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ACRE

Brussels Summit 2018 “A Future for Europe”

The resilience of the EU and Europe is constantly being tested by political distrust, electoral dissatisfaction, the Euro crisis, and security and defence challenges. Ahead of the 2019 European elections, ACRE's vision for the future is both realistic and optimistic: respecting the aspirations of Member States; reinvigorating our democracy; securing free peoples, free markets and free nations.

22 March 2018  |  Brussels, Belgium

Join us at The Brussels Summit: A Future for Europe, that will take place on March 22nd in Brussels, at the Steigenberger Wiltcher's Hotel.

The Brussels Summit: A Future for Europe brings together leaders from politics, business, government, academia and the non-for-profit sector from across Europe, in order to shape the debate and advocate for a responsible and realistic reform of the European Union.

From keynote speeches to topic-driven panel discussions, The Brussels Summit: A Future for Europe will provide participants with valuable insights into the ideas that are shaping European politics.

The programme of this event reflects on major challenges in the pro-EU reform agenda, including:

  • Rebuilding trust in governance and democratic accountability
  • Creating an inclusive business and economic model that works across Europe
  • Paving the way to financial recovery; Monetary Union 2.0?
  • Building trust in European defense and security in an era of evolving threats
  • Europe as a global economic player: Encouraging open markets and free trade as the ultimate tool for Europe’s economic integration

 

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ACRE

Brussels Summit 2018 “A Future for Europe”

Our vision for Europe

With Europe undergoing sweeping changes, the resilience of the European Union is constantly being tested by political distrust and electoral dissatisfaction, economic and financial crises, as well as security and defense challenges.

The 2018 Brussels Summit, hosted by the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, the leading reformist movement in European politics that brings together 36 conservative political parties from Europe, and from across the globe, including among others the governing parties of the United Kingdom and Poland, will look into the 2019 European Election as a litmus test for Europe and as a pivotal indicator for the future of the European Union.  Real change is now on the agenda.

Two fundamentally opposing approaches to EU Reform

With only a year until the 2019 European Elections we now begin to witness two divergent pro-EU reform approaches emerging; one that enthusiastically embraces the popular desire for a change against the status quo, rooted in the need to re-mobilize citizens, meet future challenges and satisfy our nations’ aspirations and ambitions.

And a second that is merely a repackaging of the same old narrative; a Europe of deeper integration, with more regulation, higher EU budgets and higher taxes for ordinary citizens. Reinforcing instead of challenging, this agenda is guaranteed to aggravate any political, economic and institutional challenges the EU is facing, and lead further to a political backlash.

The old answers don’t seem to work well

Europe needs a new direction, a responsible and realistic reform in order to re-mobilize democratic forces, meet the challenges of our times, and satisfy our nations’ aspirations and ambitions. ACRE’s platform as Europe’s leading reformist movement is based on a positive vision; a vision that champions for an EU that is confident and dynamic, flexible and efficient. A union that respects national sovereignty and promotes democratic accountability, free enterprise and competition, low taxation and wider integration.

Ours is a message of optimism

Lying at the core of a realistic pro-EU reform, this is the true mission of a pan-European movement; to shape the debate on the future of Europe and defend the political and intellectual case for a bold alternative vision of a reformed EU as a community of nations, where the EU’s democratic legitimacy derives principally from its Member States.

From keynote speeches to topic driven panel discussions, the 2018 Brussels Summit will bring together European politicians and policy makers, media and the business community, as well as thought leaders and academics, and present participants with Europe’s most promising vision.

ACRE

Brussels Summit 2018 “A Future for Europe”

LOCATION

Steigenberger Wiltcher's Hotel, Avenue Louise 71, Brussels

ACRE

Brussels Summit 2018 “A Future for Europe”

SPEAKERS

Mateusz Morawiecki

Prime Minister of Poland


Mateusz Morawiecki is a Polish politician, manager, banker, economist, lawyer, historian and currently serves as the Prime Minister of Poland. He has previously served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Minister of Finance. He also served as chairman of Bank Zachodni WBK from 2007 to 2015. In 2013, Morawiecki was awarded the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity for his merits for the benefit to the independence and sovereignty of Poland and the respect of human rights. On 23 June 2015 Morawiecki was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for extraordinary merits in the field of support and promotion of the Polish culture and national heritage. In 1998 Morawiecki was appointed deputy director for the Accession Negotiations Department in the Committee for European Integration and was a member of the group negotiating the accession of Poland to the EU (specifically dealing with banking and finance). He earned a degree in history at the University of Wrocław (1992), but this was just the first stage of what would be Mr. Morawiecki’s extensive formal academic journey. He also studied business administration at Wrocław University of Science and Technology and the Central Connecticut State University (1993), earned an MBA degree from Wrocław University of Economics (1995), studied European Law and Economics of European Integration at the University of Hamburg (1995–97), was awarded a Master of Advanced European Studies degree at the University of Basel (1995–97), and completed the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University.

Mateusz Morawiecki

Prime Minister of Poland

bio    

Valeri Simeonov

Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria


Valeri Simeonov is a Bulgarian politician and currently serves as the Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria and in charge of the economy and demographic policies. He is one of the leaders and founding members of the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, and he is also the Co-Spokesman for the Patriotic Front electoral alliance. In 2017 he was appointed head of the Bulgarian Council on Ethnic Minority Integration. Simeonov has a degree in electrical engineering from TU-Sofia and in the 1990s, having left University, he founded the SKAT cable network in the city of Burgas.

Valeri Simeonov

Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria

bio    

Jan Zahradil MEP

ACRE President, Vice-Chairman, International Trade Committee, European Parliament

web    @ZahradilJan


Jan Zahradil is a Czech politician for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and the president of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe - ACRE. He has been a Member of the European Parliament since the Czech Republic entered the European Union in 2004. Zahradil also served as Member of Parliament for Prague from 1998 to 2004. In his current third term at the European Parliament, Zahradil is a member of the international trade committee, serving as its Deputy Chairman. He was one of the founding members of the euro-realist ECR group, which went on to become the third largest group in the European Parliament in 2014. In March of 2011 he was elected the ECR President, thus becoming the first Czech MEP ever to have become leader of an EP group.

Jan Zahradil MEP

ACRE President, Vice-Chairman, International Trade Committee, European Parliament

bio    web    @ZahradilJan

Victor Ponta

Prime Minister of Romania, 2012-2015

@Victor_Ponta


Victor Ponta is a Romanian politician, long-standing member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, and has served as Prime Minister of Romania. In Parliament, Ponta currently serves in many influential roles, including as the Chairman of the European Affairs Committee and the Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Ponta is a graduate of the University of Bucharest’s Law faculty and has taught criminal law at the Romanian-American University in Bucharest. He received a degree from the Carol I National Defence University, a master’s degree in political management from the Social Democratic Institute and a doctorate in criminal law from the University of Bucharest.

Victor Ponta

Prime Minister of Romania, 2012-2015

bio    @Victor_Ponta

Syed Kamall MEP

Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, European Parliament

@SyedKamall


Syed Kamall is a British politician and a Member of the European Parliament. In 2013 he was elected as leader of the Conservative MEPs. In 2014 he was also elected as the Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group. Kamall holds a BEng from the University of Liverpool, an MSc degree from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from City University London. He is a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and used to lecture MBA students in international business strategy, foreign investment and international trade at Leeds University Business school.Taking a keen interest in social enterprise, he has worked hard promoting ambition among disadvantaged young people and is a regular speaker at both schools and youth clubs while also serving as a patron of numerous charities.

 

Syed Kamall MEP

Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, European Parliament

bio    @SyedKamall

Michelle Rempel MP

Former Minister of State, Canada

@MichelleRempel


Michelle Rempel is a Canadian politician and Member of Parliament. She is a member of the Conservative Party and served as the Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification as well as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment.

Michelle Rempel was elected in 2010 in Calgary-Nose Hill and has since been considered one of the most important member of the conservative caucus, working on causes ranging from helping small and medium sized companies, to giving refugee status and welcoming the Yazidis into Canada. Rempel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1980 she holds a BA in economics from the University of Manitoba.

 

Michelle Rempel MP

Former Minister of State, Canada

bio    @MichelleRempel

Anna Fotyga MEP

Chairman, Security and Defence Subcommittee, European Parliament


Anna Fotyga MEP

Chairman, Security and Defence Subcommittee, European Parliament

Ambassador Batu Kutelia

Ambassador of Georgia to the United States (2009-2011)

@BKutelia


Ambassador Batu Kutelia is the  former Georgian Ambassador to the United States and Deputy Secretary of Georgia’s National Security Council. He has played a key role in Georgian politics, having served in various positions such as First Deputy Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Head of Foreign Intelligence Special Service. He is currently  a Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Kutelia earned a master’s of engineering from the Georgian Technical University and a postdoctoral degree in physics from Georgian Technical University.

 

Ambassador Batu Kutelia

Ambassador of Georgia to the United States (2009-2011)

bio    @BKutelia

Samuli Virtanen

Secretary of State and Deputy Foreign Minister, Finland


Samuli Virtanen is Secretary of State and Deputy Foreign Minister of Finland. He works on drafting policy, coordinating inter-ministry communication, implementing government programmes and working with the European Union. Previously, Virtanen was Secretary for International Affairs in the Finns Party Parliamentary Group. Fluent in 6 languages, he worked as a translator and interpreter before pursuing a distinguished political career.     

Samuli Virtanen

Secretary of State and Deputy Foreign Minister, Finland

bio    

Angel Dzhambazki MEP

Vice-chairman of IMRO, Bulgaria

@djambazki


Angel Dzhambazki is a Bulgarian politician, a Member of the European Parliament, and the Vice-Chairman of IMRO. He also was a member of the Sofia City Council from 2007 to 2014.

Dzhambazki is a graduate of Sofia University, where he specialised in legal studies.

 

Angel Dzhambazki MEP

Vice-chairman of IMRO, Bulgaria

bio    @djambazki

Sigridur Andersen MP

Minister of Justice, Iceland

@siggaandersen


Sigríður Andersen (Sigga) is Minister of Justice in Iceland’s newly formed government. She sits with the Independence Party as a Member of Parliament (Alþingi) for the Reykjavík Constituency. At Alþingi she has been a member of the standing Economic Affairs and Trade Committee. She is also a regular columnist at the national newspaper Morgunblaðið. Before taking a seat at Alþingi she practiced law for 14 years, half of that time for the Iceland Chamber of Commerce.

Sigríður is a free-market and a minimum government advocate. She fights for general tax cuts and against special tax leniency. In her parliamentary work Sigríður has been an active advocate of more transparency in environmental affairs, contributing to the publishing of accurate numbers of Iceland’s total emission of CO2 divided onto sectors (transport, industry, agriculture, drained wetlands etc.), which revealed disproportionate emphases in the national debate on climate change.

Sigridur Andersen MP

Minister of Justice, Iceland

bio    @siggaandersen

Anders Vistisen MEP

Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament

@AndersVistisen


Anders Vistisen is a Danish politician and a Member of the European Parliament from Denmark. He is a member of the Danish People’s Party, part of the European Conservatives and Reformists group at the European Parliament and also serves as First Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. His work there includes dealing with Syria, Turkey, Egypt and more and as a respected voice in European Politics Anders Vistisen has taken a valued stance facing the recent Russian Aggression. Vistisen is a graduate of the University of Berlin and Aarhus University.

 

Anders Vistisen MEP

Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament

bio    @AndersVistisen

Amjad Bashir MEP

Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament

@AmjadBashirMEP


Amjad Bashir MEP is a British politician, entrepreneur and a Member of the European Parliament. He is a member of the Conservative Party and serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Human Rights. He is the ECR group’s spokesperson for SMEs and also a strong advocate of free-markets and human rights in Europe and across the world. Bashir has been instrumental in securing three resolutions addressing the plights of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Amjad Bashir MEP

Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament

bio    @AmjadBashirMEP

Gian-Paolo Accardo

Executive Editor of VoxEurop

@gpaccardo



Gian-Paolo is an Italian-Dutch journalist and the Executive editor of VoxEurop. He is currently Secretary-general of the French section of the Association of European Journalists.  A law graduate he is VoxEurop European Co-operative Society's co-founder and CEO, and the European Data Journalism Network editorial coordinator. A former deputy editor-in-chief at Presseurop and Courrier international, he works as a correspondent for Internazionale, after having done the same job for Italy's TMNews press agency.

Gian-Paolo Accardo

Executive Editor of VoxEurop

bio    @gpaccardo

Professor Andrea Giuricin

CEO TRA Consulting

@AndreaGiuricin


Professor Andrea Giuricin is an Italian writer, professor, and transportation sector expert. As the CEO of TRA Consulting, Giuricin uses his expertise to offer solutions to the transportation industry. Alongside this, he has become head of the Studies Office and Strategic Consultant for Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori (NTV), the first private high-speed rail operator in Europe. He is also an adjunct professor at the University Milano Bicocca and a visiting professor at China Academy Railway Sciences. He is a regular commentator and analyst for publications, such as WSJ, Reuters, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, RAI, Xinhua, and El Pais. Giuricin obtained a master’s degree with honours at the University Milano-Bicocca and also hold a PhD in economics.

Professor Andrea Giuricin

CEO TRA Consulting

bio    @AndreaGiuricin

Rob Jonkman

President of the European Conservatives and Reformist Group in the Committee of Regions

@robjonkman


Rob Jonkman

President of the European Conservatives and Reformist Group in the Committee of Regions

@robjonkman

William Horsley

International Director, Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield


William Horsley is an independent journalist and former BBC foreign correspondent who writes on international affairs, and is working on several policy initiatives to safeguard freedom of expression.

He is the UK chairman and the Media Freedom Representative of the Association of European Journalists, an independent network active in European 25 countries. He works closely with the Council of Europe’s programmes in support of the European Convention on Human Rights.

He is the International Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield and an Hon. Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London. Currently he is heading the Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law, a joint project of those two universities aimed at strengthening the protection of journalists against violence, intimidation and censorship in all regions of the world, in cooperation with UNESCO.

William Horsley

International Director, Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield

bio    

Daniele Capezzone

Member of ACRE Board and Director of New Direction Italy

@Capezzone


Daniele Capezzone is an Italian politician and one of the founders of the Italian centre-right movement Direzione Italia, and has been a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies since 2006 until the recent election in March, where he did not seek re-election. Daniele also serves as Vice President of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists. In his political career, he has served as chairman of the Finance Committee (2013-2015) and of the Industry Committee (2006-2007) in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. He has also served as Spokesman for Forza Italia and The People of Freedom. Daniele is a prolific author, having written five books including ‘A radical shock for the XXI century, ‘Euroghost’, ‘Instant democracy’, ‘Against Assange, beyond Assange’ and ‘For the return game - A classical liberal agenda for the Italian centre-right’.

Daniele Capezzone

Member of ACRE Board and Director of New Direction Italy

bio    @Capezzone

Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky

Secretary General of the ECR Group in the European Committee of the Regions

@NevaSadikoglu


Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky is the Secretary-General of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the EUs political assembly of local and regional representatives (European Committee of the Regions). She helped form the Group in 2013 and has been the Secretary-General since then. She now provides strategic advice and support to the Group’s presidency and manages the work of its secretariat. Previously, she worked in the European Parliament as a policy advisor. Her EU career began in 2010 in the Enlargement Strategy Unit of the European Commission’s former Enlargement Directorate-General.

Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky

Secretary General of the ECR Group in the European Committee of the Regions

bio    @NevaSadikoglu

General (Ret) Knud Bartels

Former Chairman of NATO Military Committee


General (Ret) Knud Bartels is born in 1952 and joined the Danish Army as a private in 1972. He has attended the Army Military Academy, the Royal Danish Defence College, l´École supérieure de guerre in Paris and the US Army War College i Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

He has commanded company, battalion, brigade and division and has served in senior staff positions nationally and in the International Military Staff, NATO Headquarters, Brussels. The general has been deployed on Cyprus (UNFICYP) and in Kosovo (KFOR).

General (Ret) K Bartels was Chief of Defence Denmark in 2009-2011 and Chairman NATO Military Committee in 2012-2015. He retired in July 2015 and is now Adjunct Professor in Military History at the Royal Danish Defence College.

General (Ret) Knud Bartels

Former Chairman of NATO Military Committee

bio    

Alberto Zilio

Director of Public Affairs for Europe, AT&T

@AlbertoZilio


Alberto Zilio is an Italian communications and public policy professional and is the Director of Public Affairs – Europe for AT&T. Previously he was Associate Director for an innovative public affairs consultancy in Brussels, leading the ICT and telecom team. He also worked as a senior manager at DIGITALEUROPE, the European Lobby of the Digital Industry, where he was responsible for all Digital Economy dossiers and relations with the European Parliament and political parties. Zilio received a master’s in international and diplomatic studies from the University of Trieste and a master’s in management of innovation from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

 

Alberto Zilio

Director of Public Affairs for Europe, AT&T

bio    @AlbertoZilio

Archie Ravishankar

CEO and Co-founder, COGNI



Archie is the cofounder of Cogni -  Data driven banking service for the gig economy providing banking and financial services to users who have irregular income using personalised set of features and services based on data and machine learning. Archie has represented Cogni on many global platforms including the World Economic Forum, European Internet forum and at Global Entrepreneur Summit and is a noted thought leader on the Future of Work and Commerce. Archie is from Australia with background in International relations and law and  founding member of Europe based think tank - Compass. Archie is also an active angel and seed investor in multiple startups. 
 

Archie Ravishankar

CEO and Co-founder, COGNI

bio    

Alessandra Bonte

Journalist


Alessandra Bonte is a sports journalist and former student-athlete from the University of South Florida.  She graduated with a BA in Psychology and an MBA/MS in Sport and Entertainment Management.  She is American, Italian and French and speaks 5 languages.  

Alessandra Bonte

Journalist

bio    

James Wharton

Former U.K. Government Minister

@jameswhartonuk


James Wharton is a British Conservative Party politician. He served as Minister for International Development, and previously Minister for the Northern Powerhouse. Wharton was the Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Stockton South from 2010 and until the 2017 general election. He studied Law at Durham University, and following his graduation he studied the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in York and qualified as a solicitor with BHP Law, a firm in the Northeast.

 

James Wharton

Former U.K. Government Minister

bio    @jameswhartonuk

Matteo Bianchi MP

Mayor of Morazzone and Member of Parliament, Italy

@luigi_matteo


Matteo Bianchi is a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies as well as being a Mayor of Morazzone in Italy and a member of the ECR Group in the European Committee of the Regions. His career in politics started at the age of 19 as a Municipal Councillor at the age of 19. In 2009 he was elected Mayor of Morazzone and was re-elected with 77% of the vote in 2014. Bianchi has been a member of the Committee of the Regions since January 2015, a formal body of the European Union that provides consultation to the EU institutions on matters impacting local and regional authorities.  He was appointed Vice-President of ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities) in January 2017.

Matteo Bianchi MP

Mayor of Morazzone and Member of Parliament, Italy

bio    @luigi_matteo

Bernd Kölmel MEP

Member of the Budget Committee and Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Canada

@Bernd_Koelmel


Bernd Koelmel is a German politician and a Member of European Parliament, where he is Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with Canada. He is also a member of the Budgets Committee, the Committee on Budgetary Control, and the Deputy Delegation for Relations with the United States. Koelmel studied administration of justice at the University of Applied Sciences Schwetzingen.

 

Bernd Kölmel MEP

Member of the Budget Committee and Chairman of the Delegation for relations with Canada

bio    @Bernd_Koelmel

Bernd Lucke MEP

Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament

@BerndLucke


Bernd Lucke is a German economist and politician and Member of the European Parliament from Germany. He is a member of the Liberal Conservative Reformers, part of the European Conservatives and Reformists. He is a professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Hamburg and a founding member of Alternative for Germany. He read economic, history and philosophy at the University of Bonn. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he worked in the Council of Economic Experts of the East German Government and, after reunification, as an assistant to the Senate of Berlin. His research interests include sovereign default, news driven business cycles, growth in developing countries, dynamic CGE models, and applied econometrics. Lucke was an advisor to the World Bank and a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver before helping found the Alliance of Progress and Renewal.

 

Bernd Lucke MEP

Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament

bio    @BerndLucke

Pieter Cleppe

Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe

@pietercleppe


Pieter Cleppe is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe. He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, frequently discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform. Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna.  

Pieter Cleppe

Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe

bio    @pietercleppe

Jennifer Baker

EU Tech Policy Journalist


Jennifer Baker has been a journalist in print, radio and television for nearly 20 years, the last eight years specialising in EU policy and legislation particularly in the technology sector — from data protection and privacy to copyright law; antitrust cases to international trade agreements.

She has worked across a wide range of media, from editing a national daily paper in Malta, to reporting on European affairs for Middle Eastern television and has a wealth of experience in navigating the political quagmire of the EU.

Jennifer is member of the Expert Council of the Good Technology Collective, is on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Data Protection and Privacy, and was named by Onalytica as one of the world's Top 100 Influencers on Data Security 2016. She was also listed by Politico as one of the Top 20 Women Shaping Brussels in 2017.

She has written for some of the biggest names in media, including ArsTechnica, Computerweekly, TheNextWeb, Macworld, PCworld, and The Register. She regularly features as an EU policy expert on BBC radio.

Jennifer Baker

EU Tech Policy Journalist

bio    

Alexandros Koronakis

Editor and CEO of New Europe

@akoronakis


Alexandros Koronakis is the Editor and CEO of New Europe newspaper, Vice President of the Association of European Journalists of Belgium, and Member of the Board of the Brussels Press Club.

Alexandros Koronakis

Editor and CEO of New Europe

bio    @akoronakis

Billy Linville

Partner, Lexicon Strategies


Former Eastern Region and Global VP of Public Affairs for AT&T, Billy Linville has spent decades delivering successful public affairs management for clients like AT&T, Oracle, Earthlink, Cisco, Delta Airlines, and campaigns for Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Georgia Senator Zell Miller.

Billy Linville

Partner, Lexicon Strategies

bio    

Ruža Tomašić MEP

Member of the Regional Development Committee, European Parliament

@RuzaTomasic


Ruža Tomašić MEP

Member of the Regional Development Committee, European Parliament

@RuzaTomasic

Alec Mally

Director, Global Economic Affairs at Foresight Strategy and Communications


Alec Mally is currently Director for Global Economic Affairs at Foresight Strategy and Communications, an Athens-based consulting firm, Director at the Institute for Regional Dialogue and Strategy (IPEDIS) a Greece-based think tank, as well as at the Repower Greece public diplomacy initiative (www.RepowerGreece.com).  Since the onset of the Greek economic crisis, he has also been an international media commentator on Greek economic issues, is a board member of the new firm Blue White Capital LLC, which invests in/advises on climate-friendly ventures and has served as Chair of Democrats Abroad Greece. 

Prior to moving back to Greece, he was a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 27 years, with a range of assignments in Balkan and global affairs.  In Southeast Europe, he served as U.S. Consul General in Thessaloniki and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo.  Stateside, he served as Economic Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, as the State Department’s Senior Desk Officer for Greece and as Regional Economic Officer for Southeast Europe during the Bosnia war.  He was also assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon as Political-Military Adviser for the Balkans.  Mr. Mally had prior postings in Bucharest, Warsaw, Athens, Manila and the State Department Executive Secretariat. 

Alec Mally

Director, Global Economic Affairs at Foresight Strategy and Communications

bio    

Mikael Conny Svensson

Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy Europe, Mastercard


Mikael Conny Svensson is a Swedish national, with degrees in political science, international relations and EU policy and law from Universities in Sweden, France, Belgium and South Africa.

Since his graduation from University Mr. Svensson has held different positions in the field of public policy, public affairs and government relations, mainly in Brussels but also in the Member States. Mr. Svensson has close to twenty years’ experience in working with the development of European policy in such different policy areas as trade and environment, food and nutrition and financial services in the technology sector.

Mr. Svensson joined Mastercard in 2008 and has since build up a public policy and government relations function from scratch.

Mikael Conny Svensson

Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy Europe, Mastercard

bio    

Max Andersson MEP

Member of the Legal Affairs Committee, European Parliament

@MaxAndersson


 

Max Andersson is a Swedish Member of the European Parliament since 2014, and currently sits with the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. He has proved a valuable asset to the Parliament, serving on  the Committee on Legal Affairs and playing an important role for the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China. Andersson was instrumental in the ratification of the Treaty of Marrakesh which will benefit up to 285 million visually impaired people across the world.

 

Max Andersson MEP

Member of the Legal Affairs Committee, European Parliament

bio    @MaxAndersson

Richard Milsom

ACRE Chief Executive


Milsom leads the growth and engagement efforts of the fastest growing European political party, the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe.  He leads ACREs work in reinforcing its presence across Europe, and beyond. He is a seasoned political consultant and expert with extensive experience in government, public policy and strategic communications. Prior to his political work, he was a successful businessman. He holds a university degree from the university of Cambridge.

Richard Milsom

ACRE Chief Executive

bio    

Naweed Khan

Executive Director, New Direction Foundation


Naweed Khan is the Executive Director of New Direction (ND) (www.europeanreform.org), a Brussels based free-market think tank and publisher established in 2010 by Margaret Thatcher. With offices in Warsaw, Rome and London, ND is the official foundation of the leading Conservative political movement, the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe. Naweed has previously served as Special Advisor at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Special Advisor at the Cabinet Office under Prime Minister David Cameron. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and Peking University.

Naweed Khan

Executive Director, New Direction Foundation

bio    

Mikko Salo

Founder of Faktabaari (FactBar) & Member of EU High-Level Expert Group (HLGE) on Fake News and online disinformation

@mikkovsalo


Mikko is Faktabaari (FactBar) Founder, Finnish transparency NGO chair and university EU Advisor. In 2014 Mikko founded the many times awarded (Bonnier, Europcom) fact-checking service bringing accuracy to European election debate. Since he has worked with (journalism) schools, media educators, scientists and voluntary crowds for a highly pedagogical and engaging Faktabaari and Debattibaari (DebateBar) new media concepts. He has a versatile experience on EU Affairs in member state and EU-level including 4 EU institutions.  


Mikko is a member of the EU’s High-Level Expert Group (HLGE) on Fake News and online disinformation that issued a report “Multi-dimensional approach to online disinformation”. His current fact-checking and media and information literacy work links to forthcoming European elections and empowering especially fact-checkers, teachers and researchers.
 

Mikko Salo

Founder of Faktabaari (FactBar) & Member of EU High-Level Expert Group (HLGE) on Fake News and online disinformation

bio    @mikkovsalo

Shanker Singham

Director of International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs

@ShankerASingham


Shanker Singham is the Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He recently joined from the Legatum Institute, where he worked as the Director of Economics and Prosperity Studies and served as Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. He is the founder of the International Roundtable on Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project (“CECP”) (2013), a specialist advisor to the UK House of Commons Committee on International Trade (2017), and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (2017). He was educated first at St. Paul’s School, London, before going on to receive an M.A in Chemistry from Balliol College, Oxford University. Following that, he took postgraduate legal degrees in both the UK and US at the Guildford College of Law and University of Miami Law School.

Shanker Singham

Director of International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs

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Stéphanie Finck-Piccin

Senior Director EMEA Government Affairs, Salesforce



Stéphanie has been leading Salesforce's Government Affairs and Public Policy efforts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East since September 2013.
Prior to joining Saleforce in September 2013, she worked for several years for a Brussels-based lobbying firm. Before turning to the private sector, she did a stint in the administration of the German Federal Parliament in Berlin and in the European Commission's Competition Department. She holds a master of Law from Europa Institut Saarbrücken and a degree in political sciences from Science Po Strasbourg. She speaks English, French and German. 
 

Stéphanie Finck-Piccin

Senior Director EMEA Government Affairs, Salesforce

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Vassilis Akritidis

DWF LLP, Partner & Head of WTO & International Trade


Vassilis heads up the DWF WTO & International Trade practice and is recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading expert in his field.

Vassilis has been practising in Brussels since 1991 and helps his clients to achieve and improve market access, maximise trade benefits and be compliant with the complex web of global trade and EU laws, wherever they operate. He has more than 25 years' experience in the field of EU and WTO law, specialising in EU trade defence investigations (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguards), customs matters, trade barriers/market access issues, trade sanctions/export controls and EU anti-fraud investigations led by OLAF. He is also advising on EU competition law, including State aid, and in EU internal market, regulatory and public procurement matters.

Vassilis is advising European and Asian Governments and companies located in the EU, in Asia and in the U.S. He has worked for clients active in the steel sector, chemicals, high tech, transport, defence and aerospace and agriculture/food. He represents clients in several jurisdictions, including primarily the EU but also in trade defence investigations of the Eurasian Economic Union, Brazil, China or Turkey.

Vassilis's main objective is to ensure that his clients are compliant with trade laws and maximise the trade benefits that they can draw when their goods cross borders, including the minimisation of customs duty exposure through proper classification, usage of special customs procedures and customs duty or anti-dumping/countervailing duty refund procedures. He has won many trade defence cases, both on the complainant and on the respondent front. Should things get contentious, he is an experienced litigator, representing parties before the European Union courts in Luxembourg and other instances, such as the European Court of Human Rights, the High Court of the Eurasian Economic Union and national customs and administrative tribunals.

Vassilis Akritidis

DWF LLP, Partner & Head of WTO & International Trade

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Themistoklis Asthenidis

ACRE Managing Director


Themistoklis Asthenidis

ACRE Managing Director

ACRE

Brussels Summit 2018 “A Future for Europe”

AGENDA

Wednesday - 21 March 2018

20:00

Speakers & VIP Dinner Reception, Steigenberger Wiltcher's Hotel, Brussels

Thursday - 22 March 2018

09:30-10:00

Registration and coffee

10:00

Welcoming remarks

  • Jan Zahradil MEP, President of The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe

10:10

Keynote Speech

  • Valeri Simeonov, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria

10:20

Keynote Speech

  • Victor Ponta, Prime Minister of Romania (2012–2015)

10:30

Panel Discussion

A new political equilibrium for Europe
REBUILDING TRUST IN GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY

With 2019 being a year of decisions, this panel will aim to redefine European values and revisit goals and priorities. The first step in this process is to acknowledge how the dogmatic vision for an ever-closer union and a deepening in European integration has failed citizens across the continent, creating further mistrust and skepticism not only in the European Institutions, but to our democratic values. As noted in the Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe, many Europeans consider the Union as either too distant or too interfering in their day-to-day lives. Others question its added-value and ask how Europe improves their standard of living. To make the EU more democratic requires both more direct democracy from voters, but also far more involvement of national parliaments and regional parliaments with legislative powers in the EU decision-making. The principle of subsidiarity, moving more powers away from Brussels and back to the Member States is one of the main issues the ACRE has been campaigning for, since its foundation in 2009. The aim of this panel will be to look at how we can reform the EU so as to ensure that decision really are taken as close to our citizens as possible and so that the EU can empower our citizens without infringing on their liberties.

  • Moderator: Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky, Secretary-General of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group at the Committee of the Regions
  • Daniele Capezzone, Director, New Direction Italia
  • Angel Dzhambazki, Vice-Chairman of IMRO, European Parliament
  • James Wharton, Former U.K. Government Minister
  • Bernd Koelmel MEP, Member of the Budgets Committee, European Parliament

11:15

Keynote Speech

  • Syed Kamall MEP, Co-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, European Parliament

11:25

Panel Discussion

CREATING AN INCLUSIVE BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC MODEL THAT WORKS ACROSS EUROPE

Businesses know more than other how much has the EU overreached. Reducing the administrative burden on business and cutting red tape is the first step towards EU reform. Any future action should prioritize reducing the burdens on businesses, modernizing the European economy, creating a digital single market, and putting in place a framework that does not frustrate business success. This panel aims to make the case for the need for structural market reforms in order to strengthen competitiveness and tech innovation.

  • Moderator: Shanker Singham, Director of International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Alberto Zilio, Director of Public Affairs for Europe, AT&T
  • Archie Ravishankar, CEO and Co-founder, COGNI
  • Mikael Conny Svensson, Head of Government and Public Policy Europe, Mastercard
  • Stéphanie Finck-Piccin, Senior Director EMEA Government Affairs, Salesforce

12:15

Keynote Speech

  • Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland 

12:30

Lunch Break

13:20

Keynote Speech

  • Anders Vistisen MEP, Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament

13:30

Panel Discussion

PAVING THE WAY FOR MONETARY UNION 2.0?

The Euro has produced a fundamental competitive misalignment. Weaker Eurozone members have accumulated imbalances in the 2000s, which heightened their vulnerability to the financial crisis and left them having to undergo painful structural adjustments to return to growth. The introduction of the single currency has resulted in bubbles, more indebtedness and lost competitiveness in the countries of southern Europe. In contrast, non-Eurozone countries have been able to return to faster growth because they did not start from a position of long-standing external imbalance and thus accumulation of external indebtedness, which Euro membership facilitated.  This panel will address the economic and political consequences of the protracted and challenging post-crisis recovery and will focus on shaping a realistic policy response in order to bring the European Union back on a path of economic prosperity and growth.

  • Moderator: Daniele Capezzone, Director, New Direction Italia
  • Bernd Lucke MEP, Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament
  • Max Andersson MEP, Member of the Legal Affairs Committee, European Parliament
  • Pieter Cleppe, Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe

14:15

Keynote Speech

  • Michelle Rempel MP, Minister of State, Canada (2013–2015)

14:30

Panel Discussion

BUILDING TRUST IN EUROPEAN DEFENSE AND SECURITY IN AN AN ERA OF EVOLVING THREATS

With the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, a Franco-German initiative aims to move the EU away from peaceful intergovernmental cooperation and ahead with full integration of its defense mechanisms and transform EU into a military alliance. This panel shall examine the EU’s defense and security policy ambitions in the context of the sovereign integrity of Member States, as well as of the vital transatlantic security relationship within NATO, and how should the EU build common military capabilities that can credibly tackle international security threat, without weakening or undermining NATO.

  • Moderator: Alec Mally, Director, Global Economic Affairs at Foresight Strategy and Communications
  • Anna Fotyga MEP, Chairman, Security and Defence Subcommittee, European Parliament
  • Samuli Virtanen, Secretary of State and Deputy Foreign Minister, Finland
  • Batu Kutelia, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States (2009–2011)
  • General Knud Bartels (ret), Former Chairman of NATO Military Committee

15:15

Coffee Break

15:45

Panel Discussion

Europe as a global economic player
ENCOURAGING OPEN MARKETS AND FREE TRADE AS THE ULTIMATE TOOL FOR EUROPE’S ECONOMIC INTEGRATION

Free and fair-trade helps create more jobs; for the EU to excel it must be able to compete with fast-rising economies and we believe that more open trade promotes not just stronger economies, but also greater international cooperation and understanding. Opening trade will enable our producers to take advantage of globalization by outsourcing and moving up the value chain, thus creating better and more skilled jobs at home. Trade agreements have already proven to be a success story and we want the EU to become one of the world’s free trade forerunners.

  • Moderator: Vasilis Akritidis, DWF LLP, Partner and Head of the WTO & International Trade practice
  • Andrea Giuricin, CEO TRA Consulting
  • Sigridur Andersen MP, Minister of Justice, Iceland
  • Amjad Bashir MEP, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament
  • Billy Linvill Partner, Lexicon Strategies

16:30

Panel Discussion 

Misinformation and disinformation in the ‘fake news’ era
REBUILDING TRUST IN MEDIA AND SAFEGUARDING OUR SOCIETIES

Fake news is a phenomenon that exists in many forms and manifestations. Whether it is subtle misinformation, or blatant disinformation; for political gains, or advertising revenue, the fake news paradigm has presented a challenge to media, platforms, and citizens. Stakeholders have been scrambling to understand how best to react, adjust, and resolve the problems that have come to light. This panel will feature experts who will discuss the nature of fake news and examine what the different dimensions of fake news are that can be combatted. The discussion will look at structural issues of platforms, the profession of journalism, media literacy, and the role of social media.

  • Moderator: Alexandros Koronakis, Editor and CEO of New Europe
  • William Horsley, International Director, Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield
  • Gian Paolo Accardo, Executive Editor, VoxEurop
  • Jennifer Baker, EU Tech Policy Journalist
  • Mikko Salo, Founder of Faktabaari and Member of the EU High-Level Expert group (HLGE) on Fake News and online disinformation

17:15

Closing Remarks

  • Jan Zahradil MEP, President of The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe
ACRE

Brussels Summit 2018 “A Future for Europe”

PARTNERS

ECR Group
European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Committee of the Regions
New Direction
The Conservative
Conservatives International
Austrian Economics Center
IFT
The Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute
New Europe
Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel