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.
EUROSFAT IS Organized by EUROPULS – CENTRE OF EUROPEAN EXPERTISE
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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!
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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.
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?
Questions and Interventions from:
Civic, political activists, journalists: Representatives of Geeks for Democracy, Declic, Initiative Romania, the Association for Community Relations
Co-organisers: Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE)
The conference is co-financed by the European Commission, Europe for Citizens Programme, Strand2: Democratic engagement and civic participation.
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.
Co-organisers: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Rule of Law Programme South East Europe
The digital revolution is redrawing the healthcare landscape across the entire world, bringing about a wave of innovation that is fundamentally changing how we approach medical services. Good care for everyone through access to quality and affordable healthcare should be the ultimate goal. How prepared is Romania for the ongoing digital revolution in healthcare? How are Romanian policy-makers ensuring that innovative medical treatments and technologies are available to all its citizens? What is the European Union doing to support Member States in the era of new technologies in healthcare?
Co-organisers: Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, Smart Everything Everywhere, Embassy of Belgium in Romania, eHealth Romania
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.
Co-organisers: European Commission Representation in Romania, Friedrich Ebert Foundation
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.
Co-organisers: Enel Romania, OMV Petrom Romania
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.
Co-organisers: Embassy of Canada to Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova, Embassy of Japan in Romania, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania
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.
Co-organisers: Ashoka Romania
This year at the EUROSFAT Forum, financial experts join forces to discuss options to improve financial inclusion through education and better use of technology. Are the regulatory trends facilitating the financial inclusion and intermediation? What needs to be done for improving financial literacy? Are financial institutions ready to act in a digital environment? Are customers’ tech savvy enough for this? Is the EU legislation and the Romanian one fit to embrace the technological revolution in the financial field? All this and many more will be discussed in this year’s edition of the EUROSFAT Forum!
Co-organisers: Provident Financial Romania, Erste Asset Management
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: Marius Dogaru, Maria Stan, Valentina Niculăică and Irena Dumitru („Ion Creangă” National College) ; Maria Sorescu and Mihaela Istim („Jean Monnet” highschool) ; Andrei Miron, Alexandru Soare and Liviu Bogdan („Mihail Sadoveanu” highschool)
Co-organisers: Europe Direct information centre (EDIC) Bucharest, European Institute in Romania
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