Upcoming Events

  • 20. Nov 2017

    Europe's Future: Liberal Perspectives

    Munich
    Germany
    To support the founding of a new chapter of the DGLI (German Group of Liberal International) to discuss the merits of the European Union in transnational partnerships. How does the EU support transnational contacts? How does the European Union foster a more cosmopolitan mindset? And what could the EU do to support transnational networking even more? Die Europäische Union ist seit Jahren unter Druck: illiberale Tendenzen in einigen Staaten untergraben die Grundrechte der Bürger, populistische Parteien stellen die Politik in vielen Staaten vor neue Herausforderungen, eine gemeinsame kohärente EU-Flüchtlingspolitik fehlt und etliche Regionen kämpfen um die Unabhängigkeit von ihren Nationalstaaten. Die Antworten der EU auf diese Herausforderungen befriedigen viele Bürger nicht – eine tiefere Integration, die Umverteilung von Kompetenzen oder eine veränderte Zusammensetzung der europäischen Institutionen geben nicht die erhoffte Antwort. Es fehlt eine große Diskussion über Europas Zukunft, wie eine Union in 10 oder in 20 Jahren aussehen soll. Als Liberale denken wir Politik vom Individuum aus. Das muss auch für Europa gelten, die EU sollte nicht auf Staaten zugeschnitten sein, sondern auf die Einwohner der Europäischen Union – eine Europäische Bürgerrepublik. Wir wollen darüber diskutieren, wie es gelingen kann Europas Bürger ins Zentrum der europäischen Politik zu stellen, für eine geeinte und zukunftssichere Europäische Union.

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  • 22. Nov 2017

    Liberal Democracy in Hungary

    Budapest
    Hungary
  • 23. Nov 2017

    For a secure and free Europe in the 21st century

    Prague
    Czech Republic
    This roundtable will examine the five reflection papers about the future of the European Union.

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  • 26. Nov 2017

    Smart Urban Agenda

    Warsaw & Katowice
    Poland
    A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets – the city’s assets include, but not limited to, local departments information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services. During this event experts from Poland and all over Europe will discuss the most important issues for modern and smart cities,
  • 28. Nov 2017

    Digitalising Democracy: e-Democracy and e-Participation in Europe

    Brussels
    Belgium
    The technologically most advanced continent in the world, Europe, is still lagging behind in the introduction ICTs in decision-making and the achievement of all inclusive democracies through 21st century technologies and communication tools. Whereas, best practices in the area of e-democracy are observed in all European regions, they are spread unevenly, still remain restricted within country borders, and are often vibrant on local level only. What are the perspectives before an all-embracing eDemocracy across Europe and what are the reasons behind the modest progress so far? Are the technological and political concerns prevailing to date, or the positives of the online tools that enable wider and broader citizen’s participation in governance are not convincing enough to policy-makers and experts? Now is the right time to admit that digitalisation of all areas of public life happens, whether we like or not. What the future look of European democracies will be and will we, as liberals, use the technological momentum to reshape the traditional governance model to the next step of representative liberal democracy? These topics we will debate during the event Digital Democracy and e-Participation in Europe. The event will include a presentation of the ELF publication eDemocracy and eParticipation, and a topical discussion, with the participation of EP and EC representatives, contributors to the publication, representatives of ELF member organisations, and experts.

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  • 30. Nov 2017

    Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable: European green transformation and circular economy

    Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    The European Parliament passed a circular economy package in March 2017. The package wants to establish higher goals than originally proposed by the Commission. Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable event is going to present waste reduction goals proposed by the European Parliament and interpret it against European Commission goals and to local/national realities. Even though moving towards a more circular economy could deliver opportunities including reduced pressures on the environment enhance security of supply of raw materials; increased competitiveness; innovation; growth and jobs, the shift also poses challenges such as financing; key economic enablers; greenwashing; skills; consumer behaviour and business models; and multi-level governance of the process. Unlike the traditional linear economic model based on a 'take – make – consume – throw away' pattern, a circular economy is based on sharing, leasing, reuse, repair, refurbishment, and recycling, in an (almost) closed loop, where products and the materials they contain are highly valued. In practice, it implies reducing waste to a minimum. Moving towards a more circular economy could deliver opportunities including reduced pressures on the environment enhance the security of supply of raw materials; increased competitiveness; innovation; growth and jobs. However, the shift also poses challenges such as financing; key economic enablers; greenwashing; skills; consumer behavior and business models; and multi-level governance of the process.
  • 30. Nov 2017

    Legislative Proposal on School Choice in Greece

    Athens
    Greece
  • 02. Dec 2017

    Communication event: New Economic Models - the future of work

    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
  • 03. Dec 2017

    Communication event: Brexit and Europe's Security

    Amsterdam
    Netherlands

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