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We are very excited since the I am Europe Convention is just two days away. This e-mail will inform you about the program, sessions and location. The ‘I am Europe’ Convention will be organised in Brussels on Saturday 26 January 2019. This event is an initiative of the Dutch social-liberal party D66 (ALDE). The aim is to join forces with other pro-European partners to create a platform for individuals and organisations who embrace Europe, to meet and exchange ideas.
We have a day packed with interesting plenary speakers, breakout sessions, panel discussion and networking. The plenary sessions will be live-streamed due to the large amount of attendees. You can download the timetable HERE.
Location: BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts)Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels
The easiest way to arive at BOZAR is by train. BOZAR is within 5 minutes walking distance from Brussels Central Station. You will find our registration desk after passing the main entrance.
Pre-Convention drinks are organised at Ginette Bar on Place Luxembourg, starting at 8 pm, just across the European Parliament. We look forward to seeing many of you there, to start discussing the mEurope of tomorrow!
1. A sustainable future for Europe
How can we achieve a Paris declaration proof Europe? We will discuss the outcome of the D66 Europe tour meetings on sustainability and will address several concrete suggestions that have been gathered on this topic with two experts on EU sustainability policies. The focus will be on the transport sector. Moderated by Raoul Boucke.
2. Europe at a crossroads
IDEE (VMS), The Good Lobby, Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Nowadays there is a choice in the EU: liberal democracy or illiberal democracy? For liberals the choice is clear, but how do we turn the EU into a liberal democracy with support of the population? How do we tackle the democratic deficit in the EU? In this session we will bring together four experts on European democracy for an inspiring conversation on how to better realise the EU’s democratic promises and bring European democracy into the 21 st century. Moderated by Petra Stienen.
3. Love Thy Neighbour: Outside Perspectives on the EU
As passionate Europeans, our discussions on the future of the EU are often based on our experiences as citizens of the EU. However, the union is operating internationally, being a normative power in its neighbourhood. This means that, to be able to have inclusive and constructive discussions on the EU, voices from outside the union should be included. Two speakers – parliamentarians Sos Avetisyan from Armenia and Sabiha Cudic from Bosnia-Herzegovina – will join us for this insightful session. They will be reviewing the results of the relationship of their country with the EU, and put forward a vision for future cooperation. Moderated by Robert Farla.
1. Britain come back
The Breunion Boys is the European boyband on a mission to win Britain back! Our fellow Europeans are about to leave the Union, and we are not ready to give up on them. Where politics and populism failed, we bring music to shape up the conversation and bring Britain back again.
2. EU women networks
Els Borst-netwerk, Young Feminists, Vlaamse vrouwenraad, VLD vrouwen, Liberale vrouwen, European Womens Lobby
How can women help shape Europe? Meet multiple women network and feminist organisations from Brussels and the EU. Moderated by Wieke Paulusma.
3. Q&A European Parliament candidats 2019
D66, VOLT, LREM
These are turbulent times for Europe. Meanwhile a new European Parliament will be chosen in May 2019. Join our Q&A and find out how these future MEP’s respond to your questions. Moderated by Tjeerd Dierxksens.
1. Campaigning with social media
Awake your inner populist with WhyEurope, and join the fight for raising awareness and showing that Europe matters! Just ahead of the European Parliament election, this session will challenge you to think out of the box, go beyond your own imagination and come up with a way to rethink, rekindle and re-energize the pro-European campaign! Moderated by Maxime Bineau.
2. Entrepreneurship in Europe
What markets have the most promising future in the EU? Can Europe create tech giants? And how does Brussels help small businesses? Join this session organised by the Businessclub and hear our three experts. Nadine Bongaerts is a synthetic biologist who is bridging the world of science with business & society. Thomas Tindemans (Hill+Knowlton Stategies) brings almost 20 years of experience in EU public affairs and communications. Tom de Bruijn held one of the highest ranking posts in de the diplomatic service of the Netherlands, that of permanent representative to the EU. Moderator is Member of the Dutch Parliament Jan Paternotte (D66).