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The Future of Europe - an international dialogue


The World Future Society and the Club of Amsterdam invite to a public dialogue.


Aren't there plenty of reasons why we should celebrate the 'Future of Europe'?
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.

Economy, entrepreneurship, 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 commissioner.

The speakers and topics are:

Stephen Aguilar-Millan, Director of Research, The European Futures Observatory, Director, The Greenways Partnership
Which Europe?
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

Event details
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
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The conference language is English.

This event is in collaboration with the World Future Society.
The supporters are India House Foundation & Heineken.

About
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.
http://www.wfs.org

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.
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