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Europe in 2030 and beyond: Findings and recommendations of the EU Reflection Group

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language

Speakers

Managing Director, EFSI - European Fund for Strategic Investments, Luxembourg Abstract
Strengthen Europe


Over the last decade Europe was discussing just the internal structure, the new constitution, the Lisbon treaty.

Yes, there was the Lisbon Agenda, but their implementation was not a real European issue it was delegated o the member states.

Yes there was the huge step of enlarging the EU: a historic moment, but the decision was done more or less in the beginning of the nineties.

And since 2008 the global crises took the full concentration of all political stakeholders.

The result: Europe lost.

The answer: Europe has to speed up rapidly!

1.Europe´s global role: the new global architecture with G 2o, a much stronger Asia and a powerful USA and Russia needs a stronger EU. NO single member state is powerful enough to play a strong role in this new architecture  it is just the EU. The Lisbon treaty is a step but not enough, a stronger economic integration under these global economic circumstances is an absolute necessity- if not possible for the Union as a whole the EURO- group has to take the lead:

- This means a new initiative for a stronger EURO.

- This means a common economic policy and stronger instruments for the EURO-group

- This means a coordinated policy for stimulus packages and economic growth at least for
the EURO-group

- This means a strong regulatory framework for the European financial industry

2. Europe´s social and political model: market oriented policy is the fundament for financing social welfare and environmental responsibility. The sustainable balance between these three targets is the secret of Europe s story of success over the last decades. The aging society needs radical new answers to keep this European model working also for the next generations.
Especially the reform of the pension systems has to include a longer working lifetime.

3. Greening the industry: combating climate change is THE challenge fort he next decades, not with an end of pipe strategy, but with an offensive approach especially for new energy strategies, green industry initiatives and concentration in R&D on this fields.
New energy strategies ever brought changes of the economic structure and also the structure of the society, sustainable solutions for a better environment needs newest possible technologies and not backwards oriented answers.

4. A European vision: the final answer is too early to give-whether it is the United States of Europe or an advanced EU. But some important elements are showing the direction:
- Each new European policy needs a European structure; p.e. European monetary policy needs an European Monetary Fund
- European migration policy needs one European authority to decide about European citizenship
- a stronger EU needs a higher share of own financial resources, transaction tax or CO2 taxation are possible instruments
-better European governance needs a stronger European Commission with a stronger democratic legitimation
- enlargement should continue the Western Balkan is not the final end, new types of partnership have to be created.
- developing European structures for an internal and external European security policy, p.e. border control authorities.


The EURO or Schengen gives us an advice where to go: Lets define targets for single policies on various sectors, those member who are ready and willing should take part, have to give power to European authorities and have to be aware of sanctions by the European Commission if they are nor fulfilling the common requirements. These are the driving forces for a stronger Europe - just a better integrated EU is the stronger EU we all want
Member, Advisory Committee, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Secretary-General, EU Reflection Group, Brussels Abstract
There are five major disruptions in the world that are changing our societies: (a) abundance, (b) rise of the BRICS, (c) Climate change, (d) demography and ageing and (e) e-everything. These disruptions are long term, in fact historic, they are short term and the deeper reasons of the current economic crisis and they are global. They will be addressed by global actors, both by governments and by businesses. Europe is only partially fit to address them. Its underutilized resources are (1) the empowered people, (2) the energy of the sun and (3) the solutions at the European Union level. There are many good ideas of what and how it should be done, but the common obstacle is said to be the lack of political will. The political will is created on the political market. In the future the EU will have to balance the functioning of its economic markets with the functional political market. The interaction between the two is the essence of democracy.
Former President of the Republic of Latvia; Vice-Chairperson, EU Reflection Group, Riga Abstract
Europe in 2030 and beyond

Short-term decision-making must follow a long-term strategy to be effective. The EU needs the collective political will to develop such a strategy, or risk becoming increasingly irrelvant on the world stage by 2030. The leaders of the member states must understand this imperative and must convince their electorates that long term thinking is in the common interest of all. This means forging common EU policies for security, energy, economics and foreign policy today, or risk a continued weakening of EU positions in all those fields.
Ambassador of the European Union to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, Beijing Chair

Mag. Wilhelm MOLTERER

Managing Director, EFSI - European Fund for Strategic Investments, Luxembourg

  Chairman of Student's Union, Johannes Kepler University Linz
1974-1980 Studies, Social Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz
1979-1981 Assistant, Department of Agricultural Policy, University of Linz
1981-1984 Head, Economic Policy Division, Austrian Farmers' Federation
1985-1986 Employee, Provincial Government of Upper Austria
1985-1987 Municipal Councillor in Sierning
1987-1989 Secretary of the Office, Federal Minister Dr. Josef Riegler
1989-1990 Head of the Office, Federal Minister Dr. Franz Fischler
1990-1993 Director, Austrian Farmers' Federation
1990-1994 Member, National Council of Austria
1993-1994 Secretary-general, Austrian People's Party
1994-2000 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
2000-2003 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
2003-2007 Chairman, Austrian People's Party Parliamentary group
2007-2008 Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance of the Republic of Austria
2007-2008 Chairman, Austrian People's Party
2008-2011 Member, National Council, Spokesperson on Constitutional Matters
2011-2015 Vice-President, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
since 2015 Managing Director, EFSI - European Fund for Strategic Investments, Luxembourg

Dr. Rainer MÜNZ

Member, Advisory Committee, Financial Market Symposium, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1978 Ph.D., University of Vienna
1979-1989 Research Fellow, Austrian Academy of Sciences
1980-1998 Lecturer, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt and University of Vienna
1986-1987 Visiting Professor, University of Bamberg
1986, 1989 and 1997-1998 Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley
1988-1989 Visiting Professor, University of Frankfurt am Main
1989-1997 Lecturer, Technical University, Vienna
1990-1992 Director, Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Science
1992 Visiting Professor, University of Zurich
1992-2003 Head, Department of Demography, Humboldt University, Berlin
1995, 1997 Visiting Professor, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt
2000-2001 Visiting Professor, University of Vienna
2001-2002 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Mathematics of Finance, Technical University, Vienna
since 2003 Senior Fellow, HWWI - Hamburg Institute of International Economics
since 2005 Senior Researcher, Erste Group Bank AG
2008-2010 Member, Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030, European Union
since 2009 Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
since 2010 Visiting Professor, University of St. Gallen
since 2010 Member of the Advisory Committee, Alpbach Financial Market Symposium, Vienna

Dr. Ziga TURK

Secretary-General, EU Reflection Group, Brussels

1986 Graduation, Deptment of Civil Engineering, University of Ljubljana
1989 Master of Science, Faculty of Electrotechnics and Computer Science, University of Ljubljana
1992 Ph.D., Deptment of Civil Engineering, University of Ljubljana
1986-1989 Assistant Research Engineer, Institute of Structural and Earthquake Engineering and Building Informatics (IKPIR), University of Ljubljana
1989-1993 Assistant, Computer Science and CAAD, Department of Architecture, University of Ljubljana
1993-1998 Assistant Professor, Computer Science and CAAD, Department of Architecture, University of Ljubljana
1997-1999 Visiting Lecturer, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
1998-2004 Associate Professor, Information Technology and Documentation, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana
since 2001 Visiting Professor, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
since 2002 Head, Chair of Construction Informatics, University of Ljubljana
  Secretary-General, EU Reflection Group, Brussels
since 2004 Professor, Information Technology and Documentation, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana

Ph.D. Vaira VIKE-FREIBERGA

Former President of the Republic of Latvia; Vice-Chairperson, EU Reflection Group, Riga

1965-1998 Professor of Psychology, Univ. de Montréal, Canada
1984-1989 Vice-chair, Science Council of Canada
1998-1999 Director of Latvian Institute, Riga
1999-2007 President of Latvia

Dr.iur. Hans-Dietmar SCHWEISGUT

Ambassador of the European Union to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia, Beijing

1974 Graduation, Law Faculty (Dr. Jur.), Innsbruck University
1975 MCL, SMU, Dallas, USA
1975-1977 Postgraduate studies, Diplomatische Akademie Wien (Diplomatic Academy Vienna)
1977 Joins the Austrian diplomatic service
1979-1983 Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, New York
1983-1984 Head of the office, State Secretary for Economic Coordination in the Austrian Federal Chancellery
1984-1986 Secretary and later head of the office to the Federal Minister for Public Economy and Transport of Austria
1986-1987 Economic advisor to the Austrian Federal Minister of Finance
1987-1991 Minister at the Austrian Embassy, Tokyo
  Institutions, European Integration, Customs and excise taxes
1991-1999 Director General for Economic Integration and Customs of the Federal Ministry of Finance, responsible for economic and monetary policy, international affairs, including the International Financial
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Japan
2003-2007 Ambassador of Austria to the People's Republic of China
since 2007 Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union in Brussels

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