The next edition of The State of the Union will take place in Florence between Thursday 6 May and Saturday 8 May 2021. The forthcoming edition will mark the tenth anniversary of the European University Institute’s flagship conference which over the past decade has firmly established itself as a key forum for discussion and debate on the most pertinent issues facing Europe and Europeans
The European University Institute (EUI) will celebrate the occasion with a dynamic hybrid event which will bring together world leaders, diplomats, policy makers, academics, and civil society representatives to debate and reflect on the theme ‘Europe in a Changing World’ before a global audience.
The conference will address the challenges and opportunities for Europe amidst rising concerns over global commons and the climate emergency, a shifting economic and geopolitical power balance, major challenges to multilateralism, and the ongoing global battle against COVID-19.
Europe’s role on the global stage will be tackled across sessions on artificial intelligence, climate, geopolitics, the global economy, multilateralism, peace and human rights, public health, and strategic autonomy.
Equal and effective partners? The future of EU-Africa and EU-Turkey cooperation
on migration and refugee protection, Thursday 6 May, 16:00-16:50 (CEST)
- Francisco André, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portugal
- Abdelhak Bassou, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South
- Cathryn Costello, Professor of Fundamental Rights, Co-Director of Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School
- Kemal Kirişci, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project, Brookings
More information about speakers and the full conference program can be found here.