INDOOR FOOTBALL

  24 May 2013 22:30 – 23:30

  Ecole Des Etoiles Sport Complex @ Waterranonkelstraat, 1130 Brussel, België

 

EPN cares about the social empowerment of professionals through various activities and programmes. Organising sportive activities is one dimension of it. Therefore, we regularly undertake sportive activities like football, basketball, tennis etc.

Therefore, we started to organise regular indoor football matches every Friday evening beginning from 8th of March 2013.

if you want to join us: register@epnetwork.eu

See you there!

INDOOR FOOTBALL

  17 May 2013 22:30 – 23:30

  Ecole Des Etoiles Sport Complex @ Waterranonkelstraat, 1130 Brussel, België

 

EPN cares about the social empowerment of professionals through various activities and programmes. Organising sportive activities is one dimension of it. Therefore, we regularly undertake sportive activities like football, basketball, tennis etc.

Therefore, we started to organise regular indoor football matches every Friday evening beginning from 8th of March 2013.

if you want to join us: register@epnetwork.eu

See you there!

Seminar with Christos Makridis: The role of progress reports on the EU – Turkey relations and the current situation: A European Perspective

  15 May 2013 19:30 – 22:00

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

The role of progress reports on the EU – Turkey relations and the current situation: A European Perspective

Christos Makridis

(Deputy Head of Unit, Turkey Unit, Directorate General Enlargement, European Commission)

About Christos Makridis

  •  Deputy Head of Unit, Turkey Unit, Directorate General Enlargement
     European Commission
     2006 – Present (7 years)Brussels Area, Belgium
  • First Counsellor, Political Affairs
     European Commission
     2002 – 2006 (4 years) EC Delegation to Croatia, Zagreb
  •  Counsellor, Head of Operations
    European Commission
    1998 – 2002 (4 years)EC Delegation to Bulgaria, Sofia

Languages:

  • Greek (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  •        English (Full professional proficiency)
  • French (Full professional proficiency)
  • Bulgarian (Professional working proficiency)
  • Croatian (Limited working proficiency)

 

Programme Report:

The aim of EPN´s Bureaucracy and Politics Platform whilst organising this seminar was to discuss the progress report of EU/Turkey relations and the current situation from a European Perspective. For such an occasion we had the pleasure to receive Mr. Christos Makridis, Deputy Head of Unit – Turkey, European Commission.

Approx. 30 people gathered round our intimate table of discussion at EPN office, the variety of nationalities assisting the seminar also added value to the interesting debate. Thanks to Mr Makridis and his exceptional manner to interact and ability to engage participants we were able to listen to and share all points of view and opinions on the topic.

Mr Makridis was able to counterbalance both EU and Turkish perspective, occasionally nourishing the debate with his personal experiences and opinions from his Greek origins.

The seminar evolved with questions not only on the report and content but the differences between the EP and EC views on EU/Turkey relations. We spoke about all articles highlighted in the progress report and subject of amendments.

The seminar rose utmost debate when the question “who needs whom” was placed on the table and Mr Makridis stressed without a doubt that both parties need each other. This conclusion was supported by all participants whilst bringing out all positive aspects that Turkey can offer Europe and vice versa. Now we have to gain the trust of both parties especially for those living in Turkey. How can we make both factions more attractive to one another? Mr Makridis insisted on moving onwards and looking for new communication strategies to gain back Turkey`s trust; “we must now prepare the country for a very probable referendum.”

In conclusion, the seminar was a confirmed success and all participants enjoyed there time. EPN will be looking forward to hosting participants back for our future follow-up seminars on EU/Turkey relations.

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CONVERSATION TABLE: ENGLISH

  08 May 2013 18:00 – 19:30

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207/3, 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. For the following week we will talk about: Your experiences in Belgium!

 

“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: 5th of May, Sunday at 13:00

  05 May 2013 13:00

  Bois de la Cambre @ Avenue des Gênets, 1000 City of Brussels, Belgium

 

EPN cares about the social empowerment of professionals through various activities and programmes. For this purpose, we are organizing an picnic on this Sunday. It is free and everybody can join us. Do not forget to bring your own food and drink!

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Seminar: The European Identity within the 50th year of the EU-Turkey Relations: Which “Other”?

  02 May 2013 19:00 – 21:30

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

he European Identity within the 50th year of the EU-Turkey Relations: Which “Other”?

Caner Tekin (PhD, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

The European identity has maintained its popularity within the EU context. The historical dimension of identity is brought to the agenda over the EU and Turkey relations. The perspectives of the “Europe” and the “European” have shifted throughout the history (and today under the guidance of EU) along with the othering policies. Today, there is a large consensus over the idea that Turkey is the most obvious “other”. However, these othering policies which are supposed to be encapsulating Turkey may differ within and among the EU institutions. To handle those differences, which are derived from rational and cultural incentives, and to look into the identity dimension of EU-Turkey relations, we are organizing a session as EPN Bureaucracy & Politics Platform. The main speaker of this interactive session will be Caner Tekin, who is a researcher and a PhD candidate.

About the SpeakerCaner Tekin was born in 1983 in Usak, Turkey. He studied at the Dokuz Eylul University and University of Exeter. He worked as an academician at the Izmir University of Economics. Tekin is continuing his PhD research on European identity between the Université libre de Bruxelles and Ruhr Universität Bochum, and he lives in Brussels. 

 

Programme:

19:00-19:30    Registration

19:30-20:15    Presentation by Caner Tekin 

20:15-21:00    Discussion/ Q&A Session

21:00-21:30    Cocktail   

 

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CONVERSATION TABLE: ENGLISH

  01 May 2013 18:00 – 19:30

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207/3, 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. For the following week we will talk about: Your experiences in Belgium!

 

 

“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 BREAKFAST TALKS 14: Emir KIR (Mayor of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode)

  28 April 2013 10:30 – 13:00

  Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 Schaarbeek, België

 

Speaker : Emir KIR, Mayor of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Subject: The Role and Importance of Local Governments in Multicultural Belgian Society: The Case of Brussels

 

Programme Report

European Professionals Network (EPN) hosted Emir KIR – Mayor of the Saint- Josse-ten-Noode, the most crowded municipality of Brussels this month in its traditional breakfast talks to evaluate the importance of local governments in the multicultural Belgian society. More than 60 professionals and academics attended the programme in Fedactio. Traditionally, the programme started with a nice breakfast. After the breakfast the president of EPN – Yüksel Kaya introduced Mr. Kır with a short opening speech. The subject of the speech was ʻʻThe Role and Importance of Local Governments in Multicultural Belgian Society: The Case of Brussels’’.

Emir Kır started his speech referring to the elections and the importance of politics. He stated that politics is very important to catch youth attraction. Mr. Kır talked about how he became a politician and won the elections through “working very hard”. As he mentioned in his conversation, it was difficult for him to become a politician and reach his current position as a Turkish and Muslim origin. There also were reactions from some media and some people. Mr. Kır said that there is a widespread movement against the foreigners and nobody can ignore this. The crisis experience has been different in Belgium, compared to other European countries. Belgium has been strong and improved itself thanks to immigrants. He continued the speech giving example about Brussels and his municipiality -Saint-Josse-ten-Noode. Belguium consists of three different communities and this is a model for EU due to its multicultural nature. In the context of  Brussels, 50% of its 1.100.000 population are foreigners and immigrants. Only in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode live more than 140 ethnic groups.

Mr. Kır also talked about the successes in his commune. He is governing a municipality which has the smallest area in Brussels and the population is both youngest and the poorest population of Brussels. He is working hard to limit gambling which is more less in other municipalities compared to Saint-Josse-ten-Noode. They have many plans like to ease transportation, to help poor people financially and make more social and cultural activities, especially for children. At the end of the speech Mr. Kır was asked some questions and he ended the his talk saying “Negotiation is the fundamental of politics. Politics without negotiation cannot be successful”. After the questions and answers session, the president Yüksel Kaya made a present of an art that had a symbol of Turkish and Belgian friendship to Emir Kır and ended the breakfast talk of the month.

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CONVERSATION TABLE: ENGLISH

  24 April 2013 18:00 – 19:30

  EPN Office @ Auguste Reyerslaan 207/3, 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. For the following week we will talk about: Your experiences in Belgium!

For more information and for registering please email us at catherine.morey@epnetwork.eu

“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 BREAKFAST TALKS: Bülent KENEŞ (Today’s Zaman Newspaper)

  14 April 2013 10:30 – 13:30

  Fedactio @ Paleizenstraat 27, 1030 BRUSSELS

 

Speaker: Bulent KENESEditor-in-Chief, Today’s Zaman Newspaper

Subject: “The Role of Middle East within the Multidimensional Turkish Foreign Policy and Its Influence on the Peace Process in Turkey”

 

European Professionals Network (EPN) invites you for a panel discussion on Turkish foreign policy on the Middle East region and its impact on the Peace Process in Turkey, which is a peace talk between Turkey and PKK. It is clear that Turkey’s home affairs and foreign policy are interrelated. For the last decade, the foreign policy of Turkey has been shaped around the discourse of “zero problem with neighbours”.

However, on the one hand, as a result of Arab Spring, neighboring countries of Turkey are facing dramatic changes recently and they have great impacts on Turkey. On the other hand, Turkey is facing A serious matter regarding her domestic affairs and security, namely the Kurdish issue and the PKK. Since the Kurdish issue has inter-regional aspects and the PKK have several settlements in the region, a solution to this historical problem requires a multidimensional approach, including both internal and external parameters. In this context, this panel aims to address to what extent and how Turkish Foreign Policy, especially regarding the Middle East region, has an effect on Turkey’s Peace Process.

Bülent Keneş is the editor in chief of Today’s Zaman, the most circulated English daily in Turkey. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Bosphorus University Political Science and International Relations Department and completed his masters in September 1996 in Marmara University. This thesis was published as a book in 1998 with the title of “The Image of Islam in the Western Media”. He finished his PhD thesis titled “Persistence and Change in Iran’s Foreign Policy (1979-2011)” in September 2011.

He started his professional life in The Zaman Newspaper in 1994. After working in several departments of the newspaper, he worked as the foreign news director in October 1995 and as the news director in 1999. He continued his profession of journalism and writership as Turkish Daily News Editorial Coordinator, Anatolian Agency New York Chief Clerk and Bugün Newspaper Chief Editor, respectively. Bülent Keneş is currently working as the (founding) Chief Editor of the English daily newspaper Today’s Zaman. He is the author of “Iran and Terror” and “Iran: A Threat or an Opportunity”. He speaks English and Farsi.

More about his articles published on Today’s Zaman

 

Programme Report

European Professionals Network (EPN) hosted the chief editor of Today’s Zaman Bülent Keneş this month as additional to the traditional breakfast meetings to evaluate the changes in Turkey and in the world through an expert eye and to present to the professionals. Around 100 professionals and academics attended the breakfast at Fedactio. The president of EPN, Yüksel Kaya made a short opening speech to introduce Mr. Keneş after the breakfast. Mr. Keneş, who is a journalist and expert on Iran, has an academic background in the field. Keneş started his speech titled “The Role of Middle East within the Multi-Dimensional Foreign Policy Approach of Turkey and its Impact on the Peace Negotiations in Turkey” giving information about the recent history of Turkey and referred to the impact of this on the contemporary Turkish politics. 

He tried to explain the current situation of Turkey emphasizing the transformation Turkey went through after 1980 and the liberalisation period during the president Özal. Mr. Keneş also mentioned the role of civil and liberal society on the transformation period and moved on to the other countries in the region. He gave an account of the events and transitions both within Turkey and in the world from a multidimensional analytical perspective. Keneş analyzed the impacts of Arab Spring in the region and mentioned the possible scenarios. He underlined that the events in Syria can play a big role in the shaping new Middle East and the future of people in the region. Keneş also pointed out the role and impact of two important actors, Iran and Israel in the region and mentioned their relations with Turkey. According to Keneş, the Arab Spring has been experienced in particular ways in different countries and although Turkey has been regarded as a model by some, it is still on the path to achieve full democratic consolidation and become a state of law. He added that Turkey’s geographically sensitive position makes it crucial that it integrates the reforms in its domestic policy. Otherwise, it will lose its influence in the region to a great extent and its mission to improve will be threatened.  

Keneş responded to the questions by the guests after his speech. The questions revolved around the nuclear powers of Iran and how this might influence the future of Turkey, current situation of Syria-Turkey-Israel relations, and Turkish foreign and domestic policy, especially the peace process in Turkey.  According to Keneş, Turkey has to educate better equipped diplomats to increase its agency in the region. After the questions and answers the president Yüksel Kaya made the concluding speech and ended the breakfast talk of the month. 

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