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New perspectives on EU enlargement

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Global power
German and English language

The current EU strategy for the Western Balkans includes a clear course of action for Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo. What are the potential future prospects for EU rapprochement in the Western Balkans? Politicians and young political experts will exchange their views on this and other questions of EU enlargement.

Analyst, ESI - European Stability Initiative, Sarajevo
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Brussels
President, Slovenia, Ljubljana
Research Associate, London School of Economics and Political Science, London; PhD Candidate, University of Sussex
President, Kosovo, Prishtina
Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna
President, Serbia, Belgrade
Managing Editor, POLITICO, Brussels

Mag. MA Adnan CERIMAGIC

Analyst, ESI - European Stability Initiative, Sarajevo

 Adnan Ćerimagić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) works as an Analyst for think tank European Stability Initiative (ESI) since January 2015. Before joining ESI in August 2013 as a Fellow, Adnan worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo and Brussels. He also did a traineeship in the Secretariat of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. Adnan worked at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) in Graz. He studied law at the University of Graz and EU international relations and diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges. At ESI, he is researching EU enlargement policy, the Western Balkans’ EU integration process and Turkey.

Dr. Johannes HAHN

European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Brussels

Obmann der Jungen ÖVP Managementfunktionen in verschiedenen Bereichen der österreichischen Wirtschaft und Industrie Landesgeschäftsführer der ÖVP Wien Gemeinderat und Landtagsabgeordneter sowie Gesundheitssprecher der ÖVP Wien Mitglied des Vorstandes, zuletzt Vorstandsvorsitzender (CEO) der Novomatic AG Mitglied der Wiener Landesregierung Wahl zum Landesparteiobmann der ÖVP Wien Bundesminister für Wissenschaft und Forschung der Republik Österreich
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Array Borut PAHOR

President, Slovenia, Ljubljana

Delegate, Assembly of Slovenia Deputy, National Assembly of Slovenia President, National Assembly of Slovenia Member of the European Parliament Prime Minister of Slovenia
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Array Tena PRELEC

Research Associate, London School of Economics and Political Science, London; PhD Candidate, University of Sussex

 Tena is a Research Associate at LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science and an ESRC doctoral candidate at the University of Sussex. Her foremost field of expertise concerns the politics and political economy of South East European countries, with works looking at the impact of foreign investments, links between economic transition and inequality, and the changing political views of the Serbian diaspora. She has authored the 2018 Croatia chapter for Freedom House’s 'Nations in Transit' report and has acted as an expert and consultant for a number of other international organisations and institutions, including the International Organisation for Migration and the Scottish Parliament. Her analysis has appeared on Al Jazeera, The New York Times, Balkan Insight, the Huffington Post, and the Irish Times, among others.

Array Hashim THACI

President, Kosovo, Prishtina

 Hashim Thaçi is the fourth President of Kosovo and was the first prime minister of the independent Kosovo. He was born on April 24th, 1968 in Skenderaj, Kosovo. President Thaçi completed his undergraduate studies in history at the University of Prishtina where he was also leader of the Kosovar students‘ movement from 1990-1993. Later on he pursued graduate studies in political science at the University of Zurich. Hashim Thaçi was one of the main founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army and served as its political chief. He led the Kosovar Delegation at the Rambouillet Peace Conference on Kosovo in February 1999. Following the the war and the NATO intervention in June 1999, Thaçi became Leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). He played an active role in the Unity Team during the Kosovo status negotiations led by Nobel Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari. Thaçi's party, PDK, went on to win the parliamentary elections of November 17th 2007. He would go on to declare the independence of Kosovo based on the proposal of the UN Special Envoy, just 3 months later. Thaçi served two terms as the Prime-Minister of Kosovo.

Dr. Alexander VAN DER BELLEN

Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna

Studies of Economics, University of Innsbruck Diploma, Economics, University of Innsbruck PhD, Economics, University of Innsbruck Scientific Assistant, Department of Public Finance, University of Innsbruck Research Fellow, WZB - Berlin Social Science Center Habilitation, University of Innsbruck Non-Tenured Professor, University of Innsbruck Federal Administration Acadamy, Vienna Tenured Professor of Economics, University of Vienna Dean, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, University of Vienna Deputy, National Council, Vienna Federal Spokesman, The Austrian Greens, Vienna Chairman, National Council, Vienna Deputy of State Parliament, Member of Municipal Council, Vienna
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Array Aleksandar VUCIC

President, Serbia, Belgrade

 Aleksandar Vučić was born on March 5, 1970, in Belgrade. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, in 1994. He joined the Serbian Radical Party in 1993. The same year he was elected an MP into the National Assembly. In 1998 he was appointed for the Minister of Information, by the Government of National Unity. Together with Tomislav Nikolić, in October 2008 he founded the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). After general parliamentary elections in May 2012, he was appointed for the Minister of Defense and the First Deputy Prime Minister. In September 2012 he was elected for the President of the SNS. After the electoral victory in March 2014, he was appointed for the Prime Minister. He started new term as the Prime Minister after the elections in April 2016. He won the Presidential elections on 2 April 2017 and began his five years term on 1 June 2017. He is fluent in English and Russian, with basic knowledge of French and he is studying German. He is married and has three children.

Array Florian EDER

Managing Editor, POLITICO, Brussels

 Florian Eder is POLITICO's Managing Editor, Expansion, overseeing the newsroom's policy coverage. Prior to joining POLITICO, Florian was EU correspondent for Die Welt, covering EU politics and policies from Brussels where he arrived at the peak of the euro crisis in 2011. Florian spent three years in Die Welt's Berlin newsroom as an editor and previously worked as Italy correspondent for the Financial Times Deutschland.

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

11:30 - 14:30 My Europe – My Story Partner
15:00 - 16:30 Opening Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 New perspectives on EU enlargement Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Drink reception Social

26.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in education Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offer Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in Europe Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulation Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EU Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysis Breakout
13:00 - 14:15 Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides? Plenary
15:00 - 16:15 Democracies under pressure Plenary
16:30 - 18:30 Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regions Partner
16:30 - 18:30 Green Finance: Private capital against climate change Partner
16:45 - 18:15 The subsidiarity principle under scrutiny Plenary
18:00 - 20:00 European-Israeli Dinner Social
18:15 - 19:00 POLITICO Happy Hour Social

27.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politics Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transition Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable development Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnerships Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvement Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration? Breakout
11:00 - 12:45 From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisis Partner
12:30 - 13:45 Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and Asia Plenary
14:15 - 15:45 European Union – Russia: What to do? Plenary
16:15 - 17:15 The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council Presidency Plenary

28.08.2018

07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in business Partner
07:30 - 08:30 The rule of law under scrutiny Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate change Plenary