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Thursday 20 April 2023

SPRING SEMINAR: Sustainability and Geopolitics: 2030 and beyond

Online event

Opening remarks: Damian Green MP, President IN2030

AM – Sustainability: Net zero 2050: at what cost?
Climate Change is likely to intensify over the next 2 decades. ”. For both the UK and the EU, reaching net zero will mean the most radical transformation of the modern economy in history, with new modes of production, distribution and consumption invented in order to ensure the full de-carbonisation of the global economic system.

PM – Geopolitics: Europe’s Collective Security: what is the path ahead?
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has opened a new era for geopolitics, openly showing that the multilateral order is under threat. Instability looks to be a permanent element for long term scenario planning. The grey ambiguity of cyber warfare and the shifting geopolitical sands to the East are clearly visible. The West must find a way to challenge autocratic hegemony.

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Thursday 2 March 2023 at 6pm (UK time)

SCENE SETTER: Key Trends to 2030 and beyond

Online event

Speaker: Franck Debie, Member ESPAS Steering Group and comments from Ajit Jaokar (University of Oxford), Moderator James Elles, Director Ideas Network 2030.

Since its creation in 2012, ESPAS has produced 3 distinct reports, all benefitting from a broad input from international partners, whether in Asia or America. ESPAS is now embarked on drafting its fourth report to be published in early 2024. What are likely to be the major themes addressed by this report?

The exercise aims to provide a long-term horizon on the future of the EU in a global perspective, identifying the key strategic challenges and trends ahead such as for geopolitics, digital transformation and climate change/sustainability and energy transition.

The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) brings together the various European Union institutions and bodies in a process of administrative-level cooperation designed to identify and analyse the medium- and long –term trends facing the European Union and their implications for policy-makers. This dialogue was established as a means of promoting longer-term thinking in the EU’s policy process.

The Ideas Network 2030

The Ideas Network 2030 was launched in September 2018 with the mission to provide an informal framework for individuals of the centre-right of British politics – along with other stakeholders interested in long-term trends and their effects on our economy, politics and society – to meet, discuss, evaluate and assess their relevance and importance to current politics in the United Kingdom.

The Network is working with local, national and European stakeholders across politics, business, academia and society to drive change and nurture ideas. Its main partners as of today are the Wilfred Martens Centre (WMC), the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and the Conservative European Forum (CEF).

During 2022, we continued to organise events, working closely with our partners. In 2023 we are planning a programme of events including Spring and Autumn seminars in place of the Summer University.

To find out more about the Ideas Network 2030 click here.

Summer University 2022

It has been agreed to postpone the IN2030 Summer University due to take place on Thursday 15th September to Friday 16th September in Oxford.

Click here to read the full statement.”

Tuesday 7 June 2022

Ideas Network 2030 House of Commons Reception

We recently hosted an invitation only reception at the House of Commons hosted by our President Rt Hon Damian Green MP and we were joined by His Excellency João Vale de Almeida EU Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Monday 21 March 2022

Is Europe Safe? Perspectives to 2030

Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood, MP, Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee &
David McAllister, MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee.
Chaired by Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Former Home Secretary

This event was jointly organised by the Ideas Network 2030 (IN2030) and the Conservative European Forum (CEF). The event was also organised in cooperation with the Wilfried Martens Centre (WMC) and supported by Conservative members associated with IN2030.

Click on the video boxes below to watch the videos from this event

Opening remarks by Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood, MP

Opening remarks by David McAllister, MEP


Potential ideas to improve the UK-EU relationship in particular for a younger generation

In September 2021 the Ideas Network published a document entitled “Potential ideas to improve the UK-EU relationship in particular for a younger generation”. Arising from discussions in the IN2030, and in particular the Summer University 2021, these ideas are designed with a younger generation in mind. They must be fully considered to ensure that young people can continue to engage with one another across borders in a way that ensures future understanding and cooperation.

Click here to view the document.