What is State of Europe – the festival of politics and ideas?
It truly is a festival of politics and ideas.
For the last 18 years, State of Europe has been gathering 200+ influential figures from more than 40 countries to brainstorm on the future of Europe and develop concrete recommendations on how to make our continent more fit for the 21st century, as well as deliver to its citizens and other project’s shareholders.
This is no ordinary event. Instead of long, drawn-out speeches, we involve sitting and former (prime) ministers, European Commissioners, members of parliaments, business and trade association representatives, civil society and social partners, influencers, 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.
What does being a discussant mean?
As a discussant you will have the opportunity to comment and intervene as the format is a roundtable where, collectively, decision-makers can craft big ideas and possible recommendations on the way forward. The aim is to get everyone of you involved. This year, given covid-19 restrictions, we will be welcoming 80 persons on site, with other joining our zoom sessions and a further audience watching the livestream.
Where to stay?
Friends Europe recommends these hotels to visitors coming to join the State of Europe festival. All of them are located within a walking distance to the festival venue:
The Moxy Hotel
The address: Rue du Prince Albert 32, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Le Berger Hotel
The address : Rue du Berger 24, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Hotel NH Collection Grand Sablon Brussels
The address: Rue Bodenbroek 2, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
The address: Bd de Waterloo 38, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Q&A – Covid-19 Prevention
We are delighted to welcome you back in Brussels for an in-person State of Europe and President’s dinner. After months of online meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have now adapted our format to a fully hybrid event for the very first time. We count on your support and indulgence.
Welcoming participants in person comes with a lot of responsibility and we would like to ensure everyone feels safe at all times.
We have decided to ask the Red Cross to support the welcoming of participants. They will be checking the Covid-certificates and PCR QR codes to ensure the best experience for all. They will be ready to welcome you on Wednesday for the President’s dinner from 17.30 to and on Friday from 07.30. Please make sure you carry all Covid-related documents at all times. If you cannot provide these documents, you will be kindly required to get tested on site. The test results should be available within the next 30 minutes.
In accordance with the current rules in Brussels, it is required that all participants wear mouth & nose covering masks when inside venues. Masks can only be taken off once participants are seated.
What measures will we apply for everyone’s safety during the event and we ask you to support?
- Everyone will need to present a Covid vaccination certificate or PCR test at the entrance. Should you not have it, the Red Cross will offer covid tests onsite, the results should be known within the next 30-minutes
- Maintain a safe distance from others.
- Wear a mask in public, especially indoors or when physical distancing is not possible.
- The venues in which we’ll meet will have windows open and are well-ventilated spaces. A CO2 sensor will at all times help us monitor the level of aerosols in the room.
- Clean your hands often, hydroalcoholic gel will be available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home or at the hotel if you feel unwell.
Before traveling to Brussels
- Covid rules change very often, please regularly check the following websites. We are doing our best, but the situation is so fluid that we cannot be held responsible for any change of information.
- Please have your covid-19 vaccination certificate with you at all times. If f you are not fully vaccinated, do not forget to do a PCR test. Depending on your country of origin you may need to do it 48 hours or 72 hours in advance.
- Make sure to fill your passenger location (PLF) form within 48 hours in advance. The PLF will give you the latest details on what’s expected from you in Belgium in regard to Covid-19 rules.
Whom to contact?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with:
Augusta Ramaccioni, Programme Manager
Phone: +32 2 893 98 23
Mobile: +32 485 96 97 12