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04: The European Union and Its Neighbours

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Democracy & Governance
english language

The European Union’s relations with its geographical neighbours, and more specifically with the countries involved in the European Neighbourhood Policy and Russia, confront the EU with major challenges. The 2013 Vilnius Summit delivered sobering results and the Ukrainian crisis has highlighted the tense and increasingly confrontational nature of EU-Russia relations. In addition, the EU’s Southern neighbourhood remains volatile and its response to the ‘Arab Spring’ still needs to be assessed. This breakout session will analyse the current state of the EU’s relations with its geographical neighbours and discuss how to improve them.

Speakers

Head, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission, Brussels
Head of Division, European Neighbourhood Policy, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, theglobalist.com; President, The Globalist Research Center, Washington D.C.
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg
Associate Research Fellow, EU Foreign Policy Unit, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels Chair

Peter BALAS

Head, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission, Brussels

1972-1978 Desk officer for South East Asia, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Hungary, Budapest
1978-1982 Commercial Counsellor, Commercial Representation of Hungary in Colombo, Sri Lanka
1982-1986 Director, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Hungary
1986-1991 Deputy Head, Representation of Hungary to the GATT
1989-1991 Chairman, Meat Market Analyses Group, International Meat Council
1991-1994 Director General, Ministry of International Economic Relations of Hungary
1994-1996 Assistant State Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Hungary
1996-2000 Deputy State Secretary for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Hungary
2000-2002 Deputy State Secretary for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
2002-2005 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the WTO - World Trade Organization
2002-2004 Chairman, Special Session of the Dispute Settlement Body, WTO
2004-2005 Chairman, Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance, WTO
2005-2014 Deputy Director General, DG Trade, European Commission
since 2014 Head, Support Group for the Ukraine, European Commission

Anna Maria Madeleine MAJORENKO

Head of Division, European Neighbourhood Policy, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

1988-1991 Head of Section, National Board of Trade, Stockholm
1991-1996 Policy Adviser, Federation of Swedish Industries, Stockholm
1996-2010 Head of Unit, European Commission, Brussels
since 2011 Head of Division, European External Action Service, Brussels

Stephan RICHTER

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, theglobalist.com; President, The Globalist Research Center, Washington D.C.

1984 J.D., University of Bonn
1990-1991 North American advisor to the Federal Ministry of Economics of the Federal Republic of Germany and to the Vice Chancellor
1990-1998 U.S. correspondent, Rheinischer Merkur; monthly columnist, CEO Magazine
since 1990 President, TransAtlantic Futures, Inc. global strategic communications firm, Washington D.C.
since 2000 Publisher and editor-in-chief, The Globalist; President of The Globalist Research Center
2002-2008 Monthly columnist, Les Echos
since 2010 Presenter, The Globalist Quiz on National Public Radio s Marketplace Morning Edition

MMag. Dr. Doris WYDRA

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg

1998-1999 Legal Long Term Advisor, TACIS Project - Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States, UEPLAC - Ukrainian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre, Kiev
1999-2001 Research Assistant, University of Vienna
2001-2002 Research Assistant, Research Project: Ukraine in Europe,University of Vienna
2002-2004 Key Legal Expert, TACIS Project - Promotion of Tolerance and Improving Interethnic Relations, Moscow
since 2008 PostDoc, Department for Political Science and Sociology, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg
since 2012 Senior Scientist, Department for Political Science and Sociology and Executive Director, Salzburg Centre of European Studies, University of Salzburg

Hrant KOSTANYAN

Associate Research Fellow, EU Foreign Policy Unit, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

since 2010 Associate Research Fellow, EU Foreign Policy Unit, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels
since 2010 Researcher; Lecturer, CEUS - Centre for EU Studies, Department of Political Science, Ghent University
since 2010 Co-editor, CEPS "European Neighbourhood Watch", Brussels
2011-2012 Expert on the European Neighbourhood Policy, EU Neighbourhood Info Centre (European Commission Project), Brussels

Political Symposium

show timetable

24.08.2014

11:00 - 12:30Not Just an IslandCulture
14:00 - 15:30OpeningPlenary
16:00 - 17:30The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern PartnershipPlenary
18:00 - 19:30The European Union in Search of a New NarrativePlenary
19:30 - 20:00Curator's Talk: Art in the Margin of War - War in the Margin of ArtCulture
21:00 - 22:30"Kakanien - New Homelands" Goes Alpbach: And Nobody's There to Understand the Language You're Screaming In...Culture

25.08.2014

09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Citizens' Trust vs Distrust: Scenarios for the Future of DemocracyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Social Cohesion in a Wider EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: The EU and Turkey: Energising CooperationBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: The European Union and Its NeighboursBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Never Mind the Gap - Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCEBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: International Disaster Preparedness and Response to Emergency and CrisisBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Young Look at EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 17: Success! The Do's and Don'ts of Contemporary AdvocacyBreakout
12:00 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 07: Europe's Next Generation in the Elections and BeyondBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 08: Brain Drain - Brain Gain: The Economic Potential of Migration in Modern Europe and in the PastBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 09: Beyond European CommunicationBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 10: Digital Europe - Between Security and CooperationBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: Europe's Periphery at the Crossroads - Consequences for the Common Security and Defence PolicyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and FatigueBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Climate and Energy - Key Questions for the FutureBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Future Energy Needs vs. Non-Proliferation PoliciesBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: The EU and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Balancing Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00From Reconciliation to Integration: What the Young Can Contribute to a Common FuturePlenary
18:30 - 20:00Post-Conflict Countries in Transition: Reforming the Security SectorPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bringing Ideas to Power: Towards a Democratic Consensus of Tomorrow?Plenary
22:00 - 23:30Integrated in Austria, Successful in the World - How Austrian Success Stories Are WrittenPartner

26.08.2014

09:00 - 09:10Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: IntroductionPlenary
09:10 - 10:30Generational InequalityPlenary
11:00 - 12:15Inequality in Energy and ClimatePlenary
12:15 - 12:30Closing RemarksPlenary