The State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI), is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union. Now in its tenth year, The State of the Union has become a reference point for European policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders, and academics. The Presidents of the European Commission, European Parliament and European Central Bank have taken part in the event over the years, alongside national leaders.
In 2020, The State of the Union will explore the theme “Europe as a global player” with a comprehensive programme designed by the Scientific Committee focusing on the European Union’s role as regulator, negotiator and actor on issues ranging from international trade and taxation, to climate action, security and the regulation of global finance.
The year 2020 marks also the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration (9th of May 1950), a watershed that set the foundations for European cooperation and integration.