The EU has achieved a great deal in the last 25 years, including the European single market, the introduction of the euro, and eastward enlargement. But the 21st Century has spotlighted a host of tough challenges as eurozone government’s battle with the sovereign debt crisis, Europe fights for its place on an increasingly crowded international stage and a largely disaffected European public demands a stronger voice in what it sees as an elitist EU.
Our eighth annual high-level roundtable brought together about 50 ministers, senior policymakers, business leaders and opinion-formers for a no-holds-barred discussion on prospects for re-thinking the European “project”. Speakers made short, snappy remarks, not long speeches.
Entitled “Re-thinking the European project” and organised in partnership with Poland’s EU Presidency, the Financial Times, NYSE Euronext and Veolia Environnement with the support of the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG), this year's VIP roundtable was chaired by our president Etienne Davignon and featured European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Euronext Duncan Niederauer, European Commission Vice President & Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, amongst others. As in previous years, the ‘State of Europe’ roundtable brought together some 50 senior discussants including ministers, senior policymakers, opinion-formers and business leaders. A few hundred observers, including the international press will also be present.
Please find some pictures of previous State of Europe VIP roundtables below.