In this year full of political happenings, the direction of the politics will get clearer when Turku organizes Europe Forum Turku for the second time. The Forum brings together the politicians and the influencers of the politics and the economy between the 29th and the 31st of August 2019. The future of the rule of law, the internal market, the freedom of expression and the democracy will be encouraging the citizens to speak out.

What is Europeforum Turku?

Europe Forum Turku opens annually the political season of the year. The role of Finland in Europe and in the European Union will be discussed during the event. Europe Forum Turku offers current information about the European Union and forwards open public discussion between the citizens and the decision makers based on scientific information.

During Europe Forum Turku 2018, there were in total 30 events organized where almost 2000 citizens discussed with hundred specialists and influencers. Furthermore, there were thousands of citizens participating in the happenings of the Europe market.

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‘Everyone is encouraged to speak out about the future of Europe!’

The number of the program organizers has nearly doubled since the last year and there are already over 40 different happenings around the event. The events of the Europe Forum Turku 2019 will be organized in the Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki, in the Studio and on the inner courtyard of the Turku Main Library as well as on the Vähätori stage. Because of the next elections to the European Parliament (European Elections) this spring, it has not yet been possible to confirm all the names of the politicians that will participate in the Europe Forum Turku 2019.

There will be a Europe market built on the inner courtyard of the Main Library. In addition to short performances, there will be exhibition stands of different organizations and an opportunity meet EU specialists. Furthermore, there will be an open discussion organized for the public about the topics relating to the European Union.

- Finland and the Finns need a time and a place for the discussion about Europe. In that discussion we define together our own place and our future as part of Europe. We need to have a forum for the discussion about Europe where everyone can participate. The Europe Forum Turku made a breakthrough as a national event last summer. This year the event will be even larger and will have even higher quality, says Minna Arve, Mayor of the City of Turku.

On Thursday, the 29th of August, the topics will be economy and civic participation

On Thursday and Friday subjects related to economy will be treated in the Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki. On Thursday, the 29th of August, the Turku Science Park will organize the first day of the economic event on the future of the internal market in the Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki. The main speakers of the day are members of the new Government of Finland. The future of the internal market will be discussed in workgroups from the point of view of companies in the beginning of the day. The programme of the first day of the economic event will culminate with a discussion about the European Union.

At the peak of the events organized by the European Commission and the European Parliament in the surroundings of the Turku Main Library and Vähätori, the Members of the European Parliament will discuss the civic involvement in the EU on Thursday, the 29th of August. A future member of the Finnish Government will participate in the discussion of the topics of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union which include Africa. The other themes include the changing roles of cities and regions, Turku Urban Research Programme, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, European Committee of the Regions and the seminars held by the City of Turku and the Northern Growth Zone.

The podcasts ‘Tunnin Junassa’ that will be published in spring and summer will also introduce the public to the themes of the economic event. The person responsible for the economic days, Niko Kyynäräinen, the CEO of the Turku Science Park Oy, will visit in the first episode of the podcast. You can listen to the episode in the following address: https://soundcloud.com/user-860545267

On Friday, the 30th of August, the theme is the turning point of the global economy

On Friday, the Finnish labour market organisations will gather for the second day of the economic event, where the turning points of the global economy will be discussed. In the seminar organized by the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and the group of employers of The European Economic and Social Committee, the challenges and possibilities of the artificial intelligence and the digitalization for the European Union will be discussed. In an event organized by The Finnish Pension Alliance TELA and the JEF Finland (Eurooppanuoret ry), there will be discussion about how to build stability for the euro and for the people during unstable times in Europe. The main speaker of the event is Nicolas Véron, the economist at Bruegel, a European think tank specializing in economics.

Finnish politician, Pekka Haavisto, and the rector of the University of Namibia, Kenneth Matengu will participate in the discussion on ‘Future with Africa’ organized by the University of Turku. The Vice President of the Commission, Jyrki Katainen, and some of the incoming members of the European Parliament will participate in the discussion organized by the Commission and the Parliament on the future of the European Union. Furthermore, there will be speeches held by Finnish researchers on topics related to the European Union.

A long-term researcher on European politics, Helen Wallace, will participate in the Esko Antola lecture and in the discussion held after the lecture in the Europe Forum Turku on Friday, the 30th of August 2019. The Governor of the Bank of Finland, Olli Rehn, the leader of the Centre of the European Research of the University of Helsinki, Juhana Aunesluoma, and Yle’s managing director Merja Ylä-Anttila will also participate in the discussion held after the lecture.

The Europe Forum culminates on Saturday, the 31st of August, with the freedom of expression

The discussion of the freedom of expression in the European Union will be held together by The Centre for Parliamentary Studies, Yle, Helsingin Sanomat and Turun Sanomat. It will be at the peak of the events in the Europe Forum Turku on Saturday, the 31st of August. Furthermore, Väestöliitto, the Family Federation of Finland, will organize a seminar in the Main Library about the immigration and about the issues related to the asylum and the migration of the European Union. In an event organized by Europe Direct Southwest Finland and Regional Council of Southwest Finland, intelligent innovations and the future of the region will be discussed in the studio of the Main Library.

The programme of the Europe Forum Turku will be completed during the spring and summer especially concerning the politicians participating in the event. Have a look in the full programme of the Europe Forum Turku 2019 (additions will be made throughout the months prior to the event).

A Mobile Application will keep you up to date about the Europe Forum Turku 2019

There will a mobile application used in the Europe Forum Turku 2019 like the last year. You can familiarize yourself during the event with the programme of the forum and comment on topics relating to the European Union, make questions to the speakers and participate in the discussion. Before the forum, you will always find in the application the latest information about the programme and the speakers taking part in the Europe Forum Turku.

You can find the mobile application in application stores by the name Turun Eurooppa-foorumi. The application works on Android, iOS and Windows devices. This year the application is bilingual, in Finnish and in Swedish. The application can be found in the application stores since the 8th of May 2019 at the same time when the old application of the year 2018 will be deactivated.

You can find the day-specific 2019 programme and the locations in the links below: