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CSEPS Adopts a New Title Honouring Simone Veil


After over a decade as the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS), our research center has decided to adopt a new title in honour of the late Simone Veil. As of the 2018 academic year, CSEPS has taken on the title of “The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies”. 


French lawyer and politician, Simone Veil (1927-2017) had a long-standing and inspiring political career. In 1970, Simone Veil became the first female secretary general of France’s council of the magistrate. In 1974, she would become France’s Minister of Health, a position in which she advocated for and succeeded in legalizing contraception and abortion. 

In 1979, Veil would represent France in the European Parliament and was elected President of the Parliament – becoming its first President and the first female to lead a European institution. 


Survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Veil held a strong belief that a unified Europe would contribute to fostering peace in the continent. Her political career in the European Parliament would lead to her becoming one of Europe’s most admired and significant political figures. 


Simone Veil personifies the very values and objectives held by our centre. A champion for European integration, with a firm belief in the importance of a unified continent, along with strong feminist ideals, Veil represents a truly inspirational figure and we are honoured to name our centre after her. 


The new title will be officially unveiled at our April 2019 international conference commemorating Simone Veil’s life and legacy in European politics. Further details on the conference will be posted in the coming weeks. 


With its new title, the centre also aims to broaden its focus incorporating cultural and historical dimensions of the European world to its research and study activities. 


We look forward to continuing our work in advancing the study and research of contemporary Europe as well as promoting a greater awareness within Israel of the growing importance of the European Union. 

Prof. Renée Poznanski

Head, The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies