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State of the Union Conference 2018: 'Reflecting on Europe’s Future'

Join us for State of the Union Conference 2018: 'Reflecting on Europe’s Future' on 25 January 2018, 9-18 hrs at Sociëteit De Witte, The Hague.  

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The Clingendael Institute, in cooperation with the European Parliament Office in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, warmly invites you to join the 'State of the Union Conference 2018', which will take place on the 25th of January.

2017 was the year of reflection papers, speeches and elections. Recent initiatives by key European politicians and officials underline that the EU needs to change. The EU must find answers to the challenges that became apparent during the eurocrisis and to the threats that result from changes in the EU’s geopolitical environment. The conference brings together EU and national officials, opinion leaders and EU experts to reflect on the future of the European Union focussing on six topics:

The Future of European Defence Cooperation
Managing Globalisation: EU Trade Policy in the Trump era
Social Europe in the context of deepening European Integration
The European Monetary Fund: Financial Risks and Political Consequences
Migration: From Crisis to Strategy?
The State of the Union: Prospects for 2018


Programme
09.00-09.30: Registration
09.30-10.00: Opening by Monika Sie Dhian Ho, general director Clingendael Institute
10.15-11.45: Morning Breakout Sessions (European Defence Cooperation; Globalisation and EU Trade)
12.00-13.30: Seated lunch with keynote speech by Frank Vandenbroucke, Professor at the University of Amsterdam
13.30-15.00: Afternoon Breakout Sessions (European Monetary Fund; EU Migration Policies)
15.30-17.00: Plenary session with keynote speech by Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament


To ensure open debates, the Chatham House Rule will apply.

The conference is on personal invitation. You can send an invitation request to stateoftheunion@clingendael.org