EUROSFAT 2019

Campaigning for Europe

When

April 11-12th, 2019

Where

11.04 - European Parliament Liaison Office in Romania
12.04 - JW Marriott Grand Hotel Bucharest

Organizer

Europuls - Centre of European Expertise, the initiator and organizer of the EUROSFAT forum, is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2010 in Brussels by a group of young Romanian experts in EU affairs. Our aim is to promote the European integration process in Romania and to help develop a European public space through articles, studies and reports and through organizing debates, workshops and high-level conferences.

EUROPULS has the pleasure to welcome you to the 7th edition of the EUROSFAT Forum, the largest forum on European affairs in Romania. The forum is a project based on European values of democracy, civic engagement and open dialogue and represents the perfect opportunity to debate current and critical European, national and regional political topics, alongside representatives from the local, regional and international political sphere, businesses and civil society.

The word ‘sfat’ means both ‘council’ and ‘advice’ in Romanian and its association with the term ‘Euro’, sets the stage, every year since 2013, for the one moment when Europe is the main topic on the Romanian agenda – in all its forms and problems. Due to the extraordinary political context, both at national and European level,the 2019 Eurosfat Forum will be a special edition, transforming into the main national scene for the European Parliament elections and taking place during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

On April 11, we invite you to find out why your vote will shape the future of Europe directly from representatives of the main European political parties in the European Parliament. Europuls will host a citizens’ debate in which you will be able to share your vision with high EU stakeholders and you will be able to find out the future projects of the European Parliament political groups for the next 5 years.

On April 12, the forum will open with a plenary session, followed by 9 conferences, workshops, roundtables and cultural moments on EU topics. You will be able to debate with the top Romanian candidates in the European Parliament elections about their European priorities. Following the plenary debate, we invite you to participate to the 8 thematical workshops in which you will be able to meet high representatives of the EU institutions, Romanian and European candidates to the European elections, mayors of main Romanian cities as well as representatives of the national Government and Parliament. The closing ceremony of the forum will consist in a cultural event shaped in a forum theatre entitled “It lies in your power to change something! – Citizens are responsibly choosing their representatives in 2019!”

The event is organized under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, of the European Commission Representation in Romania and of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the European Union.

Agenda

EUROSFAT IS Organized by EUROPULS – CENTRE OF EUROPEAN EXPERTISE
AND ITS PARTNERS

16:00 – 18:00

Strada Vasile Lascăr, nr. 31, et 1. Sector 2 020492 Bucureşti, Nicolae Titulescu Room

Why your VOTE will shape the Future of Europe


Candidates and representantives of the main European political parties are coming in Romania to discuss about the importance of voting for the European elections and to presents the vision of European political families on the future of Europe. We hope that the debate will determine you to vote on May 26!
Do you already have a question for the speakers? Do not hesitate and write it down in this form!

Speakers:

Dara Murphy

Vice-President & Campaign Director

European People's Party (EPP)

Representative

-

European Greens Party(EGP)

Representative*

-

Party of European Socialists (PES)

Representative

-

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE)



Moderator:

Ramona

Ianuș

Deputy Director

Europuls


08:30 – 08:45

Registration

09:00 – 10:30

Constanța Room

PLENARY SESSION - Campaigning for Europe


The opening session of the forum aims to bring together the Romanian top candidates at the European elections at a lively debate with civil society. Citizens will be able to better understand the vision on the future of Europe of future members of the European Parliament and their priorities for their future mandate.

Speakers:

Dacian

Cioloș

PRESIDENT OF PLUS

2020 USR-PLUS ALLIANCE, PLUS

Victor Ponta

PRESIDENT

Pro România

Iuliu Winkler*

European Parliament elections candidate

UDMR

Representative

European Parliament elections candidate

PSD

Representative

European Parliament elections candidate

ALDE

Representative

European Parliament elections candidate

PNL


Moderator:

Tana Foarfă

Director

Europuls

10:30 – 11:00

COFFEE BREAK

11:00 – 13:00

Can civic engagement shape the outcome of the European elections?


This workshop brings together CSOs representatives from Romania and candidates in the European Parliament elections from different EU Member States in a true agora-style debate. Some insights of the debate: Why young generations are more reluctant in taking part in traditional forms of political participation but instead they are ready to join demonstrations? What are their main expectations from the future European Parliament? Are the new civic movements the actors of change in Europe? How citizens can better organise themselves in order to enhance their participation in politics and in the decision-making process? Can a civic movement influence political movements while maintaining its “civic” core?

Speakers:

Dragoș

Tudorache

CANDIDATE TO THE EP ELECTIONS

2020 USR-PLUS ALLIANCE

Milosz

Hodun

International advisor

Nowoczesna, Poland

Representative*

-

PSD

Daniel Berg

Candidate to EP elections, Member of the

Executive Board of Momentum

Kit Gillet

Freelance journalist for

The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian etc


Questions and Interventions from:
Civic and political activists: Representatives of Geeks for Democracy, Declic, Initiative Romania, the Association for Community Relations


Moderator:

Mihaela

Popa

Deputy Director

Europuls


Co-organisers: Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE)

11:00 – 13:00

Rule of law and anti-corruption in public administration


How can the public administration be reformed so as to become an attractive environment for professionals? How can government technology be used to reduce corruption? How can the culture of bureaucracy and culture be changed? What is its impact on the modernization and economic growth of Romania and the absorption of European funds? What will be the impact of the conditionality of protecting the rule of law proposed by the European Commission on public administrations and, implicitly, on citizens? These are just a few questions that we will be answering during this debate.

Speakers:

Dacian

Palladi

City-manager

Oradea City Hall

Jordanka

Tomkova

Senior Adviser

Innovabridge Foundation


Moderators:

Dumitru

Oprițoiu

Project Manager

Europuls

Hartmut

Rank

DIRECTOR

Rule of Law Programme South East Europe, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Romania


Co-organisers: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Rule of Law Programme South East Europe

11:00 – 13:00

The digital revolution: building a safer and smarter healthcare system


The digital revolution is redrawing the healthcare landscape across the entire world. How prepared is Romania for the ongoing digital revolution in healthcare? What would be some good practices it can share with other Member States? How are Romanian policy-makers ensuring that new and innovative medical technologies are available to patients? What is the European Union doing to support Member States in the era of digitised healthcare services?

Speakers:

Maria-Manuela

Catrina

State Secretary

Ministry for Communications and Information Society

Adriana Cotel*

President

National Health Insurance House

Pavel Popescu

Secretary

Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Chamber of Deputies, Romanian Parliament

Annika Nowak*

Member

Cabinet of Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission


Moderator:

Claudia

Gherman

Affiliated Expert

Europuls


Co-organisers: Janssen by Johnson&Johnson Romania, Smart Everything Everywhere

11:00 – 13:00, Timișoara Room

The Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) - 2021-2027 - An appropriate budget for the new European Union?


In the context of Brexit, migration issues, rising populism and persistent economic and development inequalities throughout the European Union, the question remains what financial resources can the European Union mobilise in its post-Brexit configuration? Against this background, this panel seeks to focus on the positions of different institutional and independent actors on the future budget of the European Union, how the MFF is negotiated and what its actual spending priorities should be. We aim to understand the obstacles and potential solutions for achieving a budget that would work for all citizens, whilst also help the EU recreate itself following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the bloc.

Vorbitori:

Siegfried

Mureșan

MEMBER

of the European Parliament, PNL

Dr. Andreas

Schwarz

Head of Unit, Multiannual Financial Framework

Directorate-General for Budget, European Commission

Representative*

-

Romanian Government


Moderator:

Dr. Cristian

Surubaru

Affiliated Expert

Europuls


Co-organisers: European Commission Representation in Romania, Friedrich Ebert Foundation

13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH BREAK

14:00 – 16:00

Sustainable Development of Romanian Urban areas. Lessons learned and exchange of best practices


Grouped in roundtables according to the region, each mayor will have a team of experts, private companies representatives, civil society representatives and citizens that will debate together and will come up with a series of ideas and/or solutions. The mayors will then expose their findings to the other groups, in order to achieve a constructive general debate and extract the best ideas possible. We aim that, through 3 mini-working sessions, to gather a series of ideas that we can then expose in an activity report. The moderators will facilitate the transition between the sessions and will interact will all groups, in order to provide the most effective information exchange.

Speakers:

Ioan Popa

MAYOR

of Reșița City

Mihai

Chirică

MAYOR

of Iași City

Representative*

-

Cluj-Napoca City Hall

Representative*

-

Alba-Iulia City Hall

Representative*

-

Constanța City Hall


Moderators:

Ana Cristina

Dobrișan

Affiliated Expert

Europuls

Gabriel

Trăistaru

Affiliated Expert

Europuls


Co-organisers: Enel Romania, OMV Petrom Romania

14:00 – 16:00

The Role of the EU in shaping the Future of Free Trade


Experts will assess the benefits and shortcomings of the EU trade policy based on fair and open competition, the implications of protectionism policy in an increasingly difficult environment, as well as the importance of involving global actors in deterring these phenomena. We will also discuss the reasons for which WTO modernisation is needed, as well as the extent to which the EU and its international allies will be able to shape the multilateral trading system.

Speakers:

E.S. Michael

Gregory

Andrews

Ambassador

of New Zealand to Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova

Stéphane

Lambert

Counsellor and Head of Trade

Economic and Science & Technology Policy, Mission of Canada to the European Union

Polina

Khomenko

Policy Officer, WTO reform

Directorate General for Trade, European Commission


Moderator:

Sabina

Strîmbovschi

Affiliated Expert

Europuls


Co-organisers: Embassy of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova; Embassy of New Zealand in Belgium

14:00 – 16:00

Towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: what role for social entrepreneurship in Europe?


The workshop will highlight the role of social entrepreneurship in creating a more sustainable EU by working towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals agreed in Agenda 2030. Through an exchange of experience among practitioners, discussions will focus on types of innovative solutions implemented by social entrepreneurs in solving economic, social and environmental problems and current policies at European level that support the development of social entrepreneurship. We will also analyse the current state of play in Romania and conclude with policy recommendations that should be implemented to better support social entrepreneurs in reaching the societal impact they are pursuing.

Speakers:

E.S. Stella

RONNER-

GRUBACIC*

Ambassador

Embassy of Netherlands in Romania

Social entrepreneur

-

Ashoka

Representative*

-

Institute of Social Economy Romania

Dana Verbal

Policy Officer

Job creation unit, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission


Moderator:

Laura Vișan

Affiliated Expert

Europuls


Co-organisers: Ashoka Romania

14:00 – 16:00

SAFER AND MORE EFFICIENT FINANCIAL MARKETS – EU REFORMS?


After the exit of the United Kigdom from the European Union, continental markets have very big shoes to fill. In this context, there are new reforms underway in order to streamline the financial institutional and regulatory framework. How will these new reforms help to grow and consolidate the markets across the Union? Will the capital markets be able to boost the real economy? Expert join forces in order to debate how the current financial framework works, how reforms are evolving and what the future holds for the European capital markets.

Speakers:

Valentin

Lazea*

Chief Economist

National Bank of Romania

Representative*

-

Financial Supervisory Authority of Romania

Raluca Painter

Deputy Head of Unit

The Directorate‑General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union - European Commission


Moderator:

Petru Saca

Affiliated Expert

Europuls

16:00 – 16:30

COFFEE BREAK

16:30 – 18:30

Cultural Event - Forum Theatre
You have the power to change something! In 2019, citizens responsibly elect their representatives!


Forum theatre is a type of theatre that offers the possibility of interaction and debate between the audience and the actors, is a social intervention instrument. In the first part you will be able to watch a short play, in the second part you will be able to change the characters of the play in order to provide a happy ending to the story. The general aim of this action is engaging citizens and decision-making factors in debates and activities that outline the importance of voting for the European Parliament 2019 elections. Through this play, we aim to make citizens more responsible and aware of their rights and to determine them to participate to the election of the Romanian candidates to the European Parliament for the next 5 years.

Actors: Students from 3 Bucharest highschools: „Ion Creangă” National College, „Mihail Sadoveanu” highschool and „Jean Monnet” highschool


Facilitator:

Loredana

Licuța

Project Coordinator

Europe Direct information centre (EDIC) Bucharest


Co-organisers: Europe Direct information centre (EDIC) Bucharest, European Institute in Romania

* - în curs de confirmare

Registration

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April 11th, 2019

Why your VOTE will shape the Future of Europe




April 12th, 2019

Opening (09:00 – 10:30)



Morning (11:00 – 13:00)







Afternoon (14:00 - 16:00)





Cultural event (16:30 - 18:30)



 

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JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

Calea 13 Septembrie 90

050726 Bucharest

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