Europe has found itself facing unprecedented challenges over the past several years. A global pandemic, war, high inflation, a crisis of values, the rise of populism.
Other significant challenges, such as the disruption to supply chains or the ever-worsening climate crisis, have only been exacerbated. The very notion of what makes us ‘European’ is put to the test by both citizens and politicians. The European Union has to once again prove its effectiveness and its relevance.
To really count as a key strategic geopolitical actor, it is essential to look to the Near and Far East, as well as maintain the traditionally strong partnership with the United States. While the EU has gained prominent momentum due to its swift response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, is this decades-old organisation really in a position to be or become the ultimate decision maker to shape the direction of the Old Continent?
CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) and Bozar, the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, are delighted to invite you to a high-level debate to reflect on one fundamental question – Why did we create Europe, as we know it today, in the first place?
Confirmed speakers for the debate include Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Commissioner for Competition, European Commission; Marija Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Head of the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus.