ESPAS Annual Conference 2019, Brussels - Main contents
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 Parliaments own think tank.
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.
Speech by Vice-President Maro efčovič
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
Lee C. Bollinger
Ricardo Borges de Castro
European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS)
Leon S. Fuerth
Project on Foresight and Democracy, USA
Richard K. Morgan
Sheila R. Ronis
Kristel Van der Elst
Programme and other information
For media inquiries and any questions, please contact EPSC-EU-STRATEGIC-FORESIGHT@ec.europa.eu.
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.