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 27th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 17 December 2013: Research and Innovation for a Sustainable World
Domenico ROSSETTI di VALDALBERO*, Principal Administrator, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
*in a personal capacity
“Horizon 2020 is not just about research and innovation, crucial though they are. Horizon 2020 has much bigger ambitions – to play a major role in Europe’s fight for jobs and growth”.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the European Commission responsible for Research, Innovation and Science, 20 November 2013. 
 26th CIFE Lunchtime Debate - Tuesday 9 July 2013: Revitalising the European Dream: A corporate view
Robert Gogel, CEO of Integreon, (a trusted provider of integrated legal, research and business support solutions to discerning professionals), Editor-in-Chief of The State of the European Union* annual conference.
*The 3rd annual edition of State of the European Union conference took place in Brussels on 6 June 2013. It was organized with the support of the European Executive Council (EEC). Its objective was to demonstrate, at a time when Europe is going through one of its more turbulent periods, that global companies still believe in Europe and that they have a ‘corporate view’ on how to most effectively and efficiently renew the European dream.
 25th CIFE Lunctime Debate - Wednesday 27 March 2013 - European Elections 2014: Which Role for the Media ?
Juana LAHOUSSE-JUÁREZ, Director-General for Communication, European Parliament & Christophe LECLERCQ, Founder of EurActiv.

CIFE, the Centre International de Formation Européenne, organized on March 27 a debate on the topic: “European Elections 2014: Which Role for the Media?”, with EP Director General for Communication Juana Lahousse-Juarez and EurActiv Founder Christoph Leclercq. 
Mrs Lahousse-Juarez presented the main lines of the EP communication strategy for 2014: while in 2009 the accent was put on citizens’ choice (“It’s your choice!” campaign), the 2014 campaign will be based on two pillars:
1/ Communicate on the European values (solidarity, freedom of expression,…),
2/ encourage the debate, focusing on the content of the EP legislative work and providing platforms for candidates and political parties to have a real European debate.
Mr Leclercq stressed the importance of including European topics in the national news cycles and decentralize the campaign. He also insisted that the EP 2014-2019 mandate should be clear: solve the crisis  and adapt the EU. Many efforts still need to be made: need for primaries, need for more “top faces” (here, he suggested the introduction of a “party ticket of 5”, where each European party could propose candidates for the 5 top jobs: European Parliament, European Commission, European Council, Eurogroup presidents, and High Representative),…
The official campaign should be launched in September 2013. In general, the EP will intend to be “glocal” and politically bolder, within the limits set by the thin line separating institutional communication from political communication.  National parliaments will also have a role to play in the campaign and their involvement will be discussed by the presidents of the national parliaments of the 27 member states during their meeting in Nicosia on 25-26 April.
(Newsflash of the European Movement International, March 27,
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