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First WWWforEurope policy brief presented in Brussels

Reconciling the short and the long run: governance reforms to solve the crisis and beyond”: Under this heading the first of nine WWWforEurope policy briefs was published on November 8th, 2012. Karl Aiginger, director of WIFO and coordinator of WWWforEurope, Roger Liddle, chair of the international think tank Policy Network, and Renaud Thillaye from Policy Network - as authors of the policy brief - spent this day in Brussels to present the brief to European media and to discuss it intensively with policy makers at the European institutions.

In the morning the European Parliament (EP) was the scene for the first presentation. On invitation by Hannes Swoboda, president of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Othmar Karas, Vice-President of the European Parliament and member of the Group of the European People’s Party, and Ulrike Lunacek, member of the Group of the Greens, a group of Members of the European Parliament gathered with Aiginger and Liddle and discussed the policy brief, its propositions and conclusions in a two hour meeting.

A following meeting at the think tank Bruegel allowed for an exchange with the renowned economists Jean Pisan-Ferry, Andre Sapir and Reinhilde Veugelers, who herself is member of the WWWforEurope consortium.

In meetings at the European Commission Aiginger and Liddle had an intensive talk with Amadeu Altafaj Tardio, deputy head of the cabinet of Olli Rehn, commissioner for economic and moentary affairs, and an open discussion with Marion Dewar, member of the cabinet of Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Laurence Weerts, member of the cabinet Laszlo Andor, commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Stefan Zotti, member of the cabinet Johannes Hahn, commissioner for regional policy, and Keir Fitsch, deputy head of cabinet of Slim Kallas, commissioner for Mobility and Transport.

The day was closed by a dinner reception for European media and gathered journalists of Le Monde, The Guardian, Sueddeutsche, the Austrian television and radio station ORF and the Austrian newspapers Kurier and Kleine Zeitung. ORF had already during the day seized the opportunity for a TV-interview with Aiginger and Liddle.

Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, project officer of the research project WWWforEurope in the European Commission, joined the presentations at the Commission and the dinner reception in the evening.

The following morning a press release on the policy brief was distributed.

The policy brief is available for download: WWWforEurope Policy Brief “Reconciling the short and the long run: governance reforms to solve the crisis and beyond”

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