Upcoming event: Circular Economy: The EU’s next big thing?

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There are ample reasons for a transition into a Circular Economy. It provides an attractive alternative to the current way of how our resources are used. It influences innovation, creates new business models and has a positive impact on growth and competitiveness of European markets. But the transformation of current patterns into a circular economy is challenging.

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Upcoming Event: The Dutch Elections 2017. The Morning After

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2017 faces many decisive elections in Europe. The Dutch Elections mark the beginning of the election ‘marathon’ in Europe and is being anxiously observed by liberals not only in the Netherlands.

Can Prime Minister Mark Rutte form a new government with new coalition partners? Will Geert Wilders’ PVV be as strong as polls forecast?

With past elections in mind, also the unexpected can happen on Election Day March 15.

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Upcoming Event: The OSCE contribution to European Security Policy

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The eastern borders of Europe are one of the central issues when evaluating European Security Policy.

The crisis in Ukraine is a focal point of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) efforts.They are targeted, towards the observation, gathering of information and reporting on the security situation in Ukraine and the facilitation of dialogue and ceasefires on the ground.

How does the OSCE counter human rights violations at the border to Europe? How does the institution contribute to Europe’s security while safeguarding the human dimension in the midst of crises?

Join us for a Breakfast Brief with Michael Georg Link, director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), who will give an exclusive overview of the OSCE’s work and its impact on Europe’s Security Policy as a whole.

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Upcoming Event: Sharing Economy. The challenge of balanced regulation

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The ‘Sharing Economy’ has created a new environment for ‘traditional’ businesses. Internet platforms and the proliferation of smart technologies have led to lower transaction costs for service providers and users. Ratings and reviews have resolved the problems of information asymmetry. In the transport industry this has contributed to disruptive changes and challenges for licensing and regulation. While the Sharing Economy has increased competition and lowered prices, these businesses fear for their long established modus operandi.  Regulation has turned out to be one of the major challenges in the field of the ‘Sharing’ or ‘Collaborative Economy’. EU Member States have handled this issue quite differently from each other.

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Screening of “Angry Buddha” by Stefan Ludwig in the European Parliament

MEP Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein (EPP), MEP Angelica Mlinar (ALDE) and MEP Péter Niedermüller (S&D) cordially invite you to the screening of the award-winning documentary

“Angry Buddha”

by Stefan Ludwig

Wednesday 8 February 2017
at 17:30
at the European Parliament,
József Antall Building Room 6Q2
Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047 Brussels

The screening will be followed by a Q&A in a presence of János Orsós teacher Dr. Ambedkar School, Tibor Derdak principal Dr. Ambedkar School, Stefan Ludwig director and writer and a reception in the Member’s Salon (ASP Floor 0)

Please indicate your presence to: gergelylaszlo.arato@europarl.europa.eu before 2 February.

János Orsós, a teacher, and a Buddhist, is of Roma descent. Inspired by the history of the Dalits or “untouchables” in India, birthplace of both Roma culture and Buddhism, he founded a school in a small Hungarian village with the goal of enabling teenagers from the poorest Roma ghettos to attend universities. Angry Buddha documents János’ resolute battle against the difficulties he faces over three years, while simultaneously painting affectionate yet honest portraits of the Roma youth who use humor and their own vitality to survive in a world of poverty and prejudice. Full of hope and fury, János fights for a better future for his pupils, the ‘untouchables’ of Europe.

FNF Greece: Η ελευθερία της Τέχνης και η τέχνη της ελευθερίας 

Δευτέρα, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2017
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Τοποθεσία: Musique Café, Αρριανού 37 & Αρχελάου, 11635, Παγκράτι

capture_001_20012017_12150420.00h – Χαιρετισμός
Αναστάσιος Καραμπογιάς, Απόφοιτος Φιλελεύθερων Σεμιναρίων Νέων

20.15h – Ομιλία
Λάκης Γαβαλάς, Σχεδιαστής μόδας – καλλιτέχνης

Η ελεύθερη έκφραση είναι εκ των ων ουκ άνευ της Τέχνης γι’ αυτό κάθε καλλιτέχνης πρέπει να είναι ελεύθερος να εκθέσει τις ιδέες του χωρίς περιορισμούς ή εμπόδια. Σε μια ταραχώδη εποχή όπως αυτή, η συμβολή των καλλιτεχνών είναι απαραίτητη διότι μπορεί να ρίχνει φως στα κοινωνικά και πολιτικά ζητήματα από μια άλλη οπτική. Continue reading