19 Mar 2020


CEPS Ideas Lab 2020 Report

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The 2020 Ideas Lab offered a dynamic and interactive forum to debate the von der Leyen Commission’s ambitious agenda: issues ranging from global trade wars, the Green Deal, the space economy to women in power, to name but a few of the topics we discussed.
This year’s conference took place just before the coronavirus crisis engulfed Europe, which meant we had to scale back our programme and accommodate last-minute changes. Nevertheless, while taking all the necessary precautions, we were happy to host top level politicians, world renowned political analysts and speakers of exceptional quality over two days in Brussels.

What follows are selected highlights from more than 50 sessions of the conference – a glimpse into some of the economic, political and technological challenges facing Europe today, and a few pointers to the policy solutions needed to address them. Yet, there is no denying that for now and the foreseeable future, these challenges will be complicated and overtaken by public health concerns on an unprecedented scale.
We at CEPS intend to continue providing research-based analysis into the challenges facing Europe and very much hope that you will continue to engage with us in debate, either in person or through our social media channels.

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