Project: Voices from Central and Eastern Europe

Conference on the Future of Europe

10 June 2022

A foresight project that generates a public debate across the EU. Focuses primarily but not exclusively on the democratic security perspective and it is empowering the voices of civil society influencers from CEE in the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe.

Together with partners across the EU Visegrad Insight is generating foresight that maps out Central European voices in the ongoing debate about the future of Europe. The project challenges an image of recalcitrance and limited input associated with the CEE region, by elaborating on structured scenarios and actionable recommendations proposals for Europe.

It is carried out through a series of extensive workshops, consultations and scenario-building for the future of Europe from the perspective of civil society stakeholders and an ambitious public debate disseminating the findings. By means of extensive discussions and broad inquiry, it gives voice to actors that may not be heard through conventional and state-led channels of consultation.

The project is carried out in partnership with the Bratislava Policy Institute (Slovakia), Euro Créative (France), European Forum Alpbach (Austria), Fondazione Di Vagno (Italy), Forum2000 (Czechia) and Open Lithuania Foundation (Lithuania). It is co-funded by the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens Programme.

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How can the EU deliver on democratic security?

Brussels, 13 June 2022

Our special foresight event that has reflected on the report from the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) one month after its publication from the CEE perspective.

Together with MEP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Colin Scicluna, heading the cabinet of the Vice-President for Democracy and Demography – Dubravka Šuica, Wojtek Talko, member of the Cabinet of Vice-President for Values and Transparency – Vera Jourová, and Wojciech Przybylski, the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, we have discussed the Conference on the Future of Europe and its outcomes a month after they were presented.

We have also exchanged views and friendly critics on the possible scenarios for the future of the EU that are the outcomes of this foresight. The finalised report with the scenarios and policy recommendations will be published early September 2022.

Scenario building workshop No. 1
During Lector in Fabula Festival, Conversano, Italy
23-24 September 2021

This workshop has gathered almost 30 participants from all over the EU (List of Participants) and has been the first step in the process of developing, narrating, analysing and backcasting alternative futures for the Conference on the Future of Europe.  The participants have discussed the drivers and triggers shaping the future of the region, evaluated them by probability, impact as well as importance from the CEE perspective. In three teams we debated the “most impactful and uncertain” outliers in the drivers and began narrating possible scenarios.

Maja Ava Ziberna (RTV Slovenija, Slovenia), Andrea Pippino (Internazzionale, Italy), Vessela Tcherneva (ECFR, Bulgaria)
Workshops session
Background materials prepared by Maliek Banat
Maira Selicato, Marco Patruno, Marco Fanizzi (students, Italy), Viera Zuborova (Bratislava Policy Institute, Slovakia), Wojciech Przybylski (Visegrad Insight, Poland)
Participants in the library of the Giuseppe di Vagno Foundation
End of workshop No. 1

 

Scenario building workshop No. 2
During Forum2000, Prague, Czech Republic
12-13 October 2021

Together with 28 participants (List of Participants in Prague), we have moved on to determine new potential scenarios and discuss policy solutions by means of backcasting. Next to the scenarios developed in the earlier session, we have determined nearly 8 potential new ones that would be later reviewed during online interactive workshops with a broad base of civil society influencers, primarily from CEE.

Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague

 

Online interactive foresight workshops
7-8 December 2021

Foresight workshops taking place on Zoom and through an online interactive platform Miro on 7 and 8 December 2021.

Each workshop takes 60 minutes on Zoom and most of the time it will be held in breakout sessions where participants will be tasked with evaluating draft scenarios proposed at earlier offline sessions, proposing your alternative scenarios and backcasting to find actionable policy recommendations.

 

UPCOMING: Online interactive scenario-building conference

14 January 2022

The programme of the event will involve several simultaneous sessions that will map out CEE voices on democratic security.

This 1-day long online scenario-building exercise will take place at Zoom and through an online interactive platform Miro.com. After you connect via Zoom link through any available device, we recommend using a computer or tablet to be able to use the full potential of the Miro.com interactive board.

Gathering stakeholders from CEE [see list], the event begins at 9:00 AM CET (Warsaw time) and the kick-off speech will be delivered by our special guest Ulrike Guérot – a political thinker with a focus on European affairs, political theory and the future of democracy.

After the kick-off and opening address, the rest of the agenda will include group engagement to map out scenarios for Europe, as seen from the CEE, and produce structured recommendations..

At each breakout session, participants will be asked to share their expertise related to the Future of Europe Conference themes and evaluate implications for democratic security in CEE.

Click here to see special non-paper on trends, drivers and triggers scenarios proposed at earlier offline sessions, describing alternative scenarios and preparing actionable policy recommendations.

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