2018 Annual Meeting of Re-Imagine Europa

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Start date: 18/09/2018
End date: 18/09/2018
Where: OECD, Rue Pascal 2, Paris

At Re-Imagine Europa we are aware of the momentous opportunity and challenge that lay ahead of us. For our Annual Meeting, we are inviting a select number of representatives and thinkers from key organisations to come and discuss with us our vision and what we can do for the year to come. The purpose is to have an open discussion, foster innovative thinking, and synergies. This will be an opportunity to talk to some of the members of our Board and present your vision – the discussion will be formatted as a workshop (around 50 guests) to allow for real conversation and dialogue.

The Re-Imagine Europa Annual Meeting Debate presented the outlook of the organisation, starting with the Vision co-authored by Prof. Manuel Castells, and the activities planned for 2018-2019. The aim of the session was to have the opportunities to discuss with our knowledge partners and other key stakeholders to find common grounds, possible areas of synergy and cooperation and create a meeting place for likeminded individuals and organisations to meet.

The initial areas of activity for Re-Imagine Europa will revolve around 4 key themes:

  • A new narrative for Europe:
  • What would an ideal fiscal system for the 21st century look like?
  • Democracy in a digital society
  • Preparing for the impact of future technologies on society.


Day 1. 01/01/1970
Welcome Address
Mr Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD, Member of the Board of Re-Imagine Europa
Opening Remarks
Mr Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of Re-Imagine Europa, former President of France and former President of Convention on the Future of Europe Mr Enrico Letta, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po, former Prime Minister of Italy and Member of the Board of Re-Imagine Europa
Moderated by: Ms Caroline de Gruyter, Journalist and Author, Member of the Board of Re-Imagine Europa
Presentation of the planned activities of Re-Imagine Europa including the outlook ahead of the European elections developed together with Prof. Manuel Castells
Ms Erika Widegren, Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa
Coffe Break
Roundtable Discussion
The debate was guided with inputs from members of the Advisory Board of Re-Imagine Europa (in alphabetical order): Mr Luis Alvarado, President of the European Youth Forum  Mr Allan Larsson, Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission for the European Pillar of Social Rights Ms. Monica Maggioni, Chairman of RAI Ms Irene Milleiro, Managing Director for Europe at Ms Isabel Mota, President of the Board of Trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Dr Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA Mr Claus Haugaard Sørensen, Senior Advisor on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Commission
Closing Remarks
Ms Erika Widegren, Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa
Apéritif dînatoire
Day 2. 01/01/1970


Angel Gurrìa Portrait
Angel Gurrìa
Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
As Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2006, He has firmly established the Organisation as a pillar of the global economic governance architecture and a reference point in the design and implementation of better policies for better lives. Under his watch, the OECD is leading the effort to reform the international tax system, and to improve governance frameworks.
Portrait of Giscard d'Estaign
Valery Giscard d'Estaing
President of Re-Imagine europa
Born in Coblence in 1926, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is one of the founding fathers of Europe having dedicated his life to ensuring that Europe remains a key economic power on a global stage.
Caroline de Gruyter Portrait
Caroline de Gruyter
Journalist and Author
Caroline de Gruyter is an author and Europe correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. Her voice and expertise about Europe are well-known in The Netherlands. She is based in Oslo.
Photo of Erika Widegren delivering a speech with RIE logo in the background
Erika Widegren
Chief Executive Officer at Re-Imagine Europa
Erika is Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa (RIE). She has been working in the field of connecting science, society and policy for over a decade. She is fellow at PlusValue, a UK-based European company focusing on social innovation; she is board member of Citizen Communication Platform, a Swedish project to promote stronger communication with citizens; and member of the committee supporting the work of Luc Van den Brande, Special Adviser to President Jean- Claude Juncker, for the Report on the “Outreach towards Citizen” Strategy.


OECD, Rue Pascal 2, Paris

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