ELF Idea Accelerator 2020 – Flight-free edition


Following on last year’s success, the European Liberal Forum is proud to organise the second edition of its flagship event – the Idea Accelerator.  Taking account of our present circumstances, but with a view of the future, the Idea Accelerator hopes to serve as an experimental online space.

Should we be afraid of the future and the world waiting for us post-COVID-19? Will we be living in unbearably hot climates, permanently wearing masks, and searching for the last few jobs that have not yet been taken by robots owned by the super-rich? Contrary to what you hear in the media, we’d like to show you why the world is going to turn out much better than you think.

We’ll be testing new liberal solutions for managing climate change and boosting the recovery of the European economy after COVID-19. Reforms need to be robust, transparent, accountable and forward-looking; the Regulatory Quality Index provides us with the methodology for developing responsible answers to those climate and economic questions Europe is facing today.

As the world is still recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, we are turning to online tools to organise this unique event that will bring together policymakers and thought leaders into contact with some of the latest ideas and approaches from the ground across Europe.


09:25 – Participants connect to Zoom

09:30 – Introductory remarks
Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum
Conference Moderator: Lauren Mason, Project Officer, European Liberal Forum

09:40 – Fear of the Future – Is it naïve to be an optimist?
(Panel discussion hosted by ELF)
Mette Kahlin McVeigh, Climate Programme Director, Fores
Kristijan Kotarski, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb
Mathias Sundin, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Warp Institute Foundation
Moderator: Isabelle Parasram, Vice President, UK Liberal Democrats

10:30 – Break

10:40 – How to regulate more smartly: Presenting the Regulatory Quality Index
(Workshop hosted by KEFiM)
Svetla Kostadinova, Executive Director, Institute for Market Economics
Ali Rıza Çoban, PhD, Senior Legal Expert, Association of Freedom of Expression (İFÖD)
Efi Stefopoulou, Lecturer, Greek National School of Public Administration
Moderator: Alexander Skouras, President, KEFiM

11:30 – Break

11:40 – European climate (r)evolution: what’s at stake and how to fight for it
(PechaKucha & Debate hosted by LYMEC – European Liberal Youth)
Martin Hojsík, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group
Svenja Hahn, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group
Moderator: Antoaneta Asenova, President, LYMEC

12:30 – Break

12:40 – Level-up for European Industry: On track for recovery
(Fireside chat hosted by the Institute for Politics and Society (IPPS))
Kristin Schreiber, SME Policy and COSME Programme, DG GROW, European Commission
Moderator: Martina Dlabajová, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group

13:30 – Closing remarks
Martina Dlabajová, First Vice President of the Board of Directors, European Liberal Forum


This event will be live-streamed on the European Liberal Forum Facebook page.

Organised by the European Liberal Forum.

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