Closing Conference with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Project „Dialogue on Europe“: Contributors present their final results

Four policy briefs, several workshops and two high-profile speeches conclude the more than two-years transnational dialogue process at eye level with young, promising thinkers from Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and Germany.

After more than two years of trans-European civil society exchange, 60 contributors of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project presented their four policy briefs on Migration and Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Growth to the new German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas as well as to the Minister of State Michael Roth in Brussels on 19 March 2018. In his first public appearance as Foreign Minister in Brussels, Heiko Maas expressed his appreciation for the project and called on participants to continue advocating for a diverse European community of values and solidarity.


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The policy briefs are available for download

The multilaterally developed policy recommendations of four “Thinking Labs” with participants from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain aim to stimulate and enrich the debate about the future agenda of the European Union. You can download them here:

More about the Dialogue on Europe closing conference

The Thinking Labs presented their proposals in an interactive “Market of Ideas” setting, giving the conference participants from the Brussels political sphere the opportunity to discuss with members of each Thinking Lab face-to-face. The honorary guest and keynote speaker Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister, stressed the innovative character of the project, underlining that he considered it as “exactly right and delivered at exactly the right time to reduce the distance between citizens and politics”.

Michael Roth, German State Minister for Europe and avid participant in the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE process, also addressed the audience, highlighting the “energy and spirit” of the project and that he “could not agree more with the policy recommendations – keep up this spirit and will to participate”.

The ministers’ speeches were followed by a lively panel discussion of the recommendations moderated by Natasha Walker. The panellists were Michael Roth, Isabelle Maras as a representative of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Thinking Labs, Nicola Forster, director of the think tank foraus, and Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul, Deputy Secretary-General for the implementation of the EU-wide dialogue format “Citizens’ Consultations” at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

The Trailer of the Dialogue on Europe

Initiated by Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, the project brought together several hundred young civil society actors from eight countries to discuss Europe’s most pressing challenges.


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The Closing Conference in pictures

Click through the photo album to catch a glimpse of the “Market of Ideas”, of the audience and the speakers of our event.

The partners of Dialogue on Europe

For over two years, we have had the opportunity to work with civil society organisations, NGOs and think tanks from all over Europe. We wish to thank them sincerely for their contribution to the process.


Philipp Sälhoff

Programmleitung Internationale Beziehungen
Philipp Sälhoff war von Januar 2013 bis März 2018 für das Progressive Zentrum tätig, zuerst als Co-Leiter der #bewegungjetzt-Kampagne zur Bundestagswahl 2013, später als Leiter der Mobilisierungskampagne iChange Europe zur Europawahl 2014.

Dominic Schwickert

Geschäftsführer des Progressiven Zentrums
Dominic Schwickert ist seit Ende 2012 Geschäftsführer des Progressiven Zentrums. Er hat langjährige Erfahrung in der Politik- und Strategieberatung (u.a. Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Bertelsmann Stiftung, IFOK GmbH, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Deutscher Bundestag, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie).

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