24 Jul 2019

FuturGov workshop – which implications for policies and public administration?

On 2 July, the EU Policy Lab organized a workshop, as a part of The Future of Government 2030+: A Citizen Centric Perspective on New Government Models project. The participatory workshop built on and complemented the already gathered knowledge from the FuturGov project. The goal of the workshop was to provide an in-depth analysis of some of the project implications for policies and public administration and identify possible policy priorities and fields of intervention.

19 Jul 2019

Working towards the Global Compact on Migration: What role for agricultural policies?

The global compact on migration was adopted on 11 December 2018 at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco by 164 UN Member States On 4 July 2019, the Baha’i International Community and the EU Policy Lab of the Joint Research Center, which is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service providing advice and support to EU policy, hosted a discussion among experts from the European Commission’s agriculture, development and trade departments, academia and civil society

2 Jul 2019

How do we build scenarios in a foresight exercise?

The example of the project Future of Customs in the EU 2040 This article describes the process of building scenarios in a foresight exercise and the role of scenarios in a world of uncertainties, going through continuous transformation. The process was undertaken during the second workshop of the foresight project The Future of Customs in the EU 2040, which took place on24th – 25th June 2019 in Brussels. This second workshop (out of five) was

17 Jun 2019

Megatrends engagement tool increasingly used in the European Commission and beyond

How do global megatrends impact on the future of your policy issue or your work? This is the question around which the reflections centre when people use the megatrends engagement tool developed by the EU Policy Lab. It has recently been applied in different settings to foster the capacity for forward-looking and systemic thinking by using a set of megatrends based on the Megatrends Hub. The Megatrends Hub is a repository of foresight-related information on

11 Jun 2019

“Framing the System and identifying Drivers” in a foresight exercise – what does this really mean?

On May 13 and 14, 2019, the Competence Centre on Foresight inside the EU Policy Lab organized the first expert workshop of The Future of Customs in the EU 2040 project, running on behalf of the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) of the European Commission. This was the first one in a series of workshops where we will build future scenarios for how customs could develop by 2040. The purpose of

29 Mar 2019

The Future of Customs in the EU project: using the canvas method for visual reasoning

On February 14, 2019, the EU Policy Lab organized the first scoping workshop as part of the project The Future of EU Customs. This project is run by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre - the Commission's science and knowledge service - for and in partnership with the Commission's Directorate General for taxation and customs (DG TAXUD). The main objective of this workshop was to create a common understanding of the EU customs ecosystem –

28 Jan 2019

Working towards the Global Compact for Migration: What role for non-migration policies?

Migration is a multidimensional phenomenon that cannot be addressed by one government policy sector alone. This is why the recently adopted Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration calls for a "whole-of-government" approach as a way to develop and implement effective migration policies and practices and to ensure horizontal and vertical policy coherence across all sectors and levels of government. In European policymaking, this means considering the role of 'non-migration policies' on migration dynamics.

31 Oct 2018

Future of Government 2030+ prototypes at London Design festival

We were very happy to learn that the prototypes produced by the students from the University of the Arts London, for the Future of Government 2030+ project, were presented during this year's London Design Festival. Our prototypes were part of the Service Design exhibition, which showed how students and staff can push the boundaries of service design to address challenges in a variety of contexts and at different scales. In particular, the Future of Government

4 Sep 2018

Megatrends workshop with East Poland House

In our foresight work, we use megatrends (long-term driving forces that are observable now and will most likely have significant influence on the future) to consider in a structured way all the various changes going on in different areas. Our basis is a set of 14 global megatrends that are relevant for the future of Europe, organized in the Megatrends Hub. It is also a great way of introducing a structured way of thinking about

4 Sep 2018

Policy conception – issue mapping with Eurostat and EU Member States

In the first half of this year, we have been working with the Eurostat unit responsible for agriculture and fisheries statistics. They are setting up a system of statistics on agricultural input and output (SAIO), together with Member States' statistical services. Our role was to help develop a format for the discussions of Directors of Agricultural Statistics from across the EU at their annual meeting, so that they would be in a position to give