The Europe Forum is taking place in Turku from 29 to 31 August 2019. In addition to hundreds of experts and influencers, the over 50 free-of-charge events that are open to all are expected to attract a large number of visitors. The programme can also be viewed online as livestreams.

Europe Forum Turku

29–31 August 2019

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The event is free and open for everyone.

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 mobile application is available in the application store of your mobile device under the name Turun Eurooppa-foorumi. The application is available for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices. You can also download it via the event website: www.europeforum.fi/app (in Finnish and Swedish).

The livestreams can be found in the daily programme at www.europeforum.fi/en/Programme and on the following page: www.europeforum.fi/en/live-streams. Those who download the application and answer a competition survey through it are included in a raffle for Food Walk product packages.

The Europe Market brings researchers from the TV and EU agencies to the Library Yard

At the Europe Market held in Turku Main Library’s Library Yard, you can find out more about the activities of Finnish Europe-focused operators, discuss Europe and gain information about the European Union. You can meet all the researchers participating in the Europe Market in the library after their scheduled appearances on stage. The Europe Market will be open from 10am to 5pm on 29 and 30 August and from 10am to 3pm on 31 August.

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. Check out the full programme for the Europe Market: www.europeforum.fi/en/europe-forum-turku/programme/europe-market

Highlights of the Europe Forum programme

The Europe Forum will kick off with the Economy Days at Visitor and Innovation Centre JOKI on Thursday 29 August. This event will feature discussion on topics such as the EU’s internal market, the stability of the euro, the opportunities offered and challenges posed by digitalisation in the EU and the EU's competitiveness on the global food market. On Thursday, Vähätori Square will host a discussion on the global dimension of the EU and the opportunities offered by cooperation between Africa and Europe. In addition to the Europe Forum, the opportunities offered by Africa will also be discussed on Thursday at the SHIFT Business Festival held at the same time at Ruissalo Shipyard.

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. Friday’s programme also includes a great discussion on the future of the EU at Vähätori Square, led by Vice-president of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen. The Africa theme will continue to be discussed at Vähätori Square on Friday in an event called ‘Future with Africa’, held by the University of Turku.

The Europe Forum will culminate on Saturday 31 August with a discussion on freedom of speech in Europe, a public debate among the parties in Parliament and a discussion on young people’s perspective on the challenge posed by climate change. Topics contemplated at the Europe Market on Saturday include breaking myths about the EU and smart innovations from the perspective of regions, among other things.

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

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