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Work in progress

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 ESPAS Annual 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.

Events 2015

12 and 13 November - ESPAS 2015 Annual Conference: The Global Economic and Technological Revolution

Past work

Working groups 2013/2014

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 April – Working 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 April – Working Group One Interim Seminar. Venue: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels.
  • Thursday 5 or Friday 6 September – Working Group One – Final Conference.
  • Friday 6 September – Working Group Three – Final Conference.
  • Sunday 15 September – Working Group Two – Final Conference.