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European partnerships – European decisions

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Abgeordnete zum Nationalrat, Parlamentsklub der Österreichischen Volkspartei, Österreichischer Nationalrat, Wien Key Note
Political Secretary, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague Abstract
Yes to a European partnership, no to European partnerships: Old European partnerships, which were so important for European co-operation in the past, do not work any more. The Franco-German problems as well as lack of a closer Benelux co-operation are cases in point. This is connected with a demanding nature of partnership as such (partnership being more than an alliance, free trade area or voting coalition) as well as with the political situation in post-Cold War Europe. Currently, the EU is the only partnership on the continent which is worthy of any investment.
Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Spain, Madrid Abstract
In the 21st century, the Baltic sea is almost an internal sea of the European Union. Its Eastern coast is a border region of the EU. Meanwhile, European Neighbourhood Policy has become an essential priority of Foreign policy of the EU. Evidently, the Baltic states support the implementation of this policy, putting an emphasis on the Eastern part of Europe. The question is how to combine a regional approach, based on particular historical ties and expertise for cooperating with neighbouring countries, with the imperative of having a European Foreign policy with one voice.
Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Austria, Vienna
Director for Strategy, Coordination and Analysis, DG External Relations, European Commission, Brussels Abstract
- Commission Strategy Paper  European Neighborhood Policy adopted by the Council in 2004;
- 16 countries included- Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the occupied Palestinian territory, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine;
- 12 Action Plans (lifespan between 3 and 5 years) have been adopted and 12 Country Reports have been presented, no Action Plans for Algeria (only Association Agreement in force since 2005), Belarus, Libya and Syria;
- In December 2006 and in April 2008 Progress reports published by the Commission, uneven progress with Ukraine, Moldova, Israel and Morocco in advance;
- ENP Action Plans based on Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (in the case of the East) and Association Agreement (in the case of the South);
- Funding: since 2007 European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), money allocation: for the budget cycle 2007-2013 nearly 12 bn Euro (+32 % increase in  real terms ) and increased EIB lending mandate: 12,4 bn Euro (8,7 bn for Mediterranean; 3,7 bn for Eastern Europe/Southern Caucasus/Russia)
For the financial perspective 2000-2006: allocation of 8,3 bn Euro (MEDA and TACIS);
- Russia: not in the ENP but in the ENPI, 21st EU-Russia Summit in June 2008 in Khanty-Mansiysk (launch of negotiations for a new EU-Russia Agreement and Agreement on cross border cooperation over the period 2007-2013);
- The proposal for a Eastern dimension of the ENP was welcomed at the last European Council in Brussels, the Commission has to make proposal of  Eastern Partnership to the Spring Council 2009;
- Paris Summit for the Mediterranean, July 13, 2008 (43 members-EU Member States+ EC+ members of the Barcelona Process);
- Last but not least 3/4 virtual members: EEA with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein since 1994 and progressively sectorial agreements with Switzerland; Schengen members since 2001 and 2009 respectively; EFTA countries pay around 300 Mio Euro per annum for the Structural Funds for EU 12;
- p. m. ongoing enlargement negotiations.
Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard,, Vienna Chair


Abgeordnete zum Nationalrat, Parlamentsklub der Österreichischen Volkspartei, Österreichischer Nationalrat, Wien

 Jusstudium an der Universität Wien, Post-Graduate-Diplom des Collège d' Europe, Brügge
 Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (Institut für Römisches Recht und antike Rechtsgeschichte, Universität Wien)
 Bankpraktikum (Creditanstalt - Bankverein, Rechtsabteilung)
 Verwendungen in der Zentrale im Völkerrechtsbüro und in der Abteilung für Sicherheitspolitik und KSZE
 Verwendungen im Ausland:
seit 1981 Bundesministerium für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten
1984-1986 Österreichische Botschaft Bern
1981-1983 Österreichische KSZE-Delegationen zum Madrider Folgetreffen, dem Wiener Folgetreffen (1986-1987) und diversen Expertentreffen
1987-1990 Österreichische Vertretung beim Europarat
1990-1994 Karenzierung
  Parlamentarierdelegation mit dem Europäischen Parlament)
1990-1993 EFTA-Sekretariat, Genf (Büro des Generalsekretärs, Zusammenarbeit der EFTA-
  Bundesministerium für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten, Wirtschaftspolitische Sektion und EU-Koordination, zuletzt Leiterin der Abteilung Rat Allgemeine Angelegenheiten und Europäischer Rat
1994 St. Galler Stiftung für Internationale Studien, St. Gallen, Geschäftsführung
1997 Bundeskanzleramt, Kabinettschefin von Vizekanzler Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel
2000 Bundeskanzleramt, Kabinettschefin von Bundeskanzler Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel
2004 Österreichische Botschafterin in der Schweiz
seit 2004 Bundesministerin für auswärtige Angelegenheiten


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

Ph.D. Rolands LAPPUKE

Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Spain, Madrid

1982 Doctor's Degree in Neurosciences, University of Strasbourg
1993-1996 First Secretary, then Counsellor at the Latvian Embassy in Germany, Bonn
1996-1997 Head of State Protocol
1997 Counsellor Policy Planning Group
1998-1999 Charge d'Affaires in Portugal
1999-2002 Ambassador in Portugal
2003-2007 Ambassador in France, non-residing Ambassador to Morocco and to Andorra, Permanent Representative at the UNESCO
2007-2009 Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

Dr. Peter LIZAK

Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Austria, Vienna

1987 Military Service
1988-1990 AVEX (electronics factory), Foreign Trade Department, Bratislava
1990 Government Office of the Slovak Republic, Department for International Relations, Bratislava
1991-1992 Ministry of International Relations of the Slovak Republic, Head of Diplomatic Protocol, Bratislava
1993-1996 Slovak Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, First Secretary of the Embassy
1997 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Head of the Cabinet of State Secretary
1998 Ministry of Foreign Affaires, Head of the Cabinet of State Secretary
1998-2002 Slovak Embassy in Vienna, Austria, Minister Counsellor
2002-2003 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of the Department for EU External Relations and Institutions
2003-2005 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of the Cabinet of Minister
2005-2007 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Slovakia at the OSCE, Vienna
since 2008 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovakia to Austria

Dr. Gerhard SABATHIL

Director for Strategy, Coordination and Analysis, DG External Relations, European Commission, Brussels

1973-1979 Study of economics and history at Munich University
1979-1982 Assistant Professor at the Institute for Infrastructure of Munich University
1981 PhD in Economics in Munich, Research Scholar at the Centre of Public Choice of Professor Buchanan, Virginia State University, USA
1982-1984 Head of Unit, Regional & Sectoral Economic Policy at the German Federation of Chambers of Commerce (DIHK), Bonn
1984-1987 European Commission, DG Competition - State Aids, Brussels
1987-1989 Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Narjes
1989-1992 Assistant of the Director General for Budget
1992-1996 Counsellor for Politics, Economy & Press Affairs in the Delegation of the European Commission for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and OSCE in Prague
1996-1998 Deputy Head of Unit for Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia in Brussels
since 1996 Visiting professor at the Prague Economic University
1998-2000 Head of Unit for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FR Yugoslavia, FYROMacedonia
2000-2004 Ambassador of the European Commission to Norway and Iceland in Oslo
2004-2008 Head of the Representation of the European Commission to Germany in Berlin
since 2008 Director for Strategy, Coordination and Analysis in DG External Relations of the European Commission in Brussels


Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard,, Vienna

1989-1993 Studium Publizistik, Politik, Geschichte
1996 Promotion
ab 1990 Der Standard, zuerst Mitarbeit in Linz und Wien
1993-1998 Deutschland-Korrespondentin
1998-1999 Mitglied in der außenpolitischen Redaktion
1999-2005 Deutschland-Korrespondentin
2005 EU-Korrespondentin in Brüssel
2006 Ressortleiterin Wirtschaft
seit 2007 Chefredakteurin, Der Standard
seit 2012 Co-Herausgeberin, Der Standard und
seit 2013 Chefredakteurin,

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