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From Balfour Declaration to Start-Up Nation: How can Europe and Israel prepare for the Future?

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 14:00 - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 17:30
Where: Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak, P1A002

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ECPM, together with MEP Bas Belder and the European Coalition for Israel are organizing on the 6th of December 2017 a two sided event. The theme of the event is "From Balfour Declaration to Start-Up Nation: How can Europe and Israel prepare for the Future?". 

The first part of the event will cover the Balfour Declaration and the lessons to be learned from it. Prominent speakers will have a valuable input in this session.

During the second part of the event the lessons EU can learn from Israel regarding the Biomedical technology will be discussed. Mr Omer Elad form OrCam Technologies and Ms Hila Glick from Innovation Without Borders, as well as other specialists in the field will share their insights in the matter.



From Balfour Declaration to Start-Up Nation: How can Europe and Israel prepare for the Future?


Host: MEP Bas Belder and MEP Branislav Škripek

Wednesday 6 December 2017 - 14h00-17h30 - ROOM P1A002


Session 1: The Balfour Declaration

● 14h00-14h10: Welcoming Speeches by the organizers - MEP Belder, MEP Škripek, ECPM and ECI

● 14h10-14h20: Address by Ambassador of Israel to the EU & NATO, Aharon Leshno-Yaar

● 14h20-14h40: Key note speech by Lord Turnberg

● 14h40-14h50: Speech by MK Yoel Hasson and MK Robert Ilatov

● 14h50-15h00: Mr Andrew Tucker, ECI Legal Counsel & Thinc Hague Initiative Director

● 15h00-15h10: Q&A (Short session moderated by MEP Belder)

● 15h10-15h15: Closing remarks MEP Arne Gericke (tbc)

Coffee Break: 15h15-15h30

Session 2: Innovation and Technology; what the EU can learn from Israel

● 15h30-15h35: Opening remarks second session by MEP Belder/Škripek

● 15h35-15h45: MK Robert Ilatov, Chair Knesset Lobby for Hi-Tech Industry in Israel

● 15h45-16h00: Mr Liron Rosenbaum, Director of Business Development, OrCam Technologies

● 16h00-16h15: Ms Hila Glick, Co-founder, Innovation Without Borders

● 16h15-16h25: Mr Jean-David Malo, Director, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

● 16h25-16h30: Reaction by MK Yoel Hasson

● 16h30-16h50: Q&A (Moderated by ECPM Leo van Doesburg)

● 16h50-17h00: Ambassador of Israel to the EU & NATO, Aharon Leshno-Yaar

● 17h00: Closing remarks by MEP Belder


Cocktail served at the closing of the session

Branislav Škripek

MEP from Slovakia and president of ECPM. Member in ECR Group. 

Branislav Škripek was born in Piešťany in Slovakia and studied theology. He worked as a caregiver for disabled youth in Bratislava. He was involved in the development of the Community in the st. Martin, Bratislava.

In 2000 he co-founded a nongovernmental organization which organized public Christian meetings, worked with young people, traveled through Slovakia with the 'Campaign for Jesus’ and organized training seminars and workshops. In addition, he made ​​a living as a translator and interpreter. In 2012 Škripek was elected into the Slovakian parliament.

In May 2014 he was elected for the first time member of the European Parliament where he is member in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and in the D-IL Delegation for relations with Israel. As a substitute he sits in the REGI Committee on Regions and the Delegation for relations with Mashreq countries. 

Branislav Škripek is married and has two sons.

Bas Belder

MEP from the Netherlands on behalf of SGP (ECPM member). Member in ECR Group. 

Bas Belder is a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament with the SGP, the Dutch Reformed Party. He sits in the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs. Belder is a substitute for the Committee on International Trade and the Committee on Budgets. Furthermore he is vice chairman of the delegation for the relations between the European Parliament and Israel.

Previously he worked in education and was the editor for the international affairs at theReformatorisch Dagblad (Reformed Daily).


European Coalition for Israel is a unique grassroots movement, which is seeking to promote better relations between Europe and Israel through advocacy and education.

The European Coalition for Israel is committed to the following goals:

To promote closer relations and understanding between Israel and the European Union.

To confront anti-Semitism in Europe and to educate about its long and tragic history in that continent.

To promote and encourage cultural and economic exchanges between Israel and the EU.

To support ways for peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel and the Middle East.

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Aharon Leshno-Yaar

Ambassador of Israel to the EU & NATO 


Lord Turnberg

Member of UK Parliament


MK Yoel Hasson

Member of the Knesset


MK Robert Ilatov

Member of the Knesset


Mr Andrew Tucker

ECI Legal Counsel & Thinc Hague Initiative Director


MEP Arne Gericke

ECPM member of the European Parliament. He was born in in Hamburg in 1964 but grew up in Papua New Guinea until 1979 when he returned to Germany. He is married and has seven children (four of his own and three adopted). In 2004 he quit his job and became an orator and pastor in order to have more time for the family. Politically, he wants to ensure that educational work (the work of raising children at home) is recognized as gainful employment. He stands for a family-friendly business, instead of a business-friendly family.

In 2014 he was elected for the first time Member of the European Parliament and he is member of the EMPL Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and DACP Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Furthermore he is substitute in the FEMM Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, DROI Subcommittee on Human Rights and DASE Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 


Liron Rosenbaum

Director of Business Development, OrCam Technologies


Hila Glick

Co-Founder and Director of "Innovation Without Borders" & Former Director of International Strategy and Initiatives at Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Center (StarTAU).


Founded in 2016, "Innovaiton Without Borders" was established following the increasing need for governments and embassies represented in Israel to learn, leverage their presence and deepen their involvement with the Israeli Startups & Innovation. Ecosystem is growing dramatically in recent years, but in many cases they lack  a real effective networking environment to achieve this goal.


As Director of International Strategy, Hila represented TAU Entrepreneurship center which has been named one of the 3 best  academy business incubators in the world, according to the latest UBI index report & one of the important intersection points between the academic, business and government sector, while providing a bridge between the Israeli and the global ecosystem. Under her capacity she design relationships and collaborations with more than 20,000 industry experts, business leaders, investors, diplomats and government entities with the aim to leverage their relationship between the local and global startups ecosystem.


With vast experience working in strategic partnerships and international relations, Hila supports global entities, MINC'S and  governments in diverse fields to increase their involvement with the global startups communities. (Spain & Cataluña, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Columbia, Australia, Canada)


Hila Glick has been a keynote speaker in international events and forums and a leading member of International E&I forums.


Hila holds an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and B.Des. from Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art.


Contact: Hila Glick, | 



Jean-David Malo

Director, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission 


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