From 10 to 12 October 2018, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will take part in the annual State of Europe high-level roundtable organised in Brussels by the Friends of Europe think-tank on the critical issues affecting the European Union (EU).
The participants of this year’s event will offer recommendations and share views on scenarios for Europe before 2030. Discussions will focus on six areas having direct effect on the EU’s future: aging population; disruptive technologies, notably digitization and artificial intelligence; the rise of emerging markets and their impact on the competitiveness of EU businesses; migration and urban concentration; resource depletion and climate change; and the return of geopolitics – trade wars and tax competition.
At the conference, the Parliamentary Secretary will also chair a discussion on “How do we make Europe matter”, dedicated to crafting recommendations for future EU policy underpinned by security, defence and sustainability, which enables it to be better connected to citizens’ and companies’ needs and concerns.
The participants of discussions include Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and several European Commissioners – Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union – as well as Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain, Juliane Bogner-Strauß, Minister for Women, Family and Youth of Austria, Rene Tammist, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia, CEOs, NGO leaders, and top journalists.