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15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?

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The 28 Member States of the European Union are characterised by large differences – factors such as size, population, economic data and political influence all vary significantly. Who has influence in the European Union and how much influence do they have? Are the “big states” dominant or is that just a myth? What strategies do medium and small Member States need to be heard? What is the role of member state coalitions like the Visegrád Group? How transparent are these processes for the general public?

Speakers

Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg
Political Secretary, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague
Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance; Krems
Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna
Co-chair, ESDN - European Sustainable Development Network; Director, EU Coordination - Environment, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna Chair

Carole DIESCHBOURG

Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg

1997-2005 Studies (Master of Arts), Historical Sciences, German Language and Literature, University of Trier
2005-2006 Project Coordinator, "Moulins - inventaire, excursion et sentier régional" and "Millebuch", Leader+ Müllerthal
2011-2013 Municipal Councillor, Echternach
2013 Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg

Petr DRULAK

Political Secretary, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague

1994-1997 Executive Director of the Czech Council on Foreign Relations
1996-2004 Teaching assistant at the University of Economics in Prague
1998-2000 Research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague
1999-2004 Guest teacher at the Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague
2000-2001 Director of Studies at the Institute of International Relations
2001-2004 Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations
since 2004 Director of the Institute of International Relations
since 2005 Guest professor at the University of Public Administration and International Relations, Prague
since 2005 Associate Professor of Political Science, Charles University, Prague

Dr. Ulrike GUEROT

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance; Krems

1983-1989 Politische Wissenschaften, Geschichte und Volkswirtschaft, Köln, Bonn und Paris
1984-1989 Stipendiatin, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
1986-1988 DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Stipendium, Institut d'Etudes de Sciences Politiques de Paris & Sorbonne
1989-1992 Promotionsstudium, Universität Münster, über die Geschichte der Sozialistischen Partei Frankreich
1995-1996 Director of Communication, Association for the Monetary Union of Europe, Paris
1996-1998 Referentin von Jacques Delors, Notre Europe, Paris
1998-1999 Assistant Professor European Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
1999-2000 Referentin für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände, BDA, Berlin
2000-2003 Leiterin, Arbeitsstelle Europa, DGAP - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, Berlin
2004-2007 Director Foreign Policy & Senior Transatlantic Fellow, GMF - German Marshall Fund
2007-2013 Büroleiterin, ECFR - European Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin
2013-2014 Senior Fellow, OSIFE - Open Society Initiative for Europe, German Operation, Berlin
2014 Gastforscherin, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
seit 2014 Gründerin und Direktorin, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Berlin
seit 2016 Director, Department for European Policy and the study of Democracy, Donau-University Krems

DI Andrä RUPPRECHTER

Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna

1988-1989 Assistant to the Director, Austrian Farmers' Union, Vienna
1989-1997 Member, Cabinet of Austrian Federal Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Franz Fischler, Wilhelm Molterer, Vienna
1993-1994 Member, Negotiation team on expert level for the agriculture chapter of the Austrian accession negotiations to the European Union
1995-2002 Head, EU-Coordination Unit, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna; Austrian Spokesman, SCA - Special Committee on Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
1998 President, SCA - Special Committee on Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
1998-2002 Deputy Director General, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
2002-2007 Director General, Department Agriculture and Nutrition, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna
2006 Head, National delegation, Council of Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels
2007-2013 Director for Rural Development and Agriculture Finances, General Secretariat, Council of the European Union, Brussels
since 2013 Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
since 2017 President, Union of European Federalists Austria, Vienna

Mag. Elisabeth FREYTAG-RIGLER

Co-chair, ESDN - European Sustainable Development Network; Director, EU Coordination - Environment, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna

 Studium der Handelswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
1986 Sponsion
1986-1988 Assistant Export Manager, Josef Riedel GmbH
seit 1988 Österreichisches Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
  Während der EU-Beitrittsverhandlungen Attaché an der Ständigen Vertretung in Brüssel
seit 1990 Abteilungsleiterin, Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
1996-1997 Ungarisches Umweltministerium
seit 2002 Gender Mainstreaming Beauftragte, Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft

Political Symposium

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29.08.2015

18:00 - 19:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner

30.08.2015

11:00 - 12:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
14:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
18:30 - 20:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
20:00 - 22:00ReceptionSocial
22:00 - 23:30Young Talents - Los ColoradosCulture

31.08.2015

08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do's and Don'ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities - Future Chances?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society's Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant's SkillsBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
17:00 - 18:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
21:00 - 22:30CANCELED - Late Night Talk: Islam, "Islamic State" and ViolencePlenary

01.09.2015

09:00 - 09:30InDignityPlenary
09:30 - 10:15Existential RisksPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
12:15 - 12:30Concluding RemarksPlenary