Launch of the French-German Forum for the Future (7 July 2020)


The Forum for the Future, established by the Treaty of Aachen signed in 2019 by Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and Ms Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, brings together economic and social stakeholders involved in the transformations of the two countries to work together on innovative public policy proposals. This joint reflection on the future we want is now even more essential in the context of the public health crisis.

France Stratégie and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, jointly host the secretariat of this Forum, alongside a Steering Committee of 16 people (8 French and 8 German), including representatives of both governments, national parliaments, civil society, social partners and academia.

The Steering Committee met for the first time yesterday, on Tuesday, 7 July 2020, and adopted the work programme for 2020-2021. The ecological transition and economic and social resilience will be the first themes explored in this framework, building on local experiences in the two countries. The next Forum events will therefore bring together stakeholders from France and Germany who take action and reflect on these themes, with an approach anchored at the local level and focused on innovation, citizen participation and lessons learned from successful experiments.

Drawing on projects carried out in French and German territories and on in-depth dialogue involving field stakeholders, the Forum will analyse environmental, social, societal and economic issues to develop a common vision and perspective, drawing up proposals that could form the basis of new public policies.

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