Founded in 2003, by Guillaume Klossa, EuropaNova is an action-tank committed to a fairer, more efficient system of global governance. Its mission is to promote a strong, political and democratic Europe that can mobilise younger generations. A Europe that is able to stand strong when faced with crises and fight against nationalistic tendencies. A Europe that is committed to a balanced globalisation process, is respectful of its citizens and cultures and keeps a mindful eye on the sustainable development of our planet. Based in Paris and celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, EuropaNova aims to foster public debate on European issues and educate citizens about the European project by engaging the widest possible audience through original activities that promote a common European interest.
EuropaNova fosters the European public debate through the analysis of the political, social and economic status of the Union and its capacity to propose innovative and creative ideas to local and European decision-makers, such as the new European institutional treaty in 2005, the creation of a Ministry of European affairs in France in 2007, the set-up of a European economic and social governance in 2010 and a the implementation of a new production and innovation strategy in Europe in 2012. It successfully contributed to realize the Lisbon treaty, the Education and Culture Council’s agreement regarding European youth mobility, the European Financial Stability Fund and the European Stability Mechanism. EuropaNova regularly publishes position papers, reports, books and articles in the French and European media.
Energising the European democratic debate
As one of its main activities, EuropaNova developed, and continuously does so, a variety of innovative events, such as the Etats Généraux de l’Europe, a forum where the European civil society gets together to promote dialogue between the different European organisations and the exchange of ideas between different generations. Other events include the Auditions politiques, a cycle of interviews of various French politicians that aims to highlight their European commitment and values, the Transition énergétique – Le Grand défi européen, which is a cycle of debates organised in several regional locations on the highly debated topic of energy transition and which will be reformatted starting 2014 to deal with other thorny European and global topics such as the future of industry and innovation and the economic and social governance of Europe.
Promoting a new generation of leaders
EuropaNova has begun a new chapter in its development by helping to prepare the “Erasmus generation” to become key players in tomorrow’s Europe. The “40under40” programme comes as a natural stepping stone in this process, EuropaNova having been one of the first organisations in Europe to promote young talented individuals and make them understand their capacity to bring together the brightest minds of their generation around commonly shared European values and interests.
Friends of Europe
Friends of Europe – Les amis de l'Europe is a leading think-tank that aims to stimulate thinking on key global and European political challenges. Our insightful and timely publications and animated debates provide access to sharp analysis and information. We promote the confrontation of ideas that is vital to policymaking and encourage wider involvement in Europe’s future.
If Friends of Europe has become a Brussels institution, that is because it is so “un-Brussels-like”. We are the EU think-tank with a difference. We make Europe’s policy choices lively and relevant to people outside the ‘charmed circle’ of Eurocrats and Brussels-based specialists, both in our debates and in our publications. About half of those who take part in Friends of Europe’s stimulating and newsworthy events are not from Brussels. Friends of Europe has never sought to compete with academic researchers who contribute analysis to the European political process. Our publications are widely disseminated and written by specialists or by our distinguished Trustees. They are highly readable and explain complex issues in an easily understood manner. Friends of Europe also co-initiated Europe’s World, the only pan-European policy journal that offers policymakers and opinion-formers across Europe a platform for new ideas and for forging consensus. The formats of our events are unusual. There are “Café Crossfires” at one end of the spectrum, in which leading experts and policymakers both cross swords and answer tough questioning from the floor. And at the other, major international conferences – our “Policy Summits” – that attract top political figures and make headlines. And we are pioneers in harnessing new technology to debating Europe’s future, and its role in the world. We have been holding satellite TV debates since 2003. The most recent initiative launched by Friends of Europe is Debating Europe: an innovative online discussion platform that lets citizens submit policy ideas directly to Europe’s leaders, with more than 42,000 people following the project on Facebook and Twitter after barely 15 months. Friends of Europe seeks to offer a voice to groups not traditionally represented in the EU debate, but who can make a difference: from young people to inuits or explorers on topics such as climate change, to people on the ground when we address development issues.
If being different has made Friends of Europe a Brussels institution, so has being independent. Friends of Europe’s hallmark since its earliest days has been its independence: We have no national or party political bias, nor do we advance the interests of any of the organisations we partner with. We work with a wide variety of partners who are attracted by our lively and jargon-free approach to Europe’s big issues, and also by our insistence that all sides and viewpoints must be fairly represented in the debates. Our partners range from EU and non-EU governments to international bodies like the UN, World Bank and IMF, from the EU’s institutions to NGOs, both big and small, such as Transparency International and WWF, and from ‘big business’ to trade associations. Media such as the Financial Times or This is Africa are regular partners. We are proud to work closely with other think-tanks and universities from Europe and worldwide, from New York’s Columbia University to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
Policy areas covered
Our portfolio of events and reports means that Friends of Europe contributes ideas on almost all EU-related issues. We have developed particular expertise in the areas of Global Europe, the Future of Europe, Greening Europe, Competitive Europe and Life Quality Europe. Specific initiatives include the Development Policy Forum (DPF), the Greening Europe Forum (GEF), the Asia Programme and the Europe China Forum (中欧论坛).