Europe’s Futures Conference
The Generation Next – Europe’s Futures conference is organized by Aspen Institute Romania (AIR), Aspen Institute Central Europe (AICE) and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), with the support of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation. The conference will serve as the first in a series of Future of Europe Task Force meetings, planned to be held in Austria and Romania during their respective EU Presidency terms.
The conference will consist of two blocks. The first one (The Future of Europe: Is There a Common Way Forward?) will focus on the challenges that the EU is facing both politically and economically, seeking to provide concrete policy recommendations for improving EU governance, and the second one (Digital Europe: Is Digitalization Bringing More Unity or Disparity to the EU?) on digitalization and its risks, looking for solutions to avoid the digital divide threatening the EU both externally and internally, and for recommendations to boost competitiveness and connectivity across the EU, with a special focus on Central and South East Europe; and a roundtable discussion with members of the Aspen and IWM communities in South East and Central Europe.
08:30-09:45 | Opening & Keynote Speeches
Mircea Geoana, (RO) Aspen Institute Romania
Jirí Schneider, (CZ) Aspen Institute Central Europe
Ivan Vejvoda, (RS) Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
Victor Negrescu, (RO) Minister Delegate for European Affairs
Alexandr Micovcin, (SK) Director General of European Affairs on behalf of the Slovak Presidency in the Visegrád Group
Andrä Rupprechter (TBC), (AT) Principal Advisor on Austria´s Presidency of the
Council of the EU, Federal Chancellery of Austria, General Secretariat of the Council of the EU
09:45-11:15 | The Future of Europe: Is There a Common Way Forward?
The panel starts with brief presentation of The CEE Prosperity Report 2018 by James
Sproule, Senior Fellow, Legatum Institute
Tim Judah, (UK) Journalist/ERSTE Foundation IWM Fellow
Rosa Balfour, (UK) GMF US/ERSTE Foundation IWM Fellow
Stefan Lehne, (AT) Carnegie Europe/ERSTE Foundation IWM Fellow
Maria Skora, (PL) Progressives Zentrum Berlin/AICE Alumna
Louisa Slavkova, (BG) Sofia Platform/Aspen Institute Romania Fellow
Concluding remarks by Andreas Treichl, CEO Erste Group
11:45-13:00 | Digital Europe: Is Digitalization Bringing More Unity or Disparity to the EU?
Thomas Seifert, (AT) Editor-in-Chief Wiener Zeitung
Péter Árvai (TBC), (HU) Prezi
Pavel Kysilka, (CZ) 6D Academy
Roland Sommer (TBC), (AT) Platform Industry 4.0
Diana Rusu, Spherik Accelerator & AIR fellow
14:00-15:30 | Roundtable Discussion
Roundtable Discussion with members of the Aspen and IWM communities in South-East and Central Europe
Gerald Knaus, (AT) European Stability Initiative/ERSTE Foundation IWM Fellow
Clara Volintiru, (RO) Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies/AIR Alumna
Piotr Buras, European Council on Foreign Relations/ERSTE Foundation IWM Fellow
Jan Jakub Chromiec, (PL), Bátory Foundation/AICE Alumni
Luke Cooper, (UK) Angelia Ruskin University/ERSTE Foundation IWM Fellow
Vít Dostál, (CZ), Association for International Affairs
Yasen Georgiev, (BG), Economic Policy Institute Sofia
Igor Janke, (PL), Institut Wolnosci
Viktor Mihaylov (TBC), (BG) Administration of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria
Madalina Mocan, (RO) Babes-Bolyai University/AIR Fellow
Ionut Stanimir, (RO) Banca Comerciala Româna, Erste Group
Zsuzsanna Szelényi, (HU) Politician and former MP/ERSTE Foundation IWM Fellow
Roxana Voicu Dorobantu, (RO) Academy of Economic Studies
For detailed information, programme and registration click here.
To attend the conference, please register by 21 September 2018.
The conference will be held in English.