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07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in Europe

Breakout / Future of the EU
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Despite the success of the Notwithstanding the European Union as a peace project, an economic miracle and the author of many successful social and economic programmes, it is an institution which is increasingly questioned, and even rejected. What lessons can we draw from the common market? What direction does the EU propose in the future? Is there an alternative to EU membership for the economy?

Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
Director, WPZ - Economic Policy Center, and Professor for Public Economics, University of St.Gallen
Former Director General, WTO - World Trade Organization; President emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute, Paris
Ambassador, British Embassy Vienna
Head, Representation of the European Commission in Austria, Vienna
Head, European Policy Coordination Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

Array Martha SCHULTZ

Vice President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

Institute of Higher Education for Tourism, Schloss Klessheim, Salzburg Entry into the family business Chief Executive Officer, Hochzillertal GmbH, Kaltenbach Managing Director, Schultz Group, Kaltenbach President, Women in the Economy, Schwaz Committee member, Association of Travel Agencies in Tyrol Vice President, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck Member of the Committee, Tyrol Tourism-Development Fund, Innsbruck Member, Advisory Board for Tyrol Tourism, Innsbruck President, Women in the Economy, Austrian People's Party Business Federation, Vienna President, Women in the Economy, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck Member of Economic Parliament, Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck Member of the Steering Committee for the Division for Tourism and the Leisure Industry, The Tyrol Economic Chamber, Innsbruck Deputy Chairwoman, Association of Hotels in Tyrol Vice President, WKO - Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna Deputy President of EUROCHAMBRES, Brussels President, "Women in Business", Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Vice President of EUROCHAMBRES, Brussels President of the ibw - Institut für Bildungsforschung der Wirtschaft Austria, Research and Development in Vocational Education and Training,Vienna
since 2005
since 2008
since 2010
since 2010
since 2010
since 2015
since 2015
since 2016

Dr. Christian KEUSCHNIGG

Director, WPZ - Economic Policy Center, and Professor for Public Economics, University of St.Gallen

Doktor rer.soc.oec. (Ph.D. in Economics), Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck Venia Docendi, Economic Policy and Public Finance, University of Vienna Professor of Public Economics, University of Saarland; Director of European Institute, Economics, University of Saarland Professor of Public Economics and Director of FGN-HSG, University of St. Gallen Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna
since 2001

Array Pascal LAMY

Former Director General, WTO - World Trade Organization; President emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute, Paris

Advisor, Minister of Economy and Finance, Jacques Delors, Paris Deputy Head of Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy's cabinet, Paris Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Commission Jacques Delors Cabinet, and his "sherpa" at the G-7/G-8, Brussels Recovery of the French Bank Crédit Lyonnais, then Chief Executive Officer, Paris Commissioner for Trade under the presidency of Romano Prodi, European Commission, Brussels Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Geneva Interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025 President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)
since 2015
since 2016

Array Leigh TURNER

Ambassador, British Embassy Vienna

 Leigh Turner grew up in Nigeria, Lesotho and Swaziland before studying at Manchester Grammar School and, in 1976, Downing College, Cambridge.
 He started work at the Department of Transport in 1979 and subsequently worked in the Department of the Environment and HM Treasury before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983. He had postings in Vienna, Moscow and Berlin before being posted as HM Ambassador Kyiv in 2008, HM Consul-General and Director General UK Trade and Investment Turkey, South Caucasus, Central Asia in Istanbul in 2012 and HM Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to other International Organisations in Vienna in 2016. In his spare time, he writes fiction and walks around Austria. He tweets as @leighturnerFCO and is on Instagram as leighturnerFCO.

Array Jörg WOJAHN

Head, Representation of the European Commission in Austria, Vienna

Law Studies, University of Passau LL.D. Studies, Public International Law, University of Kiel Dr. iur./LL.D. Legal Officer, Court of Appeal, Baden Baden Foreign Affairs Reporter, Der Standard, Vienna EU- and NATO Correspondent, Der Standard, Brussels Spokesman, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Brussels Head of Unit ff. 'Spokesman, Communication, Public Relations', European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Brussels Counsellor for Trade Affairs in the GCC, European Union Delegation for Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, Riyadh

MMag. Christian MANDL

Head, European Policy Coordination Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

Studies of Economic Sciences, University of Vienna Studies of Legal Sciences, University of Vienna International Studies, University of Vienna Postgraduate Studies, Nonprofit-Management, University of Freiburg Federation of Austrian Industry (IV) Department for Trade and International Monetary Policy, Federation of Austrian Industry Assistant to the Secretary General, Federation of Austrian Industry Head, European Information Service (1995-2001 official Euro Info Centre of the European Commission) Managing Director, Association "Euro Info Centre der Industriellenvereinigung" Head of Department "European Integration" Managing Director of the projects "EU-competition law and Austrian Competition Authority" and "Austrian Offset-Opportunities"

Political Symposium

show timetable


12:00 - 16:00Professional Programme “Our World’s Future”Partner
13:00 - 16:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
13:00 - 16:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner


07:00 - 10:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
07:00 - 10:00Devil’s diplomacyPartner
08:00 - 10:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
08:00 - 09:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
12:00 - 14:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
15:00 - 16:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
17:00 - 18:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


06:30 - 07:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
10:30 - 12:00Lunch receptionBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe’s next narrativeBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
15:30 - 17:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
17:30 - 19:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


07:00 - 10:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary