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Globalisation – Europe’s strategic answer

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Member of Parliament, Vienna Abstract Key Note
Globalisation is a universal societal and not only economic phenomenon. Globalisation is irreversible. However, Europe should not feel victimised by forces beyond our control. Europe has had and will have an important role to play as facilitator, negotiator and demonstrator. The upcoming climate change negotiations to achieve a comprehensive global agreement in Copenhagen are an excellent example. Tackling with societal challenges, three action fields are proposed: the creative potential of the civil society should be leveraged, companies should be encouraged to speed up adaption to user needs, and third, politics should be harmonized on an international level.
Director, CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich Key Note
Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Deputy Secretary-General, OECD, Paris Abstract
The crisis has destroyed the fundamentals of the so-called  Bretton Woods II model (BWII) on which global growth has been based for the past decade or so. In the BWII world, excess savings in emerging economies, including oil producing ones, were reinvested in the centre of the system, for the U.S. economy was considered the  safe haven par excellence. Growth will resume after the global recession but it will most likely be a structurally lower growth. driven by several engines rather than by a single one, and each of these engines will be less powerful than the one that has collapsed, as well as partly disconnected from the others.

Europe during the BWII years has been a slow-growth economy, and could grow even more slowly in the future. The massive use of fiscal measures to deal with first the last year s financial emergency and now with the recession is loosening fiscal disciplines and will make the sustainability of long-term debt more difficult still, as is also the case in the U.S. More flexibility in the application of the EU s Stability and Growth Pact is welcome and needed, but there is a risk that the credibility it has earned over the past decade could quickly vanish. On the other hand, a long-term European growth strategy based on a revamped and  green Single Market as well as the Lisbon Agenda for competitiveness has yet to be implemented to any large extent.

What international institutions will we need to support a post-BWII world? The post-BWII world should be based on more open economies and on stronger long-term capital flows. For this to happen we need a  global investment regime based on shared regulation and standards related to investment activity so as to complement the FSB s sound  financial regime and the IMF s stable  macroeconomic regime . Investment will go where there is a transparent relationship with governments and where the cost of doing business is low, where sound corporate governance prevails, where there is no corruption, where reliable and possibly cheap skills are available, where a level playing field does not discriminate against foreign companies, where competition policy lowers barriers to entry and supports innovation and where a free flow of goods and services complements investment flows.

Europe should take a leadership role in all three areas of global governance: macroeconomic, financial regulation, and investment rules, also by adopting a single voice in relevant international institutions.
Vice Chairman, SERI Germany, Köln; Professeur invité, Universite Versailles St.-Quentin
Freie Wirtschaftsjournalistin; Mitarbeiterin, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, München Chair


Member of Parliament, Vienna

1985 Graduation, branch of study: agriculture, plant production, Studies at Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Live Sciences
1991-2005 Delegate to the Provincial Parliament of Burgenland
since 1991 Deputy Head of the Provincial parliamentary group of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) Burgenland
1998-2000 General Manager of the Provincial ÖVP group
2002-2005 Head of the parliamentary fraction of the ÖVP's Provincial parliamentary group
2005-2008 Member of the Provincial Government of Burgenland
since 2005 Member of the Chief Executive Department of the Austrian Farmers' Federation - Federal Secretary
since 2006 Head of the Farmers' Federation of the Province of Burgenland
2008-2013 Agriculture and Environment Minister of the Republic of Austria
since 2013 Member of Parliament

Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner WEIDENFELD

Director, CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research, University of Munich

1966-1971 Studies of political sciences, history and philosophy, University of Bonn
1971 Graduation ad Ph.D.
1975 Habilitation, Political Sciences
1975-1995 Professor of Political Sciences, Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz
1986-1988 Professeur associé, Sorbonne, Paris
1987-1999 Coordinator, German-American Cooperation in the German government
since 1995 Director, Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), University of Munich
since 1995 Professor for Political Systems and European Integration, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut, University of Munich
since 2000 permanent Guest-Professor, Remnin University of Peking
since 2012 Rector of Alma Mater Europaea, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg


Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

1977 Diploma, Law Studies in Vienna
1977-1978 Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
1978 Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague
1979 Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service
1982-1986 Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels
1986-1990 Austrian Embassy, Moscow
1991-1993 Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna
1993-1995 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna
1995-1999 Deputy Political Director and Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels
2002-2004 Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans
2003-2004 Representative of the Chancellor in the Reform Commission of the Federal Army, Vienna
2003-2008 Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
2008-2011 Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York
2009-2010 Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York
2011 Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York
2011-2015 Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin
 Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna
since 2015 Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels

Dr. Pier Carlo PADOAN

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD, Paris

  Professor of Economics at the Universtiy La Sapienza of Rome
  Director of the Fondazione Italianieuropei
1998-2001 Economic Adviser to the Italian Prime Ministers
2001-2005 Italian Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund with risponsibility for Greece, Portugal, San Marino, Albania and Timor Leste
 Mr. Padoan has a degree in Economics from the University of Rome and has held various academic positions in Italian and foreign universities, including at the University of Rome, College of Europe (Bruges and Warsaw), Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Urbino, Universidad de la Plata, and University of Tokyo. He has published widely in international academic journals and is the author and editor of several books.
2007 Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD

Dipl. Biol. Dr. rer. pol. Joachim H. SPANGENBERG

Vice Chairman, SERI Germany, Köln; Professeur invité, Universite Versailles St.-Quentin

since 2003 Université Versailles St.-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Guyancourt, France
1992-1999 Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy, Wuppertal, Germany
2002-2006 Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI, Vienna, Austria
2006-2009 Helmholtz Centre for Env. Research UFZ, Halle, Germany
since 2009 Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI Germany e.V., Cologne, Germany

Dipl. Vw. Carola KAPS

Freie Wirtschaftsjournalistin; Mitarbeiterin, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, München

 Studium der Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
 Assistentin am Finanzwissenschaftlichen Institut, Frankfurt
 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin beim Wirtschaftsrat der CDU für ein Jahr, Bonn
1970 Übersiedlung nach Washington D.C.
1971-1980 Freie Mitarbeit bei der FAZ, der Zeit, der NZZ
1980-1984 US-Wirtschaftskorrespondentin der FAZ
1984-1988 Wirtschaftsberichterstattung aus Westafrika, Dakar, Senegal
1988-2000 Korrespondentenplatz, Washington D.C.
2000-2004 Wirtschaftskorrespondentin für CEE und SEE, Budapest
2004-2007 Korrespondentin in Brüssel mit Schwerpunkt CEE und SEE
seit 2007 Freie Mitarbeiterin der FAZ, München

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