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Our next event will be held in July 2014

Our next event will be held on in July 2014, for more information about our past events  please follow this link for English speaking debates and/or this link for French speaking debates.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: “The relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood at a turning point?” (8 April)

On Tuesday 8th of April, at the premises of Science14 Atrium in Brussels, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate concerning the relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood. The event was moderated by Mr Rikard Jozwiak, Brussels Correspondent for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, while the discussants were Mr Tomasz Orlowski, Head of Section of EU Foreign Policy and External Action, Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, Mr Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Adviser on External relations, President Schulz’s Cabinet, Mr Konstantinos Vardakis, Deputy Head of Division,  Eastern  Partnership, regional cooperation & OSCE, European External Action Service.

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Photo Album: Debate – The relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood at a turning point? (8 April)

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Thank you for attending our debate “The relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood at a turning point?”

PubAffairs Bruxelles was delighted to host on April 8th the debate between our distinguished speakers, Mr Tomasz Orlowski, Head of Section of EU Foreign Policy and External Action, Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, Mr Arnoldas Pranckevicius, Adviser on External relations, President Schulz’s Cabinet, Mr Konstantinos Vardakis, Deputy Head of Division, Eastern Partnership, regional cooperation & OSCE, EEAS.

We would like to thank our distinguished guests, our moderator, Rikard Jozwiak, Brussels Correspondent for Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), the public and Science 14 Atrium, for allowing this debate to take place.

PubAffairs Bruxelles is also pleased to announce that the next event will take place in June 2014. We hope that all the contributors, attendees, as well as our present and future members will join us in the next debate.

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Invitation – Debate: “The relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood at a turning point?” (8 April)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood with Mr Tomasz Orlowski, Head of Section of EU Foreign Policy and External Action, Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, Mr Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Adviser on External relations, President Schulz’s Cabinet, Mr Konstantinos Vardakis, Deputy Head of Division, Eastern Partnership, regional cooperation & OSCE, EEAS, on the 8th of April at the premises of Science 14 Atrium


The debate will be moderated by Rikard Jozwiak, Brussels Correspondent for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)


The relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood at a turning point?

In March 2014, both at the extraordinary meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government and during the European Parliament’s plenary session, the assessment and the priorities setting of EU relations with the Eastern Partnership countries attracted particular attention due to the fragility and the potential far-reaching consequences of the current political, economic and social processes underway in that area. Shortly before such institutional discussions, The Economist published an essay in which the authors stated that “between 1980 and 2000 the cause of democracy experienced only a few setbacks, but since 2000 there have been many”. The essay also emphasised the fact that “democracy is going through a difficult time. Where autocrats have been driven out of office, their opponents have mostly failed to create viable democratic regimes. Even in established democracies, flaws in the system have become worryingly visible and disillusion with politics is rife. Yet just a few years ago democracy looked as though it would dominate the world”.

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Save the date: 8 April – The relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood at a turning point?

We are delighted to invite you to the debate organised by PubAffairs Bruxelles which will be held on April 8th at 19.00 at the premises of Science14 Atrium, rue de la Science, 14-b, Brussels. The debate will concern the relationship between Europe and its Eastern neighbourhood.

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About the event

In March 2014, both at the extraordinary meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government and during the European Parliament’s plenary session, the assessing and the priorities setting of EU relations with the Eastern Partnership countries have drawn particular attention due to the fragility, and the potential far-reaching consequences of the current political, economic and social processes underway in that area. Shortly before such institutional discussions, The Economist published an essay in which the authors stated that “between 1980 and 2000 the cause of democracy experienced only a few setbacks, but since 2000 there have been many”. The essay also emphasised the fact that “democracy is going through a difficult time. Where autocrats have been driven out of office, their opponents have mostly failed to create viable democratic regimes. Even in established democracies, flaws in the system have become worryingly visible and disillusion with politics is rife. Yet just a few years ago democracy looked as though it would dominate the world”.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS – Debate | New EU rules on public procurement: better value for money, growth and sustainability? | PubAffairs Bruxelles Editorial Team

On Tuesday 18th of February, at the premises of Science14 Atrium in Brussels, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate concerning the new EU rules on public procurement recently approved by the European Parliament. The event was chaired by Professor Dermot Cahill, Chairman of the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies, Bangor University (UK), while the discussants were Ms Heide Rühle MEP (Greens/DE) and Mr Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Public Procurement in the European Commission (DG Internal Market and Services).

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Photo Album: Debate – “New EU rules on public procurement: better value for money, growth and sustainability?” (18 February)

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