On the Agenda is the latest online webinar series created by the European Liberal Forum. It aims to build on the success of the Liberties in Lockdown series, which looked at what liberties/freedoms were put under lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. While the world is trying to recover in the aftermath of this health crisis, this is the moment to shape what the EU and its member states are putting on their agendas in the short, medium and long-term.

From European industrial policy, the Future of Work, the European Green Deal, digitalisation, negotiations on the future relationship with the UK, to trade and development policy – how public institutions deal with current and future questions will have a major impact on how our societies will look tomorrow. ELF believes that what gets put on the agenda is as important as what gets left out, and with this new series of webinars, we aim to tackle head-on the most pressing issues of today.

Join us online, every second Thursday, to understand, discuss and challenge the most important topics that were or were not put On the Agenda.

In this first episode of On the Agenda, created in cooperation with the German Economic Institute (IW), we’ll be discussing what kind of industrial policy the EU needs to be globally competitive, digital and sustainable. The European Commission’s ambitious programme aims to make Europe the first zero-emission continent. This requires a new industrial policy, investing in innovation and research as well as creating a circular and clean economy through new technologies. But how must the European Commission’s “greening” plans be adapted in light of the crisis generated by COVID-19? Digitisation and the completion of the digital single market are other important elements for ensuring that European industry is globally competitive. But what precise strategies do we need? How can we find a balance between European action and that of individual member states?

Opening remarks by:
Lauren Mason, Project Officer, European Liberal Forum

Speakers include: 
Christian Rusche, PhD, Economist, German Economic Institute (IW)
John Cooper, Managing Director, FuelsEurope

Peter Müller, Brussels Bureau Chief, DER SPIEGEL

Closing remarks:
Sandra Parthie, Head of Brussels Office / Head of European Affairs, German Economic Institute (IW)

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