We are happy to invite you to our next event “Economic Drivers of Inflation” on 27 October in Brussels, Belgium!
The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have impacted the world economy heavily, disrupted supply chains for everything from high-end tech components to basic items such as food and energy, slowing economic activity and, at the same time, creating inflation.
During this event, we’ll discuss and brainstorm liberal solutions to respond to the cost-of-living crisis in a manner that both fights poverty and maintains sound public finances, to sustain our welfare states as well as to accelerate the green transition and reach Europe's climate goals.
How to join?
Join us for a day of discussions and questions to give answers on urging topics!
When: 27 October from 8:30 to 14:30 CEST
Where: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
Please register in advance for this event using this link.
08:15 – 08:45
Arrival of participants and registration
08:45 – 09:00
Welcome of participants and opening remarks of ALDE Party Vice President Dita Charanzová MEP, Chair of the Jobs, Growth & Innovation Policy Advisory Group
09:00 – 9:30
Fireside chat with Belgian State Secretary Eva de Bleeker on the economic challenges, its
drivers and what way forward for liberals.
Moderated by Senator Timmy Dooley, ALDE Party Co-President
9:30 – 10:00
Keynote speech by Simonas Gentvilas, Lithuanian Minister of Environment, on
the acceleration of the green transition in a challenging time (online)
10:00 – 11:00
Panel discussion: How do we address the social cost of inflation?
European governments have been responding in different ways to shield consumers and businesses, SMEs in particular, from the direct impact of rising prices. What role for fiscal policy? Are there any best practices that can be replicated across Europe and how we respond as individual countries but as a whole in a way that does not add inflationary pressures?
- Phil Bennion, Head International Relations Liberal Democrats UK
- Nicolas Jeanmart, Head of Personal and General Insurance, Insurance Europe
- Georgios Kyrtsos MEP, Ind. Greece
- Ruzanna Tarverdyan, FDP city councillor, Switzerland
Moderated by Henrik Bach Mortensen, ALDE Party Vice President
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30
Panel discussion: Accelerating the green transition
How can we still accelerate the green transition while tackling the current energy crisis? Which type of measures and investments are needed in the short-term? How can we accelerate the deployment of renewables and alternative means of transport in a moment when citizens do not want to invest on this?
- Antonella Battaglini, Chief Executive Officer Renewables Grid Initiative (online)
- Richard Filcak, Head of Systems, Foresight and SOER in the Sustainability Transitions Programme at the EEA, European Environment Agency
- Alex Keynes, Clean Vehicles Manager, Transport and Environment
- Mark Lynas, research lead at the Alliance for Science, Boyce Thompson Institute
- Rasmus Grand Berthelsen, Director, Rasmussen Global
Moderated by: Senator Timmy Dooley, ALDE Party Co-President
12:30 – 13:00
Debrief of panel discussions in plenum with Q&A and concluding remarks, moderated by Senator Timmy Dooley, ALDE Co-President, Chair of Policy Advisory Group on Climate and Sustainability
13:00 – 14:00