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Plenary / Opening
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The opening gives a first insight into the three main questions of the Political Symposium: Which new narrative does the EU need and how can we redefine it? What is our strategy for the enlargement and neighbourhood policy of the future? How can we address the main global challenges in a sustainable way?

Speakers

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Introduction
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President, European Commission, Brussels Key Note
Former Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna Key Note
Television Journalist; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy, Berlin Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Catherine ASHTON

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President, European Commission, Brussels

1977 B.Sc. in Sociology, Bedford College, London
1999 Labour Life Peer
2001-2004 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Education and Skills, London
2002-2004 Responsible for Sure Start Initiative, Department of Education and Skills
2004-2007 Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
2007-2009 Leader of the House of Lords
since 2009 High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Vice-President, European Commission, Brussels

Dr. Heinz FISCHER

Former Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna

1956-1961 Studied law and political science, University of Vienna
1961 Doctorate in law, followed by year of judicial clerkship
1963-1975 Secretary of the Social Democratic Group in the Austrian National Assembly
1971-1983 Member of the Austrian National Assembly
1975-1983 Chairman of the Social Democratic Group in the Austrian National Assembly
1978 Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Innsbruck
1983-1987 Federal Minister of Science and Research
1987-2004 Member of the Austrian National Assembly
1987-1990 Chairman of the Social Democratic Group in the Austrian National Assembly
1990-2002 Speaker of the National Assembly
1994 Appointed full professor of political science
2002-2004 Second Speaker of the National Assembly
2004 Elected Federal President of the Republic of Austria
2010-2016 Re-elected Federal President of the Republic of Austria

Anke PLÄTTNER

Television Journalist; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy, Berlin

1982-1984 Volunteer, Aktion Sühnezeichen, World Information on Energy, Amsterdam
1984-1987 School voor de Journalistiek, Utrecht
1987-1989 Correspondent for Dutch media (Avro Radio en Persdienst GPD), Cologne
1989-1990 Trainee program TV en radio, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Cologne
1990-2002 Editor in Charge, Anchor, several positions WDR (news, documentaries)
1993 Arthur Burns Fellowship NBC Denver
2002-2004 Political Correspondent, Phoenix, Berlin
2004-2010 anchor daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde", Berlin
2010-2013 political TV correspondent WDR, Berlin
since 2013 self-employed anchor (WDR; ARD Morgenmagazin)
since 2013 Consultant, MeinesHolla&Partners, The Hague
since 2015 Anchor, daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde"

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