With ratification of the new Treaty behind it, the European Union is under pressure to "return to the serious business of governing". At this critical juncture in the EU's development, eight leading Brussels-based think tanks : the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory (Bruegel), the Centre For European Studies (CEPS), the Egmont Institute, the European Policy Centre (EPC), the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), in cooperation with Agence Europe have initiated an annual forum to deal with the Union's emerging politico-strategic agenda.
How can the EU best apply its new institutional apparatus to incipient societal and global challenges including climate policy, migration, the economic crisis and global governance? The results of a brainstorming exercise by policymakers and other experts on the Copenhagen Agreement, the current financial turbulence, the Stockholm Programme, as well as the EU's role in a changing global environment will be presented for discussion. Due to limited space, registration is on a first come first serve basis. In order to register your attendance, please send an email to Matt Dann at Bruegel, firstname.lastname@example.org.