A new departure for the EU

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A new departure for the EU


For the fifth year in a row, ten leading European think tanks will join forces to host the annual Brussels Think Tank Dialogue (BTTD). The BTTD 2015 will focus on such topical issues as: energy union, EU migration policy, and labour markets. This unique event will take place on Wednesday, the 28th of January 2015 at the Residence Palace. This is your chance to share your views with some of the Europe’s foremost thinkers.

Jointly organised by 10 leading think tanks, the Brussels Think Tank Dialogues are annual policy forums for critical reflection on the state of the EU and the joint development of analysis and recommendations to improve EU policies. The Dialogues are designed to address pressing political concerns as well as to offer recommendations on specific issues.



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Aart De Geus

Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Introduced by

Kirsten Westphal

Senior Associate, Global Issues Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Thierry Deschuyteneer

Executive Secretary, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)

Marie Donnelly

Director for New and Renewable Sources of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the European Commission Directorate General for Energy

Ruth Paserman

Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen

Miroslav Beblavy

Senior Fellow, The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Gregory Claeys

Resident Scholar, Bruegel

Anne Macey

Delegate General, Confrontations Europe

Chaired by

Etienne Davignon

President of Friends of Europe, Belgian Minister of State and former European Commission Vice-President

Eric Thode

Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung

The new European Commission and the investment plan: Delivering growth?
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A conversation with Jyrki Katainen, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

Conducted by

Daniel Gros

Director, CEPS - The Centre for European Policy Studies

Aart De Geus

Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Introduced by

Matthias Mayer

Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Yves Pascouau

Director of Migration and Mobility Policies and Head of the European Migration and Diversity Programme, European Policy Centre (EPC)

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

Chaired by

Elizabeth Collett

Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI), and Senior Advisor to MPI’s Transatlantic Council on Migration

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Pierre Defraigne

Executive Director, Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation

Giles Merritt

Founder of Friends of Europe

Marc Otte

President of the Brussels International Center

Guntram Wolff

Director, Bruegel

Fabian Zuleeg

Chief Executive and Head of Programme Europe's Political Economy, European Policy Centre (EPC)

Chaired by

Laurence Norman

Deputy Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal

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