Europe in a Changing World


The next edition of The State of the Union will take place in Florence between Thursday 6 May and Saturday 8 May 2021. The forthcoming edition will mark the tenth anniversary of the European University Institute’s flagship conference which over the past decade has firmly established itself as a key forum for discussion and debate on the most pertinent issues facing Europe and Europeans.

We will celebrate this historic occasion with a dynamic hybrid event which will bring together world leaders, diplomats, policy makers, academics, and civil society representatives to debate and reflect on the theme ‘Europe in a Changing World’ before a global audience.

The conference will address the challenges and opportunities for Europe amidst rising concerns over global commons and the climate emergency, a shifting economic and geopolitical power balance, major challenges to multilateralism, and the ongoing global battle against COVID-19.

Europe’s role on the global stage will be tackled across sessions on artificial intelligence, climate, geopolitics, the global economy, multilateralism, peace and human rights, public health, and strategic autonomy.

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The two-day conference will be complemented by a dedicated youth and civil society event celebrating Europe Day. The live show in Fiesole, a small town overlooking Florence, is co-funded by the European Parliament. #SOU4YOU – Bringing the State of the Union Closer to Citizens will take place on 8 May. Expect music, theatre, debate and much more!

Check out the Fringe Events programme!

Save the dates!

Thursday 6 May: The State of the Union Conference – online
Friday 7 May: The State of the Union Conference – online
Saturday 8 May: #SOU4YOU – Roman Theatre, Fiesole, Florence
Saturday 8 May: Open Day – Historical Archives of the European Union, Villa Salviati, Florence 

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