The Tuesday Conversation

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 20:00 to 21:30

New Europeans is a civil rights organisation with members across Europe and once a week our members come together to have a conversation about key issues of the day and to reflect about Europe's future.

In the first half of the conversation, we hear from individuals who may have written blogs for us or been interviewed for the New Europeans website as well as from personalities active in public life.

The format is a panel followed by questions and answers from our online audience.

Our host is:


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This week's panel is:

Maria Laura Franciosi, Founding President, Brussels Press Club

Maria Laura Franciosi is a freelance journalist on European affairs.  Previously she worked for the foreign service of ANSA (the biggest Italian News Agency) from 1977 to 2001 in Roma, then London and moved to Brussels in 1993 as head of service.  She was the founding Chair of the Press Club Brussels Europe in Brussels and was a candidate for the Senate for partito Democratico in the 2018 Italian elections.

Katja Sinko, EU Democracy Lab & Citizens Take Over Europe

Katja Sinko studied European Studies. As a German who has lived, studied and worked in Sweden, Great Britain and Belgium, she is a convinced European. In addition to her studies, she has been actively involved in the Young European Movement/Federalists for several years. She has gained a wide range of experience in communicating European political contexts through her work as an EU seminar trainer for the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe. Since December 2016, she has been leading the pro-European campaign THE EUROPEAN MOMENT, which has organized the March For Europe and initiated the e-petition "Bundestag #MachsEuropäisch". Since 2017 she has been a member of the European Commission's TEAM EUROPE speaker service. In June, Federal Minister Dr. Franziska Giffey appointed the 28-year-old as Ambassador for Engagement 2018 Civil Society in Europe. Most recently, she organized and coordinated the "One Europe for All" large-scale demonstrations with 200.000 participations in the run to the EP elections 2019.

Joan Pons Laplana, UK Nurse of the Year 2018

Joan Pons Laplana is a multi award-winning Nurse, a change agent and a Care Maker He is on a mission to turn the healthcare system upside down and empower frontline staff & patients to lead together Joan is also a Dignity Champion, a Dementia Friend and a PFD Champion. He is involved in promoting Equality and Diversity across all his activities and because of his ongoing commitment to personalised care through inclusive behavior, NHS Employers have awarded him the 2014 .


After a five minute break, we resume for the second part of the evening which takes the form of a roundtable conversation in which we guarantee that everyone will have the chance to speak.

This coming Tuesday we ask:

How can we tell when we have freedom of the press and who is going to tell us?

Why are citizens going to take over Europe on the 9 May and what will they do next?

What does it take to make sure healthcare workers are safe at work?

If you would like to take part, please register using the tab of this page.

We will then send you the Zoom links for both parts of the conversation.

Look forward to seeing you online.

Please note that timings are CEST (so 1 hour earlier in the UK, Ireland and Portugal and 1 hour later in Finland, the Baltic States, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece).


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