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04: The European Union and Its Neighbours

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Democracy & Governance
english language

The European Union’s relations with its geographical neighbours, and more specifically with the countries involved in the European Neighbourhood Policy and Russia, confront the EU with major challenges. The 2013 Vilnius Summit delivered sobering results and the Ukrainian crisis has highlighted the tense and increasingly confrontational nature of EU-Russia relations. In addition, the EU’s Southern neighbourhood remains volatile and its response to the ‘Arab Spring’ still needs to be assessed. This breakout session will analyse the current state of the EU’s relations with its geographical neighbours and discuss how to improve them.

Head, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission, Brussels
Head of Division, European Neighbourhood Policy, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, theglobalist.com; President, The Globalist Research Center, Washington D.C.
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg
Associate Research Fellow, EU Foreign Policy Unit, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

Peter BALAS

Head, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission, Brussels

Desk officer for South East Asia, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Hungary, Budapest Commercial Counsellor, Commercial Representation of Hungary in Colombo, Sri Lanka Director, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Hungary Deputy Head, Representation of Hungary to the GATT Chairman, Meat Market Analyses Group, International Meat Council Director General, Ministry of International Economic Relations of Hungary Assistant State Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Hungary Deputy State Secretary for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Hungary Deputy State Secretary for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the WTO - World Trade Organization Chairman, Special Session of the Dispute Settlement Body, WTO Chairman, Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance, WTO Deputy Director General, DG Trade, European Commission
1972-1978
1978-1982
1982-1986
1986-1991
1989-1991
1991-1994
1994-1996
1996-2000
2000-2002
2002-2005
2002-2004
2004-2005
2005-2014

Anna Maria Madeleine MAJORENKO

Head of Division, European Neighbourhood Policy, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

Head of Section, National Board of Trade, Stockholm Policy Adviser, Federation of Swedish Industries, Stockholm Head of Unit, European Commission, Brussels
1988-1991
1991-1996
1996-2010

Stephan RICHTER

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, theglobalist.com; President, The Globalist Research Center, Washington D.C.

J.D., University of Bonn North American advisor to the Federal Ministry of Economics of the Federal Republic of Germany and to the Vice Chancellor U.S. correspondent, Rheinischer Merkur; monthly columnist, CEO Magazine President, TransAtlantic Futures, Inc. global strategic communications firm, Washington D.C. Publisher and editor-in-chief, The Globalist; President of The Globalist Research Center Monthly columnist, Les Echos
1984
1990-1991
1990-1998
since 1990
since 2000
2002-2008

MMag. Dr. Doris WYDRA

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg

Legal Long Term Advisor, TACIS Project - Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States, UEPLAC - Ukrainian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre, Kiev Research Assistant, University of Vienna Research Assistant, Research Project: Ukraine in Europe,University of Vienna Key Legal Expert, TACIS Project - Promotion of Tolerance and Improving Interethnic Relations, Moscow PostDoc, Department for Political Science and Sociology, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg
1998-1999
1999-2001
2001-2002
2002-2004
since 2008

Hrant KOSTANYAN

Associate Research Fellow, EU Foreign Policy Unit, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

Associate Research Fellow, EU Foreign Policy Unit, CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels Researcher; Lecturer, CEUS - Centre for EU Studies, Department of Political Science, Ghent University Co-editor, CEPS "European Neighbourhood Watch", Brussels
since 2010
since 2010
since 2010

Political Symposium

show timetable

24.08.2014

09:00 - 10:30 Not Just an Island Culture
12:00 - 13:30 Opening Plenary
14:00 - 15:30 The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern Partnership Plenary
16:00 - 17:30 The European Union in Search of a New Narrative Plenary
17:30 - 18:00 Curator’s Talk: Art in the Margin of War – War in the Margin of Art Culture
19:00 - 20:30 “Kakanien – New Homelands” Goes Alpbach: And Nobody’s There to Understand the Language You’re Screaming In… Culture

25.08.2014

07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 05: Never Mind the Gap – Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCE Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 06: International Disaster Preparedness and Response to Emergency and Crisis Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 04: The European Union and Its Neighbours Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 02: Social Cohesion in a Wider Europe Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 01: Citizens’ Trust vs Distrust: Scenarios for the Future of Democracy Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 03: The EU and Turkey: Energising Cooperation Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 16: A Young Look at Europe Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 17: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Contemporary Advocacy Breakout
10:00 - 11:00 Lunch Reception Social
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 10: Digital Europe – Between Security and Cooperation Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 07: Europe’s Next Generation in the Elections and Beyond Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 11: Europe’s Periphery at the Crossroads – Consequences for the Common Security and Defence Policy Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 14: Future Energy Needs vs. Non-Proliferation Policies Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and Fatigue Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 09: Beyond European Communication Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 15: The EU and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Balancing Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability? Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 13: Climate and Energy – Key Questions for the Future Breakout
11:00 - 13:30 Breakout Session 08: Brain Drain – Brain Gain: The Economic Potential of Migration in Modern Europe and in the Past Breakout
14:30 - 16:00 From Reconciliation to Integration: What the Young Can Contribute to a Common Future Plenary
16:30 - 18:00 Post-Conflict Countries in Transition: Reforming the Security Sector Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Bringing Ideas to Power: Towards a Democratic Consensus of Tomorrow? Plenary
20:00 - 21:30 Integrated in Austria, Successful in the World – How Austrian Success Stories Are Written Partner

26.08.2014

07:00 - 07:10 Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: Introduction Plenary
07:10 - 08:30 Generational Inequality Plenary
09:00 - 10:15 Inequality in Energy and Climate Plenary
10:15 - 10:30 Closing Remarks Plenary