The State of the Union 2024 - Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

What you will find

EVENT NAME: The State of the Union 2024
EVENT LOCATION: Badia Fiesolana, Villa Salviati & Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
EVENT DATE: 23-24 May 2024

The 14th edition of The State of the Union conference, the renowned annual summit for high-level reflection on the European agenda, will take place in Florence on 23-24 May 2024.

Unrivalled in the quality and breadth of its sessions, The State of the Union gathers leading scientific thinkers, academics, policy makers and journalists from various disciplines for in-depth analysis and discussion on the challenges and opportunities Europe is facing in uncertain times.

#SOU2024’s panels, conversations, and addresses will foster reflection on key policy areas including:
  • Artificial Intelligence / Digital transition
  • Demography
  • Climate change / Green transition
  • Economy / Industrial policy
  • Democracy / Human rights
  • Geopolitics / Enlargement of the EU
In cooperation with the local partners, the event will feature networking and social events during the days of the conference.

Speakers will include:
  • Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa - President of the Republic, Portugal
  • Dubravka Šuica - Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, European Commission
  • Gert Jan Koopman - Director-General, DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
  • Ursula Owusu-Ekuful - Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ghana
  • Enrico Letta - former Prime Minister, Italy
  • Elsa Fornero - Professor, University of Turin
  • Paul Nemitz - Principal Adviser on the Digital Transition, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission
  • Francesca Bria - President, Italian National Innovation Fund, and Board Member, RAI
  • Jeromin Zettelmeyer - Director, Bruegel
  • Daniela Schwarzer - Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Marco Buti - Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
  • Milena Mihajlovi - Programme Director, European Policy Centre (CEP)
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Where / Meeting point

Via Bolognese 156 - 50139 Firenze (FI)