The first European leadership programme
 DAY 1 – THURSDAY 30 JANUARY
Moderated by Kirsten van den Hul, The Change Agent, European Young Leader 2012
13.00-13.30
Registration and welcome 
13.30-14.30
INTRODUCTION AND WARM-UP
Welcome by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Geert Cami, Founder and Director of Friends of Europe followed by a “warm up” ice breaker with the Young Leaders.
14.30-16.00
SESSION I
EUROPEAN ELECTIONS:  BRACING FOR A “PERFECT STORM”
Despite the European Parliament’s increasing importance and influence in EU policy-making, elections to the EU’s only democratically-elected body generates little public interest. Voter turn-out – especially among young people and women – is expected to be low, reflecting public disenchantment with the EU. Those who do vote are widely expected to favour populist and extremist parties.

  • What could we do to inject more excitement into European election campaigns?
  • Are European political parties developing new strategies to reach out to voters, especially young voters?
  • How should the toxic anti-European and extremist narrative of populist parties be countered?
Monica Frassoni, Co-chair of the European Green Party, former MEP
Marley Morris, Researcher and consultant on the Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals project, Counterpoint
Young Leader contribution by Jamila Aanzi, Member of the European Elections Programme Committee of the Dutch Social Democratic Party (PvdA)
16.00-16.30
Coffee break 
16.30-18.00
SESSION II
EUROPE’S UPCOMING LEADERSHIP CHANGE
The EU’s top institutions will be in new hands by the end of 2014 as the Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission as well as all European Commissioners leave their posts.

  • Given Europe’s growing economic, social and foreign policy and security challenges, what would be the ideal profile of the new EU leaders?
  • With Brussels teeming with diplomats, parliamentarians, lobbyists, advocates and journalists, who wields real power in the complex EU decision–making machinery and how to improve accountability, transparency and efficiency?
  • Having survived without a government for 589 days while assuming the Presidency of the European Union, should Belgium be considered a special case, a model or a counter-model for its 27 EU partners?
Ivailo Kalfin MEP, Member of the European Parliament, former Bulgaria Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister
Tomas Sedlacek, Author of bestseller Economy of Good and Evil, former economic adviser to Václav Havel, Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB, European Young Leader 2012
Contribution by Young Leader Ivana Sendecka, Founder, Next Generation Leaders of Slovakia
18.00-18.30
Coffee break 
18.30-20.00
SESSION III
EMPOWERING PEOPLE: THE GRASSROOTS PARADIGM  

European citizens today have the capacity and the tools to organise themselves in order to trigger change. The power of those who previously pulled the strings of Europe – governments, EU institutions, corporate leaders, etc. – is being challenged. The role of the “usual suspects” may be shifting from decision-making to empowering people and entrepreneurs to bring about change and progress.

  • Is the role of the “usual suspects” shifting from decision-making to empowering people and entrepreneurs to bring about change and progress?
  • Is the success of crowd-funding a measure of Europeans’ empowerment?
  • What role for public-private partnerships to regenerate European growth?
Adam Nyman, Director, Debating Europe
Natalia Alonso, Head of EU Advocacy Office, Oxfam International
Young Leader contributions by Malcolm Byrne, Head of Communications, Irish Higher Education Authority and Guillaume Liegey, Co-founder of the political strategy firm Liegey Muller Pons, co-author of Porte-à-porte, Reconquérir la démocratie sur le terrain 
20.30-23.30
Dinner
DAY 2 – FRIDAY 31 JANUARY
09.30-11.30
HOT TOPICS:  CRASH TESTS? 
Given the compelling necessity to build a common European future, the “40 UNDER 40” will take part in 4 workshops to identify key questions and come up with original recommendations to be implemented on a European level.
Workshop n°1: European values: The Hungarian case study
Facilitated by Young Leader 2013 Balasz Denes, Director, European Civil Liberties Project at Open Society Foundations and Antonia Meszaros, Journalist
Workshop n°2: Ukraine, Turkey, Serbia: What is the future of countries on the fringes of the EU? 
Facilitated by Jens Ole Bach Hansen, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations 
Workshop n°3: Banking Union and the new financial framework: How serious are we? 
Facilitated by Josep-Maria Gascon, Associate to General Tax Counsel, Solvay
11.30-12.00
Coffee break
12.00-13.00
WRAPPING UP THE WORKSHOPS’ OUTCOMES
Plenary session to share the outcomes and recommendations of the workshops with the entire group. Moderators will summarise the outcomes and recommendations which will be presented in the following session.
 
13.00-14.30
Lunch break
14.30-16.00
SHARING OUTCOMES
Presentation of the workshop outcomes and open discussion with key stakeholders having backgrounds in the concerned topics (of the workshops).
Olivier Basille, Director, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Ana Gomes MEP, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Mark MacGann,Senior Vice President, Head of Government Affairs & Public Advocacy, NYSE
Kati Piri, Candidate Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA)
16.00-16.30
Coffee break
16.30-18.00
SESSION IV
SHALE GAS IN EUROPE: A STRATEGIC OR A POLITICAL CHALLENGE?
The energy landscape outside Europe has been radically reshaped by the U.S. shale gas and oil boom, which has reduced the country’s reliance on fossil fuel imports, driven down its energy prices, helped curb CO2 emissions, created hundreds of thousands of jobs and impacted their strategic role in the Middle East in particular.

  • Is such a U.S.-style shale gas revolution possible in Europe?
  • Why is Europe so divided over shale gas? Can the economic benefits outweigh the environmental risks?
  • How can Europe forge a common energy policy when EU member states pursue their national energy interests in an uncoordinated way?
Paula Pinho, Member of Cabinet to EU Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, in charge of the shale gas portfolio
Contributions by Young Leader 2012 Cédric Denis-Remis, French Dean of ParisTech Shanghai and Young Leader 2013 Lavinia Sandru, President of the Romanian organisation European Ecological Initiative
18.30-19.30
Private tour of the Magritte Museum
20.00-23.00
Dinner
DAY 3 – SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY
10.30-12.30
SESSION V
A NEW PACT FOR EUROPE? 
The euro crisis has prompted one of the most intense debates about the viability of the European project in its history, but many of the contributions to that debate have amounted to little more than immediate crisis management. Alongside deeper reflection processes like the inter-institutional European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) or the EP’s Spinelli Group, a consortium of 11 European foundations has launched a project to promote a Europe-wide reform debate, New Pact for Europe. Its goal is to develop realistic reform proposals to shore up an EU suffering from socio-economic and political turbulence and growing threat of global marginalisation, and feed these ideas to the new EU leadership that takes office in May 2014. The discussion will be centred on possible scenarios for European integration and their consequences.
Andrew Duff MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Spinelli group steering board member
Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Member of the Reflection group on the New Pact for Europe
Philippe Van Parijs, Belgian Philosopher
Contribution by European Young Leader 2012 Jon Worth, European blogger
12.00-13.30
Lunch
13.30-15.30
CONCLUSIONS
40 AND…WHAT’S NEXT? 
Informal discussion on what insights emerged from this programme and the next steps to take.
15.30-onward
Leisure time and activities