For too long Europe’s political debates have been focused on the wrong issues. Most mainstream parties are unable to come up with new ideas to meet voters’ fears about jobs, identity, and security. In the lead up to the Sibiu Summit, where European leaders will meet on May 9 to discuss the future of Europe, it is time to refocus the debate on the issues that truly matter.

Carnegie Europe and the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) will host an event to mark the launch of a new policy report, Refocusing the EU: Planet, Lifetime, Technology. This publication is a rallying cry for European leaders and citizens to focus on the environmental, demographic, and technological transformations that will rock Europe for years to come.

Report editors Tomáš Valášek, director of Carnegie Europe, and Heather Grabbe, director of OSEPI, will lead a policy discussion that will be kicked off by the young Belgian climate activist Anuna De Wever and European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.

Refocusing the EU summarizes key findings from the European Reformists, a diverse group of thought leaders with a pro-European, pro-reform mindset convened by Carnegie Europe and OSEPI in 2017-2019.

Copies of the publication will be available at the event.

Agenda

(as of April 17)

2:30 p.m.
Registration

3:00  to 3:30 p.m.
Keynote Remarks
Anuna De Wever, climate activist
Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Session One: Refocusing the EU
led by:
Heather Grabbe, director of the Open Society European Policy Institute
Tomáš Valášek, director of Carnegie Europe
moderated by: James Kanter, coproducer and editor, EU Scream

5:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Coffee Break

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Session Two: Preparing for Digital, Climate, and Social Change

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Reception