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Former Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna Abstract Key Note
Die Jugend ist das wichtigste gesellschaftliche und ökonomische Kapital Europas. Gelingt es nicht, der Jugend zum Teil verloren gegangene Perspektiven zu geben, droht die Idee eines geeinten Europa bei dieser und den kommenden Generationen an Rückhalt zu verlieren.
Europa ist das große Friedensprojekt des 20. Jahrhunderts, dessen erste Hälfte von Tragödien und Schrecken gezeichnet war. Es darf nicht der konfliktträchtigen und zerstörerischen Kraft eines aggressiven Nationalismus zum Opfer fallen. Die Krise wurde zum Prüfstein für die Kraft des Integrationsgedankens und für die Kraft solidarischer Anstrengungen zu deren Lösung. Das europäische Lebens- und Wirtschaftsmodell hat nur dann eine Überlebenschance, wenn es gelingt, nationalstaatliche Egoismen zu überwinden. Auch gilt es, Prinzipien der demokratischen Willensbildung in einer erweiterten und vertieften Europäischen Union zu stärken.
Die jetzt heranwachsende Generation wird sich verstärkt nicht nur mit der Zukunft Europas, sondern auch mit der Zukunft anderer Regionen beschäftigen müssen. Europa könnte eine Vorreiterrolle bei der Bewältigung der drängenden Probleme der Zukunft einnehmen. Dazu gehören die Bausteine einer künftigen Weltgesellschaft, wie zum Beispiel die Umsetzung der Millenniumsziele der Vereinten Nationen, friedlicher Interessensausgleich, Verzicht auf Gewalt, ökologische Nachhaltigkeit und faire ökonomische Zusammenarbeit.
President of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb Key Note
President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

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

Ivo JOSIPOVIC

President of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb

1980 Graduation from Faculty of Law, Zagreb
1985 Masters degree in Criminal Procedure Law
  Graduate in Composition from the Zagreb Music Academy
1994 Doctor's degree
 
 Prior to his election to the office of the President, Josipović was a university professor, a member of the Croatian Parliament and a composer. He taught Criminal Procedure Law, International Penal Law and Misdemeanour Law. At the Zagreb Music Academy he taught Harmony. He has composed some 50 compositions for different ensembles.
 He has collaborated with a host of Croatian and foreign state, scholarly, university and artistic institutions. As a legal expert he took part in the UN PrepCom for the establishment of the International Criminal Court as well as at the Rome Diplomatic Conference. He was an associate-expert of the Council of Europe for monitoring prison systems in a number of countries. As a legal expert he drafted or co-drafted a number of Croatian legislative bills. He represented Croatia before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He represented Croatia before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He participated in a number of international projects, and as an expert of the Council of Europe, he participated in the evaluation of prisons in Ukraine, Mongolia and Azerbaijan.
 He won the Presidential elections on 10 January 2010 and took his oath of office as President of the Republic of Croatia on 18 February 2010.
 Mitgliedschaften/Memberships
 For a number of years, President Josipović was Director of one of the largest festivals of contemporary music, Music Biennale Zagreb, and Secretary-General of the Croatian Composers' Society.
 He is a member of a number of legal and artistic associations both at home and abroad, inter alia, the World Academy of Art and Science, Hrvatski pravni centar [Croatian Law Centre], Hrvatsko drustvo za europsko pravo [Croatian Society for European Law], Hrvatsko udruzenje za kaznene znanosti i praksu [Croatian Association for Penal Science and Practice].
since 2010 President of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb

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

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