Friday 30 Aug 2019

Programme is in Finnish unless mentioned otherwise*.

Turku Europe Forum


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You will find links to the Europe Forum Turku live streams on the day-specific programmes, under each discussion that will be streamed.

You may also participate in the discussions on social media or by downloading the Europe Forum Turku mobile application (application is in Finnish).

The event is free and open for everyone. Register and join us:

Vähätori Square

10:00 am–12:30 pm Future with Africa (held in English)

Organiser: University of Turku

Rector Jukka Kola, former Minister for Development and State Ownership Pekka Haavisto, Professor Kenneth Matengu, Senior Researcher at Nordic Africa Institute Liisa Laakso.

Moderator: Deputy Director-General Daan du Toit

2:00–4:00 pm Discussion on the EU's future

Organisers: European Commission and European Parliament

Vice-president of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen; a newly elected MEP.

Studio at Turku Main Library (Linnankatu 2)

9:30–10:30 am EU discussion for children and youth

Organisers: City of Turku; Children's Parliament; Youth Council; student societies of Turku's comprehensive schools

Host: Alvar Euro

12 noon–1:30 pm Esko Antola lecture

Organisers: Schuman Society; Bank of Finland

Professor Helen Wallace, Governor of the Bank of Finland Olli Rehn, CEO of YLE Merja Ylä-Anttila, Director of the Centre for European Studies Juhana Aunesluoma.

2:00–3:30 pm ”Internationality is for everyone”. What does the EU have to offer for the youth, culture, sports and exercise activity organisers in civic society?

Organiser: Finnish National Agency for Education

4:00 pm Demand facts – political rhetoric and the mystical truth

Organiser: European Movement Finland

Chair of European Movement Finland Jouni Ovaska, Chair of JEF Finland Iiris Asunmaa, Director of Innolab Mari K. Niemi, Senior Adviser and one of the founders of the Faktabaari fact-checking service Mikko Salo.

Economy Days of the Europe Forum – Visitor and Innovation Centre JOKI

9:30–11:30 am Smart and intelligent EU 

The seminar aims to elaborate the opportunities and challenges of the EU to play a top-level role in the global development of digitalisation and AI.

Organiser: Employers Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).

Language: English.

10:30–11:45 am A time of uncertainty in the EU – How to build stability for both the euro and the people?

Organisers: Finnish Pension Alliance (TELA); JEF Finland 

Senior Fellow Nicolas Véron, Chief Economist of Varma Katja Bjerstedt, Manager of International Affairs of AKAVA Markus Penttinen, Chair of JEF Finland Iiris Asunmaa, Programme Director Juha Jokela, former Member of Finnish Parliament Ozan Yanar, Managing Director of TELA Suvi-Anne Siimes.

12:15–1:45 pm The EU's competitiveness on the global food market

Organiser: Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners in Finland (MTK)

Chair of MTK Juha Marttila, Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Jaana Husu-Kallio, Finland's Ambassador in Geneva Terhi Hakala, 1 or 2 newly elected MEPs. 

2:00–3:30 pm The global position of China and the EU: competitiveness of trade, sustainable development & fundamental rights

Organisers: EK, SAK, AKAVA, STTK

4:00–6:00 pm Closing ceremony for the Economy Days

Europe Market, inner courtyard of the Main Library

10:00–10:45 am Researched information on Europe – a researcher panel

Organiser: Schuman Society and University of Turku

Host: Kimmo Elo

11:00–11:45 am European Southwest Finland

12 noon–12:45 pm EU debate

Organisers: National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL); the Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY); the Student Union of Åbo Akademi (ÅAS)

1:00–1:45 pm Interreg makes a difference

Organiser: InterAct Office Turku

2:00–2:30 pm Green Cultural Association

3:00–3:45 pm Protecting the Baltic Sea through European co-operation

Organisers: Baltic Sea Challenge; City of Turku

4:00–5:00 pm Presentation on the EURES job mobility portal

Organisers: Employment and Economic Development Office for Southwest Finland; EURES job mobility service

The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme.