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Dear friends,

Take the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Italian General Election. Our Italian members Enrico, Michele and Francesca have prepared a short presentation. Afterwards they are going to address your questions.

It's also a great opportunity to meet again - after this looong summer break.

Hope to see you this evening on Zoom, 7 p.m. CEST
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88227955134
You missed yesterday's webinar on 'Italian election - why does it matter for the EU'? On our Discord server (background-material๐Ÿ“‚channel) you can find the slides (PDF) of the webinar:


Your invite link for the MeetEU Discord server (this is the place where we exchange between the events):

๐Ÿ‘‰https://discord.gg/mnBFWyY


๐Ÿ™ŒA big 'thank you' to our members Enrico and Michele for covering this topic for us!
Google, YouTube, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft - there are only a few tech companies that dominate our information space. But a new EU law called the Digital Market Act will change this by opening the digital market for new businesses.

๐ŸŽ‰It' s us, the citizens, who will benefit from this new law. Because there will be more options and interoperability between digital services.

โ“ But what does the Digital Market Act mean practically? And how will the tech giants have to change?

Join us on ๐Ÿ“†Tuesday, September 27 at 19:00 CEST on ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธZoom to discuss all of this with Michael Kรถnig, frontline negotiator for the Digital Markets Act at the European Commission.

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Tonight๐Ÿšจ Join our Zoom chat with Michael Kรถnig, negotiator for the Digital Markets Act at the European Commission. The new EU law addresses the power of Big Tech, reshaping app stores, online marketing, messaging services, and many other everyday digital tools we use.

Tonight, 27 Sept, 7pm CEST
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https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87215130367
Transparency International estimates that there are about 26,000 lobbyists in Brussels. But what does it mean to be a lobbyist? What does the daily work of a lobbyist look like? And how do lobbyists influence legislation?

To answer these questions, we have invited Alex Braley from the advisory firm #SustainablePublicAffairs. Alex is part of a new generation of lobbyists who advocates for a circular, socially responsible economy in the European Union. He will give us insights into his daily work and the issues he advocates for.

We look forward to seeing you on ๐Ÿ“†Wednesday, October 5 at 19:00 CEST on ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ–ฅZoom.
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https://meeteu.eu/events

Please note: This week we are meeting on Wednesday!
โฐSet your alarm for tonight's Zoom chat with Alex Braley from the advisory firm #SustainablePublicAffairs.

Alex is part of a new generation of Brussels lobbyists advocating for a circular economy in the EU.

๐Ÿ“†Tonight, 5 Oct, 7pm CEST, 8pm EEST, 6pm UK/Ireland/Portugal
๐Ÿ”—Your Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82721119840
Still feeling guilty about the last time you flew on vacation? We know. Air travel is one of the most environmentally damaging ways of getting around. However, it's often the only option or cheaper than the train ride.

Together with you and aviation expert Pedro Castro we want to take off into the world of aviation and discuss whether air travel can become more environmentally friendly in the future or whether this is greenwashing.

During this event, you won't be able to collect miles, but interesting information. So register here: https://meeteu.eu/events

Date: 11 Oct 2022, 7pm Brussels time
Venue: Zoom
Flightshame? Let's get rid of feeling ashamed of flying and demand more sustainable alternatives. This is the position of aviation expert Pedro Castro with whom we are discussing tonight:

โœˆ๏ธTuesday, 11 Oct, 7pm CEST (Brussels Time) on Zoom |
6pm Ireland, Portugal, UK | 8pm Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania

Your Zoom link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82089908856
๐Ÿ’ถInflation eats up our salaries and savings. In September 2022, consumer prices in the European Union shot up 10% (!) compared with the same month a year earlier. While the U.S. or the U.K. have raised interest rates, the European Central Bank (ECB) has made comparatively small increases. Will this be enough to improve the situation?

To learn more join us on Zoom: We will be discussing with Gabriel Gloeckler, Principal Advisor at the ECB, how the ECB is dealing with this crisis and why it is proceeding so cautiously.

๐Ÿ“†Tuesday, 18 Oct, 7pm CEST (Brussels Time) on Zoom |
6pm Ireland, Portugal, UK | 8pm Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania

๐Ÿ‘‰Register here: https://meeteu.eu/registration
Last week, the MeetEU team participated in the LevelUp! Youth Event at the European Parliament in Brussels. What did we do there? Which people (and MEPs) did we meet? What was the vibe? ...

Join us on Zoom: Learn more about what we've experienced at the largest bootcamp for democracy activists in Europe.

โ–ถ๏ธTuesday, 1 November, 7pm CET (Brussels Time) | 6pm Ireland, Portugal, UK | 8pm Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania
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https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83025887838?pwd=UHFmclE2S1crMmdEaFQ3TkpEenMyQT09
Be it the sanctions against Russia or a declaration criticizing Chinaโ€™s Hong Kong security law โ€“ EU decisions are regularly โŒ blocked by the veto of a single member state. Many EU citizens say this hostage-taking must end. They call for making majority voting the rule. On the other hand, there are smaller member states that fear being outvoted. And there are the Eurosceptic governments, which believe that European integration has already gone too far.

โ“ What is your opinion? Would the EU be stronger without national vetoes? Or do unanimous decisions actually strengthen European integration?

Letโ€™s discuss that on Zoom with:
โ€ข Omri Preiss, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Alliance4Europe
โ€ข Gabriele Bischoff, Member of the European Parliament (S&D)

๐Ÿ“…Tuesday, 8 November at 19:00 (Brussels Time)

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://meeteu.eu/registration
Tonight๐Ÿšจ: One single EU member state out of 27 can overturn every important decision. How can we increase EUโ€™s capacity to act? And is ending the veto a realistic option?

Discuss this with Omri Preiss (Co-Founder Alliance4Europe) and MEP Gaby Bischoff (S&D) on Zoom:

๐Ÿ—“Tonight, 8 Nov, 7pm CET
๐Ÿ”—https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81621690698?pwd=Yk8rRWpNcFJtMisybEswVXdTSGZ2dz09
For many, green hydrogen is the future. Produced using renewable energy sources, it could become the perfect transformative fuel for planes, trains, trucks and electric vehicles. But how is green hydrogen produced? Can it be price-competitive? And will there be enough of it to solve Europe's energy crisis?

These are the questions we ask Lars, a master's student from the Netherlands. Lars wrote his research thesis on hydrogen technologies.

Join us on Zoom:
๐Ÿ“…Tuesday, 15 November at 7pm (Brussels Time) |
6pm Ireland, Portugal, UK | 8pm Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania (Virtual event on Zoom)

๐Ÿ‘‰ Register here to get an email with the Zoom link shortly before the event:
https://meeteu.eu/registration
TODAY! 15 Nov, 7pm CET:
Join us and our speaker Lars as we discuss green hydrogen as the fuel of the future. How is it produced? Can it be price-competitive? Will there be enough of it for all our planes, trains and trucks?

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83131250422
The EU is the largest donor of development aid in the world. Whether wind turbines in Egypt or agriculture in Cameroon - the EU finances a wide range of projects. Its goal: to pave the way out of poverty for people and create a climate-friendly future by funding sustainable initiatives.

How does it work in practice? And what is the EU doing to bring about long-term positive change?

Letโ€™s speak about this with Maria Iarrera from the European Commission.

โžก๏ธTuesday, 22 Nov, 7pm CET (Brussels Time) on ๐ŸŽงZoom | 6pm Ireland, Portugal, UK | 8pm Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania

Register here for your Zoom link:
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๐Ÿ“… Tonight 7pm CET: Join our conversation with development aid expert Maria Iarrera from the European Commission. What most people don't know: Whether it's wind turbines in Egypt or agriculture in Cameroon, the EU is the largest donor of development aid in the world.

๐Ÿค” How does that work in practice? Which projects are funded? And how can these bring about long-term positive change?

๐Ÿ‘‰ To learn more join us tonight (Nov 22) at 7pm CET on Zoom | 6pm Ireland, Portugal, UK | 8pm Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81789456089
Hi there,
Our team member Moritz Wille made this amazing video of our Brussels visit three weeks ago:
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Wr6m8Ua_0d8

If you couldn't attend this year, maybe you can join us next year as a MeetEU team member on the European Youth Event in Strasbourg๐Ÿ™‚.
Mark your calendars for our virtual speed dating with MEP Damian Boeselager (Volt). Topic: Citizen Participation in the EU. ๐Ÿ“…6 December, 7pm CET on Zoom.

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The 'Conference on the Future of Europe' has produced many citizens proposals. Are they being implemented to shape the future of the EU? Or was it just citizen participation for the cameras?

With the 'Conference on the Future of Europe', the EU has taken a novel step towards more citizen participation. Will this course be continued? And if so, how?

With Damian Boeselager, we want to talk about the goals, possibilities, and limits of citizen participation. And what needs to happen now for citizen participation to succeed.
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๐Ÿ‘‰Your Zoom link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89580142007?pwd=UUtyWWlVLzVkY0JVNnBHYk9nbEQ3dz09