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12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and Fatigue

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
in englischer Sprache

The EU’s enlargements have shaped our continent and ended decades of division. Today, all the states of the Western Balkans have a clear European perspective: Croatia has already joined the EU; Serbia has recently started accession negotiations. Austria actively supports this process. At the same time, “enlargement fatigue” has come up. We will analyse the achievements of the EU enlargement strategy and look at the challenges and possible limits of future EU enlargements. We will discuss the topics from several perspectives (political, economic and civil society) and differentiate between the points of view of (new) members and candidate countries.

Vorsitzender, IDM - Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Wien
Civil Society Representative, Belgrade
Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
Head, European Policy Coordination Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna Chair

Dr. Erhard BUSEK

Vorsitzender, IDM - Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Wien

1959-1963 Studium an der Universität Wien, Juridische Fakultät
1964-1968 Parlamentssekretär im Österreichischen Nationalrat
1966-1969 Vorsitzender des Österreichischen Bundesjugendringes
1972-1976 Generalsekretär des Österreichischen Wirtschaftsbundes
1975-1976 Generalsekretär der Österreichischen Volkspartei
1976-1978 Stadtrat in Wien
1976-1989 Landesparteiobmann der Wiener Volkspartei
1978-1987 Landeshauptmann-Stellvertreter und Vizebürgermeister von Wien
1989-1994 Bundesminister für Wissenschaft und Forschung
1994-1995 Bundesminister für Unterricht und kulturelle Angelegenheiten
1991-1995 Vizekanzler der Republik Österreich und Bundesparteiobmann der Österreichischen Volkspartei
2000-2001 Regierungsbeauftragter der österreichischen Bundesregierung für EU-Erweiterungsfragen
2002-2008 Sonderkoordinator des Stabilitätspaktes für Südosteuropa
2004-2005 Vizepräsident des Vienna Economic Forums (VEF)
2008-2009 Berater des Außenministers der Tschechischen Regierung in Fragen des westlichen Balkans während der EU-Präsidentschaft 1. Hälfte 2009
2000-2012 Präsident des Europäischen Forums Alpbach
2005-2014 Vorsitzender der ERSTE Stiftung
 Aktuelle Funktionen:
seit 1995 Vorsitzender des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM)
seit 1996 Koordinator der Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI)
seit 2005 Präsident des Vienna Economic Forums (VEF)
seit 2008 Vorsitzender des Universitätsrates, Medizinische Universität Wien
Jean Monnet Chair ad personam
seit 2009 Präsident des Herbert-Batliner-Europainstituts
seit 2010 Präsident des EU-Russia Centre

M.Sc. Andjela POPOVIC

Civil Society Representative, Belgrade

2010 Coca-Cola Hellenic, Belgrade, Serbia
AD Imlek, Belgrade, Serbia
Chriwa GmbH, Hambuhren, Germany
2011 Chriwa GmbH, Hambuhren, Germany
2012 SECI Energia, Bologna, Italy
2013 European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
2013-2014 EU Integration office, Government of Republic of Serbia, Belgrade


Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

1978-1983 Institute of Higher Education for Tourism, Schloss Klessheim, Salzburg
1984 Entry into the family business
1987 Chief Executive Officer, Hochzillertal GmbH, Kaltenbach
Managing Director, Schultz Group, Kaltenbach
2004-2010 President, Women in the Economy, Schwaz
since 2005 Committee member, Association of Travel Agencies in Tyrol
2008-2010 Vice President, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck
2008-2011 Member of the Committee, Tyrol Tourism-Development Fund, Innsbruck
Member, Advisory Board for Tyrol Tourism, Innsbruck
2008-2013 President, Women in the Economy, Austrian People's Party Business Federation, Vienna
President, Women in the Economy, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck
since 2008 Member of Economic Parliament, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck
since 2010 Member of the Steering Committee for the Division for Tourism and the Leisure Industry, The Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck
Deputy Chairwoman, Association of Hotels in Tyrol
Vice President, WKO - Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
2012-2015 Deputy President of EUROCHAMBRES, Brussels
since 2015 President, "Women in Business", Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Vice President of EUROCHAMBRES, Brussels
since 2016 President of the ibw - Institut für Bildungsforschung der Wirtschaft Austria, Research and Development in Vocational Education and Training,Vienna
Vice President of Wirtschaftsbund and Vice President "Women in Business", Wirtschaftsbund, Central Office, Vienna

MMag. Christian MANDL

Head, European Policy Coordination Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

1982-1987 Studies of Economic Sciences, University of Vienna
1983-1988 Studies of Legal Sciences, University of Vienna
1988-1990 International Studies, University of Vienna
1993-1994 Postgraduate Studies, Nonprofit-Management, University of Freiburg
1988-2001 Federation of Austrian Industry (IV)
1988-1992 Department for Trade and International Monetary Policy, Federation of Austrian Industry
1992-1993 Assistant to the Secretary General, Federation of Austrian Industry
1993-2001 Head, European Information Service (1995-2001 official Euro Info Centre of the European Commission)
1996-2001 Managing Director, Association "Euro Info Centre der Industriellenvereinigung"
1996-2000 Head of Department "European Integration"
2000-2001 Managing Director of the projects "EU-competition law and Austrian Competition Authority" and "Austrian Offset-Opportunities"
since 2001 Head of European Policy Coordination Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber WKÖ, Vienna

Political Symposium

show timetable


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


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


07:00 - 07:10Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: IntroductionPlenary
07:10 - 08:30Generational InequalityPlenary
09:00 - 10:15Inequality in Energy and ClimatePlenary
10:15 - 10:30Closing RemarksPlenary