Europe’s Futures Conference

Generation Next

Upcoming > 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


    Opening Remarks
    Mircea Geoana, (RO) Aspen Institute Romania
    Jirí Schneider, (CZ) Aspen Institute Central Europe
    Ivan Vejvoda, (RS) Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna

    Keynote Speech
    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

    Conference Rapporteurs:
    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.