From 11 to 12 October in Brussels, the Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary Secretary, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will take part in a high-level roundtable, “State of Europe”, on Europe’s economic, political and social situation. The discussion will focus on the European Union’s multiannual financial framework, migration, economic growth, technological revolution, geopolitical matters, and important elections in EU Member States and elsewhere.
This year’s roundtable will discuss how Europe is dealing with the political and leadership crisis and seek ways towards a more citizen-focused Europe. Other topics on the agenda address democracy in the digital age, employment, education and future welfare. The discussions will define main political priorities in response to challenges in the area of climate change, demography, digitalisation, and security, also in the light of consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
The organizers intend to focus in particular on people powering change to rewrite the rules of the present-day politics and to turn an age of uncertainty in Europe into an age of opportunity.
The State of Europe high-level roundtable is held annually, bringing together Europe’s political leaders and members of business community, the media and civil society.
On 13 October, Parliamentary Secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica will take part in an informal meeting of EU Trade Ministers for a discussion on trade-related aspects in the speech of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, as well as the state of play and expected progress in negotiations on free trade agreements. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will brief the participants about preparations for the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation due later this year.