Postponed until July, after the UK election period

VIRTUAL CONVERSATION

Strategic readings on the EU’s future

Speaker: Dr Franck Debié, Director of the Library of the European Parliament
Moderator: James Elles, Director, Ideas Network 2030.
Comments: Alex Boyd, Director, Ideas Network 2030.


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Introduction


The European elections have become a moment for resetting the long term agenda of the European Union. To help candidates and the political parties position themselves on long term issues, the different European institutions are publishing forward looking documents. Member States are preparing the European Council’s Strategic agenda – a kind of strategic contract with the next Commission – and testing ideas for the future.

In this online event, Dr Franck Debié, Director of the Library of the European Parliament will provide a personal guided tour through these forward looking texts on shelf, all fresh from the print by Macron, Draghi, Letta … or the European inter-institutional foresight system (ESPAS).

You can read the reports by clicking on the links below

– Emmanuel Macron: Europe—It Can Die. A New Paradigm at The Sorbonne – Groupe d’études géopolitiques

– Letta Report

– Mario Draghi’s Speech at the High-level Conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights (Brussels, April 16, 2024)

– 2023 Strategic Foresight Report on Sustainability and people’s wellbeing at the heart of Europe’s Open Strategic Autonomy

– ESPAS-Global-Trends-to-2040-Choosing-Europes-Future.pdf


Speakers bios



Dr Franck Debié is the Director of the Library of the European Parliament. He is an Associate Professor of Geography and Geopolitics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and has previously worked on peace processes and European affairs. He was the policy director of the European Idea network of think tanks and has worked with the EPP-group in the European Parliament. He has also been the Deputy Head of the Cabinet of the Secretary General of the European Parliament.



James Elles was a British Conservative member of the European Parliament from 1984 to 2014. He is Co-founder of the European Internet Forum (EIF) and the Founder and Chairman of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN). He is also the Honorary President of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) and Director of the Ideas Network 2030.



Alex Boyd is a Director at Strand Partners, a consultancy based in London. He formerly worked as a senior civil servant and special adviser in UK Government as well as in the European Parliament. Alex is also a Director of the Ideas Network 2030.

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