The first European leadership programme
DAY 1 – THURSDAY 7 JUNE
14.00–14.30 
Registration and welcome
14.30–14.45
OPENING SESSION
Europe’s future in a dynamic, globalised and inter-connected world demands strong policies and action to re-invigorate and renew key facets of the EU and its institutions. To do this, Europe must tackle growing inequalities between EU member states and within countries, ensure that growth is not overshadowed by austerity and opt for a more democratic path.
Welcome by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe
14.45–16.15
SESSION I
RECONNECTING EUROPE AND EUROPEANS
  • What can be done to make Europe fairer, more democratic and more relevant to the needs of its often disenchanted citizens?
  • Is the focus on further institutional reforms the right approach or could it reinforce the disconnect between Europe and citizens? Where do we stand with the new Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance?
  • Can the 2014 European Parliament elections, including the emergence of pan-European political parties, help create new bonds between Europe and its citizens?
Étienne Davignon, President of Friends of Europe and former Vice President of the European Commission
Isabelle Durant MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament and Member of the Spinelli Group
Young Leader contribution by João Meneses, Head of the Lisbon City Hall department in charge of urban rehabilitation and social development
Moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe
16.15–17.00
Walk to the European Commission and coffee upon arrival 
17.00-18.00
OUT OF THE BOX SESSION
DISCUSSION WITH HERMAN VAN ROMPUY, EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT 
This session will provide the opportunity for the ’40 under 40′ to engage with Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.
Welcome remarks by Jean-Claude Thébault, Director General of the European Commission’s Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe
Facilitated by Thomas Houdaille, Secretary General of EuropaNova
18.00–19.30
SESSION II
BEYOND AUSTERITY: EUROPE’S ECONOMIC FUTURE
  • Is growth still conceivable when austerity measures are driving Europe?
  • What structural measures will change the trend?
  • In the wake of the euro crisis, where is European economic governance headed?
Welcome remarks by Margaritis Schinas, Deputy Head of BEPA and Coordinator of the Outreach Team
Philippe Legrain, Principal Adviser and Head of the BEPA Analysis TeamPablo Zalba Bidegain MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Young Leader contribution by Mathieu Vedrenne, Deputy General Manager, Société Générale Private Banking Switzerland
Moderated by Thomas Klau, Head of the Paris Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
19.30–21.00
Cocktail and walking dinner at the European Commission
DAY 2 – FRIDAY 8 JUNE
DRIVING SMART, SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH
09.30–11.00
SESSION III
STAYING AHEAD IN THE GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS RACE
  • How can we set about building longer-term structural agendas that will foster industrial growth and innovation to keep up with China, India and other emerging economies?
  • What are the priorities for the future of EU industry and can we create a convincing “Made in Europe” brand?
  • How can labour markets be modernised to reduce unemployment, raise labour productivity and drive European competitiveness?
Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission
Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Europe & North Asia and CEO of GE Germany
Young Leader contribution by Dominik Risse, Global Head of Marketing at the specialty chemicals group LANXESS AG
Moderated by Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times
11.00–11.30
Coffee break
11.30–13.00
SESSION IV
INNOVATIVE EUROPE: FROM RISK AVERSE TO RISK HAPPY
  • How can risk-averse Europeans be morphed into innovative, daring and risk-happy entrepreneurs?
  • How can Europe’s world-class research and innovation potential be harnessed to spin out new and dynamic entrepreneurial ventures?
  • Can the US Silicon Valley model be replicated in Europe?
Peter Arvai, Co-founder and CEO of Prezi, San Francisco
Anders Flodström, Vice Chairman of the Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Young Leader contribution by Javier Gonzalez, CEO and Founder of aquaMobile SL and Co-founder of the tMA Foundation encouraging entrepreneurial projects with MIT, and Aziz Senni, Founder and President of “Alliance Transport et Accompagnement” and “Business Angel des Cités” and author of Create your own business: 10 commandments of the entrepreneur coming from suburbs
Moderated by Marjorie Paillon, Presenter of “Tech 24” and “L’Entretien – The Interview” for France 24
13.00–14.00
Lunch break
14.00–15.30
SESSION V
WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL OF GREEN GROWTH?
  • What will the move towards a green economy really entail and how can governments take the lead in advancing green growth?
  • What regulatory framework and supporting policies are needed to stimulate private and public investment in the green economy? How can the private sector be persuaded to invest in this shift?
  • How can we measure progress towards a more sustainable economic model and who is winning the race? How will the upcoming G20 and Rio+20 summits impact on this global discussion?
  • Will the focus on low-carbon growth spur job creation and give Europe a stronger competitive edge?

Martina Bianchini, Vice President for EU Government Affairs and Public Policy for Dow

Stephan Singer, Director for Global Energy Policy at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Young Leader contribution by Benedek Jávor, Member of the Hungarian National Assembly and leader of Lehet Más a Politika (“Politics Can Be Different”), and Founder of environmental NGO Védegylet (“Protect the Future”)
Moderated by Nicholas Hanley, Head of Unit for International Relations in the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment
15.30–16.00
Coffee break
16.00–17.30
SESSION VI
EUROPE & THE WORLD: TRADING PLACES

Europe has long been a leading investor worldwide, with European companies scouring the world for new markets. Slowly but surely, however, the tables are turning. Globally-ambitious and cash-rich Chinese, Indian, Russian and Latin American firms are seeking to invest in Europe, picking up newly-cheap but key European assets.

  • Should Europe welcome FDIs from emerging economies or should it be wary of what some have described as the “Scramble for Europe”?
  • Are the EU’s latest calls for “reciprocity” in trade and investment relations with China and other key emerging countries justified?
  • In a globalised and interdependent world, how realistic are proposals for the Buy European Act similar to the Buy American Act?

Cristina Gallach, Head of Unit for Communications in the Directorate General for Press, Communication and Transparency of the Council of the European Union

Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Ambassador of Mexico to the European Union

Elena Peresso, Member of Cabinet for EU Commissioner Karel de Gucht with responsibilities for Trade and External Relations

Young Leader contribution by Raffaele Mauro, Investment Manager at Annapurna Ventures, Advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and Co-founder of Lo Spazio della Politica

Moderated by Ulysse Gosset, Journalist for BFM TV
17.30–20.00
Break
20.00–22.00
Cocktail and dinner
DAY 3 – SATURDAY 9 JUNE
11.00–12.30
SESSION VII
WHAT FUTURE FOR EUROPEAN CULTURAL POLICIES
  • Why should European policymakers pay greater attention to cultural issues?
  • What do our cultural diversity commitments stand for, both within Europe and externally?
  • At a European level, what can we expect from cultural policies and civil society initiatives in a society transformed by the digital revolution?
David Fajolles, Head of the Research and Prospectives Department in the French Ministry of Culture and Communication
Young Leader contribution by Anna Król, Founder & President of the Board of Go Culture
Facilitated by Krzysztof Candrowicz, Founder and Director of the Lodz Art Centre and the Lodz Foundation of Visual Education, 2011 Young Leader
12.30–13.30
Lunch break 
13.30–15.00
SESSION VIII
CHANGING THE NARRATIVE ON IMMIGRATION
  • Can European politicians be convinced of the need to stop using immigrants as scapegoats to win votes?
  • What can be done to replace the toxic xenophobic narrative on immigration and integration into a positive and constructive one?
  • How will the adoption of a common EU migration policy impact on current trends in populism and nationalism?
Heather Grabbe, Director of EU Affairs for the Open Society Foundations
Giuliana Urso, Senior Research Assistant for the Independent Network of Labour Migration and Integration Experts (LINET) in the Implementation Unit of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Young Leader contribution by Souad Mekhennet, journalist for The New York Times, Der Spiegel, ZDF and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Moderated by Shada Islam, Head of Policy at Friends of Europe
15.00–15.15
Coffee break
15.15–16.15
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