No shortage of ideas at this year’s signature event

The CEPS Ideas Lab 2017, which took place on 23-24 February, was in the view of many the best of the four we have organised to date. A total of 834 participants attended the event over the two days, with nearly 45% of them coming from outside Brussels. The Opening Plenary with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat gave rise to a lively debate with the audience on the future of Europe, with the concluding lecture by Prof Timothy Garton Ash on the topic of European (dis-)integration in an age of populism providing an informative and thoughtful pendant.

In between, 33 sessions, 4 special sessions, 4 breakfast sessions, and 5 Prime Talks featured over 100 speakers, including EU and national government officials, Members of the European Parliament and national parliaments, distinguished academics, central bank governors and representatives from all walks of civil society.

Among the high-level speakers: Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, DG Budget's Director General Nadia Calviño, EU-HR/VP's adviser Nathalie Tocci, Olli Rehn, Heather Grabbe, Giuliano Amato, Liz Kendall MP, Enrico Letta, Ulrike Guerot, Marek Belka, Mario Monti, IDDRI's Teresa Ribeira and many others.

The video of the first day can be viewed at; the photo galleries are here:, and the concluding ​lecture is now posted online: