First Plus Europe Conference
The First Plus Europe Conference took place in Barcelona the 2nd Februrary 2013, with over 170 participants who gathered at Casa Llotja to discuss and debate on the four main topics:
- European Governance: Civic entities towards Direct Democracy.
- Financial Convergence: The Banking Union.
- Fiscal Harmonization: A new European Budget.
- Social Policies: A European Policy for the Self-employed.
This video summarises the first edition of the Plus Europe Conference:
Plus Europe Stakeholders
The First Plus Europe Conference was possible thanks to the involvement of:
- Several European Clubs of Rotary International
- The Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona
- Institut d’Estudis Financers
- EU Delegation in Barcelona
First Plus Europe Conference Organising Committee
President: Fernando Plaza (Spain)
Secretary General: Ramón Masià (Spain)
Treasurer: Mario Ferrer (Spain)
Institutional Relations: María Gratacós (Spain)
Members of the Organising Committee:
- Henrique G. Almeida (Portugal)
- Mario Grecco (Italy)
- Peter Iwen (Spain)
- Onno Koerten (The Netherlands)
- Elmar Marent (Austria)
- JC Pereira (Spain)
- Radu Popescu (Romania)
- Ina Piperaki (Greece)
First Plus Europe Conference Advisory Board
President: Luis Badrinas (Spain)
Secretary General: Carmen Daniela Marea (Romania)
Members of the Advisory Board:
- Josep Soler (Spain)
- Paco Barrajón (Spain)
- Stephen Hagen (UK)
It is a civil organization that counts on the altruistic activities of its more than one million members. Rotary clubs were founded around Europe during the past century when countries acted independently from one another. Although, today the EU comprises 27 countries, many European Rotary Clubs still mainly interact at the local or national level. More can be done at a European level.
The celebration of Plus Europe Conference should be contemplated within the Fourth Objective of Rotary, that is,“to promote understanding, goodwill, and peace among nations”.
All European Clubs are invited to participate regardless of their country membership to the EU. Non-European Rotary Clubs are also invited as Observers, especially those of the Mediterranean Basin.