We will soon have elections for the European Parliament at a time when Europe faces new challenges for the future. The EU must regain its internal competitive advantage, but at the same time it must be able to reinforce its global position. In this way it is essential to learn the lessons that more than ever emerge from a Europe that is trying to rebuild its competitive advantage and to reinvent its effective place in a complex and global world.

In a new global economy and innovation society, Europe has a central role to play when it comes to building a new attitude connected with the creation of value and focus on creativity.

In a time of change, Europe can´t wait. The EU must confirm itself as an enabler in a very demanding world, introducing into society and the economy a capital of trust and innovation that is essential to ensure a central leadership in its future relations with the world. Actors from Europe should be more global, capable of driving the social matrix of unique dynamic and knowledge building, and selling it as a mobile asset on the global market.

We need the citizens of Europe to know who they are and have a strong commitment with the values of freedom, social justice, and development. This is a reason to believe that a new standard of democracy in Europe is more than a possibility, it is an individual and collective necessity for all of us as effective European citizens.

The difference for Europe will be in the capacity of the individual as the central contributor to the reinvention of the collective society. This is a process that is not determined by law, but it is effectively constructed by all the actors in a free and collaborative strategic interaction.

In a certain sense, we need a new third way for Europe. When Francis Fukuyama spoke about a special global capacity for creating a new commitment for Europeans toward the challenges of the future, he was speaking about the commitment to a new democracy in Europe. Based on the new standards of Social Innovation, this kind of global strategy is above all a confirmation that in Europe, individual performance in a complex society is not only possible, but it is desirable and necessary for the future.

Europe is facing a new strategic challenge. Reinventing Europe and giving the European Actors – the individual states in the EU, Universities, Enterprises, and Civil Society – the opportunity to develop new challenges focused on innovation and creativity is in a large sense giving a central contribution to a new global order.

The reinvention of Europe is the reinvention of its people and its institutions. An active commitment, in which the focus is on the participation and development of new competences on a collaborative basis, must be the key of the difference.

…And I – we – believe in this Europe.