Conference co-organised by IDDRI and PSIA (Paris School of International Affairs Sciences Po).

Almost three years after Brexit, and despite gloomy forecasts, the EU has not fallen apart. However, Eurosceptic parties have made progress in national elections in France and Germany, and they are now forming part of government coalitions in other historical members of the EU, such as Italy. From East to West and North to South across the continent, numerous voices are calling for a bold and new direction for Europe, advancing proposals to make Europe more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable.

A few months before the electoral campaign for the EU Parliament is launched, and at a time when negotiations on the next multi-annual financial framework should soon come to a close, providing the EU-27 with a seven-year budget, it is time to step up the momentum for enriching a clear and strong vision of the future and a real EU project for the coming decade.

  • How does the EU stand in terms of reasserting its common values or “collective preferences”, both internally and externally?
  • How do we prioritise social, economic and environmental objectives?
  • Which governance process to foster these preferences, both in Europe and in international negotiations?
  • What common future are EU Member States leaning towards and how can we ensure that such a plan for the future is ambitious and bold enough so that it lives up to the challenges of our time, in the context of the Agenda 2030 adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015?

High-level policymakers and experts from various parts of Europe and partner countries will contribute innovative thoughts and participate in discussions with the public.

The conference will be organised in two parts, with the goal being to define the Europe we want.

The first session will reflect on the state of the EU’s landmark collective preferences and the way it can save its democratic and social contract.

The second session will address the EU’s capacity to build on these preferences in a global context and to help rethink globalisation.

A summary of key ideas will be shared as a contribution in the framework of the Citizen Consultations on Europe.