The 2015 ESPAS Annual Conference focused on ‘The Global Economic and Technological Revolution,’ and explored the challenges and opportunities that the digital revolution will bring to our economies and societies in the next 15 years.
ESPAS has published a report assessing the long-term political and economic environment facing the EU over the next 20 years. The report identifies the five major global trends that are likely to shape the future.
To give the ESPAS foresight process fresh input, we are developing a programme for young officials in the EU institutions, providing a platform for cultivating foresight capabilities in future policy-makers.
The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) provides a framework for cooperation and consultation at administrative level, on a voluntary basis, between the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European External Action Service, with the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee as observers, to work together on medium- and long-term trends facing or relating to the European Union.
After publishing Global Trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the Challenges Ahead? , ESPAS is starting a new cycle of events that will explore the three 'global revolutions' identified in the report. At the 2015 Annual ESPAS Conference, which will be held on 12 and 13 November, participants will have the chance to join a group of leading thinkers to discuss 'The Global Economic and Technological Revolution'. In 2016 and 2017, the focus will be on the 'social and democratic' and 'geopolitical' revolutions.
Our mission is to continue the collective, strategic thinking, laying the groundwork for more permanent cooperation and dialogue as well as defining strategic options for the current EU institutional cycle up to 2019 and beyond.