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Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Future of the EU
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What does it mean to talk about a ‘sovereign Europe’? Should the European Union have the right to extend its resources and act according to the principle of statehood, namely ‘to tax and spend’? What about policy areas such as commerce and security? And, finally, who would be on board – a core Europe under Franco-German leadership or the entire EU27?

Executive Director, European Alternatives e.V., Berlin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
President, EUI - European University Institute, Florence
Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, European Commission, Brussels
International Presenter and Journalist, Berlin Chair

Daphne BÜLLESBACH

Executive Director, European Alternatives e.V., Berlin

2002-2006 Bachelor, European Studies, King's College London
2004 Federal Ministry of Justice, Berlin
2004-2005 Institut d'Etudes Politique de Paris (Sciences-Po), Paris
2004-2005 Amnesty International France, Paris
2006-2007 Master, Modern Society and Global Transformations, University of Cambridge
2007-2008 FLACSO Argentina - Latin-American Institute for Social Sciences, Buenos Aires
2008-2009 Junior Project Manager, GIZ - German International Cooperation Agency International Services, Brussels
2009-2010 Mercator Fellowship in International Affairs
2009 European Department / EU Justice and Home Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
2010 Office with Regional Function for East and Central Africa, International Organisation for Migration, Nairobi
2010 UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Rabat
2010-2013 Coordinator, European Alternatives Berlin
2011-2013 Evaluation Officer, Camino gGmbh - Werkstatt für Ideen, Berlin
since 2014 Director, European Alternatives (Citizenship and Democracy Director until 2015, from March 2015 on Director of Programmes)
since 2017 Executive Director, European Alternatives

Aart Jan DE GEUS

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

1980-1993 CNV - Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands), Utrecht
1993-1998 Vice Chairman, CNV - Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands), Utrecht
1998-2002 Partner, Boer & Croon, Amsterdam
2002-2007 Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands, cabinet Balkenende
2007-2011 Deputy Secretary-General, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris
2011-2012 Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
since 2012 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

Renaud DEHOUSSE

President, EUI - European University Institute, Florence

 Professor Renaud Dehousse has been President of the European University Institute since 1 September 2016. Prior to this, Professor Dehousse was a Professor and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law and Political Science at Sciences Po, where he also directed the Centre for European Studies. After studying law at the University of Liège (Belgium), he obtained a doctorate at the European University Institute.
 
 Before joining Sciences Po in 1999, he taught at the European University Institute, where he led the Academy of European Law, and he also taught at the University of Pisa. He was a visiting professor at the universities of Florence (Cesare Alfieri), Lausanne and at the Law School of the University of Michigan.

Günther H. OETTINGER

Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, European Commission, Brussels

1978 Studies, Law and Economics, Tübingen; First State Law Examination
1979-1993 District Councillor, Ludwigsburg
1980-1994 Town Councillor, Ditzingen
1982 Scientific Assistant, Tübingen University; Second State Law Examination
1982-1984 Employee at a firm of auditors and tax consultancy
1982-1994 Leader of CDU members, Ditzingen Municipal Council
1983-1989 Federal State Chairman, 'Junge Union Baden-Württemberg'
1984-1988 Lawyer employed by a firm of auditors and tax consultancy
1984-2010 Member, regional Parliament (Landtag), Baden-Württemberg
1988-2005 Lawyer and Chief Executive Officer of a firm of auditors and tax consultancy
1991-2005 Chairman, CDU Baden-Württemberg parliamentary group, regional Parliament (Landtag)
1999-2006 Chairman, Federal Committee on Media Policy, CDU
2001-2005 District Chairman, CDU Northern Württemberg
2005-2009 Chairman, CDU Baden-Württemberg
2005-2010 Prime Minister, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
since 2005 Member, Governing Board and Federal Executive Committee, CDU Deutschland
2006-2010 Chairman, Media Policy Experts' Group, CDU Germany
2007-2009 Member and President, Four Motors of Europe
2007-2009 Co-Chairman, Commission on the Modernisation of Financial Relations between the Federal Government and the German States (Federalism Reform II)
2010-2014 Commissioner for Energy, European Commission, Brussels
2014 Vice-President, European Commission, Brussels
2014-2016 Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission, Brussels
since 2017 Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, European Commission, Brussels

Ali ASLAN

International Presenter and Journalist, Berlin

 Ali Aslan is a Berlin-based international TV presenter and journalist with over 20 years experience as a talk show host, news anchor, correspondent and moderator. His journalistic career spans three continents and includes work for CNN in Washington DC, ABC News in New York, Channel News Asia in Istanbul and Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. An experienced TV anchor, Aslan hosted the international talk show 'Quadriga' on DW which reached 200 countries and 90 million viewers each week. Aslan regularly moderates and emcees high-level international conferences and events around the world and has shared the stage with top world leaders and personalities, among others, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Bill Clinton, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sergey Lavrov, Christine Lagarde, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Vicente Fox, Madeleine Albright, King Felipe VI of Spain, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, will.i.am, Jane Goodall and Melinda Gates. Aslan studied International Affairs and Journalism at Columbia University and International Politics at Georgetown University. He is a Fellow of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and a member of the Körber Network Foreign Policy and the Global Diplomacy Lab. Aslan has been named a Young Leader by the BMW Foundation, the American Council on Germany, the Munich Security Conference, the German Marshall Fund, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Atlantik-Brücke.

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

11:30 - 14:30My Europe – My StoryPartner
15:00 - 16:30OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 18:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

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

27.08.2018

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

28.08.2018

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