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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 Chair

H.E. Vladimir CHIZHOV

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

1976 Embassy in Athens, Greece
1981 5th European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1985 Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus
1992 Counsellor, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1992 Head of UK/Ireland Division, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1993 Deputy Director, 2nd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1995 Deputy Head, Russian delegation to the OSCE, Vienna, Austria
1996 Deputy High Representative for Bosnia Peace Implementation, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1997 Director, 3rd European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1997-2000 Russian Special Representative for Cyprus
1999 Director, European Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2000-2002 Russian Special Representative for the Balkans
2002 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
2005 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.
since 2010 Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Brussels


Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

since 1994 Charman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
2004-2006 Executive Director, International Commission on the Balkans (chair: former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato)
2005-2011 Editor-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Edition of Foreign Policy
2005-2011 Member, Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
since 2010 Permanent Fellow, IWM - Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna


Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riga

 Master in Political Science, University of Latvia, Riga
 Master in National Resource Strategy, U.S. National Defence University, Washington D.C.
1993-1994 Journalist, Latvijas Radio, Riga
  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
1995-2008 Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Riga:
2002-2003 Deputy Head, Latvian Delegation for accession negotiations with NATO
2005-2007 Office Manager, Office for organising the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government
2008-2011 Head of the Chancery, Chancery of the President of Latvia, Riga
since 2011 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Riga


Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard,, Vienna

1989-1993 Studium Publizistik, Politik, Geschichte
1996 Promotion
ab 1990 Der Standard, zuerst Mitarbeit in Linz und Wien
1993-1998 Deutschland-Korrespondentin
1998-1999 Mitglied in der außenpolitischen Redaktion
1999-2005 Deutschland-Korrespondentin
2005 EU-Korrespondentin in Brüssel
2006 Ressortleiterin Wirtschaft
seit 2007 Chefredakteurin, Der Standard
seit 2012 Co-Herausgeberin, Der Standard und
seit 2013 Chefredakteurin,

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11:00 - 12:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
14:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
18:30 - 20:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
20:00 - 22:00ReceptionSocial
22:00 - 23:30Young Talents - Los ColoradosCulture


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do's and Don'ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities - Future Chances?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society's Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant's SkillsBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
17:00 - 18:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
21:00 - 22:30CANCELED - Late Night Talk: Islam, "Islamic State" and ViolencePlenary


09:00 - 09:30InDignityPlenary
09:30 - 10:15Existential RisksPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
12:15 - 12:30Concluding RemarksPlenary