25 januari 2018


Sociëteit de Witte
Plein 24, Den Haag



State of the Union Conference

Reflecting on Europe’s Future

This all-day Conference is organised in cooperation with the European Parliament and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2017 was the year of reflection papers, speeches and elections. Recent initiatives by key European politicians and officials underline that the EU needs to change. The EU must find answers to the challenges that became apparent during the eurocrisis and to the threats that result from changes in the EU’s geopolitical environment. The conference brings together EU and national officials, opinion leaders and EU experts to reflect on the future of the European Union, focussing on six topics:

  • The Future of European Defence Cooperation
  • Managing Globalisation: EU Trade Policy in the Trump era
  • Social Europe in the context of deepening European Integration
  • The European Monetary Fund: Financial Risks and Political Consequences
  • Migration: From Crisis to Strategy
  • The State of the Union: Prospects for 2018

Global programme

09.00 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 – 10.00 Opening by Monika Sie Dhian Ho, general director Clingendael Institute
10.15 – 11.45 Morning Breakout Sessions (European Defence Cooperation; Globalisation and EU Trade)
12.00 – 13.30 Seated lunch with keynote speech by Frank Vandenbroucke, Professor at the University of Amsterdam
13.30 – 15.00 Afternoon Breakout Sessions (European Monetary Fund; EU Migration Policies)
15.30 – 17.00 Plenary session with keynote speech by Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament

To ensure an open debate, all discussions will take place under Chatham House Rule.

For more information please mail: stateoftheunion@clingendael.org