What's next for Europe?

Online Workshop on the Policy Fields of Health, Security and Education

The European Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with University College Maastricht (UCM) cordially invites you to join our online seminar “What’s next for Europe?”, which will focus on the above-mentioned topics in an interactive and digital manner. Besides input from Brussels-based speakers and experts, the participants will have the chance to discuss these topics in working groups and present their suggestions to the other groups and the organizers afterwards. The event takes place on Friday, 27 November 2020 (10:00-15:45) via Zoom.


The European Union finds itself in troubled waters these days. The corona pandemic seems to gain ground again with record-breaking numbers of daily cases in many member states and all the societal and economic consequences that come with it. At the same time, further crises re-appear on the European radar, such as the migration crisis as well as foreign policy-related issues in the European neighborhood. Despite these difficult circumstances, the ambitious plans of the von der Leyen Commission, to make the Union more competitive, more sustainable and more prosperous remain equally important and call for immediate action in many fields.


In order to steer the European ship through these crises while making it fit for the future, several key priorities were identified and will guide the action of the EU within the next months. One of the timeliest ones is the field of health policy and the question, whether or not more competences should be moved from the national to the European level in order to address pressing issues during the corona pandemic but also in order to be better prepared for potential future health crises. A second field of interest is security policy. In an increasingly complex world, the European Union must find its place and will need to make sure to be well-equipped for a wide range of potential problems and challenges. The issue of European security is crucial in that regard as it ranges from foreign policy to the Schengen zone, from resilience to social security for EU citizens. Therefore, EU security policy has an impact on many aspects that are currently discussed in Brussels and the 27 EU capitals. Last but not least, the topic of education is of utmost importance for the younger generation, who sees the European project through its own eyes and is eager to shape the future of the continent around the topics they consider most relevant: besides climate change and digitization, education is certainly among the key issues. How does education in a more digitalized and ever closer connected EU looks like? Which incentives can be expected and should be envisioned by the decision makers?



10:00                                     Registration and Opening Remarks


                                                  Prof. Christine Neuhold

                                                  Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science

                                                  Professor of EU Democratic Governance

                                                  Maastricht University


                                                 Dr. Hardy Ostry


                                                   European Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


10:15                                     Keynote Speech


                                                Themis Christophidou


                                                 Directorate-General (DG EAC)

                                                 European Commission


10:45                                     Short Q&A session for participants


11:00                                     Coffee Break


11:15                                     Three parallel workshops


                                               Workshop I – Health


                                               Impulse by Pernille Weiss MEP

                                                Member of the ENVI Committee

                                                European People’s Party


                                               Workshop II – Security


                                               Impulse by Rasa Juknevičienė MEP

                                                Former Minister of Defence of Lithuania

                                                European People’s Party


                                               Workshop III – Education


                                               Impulse by Sabine Verheyen MEP

                                                Chair of the CULT Committee

                                                European People’s Party


                                                Sessions will be moderated by students.


13:15                                     Lunch Break      


14:00                                     Presentation of results and concluding panel


                                                Chaired by Teun Dekker

                                                 Professor of Liberal Arts and Science Education

                                                 University College Maastricht (UCM)          


15:30                                     Closing Remarks


                                                Dr. Hardy Ostry


                                                 European Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


                                                Martin Paul


                                                 Maastricht University


15:45                                      End of Event

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  • Themis Christophidou
    • Director-General (Education
    • Youth
    • Sport and Culture)
    • European Commission
  • Pernille Weiss
    • Member of the European Parliament
  • Rasa Juknevičienė
    • Member of the European Parliament
  • Sabine Verheyen
    • Member of the European Parliament


University College Maastricht (UCM)

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