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The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?

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The Ukrainian crisis has shown that a peaceful Europe can only be built on a mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Russia, whether in the areas of energy, commerce, or relations with other regional actors. How can EU-Russia relations be developed into a win-win situation for both parties?

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels
Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riga
Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard,, Vienna

H.E. Vladimir CHIZHOV

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels

Embassy in Athens, Greece 5th European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus Counsellor, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Head of UK/Ireland Division, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Head, Russian delegation to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria Deputy High Representative for Bosnia Peace Implementation, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Director, 3rd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russian Special Representative for Cyprus Director, European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russian Special Representative for the Balkans Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Communities, Brussels
 Conducted analytical research work on European security, OSCE, Russia-EU and Russia-NATO relations, Mediterranean, Balkans, problems of Cyprus and Northern Ireland, UN peace-keeping operations.

Array Ivan KRASTEV

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

Charman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia Executive Director, International Commission on the Balkans (chair: former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato) Editor-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Edition of Foreign Policy Member, Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
since 1994


Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riga

Journalist, Latvijas Radio, Riga Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Riga: Deputy Head, Latvian Delegation for accession negotiations with NATO Office Manager, Office for organising the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government Head of the Chancery, Chancery of the President of Latvia, Riga
 Master in Political Science, University of Latvia, Riga
 Master in National Resource Strategy, U.S. National Defence University, Washington D.C.
  1995-1996 Senior Desk Officer, Policy Department
  1996 Director, Policy Department
  1996-1997 Under Secretary of State for Defence Policy Matters
  1997 Acting Secretary of State
  1997-2008 Secretary of State


Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard,, Vienna

Studium Publizistik, Politik, Geschichte Promotion Der Standard, zuerst Mitarbeit in Linz und Wien Deutschland-Korrespondentin Mitglied in der außenpolitischen Redaktion Deutschland-Korrespondentin EU-Korrespondentin in Brüssel Ressortleiterin Wirtschaft Chefredakteurin, Der Standard Co-Herausgeberin, Der Standard und
ab 1990
seit 2007
seit 2012

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16:00 - 17:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner


09:00 - 10:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
12:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
18:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 21:30Young Talents – Los ColoradosCulture


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


07:00 - 07:30InDignityPlenary
07:30 - 08:15Existential RisksPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
10:15 - 10:30Concluding RemarksPlenary