Calendar of events

This is a provisional calendar and details of events and speakers are subject to confirmation to EPC members by e-mail.

These events are only open to EPC members, EU officials and the media, unless specified otherwise.

December 2014

Monday, 01 December 2014 - 16.00 to 18.00
New Pact for Europe event in Warsaw
Poland's agenda in the European Union and the New Pact for Europe
Speaker(s):
Grzegorz Schetyna, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs
Paweł Świeboda, President, demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy
Janis Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies, European Policy Centre
Marek Cichocki, Research director, Natolin European Centre
Roman Kuźniar, Advisor on International Affairs to the President of the Republic of Poland
Katarzyna Zajdel-Kurowska, Member of the Board, National Bank of Poland

registrations here


Wednesday, 03 December 2014 - 14.00 to 16.00
Policy Dialogue
Agricultural biotechnology - A tool for addressing food security?
Speaker(s):
Claude Fauquet, Director, International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology
Ciaran Mangan, Project officer, Agri-Food Chain Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Beat Späth, Director Green Biotechnology Europe, EuropaBio
Annika Hedberg, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre (Chair)

Registration: Open for registration


Wednesday, 03 December 2014 - 18.00 to 19.30
Policy Dialogue
Bosnia-Herzegovina after the protests and elections - How to break the vicious circle?
Speaker(s): Johannes Hahn, Commissioner, European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Christian Buchmann, Minister for Economics, Europe and Culture, Region of Styria
Florian Bieber, Professor and Director, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, Coordinator, Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group
Aleksandar Trifunović, Editor-in-Chief, BUKA online magazine, Banja Luka
Nidžara Ahmetašević, Journalist, Open University, Sarajevo
Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

Registration: Open for registration


Thursday, 04 December 2014 - 10.30 to 12.30
Policy Dialogue
The future of European integration – A reform call
Speaker(s):
Malgorzata Bonikowska, THINK TANK Centre, Warsaw
Samuel Rutz, Avenir Suisse, Zurich
Hakan Yilmaz, TÜSİAD-Bogazici University Foreign Policy Forum, Istanbul
Günter Verheugen, Former Vice-President of the European Commission
Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive, European Policy Centre

Registration: Open for registration


Tuesday, 09 December 2014 - 10.00 to 17.30
Blue Gold Task Force
Water: A factor of instability or an opportunity for cooperation?
Speaker(s): Ambika Vishwanath, Senior Program Manager, Strategic Foresight Group
Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
Alexandros Yannis, Policy Coordinator, European External Action Service
Stathis Dalamangas, Head of Sector Water, DG for Development and Cooperation-EuropeAid, European Commission
Daniela Scheetz, Policy Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany
Niels Vlaanderen, ‎Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
Therese Sjömander Magnusson, Director, Transboundary Water Management Team, Stockholm International Water Institute
Zaki Shubber, Lecturer in Law and Water Diplomacy, UNESCO Institute for Water
Juha Pyykkö, Director, Unit for International Environmental Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Sonja Koeppel, Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE Water Convention
Delphine Clavreul, Junior Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Marc Otte, Head of Policy Planning, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ; Director General, Egmont

Registration: By invitation only


Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 17.00 to 18.00
Sixty Minute Briefing
Opportunities and risks for the digital economy
Speaker(s): Kelly Welsh, General Counsel, United States Department of Commerce
Registration: Not yet open for registration


Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 09.00 to 13.00
Forced Migration workshop
Crisis management and forced migration: what role for the EU?
Speaker(s): Magnus Ekengren, Associate Professor, Swedish National Defence College
Registration: By invitation only