“Doing less more efficiently!” – Focusing on the essentials as a guiding principle for the future of Europe

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Program in preparation

 

Friday, June 15th

 

10.00 a.m. Arrival at the Abbey of Göttweig
10.30 a.m. Plenary Session

Welcoming speeches
Rt.Rev. Columban Luser, Abbott of Göttweig

Martin Eichtinger, President of the European Forum Wachau,
Minister of Housing, Labour and International Relations, St. Pölten

Gernot Blümel, Federal Minister within the Federal Chancellery
of Austria for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media, Vienna
Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and
Foreign Affairs of Austria, Vienna
Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Governor of Lower-Austria, St. Pölten

Panel discussion
“A Europe that protects: Stability in the neighbourhood, especially

the Western Balkans and South-Eastern Europe”

In the second half of 2018, Austria has the honour of taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Given the numerous challenges the EU is currently facing, Austria is striving for “a Europe that protects”.
The EU can only provide peace, stability and prosperity to its own citizens when the neighbouring regions are politically and economically stable as well. Therefore, Austria will work on improving the relations between the EU and its neighbours, especially the countries of the Western Balkans and South-Eastern Europe. This panel intends to discuss the future relations of the EU and its neighbours and how their common ties could be further strengthened.

02.00 p.m. Working Groups

Working group 1

“European workshop – citizens shaping Europe”

Working group 2

“A better Europe with a smaller EU budget – how can this work?”

Working group 3

“Austrian EU Presidency 2018: Chairing Europe at the crossroads”

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04.30 p.m. End

Saturday, June 16th

 

10.00 a.m. Arrival at the Abbey of Göttweig
10.30 a.m. Plenary Session, Altmann Hall

Welcoming speeches
Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Governor of Lower-Austria, St. Pölten
Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria, Vienna

Panel discussion
“A Europe that protects: Security concerns and the fight against illegal migration”

The biggest migration crisis in Europe since World War II has shown that we need an EU which is strong and flexible enough to react to arising challenges and protect external borders. Given the motto of Austria’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU, “a Europe that protects”, Austria aims at strengthening common endeavours of the EU member states regarding security issues and irregular migration. Furthermore, new challenges such as radicalisation, terrorism as well as organised crime in the digital age, will be addressed by high level guests during this panel.


Moderation: Paul Lendvai


Danube University Krems, partner of the European Forum Wachau, invites this evening to Campus Ball Krems.
Inlet: 19:00
Opening: 21:00
Enjoy an early summer night at the ball amidst the Danube and its surrounding vineyards to celebrate the summer ball of science and education.
For more information and tickets click onto www.campusball.at

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