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The State of the Union

May 05 2022 - May 07 2022

The State of the Union

The 12th edition of The State of the Union will be held from 5 to 7 May 2022 and will focus on the future of the European Union.

Titled “A Europe Fit for the Next Generation?“, the conference will take place in a hybrid format. Attendees from around the world will connect through an online platform, with a select group participating live in Florence.

Two years from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU’s importance in shaping a better future has never been clearer. The State of the Union is a platform for experts and civil society members from all over the world to debate urgent crises. This year’s edition of the EU’s annual policy conference will focus on the European Union’s role in a constantly evolving global landscape. Leaders and Experts from all over the world will deal with issues ranging from multilateral governance to sustainability and resilience, democracy and the rule of law, to the developments in attitudes to migration, the future of digitalisation, and how crisis can fuel change. Prominent speakers will discuss how the Next Generation EU recovery plan can address the damage inflicted by the pandemic. Looking beyond Europe, the conference will feature panels on the future of transatlantic relations and Africa’s emerging role on the global stage. The conference will also address the conflict in Ukraine, covering the crisis’ complex geopolitical, economic and legal ramifications.

The State of the Union will include the Partner Events that are structured around various panels and will contribute with alternative perspectives to the overarching #SOU2022 theme “A Europe Fit for the Next Generation?“.

Organised by the European University Institute#SOU2022 will once again represent a unique opportunity for the worlds of academia, policymaking, business, media, and civil society to come together and come up with constructive proposals for a more effective EU action.


Panel: Demographic Change and Growing Population Diversity in Europe

Population Europe, in partnership with EUI, will host a panel discussion looking at demography change and growing population diversity in Europe on 5 May at 9.45 AM.

Demographic change and growing population diversity are megatrends happening on a national, European and global scale. Alongside the ageing of population and ethnic diversification, they also include socio-demographic changes in educational attainment, employment, family structure, and income distribution. While low fertility and emigration are the main demographic forces shaping population decline, improvements in educational attainment and labour force participation increase productivity and societal wellbeing. However, the scale and speed of change and its reversibility vary substantially across countries and regions. Which are the main policy challenges related to population developments in the near future, and how can researchers provide high-quality evidence to better answer these questions? What opportunities does demographic change bring to societies?

Introduction by Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, European Commission



European University Institute