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.

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Competing Aims: Reforming Tax Policy Across Europe After Covid

Tax competition is often presented as a zero-sum game, instead of an important policy tool that can foster growth and create further opportunities to all participants of the economy. Globalisation created a world where capital is highly mobile and businesses can choose competitive economies with the highest possible returns on their investment. Countries with simple and neutral tax systems have better chances of attracting investment, minimising tax evasion, and maximising economic growth. Yet, many European countries have chosen a path of complicated tax regimes, with high overall taxation and a great number of loopholes and exemptions.

State Aid & Fair Competition

EPICENTER is delighted to invite you to an event co-hosted by our Lithuanian member think tank and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

The discussion aims to shed light on the problems that state aid creates and find ways to create free and fair competition within the Single Market.

Experts from three of our member think tanks, together with representatives of the European Commission and Parliament will provide their insights on the State Aid Modernisation Reform conducted by the EU in 2012.

Nanny State Index Conference 2019

The Nanny State Index (NSI) is a league table of the best and worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape. The conference explores the effects of lifestyle regulations across the EU with policy makers, academics and representatives of the affected industries.

How can the EU ensure the rule of law in an era of authoritarian populism?

EPiCENTER and the German Economic Institute are delighted to invite you to our upcoming event to discuss the rise of illiberal democracies and to provide answers for the challenges they pose. With an esteemed group of experts and politicians we look forward to a stimulating Chatham House discussion on the 29th April. Confirmed speakers:
• Dr Katalin Cseh, EP ALDE lead candidate, Hungary • Andreas Johansson Heinö, Author of the Authoritarian Populism Index, Timbro • Matthias Diermeier, Economist, German Economic Institute • Joe Lynam, European Commission DG COMM

Better regulation conference

25 September 2018

The Better Regulation Conference aims at addressing in an open way one of the most pressing issues of our time: the increasing regulatory density that has led to less economic freedom and choice, higher compliance costs reaching up to 10% of gross domestic product, or industry capture of regulation, leading to corporate scandals in several sectors as well as systemic crises in the financial realm. How can regulation be better reconciled with entrepreneurial freedom and consumer choice? Would self-regulation and consultation processes akin to the Swiss practice promote more effective rules? How can regulatory capture by special interests be prevented in order to keep competition and innovation alive to the benefit of all? What role should personal responsibility and market reputation play in the 21st century?

Nanny State Index Conference 2018

19 June 2018

The European Parliament edition of our Nanny State Index will be released alongside a great discussion with MEPs, industry representatives and academics about the merits of smart regulation and evidence based policy making in health and lifestyle areas.

Our index, which compares all political groups, parties, and nationalities within the European Parliament when it comes to lifestyle regulations will provide the facts and figures for a stimulating discussion.

Join Christofer Fjellner MEP, Dan Hannan MEP and many others for and interesting policy debate on the role of European regulators in lifestyle areas.

Barriers to trade – EP roundtable discussion

2 May 2018

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.

Economic Freedom Summit

11-12 April 2018

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.

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