Peace and prosperity for Europe:
An impossible dream?

About Ideas Lab

Organised by CEPS – one of Europe’s most independent and reputable think-tanks, Ideas Lab is the most high-profile annual event on policies of the European Union.

The aim of Ideas Lab is to provide a high-level intellectual forum for exchanges concerning the wide range of current and pressing issues faced by the EU. The discussions are open, insightful and impactful, with the active involvement of policymakers, researchers and representatives from industries and the civil society. 

To help set the scene of the current geopolitical and economic landscape, we published the report entitled ‘A transformational moment? The EU’s response to Russia’s war in Ukraine’. Harnessing our broad inhouse expertise, we gave our CEPS contributors a simple instruction for compiling this special report – to dive deep into their specialist areas and provide their perspective on whether the invasion and subsequent crisis is a true ‘game changer’ in terms of the EU’s immediate and ongoing policy response. Or, to put it another way, will 2022 be viewed by future historians as a year of genuine transformation, a transformation fuelled by the largest conventional conflict in Europe since the end of the Second World War?

Ideas Lab 2022

CEPS Ideas Lab 2022 is an interactive one-day event bringing together the ‘Next Generation’ of Europeans with more seasoned experts in EU policymaking across many different fields. The underpinning theme is how can the EU re-establish peace and prosperity. More than two years into a global pandemic and now with a major war that’s erupted in Europe’s neighbourhood on top, the need for a united union is stronger than ever.

The culmination of the day will be an interactive discussion between a high-level European policymaker with our CEPS Young Thinkers on how the EU can re-establish peace and prosperity in this new and dangerous world.

This discussion will be preceded by three dedicated sessions dealing with today’s key challenges: soaring energy prices, an unprecedented wave of refugees caused by the war in Ukraine and the rapidly evolving threat to Europe’s security.

We will also examine the state of public opinion and how Europeans are reacting to such monumental changes that are occurring and evolving at lightning speed.


1 June 2022 


BluePoint Brussels (Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80)

Ideas Lab 9th edition
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“Peace and prosperity for Europe: An impossible dream?”

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