Does Europe Matter?

When:03 April 2014
  - 04 April 2014
Where:Brussels, Belgium

CEPS IDEAS LAB 2014 – The Finance Lab is organized in cooperation with SAFE


Two plenary sessions
The CEPS Ideas Lab 2014 will kick off with a plenary session that includes high-level speakers from the political and business worlds who will give their views on how Europe matters for the economy.
The second day of the event will be concluded by the closing plenary session in which two distinguished thinkers will share their vision for the future of Europe.

Ten parallel labs
In between these two plenary sessions ten parallel labs are organised along ten key dimensions of European integration: The Economy, Regulation, Innovation, Finance, Social Europe, Rights, Energy, Climate Change & Food Security, Institutions and Europe’s Position in the World.
The groups in each lab meet three times for 75-minute discussions. There will be 30 sessions in total.
A rapporteur will be present during each lab and will capture key ideas and perspectives emerging from the debate.
An experienced moderator will chair the discussion rounds.
Each session will be attended by 25 people, with a balanced mix of opinion leaders, policy-makers and experts from the private sector. All participants are encouraged to actively participate in the debates.

In each session 
During each discussion round a moderator will introduce the topic, which often entails a yes-or-no type of policy issue. After a short introduction, he/she will give the floor to two discussion leaders – two experts or policy-makers selected for their informed yet opposing views on the subject. Each of them will have 5 minutes to explain his/her position and provide supporting arguments for it. The debate will then be extended to other participants in the room and animated by the moderator. To make the discussion rounds as interactive as possible, no power point presentations will be allowed.

The face-offs
After the third round of discussion in the labs, the number of parallel sessions will be reduced from ten to five to make room for cross-cutting sessions. The objective of this (4th) round is to have a cross-cutting perspective on the challenges for Europe.
In each cross-cutting session rapporteurs from different previous rounds will challenge a senior figure by putting on the table the policy proposal that had emerged from their discussion.