Held from 29 to 31 August 2019, Europe Forum Turku will gather hundreds of top political and economic influencers in Turku to discuss EU matters and the future of Europe together with the public. Most of the forum’s programme will take place in the area of Vähätöri Square as well as the Main Library’s Studio and Library Yard.

Participate in discussions and a competition – download the free mobile application

  • The event also utilises a mobile application that allows you to comment on EU matters, ask questions to the speakers and participate in discussions, even if you cannot attend the event in person. The application works on Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices and can be found in app stores under the name Turun Eurooppa-foorumi. You can also download the application via the event website: www.europeforum.fi/app
  • Those who download the application and answer a competition survey through it are included in a raffle for a Food Walk restaurant package for two. The survey will open on 29 August. We will raffle off three packages, and the winners will be notified personally by 13 September.
  • All event venues will also feature a message wall that will encourage visitors to leave comments and ask questions during the events.

Watch all Europe Forum events as livestreams

  • The Europe Forum can be watched in real time through livestreams. During the forum week, the livestreams will be available at http://www.europeforum.fi/en/live-streams.
  • The recordings will also be available after the forum. All event venues will feature a message wall that will encourage visitors to leave comments and ask questions during the events.

On Friday 30 August, the Old Academy Building will host a question time for Finnish Commissioner candidate Jutta Urpilainen and a public hearing of the Grand Committee, which is in charge of Europe-related matters in the Finnish Parliament. The session will conclude with a speech on Parliament’s EU policy by Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen.

Other ministers who will be attending the Europe Forum include Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni and Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari. Party leadership will be discussed at the forum’s events by Vice Chair of the Swedish People's Party of Finland’s Sandra Bergqvist, Chair of Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho and Chair of the National Coalition Party Petteri Orpo.

Other speakers and participants in the forum’s events will include Members of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala, Eero Heinäluoma, Elsi Katainen, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Ville Niinistö, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Petri Sarvamaa, Nils Thorvalds and Henna Virkkunen.

Events open to all invite people to talk about topics such as the economy, democracy in the EU and climate change

The Europe Forum will kick off with the Economy Days (29–30 August) at Visitor and Innovation Centre JOKI. This event will feature discussion on topics such as the EU’s internal market, a time of uncertainty and building of stability in Europe, the opportunities offered and challenges posed by digitalisation in the EU and the EU's competitiveness on the global food market.

The speakers at the Economy Days will include Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni, Head of Cabinet Risto Artjoki from the European Commission, Director of EK Brussels Taneli Lahti, Nordea’s Chief Analyst Jan von Gerich, CEO of Elisa Oyj Veli-Matti Mattila, Chair of the EESC Employers’ Group Jacek Krawczyk, Mayor of Turku Minna Arve, leading economist Nicolas Véron from the Bruegel think tank and Chair of MTK Juha Marttila.

Democracy in the EU will be addressed on all three days of the event, 29–31 August. On Thursday 29 August, the Europe Market will host discussion on topics such as ‘Democracy, human rights and rule of law – are European values challenged?’, while Vähätori Square will host discussion on the European Citizens' Initiative and civic activity.

On Friday 30 August, Vice-president of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen will lead a great discussion on the future of the EU at Vähätori Square. Saturday 31 August will feature a ‘Discussion on freedom of speech in Europe’, organised by the Centre for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku, YLE, Helsingin Sanomat and Turun Sanomat, in addition to a party debate with the theme ‘Claims about the EU’.

Climate change and the environment will be discussed at the Europe Market with the theme ‘Energy and climate policy: Finland as the solver of Europe's problems’ on Thursday 29 August and in the panel ‘Protecting the Baltic Sea through European cooperation’ on Friday 30 August. The environment theme will culminate in a discussion on young people’s perspective on solving the challenge posed by climate change on Saturday 31 August.

Check out the entire Europe Forum Turku programme:http://www.europeforum.fi/en/Programme

Events at the Europe Market, 29–31 August

Throughout the forum, the Library Yard of Turku Main Library will host the Europe Market, which visitors may visit to listen to discussions on current EU matters and meet and converse with EU experts about issues that they are curious about.

The themes featured at the Europe Market will include career opportunities in the EU, democracy, Finland’s EU Presidency, environmental matters and breaking myths about the EU. The market will feature a total of 23 pop-up booths, including representatives from almost all parties in Parliament.

The Europe Market will be open from 10am to 5pm on 29 and 30 August and from 10am to 3pm on 31 August.

Come and join the discussion!