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Economic Symposium

The future of the market economy


This year s Alpbach Economic Symposium centers on the question of how European market econo-mies can be evolved in order to be able to meet the challenges of international competition and the demands of sustainable development. How can we design our economies which are charac-terised by globalisation, dominant financial and capital markets, as well as far-reaching demogra-phic changes? How can we ensure the success of market economies that focus on performance as well as social cohesion? What does the future of the economic model look like that has provided citizens with a maximum degree of freedom, solidarity, and prosperity? Based on the definition of the  European economic and social model and a critical analysis of existing decision-making mechanisms, Europe s options will be sounded out, and participants will also discuss perspectives of promising models for the future. The conclu-ding panel will bring together top politicians and social partners to subject the discussion's results to a  reality check .

Economic Symposium

show timetable


14:00 - 14:15OpeningPlenary
14:15 - 16:15Keynote speechesPlenary
16:45 - 18:30The contribution of companies to a humane economic orderPlenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by the Austrian National BankSocial


09:00 - 11:00Market economy and politicsPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Competitive pressure and the "productivity whip" - where do people fit in?Plenary
15:00 - 18:00AK 01: Values, that are worth fighting for...Breakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 02: Wirtschafts- und Sozialsysteme der mittelosteuropäischen LänderBreakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 03: Globaler Finanzmarkt - Zusammenhänge, Abhängigkeiten und wechselseitige Beeinflussung internationaler KapitalmärkteBreakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 04: Cash in spite of a crash? The role of alternative investments for private investorsBreakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 05: Liberalisierung und Schutz strategischer Infrastruktur - ein Widerspruch?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 06: Das (Verhältnis-)Wahlrecht in Zeiten der Globalisierung  brauchen wir neue Antworten?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 07: Braucht Europa eine Rohstoffstrategie?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 08: Menschenrechte, Nachhaltigkeit und Unternehmensführung: Anspruch oder Widerspruch?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 09: Zukunft der Bildung - Die Rolle des MarktesBreakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 10: Biotech - Leben im ZukunftsmarktBreakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 11: Wer will im Tourismus arbeiten?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 12: Kommunikationsaufgabe Marktwirtschaft. Globalisierung, Europäisierung, Ökonomisierung. Wo findet sich der Einzelne?Breakout
15:00 - 18:00AK 13: Strategic & Financial Leadership in Osteuropa: Parallelen und Unterschiede zu ÖsterreichBreakout
19:00 - 20:00Special Lecture: Kosovo - A state emergingPlenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by T-Systems Austria and Tele2Social


09:30 - 12:15The future of the market economy: Political perspectivesPlenary
12:15 - 12:30Closing statementPlenary