THE STATE OF THE UNION 2024

The 14th edition of The State of the Union took place in Florence from Thursday, 23 May, to Saturday, 25 May 2024. Global leaders, experts, students, policymakers, and journalists gathered at the European University Institute to reflect on pressing European issues.

Key themes included EU enlargement, demography, democracy, rule of law, industrial policy, and digital and green transitions. Sustainability was a central focus, with discussions on green energy transitions, regional cohesion, and climate change. Digital transformation discussions covered competitiveness, digital infrastructure, and AI and blockchain regulation. Other topics included strengthening democracy, countering foreign interference, and addressing conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

The event offered networking opportunities and engaging discussions in Florence’s stunning locations.

Speaker line-up includes:

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

President of the Republic, Portugal

Katerina Sakellaropoulou

President of the Republic, Greece

Andrzej Szeptycki

Under-Secretary of State, Poland

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ghana

Martin Dvořák

Minister for European Affairs, Czech Republic

Elsa Fornero

Former Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Italy

Enrico Letta

Former Prime Minister, Italy, and President, Jacques Delors Institute

Nadia Calviño

President, European Investment Bank

Laurence Boone

Former Secretary of State for European Affairs, France

Josep Borrell Fontelles

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President, European Commission

Pierre Gramegna

Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism

Věra Jourová

Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission

Anne Marie Slaughter

CEO, New America

Laurence Tubiana

CEO, European Climate Foundation (ECF)

Evangelos Mytilineos

Chairman and CEO, Mytilineos Holdings

Francesca Bria

President, Italian National Innovation Fund and Board Member, RAI

Open day:

On Saturday, 25 May, as the concluding event of The State of the Union 2024, the Historical Archives of the European Union will open its doors and welcome the public to visit the archives and Villa Salviati. With our partner FAI, visitors will be able to tour the beautiful grounds and buildings of the historic villa, and visit the state-of-the-art vaults where Europe’s memory is preserved.

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