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2-4 March 2018

MED V – The Future of EU Prosperity: Addressing the Modernization Challenge

The 5th Mercator European Dialogue once more provided the MPs from our network with an opportunity to share their views in a listening conversation, discuss European dimensions of the French economic reform agenda and devise their own initiatives.

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Outcomes Report
21 January 2019
Outcomes Report
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

The confluence of globalization, digitalization, technological advances and demographic change are radically reconfiguring the socio-economic fiber of our societies. Our network discusses 'what next?' for the European Union.
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Briefing Notes
20 October 2018
Briefing Notes
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

The European industrial landscape is facing a projected shortage of ICT skills and associated competitive innovation. Sustainable economic transformations in the sector are essential for EU economic prosperity in the future.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

Digital change, technological innovation, and globalization are having implications on citizens' lives, their privacy and for society as a whole, with both dangers and promises for progress. How do we safeguard ethics in artificial intelligence?
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

If the economy contracts in the future, would this necessarily be a disaster? Europe could have the consumption levels of the 1980s or 1990s but with a higher quality of life. What do we want from long-term sustainability?
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

For some member states unemployment is a pressing and urgent policy and political challenge demanding short-term solutions. For others it is a challenge only in the context of the long-term economic transformation of societies.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

Copy-pasting certain models of work across the EU would be counterproductive between member states with a completely different economic make-up. Following an overly unified model could end the European project.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

Educational reform in European countries requires a new mindset, one that embraces the notion that education and training does not stop at the high school or higher education level but will require a life-long investment.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue, 2018

Current European tax systems need reform as they are ill-suited for an increasingly digital era, are not well-protected against the ongoing erosion of tax-bases and tax evasion, and are not used strategically to further political goals.
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Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
8 August 2018
Outcomes Report - Key Takeaways
from the Fifth Mercator European Dialogue

Industrial policies in the EU were found to be insufficient to foster innovation and long-term competitiveness of European products, highlighting the need for an integrated European industrial policy from national parliaments.
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