Save the date: The State of the Union is back in May 2022!

For the 12th consecutive year, The State of the Union, organised by the European University Institute, is reaffirmed as the summit for high-level reflection on Europe’s role in the world, acting as a bridge between academia and European policy making.

The State of the Union 2022 will take place in Florence between 5 and 7 May.

High-level panels, conversations world leaders and experts will address the challenges and opportunities for Europe amidst changing environment, characterised by ongoing concerns over the climate emergency, ambitious plans for a digital transition, the implementation of the economic recovery package to support citizens hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions will be grouped thematically to foster in-depth analysis from different perspectives and disciplines.

Venues and format

The conference will start on Thursday, 5 May at Badia Fiesolana, the EUI’s stunning hilltop hub. This first day will centre around an impressive programme of plenary and parallel sessions, both in-person and online. All sessions will be live streamed.

On Friday, 6 May SOU will move to Palazzo Vecchio, home to Florence’s city council, in the heart of the historic city. It will host heads of state and EU leaders, prime ministers and diplomats, academics, civil society representatives, journalists, business and opinion leaders from Europe and beyond. This day will be broadcasted with a state-of-the-art TV style production.

On Saturday, 7 May the EUI will open the doors and gardens of Villa Salviati, where the Historical Archives of the European Union are held. This event aims at creating stronger and more permanent connections with the local community by opening the EUI to the public.

Scientific Committee

Composed of influential experts and academics representing all of the EUI’s academic units, the Scientific Committee is responsible for devising the programme, focusing on topical issues, and ensuring discussions are engaging, accessible, and scientifically sound.

Stay tuned: more info on #SOU2022 will follow soon!


About the past edition of The State of the Union 2021

The 2021 hybrid edition of The State of the Union, with the theme: “Europe in a Changing World”, counted 161 speakers44 sessions, 45 recording hours, 8 overarching topics and 3 parallel streams. Over 10,000 people around the world participated in the online audience via the live stream and shared their opinions and questions during the sessions. SOU2021 was supported by 24 local and international partners whose collaboration was instrumental in its success. Find out more details on the SOU2021 Final Report.

The making of #SOU2021
The Team of #SOU2021
Testimonials of #SOU2021
Video Trailer of #SOU4YOU