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Chairmen's Conference Lisbon 2004

Event: 
Chairmen's Conference
Dates: 
Thursday,25/Mar/04 to Sunday,28/Mar/04
Hosted By: 
Portugal JSD
Topic: 
"Europe: road to social cohesion"
City: 
Lisbon,Portugal

Chairmen's Conference Lisbon 2004

On 25th March 33 YEPP Organisations from 30 countries gathered in Lisbon for the YEPP Chairmen’s Conference & Council Meeting, that was opened by a welcome session at the Lisbon City Hall by the Mayor at the time (now the former prime-minister and President of the PSD, Mr. Pedro Santana Lopes).
 
On Friday; 26th  March, the YEPP delegation went to the Portuguese Parliament where several honoured guests were addressing the conference like e.g the President of the Parliament (Mr. João Bosco Mota Amaral), President of the Parliament (Mr. João Mota Amaral), the Vice-Presidents of the PSD Parliamentary Group (Mr. Miguel Frasquilho, Mr. Gonçalo Capitão and Mr. António Nazaré Pereira), and had the presence of some JSD members of the Parliament (Daniel Rebelo, João Moura, Miguel Miranda e Pedro Alves).
 
Secretary of State of Science and Education and former President of JSD (Mr. Jorge Moreira da Silva) talked about “The Lisbon Agenda: Science and Innovation”, and the member of the Parliament and Vice-President of the PSD Parliamentary Group (Mr. Miguel Frasquilho) speeched on “Competitiveness in an enlarged Europe”.
 
All YEPP Chairmen gathered (33 YEPP member organisations)to report a little bit about the current political situation in their country and their party.  
 
On Saturday YEPP had the priviledge to have the visit of two Prime-Ministers : the Prime-Minister of Portugal at the time and actual President of the European Comission (Mr. Durão Barroso), and the Prime-Minister of the Netherlands (Mr. Peter Jan Balkenende). After a welcome word of YEPP President the Prime-Ministers focused their interventions on the necessity of having a stronger union between the Member States of the European Union, especially after the enlargement of the E.U. to 10 new countries. Mr. Durão Barroso spoke about the recent tragedy that took place in our neighbour country (Spain), and focused his concerns about the last terrorism acts all over the world. The Portuguese Prime-Minister and President of PSD gave his personal opinion and expressed that we are really in the middle of a war after the tragic day of 11th of September, a war that is different of all the ones we see on TV.  In the afternoon the YEPP Council Meeting was held where 2 working papers were approved : One about “Research and Development”and the second one about “Competitiveness in an Enlarged Europe”.
 
After the Council meeting the YEPP delegation went to Sintra for a farewell diner, that was  hosted by the City Council of Sintra in the beautiful Palace of Seteais. There, the last speeches of the YEPP Chairmen’s Conference were addressed by the President of YEPP (Daniel Bautista), the President of JSD (Jorge Nuno Sá), and by the Vice-President of the City Hall of Sintra (Mr. Lacerda Tavares).