The EU’s firm commitment to strengthening the Single Market and improving the business environment is reflected in its ambitious Investment Plan for Europe – widely acknowledged as one of the most successful initiatives of the Juncker Commission.
Held in the lead up to two new European Commission Communications on the Single Market and Investment – and in the midst of the ongoing negotiations on the EU’s future budgetary framework – the conference gathered key stakeholders from the European institutions and Member States, as well as private sector representatives from within and outside the EU.
With a number of watershed elections on the horizon, including the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States and the 2019 European Parliament elections, how confident can we be in the resilience of our electoral processes and democracies? Are policymakers and institutions adapting fast enough to constantly evolving threats and technologies?
Under the patronage of Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, and in collaboration with the Security Union Taskforce, the European Political Strategy Centre organised a High-Level Conference on ‘Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats’.
This new flagship programme of the European Political Strategy Centre, the in-house think tank of the European Commission, seeks to build up a dynamic network of young think tankers, researchers, community leaders and other change-makers.
On 27 March 2018, the European Political Strategy Centre hosted six leading international experts for a High-Level Hearing on ‘A European Union Strategy for Artificial Intelligence’ to intellectually accompany the European Commission’s ongoing public consultation on Artificial Intelligence. During the Hearing, the experts were asked to address a set of predetermined questions with the knowledge that a full transcript of the Hearing would be submitted as a public contribution to the consultation.
‘Fake news’ and disinformation spread quickly in the digital age. By the time they can be exposed and skewed narratives corrected, our democratic fabric is already damaged. Trust in the very concepts of truth, fact and reality is undermined. Even worse, elections might be manipulated or swung.
On 22 February 2018, the European Political Strategy Centre hosted five leading international experts for a High-Level Hearing on ‘Preserving Democracy in the Digital Age’ to intellectually accompany the European Commission’s ongoing public consultation on ‘fake news’ and online disinformation.
In his State of the Union speech on 13 September 2017, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, laid out his roadmap towards the European Summit in May 2019. He underlined that the European Union needs a budget that matches its ambitions and meets future challenges. The Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances has fostered a debate on the EU´s budgetary needs to sustain Europe›s prosperity and security. The task is now to look into policy options and to prepare decisions.
The European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission’s in-house think tank, convened this conference to feed into the preparation of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The sessions were interactive and participatory. Participation in the event was by invitation only - a live web stream of the sessions was provided publicly.