Presentation Of The BeNeLux-Europe 2022-2023


The BeNeLux-University Centre Foundation was founded in 1988 by Prof. Anton M.C. van der Geld to promote scientific and cultural cooperation between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

Chairman Anton M.C. van der Geld  professor, health psychologist, rector, writer and columnist.

The Foundation BeNeLux-Universitair Centrum (1988), or B.U.C (BUC) is independent, self-supporting and idealistic in nature. The Centre's emblem is 'Scientiae et Artibus', focusing on science, art and culture together. The emphasis is on the applied human, social and cultural sciences. This takes place in the form of lectures, study days, exchanges, symposiums and publications. The BUC College, consisting of professors and practitioners, thus forms a bridge between theory and practice. Participants in BUC activities can then elaborate the knowledge and insights gained in their own context. The philosophy of the BUC is to align and connect the triad of science, culture and humanity. After all, in their work, professionals face the question of how to act in the light of humanity and the liveability of society. To this end, the BUC has also set up several broad practical chairs. One of these is the Benelux Chair, with Prof Mark Eyskens, former prime minister, as its main instructor. There is a cooperation agreement with the Benelux Parliament for this purpose (chair installation 1995). There is also the Practice Chair in Police and Justice (installation 2003). Recently, the chair 'Culture, labour and organisation in a sustainable society' has been established (2019).

In the past 10 years, the BeNeLux-Europa Prize has been awarded to: Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel; Ambassador of Belgium, Chris Hoornaert; Ambassador of the Netherlands, Maryem van den Heuvel; ambassador of Luxembourg, Jean-Marc Hoscheit; European Commission vice-president, Frans Timmermans; EU commissioner, Marianne Thyssen; vice-president of the Council of State, Piet Hein Donner; honorary consul of Belgium, Prince Charles Louis de Merode; prime minister of Flanders, Kris Peeters; chairman of VNO NCW, Bernard Wientjes.

Opening speech by Prof Anton van der Geld, professor- chairman B.U.C.

Speech by Minister of State Prof Mark Eyskens, head titular B.U.C. - " Will Homo sapiens become robot sapiens ? "

Mr. Reinier van Zutphen, former judge, has been the National Ombudsman of the Netherlands since 1 April 2015 the National Ombudsman of Netherlands, appointed by the House of Representatives. When things go wrong between citizens and the government he stands up for the interests of citizens and helps governments improve their services. He is an active and eventful player in the field of the human dimension and is assisted by some 200 specialists. He also acts as the local ombudsman for 80% of Dutch municipalities. In addition, mr. Van Zutphen is the trusted ombudsman of veterans of the Dutch armed forces

Prof. Koenraad baron Lenaerts has been president of the European Court of Justice since 2015 president of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial body of the European Union. The Court is based in Luxembourg, where he works collegially with 27 judges to shape European law. He is also a professor of European law at KU Leuven. He is an inspiring lawyer with a heart for Europe. Prof. Lenaerts was honoured in 2004 because of his extraordinary merits by the King of Belgium to the peerage of a baron. In 2012, he received the Golden Medal of Honour of the Flemish Community