Our BMW Foundation European Table dialogue process concludes every two years with the Munich European Forum. Offering participants a major public platform in the Bavarian capital, the conference presents and reflects on ideas and initiatives that have emerged from the individual European Tables – and inspires the audience to get actively involved.
The Munich European Forum makes it possible, through its breakout sessions, to test the most promising projects and recommendations for action for relevance and realization. The initiators thus get direct feedback from international leaders in government, business, and society.
Through the Munich European Forum and the individual European Tables, we want to put forward bold ideas for strengthening the EU and for initiating necessary reforms. We want to address and adjust the negative perception of the EU by bringing the European Union closer to our citizens’ real needs and expectations. To this end, we rely on a vigorous dialogue of leaders from all over the world. We want to encourage a fact-based debate and use innovative ideas and initiatives to draw attention to the many opportunities and possibilities that the European Union offers in the 21st century.
BMW Foundation European Table
Munich European Forum
As the world experiences a global health, social, political, and economic crisis, entire systems have hit “pause” due to Covid-19. In the year of the 75th birthday of the United Nations, shortly after the US elections, and towards the end of the German EU presidency, the Munich European Forum 2020 will offer a space to explore how Europe can reposition itself, and re-prioritize the major decisions shaping our future.
Together with leaders from all sectors of society and from all European regions, we aim to explore how our economies and societies can develop the resilience to overcome this crisis in a more sustainable manner; moving towards a more successful balance of people, planet, and profit.
At the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, we regard the individual commitment of leaders as a unique lever for change. That’s why our mission is to inspire Responsible Leadership. The Forum will also provide an opportunity to reflect upon how each of us, in our professional and personal lives, can contribute towards positive change in line with the UN 2030 Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Public confidence in the European project has dramatically fallen. A widespread gap between citizens’ expectations and the perceived or real shortcomings of the EU’s political performance has given rise to populist movements across the EU. These movements seek to block the path to further European unification, challenging its core values of freedom, democracy, rule of law, tolerance, and solidarity. With the elections to the European Parliament in May 2019 just around the corner, the European Union is facing a make or break situation.
Therefore, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt is taking a clear stance for the principles and goals of a united and strengthened Europe. As a foundation with German roots and a global orientation, we strongly believe in and advocate the values of the European community. The Munich European Forum assembles some 200 European leaders from politics, business, and civil society to send a clear pro-European message: We need to strengthen the EU and bring it closer to its citizens.
The Forum is not a solitary event. It concludes and puts into a larger perspective the results and ideas of the first cycle of a dialogue process conducted over the last 18 months: Under the title “Refocusing Europe,” three European Tables dealt with key issues related to Europe’s economy, security, and identity. They will serve as starting-points for the discussions at the Munich European Forum.
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