The top names of politics, economy, and research will meet again at the Europe Forum, in August
The preliminary programme of the Europe Forum was published today, on Europe Day. An open discussion on the future of Finland and Europe will take place for the fifth time in Turku, on the 24th to 26th of August. The theme of this year’s Europe Forum is the position of Finland and the EU as part of the changing international order. Speakers include Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, party leaders Petteri Orpo and Riikka Purra, Minister of Education Li Andersson, and Sitra’s President Jyrki Katainen.
The preliminary programme of the Europe Forum was published today, on Europe Day! You can explore it here.
In the rapidly changed world situation, the Europe Forum will once again respond to the current need for a European discussion and bring together people from different areas of society. The theme of this year’s Europe Forum is the position of Finland and the EU as part of the changing international order.
– Russian’s war against Ukraine has dominated and will dominate the preparations and discussions of the upcoming Europe Forum. Finland’s security policy will be the subject of a historic debate, before and also during the forum, the core of the debate being our NATO membership. Finland’s decision will be made in May, and the forum’s programme has been prepared with that in mind, says Anders Blom, Professor of Practice, Chair of Europe Forum Turku.
Topics include foreign and security policy and the EU’s role in the changing world order
The three day hybrid event will see discussions on the changed foreign policy situation, both nationally and internationally. The event is built around daily topics.
Wednesday 24 August is devoted to research-based knowledge. Universities will lead discussions on topics such as European cooperation and pharmaceutical development. A climate forum will also take place.
On Thursday 25 August, the theme is Europe in the World, in other words, what is the EU’s global role? The discussions will highlight, among other things, the green transition and the development of international trade and competition.
On Friday 26 August, the topic is Finland in Europe, with a top-level foreign and security policy seminar, as well as an EU policy prime minister debate, in which the leaders of four parties will discuss the current situation in the EU, the future, and the European policy of the future government.
This year’s event, too, will see a large number of ministers, MEPs, as well as scientific, economic, and political experts participating in the discussion. 2022 is the European Year of Youth, and the programme of the Europe Forum offers several opportunities for young people to participate in the debate.
Participation is open to everyone on the virtual event platform
The main venues of the Europe Forum are the Radisson Blu Marina Hotel, Turku City Theatre, and the Forum’s own virtual event platform. The event can be easily accessed through live streams. Questions and comments for the live events can be sent via the chat on the virtual event platform, as well as on Twitter. Conversations will be recorded and can be viewed later on YouTube.
Be part of the future of Europe and join the Europe Forum on 24–26 August 2022!