Several prominent scientists, economists and politicians open the discussions on Europe at the Europe Forum, organised in Turku, Finland, on the 25th to 27th of August 2021. The forum culminates on Friday, the Politics Day, in discussions with the Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen, the opposition party leader Petteri Orpo, and the Parliament of Finland Grand Committee. The Friday topics evolve around the position of Finland in Europe.
“This is the fourth Europe Forum in Turku, and keeping in mind the health security during pandemic, it is arranged as a hybrid event. The forum is one of the biggest events in Finland that prepare us for the Conference on the Future of Europe. The views and suggestions presented during Europe Forum are collected and sent as greetings from Finland to the Conference”, says Anders Blom, Professor of Practice and the Chair of Europe Forum Turku, the association organising the forum.
During the 3-day forum, the topics of the high-grade seminars evolve around green transition, EU’s competitiveness, the Next Generation EU recovery fund, and the fighter procurement – the largest transaction in Finnish history. During the Science Day, there are discussions on influencing through information and the role of the universities as producers of scientific information.
All the important players of the EU politics are present at the event, from the Finnish Government and Parliament to the European Commission and the European Parliament. Also in attendance are labour market organisations, the Bank of Finland, universities, advocacy organisations, NGOs, and business and industry representatives.
Just like previous year, the participation to the events on spot will be limited and invitation-based, but the whole programme will be accessible through live streams. The public is invited to engage via the Europe Forum virtual platform.
>> Read a summary of the programme: https://europeforum.fi/en/news/the-europe-forum-form-is-implemented-in-heath-safe-manner-in-turku-science-economy-and-politics-provoke-discussion-in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic/
>> See the whole programme and all the speakers: https://europeforum.fi/en/programme/
>> Europe Forum virtual platform: https://event.prospectumlive.com/europeforum
For health security reasons and following the successful example of last year’s Europe Forum, the event will be arranged as a hybrid event. The public can follow the discussions online via the virtual platform, and comment and ask questions using the chat function.
As proof of a responsible organization of events, the Europe Forum has been granted the Clean & Safe Turku sign. The organizers of the Forum also follow the Safe Events check list compiled by the Finland’s Event Industry Association. The planning and production of the Forum will adhere to the latest instructions issued by the authorities, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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