PRESS RELEASE -
The Future of Europe - an international
The World Future Society and the Club of Amsterdam invite to a public
Aren't there plenty of reasons why we should celebrate the 'Future of
Out of the window with doom scenarios: Europe is a hotspot of excellence,
ready to achieve new heights.
The future of Europe can look bright since it has what it takes to exploit
its growth potential. Europe scores high on the 'Four Ts', which enable
innovation and excellence: tax regime, talent, technology and track record.
social and cultural richness are the pillars of the new Europe. Diversity
and a high-level of education provide the tools to successfully tackle
the current challenges.
Olli Rehn, Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs
and the Euro said: "The ongoing rebalancing of the European economy
is continuing to weigh on growth in the short term. The current situation
can be summarised like this: we have disappointing hard data from the
end of last year, some more encouraging soft data in the recent past,
and growing investor confidence in the future."
What are the characteristics of the future Europe? Will it stay a Union
of Nation States? How will diversity strengthen Europe? What makes it
competitive in the future? What global role is Europe going to play?
"I believe a United States of Europe is the right vision to surmount
the current crisis, but above all to overcome the failings of the Maastricht
Treaty" - Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European
Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
"Without Turkey we
can forget our ambition to be a global player in the future."
- Günter Verheugen, former Commission Vice-President and enlargement
The speakers and topics are:
Stephen Aguilar-Millan, Director of Research, The European Futures
Observatory, Director, The Greenways Partnership
The model of the European Union that served it well for the first 50 years
has come under a great deal of pressure since the onset of the financial
collapse of 2008. There are those who take the view that now might be
a good time to review that model before events impose changes to the EU.
This session will trace the development of the EU model, consider how
it could change, and how that will influence the future of Europe.
Fernando Lanzer Pereira de Souza, Consultant, itim International
The future of Europe is not rational!
Discussions about the future of Europe need to consider the influence
of values and emotions and not only rational aspects. There are five value-clusters
in Europe, an important component of identity. If we do not address that,
political/economic proposals for an effective European Union are unlikely
to be accepted.
Wim J. de Ridder, Professor Futures Studies, University Twente, Founder
& Director, Futures Studies Management Consultancy - FSM bv
The future creates opportunities for a leading role for Europe
Precompetitive research in the main domains of the next technological
evolution (cleantech, genetics and artificial intelligence) is globally
managed by amongst others the International Technology Roadmap Semiconductors.
This governance system is a blessing in disguise for Europe. Above, after
2020 singularity will be mainstream. The world is entering a period of
technological creation of super intelligence. This innovation will disrupt
many cultures in the world. Europe is in the best position to play a leading
role as peacemaker in the next turbulent times.
Ali Tunga, Chairman, Atayol Group, Turkey
Europe, Turkey, and the 21st century
Europe has gone in the past 200 years through many extensive transitions,
but perhaps none of them has reshaped Europe as substantially as the one
of the next 15 to 20 years. Europe's financial, demographic and geopolitical
challenges will force either a painful and confrontational adjustment,
or the willingness to change, adapt and accept new opportunities and new
geopolitical partnerships. This presentation will raise the issues, and
present potential perspectives.
Moderated by Annegien Blokpoel, CEO, PerspeXo
the future of Europe
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Reception: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15
Location: DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam Centraal Station,
Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam
The conference language is
This event is in collaboration with the World Future Society.
The supporters are India House Foundation & Heineken.
The World Future Society
The World Future Society is an organization of people dedicated to exploring
the future. Since its establishment more than 40 years ago, the Society
and THE FUTURIST magazine have endeavored to do one thing and to excel
at it and that is to serve as a neutral clearinghouse of ideas on the
future. Our mission is to enable thinkers, political personalities, scientists
and lay-people to share an informed, serious dialogue on what the future
will be like.
Club of Amsterdam
The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented
think tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves
those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about
the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.
We organise events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish
findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels.
Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries,
science and society. We currently have more than 4,400 members globally.