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The Committee for the Future has submitted to the Grand Committee its statement on the Government report concerning the strategic foresight report from the Commission 2020 “Strategic Foresight – Charting the course towards a more resilient Europe". On 12 May, the Grand Committee decided that Parliament will send the statement of the Committee for the Future to the European Commission for information.
The Committee for the Future agrees with the experts consulted that the development of the EU's strategic foresight is a worthwhile and even historic milestone.
The Committee for the Future notes, among other things, that Finland has long had the kind of foresight system that the EU is aiming for. Therefore, the EU should make use of Finland's experience and expertise in foresight. Similarly, Finland has a duty to actively participate in the development of the EU's foresight.
The Committee for the Future considers that, while developing the EU's strategic foresight is a great opportunity for the EU and all its Member States, there is also a great risk related to the power to define futures. It is essential that the Member States' foresight systems are closely linked to the processes in which the EU's strategic foresight is carried out. Otherwise, in the future, Finland may also receive its visions, scenarios, images of futures, wild cards, black swans and its entire forward-looking policy from the outside, bypassing its own foresight system.
Statement of the Committee for the Future on the Government report: Strategic foresight report from the Commission 2020 "Strategic Foresight - Charting the couse towards a more resilient Europe" (in English)