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ELF Forum: Growth Across Borders

Saturday 4 November 2017 in Nijmegen (NL)

Join liberal politicians from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in this platform for cross-border cooperation. We invite you to participate in lively debates and share your experiences.

In a world in which communities and economies are increasingly entwined, local and regional politics are more and more international. This event provides a platform for politicians and representatives from the Netherlands (D66, VVD), Germany (FDP) and Belgium (Open VLD) to disucss cross-border cooperation.

Register your attendance via Please indicate which fringe meetings would have your preference.

Date & Location
Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
Time: 10.00-17.30 uur
Location: LUX in Nijmegen

All politicians and chair(wo)men of D66, VVD, Open Vld and FDP interested in cross-border cooperation are invited to join the forum. Participation is free of charge with English as the main language. Lunch, coffee/tea and drinks are included in the program. Travel reimbursements can be made available.

9:00 Registration with coffee

10:00 Opening Remarks by Rob Jetten, D66 Member of Parliament

10:10 Trends and Developments in Cross- Border Cooperation by Bert Pauli, VVD Member of the Executive Board of the Province of Noord-Brabant

10:30 Cross-Border Cooperation in a European Context by Gesine Meißner, FDP Member of the European Parliament

10:45 Coffee break

11:00 Interactive Fringe Meetings
1. Labour Market & Education: Diploma Recognition & Internships. With Janarthanan Sundaram (D66) and Sjaak Kamps (Euregio)
2. Climate & Energy: Energy for the Future. With Stephan Haupt (FDP), Michiel Rijsberman (ALDE-CoR), Bob van Dijk (D66) and Harry Crijns (Crijns Energy Controlling)

12.45 Lunch break

13.45 Interactive Fringe Meeting
3. Mobility: Improving Train Connectivity. With Fleur Graeper (D66), Rita Braam (D66) and OpenVLD (tbc)
4. EU Budget: How to Find Your Funding. With Michiel Scheffer (ALDE-CoR) and Michiel Rijsberman (ALDE-CoR)

15.30 Coffee break

15.45 Intermezzo about International Protocol, by Mark Verheul (The Hague Municipality)

16.30 Closing Remarks by Han Polman (King’s Commissioner in Zeeland)

16.45 Drinks and Networking

17.30 End of the Event

For questions and registration, please contact D66 Internationaal via or +31 (0)70 35 66066.

An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Supported by Stichting IDI/D66 Internationaal. Co-funded by the European Parliament.

Neither the European Parliament nor the European Liberal Forum are responsible for the content of the programme, or for any use that may be made of it. The views expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum asbl.


4 november

10.00-17.30 uur

LUX in Nijmegen