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Frans Timmermans participates in "Friends of Europe 'State of Europe'" roundtable, Brussels

Atomium in Brussel.
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State of Europe 2015 - Addressing Europe’s crises

October 22, Palais d’Egmont, Brussel

Information from Friends of Europe:

Join our high-level Roundtable on October 22 for a discussion on Europe’s key challenges, including the refugee crisis, Eurozone woes and the end-year climate change conference. We are delighted to announce the participation of His Majesty the King of the Belgians, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor; former Prime Ministers Carl Bildt and Mario Monti will also be attending.

Over the next few years, the European Union must implement a crash “emergency” programme of Europe-wide actions that addresses Europeans’ key concerns. The focus should move from austerity to sustainable growth-focused and job-creating policies. The EU must be competitive in a rapidly-globalising world. Citizens’ concerns about health or social and economic inequalities need to be tackled. Restoring Europe’s credibility and addressing global questions including immigration, security and climate change must also be priorities.

Our annual roundtable offers a unique opportunity for a large-scale brainstorm by EU Commissioners, MEPs and MPs, ministers, opinion-formers, civil society and business leaders. Participants are encouraged to discuss these challenges outside their formal portfolios in order to help generate innovative solutions.

Smarter Europe - Catching up with the ‘Digital Era’

Marietje schaake will participate in the following panel. Is the best way to close the innovation gap with global competitors:

By re-doubling existing EU-led stimuli like funding cross-border R&D?

Through a wider long-term strategy spanning education to entrepreneurism?

By ‘backing winners’ with subsidies and tax breaks at national and EU levels?


Toomas Hendrik Ilves / Estonian President

Wouter Verschelden / Founder and Publisher at NewsMonkey

Introductory discussants:

Marietje Schaake MEP / Member of the European Parliament and Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance

Amit Sood / Head of the Google Cultural Institute


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