Left navigation

Additional tools

  • Print version
  • Decrease text
  • Increase text
  • RSS Feed

Work in progress

Events 2014


Working groups

Three ESPAS inter-institutional Working Groups are overseeing contractors, who are gathering data on the economy, society, and international governance and power in order to produce the first three trend reports by September 2013. ESPAS’ task is to identify the key issues and cross-cutting themes and to distil these findings as major contributions to the final ESPAS Report scheduled for the early part of 2014.

The issues under the microscope for the working groups include:

    • The Economy.  The work here deals with the global economy and its likely evolution, with special emphasis on the key factors that drive growth and development in the long term. The Group addresses financial and trade-related issues, competitiveness and the impact of technological change on manufacturing, services and agriculture; finally, it tackles resource scarcity, energy production and supply, and climate change.


    • Society.  The work in this group deals with demographic change and human mobility, with special emphasis on social sustainability. The group also evaluates the effects of the rising empowerment of individuals and groups as a consequence of technological change, and its impact on consensus and legitimacy; and it addresses identity-related issues, human rights, secularisation and radicalisation.


  • Governance and Power.  The work in this group deals with the prospects for multilateralism and global governance and analyses the changing nature of power and the rise of new powers on the international stage. It also looks at potential sources of instability and conflict, both worldwide and closer to the EU, with special emphasis on the tools (hard and soft) and the approaches that may be necessary to address them.


ESPAS Working Group Events 2013

  • Monday 8 AprilWorking Group Three Workshop on 'The Changing Nature of Security'. Venue: Martin's Central Park Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 80.
  • Thursday 18 April – 15.00 - 17.30 - Working Group Three Interim Seminar. Venue: Sofitel Brussels Europe – 1 Place Jourdan.
  • Wednesday 24 AprilWorking Group One Interim Seminar. Venue: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels.
  • Thursday 5 or Friday 6 SeptemberWorking Group One – Final Conference.
  • Friday 6 SeptemberWorking Group Three – Final Conference.
  • Sunday 15 SeptemberWorking Group Two – Final Conference.