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INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATIONS

DIKTIO's President and Members have an active role in participating in international meetings and events.

Lisbon 2017: FEPS Scientific Council & PES Council

Ms. Anna Diamantopoulou, President of DIKTIO, participated in the meeting of the FEPS Scientific Council and the Council of the European Socialist Party (PES), which took both place in Lisbon, between November 30 and December 2.
The Scientific Council of FEPS (the largest progressive think tank in Europe) met last week for the first time under the presidency of Mr. Josep Borell, in order to draft the Foundation's activity plan for the year 2018.

PES council’s main focus was policymaking towards a progressive renewal for Europe in light of upcoming political developments, mainly 2019 European Parliament elections.

 

Richard von Weizsäcker International Forum 2017

Anna Diamantopoulou, President of DIKTIO Network for Reform in Greece and Europe partakes, for three times in a row, in the "Richard von Weizsäcker International Forum" of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
In this year’s forum, 42 distinguished personalities from 21 countries, coming from the sector of government, business, media and academia, are taking part.
National and homeland security, new forms of war, developments in technology, social inequality and the immigration question are among the main issues to be discussed.
Last Monday, forum’s members sat in a working meeting hosted by HE The President of the Republic of Germany, Mr. Frank - Walter Steinmeier.

B-in-EU Jean Monnet Module launching event at Deree

On Tuesday, October 3, Deree – The American College of Greece hosted the much anticipated launching event of B-in-EU, the EU co-funded project run under ERASMUS+ Jean Monnet Module scheme, implemented at Deree, and coordinated by Associate Professor Dr. Anna Visvizi.
The aim of the B-in-EU project is to promote novel approaches to teaching European integration to business students, equipping them with the special skills and knowledge about the EU, thus turning them into dedicated EU citizens and advocates of European integration.
In the crowd-packed space of the Upper Level Library, the Provost, Dr. Thymios Zacharopoulos and Dr. Anna Visvizi welcomed the guests and elaborated on the project before giving the floor to the event’s keynote speaker, Mrs. Anna Diamantopoulou, former Minister of Education and EU Commissioner, and current president of “To Diktio” – Network for Reform in Greece and Europe. An equally motivating panel discussion ensued, featuring Dr. Marta Pachocka, Jean Monnet Module Eumigro, Mr. Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, and Professor Anna Moni, moderated by Ms. Lillian Psylla.
In her inspirational speech, themed “The imperative for a shared future in an unpredictable world”, Mrs. Diamantopoulou discussed Europe’s main challenges and prospects for the future. Through the centuries, the European continent has been one of blood, wars, among which two World Wars. Now, it is a continent of democracy and peace. Sixty years since its founding Treaty, said Mrs. Diamantopoulou, the European Union can take pride in a unique achievement; that of being the most formidable case of peaceful transnational cooperation in human history. Sadly, the EU is faced with a polycrisis: the Eurozone crisis, Brexit, the refugee and migration crisis, security challenges, and the rise of nationalistic and illiberal forces.
Mrs. Diamantopoulou stressed the need for leaders who will work for Europe and see beyond the national interest, and identified the three global forces that will shape its future in the long run: the rapid demographic change; the dominance of digitization and automation; and the challenges to Europe’s competiveness caused by such emerging economies as China. To survive, Europe will have to invest in innovation and in developing the industries of the future, as well as tackle two major issues, i.e. the government model and the security issue.
On the matter of the Greek crisis, Mrs. Diamantopoulou maintained that Greece, despite its competitive advantages, still needs the EU to stay afloat and that we shouldn’t put our EU participation in doubt.
Speaking of the Erasmus+ program, Mrs. Diamantopoulou described it as the most successful and popular EU project to this day. Designed to combat social inequality and nepotism, and to promote universality, equality for all, and academic excellence, Erasmus+, through its €14.7 billion budget, offers opportunities to over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.
“Politics is to participate in a movement” concluded Anna Diamantopoulou, speaking of Diktio, the think tank on reform she has established, which is also currently running an Erasmus+, Jean Monnet Program. Diktio is a not-for-profit, think-and act-tank working towards consensus and against polarization. It aims to foster the concept of European citizenship as well as support and strengthen Greece’s European identity.
Congratulations to all B-in-EU Ambassadors, whose commitment, hard work, and team spirit, made the launch of this important event possible!

Brussels: FoE State of Europe 2017

DIKTIO's president Anna Diamantopoulou, participated in the annual "State of Europe" meeting of the largest European Think Tank "Friends of Europe", which took place in Brussels on 11-12 October 2017. This year's debate was dedicated to the digital economy and digital democracy.
According to the president of the DIKTIO - NETWORK, "The changes are enormous and several countries in Europe now have business plans that include changes in the function of their services in order to deal with and exploit the 4th industrial revolution that is already here. The country that has established significant head start in all levels is Estonia, where its citizens now have a digital identity and NEVER have to visit a public service in person. The arguments are many and interesting. The philosopher Philippe Van Parijs for example, expresses a lot of doubts and concerns about the lack of personal engagement and awareness of the citizen on the issue of voting. However, it is impressive, according to all facts, that especially in the under-40s, the digital age is now the absolute reality."

 

Thessaloniki Summit 2017: Growth for Northern Greece focusing on research and innovation

DIKTIO's president Anna Diamantopoulou, participated as a speaker at the "Thessaloniki Summit" 2017 International Conference, which took place in Thessaloniki on the 5-6 October, concerning the prospects for growth in northern Greece.
The president of the DIKTIO - NETWORK presented specific data of the economic environment in the country and especially in Northern Greece. The president put forward a series of development proposals, both long-term and short-term. Anna Diamantopoulou also referred to the possibility of direct attraction of foreign students to the five university institutes of Northern Greece, with the implementation of a significant number of English speaking postgraduate programs from the private sector, without any conditions.
Mrs Diamantopoulou proposed concrete steps to achieve the development goals:
• Facilitate the establishment of research centers of large multinational corporations (as is done in Israel).
• A set of bilateral agreements with countries and regions that have successful partnerships between the government and the private sector. Indicatively: The USA to develop venture capital to fund start-ups mainly in IT and the environment. Denmark to develop cluster linking research, agriculture and food industry. Germany for joint ventures in the field of renewable energy.
• Link traditional sectors such as agricultural food, forestry, tourism and textile products with innovation through universities and research centers.

 

Potsdam 2017: «The future of Europe through the global challenges»

DIKTIO - NETWORK participated for the second consecutive year in the Annual Conference "M100 Sanssouci Colloquium" whixh is held each year in Potsdam, Germany, aiming to strengthen democratic institutions, pluralism and freedom of speech through dialogue between media representatives and state factors. This year's meeting was titled "Democracy or Autocracy? The Revival of Dark Powers" and DIKTIO - NETWORK was represented by the dierctor, Yannis Mastrogeriou.
The debate consisted of academics, journalists and analysts from EU countries and took place in the wake of President Juncker's speech on the future of the EU the previous day.
The debate interventions made extensive references to the challenges the EU currently face. The dialogue brought to light a wide range of views. From Brexit's possible suspension to the idea of a flexible union and EU’s relations with Russia.
The desire to strengthen the 27 member states and the reflection on the future of Europe was evident.
Mr Mastrogeorgiou, In line with what DIKTIO - NETWORK has long emphasized in its publications, repeated that, beyond the plans of the Union and President Juncker, there are three global and powerful forces of change that the Union must take into account:
1. Demographic and migration trends.
2. Technology revolution, automation and how it influences employment.
3. The reluctance of a large part of the population against the new trends of globalization, as expressed through the strengthening of xenophobic and introverted parties.

DIKTIO's president with Ambassadors from Latin America in Greece

The president of DIKTIO – NETWORK Anna Diamantopoulou was invited by the ambassadors from Latin America and CELAC members on Thursday, September 7th. The discussion took place in a central Athens hotel, with the Ambassadors of Central and South America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Uruguay, Panama) asking questions to the president of the DIKTIO - NETWORK after her opening statements concerning the developments in Greece, Europe and the international environment, politics, economy, foreign policy and security, social rights, reforms, the course of the EU. etc.

DIKTIO's president at the 17th World Textile Congress of AUTEX

Anna Diamantopoulou, President of the DIKTIO - NETWORK, opened her speech on "The innovation and traditional sectors of the economy: a guide to attracting investment and growth" at the 17th World Textile Congress of AUTEX (Union of Universities with Associations of Universities for Textiles) which took place this year in Corfu, Greece.
During her speech, Mrs Diamantopoulou emphasized the prospects of the development of such a traditional industry to the economic growth and the creation of new jobs both in Europe and in Greece. Increased competitiveness and sustainability is possible despite fierce competition from China, India and other countries. The focus is on innovation to produce new, high-quality and value-added products targeted at a wide range of different consumer groups.
Mrs Diamantopoulou emphasized the fact that small and medium-sized enterprises employ 90% of the workforce in the textile industry and contribute 60% of the industry's value. These companies are the means for the sustainability and prosperity of the middle class, which in turn is a factor of political stability.
Mrs Diamantopoulou identified the importance of the research process and the need to link it to the needs of consumers and new needs as crucial, along with the contribution of the EU through funding programs for so-called "translational research" to bring innovative ideas into consumer products as well as education and retraining through Lifelong Learning programs.
The use of new innovative methods for producing fabrics and materials that will have applications and uses in areas other than clothing is a reality and is rapidly evolving! Medicine and health, sports, construction, science, architecture, transport, energy, aerospace, agriculture. A significant factor for attracting serious investments in our country.

Meeting with the SPD Vice President, Mr Schäfer-Gümbel

SPD Vice President, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel visited the offices of DIKTIO on Friday afternoon where President Anna Diamantopoulou heartily welcomed him. Mr. Schäfer-Gümbel was accompanied by the head of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation delegation to Greece, Mr. Christos Katsioulis.
During the meeting, issues of both Greek and international interest were discussed. More particularly, the domestic experience of the current government's mandate and its impact on the economic and social policies. The discussion also extended to current developments in the field of Greek Social Democracy and to the need for renewal and reconstruction of progressive forces in order to respond with the utmost credibility to modern challenges.

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