BUCHAREST, September 16, 2011 - The EPP Group will launch the 10th annual Summer University of its think-tank, the European Ideas Network (EIN) in Bucharest, Romania, on 22-24 September 2011. The central themes of discussion will be the Black Sea Region and the priorities arising from the economic crisis indicating the possible path towards economic union.
EIN Summer Universities provide a private forum for intense debate among stakeholders in European policy-making.
The meeting in Bucharest will focus on the challenges Europe is facing and will try to update European policies in order to better correspond to the present day economic and societal realities. A series of panels will debate issues such as a competitive free single market for a cohesive continent within the multi-financial framework EU 2020, financial market regulation, demography and inclusion, innovation and creativity in European society, a renewed role of the Transatlantic Community, defense of Christian democratic values and the path towards the EU of countries of the Balkans.
In Bucharest, particular attention will be given to the many potentials of the Black Sea Region with several interesting panels on building up the European influence on security and stability as well as on energy as a strategic and integration factor.
An impressive line of speakers includes Jerzy Buzek MEP, President of the European Parliament, Traian Basescu, President of Romania, Emil Boc, Prime Minister of Romania, Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium, Tigran Sargsyan, Prime Minister of Armenia, Wilfried Martens, President of the EPP Party, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Iurie Leanca, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova, as well as numerous Ministers and Secretaries of State in the current Romanian Government.
On 22 September, EPP Group Chairman Joseph Daul MEP will open the event together with Marian Jean Marinescu MEP, Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group responsible for budget and structural policies, and Roberta Anastase, President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, First Vice-Chairwoman of the PDL.
The European Ideas Network is an open pan-European think-tank established in 2002 by the EPP Group in the European Parliament. The network brings together politicians, businessmen, academics, think-tanks, journalists, policy advisers and outside experts to discuss some of the major issues facing Europe today. It also coordinates the joint activities of over forty national think-tanks and political foundations across the EU.