Europe 3.0: Building a Viable Union
2011 Brussels Think Tank Dialogue
From left to right: Dr÷ge, Fritz-Vannahme, Martonyi, Dowgielewicz, Kostakopoulou, Balfour, Van Rompuy
On 25 January ten leading Brussels-based think tanks, in cooperation with Agence Europe, held the 2011 Brussels Think Tank Dialogue to debate the European Union's forthcoming priorities and the overall strategic direction of European policy-making. Under the overarching theme Europe 3.0: Building a Viable Union the think tanks had invited EU practitioners and experts to discuss the future of the EU, demonstrating their common goal of contributing to European policy-making and debate and coming up with concrete policy proposals.
At the opening plenary leading think tankers reflected on the state of the European Union in 2011 highlighting recent accomplishments and looming challenges. The key ideas addressed in the opening round were subsequently discussed with the President of the European Commission, JosÚ Manuel Barroso. This session was followed by four workshops, where participants debated the EU’s role in global climate governance, the future of the EU budget, the next phase of EU labour immigration policy, and external representation of the European Union. The conclusions reached by the participating experts were presented in a public plenary, which started with a keynote speech of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, outlining his reflections about how to build a viable Union in times of crisis. The final panel included János Martonyi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary, and Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Government Plenipotentiary for the Polish Presidency in the EU.
The 2011 Brussels Think Tank Dialogue was jointly organised by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory (Bruegel), the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Confrontations Europe, the Egmont Institute, the European Policy Centre (EPC), Friends of Europe – Les amis de l’Europe, the Institut franšais des relations internationales (Ifri), Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation, and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), in co-operation with Agence Europe.
The Brussels Think Tank Dialogues are annual policy forums during which participants critically reflect on the State of the Union and work together to develop analysis and recommendations to improve EU policies on a wide-range of issues. The Dialogues are designed to foster both large policy debates on overarching political issues during plenary sessions. They also provide participants with an opportunity for in-depth exchange on specific political issues during smaller workshops. The objective of this joint endeavour is to establish the leading dialogue platform for policy makers and scientific experts in Europe.