Top political and economic influencers gather to Europe Forum Turku on 29–31 August 2019 to determine the direction of the significant political year. Election winners and losers will meet at the event. Newly elected decision-makers will have an opportunity to present themselves to citizens eager to discuss the future of the rule of law, internal markets, freedom of speech and democracy.

Europe Forum in a nutshell

  • Europe Forum Turku is an annual opening of the autumn season of politics and economy in Finland. The event was organised for the first time on 30 August – 1 September 2018. The next Europe Forum Turku will be held on 29–31 August 2019.
  • The 2018 Europe Forum included a total of 30 events. Discussions with nearly a hundred specialists and influencers attracted 2,000 participants. Thousands more took part in events at the Thalia market.
  • The Forum brings together people from different areas of life: policymakers, NGOs, economic life, labour market organisations, specialists and citizens.
  • Seminars, panel discussions, question times and civil dialogue will provide a base for constructive dialogue about Europe and the meaning and development of the European Union.
  • Partners include YLE and Turun Sanomat.
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– Turku will host a versatile, international-scale discussion forum with an economic event at its heart. We are expecting the top decision-makers representing both employers and employees to meet in Turku. How will Europe respond to climate change? And how attractive is Finland in the economic competition around the Baltic Sea area? The new political direction of Europe and Finland can be discovered in Turku in August, says Europe Forum Turku Chair, Doctor of Political Science Anders Blom.

Europe Forum is establishing its position as a top economic and political event. The forum provides topical information about the EU and promotes open, science-based dialogue between citizens and policymakers. The event also aims to attract young people to take part in the discussion on the future of Europe.

– “We must not be sleepwalkers in a slack Europe,” Emmanuel Macron has said. Europe Forum Turku, open for citizens and decision-makers interested in the future of Europe, is an excellent antidote to slackness and sleepwalking! emphasises the Director of the University of Turku’s Centre for Parliamentary Studies, Professor Markku Jokisipilä.

– 2019 marks the most important watershed for European integration since the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. The future is shrouded in mystery, and all alternatives ranging from deeper integration to the disintegration of the EU are possible. It is extremely important to perceive the routes available at this crossroads and to understand the consequences our choices may have, Jokisipilä continues.

Programme published around Europe Day, 9 May 2019

This year, the programme organisers include the Finnish Parliament’s Grand Committee, Prime Minister's Office, European Commission Representation in Finland, European Parliament Information Office Finland, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Schuman Society, Finnish National Agency for Education, Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK), Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (Akava), Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), European Finland Association, Finnish Pension Alliance TELA, Turku Basic Education’s Student Associations, Children's Parliament and Youth Council, Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, European Committee of the Regions, Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL), Finnish Geopolitical Society, Family Federation of Finland, JEF Finland, Centrum Balticum, JCI Turku, Student Union of the University of Turku and Student Union of Åbo Akademi University.

– Topics discussed at Europe Forum will provide new perspectives on European democracy research, civic participation, inclusion of children and young people, immigration, labour market policies and many other themes. We also hope that Europe Forum provides an opportunity for the MEPs elected in the spring to present themselves to citizens. The new Finnish Government beginning their work in autumn may also define its European policies at the Forum, explains Europe Forum Project Manager Väinö Kuusinen.

The Europe Forum programme is finalised during the spring in cooperation with programme organisers. The programme will be published around Europe Day, 9 May 2019 This year, the Europe Forum venues include Turku Main Library Studio and inner courtyard, Hotel Scandic Julia’s Å Sali and the Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki.

Finns discuss the EU in Turku – have your say on the future of Europe!

Eurooppa-Foorumi Turussa ry – Europa Forum i Åbo rf. is a national cooperation organisation established by local communities through which the City of Turku, University of Turku, Turku University Foundation, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo Akademi University Foundation, Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Turku Science Park, Turku Chamber of Commerce, JCI Turku and Schuman Society are in charge of organising the Europe Forum Turku event.