Europuls is pleased to invite you to the IX edition of the EUROSFAT Forum
The largest annual event on European affairs in Romania
Europuls - Centre of European Expertise, the initiator and organizer of the EUROSFAT forum, is a non-governmental organization founded in 2010 in Brussels by a group of young Romanian experts in European affairs. The purpose of the organization is to promote European integration in Romania, but also to contribute to the development of a European public space through articles and studies and by organizing debates, workshops, and high-level conferences.
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Every year since 2013, EUROSFAT marks that vital moment when Europe, under all its aspects, becomes the most important topic on Romania's agenda. We intend to continue our mission to bring the European Union closer to Romanian citizens, especially in these difficult times.
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The Forum is a project based on European values of democracy, civic involvement and open dialogue and presents the perfect opportunity to debate the latest topics at European, national, and regional level, involving local actors, national and international policy-makers, as well as representatives of the business sector.
Among the speakers present at the EUROSFAT 2021 Forum you can find:
Anca Dragu
President of the Senate, Parliament of Romania
H.E. Lea Stančič
Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Romania
H.E. Laurence Auer
Ambassador of the Republic of France to Romania
Ramona Chiriac
Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Romania
Iulia Motoc
Judge at the European Court of Human Rights
Iulia Matei
Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania 
Dragoș Tudorache
Member of the European Parliament
Iulian-Vasile Popescu
Secretary of State, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization
Siegfried Mureșan Membru al Parlamentului Europeani
Siegfried Mureșan
Member of the European Parliament
Ligia Deca Consilier Prezidențial în Domeniile Educație și Cercetării, Administrația Prezidențială a României
Ligia Deca
Presidential Councillor on Education and Research, Romanian Presidential Administration
Dragoș Pîslaru Membru al Parlamentului European
Dragoș Pîslaru
Member of the European Parliament
Nicolae Ștefănuță Membru al Parlamentului European
Nicolae Ștefănuță
Member of the European Parliament
Victor Negrescu Membru al Parlamentului European
Victor Negrescu
Member of the European Parliament

Alin Mituța Membru al Parlamentului European
Alin Mituța
Member of the European Parliament
Ramona Strugariu Membru al Parlamentului European
Ramona Strugariu
Member of the European Parliament
Peter Chase Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund
Peter Chase
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund
Strategic sponsors
Uipath
Emag
Glovo
EUROSFAT 2021
Organized by EUROPULS - CENTRE OF EUROPEAN EXPERTISE

25 - 29 OCTOBER 2021
25 OCTOBER
10:00 - 11:30 AM
 Online
Plenary session
Women leading Europe
The EUROSFAT 2021 Forum, organized under the auspices of the Conference on the Future of Europe, aims at providing the optimal framework for an open dialogue between key representatives at European level, who can and must influence the future of Europe. Europe is strong, supportive, ambitious and visionary, and women in key positions at the European level are the living proof of that - a proof that they can be successful in political leadership, can have results with significant impact for citizens and, above all, are role models for young women who do not have the courage to speak up. We invite you to find out how Europuls pictures the future of women leading Europe.
This debate will be held in Romanian and it will be translated in English via Zoom.
Opening statement
E.S. Lea Stančič Ambasadorul Republicii Slovenia în România
H.E. Lea Stančič
Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Romania
Speakers
Anca Dragu
President of the Senate, Parliament of Romania
Ramona Chiriac
Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Romania
Iulia Matei
Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania 
Doina Gherman
Member of the Parliament, Republic of Moldova
Raimar Wagner
Head of Project Office, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Moderator
Tana Foarfă
Executive Director, Europuls 
Raise your question at Sli.do: #viitorulfeminin
CO-ORGANIZERS
13:00 - 14:30 PM
 Online
Session 2
Connecting Romania to Europe's digital future

The European Union set an ambitious agenda on shaping Europe’s digital future, incentivizing Member States to enhance digital transformation processes. In this regard, this panel aims at addressing the strategy and key reforms needed and the vision of Romania for following the EU digital agenda in shaping its digital future. In addition, the following topics are proposed for discussion:
- Romania’s digital transformation - challenges and opportunities;
- Key reforms to Romania’s resilient recovery through digital transformation and innovation;
- Knowledge sharing and exchange of best practices;
- Priorities for digital transformation of the Romanian public administration;
- Bridging the digital skills gap;
- Involving different stakeholders with a common goal in achieving Romania’s digital transformation targets.
This debate will be held in Romanian and it will be translated in English via Zoom.
Speakers
Dragoș Tudorache
Member of the European Parliament
Iulian Vasile Popescu
Secretary of State, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization 
George-Cristian Tuță  Membru al Camerei Deputaților, Parlamentul României (TBC)
George-Cristian Tuță 
Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Romanian Parliament
Alina Ujupan 
Member of the Cabinet of Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for Europe fit for the Digital Age
Răzvan Atim
General Manager Eastern Europe, UiPath
Oleg Roibu
Group General Counsel, eMAG
Denisa Avram
Public Affairs Manager, Central and Eastern Europe, Glovo
Mirela Mărcuț Lector dr., Universitatea din Oradea & Fondator digitalpolicy.ro
Mirela Mărcuț
PhD, Lecturer, University of Oradea & Founder digitalpolicy.ro 
MODERATOR
Cezara Panait
 Head of Digital Policy, Europuls
Raise your question at Sli.do: #viitoruldigital
CO-ORGANIZERS
Uipath
Emag
Glovo
15:00 - 16:30 PM
 Online
Session 3
2050 NET-ZERO RACE: HOW WILL ROMANIA MOVE TOWARDS CLIMATE NEUTRALITY?
The coming years will be decisive for Europe and for Romania, in particular, to ensure the right policy decisions are taken to reach a green transition. The energy sector is the one emitting most of GHG, and thus the one that will have to undergo the most significant challenges. Through the NextGenerationEU mechanism and National Plan for Recovery and Resilience (NPRR), the Romanian Government has proposed a set of measures to achieve the European goal for climate neutrality by 2050. In addition to legislative changes, Romania has committed to massive investments in infrastructure, research, and development for alternative energy sources to ensure the total decarbonization of the energy system.
How can Romania achieve this green recovery in the best way possible? What are the key areas that first need to be decarbonized? What will be the role of the energy industry in accelerating the transition to net-zero and what set of business-friendly policy frameworks is required? To answer these questions and more, Eurosfat's goal is to bring together key stakeholders in the field, such as policymakers, national and international companies, NGOs, and experts, to debate and discuss the issues of green transition and energy sustainability.
This debate will be held in Romanian and it will be translated in English via Zoom.
Speakers
Siegfried Mureșan 
Member of the European Parliament
Dumitru Chisăliță
President of Intelligent Energy Association
Livia Stan
TF Future of Transport, Employers Organisation Concordia
Corina Murafa 
Co-Leader Global Ashoka Next Now: Planet & Climate (TBC)
Andrei Covatariu 
Expert of the Task Force on Digitalization in Energy at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe / Senior Research Associate at Energy Policy Group
MODERATOR
Carolina Novac
Affiliated expert on energy policies, Europuls
Raise your question at Sli.do: #neutralitateclimatica
CO-ORGANIZERS
26 OCTOBER
10:30 - 12:00 AM
 Online
Session 4
FUTURE OF WORK - HOW TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL SKILLS GAP?
The work field is continuously adapting to the needs of the general population, not standing by in regards to the level of competencies. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the shaping of the Future of Work by disrupting the usual standards of work infrastructure, workload, quality of jobs, the competences that are needed, etc. While the pandemic has indeed accelerated the digitalization of education and the workload trends (such as work from home), it has created gaps not only between countries but also between the socio-economic groups. The markets are looking forward to a flexible, resilient, youth-adapted work field for future generations. In this regard, this panel aims at addressing the strategy, key reforms needed and the vision of Romania for following the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) in enhancing the digital skills of the future ability to provide the young generation quality and innovative jobs.
This debate will be held in Romanian and it will be translated in English via Zoom.
Speakers
Ligia Deca
Presidential Councillor on Education and Research, Romanian Presidential Administration
Dragoș Pîslaru 
Member of the European Parliament
Margareta Mucibabici (Chesaru)
 Public Affairs Manager, UiPath
Mihai Dragoș
Vice-Chair, Advisory Council on Youth - Council of Europe and Vice-President of the Romanian Economic and Social Council 
Ovidiu Cîmpean 
Co-Designer and Projects Manager for the Cluj City Hall “Cluj Future of Work - FoW” 
Moderator
Francesca Cristea
Affiliated expert on youth policies and future of work, Europuls
Raise your question at Sli.do: #viitorulmuncii
CO-ORGANIZERS
Uipath
RE:START21
27 OCTOBER
16:00 17:30 PM
 Online
Session 5
THE FUTURE OF TRANSATLANTIC COOPERATION: COMMON CHALLENGES AND INTERESTS
Transatlantic cooperation is a key point on the European Union's agenda, as both the European Union and the United States share the same set of democratic values. This debate aims to find solutions to the day-to-day challenges that can be tackled more easily through transatlantic cooperation. Therefore, issues such as these will be discussed in the debate:
- Return to multilateralism and consolidation of the alliance between democratic states.
- Developing the role of NATO as a political institution.
- Collaboration in the field of technology and commerce.
- The transition to a green and prosperous economy. The European Union and the United States together represent the world's largest economy and can therefore have a common aim in ensuring a green future.
This debate will be held in English and it will be translated in Romanian via Zoom.
Speakers
Nicolae Ștefănuță
Member of the European Parliament
Peter Chase
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund
Ionuț Simion
President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania - AmCham Romania
Samuel Rizzo
Senior Director for Policy, Information Technology Industrial Council
Moderator
Anda Bologa
Affiliated expert, Europuls
Raise your question at Sli.do: #transatlantic
28 OCTOBER
   10:30 AM -
12:00 PM
  Online
Session 6
THE PRIORITIES OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE 
The Conference on the Future of Europe, launched in May this year, aims to give citizens a greater role in shaping the policies and priorities of the European Union, with a view of increasing the level of resilience to future crises. Under the auspices of the Conference, Europuls aims to contribute to the development of a solid dialogue with leading representatives of civil society, in order to outline a series of priorities that will be forwarded to Romanian and European decision makers.
This debate will be held in Romanian and it will be translated in French via Zoom.
Opening statement
H.E. Laurence Auer
Ambassador of the Republic of France to Romania
Speakers
Victor Negrescu Membru al Parlamentului European
Siegfried Mureșan
Member of the European Parliament
Victor Negrescu Membru al Parlamentului European
Victor Negrescu
Member of the European Parliament
Alin Mituța Membru al Parlamentului European
Alin Mituța
Member of the European Parliament
Valentin Naumescu
President, ICDE Association
Diana Chiriacescu
Director, Federation of Social Services NGOs (FONSS)
Veronica Ștefan
Founder, Digital Citizens Romania
Mihnea Cătuți
Head of Research at Energy Policy Group (EPG)
Andreea Scrioșteanu
Vice-President, Romanian Youth Council (CTR)
Moderator
Ioana Bara-Bușilă
Affiliated expert on EU law and human rights, Europuls
Raise your question at Sli.do: #COFOE
CO-ORGANIZERS
16:00 - 17:30 PM
 Online
Session 7
SUSTAINABILITY TRANSITION AND THE ROLE OF THE DIGITAL SECTOR 
Digitalisation already improves the safety, productivity, accessibility and sustainability of energy systems. But digitalisation also increases new security and privacy risks. It also changes markets, business models and labor market dynamics. Policy makers, business executives and other stakeholders are increasingly confronted with new and complex decisions, often with incomplete or imperfect information. This challenge is compounded by the highly dynamic nature of energy systems, which are often built on large, long-term infrastructure and physical assets. Digitalisation: A new era in the transition to sustainability?
This debate will be held in Romanian and it will be translated in English via Zoom.
Speakers
Nicolae Ștefănuță
Member of the European Parliament
Sarah Maria Joițoiu
Sustainability Advisor, eMAG

Denisa Avram
Public Affairs Manager CEE, Glovo 
Denisa Diaconu
Analyst, Energy Policy Group
Moderator
Vlad Surdea-Hernea
Fellow, Europuls
Raise your question at Sli.do: #sustenabilitate
CO-ORGANIZERS
EMAG
Glovo
29 OCTOBER
  10:30 AM -
12:30 PM
 Online
Session 8
ROMANIA'S LONG EFFORTS TO REFORM THE JUDICIARY 
The necessity of reforming the judiciary, the fight against corruption and the relevance of respecting the rule of law remain, to this day, major issues, raising many questions among Romanian citizens. Therefore, this year represents the ideal opportunity to take a step back and look retrospectively at the path of justice reforms, while also analyzing the situation we find ourselves in at the moment.
What had to be achieved for Romania to become a member of the EU in the pre-accession phase, what remains to be done under the MCV and what is Romania committed to in terms of the RRF plan? Are those the same commitments? Why is it taking so long to implement justice reforms in Romania? In the current context of new EU instruments on the rule of law, is there any incentive to speed up this process? What were the obstacles then and are those still the same today?
This debate will be held in Romanian and it will be translated in English via Zoom.
Speakers
Iulia Motoc Judecător la Curtea Europeană a Drepturilor Omului
Iulia Motoc
Judge at the European Court of Human Rights
Ramona Strugariu Europarlamentar al Comisiei pentru libertăți civile, justiție și afaceri interne
Ramona Strugariu
Member of the European Parliament
Ramona Strugariu Europarlamentar al Comisiei pentru libertăți civile, justiție și afaceri interne
Raluca Prună
Former Minister of Justice
Sidonia Bogdan Jurnalist român
Sidonia Bogdan
Journalist
Moderator
Alin Orgoan
Affiliated expert on rule of law and democracy, Europuls
Raise your question at Sli.do: #justitia
16:00 -17:30 PM
 Online
Session 9
COLLOQUIUM - LAUNCH OF THE "EUROPULS POLICY JOURNAL ON EU AFFAIRS"
During this colloquium, Europuls will launch the first issue of the "Europuls Policy Journal on EU Affairs", where experts will present their work on three key areas: Emerging Technologies, Rule of Law and Democracy and Environment and Energy Policies. Thus, the topics covered in this session will be strongly aligned with specific goals of the EU agenda. The authors will also have the opportunity to answer to questions from the audience, regarding their research findings, during the Q&A session for each topic.
Papers to be presented:

Liability regimes for creative machines. A European perspective - Irina Buzu
Striking the balance between innovation and regulation in AI - is Europe leading the way or lagging behind? - Cezara Panait, Davor Ljubenkov, Dalia Alic
AI algorithms – (re)shaping public opinions through interfering with access to information in the online environment? - Cezara Panait, Cameran Ashraf
Redefining a New Transatlantic Agenda: EU-US Economic Relations - Ioana Ichim
Ethnic Profiling by the Police in France - Nicoleta Mîrza
What is the impact that policies against “fake news” have on democracy and rule of law? - Hugo Rossi Figueirôa
Understanding coal phaseout strategies in the European Union from the perspective of Romania - Vlad Surdea-Hernea 
The European Green Deal: What future for data-centres? - Arianna Crosera 
The challenges of niche diplomacy in the Eastern Partnership region. Case study on regional energy policies - Cătălin-Gabriel Done, Sorin Bogdea 
Speakers
Emerging Technologies
Irina Buzu
 Cezara Panait
Davor Ljubenkov

Dalia Alic
Cameran Ashraf
Rule of Law and Democracy
Ioana Ichim
Nicoleta Mîrza
Hugo Rossi Figueirôa
Environmental Policies and Energy
Vlad Surdea-Hernea
Arianna Crosera
Cătălin-Gabriel Done
Sorin Bogdea
Moderator
Dumitru Oprițoiu
Project Manager, Europuls 
Raise your question at Sli.do: #policyjournal

Register to Eurosfat Forum 2021

Following the latest decisions taken by the Romanian Government regarding the new restrictions, we regret to inform you that we will not support the physical event at the Intercontinental Hotel on October 25 and we will continue to broadcast the debates online on the Eurosfat website, on the Europuls Facebook page and the Europuls Facebook channel. Registered participants will receive via e-mail the Zoom link to connect to the debates.
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25 Oct 2021
10:00 - 11:30
WOMEN LEADING EUROPE
25 Oct 2021
13:00 - 14:30
CONNECTING ROMANIA TO EUROPE'S DIGITAL FUTURE
25 Oct 2021
15:00 - 16:30
2050 NET-ZERO RACE: HOW WILL ROMANIA MOVE TOWARDS CLIMATE NEUTRALITY?
26 Oct 2021
10:30 - 12:00
FUTURE OF WORK - HOW TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL SKILLS GAP?
27 Oct 2021
16:00 - 17:30
THE FUTURE OF TRANSATLANTIC COOPERATION: COMMON CHALLENGES AND INTERESTS
28 Oct 2021
10:30 - 12:00
THE PRIORITIES OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE
28 Oct 2021
16:00 - 17:30
SUSTAINABILITY TRANSITION AND THE ROLE OF THE DIGITAL SECTOR
29 Oct 2021
10:30 - 12:30
ROMANIA'S LONG EFFORTS TO REFORM THE JUDICIARY
29 Oct 2021
16:00 - 17:30
COLLOQUIUM - LAUNCH OF THE "EUROPULS POLICY JOURNAL ON EU AFFAIRS"

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