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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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German and English language

Speakers

Vorsitzender, IDM - Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Wien
European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Brussels Abstract
Internationale Herausforderungen ebenso wie grassierende interne "Europa-Skepsis" rufen nach einer neuen europäischen Gründerzeit. Wir müssen die vielen greifbaren Vorteile des EU-Erfolgsprojekts inhaltlich vertiefen und auf allen Ebenen besser kommunizieren. Gerade Österreich hat seit seinem Beitritt 1995 in vielen Bereichen von der gemeinsamen Arbeit mit seinen europäischen Partnern profitiert. Und auch im Lichte drängender Zukunftsfragen, vom Klimawandel zur Energiesicherheit, gilt: Europa ist Motor und Schutzschild zugleich. Kurs zu setzen in einer komplexen Welt, bedeutet daher nicht, dem Drang zur dicken Schlagzeile nachzugeben. Es heißt vielmehr, strategisch zu denken und entschlossen zu handeln, mit unserer Union als Multiplikator.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana Abstract
Europe as a Global Partner  Experiences of the Slovenian EU Presidency.

Minister Rupel will present the key issues that the EU dealt with under the Slovenian Presidency in the first half of 2008. He will primarily focus on the issues of the Western Balkans, which are high on the EU agenda and were also one of the priorities of the Presidency: declaration of Kosovo independence, launch of the EULEX Mission in Kosovo, signing the Stabilization and Association Agreements with Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, political developments in Serbia and Macedonia.He will also present the key conclusions of all the major EU Summits with third countries  USA, Russia, Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean.To underline the role of Europe as a global partner and a global player, Minister Rupel will also touch upon other important issues that marked EU Common Foreign and Security Policy in the first half of 2008: Zimbabwe, China, Kenya, Burma/Myanmar, Middle East Peace Process, Georgia, European Neighbourhood Policy, Barcelona Process  Union for the Mediterranean.

Dr. Erhard BUSEK

Vorsitzender, IDM - Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Wien

1959-1963 Studium an der Universität Wien, Juridische Fakultät
1964-1968 Parlamentssekretär im Österreichischen Nationalrat
1966-1969 Vorsitzender des Österreichischen Bundesjugendringes
1972-1976 Generalsekretär des Österreichischen Wirtschaftsbundes
1975-1976 Generalsekretär der Österreichischen Volkspartei
1976-1978 Stadtrat in Wien
1976-1989 Landesparteiobmann der Wiener Volkspartei
1978-1987 Landeshauptmann-Stellvertreter und Vizebürgermeister von Wien
1989-1994 Bundesminister für Wissenschaft und Forschung
1994-1995 Bundesminister für Unterricht und kulturelle Angelegenheiten
1991-1995 Vizekanzler der Republik Österreich und Bundesparteiobmann der Österreichischen Volkspartei
2000-2001 Regierungsbeauftragter der österreichischen Bundesregierung für EU-Erweiterungsfragen
2002-2008 Sonderkoordinator des Stabilitätspaktes für Südosteuropa
2004-2005 Vizepräsident des Vienna Economic Forums (VEF)
2008-2009 Berater des Außenministers der Tschechischen Regierung in Fragen des westlichen Balkans während der EU-Präsidentschaft 1. Hälfte 2009
2000-2012 Präsident des Europäischen Forums Alpbach
 
 Aktuelle Funktionen:
2005-2014 Vorsitzender der ERSTE Stiftung
seit 1995 Vorsitzender des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM)
seit 1996 Koordinator der Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI)
seit 2005 Präsident des Vienna Economic Forums (VEF)
seit 2008 Vorsitzender des Universitätsrates, Medizinische Universität Wien
seit 2008 Jean Monnet Chair ad personam
seit 2009 Präsident des Herbert-Batliner-Europainstituts
seit 2010 Präsident des EU-Russia Centre

Dr. Benita FERRERO-WALDNER

European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Brussels

1966-1970 University of Salzburg, study of law (Dr. Iuris)
1971-1978 Paul Kiefel, Freilassing/Germany (1971-72), Export Department; Gerns and Gahler, Freilassing/Germany, Director for Export Promotion
1978-1981 P. Kaufmann Inc., New York, Sales Director for Europe
1981-1983 Gerns and Gahler, Freilassing/Germany, Chief Management Assistant
1984 Austrian Embassy, Madrid, Spain
1984-1986 Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Political Affairs, Department of Consular Affairs
1986 Austrian Embassy, Dakar, Senegal, First Secretary
1986-1987 Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Department for Development Co-operation
1987-1990 Austrian Embassy, Paris, Counsellor for Economic Affairs
1990-1993 Austrian Embassy, Paris, First Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, Chargé d'Affairs a.i.
1993 Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Chief of Protocol
1994-1995 UN Chief of Protocol
1995-2000 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2000-2004 Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria
since 2004 European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Brussels

Dr. Dimitrij RUPEL

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana

1966-1967 Spent a year at the University of Essex in Great Britain
1970 Graduated in comparative literature and sociology at the University of Ljubljana
1971-1972 Studied at Brandeis University in Boston, USA, where he received a Ph.D. in sociology. During this time his literary, journalistic and critical writings were finding publishers. He also worked as a translator and editor. Due to political difficulties, he was not allowed to lecture at the University of Ljubljana and was unable to advance his career.
1977-1978 Lecturer at Queen's University in Canada
1985 Lecturer at the New School for Social Research in New York
 In the 1980s he joined other writers and intellectuals in initiating and editing the 'alternative' Nova Revija that published the 'Slovenian National Programme' in 1987 and confronted the communist authorities of the time. Dimitrij Rupel and his associates founded and led the Slovene Democratic Alliance, which in 1990 prior to the first democratic election formed an alliance with other anti-communist parties to form DEMOS (Democratic Opposition of Slovenia). DEMOS won the first election and Mr. Rupel became the first Minister of Foreign Affairs of independent Slovenia in the first Slovenian democratic government. In this role he fundamentally contributed to the international acclamation of the new country.
1989 Lecturer at Cleveland State University
1989-1990 President of Slovenian Democratic Alliance
1990-1993 Minister of Foreign Affairs
1992 Professor at the University of Ljubljana
1992-1995 Member of the National Assembly (Parliament)
1994-1997 Mayor of Ljubljana
1997-2000 Slovenian Ambassador to the USA
since 2000 Minister of Foreign Affairs
2005 Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
2008 President of the EU General Affairs and External relations Council (GAERC)

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