The public hearing will take place on Friday 30 August 2019 at approximately 11 am–2 pm. The exact schedule for the hearing is announced later. The Europe Forum Turku is the most significant citizens’ event under Finland’s EU Presidency offering citizens an opportunity to meet new decision-makers and the new administration, as well as members of the opposition.

Participants in the Forum include Members of Parliament, MEPs, and other influencers familiar with EU matters.

Speakers at the Europe Forum event include Vice-president of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen, economist Nicolas Véron from the Bruegel think tank, long-term EU researcher Helen Wallace, vice-chancellor of the University of Namibia Kenneth Matengu, Governor of the Bank of Finland Olli Rehn, Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Helsinki Juhana Aunesluoma, and CEO of YLE Merja Ylä-Anttila.

Of the newly elected MEPs, Heidi Hautala (G/EFA), Elsi Katainen (ALDE), Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D), Ville Niinistö (G/EFA), Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP), Petri Sarvamaa (EPP), Nils Torvalds (ALDE), and Henna Virkkunen (EPP) have already confirmed their arrival as speakers.

Speakers at the Europe Forum also include Director of EK Brussels Taneli Lahti, Head of Group Legal at Nordea and Board Secretary Jussi Koskinen, Member of Parliament and chair of the National Coalition Party Petteri Orpo, CEO of the Finnish Chambers of Commerce Juho Romakkaniemi, Policy Officer at the European Commission Charlotte Rive, Minister of Education and Culture Li Andersson, Member of Parliament Ilkka Kanerva, Chief negotiator for climate change at the Ministry of Environment Outi Honkatukia, Engineering Director at Wärtsilä Finland Hannu Mäntymaa, Rt.Hon.Lord Wallace of Saltaire William Wallace, chair of the EESC Employers’ Group Jacek Krawczyk, and Director of FinUnions Katja Lehto-Komulainen.

The themes include the future of the EU’s internal market, civic activity, and freedom of speech

On Thursday 29 August 2019, the Turku Science Park organises the first day of the economy event of the Europe Forum at Visitor and Innovation Centre JOKI, themed around the future of the EU’s internal market. The day starts with work group discussions about the future of the internal market from the perspective of businesses. The first day of the economy event is concluded with a grand EU discussion.

The peaks of Thursday’s events in the library area and Vähätori Square, the programme by the European Commission and the European Parliament, will feature the newly elected Members of the European Parliament talk about civic advocacy in the EU. Other topics include the Africa theme during the Finnish Presidency, the changing roles of cities and regions, and the seminars by the Urban Research Programme of the University of Turku, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and the European Committee of the Regions, and the City of Turku and the Northern Growth Zone.

On Friday 30 August 2019, the labour market organisations meet for the second day of the economy event to discuss the turning point of the global economy. The seminar by the employer group of EK and the European Economic and Social Committee discusses the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence and digitalisation to the European Union. The event by the Finnish Pension Alliance (TELA) and JEF Finland discusses how to build stability for the euro and the people during a time of uncertainty in Europe. Friday’s topics in the library area and Vähätori Square include the cooperation between the EU and the African Union.

On Saturday 31 August 2019, the Europe Forum closes with freedom of speech – have your say! The event culminates in a discussion about freedom of speech in the EU, organised by the Centre for Parliamentary Studies of the University of Turku in cooperation with YLE, Helsingin Sanomat, and Turun Sanomat. In addition, the Family Federation of Finland organises a seminar on immigration and questions related to asylum seekers and migration in the EU. The Europe Market also discusses smart innovations and the future of the region in an event organised by Europe Direct Southwest Finland and the Regional Council of Southwest Finland.

The programme for the Europe Forum will be complemented during the summer.

Download the Europe Forum’s mobile application

Similarly to last year, the Europe Forum uses a mobile application which allows you to examine the programme during the event and also comment on EU matters, ask questions from the speakers, and participate in the discussion. Before the Forum, the application shows the latest programme and speaker information.

The application is available in the application store of Android, iOS, and Windows mobile devices under the name Turun Eurooppa-foorumi. This year, the application has two languages. The 2018 application has been discontinued.