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The European Union finds itself in troubled waters these days. The corona pandemic seems to gain ground again with record-breaking numbers of daily cases in many member states and all the societal and economic consequences that come with it. At the same time, further crises re-appear on the European radar, such as the migration crisis as well as foreign policy-related issues in the European neighborhood. Despite these difficult circumstances, the ambitious plans of the von der Leyen Commission, to make the Union more competitive, more sustainable and more prosperous remain equally important and call for immediate action in many fields.
In order to steer the European ship through these crises while making it fit for the future, several key priorities were identified and will guide the action of the EU within the next months. One of the timeliest ones is the field of health policy and the question, whether or not more competences should be moved from the national to the European level in order to address pressing issues during the corona pandemic but also in order to be better prepared for potential future health crises. A second field of interest is security policy. In an increasingly complex world, the European Union must find its place and will need to make sure to be well-equipped for a wide range of potential problems and challenges. The issue of European security is crucial in that regard as it ranges from foreign policy to the Schengen zone, from resilience to social security for EU citizens. Therefore, EU security policy has an impact on many aspects that are currently discussed in Brussels and the 27 EU capitals. Last but not least, the topic of education is of utmost importance for the younger generation, who sees the European project through its own eyes and is eager to shape the future of the continent around the topics they consider most relevant: besides climate change and digitization, education is certainly among the key issues. How does education in a more digitalized and ever closer connected EU looks like? Which incentives can be expected and should be envisioned by the decision makers?
The European Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with University College Masstricht (UCM) cordially invites you to join our online seminar “What’s next for Europe?”, which will focus on the above-mentioned topics in an interactive and digital manner. Besides input from Brussels-based speakers and experts, the participants will have the chance discuss these topics in working groups and present their suggestions to the other groups and the organizers afterwards. The event takes place on Friday, 27 November 2020 (10:00-15:45) via Zoom.