On 3-5 June, 2003 four sections of the New Swiss European Movement (NOMES / NEBS), the Swiss UEF constituent organisation, with the support of UEF supranational and in cooperation with the European Institutes of the local universities, organised 4 panel discussions on the Convention and the future of Europe in Zurich.
Swiss experts from the political class and universities as well as European guests, including Fernand HERMAN (UEF Bureau member and President of UEF-Belgium) and Ferdinand KINSKY (Vice-President of CIFE) participated in these panel discussions.
For many participants, the current European constitutional process showed similarities with the Swiss federal Constitution of 1848. Non-Swiss guests were delighted that the debate on the future of Europe was happening in Switzerland. A follow-up panel debate with Convention members is expected to take place in Bern in autumn.