capacity of the labour sector of a country, however, it is assumed that the migrants could increase the risk of economic instability in the wealthy countries.
It is pertinent to note that the European Union has become the second largest receiver of migrants from all over the worlds. The figure gives strength to the fact that policy making for immigrants will be kept high for the European Union. While commenting upon the migration related challenges, Franceschinies was of the view that integrating large number of migrants has become a challenging task because they are at the higher risk of being exposed to unemployment and economic disability.
In contrast to the situation is a fact that without immigrants the EU’s population will decline by 15% annually. In this respect, the only way for EU to grow is to welcome immigrants. Dr. Tilo Klinner – the German Consul General discussed in detail the Euro Crises and said that no doubt the euro zone crisis is affecting the country’s economy. The seminar was followed by a question answer session.