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08/12/2011
European Young Leaders: '40 under 40' - Paris Seminar
   

DAY 1 – Thursday 8 December

 

13.30-14.00

Registration and welcome coffee

14.00-14.30

opening session

A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE EU’S CURRENT STATE OF PLAY

Venue: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris


The European project is being severely tested by the EU’s collective failure to tackle the many elements of the profound economic and financial crisis that began in 2008. On top of that there are the long-term sustainability crises of climate, energy security and resource scarcities. European citizens are losing their faith in the European Union as a force for good and so are increasingly supporting populist anti-EU parties. If Europe wants to win back citizens’ support it will need a fundamental renewal.

   
  Welcome by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe
   

14.30-15.30

Break out session

Getting to know you

Venue: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris
   
This session will provide the opportunity for group discussion in which the young leaders will get to know one another better.
   
  Facilitated by Robert Cox, Friends of Europe Trustee and former European Commission Representative to Turkey
 

15.30-16.00

Break

 

16.00-17.30

Session i

TOWARDS A EUROPEAN RENEWAL

Venue: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris

 

  • Which Europe do we want?
  • What objectives should drive the European project in the early twenty-first century?
  • Can the economic crisis be an opportunity to redefine the motors of European integration around new prosperity, a coherent European energy policy, ecological sustainability and social justice?
   
  Sandro Gozi, Member of the Italian National Parliament, Member of the Spinelli Group and former Advisor to European Commission Presidents Romano Prodi and José Manuel Barroso
Jon Worth European blogger
   
  Moderated by Ulysse Gosset, Deputy Director for France Télévisions

17.30-18.00

Coffee break
   

18.00-18.30

Registration of participants for public debate

18.30-19.30

Public Debate

BUILDING EUROPE THROUGH CRISIS

Venue: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris
This session will provide the opportunity for the ‘40 under 40’ to partake in a public debate and engage with over 100 stakeholders coming from the worlds of politics, business and civil society.
   
  Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations and Director of the European Studies Centre at Oxford University
    
  Young Leader interventions by Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Member of the Hellenic Parliament and Deputy Head of the Environmental Policy Sector in the New Democracy Party, and Tomas Sedlacek, Chief Macroeconomic Strategist at ČSOB bank and Member of the Czech National Economic Council
   
  Moderated by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe
 

19.30

Cocktail at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris
   

20.30

Dinner at Restaurant Bistro de la Muette
  With guest Daniel Cohn-Bendit MEP, Co-President of the Greens/European Free Alliance and Member of the European Parliament

DAY 2 - friday 9 december

 

9.00-9.30

Transportation to the European Commission Representation in France

 

 

 

9.30-11.00

SESSION Ii

LEADING BY EXAMPLE

Venue: European Parliament Information Office / European Commission Representation in France

  

  • Europe and the rest of the world: What leadership role should Europe play?
  • Can Europe reshape its economics, politics and institutions to become a ”green growth” model for the world?
  • The EU in multilateral diplomacy: The G20 and climate change negotiations
  • How will the Arab spring change Europe’s foreign policy?
   
  Jean-Michel Severino, Chairman of Investisseurs et Partenaires pour le Développement (I&P) and Former Director General of Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
   
  Young Leader contribution by Franziska Brantner MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs
   
  Moderated by Thomas Klau, Editorial Director and Head of the Paris Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
 

11.00-11.30

Coffee break

 

11.30-12.30

out of the box session

BRIDGING THE GAP WITH EUROPEAN CITIZENS: THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Venue: European Parliament Information Office / European Commission Representation in France

 

 

  Facilitated by Young Leader Farid Tabarki, Founding Editor and Presenter for Coolpolitics; Founder of Studio Zeitgeist, with the participation of Jon Worth, European blogger

 

12.30-14.00

Lunch at the European Commission Representation in France

14.00 – 15.00

Transportation to the Maison Jean Monnet

 

15.00 – 16.30

SESSION Iii

HOW TO REINVENT OUR ECONOMIC MODELS?

Venue: Maison Jean Monnet
 
  • Regulation, innovation, and industrialisation: The pillars of investment in our economic future?
  • The European internal market: Efficiency, reciprocity and EU “champions”?
  • Shared values, ethics and social justice: A long term vision for Europe?
   
  Hendrik Bourgeois, Vice President of European Affairs for General Electric (GE)
Andreas Schwab MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
   
  Young Leader contribution by Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke, Founder and CEO of Women’s Worldwide Web, a web-based philanthropy platform.
   
  Moderated by Stéphane Cossé, Associate Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris and former Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
 

16.30 - 17.00

Coffee break

17.00 - 18.30

Session iv

FINANCE VS POLITICS: WHAT CAN EUROPE DO?

Venue: Maison Jean Monnet
  • Capitalism and consumption: Our new religions
  • Taming the beast: Regulating financial markets so that they serve the wider economy instead of leading it
  • What role can the internal market play in strengthening the European economy and overcoming the financial crisis?
   
  Thierry Philipponnat, Secretary General of Finance Watch
   
  Young Leader contribution by Riccardo Maraga, Mayor of the City of Amelia, whose policies focus on sustainable development and global governance
   
  Moderated by Ulysse Gosset, Deputy Director of France Télévisions
 

18.30 - 19.00

Transportation to the Domaine du Tremblay
   

19.00-20.00

Break
 

20.00

Cocktail and dinner at the Domaine du Tremblay

DAY 3 - Saturday 10 december

 

10.00-10.30

Transportation to the Maison Jean Monnet

10.30-12.00

Session V

HOW CAN EUROPE FIGHT THE RISE OF POPULISM AND NATIONALISM?

Venue: Maison Jean Monnet
  • Crisis, immigration and globalisation
  • Project of society and human values
  • Arguments and elements of strategy
   
  Catherine Fieschi, Director of Counterpoint
   
  Young Leader contributions by Sofi Oksanen, Finnish award-winning and best-selling author; Souad Mekhennet, journalist for The New York Times, ZDF and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; and Sarah Joseph, CEO and Founding Editor of emel Magazine
   
  Moderated by Anne Bagamery, Senior Editor of the International Herald Tribune
 

12.00-13.00

Lunch

13.00 – 14.00

Transportation to French Ministry of Culture and Communication

14.00 – 15.00

Session VI

WHAT ROLE FOR EUROPEAN CULTURE?

Venue: French Ministry of Culture and Communication
  • European values and identity and their global impact
  • What role can the arts play in shaping new ideas?
  • A cultural strategy to support European diplomacy?
  • New media and new practices: Leveraging the digital world
   
  Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General of the European Festivals Association
Marietje Schaake MEP, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education
   
  Young Leader contribution by Krzysztof Candrowicz, Founder and Director of the Lodz Art Centre and the Lodz Foundation of Visual Education
   
  Moderated by Alison Smale, Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune
 

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break

 

15.30 – 16.30

CONCLUSIONS

ON BEING A YOUNG EUROPEAN LEADER

Venue: French Ministry of Culture and Communication
  • Personality issues in leadership
  • Self awareness and group awareness
  • What insights can emerge from this programme?
   
  Yves Djorno, Partner at PI Europe, consultancy on improving human performance in multi-national companies, and Professor at the HEC Business School in Paris
Thomas Houdaille, Secretary General of EuropaNova

 

16.30 – 20.00

Break

20.00

Cocktail and dinner at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication
Remarks by Frédéric Mitterrand, French Minister for Culture and Communication

 

23.00

Paris by night at Silencio and end of seminar
 

 

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