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Turkey between Regional Aspirations and Challenges

Plenary / Foreign Policy
in englischer Sprache

Turkey: a NATO member and EU candidate in a highly volatile region; faced with an influx of 3 million refugees; confronted with dramatic developments at home and in its neighbourhood. What does all this signify for Turkey’s future international role?

Director, Center for EU Studies, TEPAV - The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, Ankara
Senior Fellow, oiip - Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna
Director-General, DG DEVCO - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, Brussels
Professor, Political Science, Istanbul University; Columnist, Hürriyet Daily News
Deputy Director-General, DG HOME - Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission, Brussels
Chair, International Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair


Director, Center for EU Studies, TEPAV - The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, Ankara

1978-1982 B.Sc. in Economics
1982-1984 M.A. in Economic Development, Middle East Technical University
1990-1991 M.Sc. in European Studies, Leicester University
 London School of Economics and Political Science
1987-1990 Ankara Prime Ministry of Turkey Advisor (to the Minister of State in charge of EU Affairs)
1991-1993 Advisor ( to the Deputy Prime Minister on EU Affairs), Prime Ministry of Turkey , Ankara
1993-1996 Advisor (to the Customs Union Coordinator and Chief Advisor of the Prime Minister), Prime Ministry of Turkey, Ankara
1996-1997 Project Director, Economic Development Foundation, Brussels
1997-2000 Head of Department of Customs Union ; The Directorate General for EU Affairs, State Planning Organisation; Ankara
2000-2009 Director of National Program, Secretariat General for the European Union Affairs (EUSG), Ankara

Dr. Cengiz GÜNAY

Senior Fellow, oiip - Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna

1991-1994 Studies, Department of History; Department of Law, University of Graz
1994-1999 Master Studies, Department of History, University of Vienna
1998-1999 Erasmus and Sokrates-Fellow, Department oh History, University of Barcelona
since 1999 Certified interpreter and translator for German and Turkish.
2001-2005 Ph.D., Department of Political Sciences, University of Vienna
2002-2006 Austria Correspondent, CNNTurk
since 2006 Senior Fellow, oiip - Austrian Institute for International Affairs
since 2008 Lecturer, University of Vienna
since 2012 Head, Austrian Network, Anna Lindh Foundation, Vienna


Director-General, DG DEVCO - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, Brussels

1973-1979 Law Degree. University of Bologna. Law Faculty (Bologna, Italy).
1979 Study Certificate on European Organisations. University of Strasbourg. International Faculty of Comparative Law, Strasbourg, France
1979-1980 Post Graduate - Specialised Higher Studies Diploma (DESS) on « International Administration ». University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris, France).
Diploma from the Centre for Studies on the European Communities. University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France
1980-1981 Lawyer. Castagnetti Associates law firm (Bologna, Italy).
1981-1983 « A » Official at the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade, Roma. Directorate Cooperation with developing countries and relations with International Organisation
1983-1987 Administrator. Directorate-General for Agriculture.
1987-1991 Administrator, Directorate-General for Development (ex DG VIII).
1991-1992 Principal Administrator, Member of Cabinet to Vice-President Pandolfi.
1993 Head of Unit Finances in the then DG VIII (later: DEV, DEVCO).
1993-1995 Member of Cabinet then Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner R. VannidArchirafi.
1995-2000 Deputy Head then Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Monti.
2000-2001 Deputy Head of Cabinet to President Romano Prodi.
2001-2004 Head of Cabinet to President Romano Prodi.
2004-2010 Director General of DG Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific States (DEV)
2010- 2014 Director-General of Directorate General Home Affairs (HOME).
2014-2014 Ambassador, Head of Delegation,
 EU Delegation to Turkey
2014-2016 Head of Cabinet Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
since 2016 Director General of Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)

Dr. Nuray MERT

Professor, Political Science, Istanbul University; Columnist, Hürriyet Daily News

1983 BA, Faculty of Administrative Sciences and Economics/Political Science, Bosporus University, Istanbul
BA, Faculty of Arts and Sciences/History, Bosporus University, Istanbul
1985 MA, Institute of Social Sciences/History, Bosporus University, Istanbul
1992 PhD, Institute of Social Sciences/Political Science
 Retired from Istanbul University
 Columnist Cumhuriyet Daily (in Turkish), Hurriyet Daily News (in English)


Deputy Director-General, DG HOME - Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission, Brussels

 Since December 2016, Simon Mordue has become Deputy Director General for Migration in DG HOME, overseeing the Directorates responsible for Migration and Protection, and Migration and Security Funds.
 In September 2014, Simon Mordue became Director "Strategy and Turkey" in DG NEAR, covering issues such as the overall strategy for enlargement policy and the European Neighborhood Policy, policy planning, interinstitutional relations and communication, thematic support, monitoring and evaluation, financial instruments and negotiations with Turkey.
 In the Barroso II Commission, Simon was Head of Cabinet for Stefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy.
 In the Barroso I Commission, Simon was deputy Head of Cabinet to Vice President Verheugen covering a broad range of areas in the VP's team including responsibility for driving forward the better regulation agenda and the relations of the VP with the EP and Council. This latter involved overseeing, for the VP, complex inter-institutional negotiations on issues such as REACH, the single market for goods package, the defence package etc.
 He had also been part of Commissioner Verheugen's team for the last part of the Prodi Commission where he oversaw preparations for the new financial perspectives and also dealt with relations with the EP.
 At other times in his career in the Commission, he has been head of Unit for the maritime sector in DG Transport and Energy (TREN); Head of the Financial Instruments Unit in Dg Enlargement and served also as Head of the Operational Sections of the EC's delegations in Romania and Turkey.


Chair, International Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1977 Law Studies in Vienna (Dr. iur.)
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 Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1996-1999 Deputy Political Director, 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 Federal Chancellor of Austria in the Commission on the Reform of the Austrian Armed Forces, 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 (President of the Security Council in November 2009)
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
since 2015 Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels
 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin

Political Symposium

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13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary