GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

Global Trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the challenges ahead?


Built on the previous reports drawn up under the ESPAS project to date, this study seeks to map more comprehensively the five major trends that are likely to shape the future and will need to be taken into account by the Union as it defines coherent strategic options for the next governance cycle. They include:

  • A richer and older human race characterised by an expanding global middle class and greater inequalities
  • A more vulnerable process of globalisation led by and economic G3
  • A transformative industrial and technological revolution
  • A growing nexus of climate change, energy and the competition for resources
  • Changing power, increased interdependence and fragile multilateralism