In January 2015, seven leading think tanks and foundations joined forces to form Vision Europe Summit, a consortium created to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges facing Europe. Through research, publications and an annual summit, we aim to be a forum for debate and a source of recommendations to improve policy-making at both a national and EU level and to foster as appropriate European integration.
The Vision Europe project brings together seven convening organizations are, originating from seven different European countries: Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh), Bruegel (Brussels), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Chatham House (London), Compagnia di San Paolo (Turin), Jacques Delors Institute (Paris), and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra (Helsinki). The aim is to produce a common output containing policy recommendations. The modus operandi is therefore characterized by the common production of research papers and policy briefs as well as the interaction with public stakeholders and civil society.
Members of the think tanks and foundations engage in working groups in order to elaborate policy briefs on different aspects of a chosen annual theme. Innovative policy options for reforms are developed. The policy briefs are presented to and debated with a high-level public on the occasion of the annual Vision Europe Summit. Additional research such as cross-country surveys allow connecting citizens’ attitudes to the policy recommendations expressed by Vision Europe.
Since 2015, three Vision Europe Summit have been organised:
- 2015 – Welfare state, problem or solution? – “Redesigning European Welfare State: Ways forward”
- 2016 – Migration and refugee policy – « Improving the responses to the migration and refugee crisis un Europe »
- 2017 – Globalisation – « Winners and losers of globalisation »