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

Debating Democracy

Protecting equal democratic rights across all sections of society, irrespective of one’s ethnicity, gender or wealth is a cornerstone of liberal democracies – and still an ongoing battle in most countries across the world. Throughout modern Western history, in various movements from the suffragettes in the UK to the American Civil rights movement, the battle for a freer society was closely interlinked with the ability of democratic participation. Therefore, democratic accountability and individual freedom are concepts which are closely interconnected in most people’s minds.

But is there such a thing as too much democracy? What are the downsides democratising all government institutions, and can they be rectified without endorsing strongmen leaders and letting bureaucracies go wild? What is the history and the future of democratic development across modern societies and how can classical liberals shape the process in the most freedom-friendly way?

Two prominent authors from both sides of the Atlantic will join us for a friendly debate about the merits and problems of democracies. On the occasion of the launch of Eamonn Butler’s new IEA Primer ‘An Introduction to Democracy’ we are delighted to welcome him and Garrett Jones, Author of ’10% less Democracy – Why You Should Trust the Elites a Little More’ to our webinar.

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HIGHLIGHTED PAST EVENTS

Harm Reduction or Humbug?

The European Commission has recently launched several initiatives that will make safer nicotine products less appealing to smokers. The Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) recently published an opinion which downplayed strong evidence showing that e-cigarettes are a gateway from smoking for millions of people, and amplified speculation about hypothetical risks. Shortly afterwards, a draft of Europe’s Beating Cancer (BECA) plan recommended a full ban on e-cigarette flavours and bans on vaping indoors (and even outdoors). Making vaping less accessible and less appealing will have consequences that run directly counter to the Commission’s stated objectives.

What are the most counterproductive policies expressed by the SCHEER committee and the BECA plan? How can evidence-based policy making be put back on the agenda? Can free market liberals endorse any kind of regulation that curbs the freedom of choice of consumers? Join our panel of experts to discuss!

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.

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