3 days of events, almost 1,400 attendees, over 60 debates and panel discussions: summary of the 8th edition of EFNI

3 days of events, almost 1,400 attendees, over 60 debates and panel discussions: summary of the 8th edition of EFNI

‘The European Union was created not to subjugate other states or to deprive them of their sovereignty. This is not a new version of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and EU commissioners are not former Soviet party secretaries. The EU does not use tanks against opponents. Its existence is based on the free will of free nations,’ said Pat Cox, the former President of the European Parliament, during the Closing Gala of the European Forum for New Ideas, which was organised by the Polish Confederation Lewiatan. 

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Pat Cox speech for the  EFNI 2018 closing ceremony

Pat Cox speech for the EFNI 2018 closing ceremony

We meet on the Baltic coast in a marine environment where a watchful eye on the turbulence of the sea or the state of the weather rewards attention. In 2016 in his State of the Union address to the European Parliament the Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, in the wake of the Brexit vote and the fallout from the great migration of 2015 remarked: “… never before have I seen such little common ground between our Member States.” The clouds were dark. One year later with the election of President Macron in France and the containment some months earlier of surging populism in the Netherlands the Commission President was decidedly more upbeat: “The wind is back in Europe's sails. But we will go nowhere unless we catch that wind. (…) Now is the time to build a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe for 2025.”

10.2018
Speeches by special guests: Sustainable Development as a Priority

Speeches by special guests: Sustainable Development as a Priority

The speeches by special guests were devoted to the most important global megatrends and their impact on business, culture and society, a working Europe, sustainable development and low-carbon policy, in the context of challenges and opportunities for businesses.

10.2018
The European Union will not survive without values

The European Union will not survive without values

Will the new order be based on values and ideas, or mainly on interests and perception of popular moods? Does the European project need to change? Will the EU continue to inspire its citizens? – these are the questions to which prime ministers sought answers during the plenary session “Facing the Great Disruption: Europe in Search of its Place.”

10.2018