The Vision Europe Summit 2016 Conference Declaration.
Collaborating to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges facing Europe
For the year 2016 the Vision Europe initiative will deliver evidence-based policy recommendations on how to improve the response to the crisis of refugees and migrants in Europe.
Vision Europe is a consortium of think tanks and foundations collaborating to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges facing Europe. Through research, publications and an annual summit, Vision Europe aims to be a forum for debate and a source of recommendations to improve evidence-based policy-making at both a national and EU level and to foster as appropriate European integration.
The Convening Partners are Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh, Germany), Bruegel (Brussels, Belgium), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal), Chatham House (London, UK), Compagnia di San Paolo (Torino, Italy), Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute (Paris, France), CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research (Warsaw, Poland) and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra (Helsinki, Finland).
In 2016, the Vision Europe initiative has delivered evidence-based policy recommendations on how to improve the response to the crisis of refugees and migrants in Europe.
The Vision Europe partners have agreed that a new approach to the migration situation is necessary. Action should be at all levels: global, European, national and local. The declaration, based on four strategic directions and four main axes of policy recommendations, is available here.
1. Create political will to develop a forwardlooking EU strategy on migration.
2. Develop coherent and fair mechanisms for better managing migration flows.
3. Promote work and education focused integration that strengthens social belonging.
4. Mobilise the whole of society to promote inclusivity.
The declaration was presented on the 21st and 22nd of November in Lisbon at the second edition of the Vision Europe Summit. During two days, specialists and experts from all over the world debated and shared ideas on the VES 2016 theme: the migrant and refugee crisis, with the policy papers "Improving the Responses to the Migration and Refugee Crisis in Europe" as the main starting point.
To this end, four working groups were established, whose research focused on the following topics:
In 2015 we commonly work on "the future of the welfare state", developing innovative policy recommendations on how to ensure the long-term sustainability of national welfare systems. The first annual Vision Europe Summit took place in Berlin 17 and 18 November, 2015. The first common publication of the consortium - Redesigning European welfare states – Ways forward - was published at the Summit.
At the occasion of the summit, leaders from the seven think tanks and foundations convening the Vision Europe Summit and from one associated think tank (CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research) also signed a conference declaration.
The declaration Redesigning European welfare states: A time for action emphasises the urgency to act now if we are to guarantee viable welfare states in the future. Welfare states are a defining feature of Europe, but reforms will be necessary both at national and at EU-level. The following aspects are seen as crucial and included in the declaration.