‘Ideas from Europe’ to travel Europe

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‘Ideas from Europe’ to travel Europe

Author: European Council.

The following press release was issued by the Presidency of the Council of the EU on .

The theme of TEDxBinnenhof 2016, ‘Ideas from Europe’, is to travel throughout Europe over the next few years. This was announced by the State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Martijn van Dam, in his opening speech at TEDxBinnenhof on 31 March.

State Secretary Martijn van Dam, Constantijn van Oranje and André Kuipers in the Knight’s Hall. 

Twelve speakers from 12 different European countries took the stage in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague, all with innovative ideas to make Europe and the world a better place. They were the winners of a ‘Eurovision’-type contest. In the run-up to its EU Presidency, the Netherlands had asked all member states to have their most innovative entrepreneurs compete for a slot at TEDxBinnenhof.


This search throughout Europe was such a success that the European Commission wants to keep it going in the years ahead. ‘We will carry on the search for Ideas from Europe and give them the stage they deserve,’ Mr Van Dam said. ‘Because Europe’s future depends on ideas that spark innovation.’

European platform

The EU’s Commissioner for Entrepreneurship, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, is enthusiastic about the concept. ‘Together we’ve created a European platform that celebrates ideas, inspires people and shows us the way ahead,’ she said. ‘We’ll continue organising this kind of event in order to share those ideas.’

Social challenges

The 12 speakers proposed solutions to some of the challenges facing society, like providing good education, accessible and effective health care, and employment for people with disabilities.

And as this is no longer a one-off event, auditions will now be held every year, and the ‘Ideas from Europe’ event will be organised by the country holding the EU Presidency.

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