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12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and Fatigue

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
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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

Dr. Erhard BUSEK

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

Studium an der Universität Wien, Juridische Fakultät Parlamentssekretär im Österreichischen Nationalrat Vorsitzender des Österreichischen Bundesjugendringes Generalsekretär des Österreichischen Wirtschaftsbundes Generalsekretär der Österreichischen Volkspartei Stadtrat in Wien Landesparteiobmann der Wiener Volkspartei Landeshauptmann-Stellvertreter und Vizebürgermeister von Wien Bundesminister für Wissenschaft und Forschung Bundesminister für Unterricht und kulturelle Angelegenheiten Vizekanzler der Republik Österreich und Bundesparteiobmann der Österreichischen Volkspartei Regierungsbeauftragter der österreichischen Bundesregierung für EU-Erweiterungsfragen Sonderkoordinator des Stabilitätspaktes für Südosteuropa Vizepräsident des Vienna Economic Forums (VEF) Berater des Außenministers der Tschechischen Regierung in Fragen des westlichen Balkans während der EU-Präsidentschaft 1. Hälfte 2009 Präsident des Europäischen Forums Alpbach Vorsitzender der ERSTE Stiftung Vorsitzender des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM) Koordinator der Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) Präsident des Vienna Economic Forums (VEF) Vorsitzender des Universitätsrates, Medizinische Universität Wien Jean Monnet Chair ad personam Präsident des Herbert-Batliner-Europainstituts
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seit 1995
seit 1996
seit 2005
seit 2008
seit 2008
seit 2009

M.Sc. Andjela POPOVIC

Civil Society Representative, Belgrade

Coca-Cola Hellenic, Belgrade, Serbia AD Imlek, Belgrade, Serbia Chriwa GmbH, Hambuhren, Germany Chriwa GmbH, Hambuhren, Germany SECI Energia, Bologna, Italy European Commission, Brussels, Belgium European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Array Martha SCHULTZ

Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

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

MMag. Christian MANDL

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

Studies of Economic Sciences, University of Vienna Studies of Legal Sciences, University of Vienna International Studies, University of Vienna Postgraduate Studies, Nonprofit-Management, University of Freiburg Federation of Austrian Industry (IV) Department for Trade and International Monetary Policy, Federation of Austrian Industry Assistant to the Secretary General, Federation of Austrian Industry Head, European Information Service (1995-2001 official Euro Info Centre of the European Commission) Managing Director, Association "Euro Info Centre der Industriellenvereinigung" Head of Department "European Integration" Managing Director of the projects "EU-competition law and Austrian Competition Authority" and "Austrian Offset-Opportunities"

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