The Brussels Office of the Bertelsmann Stiftung
All over Europe governments have to tackle the key challenges of budget consolidation and restoring sound public finances. This also applies to the current negotiations on the future EU budget. It is not only the member states but also the EU that is in financial dire straits and has to spend its money in a more efficient way. Against this backdrop the Bertelsmann Stiftung kicked off a series of expert meetings on September 21st / 22nd at its Brussels office to discuss the issue of the EU budget’s added value and its measurability.more
Where do successful approaches towards social integration start? How could politics and policies, religion and education contribute to a broad public awareness that in times of demographic change and globalization the cohesion of society heavily depends on the willingness to regard diversity as opportunity instead of threat? What claims to the readiness of fellow citizens with migration backgrounds to integrate are legitimate and can help to avoid the emergence of parallel societies? Where is the Rubicon for the populist call for assimilation and denial of identity for migrants and their families? These questions were raised and discussed in a comparative way at the Second German-Belgian Conference hosted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with the German and the Belgian Foreign Ministry, on the 13./14. of January 2011 in Berlin.more
The European Union has never before had more opportunities to shape events than today. The banking crisis and thus the protection of the common currency have become a crucial test for EU partners. The second annual high-level Brussels Think Tank Dialogue, which was held on January 25 at the Residence Palace and dedicated to the topic "Europe 3.0: Building a Viable Union," took Europe’s high potential for guiding policies into consideration. "We need the European dimension more than ever," concluded President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso on the current state of the European Union.more
The Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels Office, in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation, hosted the first annual Brussels gathering of the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI). The twenty CEPI fellows, who are financial-services or energy/climate-change experts and work as staffers in one of the two legislatures, convened in the European capital for four days of intense meetings, workshops and discussions around issues affecting their current work.more
Just one week after Czech President Vaclav Klaus signed off on the Lisbon Treaty and its reforms, the Bertelsmann Stiftung organized a panel discussion together with the Hanns Seidel Foundation on implementing the treaty’s new provisions. Held on November 11, 2009, in the state of Bavaria’s EU office in Brussels, the event was moderated by Thomas Fischer, head of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Brussels office.