Photo exhibition in Brussels: discussing diversity and inclusion in Europe

26. September 2018 In the context of the FutureLab Europe 2018 Autumn Conference, the photo exhibition and panel debate “Crossing Identities: Diversity and Inclusion in Europe” took place on 24 September at Atelier 29.  It showcased the work of the project “Crossed Paths of Europe” which aims to highlight similarities and differences between migrants and local residents … Continue reading Photo exhibition in Brussels: discussing diversity and inclusion in Europe

The FutureLab Europe 2018 Autumn Conference: the chance to showcase our civic projects!

26.September 2018 The 2018 Autumn Conference took place from 23 to 25 September in Brussels. The two-day event marked a key moment for the 15 members of the seventh generation who had the chance to exchange ideas on European identity, democratic values and equal opportunities while presenting the outcomes of their civic projects to policymakers … Continue reading The FutureLab Europe 2018 Autumn Conference: the chance to showcase our civic projects!

Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the EU: opportunities and challenges

13.August 2018

by Miruna Butnaru-Troncotă 

2019 is a year with heavy symbolism for the European Union – we celebrate 15 years of the CEE enlargement, 30 years since the fall of communist regimes in South-Eastern Europe, but also 20 years since the war in Kosovo and NATO’s bombing of Serbia. Will 2019 be a year of renewed opportunities for the Western Balkans? Will the member states become more enlargement-friendly and opt for a ‘widening EU’ type of scenario? Let me explore some of the challenges and opportunities both for Romania as a member state holding the Presidency, and for the EU itself in relation to the WB countries.

#EURoad2Sibiu via the Western Balkans

06.August 2018

by Miruna Butnaru-Troncotă 

Any discussion about the European Union’s (EU) enlargement is implicitly a discussion on the future of Europe and vice versa. Brexit seems to have brought a visible shift towards exploring the possibilities of including new members, in an EU that has been affected for years by signs of ‘enlargement fatigue’, especially after Romania and Bulgaria’s accession in 2007. The so-called ‘road to Sibiu’ which sought to shape the future of the European Union started in Rome in March 2017 and will come to an end in May 2019. Will we experience then a new 'hour for Europe'? How will the debate on the ‘future of Europe’ affect the Western Balkans’ accession process?