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15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?

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The 28 Member States of the European Union are characterised by large differences – factors such as size, population, economic data and political influence all vary significantly. Who has influence in the European Union and how much influence do they have? Are the “big states” dominant or is that just a myth? What strategies do medium and small Member States need to be heard? What is the role of member state coalitions like the Visegrád Group? How transparent are these processes for the general public?

Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg
Political Secretary, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague
Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance; Krems
Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna
Co-chair, ESDN - European Sustainable Development Network; Director, EU Coordination - Environment, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna

Carole DIESCHBOURG

Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg

Studies (Master of Arts), Historical Sciences, German Language and Literature, University of Trier Project Coordinator, "Moulins - inventaire, excursion et sentier régional" and "Millebuch", Leader+ Müllerthal Municipal Councillor, Echternach
1997-2005
2005-2006
2011-2013

Petr DRULAK

Political Secretary, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague

Executive Director of the Czech Council on Foreign Relations Teaching assistant at the University of Economics in Prague Research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague Guest teacher at the Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague Director of Studies at the Institute of International Relations Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations Director of the Institute of International Relations Guest professor at the University of Public Administration and International Relations, Prague
1994-1997
1996-2004
1998-2000
1999-2004
2000-2001
2001-2004
since 2004
since 2005

Dr. Ulrike GUEROT

Head of Department, European Policy and the Study of Democracy, Danube University Krems - University for Continuing Education; Director and Founder, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance; Krems

Politische Wissenschaften, Geschichte und Volkswirtschaft, Köln, Bonn und Paris Stipendiatin, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Stipendium, Institut d'Etudes de Sciences Politiques de Paris & Sorbonne Promotionsstudium, Universität Münster, über die Geschichte der Sozialistischen Partei Frankreich Director of Communication, Association for the Monetary Union of Europe, Paris Referentin von Jacques Delors, Notre Europe, Paris Assistant Professor European Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. Referentin für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände, BDA, Berlin Leiterin, Arbeitsstelle Europa, DGAP - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, Berlin Director Foreign Policy & Senior Transatlantic Fellow, GMF - German Marshall Fund Büroleiterin, ECFR - European Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin Senior Fellow, OSIFE - Open Society Initiative for Europe, German Operation, Berlin Gastforscherin, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) Gründerin und Direktorin, European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance, Berlin
1983-1989
1984-1989
1986-1988
1989-1992
1995-1996
1996-1998
1998-1999
1999-2000
2000-2003
2004-2007
2007-2013
2013-2014
2014
seit 2014

DI Andrä RUPPRECHTER

Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna

Assistant to the Director, Austrian Farmers' Union, Vienna Member, Cabinet of Austrian Federal Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Franz Fischler, Wilhelm Molterer, Vienna Member, Negotiation team on expert level for the agriculture chapter of the Austrian accession negotiations to the European Union Head, EU-Coordination Unit, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna; Austrian Spokesman, SCA - Special Committee on Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels President, SCA - Special Committee on Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels Deputy Director General, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna Director General, Department Agriculture and Nutrition, Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna Head, National delegation, Council of Agriculture, Council of the European Union, Brussels Director for Rural Development and Agriculture Finances, General Secretariat, Council of the European Union, Brussels Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
1988-1989
1989-1997
1993-1994
1995-2002
1998
1998-2002
2002-2007
2006
2007-2013
since 2013

Mag. Elisabeth FREYTAG-RIGLER

Co-chair, ESDN - European Sustainable Development Network; Director, EU Coordination - Environment, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna

Sponsion Assistant Export Manager, Josef Riedel GmbH Österreichisches Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft Abteilungsleiterin, Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft Ungarisches Umweltministerium
 Studium der Handelswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
1986
1986-1988
seit 1988
  Während der EU-Beitrittsverhandlungen Attaché an der Ständigen Vertretung in Brüssel
seit 1990
1996-1997

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09:00 - 10:00 Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, Prevention Partner
12:00 - 14:00 Opening Plenary
14:30 - 16:00 Muddling Through or Starting Anew? Plenary
16:30 - 18:00 Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing Instability Plenary
17:30 - 19:00 Focusing on Security Policy Partner
18:00 - 20:00 Reception Social
20:00 - 21:30 Young Talents – Los Colorados Culture

31.08.2015

06:00 - 07:00 Breakfast Club Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing Inequality Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism? Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and Expectations Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities – Future Chances? Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to Cooperation Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European Security Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality? Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of Ukraine Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Changemaking in Europe Breakout
07:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin? Breakout
10:00 - 11:30 Lunch Reception Social
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade Order Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained Prosperity Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate Change Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for Democracy Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant’s Skills Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care? Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European Defence Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between? Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society’s Creativity and How to Achieve Radical Change Breakout
11:30 - 14:00 Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should Play Breakout
15:00 - 16:30 Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in Focus Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners? Plenary
19:00 - 20:30 CANCELED – Late Night Talk: Islam, “Islamic State” and Violence Plenary

01.09.2015

07:00 - 07:30 InDignity Plenary
07:30 - 08:15 Existential Risks Plenary
08:45 - 10:15 Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to Reality Plenary
10:15 - 10:30 Concluding Remarks Plenary