Start date: 11/04/2018
End date: 11/04/2018
Where: European Parliament

On the 11th of April, together with Vice President Rainer Wieland, members of the RIE Advisory Board, Members of the European Parliament and leading thinkers on Europe, President Giscard d’Estaing launched Re-Imagine Europa and started a far-reaching debate on the strategic vision for the future of Europe.

Founded by President Giscard d’Estaing and promoting a clearer strategic vision for Europe, Re-Imagine Europa is a new research and advocacy vehicle designed to address 21st Century challenges to Europe’s economic prosperity and social well-being.

Our mission is to reinforce Europe’s role as a global economic power in the 21st Century able to safeguard a prosperous future of peace, freedom and social justice for all its citizens.

Starting from his own experience in building Europe – in particular his collaboration with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt – the discussion revolved around his perspective of what needs to be done and encourage a pragmatic and strategic debate in this sense that will be the cornerstone of the activities of Re-Imagine Europa.


Day 1. 11/04/2018
14:00 - 14:15
Welcome address
Speakers: Mr Rainer Wieland
14:15 - 14:45
Europa: the last chance for Europe
Speakers: Mr Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
14:45 - 15:00
Re-Imagine Europa – An introduction
Speakers: Ms Erika Widegren
15:00 - 16:00
Discussion on Europa and the future of Europe
With the participation of members of the Advisory Board of Re-Imagine Europa, members of the European Parliament and the audience Respondants: Mr Luis Alvarado, President of the European Youth Forum Mr Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, former Prime Minister of Poland, former President of the European Parliament Professor Günther Stock, President of ALL European Academies (ALLEA) Ms Monica Maggioni, President of RAI and Vice-President of the European Broadcasting Union; Ms Isabel Mota, President of the Board of Trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Mr Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament Mr Mario Ohoven, President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering, former Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, former President of the European Parliament Professor Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Group of the Socialists and Democrats, President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies Professor Günther Stock, President of ALL European Academies (ALLEA) Mr Claus Sørensen, Senior Advisor on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Commission Dr Daria Tataj, Chairwoman of High-Level Advisors to European Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation; Member of the Advisory Board of Re-Imagine Europa Mr Nils Torvalds, Member of the European Parliament, Vice+President of the ALDE Group
Speakers: Advisory Board of Re-Imagine Europa
Chair: Mr Alain Lamassoure
16:00 - 17:00


Rainer Wieland Portrait
Rainer Wieland
Vice-President of the European Parliament
Rainer Wieland (born 19 February 1957) is a German politician and member of the European Parliament for Germany. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People's Party. Since 2009 Wieland has been one of the 14 Vice Presidents of the Parliament, this function was confirmed in 2019 for the following legislative period. He is a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People's Party. In 2013, Wieland chaired the Parliament's working group on transparency. In addition to his parliamentary work, Wieland is chairman of Europa-Union Deutschland Baden-Württemberg (regional section of UEF) and since 2011 has been President of Europa-Union Deutschland. Wieland is also a partner in German law firm Theumer Wieland Weisenburger, with offices Stuttgart and Brussels.
Giscard d'Estaign Portrait
Valéry 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.
Erika Widegren delivering a speech with RIE logo in the background
Erika Widegren
Chief Executive of 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.
Alain Lamassoure Portrait
Alain Lamassoure
Member of the European Parliament
Alain Lamassoure is a senior MEP from the EPP and former Minister of Budget, of European Affairs and Spokesperson of the French government. He was a Member of the European Convention presided by former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. Former chair of the Parliament’s special committee on tax rulings, he is now a Member of the Constitutional Affairs committee as well as of the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee.


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