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Special lecture: History, mythology and politics

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro, Belgrade
Vorsitzender, IDM - Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Wien Chair


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro, Belgrade

1968 graduated from the Law Faculty in Belgrade
  Tanjug correspondent for more than three years
1969-1980 Journalist with the National News Agency "Tanjug". He was a
 In 1990 Vuk Draskovic neglected book-writing to found the Serbian Renewal Movement party. During the ten years long struggle against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic he lead Democratic opposition parties of Serbia. He strongly opposed the wars, war crimes and ethnic cleanings in the former Yugoslavia. The Milosevic regime murdered several dozen of the leading members of the Serbian Renewal Movement party and Mr. Vuk Draskovic himself was arrested twice (in 1991 and 1993). The second time his wife Danica was also arrested and they were both subjected to the most brutal torture in police custody. His wife Danica and himself were released thanks to the pressure exerted by the most influential international community officials including the USA President Bill Clinton, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, French President Francois Mitterrand and his wife Danielle, Greek Prime Minister Constantin Mitsotakis, British Prime Minister John Major and many other who advocated their release most resolutely.
 In October 1999 and in June 2000 Slobodan Milosevic ordered the secret police to assassinate Mr. Draskovic when four of Mr. Draskovic s closest associates were murdered.
1980 decided to quit journalism and devote his time to literary writing
since 1990 Member of the Parliament of Serbia three times
 He has been in favour of Serbia and Montenegro joining the   Partnership for Peace  and NATO as well as of its participation in the fight against global terrorism.
 He advocated all-round relations with the USA, European Union, Russia, Japan, China, countries of the   third world  and the Balkan neigbouring countries.
since 1990 insisting on the cantonization of Kosovo
since 1996 Mr. Draskovic has committed himself to the fulfillment of all obligations towards the Hague Tribunal and he has reaffirmed that committment.

Dr. Erhard BUSEK

Vorsitzender, IDM - Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Wien

1959-1963 Studium an der Universität Wien, Juridische Fakultät
1964-1968 Parlamentssekretär im Österreichischen Nationalrat
1966-1969 Vorsitzender des Österreichischen Bundesjugendringes
1972-1976 Generalsekretär des Österreichischen Wirtschaftsbundes
1975-1976 Generalsekretär der Österreichischen Volkspartei
1976-1978 Stadtrat in Wien
1976-1989 Landesparteiobmann der Wiener Volkspartei
1978-1987 Landeshauptmann-Stellvertreter und Vizebürgermeister von Wien
1989-1994 Bundesminister für Wissenschaft und Forschung
1994-1995 Bundesminister für Unterricht und kulturelle Angelegenheiten
1991-1995 Vizekanzler der Republik Österreich und Bundesparteiobmann der Österreichischen Volkspartei
2000-2001 Regierungsbeauftragter der österreichischen Bundesregierung für EU-Erweiterungsfragen
2002-2008 Sonderkoordinator des Stabilitätspaktes für Südosteuropa
2004-2005 Vizepräsident des Vienna Economic Forums (VEF)
2008-2009 Berater des Außenministers der Tschechischen Regierung in Fragen des westlichen Balkans während der EU-Präsidentschaft 1. Hälfte 2009
2000-2012 Präsident des Europäischen Forums Alpbach
 Aktuelle Funktionen:
2005-2014 Vorsitzender der ERSTE Stiftung
seit 1995 Vorsitzender des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM)
seit 1996 Koordinator der Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI)
seit 2005 Präsident des Vienna Economic Forums (VEF)
seit 2008 Vorsitzender des Universitätsrates, Medizinische Universität Wien
seit 2008 Jean Monnet Chair ad personam
seit 2009 Präsident des Herbert-Batliner-Europainstituts
seit 2010 Präsident des EU-Russia Centre

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