SIENA CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

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SIENA CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

SIENA - PONTIGNANO

26-27-28 MAY 2022

We are living a dramatic time. Years of existential threats and radical transformations. It is also a time when it becomes imperative to adapt institutions conceived for a more stable context to a century which increasingly seems defined by ever more frequent and intense crises.


The first two Vision conferences on the future of Europe took place in October 2020 and June 2021, while the continent was struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.


The third conference is being organized while hundreds of thousands of families are besieged in Kiev and Odessa. For the first time since the early sixties a nuclear strike cannot be classified as a negligible possibility.


And this is happening while the globalization machine was slowly restarting its engine after the great pandemic freeze. And yet this unprecedented crisis does not only significantly accelerate pre-existing technology and economy driven mutations, it also creates the moral obligation of a radical rethinking of how we govern complex societies.This means that all institutions conceived for a different century - the United Nations and its security council, the World Health Organization, the NATO, the European Union itself - will need to adapt to a dramatically different context.


The third conference that Vision is organizing with the University of Siena and think tanks/foundations of the five major political group in the European Parliament at the Certosa di Pontignano in Siena is meant to be a scale up of the previous events and the consolidation of project meant to create a permanent hub of ideas to reform the EU and to support the design and implementation of EU policies.

Among the participantsRomano Prodi (Former Prime Minister of Italy and Former President of the European Commission), Francesco Frati (Magnifico Rettore Università degli Studi di Siena), Francesco Grillo (Director at Vision and Affiliate at Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies), Gregorio De Felice (Chief Economist Intesa Sanpaolo), Carlo Papa (Managing Director of Enel Foundation), Antonios Nestoras (Head of Policy and Research European Liberal Forum), Maria Joao Rodrigues (President of the European Progressive Studies and former Portugal's Minister of Employment), Bill Emmott (President of IISS's Trustees), John Hooper (Corrispondente per The Economist), Angela Giuffrida ( The Guardian), Jan Piotrowski (Business Editor, The Economist), Victor Mallet (Paris Bureau Chief, Financial Times), Paola Papanicolaou (Group Head of Transformation Intesa Sanpaolo), Roberto Tallei ( Deputy Head of the International News, Sky TG 24).

The event will take place in Siena from the 26th to the 28th of May.

Concept Paper 

Agenda

Speakers

WG 1 - THE BATTLE FOR GLOBAL DIGITAL LEADERSHIP

FINDING A ROLE WITHIN THE “BATTLE FOR GLOBAL DIGITAL LEADERSHIP” A NEW ERA FOR INDUSTRIAL POLICIES

Merits and limits of the EU attempt to regulate global digital platforms.

If we consider the battlesdefining the quest for global digital leadership, Europe seems to have not even fully entered them. There is no European global digital platform for e- commerce, social networking, or other digital services (the only exception is Spotify) and with the departure of UK, the EU lost an economy with a significant digital innovation capacity. However, the potential held by these internet giants is far reaching, as they capture and trade one of the most important commodities of today: data. Not only are digital platforms among the most valuable companies in the world, but they are also; re-shaping entire chains of production value and our consumer habits, redefining public spaces, and impacting on the efforts of the ecological transition. Digital sovereignty is therefore something that needs to be integrated and conceived as a priority for policymaking at European Union level.

And yet, the EU still struggles with outdated instruments and approaches (fines, competition rules not adapted to the speed of the internet and not in line with new consumer habits and wants) and even with unclear definitions of the platforms it wishes to regulate.

The working group will thus focus on how the EU could start governing global digital platforms, finding the right mix between industrial policies, regulations, and anti-trust instruments with the view to maximize the welfare of European citizens and consumers and use disruptive innovations to make European firms more competitive. The Digital Markets Act, Digital Services Act and GDPR will be a crucial part of the discussion. But the conversation should also cover investments: both in new, public European platforms and in start-ups that will create services for those platforms.

WG 2 - A COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
WG 3 - HOW TO SAVE SAVE LIBERAL DEMOCRACY FROM TECHNOLOGICAL OBSOLECENCE
WG 4 - THE RIGHT PATH TOWARDS CARBON NEUTRALITY
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