Building Europe in times of uncertainty

The 13th edition of The State of the Union conference, the renowned annual summit for high-level reflection on the European agenda, will take place in-person in Florence on 4-6 May 2023.

Unrivalled in the quality and breadth of its sessions, The State of the Union gathers leading scientific thinkers, academics, policy makers and journalists from various disciplines for in-depth analysis and discussion on the challenges and opportunities Europe is facing in uncertain times.

#SOU2023’s panels, conversations, and addresses will foster reflection on key policy areas including:

  • Challenges to democracy
  • Geopolitics and EU priorities
  • Green transition and energy security
  • Rethinking the global economic scenario
  • The digital and tech transition

In cooperation with the local partners, the event will feature networking and social events during the days of the conference.

Venues and format

The event will take place over three days, opening on Thursday, 4 May at the EUI’s stunning hilltop hub in Fiesole. This first day will centre around an impressive programme of in-person sessions, which will explore the conference themes from an array of academic and policy perspectives. All sessions will be live streamed widely on the SOU website.

On Friday, 5 May SOU will move to Palazzo Vecchio,home to the Florence City Council. The morning will be dedicated to high-level conversations with EU leaders, heads of state, prime ministers, diplomats, academics, and journalists from Europe and beyond.

The afternoon will be dedicated to youth and civil society engagement. It will feature activities in the context of a series of initiatives aimed at inspiring young people and European citizens to act as protagonists within the European democratic process at the local and national level.

On Saturday, 6 May the EUI will open the doors and gardens of Villa Salviati, the home of the Historical Archives of the European Union. This day is dedicated to art, culture, and recreational activities and aims to connect the local and European communities by opening the EUI to the public.

Scientific Committee

Deirdre Curtin

Dean, Graduate Studies and Professor, Department of Law, EUI

Renaud Dehousse

President, EUI

Marco Del Panta

Secretary General, EUI

Franca Maria Feisel

Researcher, Department of Law, EUI, and Ponte Europa

Stephanie Hofmann

Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences and Robert Schuman Centre, EUI

Marco Incerti

Director, Communications Service, EUI

Erik Jones

Director, Robert Schuman Centre, EUI

Ruth Rubio Marín

Professor, School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Leonardo Meeus

Executive Director, Florence School of Regulation, Robert Schuman Centre, EUI

Nicolas Petit

Professor, Department of Law and Robert Schuman Centre, EUI

Andrea Renda

Professor, School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Waltraud Schelkle

Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences and Robert Schuman Centre, EUI

Media Partners

The EC supports the EUI

SOU 2011-2022 Trailer