BRIDGE 2015

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We are delighted to invite European Freedom Network
partners to our 3rd major gathering.

Why “Bridge 2015”? Because EFN is all about providing a bridge to freedom for those exploited by human trafficking &/or sexual exploitation. Individual ministries are planks in the bridge. Only by strengthening the collaboration between us, building each other up and looking at the big picture can the bridge be strong.

Bridge 2015 will give plenty of opportunities to pray, reflect, learn, network, strategize and be encouraged.

Our devotions will be led by Viv & Sheila Thomas (OM).

  • We will learn how to measure and increase our impact with the help of Glenn Miles (Chab Dai).
  • How do we work closely with the authorities and keep our Christian distinctiveness? Anne Read will speak from experience (Salvation Army UK).
  • We will meet with Christian politicians so that they learn from us, we learn from them and together we can improve policy and practice.
  • We will meet with Romanian politicians and officials to explore the best of what is happening in Romania and what more can be done to combat human trafficking.
  • And there will be many more amazing sessions thanks to our fantastic EFN partners.
  • The daily schedule for Bridge 2015 can be found here, at http://efnbridgeconference.shdlr.com/grid

We look forward to seeing you there!

Partners

We’d like to thank these people & organizations who have given financially to make Bridge 2015 possible.

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We also want to thank Reach Global, Vineyard Bern, Debora Alder-Gasser and many others.

Practical Details

Bridge 2015 starts at 19h30 on 20 April (with an afternoon introductory program at 16h30 for newer partners). It finishes with breakfast on 24 April after a celebratory dinner.

Bridge will be held at the Regina Elisabeta Conference Hall in central Bucharest. Accommodation is available at a neighboring hotel. We have negotiated a great price and can offer rooms on a first come, first served basis.

The conference package includes the conference facilities, breaks and 2 meals. Other meals can be purchased nearby (approx. 10€ per meal).

  • Single room accommodation & conference package – 330€
  • Double room accommodation & conference package – 250€
  • Conference package (with no accommodation) – 150€

Registration

Registration is now closed.

FAQs

We hope that these FAQs cover your questions. If they don’t, please be patient. If you have another query, email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org. The Bridge team are organizing things on top of their normal work so we may not be able to reply immediately.

DATES

When does the conference begin?

The Bridge conference officially opens on Monday, April 20th, at 19h30. Please plan to arrive in time to participate in the first evening session – it’s going to be fabulous!

If this is your first EFN conference, then we would like to invite you to join us at 17h for a meal and orientation at the conference venue. Please confirm your attendance at this pre-event to secure your place.

When does the conference end?

On Thursday evening, April 23rd, we will enjoy a celebratory dinner at one of Bucharest’s oldest and loveliest restaurants. This meal is included in your registration fee. Plan to enjoy it!

The conference then finishes at breakfast on 24th.

PAYMENT AND FEES

What does it cost to attend?
  • Single room accommodation & conference package – 330€
  • Double room accommodation & conference package – 250€
  • Conference package (with no accommodation) – 150€

From 1 March, a 50€ late registration fee will be added to your bill. ALL payments must be made before 15 March.

Are meals included in the conference fee?

The Bridge Conference fee includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunch on Wednesday and a celebratory dinner on Thursday. The other 5 meals are not included. The conference hotels include breakfast, and we will be located very close to a variety of places where we can eat for the other meals. Please budget around 10€ per meal.

If you have any special dietary or other needs, please email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org. We will take note and seek to accommodate them.

How do I pay?
What a great question. You can pay for the 2015 Bridge conference via bank transfer or PayPal, in conjunction with your registration. Your attendance will not be confirmed until payment is received by the Bridge team.

Please note there will be a 50€ late registration fee after 1 March. All payments must be received by 15 March.

Here’s a short way for paying through PayPal:


Packages



Bank transfers (with any charges paid by you) can be made to the following account. It is ESSENTIAL that you include the Communication “EFN Bridge”.

Rabobank Utrechtse Heuvelrug (name of bank). Postbus 82, 3700 AB Zeist, The Netherlands

ACCOUNT NO: 162198639 IBAN: NL52 RABO 0162 1986 39 BIC: RABONL2U

NAME AND ADDRESS OF Account holder: Europese Evangelische Alliantie, Hoofdstraat 51, 3971 KB Driebergen, The Netherlands

Please bring Romanian leu for meals, drinks and other items you may wish to purchase in Bucharest.

If I register now but cannot attend the conference, can you refund my money?

Request for refunds must be made in writing AT LEAST ONE MONTH before the beginning of the conference. Once the hotel deadline (15 March) has passed no refunds will be made.

Prior to that time, your money can be refunded, minus an administrative fee and bank charges.

Can you send me an invoice for the conference registration? My mission needs it to process payment.

You can request an invoice from bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org at least ONE MONTH PRIOR to the conference.

However, your attendance at the conference will not be confirmed until payment is received by the Bridge team.

I just sent my form to you. Can you send me a confirmation immediately?

The Bridge team will require approximately 3 – 5 working days to process and acknowledge your payment and participation. Please register early to guarantee your spot!

My Paypal transaction is not working?

In some cases PayPal needs to overwrite a security clearance. You can make this happen by calling PayPal and they can remove the security while you do the payment.

Okay, I registered. Now what?

If you haven’t made your payment yet, be sure to do so now! Bank transfer details are available on the registration section of the website. You may also want to book your plane reservations.

What money do I need to bring?

Please bring Romanian leu for meals, drinks and other items you may wish to purchase in Bucharest.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Where can I see the preliminary programme?

The preliminary programme will be posted online by the end of January.

Where will sessions be held?

Most sessions will be held at the Regina Elisabeta Conference Hall in central Bucharest. On Wednesday, our morning sessions (and lunch) will be hosted at the Romanian Parliament.

Will there be translation at the conference?

The conference language is English. We are sorry that we cannot provide interpretation.

OTHER INFORMATION

What about transportation? How do I get there?

Bucharest has an international airport with good flight connections. Detailed information about transportation options will be available soon; taxis are cheap and easy to book from a kiosk at the airport.

Can I arrange my own lodging?

You can. However, the Bridge team has negotiated VERY good rates with the conference hotels. Do consider staying in a conference hotel if possible; all are in walking distance of the conference venue.

Will there be wi-fi access at the hotel and conference venues?

Free wi-fi is available at the conference hotels, but there is no connection in the conference venue.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Casual clothing is fine for most of the conference sessions. Please bring at least one professional/business outfit for the Wednesday meetings at the Romanian Parliament.

What are some good ways to network at the conference?

The friends you make at Bridge can be a wonderful source of information and support. Here are a few hints for making the most of your time!

  • Bring a lot of business cards to exchange with people you meet. When you receive a business card, write the expertise of that person on the back of the card. The contacts you make at the EFN Bridge conference may well come in handy later!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially of people who have attended EFN’s previous conferences.
  • Review the participants’ list to see who is working in a country or on a topic of interest to you, and try to meet those people at the conference. We will send you a list shortly before Bridge begins.
  • Get to know your EFN Core Team members while you are at Bridge. They know many of the partners, may be able to answer questions, and are eager to know more about you and your project! It’s always great to put a face with a name, and it can make communication easier in the future.
  • Feel free to bring information to share about your project. Due to limited space, we can only accommodate the first 15 requests for full stands, so let us know early if you would like to display materials.
  • If you know of others who would benefit from being at Bridge, feel free to invite them. However, all participants will need to become EFN partners, including going through our simple security clearance system before registering.
Who can help me if I still have questions?

To contact an EFN Bridge team member, email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org.