First European Thinking Lab Summit
Lisbon, Lisbon School of Economics & Management, 25-27 November 2016
First European Thinking Lab Summit
Lisbon, 25-27 November 2016
60 next-generation thinkers met during the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE - First European Thinking Lab Summit to develop policy recommendations, addressing European challenges
From 25-27 November 2016, Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office and the Institute of Public Policy Thomas Jefferson – Correia da Serra invited 60 next-generation thinkers to join the First European Thinking Lab Summit in Lisbon. The summit was part of the “DIALOGUE ON EUROPE – Rebuilding trust and redefining Europe in tough times”, a transnational dialogue process involving civil society representatives from Portugal, Greece, Italy, Spain, France and Germany to work on policy recommendations directed at national and European level.
By sharing their perspectives and expertise, these young European experts provide innovative approaches towards the current challenges of „Migration & Integration“, „Populism“, „Social Cohesion“ and „Sustainable Growth“ in according  transnational „Thinking Labs“.
On Friday, November 25, Thomas Ossowski, Ambassador and Director for Relations with EU Member States, Cross-Border and Regional Cooperation from the German Federal Foreign Office opened the Summit, reminding the participants on the urgency of a strong societal stance in countering anti-democratic movements: “We are facing hard times in Europe. Populist forces are trying to diminish our liberties - your liberties and I hope you are angry about that! I ask you, not to give in to your fears, but to face the challenges by participating and voting.” Luís Mah, Researcher in Development Studies at the Lisbon ISEG and expert on international affairs, gave then some insights about the perception of the European Union in other parts oft he world. After the first work session the group gathered for a dinner talk with Filipe Caetano, Foreign Affairs Editor from TVI and Mr. Ossowski in the Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa. On Saturday and Sunday the groups worked further on their multilateral recommendations to improve European and national policies.
After its first stage with 5 Town Hall Meetings in Athens, Lisbon, Rome, Marseille and Madrid as well as a international Conference in Berlin German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth the „DIALOGUE ON EUROPE“ now is in the middle of its creation phase – consisting of virtual sprints and physical meetings like the one in Lisbon. After the 1. European Thinking Lab Summit the groups will meet again in Paris in March 2017 for the second edition. The final recommendations will be published and presented in late summer next year. Intermediary results deal for instance with questions regarding Youth Unemployment, a narrative and concept of “sustainable well-being” and drafting a scenario on what role Populism will play in Europe in 2025.
The European 1. Thinking Lab Summit in Lisbon took place with the support of the Guerilla Foundation.
Photos of the event can be downloaded here and are available for editorial use with a reference of the copyright: @JacobUndAlex / Das Progressive Zentrum. You can find the agenda of the First European Thinking Lab Summit here.
For an impression of the #EuropeanTownHall Meetings of DIALOGUE On EUROPE take a look at our video: and on our website
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The Progressive Zentrum is an independent, not-for-profit, Berlin- based think tank. The aim of Das Progressive Zentrum is to set the political agenda for progressive issues and perspectives and innovative politics in Germany and Europe.
About IPP
Institute of Public Policy Thomas Jefferson – Correia da Serra is an independent, non-partisan “think tank” based in Lisbon which aims to improve policy research and debate in Portugal and Europe, based on a multidisciplinary approach.
European cohesion – particularly between northern and southern Europe – has suffered massively as a result of the economic and financial crisis. Against this background, Das Progressive Zentrum has been commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office to implement the transnational dialogue process “Dialogue on Europe – Rebuilding trust and redefining Europe in tough times”. Participating Countries: Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Germany.
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