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The State of the Union: A Europe Fit for the Next Generation?


May. 5 – 7, 2022
4:00am – 1:00pm ET


Recording available here

The 12th edition of The State of the Union will be held from 5 to 7 May 2022 and will focus on the future of the European Union. The Wilson Center's Global Europe Program supports this important European conference as a partner.

Titled “A Europe Fit for the Next Generation?“, the conference will take place in a hybrid format. Attendees from around the world will watch the event live stream and connect through an online platform, with a select group participating live in Florence. Express your interest to access the online platform here.

Two years from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU’s importance in shaping a better future has never been clearer. The State of the Union is a platform for experts and civil society members from all over the world to debate urgent crises. This year’s edition of the EU’s annual policy conference will focus on the European Union’s role in a constantly evolving global landscape. Leaders and Experts from all over the world will deal with issues ranging from multilateral governance to sustainability and resilience, democracy and the rule of law, to the developments in attitudes to migration, the future of digitalization, and how crisis can fuel change. Prominent speakers will discuss how the Next Generation EU recovery plan can address the damage inflicted by the pandemic.

Looking beyond Europe, the conference will feature panels on the future of transatlantic relations and Africa’s emerging role on the global stage. The conference will also address the conflict in Ukraine, covering the crisis’ complex geopolitical, economic and legal ramifications.

Full Program

Speakers include:
  • Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative/Vice-President, European Commission
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Roberta Metsola, President, European Parliament
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Kadri Simson, Energy Commissioner, European Commission
  • Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission
  • Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

The European University Institute (EUI) is the leading institute in Europe dedicated to social sciences and humanities. Founded in 1972 by the six original members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a transnational hub of research and higher learning. The EUI’s outstanding doctoral, postdoctoral, master and executive education programmes, combined with our vibrant community of more than 1000 scholars from over 60 countries, create an empowering, intellectual climate where students and researchers can contribute to the betterment of society. Read more.

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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

Thank you for your interest in this event. Please send any feedback or questions to our Events staff.