Eurooppalainen Suomi järjestää yhdessä Saksan ja Ranskan suurlähetystöjen kanssa Euroopan Suunta -kampanjan päätöstilaisuuden ”Suuri integraatiokeskustelu” keskiviikkona 15.12.2021 klo. 13:00 – 16:20. Tapahtuma pidetään etänä, voit seurata tapahtumaa klo 13:00 alkaen ohesta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZuBn_O0XXI
Tilaisuudessa kuullaan puheenvuoroja päättäjiltä, tutkijoilta ja kansalaisjärjestöjen edustajilta sekä paneelikeskustelu Euroopan integraatiosta ja mielipidetutkimuksen julkistus suomalaisten EU-asenteista. Tilaisuus pidetään englanniksi, ohjelman löydät alta.
Eurooppalainen Suomi sekä Saksan ja Ranskan suurlähetystöt toivottavat sinut tervetulleeksi tapahtumaan!
Tilaisuuden yhteydessä järjestetään sekä Eurooppalainen Suomi ry:n syyskokous alkaen klo 09:30 että Eurooppa-foorumi Turussa ry:n vuosikokous klo 11:00 alkaen. Kokoukset järjestetään etänä verkossa.
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Euroopan Suunta -kampanja
Keskustelu on Euroopan tulevaisuuskonferenssia käsittelevän valtakunnallisen Euroopan Suunta -kampanjan vuoden päätöstilaisuus. Eurooppalainen Suomi on kutsunut kampanjan aikana suomalaiset pyöreän pöydän ääreen keskustelemaan Euroopan tulevaisuudesta. Olemme käsitelleet vuoden aikana EU:n ulkopolitiikkaa, ympäristöä, arvoja, integraatiota, laajentumista, puolustus- ja turvallisuuspolitiikkaa, sosiaalista ulottuvuutta ja kaikkia niitä aiheita, jotka koskettavat EU-kansalaisia. Aiheita, joista sinulla ei ole varaa pysytellä hiljaa, koska agitaattorit, provokaattorit, autoritääriset johtajat, populistit, trollit ja demagogit ovat jo saaneet suunvuoronsa. Nyt on sinun vuorosi. On aika ottaa vastuu Euroopan tulevaisuudesta. Kerro meille, miten rakennat parempaa Eurooppaa?
PROGRAM | PART 1: FIRST KIND SUPERPOWER?
13:00 | OPENING WORDS: Mayor of Turku Minna Arve
13:15 | KEYNOTE: STORMY EUROPEAN WATERS
The European Union has sailed in some stormy waters but has nevertheless stayed afloat. The President of European Movement Finland’s weather report covers the current climate in Europe – do not forget your umbrellas. What are the current challenges and why do we need European cooperation to overcome them, both internally and globally?
MP Ville Kaunisto
President of European Movement Finland
Mr. Ville Kaunisto is a Member of Parliament from the Parliamentary Group of the National Coalition Party. He was first elected as an MP in 2019 and he is a member of the Grand Committee, the Education and Culture Committee, the Committee for the Future and the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council.
Ville Kaunisto has been the President of European Movement Finland since 2020.
13:20 | KEYNOTE: THE HISTORY AND PRESENT OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
A brief explanation of the history and present of European integration. A special focus will be placed on the German Parliamentary elections of 2021 and the French Presidential Elections of 2022 – how these political events may affect the future of Europe.
Dr. Kimmo Elo,
Centre for Parliamentary Studies
University of Turku
Mr. Kimmo Elo is a Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor in European Studies to the Centre for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku. His areas of expertise include European integration, Germany and Europe, European policy networks and Transatlantic relations from European perspective.
13:30 | KEYNOTE: THE FEDERALIST POINT OF VIEW
President Risto Rajala argues on behalf of the federalist point of view. Why do we need more Europe in this union and more union in this union?
President Risto Rajala
Mr. Risto Rajala works as a Parliamentary Assistant for MP Ruut Sjöblom from the Parliamentary Group of the National Coalition Party. He has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Helsinki.
Risto Rajala has been the President of JEF-Finland since 2021.
13:35 | PANEL DISCUSSION: BUILDING TOWARDS THE FIRST KIND SUPERPOWER?
The European Union has the world’s third largest population after China and India and is the world’s third largest economy after China and the United States. However, it is not considered a traditional superpower as it lacks in the defence and foreign policy spheres.
Increased political tensions, climate change and global health crises have raised concerns in Europe. An increasing number of politicians and analysts argue that the European Union should boost its strategic autonomy and develop a higher degree of European sovereignty to respond to the series of events in recent years that have exposed EU’s vulnerability to external shocks.
Are we building towards the first kind superpower that can both protect its citizens and make a positive change in the world?
If the European Union is to take its destiny into its own hands, what must change? And how can we maintain the principle of subsidiarity in the midst of this development?
Agnès Cukierman, French Ambassador to the Republic of Finland
Axel Dittman, Director Europe a.i.
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP
Nils Torvalds, MEP
14:35 | COFFEE BREAK
PROGRAM | PART 2: DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT
15:00 | OPENING WORDS: DECIDING EUROPE’S DIRECTION
European integration has been ongoing in one form or another for centuries. The current and perhaps most successful outcome of this process is the European Union, which has maintained and advanced peace and prosperity in our region for decades.
The Conference on the Future of Europe could be the next step in advancing European integration, promising a voice to every European. But will the conference meet the expectations?
MP Eveliina Heinäluoma
Vice President of European Movement Finland
Ms. Eveliina Heinäluoma is a Member of Parliament from the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group. She was first elected as an MP in 2019 and she is a member of the Grand Committee, the Finance Committee ad the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council.
Eveliina Heinäluoma has been the Vice President of European Movement Finland since 2020.
15:05 | KEYNOTE: A GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY EXERCISE
The Secretary General of European Movement International comments the progress of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Will it act as a driving force for integration or division? What are the lessons learned so far? How can the EU avoid the repetition of the Spitzenkandidaten Syndrome?
Secretary General Petros Fassoulas
European Movement International
Mr. Petros Fassoulas has been the Secretary General of European Movement International since 2015. Previously he has worked as ACCA’s Head of Public Affairs Europe and as an EU Affairs Adviser at the UK’s Financial Services Authority and UK Parliament.
In the Conference on the Future of Europe he is representing the civil society and European Movement International.
15:15 | KEYNOTE: A DIVIDED NATION – FINLAND
European Movement International and European Movement Finland have the pleasure to present the public opinion poll results from Listen to Europe: A Divided Nation – Finland.
Listen to Europe is a long-term initiative aimed at helping civil society to set up targeted and informed campaigning based on data and segmentation of audiences. Towards this end, we have conducted public opinion surveys and social media monitoring that investigate drivers of the behaviours of citizens as well as the main topics and narratives present in the social media in each of eight project countries.
The results of the study show a divided nation and a more fragile Nordic democracy than assumed. What must we do to preserve our democracy? How should the pro-democratic forcer address the Finnish audiences? What lessons can we learn from the surveys executed in over a dozen EU member states so far?
Founder of MacWilliams Sanders Communication
Mr. Matthew MacWilliams is an author, scholar, brewer and garnered from Baltimore, Maryland. He is a long-time political professional, establishing MacWilliams Sanders Communication – a campaign- and issue-driven media strategy firm – more than 20 years ago. MacWilliam earned his Ph.D. in political sciences from the University of Massachusetts and studied at the University of Pennsylvania for his bachelor’s degree.
On Fascism: 12 Lessons from American History
Early in the Republican nominating contest for president, Matthew MacWilliams warned that President Donald Trump’s activation of American authoritarians would make his candidacy virtually unstoppable. His articles on Trump in POLITICO, the London School of Economics blog, and VOX sparked an international media debate that contributed to the framing of Trump and his tactics as authoritarian.
Matthew MacWilliams is the author of On Fascism: 12 Lessons From American History in which he exposes the divisive rhetoric, strongman tactics, violent othering, and authoritarian attitudes that course through American history and compete with our egalitarian, democratic aspirations.
16:15 | CLOSING REMARKS: BUILDING A BETTER EUROPE
Executive Director Jesse Jääskeläinen
European Movement Finland
Mr. Jesse Jääskeläinen started as Executive Director of European Finland in November 2021. Previously, he has worked as a special adviser for European Movement Finland and as an associate in the consultancy group Miltton. He is the former President of JEF-Finland and Social Democratic Student of Finland.
16:20 | END
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