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This year, the annual Europe Forum in Turku welcomes former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta as its keynote speaker. Letta will deliver a speech on the need for reform in EU industrial policy and state aid on Wednesday, August 28, at the forum’s opening ceremony.

Letta’s prestigious report on the EU’s internal market, published in the spring, is one of three key documents guiding the upcoming European Commission’s work program. The Europe Forum offers a unique opportunity to hear about the report’s key findings and concrete actions for reforming EU industrial policy and the state aid system in the upcoming Commission term, directly from the expert, Letta himself.

Enrico Letta served as Italy’s Prime Minister from 2013 to 2014 and as leader of the Italian Democratic Party from 2021 to 2023. Letta transitioned from an academic career to politics in 1998. He was Minister for European Affairs in 1998, Minister of Industry from 1999 to 2001, and a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2009. In 2014, he became Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po University. Currently, he is the President of the Jacques Delors Institute and a member of the lower house of the Italian Parliament.

This year’s theme for the Europe Forum is Finland’s and Europe’s Secure Future. The forum will feature over 30 discussions addressing the theme through geopolitics, economic security, and sustainability.

The Europe Forum is Finland’s flagship event for European policy discussion, bringing together numerous politicians, influencers, and experts. This year, the event will be held between 28 August and 30 August 2024 at the Turku City Theatre. You can register for the event starting August 14 at The event’s discussions can also be followed live online.