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The State of the Union 2021 - Europe in a Changing World
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The State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute, is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union, renowned for fostering global connections and conversations, disseminating expert knowledge and providing excellent networking opportunities in the beautiful setting of Florence. The 2021 edition of The State of the Union will revolve around the theme - Europe in a Changing World - to address the challenges and opportunities for Europe amidst rising concerns over global commons and the climate emergency, a shifting economic and geopolitical power balance, major challenges to multilateralism and the ongoing global battle against COVID-19. Over the course of two days, in high-level panels, conversations, interviews and addresses, over 150 world leaders and experts will tackle multilateral governance and Europe’s role on the global stage, focusing on key issues such as artificial intelligence, climate, geopolitics, global economy, peace and human rights, public health, and strategic autonomy in a COVID-19 era. The 2021 edition, which will mark the tenth anniversary of The State of the Union, will take place in hybrid form integrating the strengths of the usual in-person format, with the entirely online format of the 2020 edition. #SOU2021 will be underpinned by an array of digital strategies and interactive features to facilitate engagement with an online global audience.
Event report10,000 virtual participants from 146 countries joined the 2021 edition and tenth anniversary of The State of the Union, the EUI’s annual summit for high-level reflection on the European Union on 6 and 7 May 2021. For the first time in its history the event adopted a hybrid format with 44 sessions taking place on stage in the EUI’s custombuilt production studio and online for a virtual global audience. The theme “Europe in a Changing World” fostered high-level debate discussion and audience engagement on 8 key topics: Artificial Intelligence, Climate, Geopolitics, Global Economy, Multilateralism, Peace and Human Rights, Public Health and Strategic Autonomy. The programme also included 11 Fringe Events organised by The State of the Union’s partners and internal and external stakeholders. 161 speakers of 44 nationalities shared their expertise including Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President for a Stronger Europe in the World, European Commission , Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organisation, Edi Rama, Prime Minister, Albania, Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, European Commission, Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic Affairs, New Zealand and Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission. The event generated substantial attention in the international and national press with over 200 clippings in top-tier media. ANSA, Euronews, Financial Times and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the conference’s Media Partners, covered the event closely with in-depth articles, on-site interviews and video reports. Awareness of the event was amplified by a strong social media campaign which led to an impressive increase in visibility evidenced by Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn serving as the three top traffic sources to the website and livestream. The social media campaign consisted of 513 posts and, for the first time in 10 years, resulted in 2.9M impressions.
09:00 - 18:00
Number of participants 10000
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