The first European leadership programme

Programme

DAY 1 – THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER
13.30–14.00 
Registration and welcome
14.00–14.30
OPENING SESSION
A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE EU’S CURRENT STATE OF PLAY
The European project is being severely tested by the EU’s collective failure to tackle the many elements of the profound economic and financial crisis that began in 2008. On top of that there are the long-term sustainability crises of climate, energy security and resource scarcities. European citizens are losing their faith in the European Union as a force for good and so are increasingly supporting populist anti-EU parties. If Europe wants to win back citizens’ support it will need a fundamental renewal
Welcome by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe
14.30–15.30
BREAK OUT SESSION
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
This session allowed for group discussion in which the young leaders got to know one another better
Facilitated by Robert Cox, Friends of Europe Trustee and former European Commission Representative to Turkey
15.30–16.00
Break
16.00-17.30
SESSION I
TOWARDS A EUROPEAN RENEWAL
  • Which Europe do we want?
  • What objectives should drive the European project in the early twenty-first century?
  • Can the economic crisis be an opportunity to redefine the motors of European integration around new prosperity, a coherent European energy policy, ecological sustainability and social justice?
Sandro Gozi, Member of the Italian National Parliament, Member of the Spinelli Group and former Advisor to European Commission Presidents Romano Prodi and José Manuel Barroso
Jon Worth European blogger
Moderated by Ulysse Gosset, Deputy Director for France Télévisions
17.30-18.00
Coffee break
18.00-18.30
Registration of participants for public debate
18.30–19.30
PUBLIC DEBATE
BUILDING EUROPE THROUGH CRISIS
This session provided the opportunity for the ‘40 under 40’ to partake in a public debate and engage with over 100 stakeholders from the worlds of politics, business and civil society.
Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations and Director of the European Studies Centre at Oxford University
Young Leader interventions by Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Member of the Hellenic Parliament and Deputy Head of the Environmental Policy Sector in the New Democracy Party, and Tomas Sedlacek, Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB bank and Member of the Czech National Economic Council
Moderated by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe
19.30–20.30
Cocktail at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris
20.30
Dinner at Restaurant Bistro de la Muette
With guest Daniel Cohn-Bendit MEP, Co-President of the Greens/European Free Alliance and Member of the European Parliament
DAY 2 – FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER
09.30–11.00
SESSION II
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
  • Europe and the rest of the world: What leadership role should Europe play?
  • Can Europe reshape its economics, politics and institutions to become a ”green growth” model for the world?
  • The EU in multilateral diplomacy: The G20 and climate change negotiations
  • How will the Arab spring change Europe’s foreign policy?
Jean-Michel Severino, Chairman of Investisseurs et Partenaires pour le Développement (I&P) and Former Director General of Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Young Leader contribution by Franziska Brantner MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs
Moderated by Thomas Klau, Editorial Director and Head of the Paris Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
11.00–11.30
Coffee break
11.30–12.30
OUT OF THE BOX SESSION
BRIDGING THE GAP WITH EUROPEAN CITIZENS: THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Facilitated by Young Leader Farid Tabarki, Founding Editor and Presenter for Coolpolitics; Founder of Studio Zeitgeist, with the participation of Jon Worth, European blogger
12.30–14.00
Lunch at the European Commission Representation in France
15.00–16.30
SESSION III
HOW TO REINVENT OUR ECONOMIC MODELS?
  • Regulation, innovation, and industrialisation: The pillars of investment in our economic future?
  • The European internal market: Efficiency, reciprocity and EU “champions”?
  • Shared values, ethics and social justice: A long term vision for Europe?

Hendrik Bourgeois, Vice President of European Affairs for General Electric (GE)

Andreas Schwab MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protectio
Young Leader contribution by Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke, Founder and CEO of Women’s Worldwide Web, a web-based philanthropy platform
Moderated by Stéphane Cossé, Associate Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and former Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
16.30–17.00
Coffee break
17.00–18.30
SESSION IV
FINANCE VS POLITICS: WHAT CAN EUROPE DO?
  • Capitalism and consumption: Our new religions
  • Taming the beast: Regulating financial markets so that they serve the wider economy instead of leading it
  • What role can the internal market play in strengthening the European economy and overcoming the financial crisis?

Thierry Philipponnat, Secretary General of Finance Watch

Young Leader contribution by Riccardo Maraga, Mayor of the City of Amelia, whose policies focus on sustainable development and global governance

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

Moderated by Ulysse Gosset, Deputy Director of France Télévisions

18.30–20.00
Break
20.00–22.00
Cocktail and dinner at the Domaine du Tremblay
DAY 3 – SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER
10.30–12.00
SESSION V
HOW CAN EUROPE FIGHT THE RISE OF POPULISM AND NATIONALISM?
  • Crisis, immigration and globalisation
  • Project of society and human values
  • Arguments and elements of strategy
Catherine Fieschi, Director of Counterpoint
Young Leader contributions by Sofi Oksanen, Finnish award-winning and best-selling author; Souad Mekhennet, journalist for The New York Times, ZDF and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; and Sarah Joseph, CEO and Founding Editor of emel Magazine
Moderated by Anne Bagamery, Senior Editor of the International Herald Tribune
12.00–13.00
Lunch break 
14.00–15.00
SESSION VI
WHAT ROLE FOR EUROPEAN CULTURE?
  • European values and identity and their global impact
  • What role can the arts play in shaping new ideas?
  • A cultural strategy to support European diplomacy?
  • New media and new practices: Leveraging the digital world
Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General of the European Festivals Association
Marietje Schaake MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education
Young Leader contribution by Krzysztof Candrowicz, Founder and Director of the Lodz Art Centre and the Lodz Foundation of Visual Education
Moderated by Alison Smale, Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune
15.00–15.30
Coffee break
15.30–16.30
CONCLUSIONS
ON BEING A YOUNG EUROPEAN LEADER
  • Personality issues in leadership
  • Self awareness and group awareness
  • What insights can emerge from this programme?
Yves Djorno, Partner at PI Europe, consultancy on improving human performance in multi-national companies, and Professor at the HEC Business School in Paris
Thomas Houdaille, Secretary General of EuropaNova
16.30–20.00
Break
20.00
Cocktail and dinner at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication
Remarks by Frédéric Mitterrand, French Minister for Culture and Communication
23.00
Paris by night at Silencio and end of seminar