Events


EPICENTER holds a number of events throughout the year. These range from conferences and panel discussions to formal lectures and book launches, as well as private lunches and suppers. Our events attract renowned speakers from various backgrounds, such as politicians, journalists, academics and business people. They normally take place in Brussels, although occasionally we hold events in other European capitals.

To attend our public events, please join our mailing list at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in our private events programme, please e-mail abartha@epicenternetwork.eu.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Barriers to trade – EP roundtable discussion

Non-tariff barriers to trade are a significant element of countries’ trade policies and may often be more harmful than tariff trade barriers. In particular, technical trade barriers and other administrative costs that export companies encounter can inhibit trade. The negotiations of a trade agreement between the UK and EU highlights the difficulties of this process.

An upcoming EPICENTER research highlights the policy concerns and this roundtable discussion with high-level policy makers and trade experts will shed some light on the challenges and opportunities for future EU free trade agreements.

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PAST EVENTS

Economic Freedom Summit

What makes countries and citizens prosper? How can we ensure economic growth, without living at the expense of future generations? What are the best policies for reducing poverty in Europe and all over the world?
With 35 speakers from 25 countries, this summit, hosted in the European Parliament by Amjad Bashir MEP, shall seek to explain to the EU and national policy makers how Economic Freedom is the indispensable foundation of prosperity and liberty. You are invited to join this discussion.

Privatisation of utilities European Parliament debate

28 November 2017

Does liberalisation lead to more precariousness? EPICENTER is participating in a unique debate in the European Parliament powered by two leading independent centres for research.

The European Parliament published a report which maps the recent history of privatisation and examines the risk of precarious work in privatised utilities. The main goal of this study is to highlight the relationship between privatisation and employment losses. EPICENTER reacted in in a briefing that addressed the benefits of privatisation and outlines some of the counter arguments.

As a result, the European Parliament will organise a debate between the two think tanks, hosted by Amjad Bashir MEP and Stelios Kouloglou MEP.

INNOV8 2017

21 November

INNOV8 is a conference for EU-decision makers, innovative companies, and start-ups to meet and explore ways how Europe can become the leading force in the adoption of new technologies. The conference will address several exciting areas of progress: artificial intelligence & digitalisation, fintech & banking, and innovation in food supply & health. The conference will provide a unique forum to exchange ideas, shape policy and ensure that the EU remains at the forefront of technological change and policy opportunities.

Trump & Trade

7th September 2017

Senator Chris Steineger, Kansas State Senator will be hosted by Christofer Fjellner MEP to discuss US-EU relations under a Trump Presidency. The 30-year veteran of American government and politics will give an insight into the Trump administration and its impact on EU-US relations. Christofer Fjellner MEP, representing the Swedish Moderate Party in the EPP since 2004 will host the discussion and share his thoughts on the implications of a protectionist United States.

Nanny State Index Conference 2017

10th May 2017

The Nanny State Index (NSI) is a league table of the worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape. The initiative was launched by EPICENTER in March 2016 and was a media hit right across Europe. It is masterminded and led by IEA’s Christopher Snowdon branded through the European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER). The 2017 edition of the index will be revealed during a full day conference in Brussels on the 10th May. The day includes high level discussions and debates between MEPs, industry experts, think tankers and regulators.

INNOV8 Conference

18th October 2016

INNOV8, our conference about innovation in various fields from science & tech to agriculture, took place in Brussels and provided a stimulating platform for debate for our 80 participants. The ideas of panellist — MEPs, Commission representatives, policy experts and representatives from innovative companies — revolved around the endless opportunities of innovation and the regulatory role of the EU and member states.