The Bertelsmann Stiftung was founded by Reinhard Mohn, and is a private foundation carrying out its own project work. It does not make grants or support third-party projects. Dedicated to serving the common good, their work is based on the conviction that competition and civic engagement are essential for social progress. As a private operating foundation, its primary goal is to make a meaningful and enduring contribution to society. It focuses its activities on projects that can decisively influence society’s long-term viability. It works toward improved education, a just and efficient economic system, a preventative healthcare system, a vibrant civil society and greater international understanding. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is independent and nonpartisan. As a learning organization, it aspires to excellence. As an independent force for reform, it aims to break down barriers that stand in the way of social progress.
Febelfin vzw/asbl (non-profit association) is the Belgian Financial Sector Federation. It tries to reconcile the interests of its members with those of the policy makers, supervisors, trade associations and pressure groups at the national and European level. Febelfin vzw/asbl defends the interests of all its members: large banks, small and medium-sized banks, niche players, providers of infrastructure, etc. It speaks on behalf of the financial sector as a whole (except for the insurance companies). Febelfin’s mission consists of the following: defining positions held by and on behalf of its members; lobbying at the national and European level and taking part in social negotiations; providing services: providing information, comment and counsel as well as training via Febelfin Academy; communicating with its members and the public at large and taking part in the debate on professional, political, social and educative matters.
Europeans expect future prospects and projects for Europe. More than ever in times of crisis, the European public opinion believes that the game is fixed. In order to change things and foster new developments, it is important to bring together talented Europeans and to share together new ideas. Conference EUROPA suggest creating a recurrent and important moment in the European schedule, aiming to foster ideas intended to stimulate the thoughts of citizens and policy makers, to be carried out and shine. The conference EUROPA will therefore bring together over two days, inspiring European opinion leaders from the civil society, the business sector, universities, media, the arts and institutions in order to renew the debate and generate bold, original and practical ideas. They will debate on fundamental issues such as European economic growth, the right to mobility, diversity or the influence of Europe in the world. The speakers will seek to enhance the debate and discuss practical proposals with short term applications, in order to change things in Europe and re-involve European citizens in a momentum of progress.
We make soft drinks how they should be. With the best Fair Trade ingredients. All organically grown and straight from certified small farming cooperatives. So far, so delicious. But it’s not just the desire to slake your thirst with delicious soft drinks that drives us. We started the Lemonaid & ChariTea project to incite and shape the process of social change. With each bottle we want to make a small contribution. We want to change the world drink by drink. A little, at least. Beyond Fair Trade, every bottle purchased supports our charitable organisation „Lemonaid & ChariTea e.V.“. So far, we’ve raised more than £560,000; money which the organisation can now put to good use for a variety of development aid projects.
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The College of Europe is an independent private institute of European Postgraduate Studies. It fulfils this function by constantly adapting its programmes and the composition of its teaching faculty to European developments, by challenging its students’ minds with the different perspectives of senior academics and practitioners from over twenty different countries and numerous professional backgrounds, and by providing them with a very special – and intense – experience of living and working together in a European social and cultural context. Ever since its foundation at the very start of it the College of Europe has had the mission to make well selected postgraduate students understand the political, legal, economic and international core issues, challenges and potentials of this unique process.
The College can rely on an extensive network of contacts in European institutions, national administrations, international organisations, European universities and professional circles. Alumni of the College of Europe occupy positions of responsibility in Europe and across the world.
The Young European Federalists are a pan-European network of about 20.000 enthusiastic and dynamic young people in 30 European countries who profoundly believe that Europe is our future and who commit themselves to make it an even better place to live in! JEF is independent from all political parties and ideologies and pursues its objectives autonomously. Nevertheless, the organisation can of course participate in the exchange of opinions and experiences with political movements, public institutions, associations and the general public. JEF aims at bringing Europe closer to the Citizens and the Citizens closer to Europe. To this end, the organisation aspires to develop a better understanding of European Federalism, advances the implementation of the European and federalist ideals by concentrating its action on the achievement of international democracy, rule of law and efficient, democratic and transparent decision-making through respect for federal principles in Europe and beyond.
JEF Belgium wants to help young people find their place in the European Union. By organising street actions, guided tours, debates and seminars, we try to make sure that young people are aware the issues in Europe today and the future. They have local sections in Ghent, Brussels, Louvain-la-Neuve, Leuven and Liège.