The 2016 edition will take place on October 22th. We will kick off at 10h00, lunch and coffee breaks are included in the programme and the end is foreseen around 17h00. There will be an opportunity to go for drinks afterwards, more news will follow soon.

You can find the 2016 programme below.


Conference registration (9h30)

Registration for all Participants except for invited speakers


Opening session (10h00-10h15)

Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe


Opening Keynote (10h15-11h00)

Euclid Tsakalatos, Finance Minister, Greece


PANEL I: ‘Industry 4.0: Smart investment in a decelerating global economy’ (11h00-12h30)

Elżbieta Bieńkowska*, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Colette Dierick*, Head of Retail and Private Banking, ING

Maciej Surowiec, EU Public Affairs Manager, Microsoft

Johannes Schaback*, Managing Director, Visual Meta

Moderator: Peter O’Donnell*, POLITICO


PANEL II: ‘Threats and Uncertainty – (Counter-)Intelligence Cooperation in tumultuous Times (11h00-12h30)

Jorge Domecq*, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency

Manuel Navarrete Paniagua*, Head of European Counter Terrorism Centre

Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenge, NATO

Siobhan Martin, Senior Programme Officer, Geneva Centre for Security Policy [young generation]

Moderator: Peter van Ham*, College of Europe, Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael Institute



 Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia (13h30-14h30)




PANEL III: ‘Think global, eat local? Exploring new “sustainable” ways of living’ (15h00-16h30)

Hugo-Maria Schally*, Head of Unit Eco-Innovation & Circular Economy, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

Vincent Jechoux*, Head of Cabinet of Ségolène Royal, French Minister for the Environment, Energy and the Sea

Esmeralda Colombo, My Foody, Founder [young generation]

Ulrike Sapiro*, Director of Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company

Moderator: Michèle Kiermeier, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN


PANEL IV: ‘Is Germany’s migration policy shaping the future of European politics?’  (15h00-16h30)

Kinga Gál*, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair LIBE Committee, EPP

David Kipp, Researcher, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Thiébaut Weber, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

Moderator: Christopher Glück, College of Europe


Wrap-up: Summary and outlook of the conference (16h35-16h45)

Kathleen Burkhard, Clemens Domnick, Members of the Organisation Committee


From 16:45h on: Informal get-together for conference participants and speakers



* speaker requested but not yet confirmed