Confrontations Europe: a European think tank, a network, a general interest lobby
Confronting ideas – building Europe
Founded in 1992, Confrontations Europe, a non-partisan association, seeks to influence the choices of European and national decision-makers. It brings together numerous European economic and social actors to put forward joint proposals to foster economic and social development in Europe. Europe suffers from massive unemployment and sluggish economic growth. In this context, the 2014-2019 mandate of the new Parliament and the new Commission will play a crucial role in restoring confidence among Europeans in their Europe.
A European think tank
- The association makes analyses and proposals in coherence with the European agenda.
It centres its work and activities on the macroeconomic and operational challenges involved in European economic and social development by focusing on key sectors: industry and services, energy, digital technology, finance, employment and skills, and dialogue between economic and social players.
Its proposals are prepared by working groups, which bring together representatives of firms, trade unions, politicians, civil servants, representatives of territories, researchers and students.
- On the basis of its work, it hosts colloquiums, conferences and cycles of European seminars such as The European Long-Term Investment Conference and The European Economic Debates.
- It publishes “Confrontations Europe, La Revue” (quarterly journal), “L’Option de Confrontations Europe” and the monthly e-newsletter in French and English “Interface”, along with many specialised and general publications (including the book “Wake up, Europe!” by Philippe Herzog).
Confrontations Europe’s network is composed of 30,000 citizens and actors in Europe (285,000 visitors per year to its website).
A general interest lobby
Its proposals and analyses are disseminated in its network and in the national and European public debate. Confrontations Europe acts in cooperation with other European think tanks, in particular in the framework of the Brussels Think Tank Dialogue, which over the past ten years has brought together ten think tanks from Brussels at large conferences involving numerous high-level European stakeholders.