Monday, 30 May 2022 
I 09:30 h I Festsaal + Online

The role of Central Europe for the future of the EU

Conference

Welcome:
Emil Brix
Director, Vienna School of International Studies 
Andor Nagy
Ambassador of Hungary to Austria

Keynote:
Wolfgang Schüssel
Former Federal Chancellor of Austria

Panellists:
Gordan Akrap
President, Hybrid Warfare Institute, Croatia
Małgorzata Bonikowska
Director, Center for International Relations, Poland
Claudia Crawford
Head, Multilateral Dialogue KAS Vienna, Germany
Werner Fasslabend
President, Austrian Institute for Europe an d Security Policy, Austria
Jan Figel
Former European Commissioner, Slovakia
László György
State Secretary for Economic Strategy and Regulation, Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary
Kai-Olaf Lang
Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Germany
Soňa Muzikářová
Chief Economist, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Slovakia
Gergely Prőhle
Director, Otto von Habsburg Foundation, Hungary
Sebastian Schäffer
Managing Director, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Austria
Ulrich Schlie
Henry-Kissinger-Professor for Security and Strategy, University of Bonn, Germany
Péter Sztáray
State Secretary for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary

This event will also be streamed live on https://www.facebook.com/DiplomatischeAkademieWien/live.

There is no doubt that the European Union can only play a decisive role in our globalized world if it is strong and united. The Russian attack on Ukraine has united all EU member states. However, discomfort and centrifugal forces can be seen among the member states. We think it is important to address these divides. Against this background, the conference on the future of Europe offered an excellent opportunity to bring together the various positions and proposals on how to strengthen the European Union.
Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia are Central European countries with deep cultural connections and common history. Until today, there are strong connections. Most of them share in addition the experience of a totalitarian political system. It is important to know their answers to the challenges and thus to be able to develop common strategies for the EU as a whole. We want to build bridges, we want to help build trust, we want to bring together the different perspectives on the challenges the European Union is facing.
The conference on the role of Central Europe in the future of European Union is to take place on the initiative of the Hungarian Embassy in Vienna and the Multilateral Dialogue KAS in Vienna. In order to prepare, the KAS was holding workshops with representatives from these countries, the end results will be discussed at the conference on the 30th May in Vienna. We are expecting think-tank representatives from the eight Central European countries to attend the event, and we hope for a really exciting professional dialogue.

Partner: AIES / HBOT / KAS