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  • European institutions and agencies
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  • Students
  • Teachers
  • and everybody interested in a new "European model"

WWWforEurope Final Conference


WWWforEurope Final Conference

Brussels, Belgium, February 25th, 2016

Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11


Conference Speakers

Mandatory registration till January 31st, 2016
at wwwforeurope-events (at)


The European Union has demonstrated a tremendous success story of unification and implementation of a joint currency for 330 million people. Nevertheless, in the last years, the European project has shown the need for a consistent, longer-term strategy, a vision that again sparks enthusiasm and support for this project.

For the last four years WWWforEurope has worked on such a strategic approach in close communication with policy makers, the research community and stakeholders – the results of this research work and the policy conclusions are to be presented and discussed at this symposium:

WWWforEurope’s overall vision is that by 2050 Europe will have become a role model for a dynamic, open, and pluralistic economic area characterised by limited income differences, absolute decline of emissions and resource use and positive spillovers to neighbours and the world at large.

In the short and medium run this will mean fostering dynamics and employment via consolidation and reprogramming, while in the long run Europe should become front-runner in a socio-ecological transition with high priority of sustainability and Beyond GDP goals.

For both these stages a pro-active strategy towards a "high road of competitiveness" is needed, based on strengthening capabilities in education, innovation, institutions, activating social policy, and ecological ambition.

In the foreseeable future the European economy is not prepared for slow growth. To tackle the problems of unemployment, poverty and public debt industrialised countries have to restart growth. But this cannot be achieved by a business as usual approach – instead, investment in change is needed, meaning reprogramming towards new, environmentally sustainable infrastructure, social innovation, and changing institutions.

In the long run a double decoupling is called for: a decoupling of emissions from output and a decoupling of employment and social welfare from output growth. This can be achieved by strengthening the capabilities in large realms: ecologically by striving for a low-carbon (and probably low-growth) economy, industrially by focussing on ecological and social innovation, socially by activation and equal opportunities, regionally by more involvement and integration of local stakeholders and, last but not least, governmentally by increasing transparency and consistency of institutions.


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