Theme and Tracks

This year’s theme BOLD EUROPE allows us to continue last year’s vision of a new Europe. With the multiple crises our continent is still facing, a Bold Europe becomes necessary.

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European prosperity has always relied on global trade and cooperation. In the last decade, Europe’s vulnerability dangerously grew by depending on cheap Russian energy, the huge Chinese market and American security guarantees. In 2023, Europe must take a bold leap and accept the danger of these dependencies. We must urgently reduce them, while remaining open to the world. Europe needs to massively build renewable energy systems, diversify away from dominant actors and vulnerable industries, and it needs to take its security into its own hands.

More than that: Europe also needs to become bolder in shaping the world. It must use the current window of opportunity to accelerate the green transition and strengthen its global leadership in the fight against climate change. Europe’s former economic powerhouses must bring their economies back on track and regain their competitiveness by investing more in technology and innovation.

The EU must become more effective in using the size of its single market to set global standards in accordance with its interests and values. The defense of our democratic values against authoritarian influences also requires boldness. We need to master this complex world by questioning assumptions, running experiments and taking risks.

Bold means to have a clear plan together. The willingness to take risks together. The preparedness to act fast and strong together.

A bold Europe is not an option, it is a necessity.

Thematic Tracks: Within the framework of this year’s annual theme the EFA23 will once again focus on four main challenges of our time.

Ic The Climate Opportunity

Rallying for Climate Action

  • How do we design climate action to bring about a truly sustainable and socially just transformation?
  • What are the structures, innovations, incentives, models and mindsets it needs to enable this action?
  • What is everyone’s role in climate action?

Fighting for Europe’s Economic Sovereignty

  • How to secure the financial future of Europe’s young generations?
  • How to finance Europe’s bid to win the global race for technology and innovation?
  • How to manage future economic and financial relations with Ukraine and with Russia?

Securing Europe in a Multipolar World

  • How can the EU better translate its strengths into political clout and contribute to peace?
  • What should a future European security architecture look like?
  • How is technology used in the global competition and how might it contribute to peace-building?
Ic The Future of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe

Reinforcing Democracy in Europe

  • How can we safeguard and enhance democratic resilience?
  • How can we effectively include citizens in democratic processes?
  • How can we improve democratic leadership?

EFA23: 19 August to 2 September

Save the date! The European Forum Alpbach 2023 will take place from 19 August to 2 September 2023. Ticket sale starts: 4 April.