Evento Europa

The State of the Union 2024

23 - 25 May 2024
European University Institute - Florence

The 14th edition of The State of the Union will take place in Florence from Thursday, 23 May, to Saturday 25 May 2024.
Global leaders and experts from across sectors, students, policy makers and journalists will gather at the European University Institute to reflect on the most pressing issues on the European agenda. The event forecasts two conference days and one additional day celebrating European art and culture in the framework of the upcoming EU elections. The conference days will be livestreamed on the SOU website and broadcasted widely.

The conference tackles a range of key themes including future enlargements of the European Union, demography, democracy and the rule of law, industrial policy, as well as the digital and green transitions, all of which will play a crucial role in the run-up to the European elections in June 2024. Sustainability emerges as a central focus, with discussions revolving around transitioning to green energy to promote regional cohesion and combat climate change. Digital transformation represents another challenging area of discussion, where experts analyse strategies for enhancing competitiveness, establishing a strong digital public infrastructure and navigating the complexities of AI and blockchain regulation. Moreover, the conference addresses pressing issues including strengthening democracy, countering foreign interference, and addressing the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Middle East.

The State of the Union 2024 will feature exciting networking opportunities for all guests and partners, and offer engaging discussions amongst participants, all taking place in stunning locations in Florence. 

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