Liberal Breakfast on the Austrian Elections 

A joint event series of  the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and ALDE Party

 

Wedesday, 09 October 2019

Registration & Light Breakfast: 7:45h

Event: 8:00h – 9:00h

 

Venue: ALDE Party HQ, Rue d’Idalie 11, 1050 Brussels

Kindly register for this event by 04. October 2019 at  https://forms.gle/9gtu7t3zzDBMxiJ46 *

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(Greece) 4th Academy and Symposium of Entrepreneurship

The Greek entrepreneurship on the road to development and openness

Sikyon Coast, Xylokastro
20-22
September 2019

 

For the Greek verion see here.

 

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The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), in collaboration with IMEDA and the support of the KEMEL, the Greek-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Young Liberals and KEFIM, host the 4th Academy and Symposium of Entrepreneurship. Continue reading

Shadow Economy: Are the Stop Signs In Place? 

 

Even in times of rapid economic growth many EU states struggle in their fight with illicit trade and undeclared labour. The risk of growth of the shadow economy may begin to rise as economic forecasts worsen.

What drives illicit trade and the undeclared labour market? What causes come to play the most in the illegal excise goods market: is it taxes and regulation, public justification of the shadow economy, or flawed detection and penalties? Finally, are governments using the right strategies to counteract illicit economic activity?

New empirical research from the Lithuanian Free Market Institute provides unique evidence of the actual drivers of the shadow economy from a comprehensive cross-country perspective.

The event will discuss key arguments that should underlie EU decision making if we are to see any breakthrough in minimizing the staggering and disturbing differences in levels of illicit trade and labour among member states. Continue reading

Liberalism, Politics and Diaspora: Europe’s Success Story 

Liberalism is the advocate of free movement. The opportunities provided in the framework of the European Union have benefited not only the individuals who move to work, study or travel, but also the very states themselves, enriching their societies with new skills and capacities. The emerged European diasporas have become a link of friendship and partnership among states symbolizing how much we can achieve together. They are ambassadors of the European identity and they have the ability to promote political and economic transformation from an institutional and discursive perspective.

In this liberal Europe, the children of immigrants have equal opportunities, even to become a Member of Parliament just like Grigoris Aggelidis MdB, a German politician (FDP) of Greek origin. In this event, we invite him to give us a fresh view about the future of liberalism in Europe and Greece. Moreover, we shall discuss the dimensions in the potential contribution to Greece from abroad. What impact can the Greek diaspora have on the country’s development, in our networked era of globalization? How could the Greeks turn the “brain-drain” to “brain-gain”? What should change and what can be improved in order to make Greece competitive again? In the aftermath of the European elections 2019, Mr Aggelidis will offer the perspective of a Northern European who, nevertheless, is well aware of the Greek situation. Continue reading

Promoting citizenship: (Re-)Connecting Europe to its citizens

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On 26 May 2019, more than 400 Million EU citizens were invited to exercise their democratic right to vote in elections to the European Parliament. Politics as usual? Only partially: For the first time ever, voter turnout rose and was even the highest for 20 years. Moreover, albeit with some exceptions, the much anticipated eurosceptic wave in the future European Parliament was put to a stop. However, such recent positive developments do not hide the fact that European politics and EU decision-making are perceived as being (too) distant by EU citizens for some years already. An argument which is often brought forward not only by anti-European voices. Continue reading