Our mission is, through organizing events, connecting people, and putting forward new ideas, to weave a more integrated social fabric in Europe and to strengthen the confidence of our Union.
Having grown up in a Europe increasingly aware of its shared and common responsibility, we believe in the promise of the European project, European integration, and the European Union.
European Horizons is a US-based, non-partisan think-tank devoted to exploring the meaning of European identity, modernizing and reforming the concept of the social market economy, advancing the cause of European integration, and deepening transatlantic relations. To this end, European Horizons has established a network of students, professors, and European decision-makers, with links to academia, politics, civil society, and business. Together, we will engage in a constructive dialogue that will propound a platform of ideas for reforming the European Union and setting a policy vision for its future.
European Horizons convenes an annual European Student Conference at Yale University, hosts a Fall Policy Convention, Spring Forum and Youth Summit, publishes research and policy papers through its academic journal, The Review of European and Transatlantic Affairs, and maintains chapters across universities in the United States and Europe.
European Horizons was founded on February 14th, 2015 at the European Student Conference 2015 at Yale University by undergraduate and graduate students from 45 American universities and College d’Europe.
The idea of the think-tank sprung from a group of European students at Yale University who were inspired by their deep commitment to the future of the European ideal and the state of transatlantic relations. Studying and living in the United States, these students aspired to use their perspective from both sides of the Atlantic to build a think-tank that could unite young minds in order to articulate and advance a credible yet visionary plan for the future of the European Union.
After a period of preparation, we conceived the name “European Horizons” as an evocative symbol of the think-tank’s focus on the future potential of the European project. The inaugural European Student Conference provided an opportunity to share the idea for the think-tank with students studying in the United States and Europe, policy-makers, decision-makers from civil society and business, and professors. The support and feedback that emanated from the Conference provided the final motivation to build European Horizons.
At European Horizons, we have decided to focus on four key areas relevant to the future of the European Union: European identity, the social market economy, European integration, and transatlantic relations. We believe that these areas capture the bulk of the challenges that the European Union must comprehensively address in order to weave a more integrated social fabric in Europe and to strengthen the confidence of our Union.
From the beginning, non-Europeans, and particularly Americans, were central to European Horizons. European Horizons was created as a think-tank open to all individuals with an honest interest in the future of the European Union, and we currently have many non-Europeans participating in our activities. We have valued this inclusiveness and are convinced that it will raise awareness about the values, vision, and potential of the European Union in countries beyond Europe.
Jean‐Claude Trichet is chairperson of the Board of Directors of Bruegel. He is chairman of the Group of Thirty (Washington), European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission and President of SOGEPA (Société de Gestion des Participations aéronautiques) (Paris). He is a member of the « Institut de France » (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques).
Jolyon Howorth is Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics ad personam and Emeritus Professor of European Studies at the University of Bath (UK). He has been a Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale since 2002, dividing his teaching between the Political Science Department, the Jackson Institute and EP&E.
Secretary-General of the European Parliament, Luxembourg. Former Head of the Cabinet of the President of the European Parliament, Brussels. Former Director-General for Internal Policies, European Parliament, Brussels
From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director- of the World Trade Organization (WTO).A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
Vice-President and EU Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. She put in place a true EU Justice policy, launching a series of ground-breaking proposals in the field of civil, commercial, consumer, and criminal law, creating thus the basis for a European area of justice. She initiated the chapter “Justice for growth”, enabling both businesses and consumers to benefit fully from their rights in the European single market.
Mr. Kennard currently is co-founder and chairman of Velocitas Partners LLC, an asset management firm and is also a member of the Operating Executive Board of Staple Street Capital, a private equity firm. He serves on the boards of directors of AT&T, Inc., MetLife, Inc., Ford Motor Company and Duke Energy Corporation. Previously he served as a director of several other public companies including Sprint Corporation, The New York Times Company and Dex Media, Inc., as well as a number of private companies controlled by The Carlyle Group.
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