Road to European Elections: A stronger Europe in the world by 2030

Join us to discuss how the can EU develop a defence and security policy fit for the changing geopolitical context we live in

As European elections are fast approaching, the upcoming months will feature intense debates on matters such as energy and climate change, health and care, and the evolving defence and security threats. What will be the impact of these debates on citizens’ participation in the European elections?

In the lead up to June 2024, the European Movement International and The Parliament magazine will explore the key challenges and opportunities facing the EU through a series of thought-provoking debates and content.

The “Road to European elections” series will engage policymakers, opinion leaders, industry voices, but mostly, citizens. We will hear from citizens across the EU, analysing the impact of emerging trends and the role of the EU in building a prosperous and sustainable future for everyone in Europe. 

The first event in the series will take place in Helsinki, Finland and will focus on 'A stronger Europe in the world by 2030' and will feature the following panels:

The future of European security & defence policy

The European Union is faced with security challenges of global proportions. In light of the evolving security landscape and the threats posed by conflicts within the continent and in the EU's neighbouring regions, this discussion will explore how the EU can develop a defence and security policy fit for the changing geopolitical context we live in.  

The panel aims to debate strategies for streamlining EU defence policies, fostering enhanced collaboration among member states, and investing in cutting-edge research and development. Among the questions being discussed will be:

  • How can the EU develop a common defence and security policy fit for the current ever-changing geopolitical context? 
  • What is the level of investment and cooperation needed to become a global power player? 
  • How would the 2030 EU enlargement impact the bloc’s defence strategy?

A European Union fit for purpose

The panel will focus on the necessity for institutional reforms within the European Union, especially in the context of a possible enlargement by the end of the decade. Addressing the need for a more efficient and responsive EU, the discussion will explore ways to reform the EU, empower citizens, engage member states effectively, and bridge the gap between EU institutions and the people they represent.

Topics will include promoting direct citizen engagement, reforming decision-making and conferring to the EU competences on an issue like security and defence.

The panels will aim to generate ideas and proposals for institutional changes that will make the EU fit for the challenges of the years ahead, strengthen the democratic foundations of the European Union, and ensure a more accountable and citizen-oriented governance structure. And answer questions like:

  • What is the level of investment and cooperation needed to become a global power player? Does that require a treaty change? 
  • How would the 2030 EU enlargement impact the bloc’s defence strategy?

Panel I: The future of European security & defence policy 

  • Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, Finland), Member of European Parliament 
  • Tytti Tuppurainen, Member of Finnish Parliament & former Minister of European affairs 
  • Aku Aarva, Board Member of European Movement International 
  • Maria Blässar, Head of the Delegation, Representation office of the European Commission in Finland 
  • Juha Jokela, Programme Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs 

Panel II: A European Union fit for purpose   

  • Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA, Finland), Vice-president of the European Parliament  
  • Nils Tolvalds (Renew Europe, Finland), Member of European Parliament  
  • Totti Sivonen, Executive director, European Movement Finland 
  • Tyyne Karjalainen, Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs 
  • Ninni Norra, Citizen ambassador from Finland on the Conference of the Future of Europe   

This event in co-organised with European Movement International and The Parliament.

 


Date & time
Friday 22nd March 2024 14.30 - 17.00
Location
The European Parliament Liaison Office in Finland