On 17- 19 September 1993 the Institute of European Studies of the University of Oxford organized the first of what have become a regular series of Europaeum Conferences. Under the impetus of the initial inspiration and continuing enthusiasm of Lord Weidenfeld and Sir Ronald Grierson, the Europaeum network of academic institutions hold an annual conference on a major theme, bringing together those directly involved in taking decisions, offering advice or assessing them. The theme selected for the inaugural conference was one which continues to preoccupy democrats conscious that popular support for the European integration promoted by their leaders was flagging. The title 'Are European Élites Losing Touch with their Peoples?' posed a rhetorical question which it was the task of those preparing the papers and their discussants to explore. The revised results of our deliberations are placed before you.
Several papers presented at the 1993 conference are not reproduced here, while others have been added subsequently. Particular thanks are due to those who acted as discussants or commentators: Vernon Bogdanor, Alain Camu, Lord Clinton-Davis, John Drew, John Flemming, Timothy Garton Ash, Jacques Gerstlé, David Goldey, Sir Ronald Grierson, Peter Gundelach, Peter Hartmann, Will Hutton, David Levy, Wolfgang Muller, William Paterson, Michel Vanden Abeele, Norbert Walter, Robert Worcester.
It is not possible to thank all those who unstintingly helped to make the conference a success. However, the Oxford Institute of European Studies gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of ARCO and the Gruppo Marcucci, which allowed us to make the first Europaeum Conference a convivial as well as an intellectually stimulating occasion.