Tuesday, 15th of September – Friday, 18th of September
We are pleased to invite you to a particularly exciting event in Brussels: From the 15th to the 18th of September 2015 we are offering you a chance to explore “‘The Brussels Business’ – Lobbying in the EU: between social responsibility and self-interest” together with other young Europeans from Germany and Belgium! Through this international event jointly organized by JEF Brussels, JEF Hessen and JEF Mainz-Wiesbaden we would like to provide you with the opportunity to gain a personal insight into the work of lobbyists and special interest groups in the capital of Europe.
Arguing about decisions and exchanging views among the EU institutions, companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations from 28 member states: how does it work? Who best brings across their demands and who lags behind? What are the conditions for success: money, networks, information? What are the lobbyists’ strategies? And is there any place left for the interests of EU citizens? Together with participants from Germany and Belgium we want to get to the bottom of these highly fascinating questions.
To explore the topic we will spend four days meeting up with representatives of companies as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations. In doing so we aim to approach the subject from all angles: On the agenda are among other things meetings with Imperial Tobacco, Volkswagen, the European Consumer Organisation, a reception at the Representation of the State of Hesse to the EU and a guided tour with Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), an organization that keeps a critical eye on lobbyists. We will also meet representatives from the European Parliament and the European Commission, who will provide us with another crucial perspective in this power game – that of the recipients of lobbyists’ activities.
At the heart of our event are group sessions that help us to prepare for and reflect on our various meetings. They provide us with an opportunity to exchange thoughts and opinions among the participants from Belgium and Germany and discuss critical questions and ideas on the controversial topic of lobbyism. Be part of this exciting event and do not risk missing a chance to broaden your horizon in an entertaining and international atmosphere!
Programme (Last updated on 2nd of September 2015)
Tuesday, 15th of September 2015
|09:00 a.m.||For participants from Germany only:
Departure of the coach from Frankfurt to Brussels
|02:00 p.m.||Arrival in Brussels|
|03:00 p.m.||Representation of interests in the multi-level system of governance in the EU
Speaker: Anne Lauenroth, German Institute for International and Security Affairs / Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
|04:30 p.m.||Overview of the programme & getting to know each other|
|06:00 p.m.||Group session|
Wednesday, 16th of September 2015
|08:30 a.m.||Visit to the European Parliament:
Discussion with MEP Michael Gahler (EPP)
|10:30 a.m.||Group session|
|02:00 p.m.||Visit to the European Commission:
The role of the Commission as the executive of the EU
Simon Pascoe, DG Communication
|The EU Transparency Register and lobbying regulation
Martin Ohridski, Policy Officer
|04:00 p.m.||Guided tour with Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), an organization critical of lobbyism
Guide: Pia Eberhardt
|08:00 p.m.||Get-together with all participants and JEF Bruxelles|
Thursday, 17th of September 2015
|10:00 a.m.||Volkswagen (VW) Group representative office Brussels|
|01:00 p.m.||Reception at the Representation of the State of Hesse to the EU
Speaker: Dr. Claudia Schöler, Head of division for affairs of the Hessian Ministry of Justice and the European Court of Justice
|afterwards||Dinner at the representation|
|04:00 p.m.||Group session|
|05:00 p.m.||Group 1:
Representative office of The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts to the EU / Vertretung des Zentralverbands des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH) bei der EU
Speaker: Dr. Stefanie Espitalier (i.a. single market and consumer policy)
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
Speaker: Johannes Kleis, Head of Communications / Elisavet Sergiadou, Communications Officer
|08:00 p.m.||“Pluxen” (Visit to the Place du Luxembourg)|
Friday, 18th of September 2015
|09:00 a.m.||Group session|
|12:00 a.m.||Imperial Tobacco
Speaker: Alan Hardacare, Head of Corporate Affairs Strategy of the Imperial Tobacco EU-Office
|03:30 p.m.||Final discussion & evaluation|
|04:30 p.m.||For participants from Germany only:
Departure of the coach back to Frankfurt
|10:00 p.m.||Arrival in Frankfurt|
Participation fee: For people from Belgium the participation is free of charge. However, a donation is much very appreciated!
Working language: English
Your participation – and that of your friends
Sounds exciting? You would like to take part in the event? Register right away then – and help us spread the word by inviting your friends and acquaintances to register as well. The more we are and the more diverse the group becomes the more interesting it’ll get – especially regarding the discussions and the exchange of thoughts and ideas. Apart from an interesting programme – we did our best to take care of that – motivated and committed participants are after all what make such an event a succes – and that’s were you come in. So let’s get started! 🙂
Number of places: 50
Number of registered participants from Germany: 27
Number of registered participants from Belgium: 18
Last updated: 06.09.2015, 03:20 p.m.
Here’s how you can help us to recruit participants for the event and make it a success:
- Can you think of people from your organisation, your class, your university, your work environment or your neighbourhood who might as well be interested in the topic? Talk to them and ask them if they want to accompany you to the event!
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Thanks a lot for your support!
Details regarding the registration
Who can participate? Everyone between 14 and 35 who is interested in Europe is very much welcome to register!
Registration form for participants from Belgium: please click here
Deadline for participants from Belgium: Tuesday, 8th of September 2015, 08:00 p.m.
An event organised by JEF Hessen
in cooperation with JEF Mainz-Wiesbaden and JEF Brussels
|out of funds of the Federal Government’s
Child and Youth Plan (KJP)
|Office of MEP Michael Gahler|
Photos homepage: “parliament” (modified) by Paul Frankenstein; CC BY-NC 2.0 / „European Commission in Bruxelles“ (modified) by bernard_in_va; CC BY-NC 2.0 / “_MG_9315” (modified) by Corporate Europe Observatory; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0