TURKISH CONVERSATION TABLE

Conversation table at EPN – every Wednesday between 18:30 – 20:00 

If you want to practice Turkish, come along to EPN!

We will speak Turkish, have tea, and enjoy our time together!

 

 

EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 18: How aware are we of cardiovascular diseases? Causes of cardiovascular disease, ways to prevent it, its relation with our lifestyle, habits

  24 November 2013 10:30

  Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 18

How aware are we of cardiovascular diseases?

Causes of cardiovascular disease, ways to prevent it, its relation with our lifestyle, habits

Prof. Parla ASTARCI MD PhD

As European Professionals Network (EPN), we continue to bring together experts representing various professions on the last Sunday of every month to provide the attendants with the opportunity to discuss interesting and thought-provoking issues.

In this month’s talk, professor Parla Astarcı will talk about cardiovascular diseases which have increased at a faster rate in recent years.

On behalf of  EPN, we would be delighted to have your presence at this breakfast talk which will also include the risk factors and causes of these diseases and advices to live a heart-healthy life.

 

Brief Biography of Astarcı

Born in 1970 in Eskişehir, Prof. Parla Astarcı moved to Belgium at the age of four and still resides here. He has done his Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1995 and Cardiovascular Surgeon in the year 2001 at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) Brussels, Belgium. Having worked in various hospitals in Belgium, the UK and France, he is currently a consultant cardiac and vascular surgeon at the University Hospital Saint-Luc. While working here, Astarcı made his name well-known with an endovascular cardiac valve surgery – which was the first of its kind in Belgium. The professor has published a number of articles in his field. He is married and has two kids. Please click to see the full biography.

 

Conference Programme


10:00-10:30    Registration

10:30-11:30    Breakfast

11:40-12:30    Talk with Parla Astarcı

12:30-13:00    Questions&Answers

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Program Report

In its 18th edition, EPN Breakfast Talks hosted cardiovascular surgeon Prof. Parla Astarci. Following a pleasant breakfast-time, the prominent surgeon, who made his name well-known with an endovascular cardiac valve surgery — which was the first of its kind in Belgium — began his speech on the causes, risks and preventive measures of cardiovascular diseases. According to Astarci, there are six main risk factors for these diseases: smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, diabetes and excess weight. As for the symptoms of these diseases, Astarci pointed at narrowed, blocked or stiffened blood vessels as one of the most significant and commonly encountered symptom. “Approximately 700,000 people die from heart attacks in Europe each year and, sadly, a great number of people who suffer from a fatal heart attack die before they can be taken to hospital,” Astarci noted. First-aid knowledge is of utmost significance in order to help those people survive, the surgeon underlined and added that first aid like chest compressions, checking breathing, performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if necessary and calling for ambulance decreases the risk of death from heart attack by 60 percent. Wrapping up his speech, Astarci underlined that healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons in fighting against heart diseases. 

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EPN SEMINAR: What is the place of the citizen in Europe and what is the role of civil society in shaping EU policies?

  13 November 2013 19:30

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

EPN SEMINAR 

Citizens’ perspective in Europe

What is the place of the citizen in Europe and what is the role of civil society in shaping EU policies? 

 

Lecturers: 

Assya Kavrakova (Program Manager at ECAS)

Elisa Bruno (Project Coordinator at ECAS)

Citizens’ perspective in Europe

The year of 2013 has been chosen as the European Year of Citizens and dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship. Thus, as European Professionals Network (EPN), we are pleased to announce our next seminar on “Citizens’ perspective in Europe,” where we discuss the EU rights and the vision of how the EU should be in 2020. We will be honored to host Assya Kavrakova and Elisa Bruno from European Citizens Action Service ( ECAS ), seeking answers to the critical questions of “What is the place of the citizen in Europe and what is the role of civil society in shaping EU policies?” This lecture will shed the light on citizens rights, civic participation and civil society engagement at the European level with an accent on the recent developments across the union. Through the services of the European Citizens’ House and the 20-year experience of European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), case studies and practical examples on citizens’ rights and civic participation at the European level will be presented. EPN gladly welcomes you all to this event which we believe will be further enriched with your attendance and contribution. 

 

Program

19:30 – 20:30 Lecture 

20:30 – 21:00 Questions & Answers

21:00 – 21:30 Cocktail

 

Biographies of the Speakers


Assya Kavrakova
 is the incoming Director of ECAS as of 1 January 2014 and she is currently Program Manager of the European Citizens’ House at ECAS, Brussels. Within its framework she supervises the EU Rights Clinic and the European citizens’ initiatives ECIs’ support centre.

Before joining ECAS she served for 12 years (2000 – 2012) as the Director of the European Policies and Civic participation Program at the Open Society Institute — Sofia. She was also leading the analytical and research activity of the European Policies Initiative at the OSI — Sofia and she has personally authored the paper “The Unfinished Business of the Fifth Enlargement Countries.” She has a Master’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in European Integration from St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. She has worked as Public Policies and Outreach Director at the Democracy Network Program (DemNet) of the United States Agency for International Development. She was also the Executive Director of Transparency without Borders Association, the national branch office of Transparency International. Assya Kavrakova is a Fellow of German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, USA and a Fellow of the International Fellowship Programme, Brussels. She is the author of the Bulgarian chapter of the reports “TV across Europe: Regulation, Policy, Independence 2005” and “TV across Europe: Follow-up reports 2008” –of the OSI. EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program, publications available at www.mediapolicy.org  

 

Elisa Bruno is the Project Coordinator of the European Citizens’ House. She manages the digital portal of the European Citizens’ House as well as press relations and social media presence of the project. Within ECAS, Bruno further coordinates the ECI support centre and the EU Rights Clinic

Her international studies have taken her from Sciences Po, Paris to the College of Europe in Bruges (MA in European Political and Administrative Studies) where she wrote her dissertation on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). She also holds a Master in European Affairs from the University of Turin, Italy. 

She joined ECAS in 2012 after working for the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2008 and at the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) in 2011-2012. She also participated in the international competition for the Government of the Future, together with Accenture and the Lisbon Council.

Bruno speaks fluent Italian, English and French and is now studying Dutch in Brussels. 

 

About ECAS

ECAS was created in 1991 as an international non-profit organisation, independent of political parties, commercial interests and the EU Institutions. Its mission is to enable NGOs and individuals to make their voice heard within the EU by providing advice on how to lobby, fundraise, and defend European citizenship rights. ECAS is a large cross-sectoral European association bringing together members from different areas of activity such as civil liberties, culture, development, health and social welfare, as well as general civil society development agencies.

 

Ps. All guests attending this conference are kindly requested to register by email to register@epnetwork.eu or by calling +32 (0) 2 734 7900 by Nov.12, 2013.

**Event Report

 The European Citizenship was at the centre of the seminar “Citizens’ perspective in Europe: What is the place of the citizen in Europe and what is the role of civil society in shaping EU policies?” organised by the European Professionals Network (EPN) on November 13th 2013 in the framework of the European Year of Citizens. Assya Kavrakova, Programme Manager at ECAS, and Elisa Bruno, Programme Coordinator at ECAS were invited to introduce the topic and launch the debate.

 The results of Eurobarometers have proven us that it has become crucial to act on the growing gap between the EU and its citizens. The first step towards the reduction of this gap would be for citizens to understand and exercise their rights (i.e. political rights, rights to good administration, right to participate and free movement rights). Nowadays  it is very hard for the citizens to follow up with the complex legal procedures of the European institutions and thus for their voices to be heard.

In order to create a bridge between the citizens and the institutions, the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) developed the European Citizens’ House (ECH), a place where everybody can come to ask questions and benefit from advice on different subjects related to the European Union. The ECH also provides a support centre to help citizens willing to undertake European Citizens’ Initiatives. In addition, ECAS created this year the EU Rights Clinic which aim is to assist in solving difficult cases and making sure that European policy and legislation are being improved.

The seminar engendered numerous reactions and interventions from the participants, creating an interesting and lively debate.

Here is the video link to the full seminar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InimKav7cP8

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EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 17: Dr. Ertugrul Tas (Psychologist, Academician and Writer)

   27 October 2013 10:00

  Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 17

Family in Turkish community in Belgium – The dynamics of marriage, impacts on individuals, couples and family life

Psychologist Ertuğrul Taş

Date : Oct 27 Sunday 10.30 – 1.00 a.m.

Location : FEDACTIO (Rue des Palais 27/5, 1030 BRUSSELS)

Price : 8€ (5€ for EPN members)

 

As European Professionals Network (EPN), we continue to bring together experts representing various professions on the last Sunday of every month to provide the attendants with the opportunity to discuss current issues.

In this month’s talk, clinical psychologist Ertuğrul Taş will tackle the dynamics of family and marriage and methods to control and deal with these dynamics with a speech titled “Family and Marriage in the Turkish community in Belgium.”

On behalf of  EPN, we would be delighted to have your presence at this breakfast talk which will also include the issues of depression, stress, alienation and communication problems which are swiftly increasing in the society we live. 

 

Short Biography of Taş

Ertuğrul Taş has studied at Ankara University’s Psychological Consultancy and Counseling Department and Université Catholique de Louvain’s Clinical Psychology Department with a specific focus on sexology. Taş, then, earned a doctoral degree at the Université Catholique de Louvain. As part of his doctoral degree, he examined migrations from Turkey to Belgium through marriage and the psychopathologic problems spouses face with during the migration and adaptation process.

Working as a team and project coordinator at the La Louvière Migrant Adaptation Center between the years of 1997-2013, Taş has also worked as clinical psychologist and sexologist at various institutions in Charleroi, Mons and Liège. He co-founded a mental health center called “Sémaphore” in Mons offering psychological services to migrants only.

 

Taş has attended a number of national and international conferences, seminars and other events related to his study field. He also has written book and articles. He is married and has two children.

 

Conference Programme


10:00-10:30    Registration

10:30-11:30    Breakfast

11:40-12:30    Talk with Ertuğrul Taş

12:30-13:00    Questions&Answers

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Program Report

At the 17th edition of EPN’s breakfast talk series, we hosted clinical psychologist Ertuğrul Taş. Following a rich and family-friendly breakfast, Taş began his speech by underscoring the importance of marriage which functions as a tool to transmit one’s culture to the next generations and giving excerpts from his study including statistics of the marriage of Turks living in Belgium. He said Turks in Belgium mostly desire and seek Turkish spouses and they want spouses from Turkey more than from Belgium. Besides this interesting fact, Taş talked about the problems and challenges Turkish couples face in Belgium noting that the spouse that has come from Turkey after getting married mostly needs a great deal of accompaniment and assistance from his or her spouse who is more familiar with the order, system and language of Belgium which may result in depression or lack of self-confidence, the psychologist remarked. In order to overcome such challenges and communication problems that occur between the spouses as they are raised up in different countries, Turkish couples in Belgium should be more careful and sensitive about their share of responsibility and achieving reconciliation. Taş ended his speech by making further suggestions for happy marriage which received quite an interest from the audience. 

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EPN Breakfast Talks 16: Ali Yurttagül (a political advisor for the Greens in the European Parliament)

  29 September 2013 10:30 – 13:30

  Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 16

European Union`s test with coups and democracy in the context of Egypt and Gezi incidents

Ali Yurttagül

Political advisor for the Greens in the European Parliament
 
Date : Sept 29 SundayTime : 10.30 – 13.00Location : FEDACTIO (Rue des Palais 27/5, 1030 BRUSSELS)Price : 8€ (5€ for EPN members)

Talk : Ali Yurttagül (Political advisor for the Greens in the European Parliament)

Topic: European Union`s test with coups and democracy in the context of Egypt and Gezi incidents

As European Professionals Network (EPN), we continue to bring together experts representing various professions on the last Sunday of every month to provide the attendants with the opportunity to discuss current developments and issues.
Short Biography of YurttagülBorn in Turkey’s Antakya province in 1953, the veteran political advisor began his postsecondary education at Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences in 1970 and completed it at Freie Universität of Berlin, where he also taught classes on the EU. He, then, worked as a project coordinator at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Yurttagül has been working with the Greens from its beginnings and he has been a political advisor at the EP since 1985. His articles have been published in various media outlets with primarily being Today’s Zaman.

 

Program

10:00-10:30    Registration

10:30-11:30    Breakfast

11:40-12:30    Talk with Ali Yurttagul

12:30-13:00    Questions & Answers

For further information about the past breakfast talks:

EPN Breakfast Talks 14 (Emir KIR, Mayor of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode)

EPN Breakfast Talks 13 (Mehmet Hakan Olcay, Turkish Ambassador to Brussels)

EPN Breakfast Talks 11 (Erkan Albay, Movie producer and actor)

EPN Breakfast Talks 10 (Bülent Bilgiç, The head of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Brussels office)

Ps. All guests attending this conference are kindly requested to register by email to register@epnetwork.eu or by calling +32 (0) 2 734 7900 until Sept. 27, 2013.

Also, babysitting services will be provided for those with children.

 

** EVENT REPORT

The EPN Breakfast Talks 16 took place with our guest Ali Yurttagül ( Political advisor for the Greens in the European Parliament ) in a friendly environment last Sunday . The subject of the talk was : European Union`s test with coups and democracy in the context of Egypt and Gezi incidents . He touched on crucial issues such as ” Importance of Turkey’s EU process ; causes and consequences of Arab Spring; inception of democracy from the perspective of Gezi , Egypt and Syria incidents. We share some scenes of this fruitful event where the participants had their Sunday breakfast before the rewarding talk of Mr.Yurttagul.

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CONVERSATION TABLE: FRENCH

  20 June 2013 18:00 – 19:30

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207/3, 1030 BRUSSELS

 

Conversation Table at EPN – Every Thursday from 18.00 p.m. – 19:30 p.m.

If you are a beginner and don’t have time to practice French, come along to EPN!

 

We will speak French, have tea, and enjoy our time together!

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

                                                                     —Flora Lewis (1918-2002)

CONVERSATION TABLE: ENGLISH

  19 June 2013 18:00 – 19:30

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207, 1030 BRUSSELS

 

Drop by and practice your English in an informal setting. This is an opportunity to have a casual conversation in English with people from different backgrounds.

The conversation tables will take place every Wednesday evening starting from the 20 March 13 from 18:00 to 19:30. Each week we will decide on a topic of discussion.

 

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

-Flora Lewis (1918-2002)-

EPN Picnic

  16 June 2013 13:00 – 18:00

  Ecole Des Etoiles @ Waterranonkelstraat 2G, 1130 Haren, BRUSSELS

 

As the closing activity for this season, EPN is organising a picnic where professionals with their families may attend. There will be numerous activities like chess, monopoly, competitions as well as sportive activities like football and basketball. Besides, the kids will enjoy the inflatable castle together with their peers.

Barbecue is not forgotten, of course !!!

See you all there before the long-awated summer holiday…

 

CONVERSATION TABLE: FRENCH

  13 June 2013 18:00 – 19:30

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207/3, 1030 BRUSSELS

 

Conversation Table at EPN – Every Thursday from 18.00 p.m. – 19:30 p.m.

If you are a beginner and don’t have time to practice French, come along to EPN!

We will speak French, have tea, and enjoy our time together!

 

 

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”

                                                                   —Flora Lewis (1918-2002)

An Overview of EU Projects and the Role of Partnership Building

  03 June 2013 19:00 – 21:00

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

An Overview of EU Projects and the Role of Partnership Building

EPN is glad to invite you to An Overview of EU Projects and the Role of Partnership Building seminar which intends to give you an overview into the world of EU projects and what it takes to succeed in the evaluation of criterion you need to answer to call for proposals.

If you wish to learn more about EU projects and funding, if you want to become a successful project manager and need more practical tools or if you are a young motivated professional looking for new work horizons, do not hesitate to join us!! During our seminar we will be sharing with you the “Ins and outs” of EU Projects and the way you can initiate a thriving collaboration  with other organisations.

Date: 3 June 2013, Monday

Time: 19:00-21:00

Place: EPN Office

Fee: 7 Euros (5 euros for EPN members)

Speaker: Oronzo Daloiso*

Presentation abstractAn Overview of EU Projects and the Role of Partnership Building. EU projects are structured as a collaboration between a group of partners who share tasks and responsibilities. This means that finding the right partners and setting up the collaboration or consortium is a key preparatory task. Partners need to be complementary to each other, but they must share an interest in the common problem that they are going to tackle in their research. Moreover, the consortium has to establish management structures and procedures adapted to the type and the complexity of the project. This will also be an important criterion in the evaluation of proposals. What is a good consortium? How to organise it? Where to find it? The presentation will address one of the core issues at stake in the fund sourcing, i.e. the building of a successful consortium.

 

*Oronzo Daloiso studied at King’s College London (Bachelor of Arts Honours in European Studies), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques-Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and the Italian Society for International Organisation. He previously worked at the Parliament of the Province of Buenos Aires, the European Parliament and the Joseph Károlyi Foundation in Budapest. After a Master’s degree in Diplomacy, he specialised in EU Affairs and Projects, and is now Project Officer at Paragon Europe, Maltese organisation focused on research, innovation and dissemination. He is responsible for the Project Department in the Brussels office and is in charge of liaising with the project partners.

 

Programme Report

Last  3rd of June 2013, the European Professionals Network (EPN) organised a seminar in cooperation with Paragon Europe, a Maltese company providing expertise on a variety of economy tools and business services.  Above all, following Malta’s admission to the European Union in May 2004, Paragon Europe has been successful in sourcing funds for EU projects submitted under a number of programmes, such as The Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP6) and Leonardo da Vinci.

This is one of the reasons why, EPN invited Oronzo Daloiso to hold the seminar “An Overview of EU Projects and the Role of Partnership Building”. The seminar intended to give an idea on:

  • how funding opportunities within the EU can be identified
  • how EU funding programmes are structured
  • what an application writing implies
  • how a solid consortium can be built by looking for partners

The attention of the participants was significantly attracted by an accurate power point presentation, outlining the steps one needs to know in ordered to be awarded grants and the essential criterion to be followed for a successful development of a project plan, starting from the priorities and the obligations to the action plan.

After having accurately described the initiation phase of the project, the work packages, the budget evaluation and how the European Commission usually evaluates the submitted projects; the speaker also gave an extensive insight on the partner search phase, vital and preliminary to all other phases.

Whilst the first part of the seminar was notional, the second part was more practical and based on actual exercises. The participants were brought together in groups of three and they had to try to define the profile of their own organisations, network between them in order to identify the expertise useful to the creation of a partnership and once the partnership found, they had to plan activities and foresee positive results.

The 20 participants assisting the seminar were actively involved in asking questions and took great part in the exercises. EPN was glad to host a high-qualified professional like Mr. Daloiso and thankful for his extraordinary ability to engage the participants while also paying great attention to point views and details. 

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