State of Europe 2020: the festival of politics and ideas to transform Europe

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State of Europe 2020: the festival of politics and ideas to transform Europe


This year State of Europe moves online for a full week of activities as The festival of politics and ideas to transform Europe.

From Monday 12 October until Thursday 15 October 2020, we will be exploring the host of opportunities within Europe’s reach. We’ll discuss financing a sustainable transition, implementing a bold EU industrial strategy, and rethinking the health system. We’ll also work to understand the implications of EU-Africa -China and -US relations, as well as address stakeholder capitalism and a new approach to growth, the digitalisation of the whole economy; and the impact of the EU’s demographics across these areas.

How do local, national, EU and international institutions charter a course through a new orthodoxy of transparency, accountability and a desire amongst citizens for a new kind of leadership? It’s time not only to tackle this question, but to come up with solutions to it.

A week of interactive formats and imaginative approaches, including high level sessions to develop policy proposals to move forward, “In conversation with” leading personalities, Ideas sharing focused on the power of ideas to change the world, Policymakers debates, Debating Europe citizens’ panel and Moments of arts and culture.

European Commissioners, current and former (Prime) Ministers from across Europe and the globe, CEOs, top representatives of European and international institutions, members of European and national parliaments, mayors, civil society leaders and media influencers will join for a frank and open debate.

Friends of Europe’s trustees and European Young Leaders (EYL40), a solid pan-European network of up-and-coming leaders, including artists, writers and entrepreneurs, will also be in attendance.

Sessions will vary from closed circles of a handful of top decisionmakers to a few hundred senior discussants, most of the week will be livestreamed so as to allow a wider audience to engage.


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To find out how you can support the 2020 State of Europe roundtable

Natasha Ibbotson

Senior Manager Membership and Partnerships at Friends of Europe

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The festival of politics and ideas to transform Europe schedule will be available in the autumn


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