15th edition of State of Europe - #EuropeMatters

11 October 2018 - 09:00 - 18:00

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. 

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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#EuropeMatters is a 12 month project bringing together business leaders, policymakers, civil society representatives and citizens to co-design a Europe that still matters in 2030
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Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, State of Europe is an invite-only roundtable that brings together the best minds across a range of fields. Global protagonists and decision-makers break out of their comfort zones and delve deep into the critical issues affecting Europe.

This event is by invitation only.

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11 October