Cycle of Conferences – Gdańsk 2016
date | 19-20 May 2016 Thursday-Friday
In its wish to contribute to the creation of a peaceful, democratic and multicultural society in Europe, the Evens Foundation wants to collaborate with other institutions for the organization of conferences that have the capacity to create awareness on certain issues the European Union is confronted with and to encourage European citizens to take active part in building the future of Europe. Under the umbrella “European citizenship and values in a changing Europe”, different themes that are linked to current concerns in the European Union will be presented.
The European Reflection Forum aimed to bring together experts, journalists, academics and politicians dealing with issues relating to European integration. The concept of the Forum therefore contributed to the need for European reflection in a wider circle of experts. It is not without significance that the Forum was held in Gdansk, the craddle of European Solidarity movement.
Themes of the Forum included:
/ EUROPE AND THE CULTURE OF HOSPITALITY. MIGRATION AS A TEST OF THE CREDIBILITY OF EUROPEAN VALUES
/ TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE AFTER THE BREAKUP OF THE SOVIET UNION. THE AFTER-EFFECT OF THE DEMOCRATIZATION PROJECT?
/ NATO IN THE 21ST CENTURY. HOW SAFE ARE EUROPEAN DEMOCRACIES?
/ THE NEW NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION?
/ POLAND-GERMANY – A PARTNERSHIP FOR EUROPE. 25 YEARS OF POLISH-GERMAN TREATY ON GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD AND FRIENDLY COOPERATION
Invited experts included, among others:
Li Bennich-Björkman / political scientist, expert on Eastern Partnership, Uppsala
Pierre Buhler / ambassador of the French Republic in Poland, Paris, Warsaw
Krzysztof Czyżewski / co-founder of the “Borderland of Arts, Cultures, Nations” Centre, Sejny
Aslı Erdogan / Turkish writer, activist for human rights, Istanbul, Krakow
Marzenna Guz-Vetter / director of the Representation of the European Commission Representation in Poland
Petr Janyška / director of the Czech Centre in Warsaw, former ambassador of Czech Republic to France, Prague, Warsaw
Seth G. Jones / director of the International Centre for Security and Defense Policy RAND, Chicago, Washington
Aleksander Kaczorowski / writer, author of the biography of Václav Havel
Iris Kempe / senior advisor for culture and education, the Council of Baltic Sea States, Stockholm
David Kipp / expert on migration, the Foundation for Science and Politics, Berlin
Markus Meckel / former minister of foreign affairs of the GDR, a member of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperaton
Rolf Nikel / ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Poland, Berlin, Warsaw
Serhii Plokhii / Ukrainian historian, Harvard University, Kyiv, Boston
Rita Süssmuth / German politician, former president of the Bundestag, Berlin
Donald Tusk / president of the European Council, Brussels, Gdansk
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