1. « Europa Noastra » : Debates between journalists
and Journalism students on the current EU agenda.
In Romania, there is a scarce group of journalists trained
on European affairs (via training courses, scholarships,
press trips...). Unfortunately, these journalists are not
those who have so far accompanied the Romanian politicians
to the European Council and other decision making visits
of the EU Commission, Council or Parliament. We have identified
12 of these journalists and propose to bring them together
monthly, along with 12 students, and EU experts in order
to built interest and maintain an on-going emulation aimed
at creating an understanding of the EU affairs within the
We trust facilitating opportunities for selected journalists
to attend Brussels EU meetings and report findings back
The objective of "Europa Noastra" is to familiarize
all these journalists with the procedures and methods of
the European Union.
Nine workshops are set up. A meeting is to take place monthly,
alternatively at the French Institute and at the British
Council. 12 professional journalists and 12 last grade students
at the Faculty of Journalism will take part in these workshops.
The 7 main townships of Romania will be represented: Bucharest,
Constanta, Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj, Timisoara and Iasi.
Each meeting will be followed by the publication of a newsletter.
The Foundation intends to supplement this activity by press
exchanges with their European brethren.
Alternative, this program aims at creating and reinforcing
networks among the Romanian journalists and the institutional
and business community in Bucharest, at the closing cocktail
of each debate.
2. The Ithaka Summer-School : One week training
programs on EU affairs to benefit journalists and Journalism
students: « What future enlargement for Europe with 2005?
Romania's contribution to the European Union »
September 4th-11th 2005
The Ithaka Summer School has the objective to accompany
Romania's integration process in the European Union, by
integrating the Romanian students in the European debate
and by providing the Romanian journalists with the necessary
tools to report European Affairs. The summer-school will
be held in August 2005, Bucovina, in collaboration with
the School of Journalism of Sciences Po Paris.
30 Romanian students : from faculties
of journalism and political sciences from Bucharest, Cluj,
Iasi and Timisoara;
10 Bulgarian students;
10 European students;
the 12 Romanian Journalists taking
part in the program "Europa Noastra", as trainers;
Members of the diplomatic corps;
European journalists, specialists
in the EU;
The students and journalists will debate around the subject
of the enlarged European Union and of the challenge awaiting
Simulating negotiation meetings/ role
Training on methods of communication;
Essay and press article writing;
At the end of each school session, the foundation will
publish a book in the collection « New Words for Europe
- Romania ».
Following an opening/reception on Sunday, the program of
the week will be:
|| - Conference: « From tabloid to broadsheet
: How to improve the quality of information? »
-Romanian Minister for European Integration;
- Director of a Romanian daily newspaper;
- Bernard Volker (IEP, Paris)
| - Conference H.E. Mr. Quentin Quayle, the UK Ambassador
to Romania. ;
- Practical workshop;
|| - Transatlantic solidarity;
- European security;
| - British and French Specialists;
- Simulation of negotiations;
|| - Current EU policies : a British Perspective;
By Philippa Sherrington, Ph.D
| - practical workshop;
|| - Conference: "Europe & Romania: identities,
values and inheritance, socio-cultural approach; by
Mr. Stephan Roman, The British Council;
|| - Visit monasteries: Humor, Voronet;
|| - The European Constitution and the future of Europe;
|| - Holland rep.: the role of the civil society in
the European construction;
|| -The role of mass media in the European construction,
the case of Poland
By Mr. Jasek Saryusz-Wolski, President of Europe-Poland
foundation and Philippe Lemaitre;
| - Conference -Polish Ambassador to Romania
Mr. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, the Foreign Minister of
Evening : closing reception;
|| - Visit monasteries (optional);
3. « European funding, from aid to structural funds
» : a cycle of conferences in major Romanian university
These conferences relate to EU aid, intended to become
the structural funds, as soon as Romania becomes a member
of the EU. The sessions will be coordinated by Mr. Alexis
GRESSIER, Task Manager ISPA at the Delegation of the EU
in Bucharest, as well as by Mr. Eugen TEODOROVICI general
manager of ISPA funds within the Romanian Ministry of Finances.
The conferences will take place in the main University
Centres in Bucharest, Constanta, Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj, Timisoara,
Iasi and are opened to a large audience: students, institutions
and local authorities, administrations. A cocktail will
be offered at the end of each conference.
4. The «Leadership for New Europe» Program
The Ithaka Foundation in partnership with EDCO- Greece
coordinates «The Leadership for New Europe Program
», a one week "executive training program",
to benefit political leaders and senior professionals in
the private sector, international and non-profit organizations.
The purpose of this program is to develop leadership skills,
following a program created and run by the Harvard JFK School
of Government, which organizes this summer school in Greece,
around world key speakers in international affairs. (Guest
of honour Mr. G. Papandreou) At the end of the program,
participants receive a Harvard certificate.
1. Paris conference: European dynamics in Romania -
This conference is to take place at the IEP - Institute
of Political Studies in Paris and at Romania's Embassy in
Paris, in October/November 2005.
The various debates are aimed at a large audience: youngsters:
active Romanian students in France, French students; mass-
media, NGO-s, the private sector, politics, etc.
Roundtables will evolve around:
Which Romania in which Europe? French
- Romanian points of view
The fundamental role of mass- media
in the European construction
European security and transatlantic
Economic development: main factor
The social corporate responsibility
The future of Europe? The European
Constitution, European identity and European citizenship
Day 1, IEP Paris:
18 h.- Amphitheatre (A.D.) IEP Paris;
Debate around the two Foreign Affairs
Ministers Mr. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (Romania) , Mr. Michel
Day 2, Roumanian Embassy in France:
- 9h30-10h :Opening reception;
- 10 h-11h : Debate : «Which Romania in which
Europe? French - Romanian points of view;
- 11h -12h15 : Debate : « The fundamental role
of mass media in the European construction»
Suggested Speakers: Philippe Lemaître
(GPlus Europe), Bernard Volker (journalist), Yves-Claude
Llorca (director of Agence France Presse Bucharest) ,
Quentin Dickinson (director of European Affairs at Radio
France, Bruxelles), Luca Niculescu (journalist Libération,
RFI), Alain Duvergne, Mirel Bran (Le Monde);
Moderator: Philippe Lemaître (GPlus Europe)
- 12h30 - 14h30 : press lunch at the Romanian Embassy
- 15h -16h Round table: «European security and
Suggested speakers: Mme. Francoise de la
Serre (Le Mouvement Europeen- France) ; Mr. Cornel Codita
- · 16h - 16h15 Coffee break;
- 16h15-17h Roundtable Economic Development: The necessary
mobilization of the business sector in favour of the EU integration.
The economic development: main factor of integration?
Discussions will evolve around the necessity to establish transparent
links between the administrative, political and business community.
The business sector is too often regarded with mistrust (exacerbated
search for profit search at the detriment of the human and social
environment, delocalizations, etc). However, business remains
one of the main actors of integrating SEE. In this respect, Romania
represents an obvious case scenario. At the individual level,
this represents acquiring modern professional practices, the access
to a higher level of consumption, radical changes in an environment
still solidified by the past.
More specifically in the case of Romania and France, companies
such as Carrefour, the BRD-Societe Générale and
Vivendi employ a majority of young people, trained within the
framework of a FRIM (French-Romanian Institute of Management)
representing a real European dynamism in Romania. At the level
of the society as a whole, their presence represents an increased
role of an integrated youth in modern company dynamics. It should
also show a good example causing public, political, administrative
institutions to reduce situations of incomprehension and tension.
These best practices reveal a major stake at this time: social
Suggested Speakers: Renault, Carrefour, BRD, Orange,
Moderator: M. Radu Florescu (Saatchi&Saatchi)
- 17h - 17h45: Debate : CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility
The quality of life in tomorrow's Romania depends on choices made
today. Businesses play a major part, but the civil society as
a whole ought to be more and more concerned and involved. In this
respect, it is advisable to study and compare the progress of
the most advanced countries on the subject.
Suggested Speakers: Representatives of the private
sector : Mr. Alain Duval (Renault), Mr. Jean Patrice Poirier (Vivendi),
Mr. Philippe Rabit (Carrefour), Mrs. Gacek (EBRD), Mr. Dominique
Fortin (OSI - France).
Moderator: M. Dominique Fortin (ORSI) or
M. Henri Le Roy ( Fondation Ithaka)
- Project presentation The OSCR - Observatory for Social Corporate
Responsibility (15 min.);
- The impact of the European Policy on the business sector;
- 18h - 19h: Debate around Mr. Pierre Moscovici & Mr.
Adrian Severin : « The future of Europe ? The European constitution,
European identities and European citizenship »
- 19h: Reception around the two Ministers for the European Affairs
at the Romanian Embassy in Paris;
The foundation plans to bring a "Eurobus"
- 45 Romanian students from Romania (the seven major townships)
to attend this conference and to visit Paris.
2. A similar conference will be organized in London,
during the UK presidency to the EU, in cooperation with
the British Council and the Romanian Embassy in the UK.
(October 2005) Schedule TBD with our partners.
3. June 2005 - Press trip to Paris and Bruxelles
Twelve journalists selected by the program "Europa
Noastra" and ten students will go on a press trip to
Paris and Brussels. We aim at introducing specialised young
Romanian journalists to the European press network . They
will be received and accommodated by our partner GPlus Europe
1. «New words for Europe», 2nd Volume.
What is the place of Romania within the New Europe? Young
Romanians have their saying.
A compilation of texts will gather the various opinions,
positions and wishes of young Romanians regarding the integration
of their country in the European Union.
This collection published in three different versions (English,
Romanian and French) will be printed in 750 copies and delivered
to universities and libraries in Romania and the EU.
2. European funding study; illustration of an
ISPA infrastructure funding : reprocessing plant in Piatra
As of today, there is no broadly distributed public testimony,
to highlight a standard operation of European financing
A group of students from The Economics University in Cluj
analyze and describe a financing ISPA operation of a plant.
The study focuses on a reprocessing waste plant in Piatra
Neamt. Upon completion, this case study will be distributed
to the various actors involved: local and national authorities,
civil servants, companies, decentralized administration,
Thus, this publication has both an educational objective
and it represents a pilot project for similar future operations.
3. Follow up of the EU Parliament rapport on
Romania's progress towards accession
On November 30th 2004, the European Parliament adopted
the « rapport about the progresses realized by Romania
towards European Integration ». The report was presented
by the rapporteur of the European Parliament for Romania,
Mr. Pierre Moscovici.
Although optimistic, this rapport asks the Romanian authorities
to stress their efforts on several fields: the fight against
corruption, the reform of the justice and public administration,
the guarantee of the freedom of expression, the fight against
poverty, the protection of children and minorities' rights,
the protection of the environment, the competition, the
process of privatisation, borders control.
With this purpose in mind, the Foundation, in partnership
with targeted members of the civil society and the MFA will
follow closely the progress of necessary reforms and publish
quarterly an informative newsletter addressed to the eurodeputy
Mr. Pierre Moscovici..