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The future of an EU with 27 member states. The future of Europe. Such statements raise a lot of questions. Will the shock of Brexit call into question the EU governance, the future of the institutions?

Even after the famous Article 50 which enabled Britain to leave the European Union is activated, we have a period of two years of negotiations. But talks may lead to derogations and exceptions. Specifically, there may be certain legislative transitional periods of years.

In fact, Brexit added a new crisis, in addition to the immigration, terrorism, unemployment and problems in Ukraine. What will follow at European level? The discussion on the future of the European Union takes shape again. The result of the UK referendum was the drop that spilled the cup. And quite full it was after the European elections in 2014 or even after the aborted project of the European constitution in 2005.

With great interest we await the speech of President Junker on 14 September 2016 as State of the Union, and also the first Summit on the future Europe on the 16th of September in Bratislava.

In this context of instability and incertitude, there are some questions. What common European project is feasible for the 27 countries? Who are the influential people in the member governments and European institutions that will influence the decision making process? How can the business sector and civil society be involved in this decision process and what are the mechanisms of communication relevant in this debate?

Dan LUCA / Brussels

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