A New Europe

In 2019 we want more than never a real New Europe. New Europe  means the opportunity of developing new challenges focused on Change and Creativity in order to give a central contribution to a better future. New Europe  is an open appeal to the reinvention of Europe, to the reinvention of its people and institutions. An active commitment, in which the focus in the participation and development of new competences, on a collaborative basis, must be the key of the difference.

The Time of Europe will not stop. It demands an effective participation from all the European Citizens in an Agenda of Change for the future. Europe is calling for a collective commitment of everyone with this idea of excellence for the future:      

1 – The Excellence of the People – Europe must know how to integrate in a positive way its citizens. Social cohesion is done with the constructive participation of the citizens and it is more and more necessary an effective attitude of mobilization for this effort. Education must be the right tool for this strategic ambition for Europe.

2 – The Excellence of Innovation  – Innovation and Technology are the “enablers” for competitiveness in Europe. Universities and Companies must perform a new strategic partnership centered in the objectives of the added value, creativity and knowledge. This is the basis for a future effective implementation of the Lisbon Agenda. Europe has still a strong opportunity to implement an agenda of innovation – the opportunity is more and more know and it can´t be lost.

3 – The Excellence of the Regions  – The excellence of Europe is more and more the excellence of its Regions. The development of strategic projects like the Poles of Competitiveness, Clusters of Innovations and Knowledge Cities and Regions is the effective confirmation that the basis for a new agenda in Europe depends on the capacity of its regions. A New Europe is more and more the confidence of the development of New Regions.

4 – The Excellence of the Culture – Europe has a unique identity based on its strong culture. The European Culture is a unique asset. Europe must be able to involve other global partners in the construction of integrated projects focused on the development of culture as a driver for development. The reinvention of culture is itself a very innovative way to involve more and more the European actors in this project for the future.

5 – The Excellence of the Institutions – We want a Europe of the citizens. Where people know who they are and have a strong commitment with the values of freedom, social justice and development. This is the reason to believe that New Europe, more than a possibility, is an individual and collective necessity for all of us, effective European citizens.

Europe must be more closer to its citizens.  Where people know who they are and have a strong commitment with the values of freedom, social justice and development. This is the reason to believe that a new standard of Democracy in Europe, more than a possibility, is an individual and collective necessity for all of us, effective European citizens. Habermas is more than ever present – the difference of Europe will be in the exercise of the capacity of the individual participation as the central contribution to the reinvention of the collective society.  This is a process that is not determined by law. It is effectively constructed by all the actors in a free and collaborative strategic interaction.

This new economic strategy demands an effective Partnership Contract between all the actors (States, Universities, Companies, Civil Society), in order to build a real Strategy of Confidence in the implementation of the different policies. The focus on Innovation and Knowledge as the drivers of creating added value with international dissemination is a unique challenge that may be the answer to a new way of interaction between those who have the responsibility of thinking and those that have the responsibility of producing goods and services.

New Europe is an invitation to be different. Different in our thinkings, different in our individual and collective attitudes toward the future of  Europe. We must be very positive to this new wave of change that will be the basis of our distinction as a modern society. With a New Europe we are contributing very widely to a New World.

Francisco Jaime Quesado is the General Manager of the Innovation and Knowledge Society in Portugal, a public agency with the mission of coordinating the policies for Information Society and mobilizing it through dissemination, qualification and research activities. It operates within the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.