On 13-15 October 2017, DIALOGUE ON EUROPE contributors from eight European countries met in Rome for the third and last European Thinking Lab Summit. This three-day meeting gave them the opportunity to further discuss the four main topics of the project, namely Migration & Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Growth, and to finalise their policy recommendations for European decision-makers through various work and exchange sessions.
The Thinking Labs started with an Opening Conference in the German Federal Foreign Office on 28 June 2016 and a first meeting on the following day. Since then, the contributors of the Thinking Labs have been producing studies on various issues, including country reports and best practice analyses. Within the last twelve months, they gathered twice to exchange views on their first results: The first summit took place in Lisbon in November 2016, and the second ETLS was held in Paris in March 2017. This time, the summit took place in the beautiful city of Rome, which already hosted a Town Hall Meeting in April 2016. The participants met at the conference centre La Casa Internazionale delle Donne, in the vibrant neighbourhood of Trastevere.
The DIALOGUE ON EUROPE contributors had six productive work sessions throughout the weekend. In addition to finalising their policy recommendations, they addressed the issues of outreach and communication of the results. One of the Thinking Labs also invited an external expert, Rene Cuperus, Director for International Relations and Senior Research Fellow at the Wiardi Beckman Foundation, to share his experience and knowledge and to comment on their work.
Several interviews and analyses have already been published on the project’s platform and outcome documents with more detailed results will come soon. The contributors will publish their four policy briefs in the next few months and present them to a large European audience in the first half of 2018 by the Closing Conference of DIALOGUE ON EUROPE in Brussels.
All pictures by Alex&Jacob / Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017.