EFNI / Ambassadors‘ Roundtable on the Future of Europe
Marek Prawda (Director of the Representation of the European Commission in Poland): ‘The European Union has lost confidence as to what direction to go. People form their opinions on the EU not by focusing on the opportunities it offers, but by contemplating whether it can protect them from the negative effects of globalisation.‘
‘We now have record-breaking support for the single currency, but there is no interest in a fundamental overhaul of the European Union.’
‘The European Union is a community of values. This means that it must uphold the rule of law. If the EU ceases to be a community of values, it will lose its meaning and become an organisation that is practically exclusively technical.’
Transatlantic relations are a permanent element which we cannot give up. Today, the EU is confronted with anti-integration rhetoric, including from President Donald Trump. The EU does not share this kind of thinking. This is a very difficult moment in the EU-US relations.
Pierre Levy (Ambassador of France): We are facing disintegration pressure while seeking greater coherence. Disintegration pressure is mainly motivated by fear of immigration. The search for cohesion stems from the awareness that, at a time of growing competition from Asia and other new powers, Europe needs to unite in order to increase its strength and competitiveness. President Macron was elected in an obviously pro-European campaign by arguing for closer European integration. As President, he puts forward concrete proposals to strengthen European integration.
Ambassador of Denmark: The Danish people believe that interference with European integration has gone too far. There is no reason for the EU to regulate issues such as maternity leave. The EU deals with too many topics.
Ambassador of Norway: Norway is strongly integrated with the EU; for example, we are a Schengen member state. Support for European integration in the EU states is currently at the highest level in 35 years. Norway is interested in maintaining the closest possible relations with the EU.
Rolf Nickel (Ambassador of Germany): The European Union needs a positive message and clear communication of the benefits of European integration. More effective communication is the key to the success of European integration. Europe requires more flexibility as not all countries are ready for further integration processes. We already have a selective integration mechanism such as Schengen.
UK: Brexit is about regaining control over decisions concerning our internal affairs, such as immigration. Brexit will not mean turning away from Europe though. We have outlined our proposal as to how this can be achieved in the so-called Chequers white paper, which offers a foundation for a compromise.
The European Forum for New Ideas is one of the largest conferences in Central and Eastern Europe, dedicated to global trends, new ideas and the future of Europe. Business leaders, policy-makers, politicians as well as authorities representing the world of science, culture and media discuss the most important challenges for business and societies in a changing world, global trends and the future shape of the European Union during dozens of events, panel discussions, open meetings, counterpoints or night owl discussions. Every year, the Forum gathers over a thousand attendees – representatives of the world of business and administration, Polish and European alike, and representatives of NGOs. It has been organized since 2011 by the Polish Confederation Lewiatan in cooperation with BusinessEurope, the city of Sopot, and Polish and foreign companies and organizations. The Forum is aimed at creating ideas for a strong Europe and a competitive economy, a Europe open to trends of
social growth and technology. This year’s EFNI is held on 26-28 September in Sopot, and its central theme is: ‘NEW GLOBAL ORDER OR NEW GLOBAL MESS? The World Upgraded: Vision and Responsibility.’
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Organizer Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Co-organizers BusinessEurope, Sopot
Honorary Patronage European Parliament
Institutional Partners Employers’ Group European Economic and Social Committee, European Commission – Representation in Poland, the EEA and Norway Grants 2014–2021
Strategic Partners Citi Handlowy, FCA
Main Partners Adecco, Pomerania Development Agency, IKEA, Metlife, Orange, Polish Business Roundtable, The Council of Family Businesses of the Polish Confederation LEWIATAN, TESCO, Pomeranian Voivodship, Polish Automotive Employers’ Association
Supporting Partners ACCA, Dr Irena Eris, Ergis, Google, Polish Trade Organization (POHiD), Polish Economic Institute, Siemens, Synergic, University of Łódź, Manufacturing Employers’ Association
Knowledge Partners Centre for International Relations, European Policy Centre, Responsible Business Forum, Digital University Foundation, Foundation for Polish Science, Global Compact Poland, In.Europa, Polityka Insight, Polish Space Agency, Respublica, THINKTANK, UNEP/GRID-Warsaw
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