The event will consist of a debate about the challenges the EU will be faced with in 2017. During the last year, several observers warned about the possibility that a “perfect storm‟ would have torn the European project apart, however, as also recently reaffirmed by President Juncker, the European Union existence is not in doubt, but European institutions are faced with a last chance phase “as the gulf between European citizens and the EU political action is growing ever wider”. In line with this statement, several commentators have remarked that the European Union is perceived as an agent of insecurity rather than security. However, while some are pointing at Europe’s political risk linked to the several incoming national elections, others insist on Europe’s insufficient governance ability. Whatever the correct analysis might be, the question whether this year will unfold a change, a standstill or even a worsening of the current situation remains in Europe’s spotlight. Will the year 2017 be a defining moment for the EU?