International Visitors Programme - Bucharest 2012
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This year’s International Visitor’s Programme (IVP) took place between the 16th and the 18th of October 2012 within the framework of the European People’s Party (EPP) Congress in Bucharest, Romania. The IVP brought together international guests with some key players in this year’s Congress. It was opened on the evening of the 16th by Vice-President of the Commission and Vice-President of the EPP, Antonio Tajani and EPP Secretary General and CES Secretary Treasurer, Antonio López-Istúriz. This was followed by two panel discussions on the morning of the 17th. The first of these was titled: “The EU in the World: Continued Leadership in Times of Realignment?” and featured opening remarks from former Taoiseach John Bruton and Elmar Brok MEP. The second panel looked at: “The Single Market at 20: Recalling Achievements, Focusing on Future Growth”. These open debates also included a number of MEPs, business leaders and high-level stakeholders. Along with these panels, CES set up our publications stand at the EPP Congress. Here Congress participants could browse and take home the latest CES research papers, books and policy briefs. The stand also set the scene for a number of interviews with Commissioners, Heads of State, Ministers, MEPs and business representatives. These “Micro-talks” could be observed by passers-by and were a great attraction throughout the Congress.