Does the European project fit with democracy, integration and sustainable growth? Amid a tense economic situation, Europe is losing support, lacking cohesion and legitimation of its public opinion and being perceived as a distant mechanism imposing heavy decisions on ordinary people. On 5 November, high-level policy makers, experts and researchers from all over Europe met in Paris, France, to rethink the European project, and discuss how Europe can gain attractiveness, competiveness and innovation.

andrea-ricciOrganized by the French Directorate General for Strategy and Prospective, Quel projet pour l’Europe ? addressed Europe’s uncertainties and identified possible outlooks for the next decade. Andrea Ricci, ISIS Vice President, introduced the first session of the conference, focusing on internal market priorities and EU policies. The session looked at the European energy policy and the research area as crucial points. Split between traditional and renewables sources, energy is one of the sectors showing greatest contradictions and lacking a shared, long-term view. Research, on the other hand, seeks a stronger investment and continues to neglect strategic sectors, such as the digital single market.

European monetary policy, and strategies to enhance legitimation and cohesion were also in the spotlight. The debate paved the way for turning current threats into opportunities, reconsidering the role of France and its neighbor countries. The debate was part of an overall effort to understand how France is going to look in the next 10 years, in the framework of Quelle France dans 10 ans ? project.

Further information is available on the French Directorate General for Strategy and Prospective website.