The 12th edition of The State of the Union was held on 5-7 May and was titled “A Europe Fit for the Next Generation?”. The conference focused on the European Union’s role in a constantly evolving global landscape. Leaders and experts addressed a variety of issues, such as multilateral governance, sustainability and resilience; democracy and the rule of law; attitudes to migration; the future of digitalisation; and how crises can fuel change. The Next Generation EU recovery plan was a key topic of the conference, with prominent speakers discussing how it can address the damage inflicted by the pandemic. The conference also addressed the conflict in Ukraine, covering the crisis’s complex geopolitical, economic, and legal ramifications.
The event was in a hybrid format: 86% of speakers participated in person, a group of invited guests took part in the live event in Florence, while a specialised audience joined the event on a dedicated online platform. The entire conference was also live-streamed to a public around the world.
#SOU2022 counted 135 speakers, 43 sessions, 5 overarching streams and 40 recording hours.
Over 500 people attended the event in person while nearly 11,500 people attended via the live stream, the digital event platform and the EUI YouTube channel. SOU2022 was supported by 41 local and international partners whose collaboration was instrumental in its success.
The programme and the entire content of the conference was shaped by the Scientific Committee, which was composed of influential experts and academics from the EUI community.
Organised by the European University Institute, The State of the Union once again represented a unique opportunity for the worlds of academia, policymaking, business, media, and civil society to come together and come up with constructive proposals for a more effective EU action.