ELF Idea Accelerator

The ELF Idea Accelerator is an experimental space for testing new solutions to European issues, from climate to migration to the future of work. For this very first edition, the European Liberal Forum is bringing newly elected MEPs and other stakeholders in Brussels into contact with some of the latest ideas from the ground across Europe. The theme for 2019 is “Europe in Transition”.


12:45-12:50 Introductory remarks by Dr. Jürgen Martens MP, ELF President

12:50-13:00 Keynote speeches by Hans van Baalen, ALDE Party President

13:00-14:00 Discussion on the “Future directions for a liberal Europe” with

  • Katalin Cseh MEP, Momentum, VP of Renew Europe
  • Fredrick Federley MEP, Centerpartiet, Renew Europe (tbc)
  • Irina Von Wiese MEP, LibDems, Renew Europe
  • Hans Van Baalen, President of ALDE Party

Moderator: Daniel Kaddik, ELF Executive Director

14:00-15:15 What makes a progressive liberal vision on migration in Europe?
Interview & Workshop hosted by Mr Hans Van Mierlo Stichting, Republikon and Fores.


  • Marthe Hesselmans, Senior Researcher, Mr Hans Van Mierlo Stichting
  • Júlia Iván, Human rights lawyer
  • José Ramón Bauzá MEP, Ciudadanos/ALDE
  • Daniel Sjöberg, Political Advisor to MEP Cecilia Wikström
  • Csaba Toth, Member of the Board of Directors, ELF

Moderated by Birgit Allerstorfer, Director of NEOS Lab

14:00-15:15 The quality of governance in the EU
Panel discussion hosted by Fondazione Luigi Einaudi.


  • Roberto Ricciuti, Director of Economics, University of Verona
  • Francisco Veiga, President of the School of Economics and Management, University of Minho
  • Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm, Research & Advocacy Coordinator,Transparency International EU Office

Moderator: Marco Mariani, European Affairs Director, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi

15:30-16:30 Disrupting the transport sector
Cambridge Union Debate hosted by ELF Secretariat.


  • Jacob Bangsgaard, President, MaaS Alliance
  • Tom Buchhold, Manager Public Affairs, FlixBus and FlixTrain
  • Matteo Mussini, Strategy Advisor, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
  • Livia Spera, Acting General Secretary, European Transport Workers Federation

Moderator: Luke Hallam, Executive Officer of Cambridge Union, President of the Cambridge University Liberal Democrats

15:30-16:30 Hottie of the year: climate change is all about the money!
Workshop hosted by FORES.


  • Mette Kahlin McVeigh, Deputy Director of the Climate Change Programme, FORES

16:30-17:15 Setting the agenda for the coming term: news from the Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU
Briefing hosted by Svenska Bildningsförbundet.

16:30-17:15 Will Terminator be your next colleague?
Fireside chat hosted by Institute for Politics and Society.


  • Petr Očko, Deputy Minister for new technology, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

Moderator: Jan Klesla (External Expert at IPPS)

17:30-19:00 Reception


The event will take place at TownHall Europe (Square de Meeûs 5, 1000 Brussels).

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