Relaunching Europe in Thessaloniki, Greece - "New ideas out of the crisis"

On 23 January 2014, Relaunching Europe is heading to Thessaloniki to discuss with you the best ways to get Greece out of the crisis and launch the country on the path to more jobs, growth and progress for all.

For many years now, Greeks have suffered from the harsh austerity imposed on them by the Troika. The economic and social consequences of this ultra-conservative dogma have been devastating for hundreds thousands of Greeks who have lost their jobs and their access to basic public services such as health insurance due to unreasonable cuts.

What is the way out of the crisis? How can Greece best invest in its people and in the economy? Are we doing enough to support innovation and local entrepreneurs? What role should Europe play?

Your opinion is all that matters! So make sure to join the debate in Thessaloniki or online to exchange views with inspirational speakers, leading experts, academics, politicians and citizens just like you.

We’ll have the pleasure to welcome Prokopis DOUKAS as the moderator of this great evening of discussion.

Everyone is welcome to this free event. For organizational purposes, we kindly ask that you register for the event. The debate will be followed by a cocktail and a get-together.

Read the full programme of the evening.

Practical details:

“New ideas out of the crisis”
23 January 2014, at 18:00 (EET)
Apothikes (Thessaloniki Harbour) – Warehouse C

Speakers in the debate include:

Hannes SWOBODA // President, S&D Group

Evangelos Venizelos // President, PASOK, deputy Prime Minister, MFA

Yannis BOUTARIS // Mayor of Thessaloniki

Sylvana RAPTI // Member of the European Parliament, head of PASOK delegation

Liem HOANG NGOC // Member of the European Parliament, French Socialist Party

Dimitris Kalavros-GOUSIOU // Founder, “TEDx Athens”, co-founder, “Nest Media”, “Found.ation”

Marco VEREMIS // Founder and CEO, “Upstream”

Johanna van ANTWERPEN // coordinator European Creative Industries Alliance, innovation manager Amsterdam Economic Board

Tassos Flampouras // General Manager and co-founder, “Aventurine”

Nicos PHILIPPOU // former basketball player and manager of the national team of Greece; Greek Basket Hall of Fame

Dimitris RIGOPOULOS // columnist, “Kathimerini” daily newspaper

Michalis KOUTRAS // President of OPAD

Lina PAPADOPOULOU // associate professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki



Katerina KARAMFYLLIDOU // free press Parallaxi, Thessaloniki Allios

Panayotis VLACHOS // Public Policy Expert, Lawyer, Progressive Forum, “Forward Greece”

Yiannis CHARALAMPOPOULOS // Beetroot

Dimitris KATSANTONIS // “To the point,” “P80”

The event will also be video broadcasted live on the Relaunching Europe website . If you can’t make it to Thessaloniki, you will still be able to participate live and voice your comments and questions via Twitter (#RelaunchEU) and Facebook.

The debate is already starting online

Relaunching Europe is all about you! Ahead of the debate, you can submit questions through our Relaunching Europe Facebook page or on Twitter @TheProgressives using #RelaunchEU.

We look forward to having you join the discussion!   

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PROGRAMME : “New ideas out of the crisis”