"DIKTIO-Network for Reform in Greece and Europe", a not-for-profit, think-and act-tank, of European orientation was founded in April 2013. Its aim is to foster the notion of European citizenship, support and strengthen Greece's European identity. It promotes and advocates for the necessary reforms at national and European level for a more united and prosperous Europe. A youth section is particularly geared into transmitting and communicating with the younger generation and addressing issues of their concern.
DIKTIO's founder/president Ms. Anna Diamantopoulou is a fmr EU Commissioner and frm Minister of Education in Greece. Its members include active citizens from all walks of life and background (academics, entrepreneurs, educators, civil servants), firm believers in Greece's European future. It is governed by a seven member Board, has four staff, a solid network of collaborators-volunteers and an International Council comprised of distinguished experts. Anna Diamantopoulou has actively shaped social and educational policy in Greece and Europe. She has been a Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, and lectured on European issues as Distinguished Scholar at Singapore’s Lee Kuan School of Public Policy and Fisher Family Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School.
DIKTIO's main activities serve to distill and strengthen the notion of being European citizens and to amplify the need for necessary reforms for achieving the European ideal to the benefit of all. They include a variety of public events for issues on the public agenda and development of Policy Proposals for Reforms at Greek and European levels. In addition to contributing to op-ed pieces in major journals and sites, a bi-monthly Policy Brief prepared by DIKTIO is circulated and cited widely. DIKTIO is also an active partner to consortia for European funded Projects and currently coordinates the project IDEA, funded by Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Projects (http://idea4europe.eu/site/). Partnerships with other Organizations include among others, the EU Representation in Greece, Notre Europe, Friends of Europe, ECAS, and Citizens for Europe.
DIKTIO has organized the first Greek ECI (European Citizens’ Initiative): "Do not count education spending as part of the deficit! Education is an investment". It was with this project that represented Greece at the 2014 European Charlemagne Youth Price. As a useful practical tool for youngsters and to assist students has developed an electronic public interactive platform, incorporating information on available scholarships for national and international studies.
With regard to public events with the aim to spread and amplify European issues its activities represent different type of events targeted at distinct audiences or/and society at large covering a similarly wide range of topics.
DIKTIO's public events fall under three categories.
-Labs: Live-streamed events with high caliber experts addressing contemporary issues such as youth unemployment, banking union, European parliament elections etc. Participants included among others, Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize-winning economist, G.Hardouvelis, former Finance Minister, etc.
-International Conferences-Roundtables-Seminars: Those events also deal with contemporary issues and involve wider audiences. Selective topics: "Europe: towards a common future. North - South: prerequisites for a mutually beneficial co-existence"; "Greece in Europe"; Opportunities for Reforms & Growth"; "Building consensus for coalition governments"; "Pension reform"; "Health Reform"; "Agricultural production and the economic crisis: opportunities and solutions".
-Invitation-only Events: Series of working breakfast discussions with distinguished leaders and invitees from the business, political, academic and civil society community. Participants have included former italian Prime Ministers Mario Monti, Enrico Letta, former WTO Director Pascal Lamy, Brookings Institute VP Kemal Dervis, former Commissioner and Finland’s Central Bank President Erkki Liikanen and others.