21 Nov 2023
JRC Foresight conference looks at strategic choices for Europe's future
The Joint Research Centre's annual Foresight conference of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) took place in Brussels last week. The event was co-organised by the European Commission (EC) and the European Parliament (EP) by inviting policymakers and experts to discuss the EU's strategic choices for the next electoral cycle and beyond, up to 2040.
This year’s ESPAS foresight conference provided a platform for discussing Europe's strategic choices for the future. Key themes included the need for actionable foresight, changes in global power dynamics, the effects of globalisation and deglobalisation, the race for technological regulation, climate change cooperation, and democratic resurgence. The conference highlighted the EU's proactive role in these areas but also emphasised the urgency for more concerted efforts in regulation, climate action and geopolitical strategy. As Europe navigates its future, anticipatory governance, international cooperation and public engagement play a major role in shaping a desirable future.
The insights generated at the conference will inform the ESPAS Global Trends Report, set for publication in spring 2024.
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