The first European leadership programme
 DAY 1 – THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER
14.00-14.30 
Registration and welcome 
14.30-14.45
OPENING REMARKS
Welcome by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Geert Cami, Co-Founder and Director of Friends of Europe
14.45-16.15
SESSION I
EUROPEAN CONSTRUCTION: WHERE DO WE STAND?

After 5 years of turmoil, Europe is still on the fence, balancing between explosion and more integration. Burning questions for Europe’s future include:

  • Will the recent decisions concerning a more integrated budget governance for the Eurozone and more solidarity be enough to get out of the crisis?
  • Is the debate between austerity and solidarity/growth measures still relevant?
  • The sovereign debt crises in Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Italy are hindering growth in other Eurozone countries, including Germany. Does that mean that Northern European voters will insist on scrapping the monetary union at some point in the future?

Poul S. Christoffersen, Danish Ambassador to Belgium and Former Special Advisor to Catherine Ashton in setting up the European External Action Service (EEAS)

Matthias Petschke, Head of the European Commission Representation in Germany
Young Leader contribution by Cayetana Alvarez de Toledo, Vice President of the Spanish Parliament Joint Committee for the European Union
Moderated by Edouard Gaudot, Policy Advisor for the European Parliament
16.15-16.45
Coffee break 
16.45-18.15
SESSION II
BUILDING A NEW EUROPE THAT PEOPLE WILL TRUST
The underlying difficulty that Europe’s political actors are confronted with is that opinion polls from across the EU show waning support for European integration and solidarity. The thorny problems that must be solved span.

  • How can voters be persuaded to support measures that would strengthen the EU’s democratic legitimacy?
  • Could the steady fall-off in voter turnouts for elections to the European Parliament be reversed in 2014?
  • What new democratic architecture for ensuring the greater legitimacy of the EU would be both practical and readily understandable for voters across Europe?
Bo Lidegaard, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Danish Newspaper Politiken
David Van Reybrouck, Writer, Playwright and Poet (The European Constitution in Verse, A Plea for Populism)and Founder of the Belgium Citizens Forum G1000
Young Leader contribution by Steffen Bilger, Member of the German Bundestag and Chairman of the North Württenberg district branch of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
Moderated by 2012 Young Leader Kirsten van den Hul, The Change Agent
DAY 2 – FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER
09.30-11.00
SESSION III
WHAT SHOULD WE MEAN BY “POLITICAL UNION”?

The Eurozone crisis has brought to a head the uncomfortable issues surrounding political union that many have preferred to ignore for 20 years if not longer. Whether one is for or against, it will surely depend on a more clear-cut definition of what it would mean.

  • Is the longstanding debate over a federal Europe versus a looser grouping of sovereign states still relevant, especially in the fast globalising world of the 21st century?
  • Is the ‘Paris-Berlin Directoire’ or even the duumvirate now a dead letter? Is a British exit from the EU inevitable?
  • Germany is even more than before seen as the EU driving force, with many talking of the emergence of a “German Europe”. Is this the new European reality or only a perception?

Ulrike Guérot, Representative for Germany and Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Maria João Rodrigues, Professor of European Economic Policies, European Commission Special Advisor on the Lisbon Strategy for Growth & Jobs and Former Portuguese Employment Minister
Young Leader contribution by Camille de Toledo, European writer, creator and artist
Moderated by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova
11.00-11.30
Coffee break
11.30-13.00
SESSION IV
WHAT POLICIES COULD BE CRISIS-BUSTERS?

There’s little doubt that Europeans can only expect the financial and economic pressures of the crisis to recede by agreeing on forward-looking policy solutions.

  • What are the pros and cons of stronger economic governance at an EU level, and would the European Commission be fit for purpose to wield the necessary powers?
  • Is growth still conceivable when austerity measures are driving Europe?
  • Is the German example of labour market liberalisation one that other EU countries should be studying closely?

Benedicta Marzinotto, Research Fellow at Bruegel

Thomas Mirow, Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance, Former President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Moderated by Jean-François Jamet, Professor of EU Political Economy at Sciences-Po Paris and EuropaNova Spokesperson

13.00-14.30
Lunch break
14.30-16.00
SESSION V
POWER TO THE PEOPLE – WILL EUROPE EMBRACE THE ENERGY REVOLUTION ?

Europe has set itself ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG): by 2020, 20% renewable energies as part of the energy mix, a 20% energy consumption reduction and a 20% CO2 emissions reduction. By 2050 the European Commission wants to reduce GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels. These plans – and efforts to update Europe’s creaking energy system and improve energy security – hinge on the establishment of a single pan-European energy market. That has not happened yet.

  • What will encourage European governments to back the creation of a single energy market: the need to decarbonise, the potential for lower costs, or an increase in the robustness of the market?
  • Is decarbonisation compatible with energy security? Is there a one-size-fits-all approach that countries should adopt or should there be a diversity of approaches to strengthen the European market?
  • What regulatory framework and supporting policies are needed to stimulate private and public investment in the green economy and the single energy market? How can the private sector be persuaded to invest in this shift?
Antonella Battaglini, Executive Director of the Renewables Grid Initiative and Programme Director for the Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP)
Hendrik Bourgeois, Vice President European Affairs for GE
Young Leader contribution by Lavinia Sandru, President of the Civic Ecological Association “Initiativa 2003” and Former Vice President of the National Union for the Progress of Romania
Moderated by Paul Whitehead, Managing Editor for EU Energy Policy for Platts
16.00-16.30
Coffee break
16.30-18.00
SESSION VI
IS BERLIN A SHINING EXAMPLE OF 21ST CENTURY ENVIRONMENTALISM?

As centres of economic growth, job creation and innovation, but also as major contributors to environmental challenges, cities are at the heart of the transition towards a new and sustainable future.

  • How can we accelerate the transition to smart cities?
  • Greater investment is required to finance sustainable urban solutions, but how can this be achieved with existing national-oriented instruments and given the current financial situation?
  • What lessons can we learn from successful green cities such as Berlin?
Erik Freudenthal, Green Ambassador for the City of Stockholm and Head of Communications in the   Environmental Information Centre (GlashusEtt) for Hammarby Sjöstad
Frank Christian Hinrichs, Director of the e-Mobility & Intelligent City Programme Platform for the Innovation Center for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ)
Young Leader contribution by Elena Alfaro, Manager of the BBVA Group Innovation Unit leading the global Smart Cities Initiative
Moderated by Paul Whitehead, Managing Editor for EU Energy Policy for Platts
DAY 3 – SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
10.00-11.30
SESSION VII
THE FUTURE OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES IN EUROPE

The cultural and creative industries have become a major economic sector and culture a key to sustainable development. Especially in a new economic model which is struggling to emerge from the rubble of the twin crises of industrial capitalism from the 19th century and the excessive financialisation of the economy.

  • How to unlock the potential of cultural and creative industries?
  • Does technological innovation favour culture?
  • Is intellectual property a strategic value for Europe?

Frédérique Aït-Touati, Theatre Director, Lecturer at Sciences Po, Paris and at the University of Oxford

Mehdi Tayoubi, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Experimentation for Dassault Systèmes

Contribution by 2011-12 Young Leader Cédric Villani, Mathematician and recipient of the 2010 Fields Medal

Moderated by Laure Kaltenbach, Director of the Forum d’Avignon

11.30-11.45
Coffee break
11.45-13.15
SESSION VIII
EUROPE AND ITS PLACE IN THE WORLD

Nobody needs telling that Europeans are under pressure, and that the years ahead are going to be the scene for radical global shifts that risk leaving us behind. To confront these challenges, do we Europeans first need to define what our common objectives must be, whether it’s in terms of global governance rules or ensuring that our voice will be heard? Should Europe welcome FDIs from emerging economies or should it be wary of what some have described as the “Scramble for Europe”?

  • How can our 50-year history of growing cooperation and solidarity be transformed from an inward-looking focus on EU integration into an increasingly outward strategy?
  • Has Europe been as pro-active and constructive in responding to the Arab Spring or the changing political environment in its Southern neighbouring countries as many had anticipated?
  • With the US shifting its attention to the Asia Pacific region, how can Europe engage more strongly with China, India and other emerging powers?
Ana Gomes MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs
Young Leader contribution by Konstantinos Karagkounis, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, serving as a Deputy Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Right
Moderated by Olaf Boehnke, Head of the Berlin Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
13.15-14.15
Lunch break
14.15-15.30
CONCLUSIONS
WHAT’S NEXT?
  • What insights can emerge from this programme?
  • What do we want to achieve and how can we get there?
  • Beyond keeping in touch: Staying active and involved

Facilitated by Thomas Houdaille, Secretary General of EuropaNova