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Comet (Place Stephanie, 20, 1050, Brussels)


How to get to EPD's event?

From Brussels train stations

Gare du Nord → Comet

1. Gare du Nord to Rogier: Tram 25 or 55 (Direction Rogier)

2. Rogier to Louise: Metro line 2 or 6 (Direction Simonis/Roi Baudouin)

Gare Central → Comet

1. Gare Central to Arts-Loi: Metro line 1 (Direction Stockel/Herrmann-Debroux)

2. Arts-Loi to Louise: Metro line 2 or 6 (Direction Simonis/Roi Baudouin)

Gare du Midi → Comet

1. Gare du Midi to Louise: Metro line 2 or 6 (Direction Elisabeth)

Schuman → Comet

1. Gare du Midi to Louise: Metro line 2 or 6 (Direction Elisabeth)

From Brussels airports

Zaventem airport → Comet

Charleroi airport → Comet

Gare du Midi → Comet

Gare du Midi → Comet

From Brussels hotels

The Scott Hotel → Comet

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Gare du Midi → Comet

Session 5

S4D3: What role for European actors and is it worth it?

14:00 - 15:15

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)

Chief Executive

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith has been Chief Executive of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy since August 2014.  He was previously International Relations Director in the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Europe Director in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).  Anthony’s career began in 1986 as a diplomat in the FCO, where his roles focused on EU and wider European issues including trade policy, the Balkans, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Eastern Europe and Cyprus. In 1996, Anthony moved to DFID where he worked on Environment Policy, EU development policy, Southern Africa, and multilateral affairs including the UN, OECD, G7/8 and the G20. He was also Private Secretary to the Development Minister.  Anthony was born in Jamaica, studied law at Warwick University and speaks French and Spanish in addition to English.  Anthony is a member of the British Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Group on Human Rights.

Session 6

Show me the money: new democracy aid data

14:00 - 15:15

European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)

Research and Data Officer

Evelyn Mantoiu

Coming soon

Session 7

A better digital world in 2030

14:00 - 15:15

Coming soon

Coming soon.

Session 8

New initiatives for democratic participation in Europe

15:15 - 16:30

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA)

Executive Director

Antonella Valmorbida

Antonella Valmorbida is the Secretary General of ALDA since 1999, President of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and Member of the Advisory Board of Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development, Armenia. She has a senior experience in promoting local democracy, empowerment and participation of civil society, and good governance in: Europe, the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean sea. She has been Chair of the EPAN working group of CONCORD until 2016, Chair of the Committee on Democracy and Civil Society of the Conference of the INGO of the Council of Europe from 2008 to 2011, and was the coordinator of the subgroup on local government and public administration reform of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership.Thanks to her work and her engagement in networks, she accompanied and supported the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the principle of their “localisation”. In fact, she has worked as a consultant and trainer for major programmes of UNPD and the European Commission on local governance, democracy, local authorities and civil society empowerment.

Session 9

Who’s a foreign agent now? Understanding the Defence of Democracy Package
16:45 - 18:00

Civil Liberties Union for Europe

Senior Advocacy Consultant

Linda Ravo

Coming soon

Closing remarks

Spanish presidency: upcoming priorities

18:00 - 18:15

Coming soon

Coming soon.

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