The future of Finland and Europe will be on the table again at this year’s Europe Forum in Turku from 30 August to 1 September. Now that the pandemic has subsided, the event returns closer to citizens and encourages everyone to join in open discussion. This year’s theme of the Europe Forum is A Changing Europe.

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Themed A Changing Europe, the Forum intends to stimulate public debate on the forces of change that are shaking Europe. Safety and security in Europe are at risk as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues. At the same time, the green transition requires the Member States to be able to make new investments while adapting to reduced emissions.

– This year we are preparing for both the presidential and the European elections, where citizens expect answers to these challenges. Finland’s policies on Europe with our new government and our foreign relations with our new membership in Nato are both topical themes, says Matti Niemi, Chair of the Europe Forum Turku association.  

The forum will feature the top names of politics as well as leading experts of science, economy and politics.

– The Europe Forum is an important venue for decision-makers working nationally or locally in Turku to discuss current European and foreign policy issues and Finland’s position as part of Europe. We at the City of Turku have a high regard for our role as facilitators of this conversation, which also allows us to offer a city perspective to the discussion, says Mayor of Turku Minna Arve.

MEPs in Speakers' Corner at Europe Forum 2022, foto Antero Lynne.

Fully-packed three days

On Wednesday, the Forum will focus on the interface of science and Europe as well as internal market issues. The programme is organised in part by the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, the Finnish Commerce Federation and Technology Industries of Finland.

On Thursday, the programme will start with opening words by EU Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, and the topics of the day include the key issues of European economic policy presented by the Bank of Finland and the European Investment Bank.
On Friday, the programme will include discussions on foreign and security policy led by CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, among others. Work and employment will also be discussed with the direction of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK and the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees STTK.

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The programme will be updated during the spring and summer. 

The programme of the Europe Forum also offers many opportunities for young people to participate in the discussion. The entire three-day event can be attended live online.

The autumn season of politics and economics will start in Turku once more – welcome!