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TOGETHER - Call to Europe

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Date

28 May 2017

Location

Brussels

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Every year the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) hosts its annual flagship conference Call to Europe, which brings together a unique multi-stakeholder community of progressive politicians, civil society, academia and media to discuss issues of common concern and develop concrete positive and innovative responses to contemporary European challenges in the most interactive and inclusive way. This year TOGETHER joins the 7th iteration of Call to Europe ‘Democracy First!’ for a debate on the future of democracy in Europe.

CONFERENCE DAY#1

Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Venue :  Bibliothèque Solvay
Leopoldpark, 137 Rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels
(Translation provided : EN – FR – IT)

Overall conference moderation by: Ernst STETTER, Secretary General, FEPS

Conference Report: coordinated and prepared by Michele FIORILLO member of the FEPS Young Academics Network

 

17:00 – 18:00   REGISTRATION

 

18:00 – 18:15   OPENING REMARKS

Gianni PITTELLA, President of S&D Group, European Parliament, Italy

 

18:15 – 19:15    PHILOSOPHY MEETS POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY

(Fishbowl format)

Moderated by:  Béatrice DELVAUX, Editor in Chief, Le Soir, Belgium

 

Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ, First Vice-President, Committee of the Regions, Belgium

Nicolas SCHMIT, Minister of Labour, Employment and Immigration, Luxembourg
Georgios KAMINIS, Mayor of Athens, Member of the Committee of the Regions, Greece

in debate with:

Sławomir SIERAKOWSKI, Head of Krytyka Polityczna and political philosopher, Poland

Philippe VAN PARIJS, Philosopher and Economist, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

Susan GEORGE, Author of 17 books, President of the Transnational Institute Amsterdam and honorary President of Attac France, France

 

19:15 – 20:30  CLOSING DAY#1 & RECEPTION Bibliothèque Solvay Terrace
Massimo D’ALEMA, President of FEPS and former Prime Minister of Italy

 

CONFERENCE DAY#2
Thursday, 29th June 2017

Venue :  Management Centre Europe (MCE) Conference Centre
Rue de l’Aqueduc 118, 1050 Brussels
(Translation provided : EN – FR)

Overall conference moderation by: Ernst STETTER, Secretary General, FEPS

Conference Report: coordinated and prepared by Michele FIORILLO member of the FEPS Young Academics Network

09:00 – 09:30  WELCOME COFFEE & REGISTRATION

09:30 – 09:45  OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE & KEY NOTE

Massimo D’ALEMA, President of FEPS and former Prime Minister of Italy

 

09:45 – 10:45  DEBATE: DEMOCRACY FIRST RE-WRITING THE RULES OF THE     EU ECONOMY

Moderator:    Daniela Vincenti, Editor in Chief, EURACTIV, Belgium

Joseph STIGLITZ, Nobel Memorial Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences,
Economist and Professor at Columbia University, USA

Pierre MOSCOVICI, EU Commissioner of Economic and Financial Affairs,
Taxation & Customs, France

 

10:45 – 13:15  SESSION 1 – DEMOCRACY FIRST RE-WRITING THE RULES OF      THE EU ECONOMY
” The background for this debate derives from the FEPS research project “Re-writing the Rules of European Economy: For Employment, Growth and Stability Pact”, an initiative aimed to be a new European sister publication to the successful “Re-writing the Rules of American Economy: And agenda for shared prosperity and growth”. The project has been realised together with Professor J. Stiglitz and with the support of Renner Institut and Policy Network. ”
European Communities were founded as a project guided by economic integration. The States, united by communality of interests, would aim to cooperate to multiply overall wealth and would not seek open conflicts. It has ensured peace and stability, allowing the European economy to grow. That has brought prosperity for members and social progress for citizens. But while economic and then monetary integration would proceed, and markets would integrate, democratic architecture to guide those processes remained insufficient. At the time that their design in the 1980s would entail the neo-liberal course, the EU emerged from Maastricht as an unfinished and imbalanced project. The deficiencies were only to multiply. The 2008 crisis made the European economy stagnate, and the subsequent terrible policies contributed to a rise in unemployment and poverty. In those circumstances, citizens felt particularly disempowered. They believed that the EU and its politicians have not served them, focusing instead on saving those who caused the crisis and shifting burden onto the citizens. In a year of important elections, the key question is:

 

Can Progressives develop a credible agenda to re-write the rules and bring new prospects
for an economy that works for all?

Moderator:  Ernst STETTER, Secretary General, FEPS

ACADEMICS

Anton HEMERIJCK, Professor,

European University Institute, The Netherlands

Stephany GRIFFITH-JONES, Professor, IPD Columbia University, UK

Peter BOFINGER, Professor, University of Würzburg, Germany

Isabel ORTIZ, IPD Columbia University, USA

CIVIL SOCIETY

Roçio SAMPERE, Director, Felipe González Foundation, Spain

Margit SCHRATZENSTALLER, Deputy Director, WIFO, Austria

Jan-Erik STØSTAD, Secretary General, SAMAK, Norway

MEDIA

Bernardo DE MIGUEL, Cinco Dias, Spain

Adriana CERRETELLI, Journalist,
Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy

Peter S. GOODMAN, European Economics Correspondent for the New York Times, US

 

13:15 – 13:30 CLOSING OF SESSION 1

Sergei STANISHEV, President of the Party of European Socialists, Bulgaria

13:30 – 14:15   LIGHT LUNCH

14:15 – 14:30   OPENING OF SESSION 2

Bruno LIEBHABERG, Chair of the Scientific Council of FEPS, Belgium

14:30 – 17:30  SESSION 2 – DEMOCRACY FIRST IN EUROPE AND IN THE MEMBER STATES

The European elections of 2014 saw record low turnout across the board. They ended with an Assembly that is the most fragmented and polarised ever. The era of civic permissive consensus regarding Europe is over and voters have effectively given a yellow card to traditional parties acting on the EU level. Consequently, many ballots have been cast in favour of extremists who use the European Parliament as a springboard to broadcast nationalistic messages. As the legislative period continues, even more citizens disconnect and disapprove of the EU. They question Europe’s mission and they doubt if the Union can act effectively. These sentiments also motivated the Leave vote in the UK referendum and the ideas have spread. There is now a fertile ground for the new kind of populist, anti-Europeanism to flourish. The key questions, two years before the next vote, are:

Can Scenario 5 – for more integration – be the path for the EU to embark on after 2019?
Can Progressives lead?

Can Progressives put up a fight and be the ones to stop the tide of extremism
from rising further in the member states?

Moderator:  Matthew Laza, Director, Policy Network

POLITICIANS

Javier MORENO SANCHEZ, Secretary General, S&D, Spain

João ALBUQUERQUE, President, YES, Portugal

Miapetra KUMPULA-NATRI, MEP, S&D Group, Finland

Jo LEINEN, MEP, S&D Group, Germany

Pedro S. PEREIRA, MEP, S&D Group, Portugal

Balázs BÁRÁNY, Member of MSZP National Presidency and Solymár local council, Hungary

Bogusław LIBERADZKI, MEP, S&D Group, Poland

CIVIL SOCIETY

Anna DIAMANTOPOULOU, President, TO DIKTIO, former Minister of Education, Greece

Dimitri LEMAIRE, Particitiz, Belgium

Elisa LIRONI, Manager, ECAS Digital Democracy, Italy

Mohamed FAHMI, President, Eyes on Europe, Belgium

Barbara NOWACKA, Head of Inicjatywa Polska, Poland

Leonie MARTIN, Vice President, Young European Federalists, Belgium

Isabelle LENARDUZZI, Founder and Managing Director, JUMP, Belgium

Laura-Kristine KRAUSE, Leader of Future of Democracy Programme, Das Progressive Zentrum, Germany

ACADEMICS

Eleonora POLI, Research Fellow, Istituto Affari Internationali, Italy

Luciano BARDI, Chairman and Political Science Professor, University of Pisa, Italy

Jean YVES-CAMUS, Director, Observatory of Political Radicalism, Jean-Jaurès Foundation, France

Robert LADRECH, European Politics Professor, Keele University, UK

Catherine FIESCHI, Political Scientist, Founder, Counterpoint

André KROUWEL, Professor, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jérôme JAMIN, Professor, University of Liège, Belgium

Tara Paterson, Researcher, Fabian Society, UK

Stefan Haußner, PhD Student, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

MEDIA

Esther HERRERA, Radio France International, Spain

Jennifer BAKER, EU Policy Correspondent, UK

Lorenzo CONSOLI, Askanews EU Correspondent, Italy

María TEJERO, El Confidencial, Spain
17:30 – 17:45  BEER MAT COMPETITION

17:45 – 18:00  CLOSING OF CALL TO EUROPE CONFERENCE

Zita GURMAI, Vice-President of FEPS and President of PES Women, Hungary

18:00 – 22:30  CONFERENCE RECEPTION

ArtBar “LaPlace33”, Place du Chatelain 33, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels

 

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