Thematic Sessions with partner organisatons - Block one
Agora 1 - European democracy: equal, just and inclusive?
Location: Nieuwspoort, Lange Poten 10, The Hague.
Our democracy depends on a common sense of equality, justice and inclusiveness. Even though we pride ourselves for our democratic system, the reality is more complicated. The functioning of our democracy is under fierce scrutiny. People’s trust in European collaboration is waning and depends on the EU’s ability to defend and promote our fundamental democratic values. This session will discuss how Europe can defend and promote human rights and build institutions which serve an open, inclusive, tolerant society for all.
Kick-off by Josien Pieterse, Network Democracy and Miguel Arana Catania, Democratic Cities,Live from Madrid, and Jonathan McCully, Legal Advisor to the Digital Freedom Fund.
Closing remarks from Bernd Hüttemann European Movement Germany and Vice-President of the European Movement International
Agora 2 - Future economy: fair equitable and smart?
Location: Leiden University – Campus The Hague - Auditorium 2.02, Wijnhaven location
In a globalized world our economic models need updating, if we wish to turn our world into a fairer, more equitable place and make growth more sustainable. Stakeholders from across Europe will discuss how we can move from a grey to a green economy, and touch on the role of education in the world of digitalisation and automation, discuss the need for better investments and assess the push for economic, fiscal and monetary integration.
Kick off by Maria Heider, Metro AG and Treasurer of the European Movement International and Hans Schnitzler, Technology Philosopher and Columnist at Follow the Money
Closing remarks from Petros Fassoulas, European Movement International
Agora 3 - A new European social contract: what and how?
Location: University of Leiden, Hague Campus, Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague
For decades, the European social model was upheld as the most attractive available. In our world today, people feel that the rights and protections that benefited them before are crumbling. A new ‘social contract’ is needed, which should support inclusion. The discussions in this session will face the dilemmas and explore the possibilities for turning towards more inclusive economic policies, which ensure Europe’s prosperity is shared, without harming the planet. Questions of fair taxation and redistribution of wealth, investment in social services, the roles of the state and of the private sector will feature prominently.
Kick off by Marina Monaco, ETUC and Anna Widegren, European Youth Forum
Closing remarks by Geert Lovink, Founding Director of Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam