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Brussels Events

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Beers Bank in Etterbeek, Belgium

Briefing Series: Romanian Protests: A Beacon of Hope for Democracy? 

At a time when democracy is being challenged in several nations in Europe and around the world, an encouraging countermovement has erupted in Romania, a formerly communist nation of 20 million on the Black Sea and an EU member state since 2007. Beginning in January, huge demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people have rocked the capital, Bucharest, and other major cities across the country in what has been widely described as the largest political mobilisation since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989. The rallying point has been simple, direct and, given the country’s history, inspiring: a demand that the government not relax anti-corruption laws. Is the Romanian movement a beacon of hope for people around the world seeking to hold their governments to account? Will it suffice to stamp out the culture of corruption so present in Romania since the fall of Communism?

Join YPFP and our panel of experts for this Briefing Series event examining the recent protest movement in Romania, why it is happening now and where it can possibly lead.

Speakers:
Mr Marian Jean Marinescu, MEP since 2007, is the Vice President of the largest political group in the European Parliament, the European People's Party. Mr Marinescu is the head of the Working Group on Budget and Structural Policies in the EPP and was the MEP of the year in 2014 for Research and Innovation. He is Romanian and member of the Romanian Liberal Party.

Carmen Paun covers health and Romania at Politico Europe in Brussels. Before joining POLITICO, she was a freelancer covering regulatory and international affairs out of the EU capital. She has reported on a wide range of topics, from money laundering to food production to chemicals and terrorism. She holds a bachelor degree in journalism and a bachelor degree in social communication and public relations from the University of Bucharest in Romania.

Tana Foarfa completed a bachelor degree in Political Science at Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Master degree in European Studies – EU External Relations specialty. Currently working in the European Commission at DG HR. She is also an associated member of Europuls - Centre for European Expertise where she provides expertise on European and Romanian foreign policy issues through articles, policy briefs and conference organization.

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 07:00 PM
FTI Consulting Belgium in Brussels, Belgium

Tools of the Trade: "Is Public Affairs your affair?”, a practical workshop on careers in public affairs

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Join an exclusive career development workshop where we will bust all the myths about lobbying and find out from the industry’s finest what is, and what isn't, Public Affairs consulting.

Whether you are considering a career path in Public Affairs, wish to advance your expertise in interest representation or simply want to learn about a fresh perspective, this is the right workshop for you. Ivana will share tips for entering the industry and give you a sense of how a successful public affairs consultant’s day-to-day looks like. During the practical part, you will step into the shoes of a lobbyist and try for yourself how it is to engage with stakeholders on behalf of various interests and clients.

Ivana Jemelkova is an EU Public Affairs and communication specialist, currently a Senior Director at FTI Consulting’s Brussels office. She helps businesses understand and navigate European policies. Shortlisted among top three ‘Rising Stars’ at the European Public Affairs Awards 2014, Ivana is passionate about innovation, new technologies and sustainability. Prior to joining FTI Consulting in 2010, Ivana worked for the European Commission and a foreign-policy think tank based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM
TBC in Brussels, Belgium

Discussion Group - EU Foreign Policy and related issues - "The Future of Europe - What's next?"

WHAT: Discussion Group - EU Foreign Policy and related issues - "The Future of Europe - What's next?"
WHERE: TBC
WHO: YPFP Members 

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The EU has been rapidly changing in recent years. Issues such as the Euro crisis, the migration crisis, the growth of Euroscepticism(s) and populism and the prospect of Brexit have all taken their toll on the EU as a whole. The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the White Paper by the European Commission on the Future of Europe make it more than clear that the EU has come to a crossroads and needs now to think about the way ahead. But what is indeed the right way forward? More Europe or less Europe? How can young Europeans engage, what do national politicians need to do, and what do the European institutions need to do?

YPFP started as a small group of young people getting together to discuss foreign policy issues. We have now become an incredible organization with hundreds of members in Washington DC, London, Brussels and elsewhere. In a world of rapidly changing political landscapes, it is now even more crucial to engage, foster debates, and develop new ideas.

We believe it is time to provide a forum where our members can get together and express their own views. We would love you to join us in this exciting new initiative and discuss on "the Future of Europe - What's next?" with us! We will provide registered participants with some articles/reading material before the meeting to provide some food for thoughts.

This will be a great opportunity for you to exchange views on current foreign affairs issues in an informal and supportive setting: come along to meet new friends, build on your knowledge and hone your debating skills!

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

Don't know your details? Don't worry! Go to https://ypfp.nationbuilder.com/login, to retrieve your password and activate your account, and then you will be able to sign up for all future events. If you need help logging in, please consult this step-by-step guide or send us an email at brussels.membership@ypfp.org.


Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 06:30 PM

Ambassador Series: H.E. Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU

WHAT: Ambassador Series: H.E. Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU
WHEN: Tuesday, 4 April; 18h30-20h30
WHERE: Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU, rue du Marteau 9, 1000 Brussels
WHO: YPFP members

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On 25 March 1957, six countries joined together in Rome to sign a treaty establishing the European Economic Community -- a momentous occasion that set Europe down a path of greater integration and eventually led to the European Union as we know it today.

As we mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels invites you to join us for an evening discussion with Ambassador Maurizio Massari, Italian Permanent Representative to the European Union. Ambassador Massari who will offer his perspectives on Italy’s foreign policy and the future of the EU sixty years after the signature of the Treaty of Rome.

The event will be followed by a light cocktail reception generously offered by the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union.

Ambassador Massari was appointed Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union in May 2016. During his diplomatic career that has spanned more than 30 years, he has served in a numerous posts in Washington, London and Rome, as well as in Moscow during perestroika. In 2012, he was the Special Envoy of the Italian Foreign Minister for the Mediterranean and the Middle East and later on Ambassador of Italy to Egypt. From 2003 to 2006, he served as OSCE Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro. Ambassador Massari has a degree in Political Science from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, and advanced specialisations in International Affairs from Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.

Please note: Participants need to bring their ID card to access the venue. Due to the limited places available, we kindly ask you to register only if you are able to attend the meeting with the Ambassador.

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

Don't know your details? Don't worry! Go to https://ypfp.nationbuilder.com/login, to retrieve your password and activate your account, and then you will be able to sign up for all future events. If you need help logging in, please consult this step-by-step guide or send us an email at brussels.membership@ypfp.org.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels

Economic Diplomacy Series: The Russian Economy: On the Ropes or Rallying for a Comeback?

The one-two punch of low oil prices and international economic sanctions over the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine helped to knock Russia into economic recession in 2015. The brunt of these blows fell heavily on the Russian public as they watched the value of the ruble collapse to historic lows. Despite this and with tensions continuously flaring between Moscow and its neighbors to the West, Russia has been able to maintain strong spending in some sectors, defense in particular, throughout the crisis. Although economic sanctions are still holding fast and oil prices are still at half of what they were before the sharp decline began in mid-2014, will we see the Russian economy recover and fight back to positive growth in 2017?

Join YPFP and our panel of experts as we take a look at the causes and consequences of the Russian financial crisis, how Russia has been able to cope and what we can expect from its economy in the year ahead.

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

Don't know your details? Don't worry! Go to https://ypfp.nationbuilder.com/login, to retrieve your password and activate your account, and then you will be able to sign up for all future events. If you need help logging in, please consult this step-by-step guide or send us an email at brussels.membership@ypfp.org.

 


Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 06:30 PM
TBC in Brussels, Belgium

Discussion Group - "Getting Serious about defence: The changing dynamic between Europe and America"

WHAT: Discussion Group - "Getting Serious about defence: The changing dynamic between Europe and America"
WHERE: TBC
WHO: YPFP Members

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Security and defence remains an ever developing field, heavily influenced by the reins of power on both sides of the Atlantic. As we see a rise in global radicalization and tension in various parts of the world, are we truly "getting serious about defence"? How will President Trump (or conversely, his senior military cabinet members) influence the dynamic and future foreign policy and military engagements? Is the new EU military headquarters a threat to NATO - EU cooperation?

YPFP started as a small group of young people getting together to discuss foreign policy issues. We have now become an incredible organization with hundreds of members in Washington DC, London, Brussels and elsewhere. In a world of rapidly changing political landscapes, it is now even more crucial to engage, foster debates, and develop new ideas.

We believe it is time to provide a forum where our members can get together and express their own views. We would love you to join us in this exciting new initiative and discuss on "Getting Serious about Defence: The changing dymanics between Europe and the US?" with us! We will provide registered participants with some articles/reading material before the meeting to provide some food for thoughts.

This will be a great opportunity for you to exchange views on current foreign affairs issues in an informal and supportive setting: come along to meet new friends, build on your knowledge and hone your debating skills!

Important information: we have changed our event registration process in order to give you, our members, a smoother and easier sign-up experience! You will now need to be logged into your account on ypfp.org to sign up for our events. 

Don't know your details? Don't worry! Go to https://ypfp.nationbuilder.com/login, to retrieve your password and activate your account, and then you will be able to sign up for all future events. If you need help logging in, please consult this step-by-step guide or send us an email at brussels.membership@ypfp.org.