Has the refugee crisis damaged citizens’ trust in the EU project?

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The surge in refugee arrivals is transforming the European debate, which is why this panel will link the current events to the central question of trust. The discussion is the public opening of this year’s Vienna Policy Conference “Rebuilding Trust in Europe” (29 – 30 October 2015).

Date: 29 October 2015, 16:00 – 17:45 h

Venue: Hotel Meliá, Room Golden Wave 1, DC-Tower, Donau-City-Straße 7, 1220 Vienna

On the panel:

  • Kilian Kleinschmidt, former Senior Field Coordinator, Zaatari refugee camp (Jordan), now advisor to the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Austria)
  • Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna
  • Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General / Directorate-General for Regional Policy, European Commission
  • Wolfgang Petritsch, President of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

Moderator: Petra Pinzler, Journalist and Author

The Vienna Policy Conference 2015 will delve into one of the most important trends driving change in European politics: the dramatic drop in public trust in many political institutions. It will provide a space to discuss new research and analysis of the causes and consequences of the trust gap across the European continent. The gap between citizens and governments is widening due to anxiety stemming from political and economic uncertainty, coupled with perceived and real hurdles to participation in politics.

Citizens across Europe are withdrawing from mainstream politics, as demonstrated for example by the decline in electoral turnout. At the same time non-traditional parties on the far ends of the political spectrum thrive with anti-elitist messages of radical transformation. Policy researchers, activists, leading European thinkers, and political figures will debate what is causing the lack of trust in Europe from complementary standpoints and disciplines and seek new ways to rebuild trust at many levels, and to ensure that public institutions earn public respect in the future.

The attendance to the Vienna Policy Conference is by invitation only. The opening panel is open to the public and in English language.

Due to limited capacity the registration for the opening panel is compulsory until 28 October 2015, 12 a.m.. Please register here.

How to get there?

More information here: www.viennapolicyconference.org

Vienna Policy Conference

The Vienna Policy Conference is an annual convening bringing together civil society, media, academia, policy makers and political thinkers to debate the most pressing issues facing Europe. It takes place in Vienna and is organized by the Open Society Foundations and ERSTE Foundation.