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Program 14th November

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The doors open - Coffee

Time: 9.00-10.00, in the Exhibition

Opening session

Time: 10.00-10.20, Concert Hall

  • Anders Almgren, Mayor, City of Lund
  • Erik Renström, Vice- Chancellor, Lund University
  • Annika Wäppling Korzinek Head of European Commission Representation in Sweden


Catarina Rolfsdotter Jansson

Keynote speaker:

Time: 10.20–11.00, Concert Hall

  • Lars Danielsson, Former Permanent Representative of Sweden to the EU and former State Secretary

A resilient Europe

Time: 11.30-12.15, Concert Hall

In an era of rising geopolitical tensions, Europe’s decision-making ability and cohesion are being tested. The EU's response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been characterized by unity as well as rapid decision-making. And there has been strong consensus among Western countries along with a notable increase in ambition for the EU as a security policy actor.

However, the challenges are significant. How should the EU, its Member States and partners best equip themselves to be resilient in a time of great uncertainty?


  • Cecilia Malmström, Former EU Commissioner and Senior Fellow PIIE
  • Rickard Bengtsson; Senior lecturer, Department of Political Science, Lund University.


Centre for European Studies, Sieps

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Long-term competitiveness of the EU - how the EU can build on its strengths

Time: 13.15-14.00, Concert Hall

How can the EU look beyond crisis management to build a robust and future-proof economy that secures prosperity in the long-term? What are the key steps to ensure that the economic recovery as well as the green and digital transitions are socially fair and just? How will the long-term view on competitiveness benefit European businesses and society?


  • Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights (pre-recorded)
  • Anna Stellinger, Deputy Director General, International and EU Affairs, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise


Annika Wäppling Korzinek, Head of the European Commission Representation in Sweden


European Commission Representation in Sweden

European Commissions logo.

Addressing the Tech Skills Shortage in Europe

Time: 13.15-14.00, Amfin

The shortage of specialists and workers with a STEM background hampers not only business growth and innovation but also the steady pace of the digital and green transitions in the EU.

During this event, we will discuss with representatives from the industry, academia, and the public sector the necessary measures to sustainably address the growing tech gap in the EU in the short and long term.


  • Jytte Guteland – Member of the Swedish Parliament EU Committee and former member of the European Parliament
  • Åsa Zetterberg – Managing Director, TechSverige
  • Luciano Pasquariello – Global Sales Manager – Scanfil


Beatrice Silow – Chair of the IT Competence Council in Sweden and Director Communications & Culture at Nexer Group


Clusters of Sweden, Mobile Heights, Europe Direct Lund

Mobile Heights logo.
Logga för Europa Direkt Lund
Konturerna av Sverige som land på blå bakgrund, samt texten Clusters of Sweden.

Green transitions/COP28

Time: 14.30-15.15, Concert Hall.

The EU is committed to becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. This requires significant steps. How will we make the transition to climate-neutrality work? What are the green transitions opportunities for companies and what do they want or need from politics.


  • Kurt Vandenberghe, Director-General European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA). Online.


Catarina Rolfsdotter Jansson


European Commission Representation in Sweden

European Commissions logo.

Urban food policy: a key ingredient for resilient food systems

Time: 14.30-15.15, Amfin




Time: 15.20-16.00, Concert Hall


Closing Session & Music

Time: 16.00-16.15, Concert Hall

Evening Reception

Time: 16.15-17.15, In the Exhibition

Networking and wrap up.

Logotypes from City of Lund, Lunds University, European Commission and Europe Direcrt Lund.


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