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The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern Partnership

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Democracy & Governance
english language

Recent turmoil in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood, and especially in Ukraine, has put the Union and its current Neighbourhood Policy to a considerable test. What key challenges have to be tackled in order to ensure a peaceful and mutually beneficial partnership between the EU and its neighbours?

Head, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission, Brussels
Head, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv; Editor, Political Critique, Kyiv
Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic, Bratislava
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi
Writer and Freelance Artist, Kyiv
Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna
Journalist and Presenter, Ö1 Journals and ORF Weltjournal, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

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
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1989-1991
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2005-2014

Dr. Miroslav LAJCAK

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic, Bratislava

Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, Prague Embassy of Czechoslovakia, Moscow Director, Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Slovakia; Director, Cabinet of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to Japan Director, Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro), Republic of Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Personal Representative of EU High Representative for CFSP to facilitate the Montenegrin dialogue Director General for Political Affairs - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bratislava High Representative / EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Gallery Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Managing Director, Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
1988-1991
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2012-2016

Maia PANJIKIDZE

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi

Professor and Lecturer of Philology First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Federal Republic of Germany Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Full Professor of Philology, Guram Tavartkiladze University Spokesperson and Head of Central Office, Georgian Dream coalition
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1994
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2012

Oksana ZABUZHKO

Writer and Freelance Artist, Kyiv

 Oksana Zabuzhko is one of the most renowned contemporary Ukrainian poets, writers and essayists, known both for her literary works and social activism. She studied philosophy at the Kiev University, where she also obtained her doctorate. During the 1990s she taught at Penn State University, Harvard and University of Pittsburgh as a visiting writer. She has published four volumes of poetry and three novels, including the Ukrainian national bestseller Field Research in Ukrainian Sex, as well as numerous literary and scholarly essays. Her works are available in a dozen of languages, including English translations of her internationally acclaimed collection of poems and essays A Kingdom of Fallen Statues. Her essays and numerous translations of her poetry are also being published in various international literary journals.

Array Lamberto ZANNIER

Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna

Head of Disarmament, Arms Control and Cooperative Security, NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization Chairperson of the Negotiations on the Adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Permanent Representative of Italy to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague Director, Conflict Prevention Centre, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe UN Special Representative for Kosovo and Head, UNMIK - United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
1991-1997
1997-2000
2000-2002
2002-2006
2008-2011

Mag. Cornelia VOSPERNIK

Journalist and Presenter, Ö1 Journals and ORF Weltjournal, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

Erstes Praktikum beim ORF, Slowenische Abteilung, Landesstudio Kärnten; danach Aktueller Dienst Kärnten United World College of the Adriatic, Abschluss: International Baccalaureate Studium Dolmetsch für Slowenisch und Italienisch, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Abschluss Mag. phil Wechsel in die Zeit im Bild 1 Redaktion mit Schwerpunkten Innenpolitik und Außenpolitik Leiterin Korrespondentenbüro London, danach Außenpolitik ZiB und Moderatorin diverser Sendungen (ZiB1, Weltjournal) Leiterin des ORF-Büros in Peking Leiterin der Nachrichten ORFeins Leiterin des neu gegründeten Büros Nordosteuropa Moderatorin Ö1 Journale
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seit 2013

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