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ELDR Congress 2012 - Programme

THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2012

10:00

Deadline for submitting urgency resolutions

12:00
19:00
Registration of Congress delegatesConference Reception - Ballsbridge Hotel

12:00
19:00

Registration of Council delegates

Conference Reception - Ballsbridge Hotel

15:30
17:30

Seminar
Campaign 2.0: Promoting liberal parties across Europe

Opening remarks: Sir Graham Watson MEP, ELDR President, Liberal Democrats, UK

Ian Marquardt & Jan Burdinski, political consultants

Cedar Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

16:00
18:00

Seminar - Hosted by European Liberal Forum
Populism and political apathy across Europe: Social and political implications of the debt crisis

Chair: Giulio Ercolessi, Member of the Board of Directors, European Liberal Forum

Felicita Medved, President, European Liberal Forum
Miguel Duarte, President, Movimento Liberal Social (MLS), ELF member organisation
Blagovesta Cholova, Researcher, Department of Political Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Luís Humberto Teixeira, journalist and political scientist, MLS, ELF member organisation
Cecilia Wikström MEP, Folkpartiet Liberalerna, Sweden
Klaas Dijkhoff MP, VVD, Netherlands
Thomas Krings, Deputy Secretary-General, ALDE Group, European Parliament

Oak/Elm Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

16:00
18:00

ELDR Bureau Meeting (invitation only)

Pembroke Suite - Clyde Court Hotel

18:30
20:00

Cocktail Reception (drinks provided)

Welcome remarks:

Naoise Ó Muirí, Lord Mayor of Dublin
Micheál Martin TD, Fianna Fáil Party Leader
Sir Graham Watson MEP, ELDR Party President, Liberal Democrats, UK
Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte Ireland

Dublin City Hall

FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2012

08:00
09:00

Delegation Meeting for Associate Members (Intro to Congress)

Grosvenor Suite 1 - Clyde Court Hotel

08:00
08:30

Registration of Council Delegates

Conference Reception - Ballsbridge Hotel

08:30  18:00

Registration of Congress Delegates

Conference Reception - Ballsbridge Hotel

08:30
10:00

ELDR Council Meeting

Chair: Sir Graham Watson MEP, ELDR President, Liberal Democrats, UK

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

10:00
10:15

Congress matters of procedure

Announcement and distribution of urgency resolutions.
Call for scrutineers, returning officer and counting assistants.
Announcement of urgencies

Chair: Marc Guerrero, ELDR Vice President, Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

10:15
11:30

Theme debate
A liberal roadmap for Energy Transition

Chair: Chris Huhne MP, Liberal Democrats, UK

Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport
Lykke Friis MP, former Energy and Climate minister of Denmark

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

11:30
12:30

Working group - Theme Resolution

Chair: Chris Huhne MP, Liberal Democrats, UK

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

11:30
12:30

Working group - Congress Resolutions

Chair: Lousewies van der Laan, ELDR Vice President, D66,The Netherlands

Herbert Suite - Clyde Court Hotel

11:30
12:00

Press Conference

Cedar Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

12:30
14:30

Lunch Debate - Co-hosted by General Electric
The EU-US free trade agreement

Chair: Catherine Bearder MEP, Liberal Democrats, UK

Keynote: Karel De Gucht, EU Commissioner for Trade

Metin Kazak MEP, ALDE coordinator in INTA
Hendrik Bourgeois, Vice President EU Affairs, General Electric
Joseph Quinlan, German Marshall Fund
Frank Hoffmeister, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Karel De Gucht

Grosvenor Suite 1 - Clyde Court Hotel

12:30
14:30

Lunch Debate - Co-hosted  by Tuskon
Turkey - EU: Revisiting the Common Interests

Opening remarks: Sir Graham Watson MEP, ELDR President, Liberal Democrats, UK

Chair: Anne Brasseur MP, Leader ALDE-PACE, DP Luxemburg

Rizanur Meral, TUSKON President
Andrew Duff MEP, President of UEF, Liberal Democrats UK
Other speakers will be announced at the Congress

Oak/Elm Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

13:00
14:30

Leaders and Ministers Lunch Meeting
(invitation only)

Conservatory

13:00
14:30

Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable - Hosted by European Liberal Forum
A Europe of 100 Flags. A Nightmare or a Dream?

Opening remarks: Felicita Medved, President, European Liberal Forum

Chair: Alexander Graf Lambsdorff MEP, FDP, Germany

Marc Guerrero, Vice- President of ELDR, Member of the National Executive Committee for CDC, Board member of the CatDem Foundation
Nils Torvalds MEP, SFP, Finland
Iain Smith, former Member of the Scottish Parliament, Liberal Democrats, United Kingdom
Willem Frederik Schiltz, Member of the Chamber of Representatives, Open VLD, Belgium

Grosvenor Suite 2 - Clyde Court Hotel

14:45
15:45

Official Congress Opening

Chair: Astrid Thors MP, ELDR Vice President, Finland


Sir Graham Watson MEP, ELDR President, Liberal Democrats, UK
Micheal Martin TD, Fianna Fail Party leader
Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, UK Liberal Democrats Leader
Guy Verhofstadt MEP, ALDE Group leader, Open VLD, Belgium

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

15:45
16:30

Presentation of candidates for ELDR Bureau Elections and for the ELWN President Elections

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

16:30

Announcement of Scrutineers, Returning Officer and Counting Assistants

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

16:30
17:00

Keynote Speech

Carl Haglund, Finnish Minister of Defence, SFP Party Leader
Hans van Baalen MEP, President of Liberal International, VVD, The Netherlands

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

17:15
18:45

Working group - Theme resolution

Chair: Chris Huhne MP, Liberal Democrats, UK

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

17:15
18:45

Working group - Congress resolutions

Chair: Lousewies van der Laan, ELDR Vice President, D66, The Netherlands

Oak/Elm Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

17:30
19:00

ELDR Workshop
From 3,000 to 50,000 ‘likes’ in a month - How to run your political social media campaign

Cedar Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

19:30
20:15

ALDE MEP/MP Reception
(invitation only – bus transportation provided)

Guinness Storehouse

20:15
22:30

Walking Dinner Reception (bus transportation provided)

Guinness Storehouse

SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2012

08:00
09:00
MPs and MEPs Breakfast meetingMezzanine Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

08:30
15:00

Registration of Congress Delegates

Conference Reception - Ballsbridge Hotel

08:30
09:30

Collection of Proxy Cards by Heads of Delegation

Conference Reception - Ballsbridge Hotel

08:30
09:00

Associate Members Meeting

Herbert Suite - Clyde Court Hotel

09:00
10:00

Debate - Hosted by Fianna Fáil
The Innovation Economy, Driving Europe Forward

Chair: Dara Calleary TD, Fianna Fáil Spokeperson for Enterprise

Professor Suzi Jarvis, Director of the Innovation Academy, University College Dublin
Seán O'Sulivan, Managing Director, Avego

Cedar Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

09:00
10:00

Debate - Hosted by LYMEC
Youth Unemployment in Europe

Jeroen Diepemaat, President of LYMEC
Anne van der Graaf, Treasurer of LYMEC
Slaven Klobucar, Secretary General of LYMEC

Oak/Elm Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

09:00
10:30

ELWN Fringe Meeting
Female Quotas: an Effective tool to boost up gender equality?

Chair: Astrid Thors MP, ELDR Vice President, SFP, Finland

Norica Nicolai MEP, PNL, Romania
Trine Skei Grande MP, Venstre Party leader, Norway
Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, President of the International Network of Liberal Women

Grosvenor Suite 2 - Clyde Court Hotel

09:30
12:00

Documentary and Discussion on Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Screening of ‘KHODORKOVSKY’ and expert panel discussion

Opening remarks: Sir Graham Watson MEP, ELDR President, Liberal Democrats, UK

Cyril Tuschi, Director of the documentary
Mikhail Kazyanov, Former Prime Minister, PDU Party Leader, Russia

Grosvenor Suite 1 - Clyde Court Hotel

10:00
11:30

Debate - Hosted by the Union of European Federalists
On Governing Europe

Chair: Lousewies van der Laan, ELDR Vice President, D66, The Netherlands

Andrew Duff MEP, President of UEF, Liberal Democrats, UK
Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

11:30
11:45

Keynote speech

Vesna Pusic MP, ELDR Vice President, Foreign Minister of Croatia

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

11:45
12:00

Vote: Name Change of ELDR Party to ALDE Party

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

12:00
13:00

Vote: Congress Resolutions

Chair: Lousewies van der Laan, ELDR Vice President, D66, The Netherlands

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

12:15
14:00

Vote: ELDR Bureau Elections

Herbert Suite - Clyde Court Hotel

13:00
14:30

Lunch Debate - Hosted by Fianna Fáil
The Euro Challenge, Where now for the Economic and Monetary Union

Micheal Martin TD, President of Fianna Fáil
Dr Michael Somers, former CEO, National Treasury Management Agency
Dermot O'Leary, Chief Economist, Goodbody Stokebrokers
Senator Jean Arthuis, Member of the French Senate

Grosvenor Suite 2

13:00
14:30

Lunch Debate - Hosted by ALDE-CoR
Energy Transition: ‘A waste of money or a source of economic growth?’

Chair: Mr Bas Verkerk, ALDE-CoR President, VVD, The Netherlands

Mikhail Kasyanov, Former Prime Minister, PDU Party Leader, Russia
Marc Guerrero, ELDR Party Vice-President, Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya
Piet de Vey Mestdagh, Member of the Executive Council

Oak/Elm Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

14:00
14:30
Book Launch
‘Letters from Europe’ by Sir Graham Watson MEP
Cedar Suite - Ballsbridge Hotel

14:45
15:45

Vote: Theme resolution

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff MEP, ELDR Vice President, FDP Germany

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

16:00

Announcement of the results of the Bureau elections

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

16:15
17:00
Q&A session with ELDR BureauBallroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

17:00
17:15

Closing Speech

Sir Graham Watson MEP, ELDR President, Liberal Democrats, UK

Ballroom - Ballsbridge Hotel

17:30

Reception

The Dubliner Pub - Ballsbridge Hotel