State of Europe 2019: Vision Innovation for Europe

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State of Europe 2019

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This high-level event, now in its 16th edition, annually gathers 200+ influential figures from more than 40 countries to brainstorm on the future of Europe.

As a forum for developing the exchange of ideas into recipes for action, it is second to none. 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.


Demographics, the gap in social mobility, technological capacity, industrial regeneration, trade relations – are undoubtedly the key influencers of Europe’s future. But the underpinning driver of its success will be bridging the current trust deficit between citizens and their national and regional representatives.

The ‘challenge opportunity’ for Europe in the next ten years is to rewire its system for systemic innovation. This requires a new social contract that resets the relationship between and among the public, private and civil society sectors.

The time has passed for responding in a 20th century manner to 21st century challenges. Europe needs to take a bold and holistic approach across policies and that means leadership of a different nature at all levels – one that seeks to make innovation, Europe’s comparative advantage.

While the forces affecting societies in this early part of the century resemble many of those experienced in the early part of the last century, the ‘hardware’ available to us is fundamentally revolutionized.

This will be the only way to navigate in a world of disruption, marked by America First, a forthright China, a rising India and a transforming Africa. The new EU political cycle is an opportunity that can be leveraged to make the needed changes.

Discussions at State of Europe this year will be inspired by our ‘Vision for Europe’ report which is part of our #EuropeMatters flagship project, bringing together business leaders, policymakers, civil society representatives and citizens to co-design a Europe that still matters in 2030.

Inconvenient truths and big questions to be addressed for Europe to become a global innovation lab:

  • The trust deficit – reinvigorating democracy through citizens’ participation?
  • Are you in or out – making the EU political project work?
  • Rich and poor – narrowing the gap?
  • Hot or cold – taking a whole systems approach to climate?
  • No jobs or more jobs – rejuvenating Europe’s industrial base?
  • Dependent or interconnected – reappraising Europe’s foreign policy role?
  • Men and women – getting better and different political leadership?
  • Old and young – bridging differences and divides?
  • Direct or indirect – crafting a new and fairer taxation model?
Schedule

Schedule

Early bird briefings: How are we changing Europe Expand Early bird briefings: How are we changing Europe

This series of early-bird briefings, held by experts in their respective fields, will feature short and inspiring conversations to showcase Europe as an innovation hub in health, industry, education, and technology among others.

Opening Session Expand Opening Session

Scene setting: The trust deficit – Reinvigorating democracy through citizens’ participation?
With the participation of youth campaigners

Vision innovation for Europe
The time has passed for responding in a 20th century manner to 21st century challenges. Europe needs to take a bold and holistic approach across policies and that means leadership of a different nature at all levels – one that seeks to make innovation, Europe’s comparative advantage.

Coffee break
Sessions I & II Expand Sessions I & II

Idea Sharing
Men and women – getting better and different political leadership?

Session I
Hot or cold – Taking a whole systems approach to climate?

Idea Sharing
Old and young – bridging differences and divides?

Session II
Rich and poor – Narrowing the gap through a fairer taxation model?

Lunch
Sessions III & IV Expand Sessions III & IV

Session III
Dependent or interconnected – Reappraising Europe’s foreign policy role?

Session IV
No jobs or more jobs – Rejuvinating Europe’s industrial base?

Coffee break
Conclusion Expand Conclusion

Are you in or out – Making the EU political project work?

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