The JRC Enlargement and Integration Action Workshop – Impacts of Foresight on Policy-Making and Lessons for New Member States and Candidate Countries was held in Seville on the 15th of December 2006.
The objective of the workshop was both to provide insights on the possible impacts of Foresight on policy making and to learn from the experience of the New Member States (NMS), Accession Countries (AC) and Candidate Countries (CC). A group of eleven decision makers from six NMS, AC and CC discussed the use of Foresight to support policy making within the specific context of their countries with the JRC IPTS Foresight group exploiting recent insights from a Europe wide expert debate and experience from the Romanian Foresight exercise that was recently finished.
Participants shared their different views on the main Foresight functions with reference to policy making identified through the FOR-LEARN Mutual Learning workshops. A lively discussion took place with regards to the main challenges that the Romanian Foresight exercise faced and how these were addressed, which were contrasted with the ways in which a Foresight exercise can achieve a high policy impact identified through the FOR-LEARN Mutual Learning workshops.