#SotEU19: Re-uniting Europe? Between geopolitical tensions and domestic constraints
This conference is organised by the Clingendael Institute in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament. This event is already fully booked.
The 'State of the Union Conference' 2019 features a high-level reflection on the future of the European Union (EU).
Internal and external pressures continue to destabilise the European project. Changes in the geopolitical environment, ranging from an endangered transatlantic relationship, great power rivalries and continuous migration pressure necessitate comprehensive solutions that reaffirm the EU’s role in the world.
Simultaneously, the EU needs to secure its internal unity, especially in the light of the upcoming parliamentary elections. Yet, it is far from clear what reforms should look like and many questions are still unanswered. This high-level conference brings together EU officials, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders as well as academics to critically reflect upon topics such as EU migration policies, the future of EMU, the geopolitics of EU-Asia, Hungary, social Europe, the opinion of the European citizens, European Strategic Autonomy, the 2019 European elections.
The conference will be opened by Monika Sie Dhian Ho. Keynote speakers are Dominique Moïsi, Visiting Research Professor at King's College-London and Special Advisor to Institut Montaigne, and Bas Eickhout i, Member of the European Parliament and 'Spitzenkandidat' for the European Greens, Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali and Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini
Following the keynote speeches, there will be two rounds of break-out sessions with amongst others Maria Demertzis (Bruegel Institute), Kati Piri i (Member of Parliament), László Andor i (Former EU Commissioner), and Antonio Villafranca (ISPI).
The Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael is a knowledge institute for international relations. In a constantly changing global environment, Clingendael acts as a think-tank as well as a diplomatic academy in order to identify and analyze emerging political and social developments for the benefit of the Dutch government and the general public.
Clingendael seeks to achieve this objective through research, by publishing studies, organising courses and training programmes, and by providing information. The Institute acts in an advisory capacity to the government, parliament and social organisations, holds conferences and seminars, maintains a library and documentation centre, and publishes a Dutch language monthly on international politics as well as a newsletter. Clingendael currently employs some 110 staff, the majority of whom are researchers and training staff.