Monthly talks on geopolitical issues from a European perspective

After the success of the first and second debates we would like to invite you for the third one in Bozar on Tuesday April 24, presenting the Best of European Think Tanks. This time Confrontations EuropeNotre Europe and EP think tank get the floor.

Brussels is home to numerous think tanks. How many is open for debate, but surely more than 500. They all feed the political debate with studies, papers, new insights and propositions. But their work often remains under the radar of the mainstream media and the general public.

When politicians take center stage to address their voters, their speeches are often based on the research conducted in these think tanks. When opinion leaders or journalists write their essays or editorials, they are often inspired by reports or studies published by think tanks.

Every think tank has a clear mission. But even if they look at the world from a specific angle this does not necessarily mean their vision is blurred.

The litmus test of a good think tank, according to Rohinton Medhora, the president of the prestigious Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)based in Waterloo, Canada, is not whether it is “right, left, liberal or not, but whether it is proposing evidence-based discussion.”

BOZAR, is a cultural institution that invests heavily in the political debate. We do that by emphasizing the importance of culture in the building of the European Union and in the external relations of Europa with other regions in the world.

The Association of European Journalists (AEJ) was founded in 1962 by a group of European correspondents striving to obtain a more qualitative reporting on the European integration process. Today it is a network present in some 30 countries with a lot of attention to media freedom and media literacy. The Belgian section works more specifically on branding the job of EU correspondent and on empowering the journalists in the fast evolving media landscape by informing them on new evolutions of importance to the job.

AEJ is the ideal partner of BOZAR to coproduce these monthly think tank talks. Together we want to feed the public debate with new insights and propositions, developed by the best European think tanks in Brussels.

Geo-Politics and the need for transition to cleaner energy.

Tuesday, April 24, 6pm- 7.30pm. Center for Fine Arts – Bozar, Salon Europa.


  • Edouard Simon, director & Morgane Goret-Le Guen, policy officer energy Confontations Europe Brussels Office.
  • Geneviève Pons-Deladrière, director representation of the Delors Institute in Brussels 
  • Etienne Bassot, Director and Alex Wilson, energy policy specialist of the of the European Parliament Research Service, the EP Think Tank. 

Moderator: Oliver Grimm, Die Presse, Austria

Kim Duchateau (B) will draw live cartoons during the talk.

Confrontations Europe and Notre Europe-Institut Delors are both among the solidly established European think tanks represented in Brussels much respected for their know-how in international and European affairs. The EP Think Tank is the in-house research department of the European Parliament that assists the MEP’s in their parliamentary work.

In the first part of the briefing the think tanks will present themselves, talk about their mission and their goals (and their financial resources).

In the second part the speakers will focus on Europe and the necessary transition to clean(er) energy. They will discuss whether we need e.g. a social pact to accompany this transition, where we are now and to what we are heading, which concrete challenges Europe faces to insure the supply to its industry and households and what this means for Europe and its position in the world.

Entrance free, with registration on Bozar website , Debate in French, Q&A French/English.