ESPAS Annual Conference 2019, Brussels

Berlaymontgebouw in Brussel
Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
date October 14, 2019 - October 15, 2019
city Brussels, Belgium
location Berlaymont building (BERL) i Show location
attending A.C. (Cecilia) Malmström i, M. (Maroš) Sefčovič i et al.
organisation European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) i


ESPAS Annual Conference 2019


14 October 2019 to 15 October 2019

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Global Trends to 2030:

Challenges and Choices for Europe

14-15 October 2019

About the Conference

This landmark conference brought together a select community of global foresight practitioners and strategists to explore the latest and most pressing social, economic, technological and geopolitical trends shaping the future of Europe and the world.

The 2019 meeting drew insights from the latest ESPAS report ‘Global Trends to 2030: Challenges and Choices for Europe,’ a forward-looking contribution to support policy- and decision-makers in the 2019-2024 EU institutional cycle. The programme of the conference spanned two days. The first day was hosted by the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the European Commission's in-house think tank, at its headquarters, the Berlaymont. The second day took place in the European Parliament and was hosted by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the Parliament’s own think tank.

Check out last year's conference #ESPAS18


The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) provides a framework for cooperation and consultation at administrative level, on a voluntary basis, between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European External Action Service, with the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, the European Investment Bank, the European Court of Auditors and the European Union Institute for Security Studies as observers, to work together on medium- and long-term trends facing or relating to the European Union.

Video recordings

Speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič

You can read the speech here.

Europe in the World: A Normative Superpower?

Global Order in Transition with Suhasini Haidar

Can We Still Save the Planet? If Yes, How?

Storytelling: Imagining Futures

Keynote Address by Lee C. Bollinger

More videos

Confirmed speakers

Maroš Šefčovič

Vice-President-Designate for Interinstitutional Relations & Foresight,

European Commission

Cecilia Malmström

European Commissioner for Trade

Ann Mettler


European Political Strategy Centre

Klaus Welle


European Parliament

Cinzia Alcidi

Senior Fellow,

Centre for European Policy Studies

Étienne Bassot

Director, Members' Research Service,

European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

Benedetta Berti-Alberti

Head of Policy Planning,

Office of the Secretary General, NATO

Pupul Bisht

Futurist; Founder,

Decolonizing Futures Initiative, India

Sergio Bitar


Chilean Council for Prospective and Strategy, Chile

Lee C. Bollinger


Columbia University, USA

Ricardo Borges de Castro

Adviser on Strategic Foresight,

European Political Strategy Centre

Hans Bruyninckx

Executive Director,

European Environment Agency

Mathew Burrows

Director of the Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative,

Atlantic Council, USA

Jim Cloos

Deputy Director General for General and Institutional Policy,

EU Council of Ministers

August Cole

Author, Non-Resident Fellow,

Atlantic Council, USA

Hervé Delphin

Head of Division, Strategic Planning,

European External Action Service

Mikko Dufva

Foresight Specialist,


James Elles

Honorary President,

European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS)

Leon S. Fuerth


Project on Foresight and Democracy, USA

Florence Gaub

Deputy Director,

European Union Institute for Security Studies

Oliver Gnad

Co-founder & Managing Director,

Bureau für Zeitgeschehen

François Godement

Senior Advisor for Asia,

Institut Montaigne

Heather Grabbe


Open Society European Policy Institute

Ruby Gropas

Team Leader, Social Affairs,

European Political Strategy Centre

Hans-Christian Hagman

Chief Analyst and Senior Adviser to the Swedish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Suhasini Haidar

National Editor & Diplomatic Affairs Editor,

The Hindu, India

Lorna Harries


University of Exeter Medical School

Tom Hillenbrand


Stihn Hoorens


RAND Europe

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament

Othmar Karas

Vice-President of the European Parliament

Parag Khanna

Founder & Managing Partner,


Jeanette Kwek

Deputy Director, Strategic Futures,

Ministry of Defence, Singapore

Maria Langan-Riekhof

Director, Strategic Futures Group,

National Intelligence Council, USA

Elena Lazarou

Policy Analyst,

European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

Alexander Mattelaer

Academic Director,

Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Antonio Missiroli

Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges,

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Richard K. Morgan

Professional fabricator of dystopias

Rainer Münz

Adviser on Migration and Demography to the EPSC,

European Political Strategy Centre

Mareike Ohlberg

Research Associate,

Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Isabella Pirolo

Policy Assistant to the Director-General,

Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Sheila R. Ronis


Project on Foresight and Democracy, USA

Nanjira Sambuli

Senior Policy Manager,

World Wide Web Foundation, Kenya

Simon Serfaty

Brzezinski Chair (emer.) in Global Security and Geostrategy, CSIS, USA

Radosław Sikorski

Member of the European Parliament

Serge Stroobants

Director, Europe and MENA region,

Institute for Economics and Peace

Ayaka Suzuki

Director, Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit,

Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General

Pawel Świeboda

Deputy Head,


Teija Tiilikainen


European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Sergey Utkin

Head, Strategic Assessment Section, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russia

Kristel Van der Elst

Director General,

Policy Horizons, Canada

Programme and other information


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Programme + Bios

(PDF, 0.9 MB)

Practical Information

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Global Trends to 2030

Strategic Foresight Primer

ESPAS in Brief

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ESPAS publications


European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)

The European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) reports directly to the President and operates under his authority. It is composed of a professional staff of advisers, policy analysts and support staff with appropriate experience and track record, in order to provide professional and targeted policy advice to the President and the College.

EPSC provides strategic analysis and policy advice for the President on matters related to the policy priorities (as defined by the President in his political guidelines presented to the European parliament on July 15 2014), and outreach to decision-makers, think tanks and civil society at large.

The EPSC provides support to the President also on concrete initiatives, as well as policy advice of more long-term nature.


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