You are invited to a panel discussion organised by:
with the support of ALTER-EU.
An armada of professional corporate lobbyists seeks to influence EU decision-makers to water down legislative proposals that could be detrimental to the interests of business and finance. Together with the assault on the pillars of democracy in EU countries in financial difficulties, these developments have led to a widespread sentiment of frustration with traditional politics in the nation states and the EU. They threaten to undermine the very essence of democracy in Europe.
Are we already living in the age of “post-democracy”, as described by the famous political scientist Colin Crouch? How do the power relations between corporate lobbyists and trade unions and NGOs look like in Brussels? What are the most flagrant examples of lobbying strategies of big business and finance to influence EU decisions? What are the political answers to counter the growing EU fatigue among ordinary citizens and workers?
At the beginning of the discussion, we will air a short extract from the new Austrian-Belgian documentary co-production “The Brussels Business”, two days ahead of the Brussels premiere, and will have the opportunity to talk to the co-author and co-director Matthieu Lietaert. (More information on: http://www.thebrusselsbusiness.eu/)
On the panel:
Lisbeth Kirk, Editor-in-chief, EUobserver
The panel discussion will be held in English and German with simultaneous translation.
Following the discussion we would like to invite you to join us for a buffet dinner.
Please register until 13 April 2012 here: http://www.s2mailblaster.com/eventForm.asp?e=MTQ1&c=MzU&S2MBrID=760526
How to get there? http://bit.ly/Hj7JiH