Refocusing the EU

For too long Europe’s political debates have been focused on the wrong issues. Most mainstream parties are unable to come up with new ideas to meet voters’ fears about jobs, identity, and security. In the lead up to the Sibiu Summit, where European leaders will meet on the May 9 to discuss the future of Europe, it is time to refocus the debate on the issues that truly matter.

Carnegie Europe and the Open Society European Policy Institute will host an event to mark the launch of a new policy report, Refocusing the EU: Planet, Lifetime, Technology. This publication is a rallying cry for European leaders and citizens to focus on the environmental, demographic, and technological transformations that will rock Europe for years to come.

Report editors Tomáš Valášek, director of Carnegie Europe, and Heather Grabbe, director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, will lead a discussion that will be kicked off by the young Belgian climate activist Anuna De Wever and the European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.

Refocusing the EU summarizes key findings from the European Reformists, a diverse group of thought leaders with a pro-European, pro-reform mindset convened by Carnegie Europe and the Open Society European Policy Institute in 2017-2019. 


  • Anuna De Wever is a youth climate activist in Belgium.
  • Heather Grabbe is the director of the Open Society European Policy Institute.
  • Tomáš Valášek is the director of Carnegie Europe.
  • Margrethe Vestager is the European Commissioner for Competition.


This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to attend.

Date: May 6, 2019
Time: 3:007:30 p.m.

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Horta Hall, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels

Heather Grabbe, Tomáš Valášek, Margrethe Vestager, and Anuna De Wever