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STATE OF EUROPE 2018 - 15th edition of State of Europe - #EuropeMatters

Institutional and Political Issues
Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:00

Venue: Contact Organizer  |  City: Brussels

The State of Europe high-level roundtable, now in its 15th edition, annually gathers 200+ influential figures from more than 40 countries to brainstorm on the future of Europe and to provide concrete recommendations on how to make Europe more relevant to its citizens. 

Please click here to download the programme

This is no ordinary Brussels event. Instead of long, drawn-out speeches, we involve sitting and former (prime) ministers, CEOs, NGO leaders, European Commissioners, members of Parliaments, influencers, top journalists and European Young Leaders, in an interactive, inclusive and fast-paced brainstorm – a new way of working to generate new ideas for a new era. This year’s State of Europe discussants will co-design a Europe that still matters in 2030.

Europe matters. It’s done its job, albeit to various degrees of success. But given the challenges ahead, it is ripe for a shakeup. Next year a new European Commission and Parliament will be in place. At the roundtable, discussants and introductory speakers will gather their collective intelligence to contribute to set out policy recommendations for the incoming European leadership. Citizens’ input is collected through our 3.5 million citizens’ platform Debating Europe.

We are producing a set of scenarios detailing the potential implications of policy decisions in key areas ahead of the State of Europe roundtable, as a part of our Europe Matters project. 

Discussions at State of Europe - #EuropeMatters will focus on six areas defining the future of Europe and highlighted in our scenarios for Europe 2030: 

•    Ageing population; 
•    Disruptive technologies, notably digitisation and AI;
•    The rise of emerging markets and their impact on the competitiveness of EU businesses; 
•    Migration and urban concentration; 
•    Resource depletion and climate change; 
•    The return of geopolitics – trade wars and tax competition.

The recommendations forged at the State of Europe roundtable will be included in the #EuropeMatters paper, reminding us of why the EU is important and including a call to action for the new European leadership.

The choices we make or don’t make today will define the fate of Europe, which is why we are taking this unique multi-stakeholder approach to prepare the incoming European leadership with a set of concrete recommendations guiding Europe’s strategic thinking to  align the future we want with the future we face. 

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  • Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:00

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