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VEJ | 55th International Congress

Der VEJ lädt herzlich ein zu seinem 55. Internationalen Kongress vom 12. bis zum 15. Oktober in Ljubjana. Er steht unter dem Thema Looking Ahead to the European Union. After 60 Years of the Treaties of Rome. The present crisis and the future of the EU


Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Arrival and Hotel accommodation
City Hotel –  Dalmatinova 15, SI-1000 Ljubljana (www.cityhotel.si)
8:00pm Dinner at City Hotel


Friday, October 13, 2017
9:00am,  1. section
Departure from Hotel and walking to the Congress venue
Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, Maistrova 10, Ljubljana

9:30am Slovenian and European Anthems
Opening of the Congress by the EJ President Dr. Paolo Magagnotti, Trento
Greeting: Bojan Brezigar, frm. Editor “Primoski Dnevnik”, Congress’ local organizer

Speech: Violeta Bulc,  European  Commissioner for Transport
The EU policy on Trans-European transport networks and cross-border transport connections

Speech: David Brozin, Director General of EU Directorate, Ministry of Foreign affairs of Slovenia
The vision of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the future of the European Union

Discussion, Chair: Michael Jäger, CEO European Economic Senate, Brussels

Coffee break

11.15am, 2. section
Celebrating 60 years of the European Treaties of Rome
Introductory Remarks and perspective of a European Global Strategy Gianni Bonvicini, Executive Vice-president of the Institute of international affairs, Rome –  Member of the Strategic Group European Union of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Rome.

Round table:  Perspectives of the European Union with new political conditions

Chair: Barbara Pehi, EJ Vice-president, Budapest

Rolf von Hohenhau, President, European Taxpayers Association, Brussels-Munich
Vassil Sotirov, EJ Vice-president –Editor of the Foreign news d of the Bulgarian news agency BTA, Sofia
Guiseppe Jacobini, Editor-in-chief, Giornale europeo, Rome

Address:  Anton Peršak, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

Reception buffet

4:00pm. 3. section
Guided walking tour in Ljubjana and free time (Departure from the City Hotel)

6:00pm  Reception by the Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Jankoviċ, City Hall
7:00pm  Free time


Saturday, October  14, 2017

9:00am, 4. section
Departure from Hotel and walking to the Congress’ venue.
Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, Maistrova 10, Ljubljana

The future of the EU in the Balkan-region and the Role of Slovenia
Speech: Alojz Peterle, MEP – former Prime minister of Slovenia
Speech: Ivo Vajgl, MEP- former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
Discussion, Chair: Marc Williere, maniging editor „Luxemburger Wort”, Luxemburg

10:45am Coffee Break

11:00am, 5. section
Media responsibility towards the European Unification in a period of growing populism
Introductory Remarks: Dr. Paolo Magagnotti, EJ President

Video presentation on Freedom of the Press, by Daniel Bouhs and Jörg Wagner
ZAPP, NDR and RadioEins of RBB

Round table, Chair: Dr. Hendrik Schott, President of VEJ, Germany, Berlin
Ali Žerdin, Editor of the Delo, Ljubljana
Kata Toth, Freelance journalist, Vienna
Felicia Ristea, Editor of the cultural department of the Romanian National Radio, Regional studio, Timisoara
Alberto Comuzzi, Editor-in-chief, “ResegoneOnline.it”, Milan

EJ-Resolution 2017, “We must take care on our democracy!”

Introduction: Rotger Kindermann, EJ-Vicepresident, “Der Mittelstand”, Berlin-Neuss

1:00pm, 6. section

Lunch at City Hotel

2:30pm  Departure by bus from the City Hotel to Postojna | Visit of the Caves | Presentation of Slovenia by the Slovenian Tourist Organisation

7:00pm  Dinner in Postojna

9:00pm  Return by bus to Ljubjana


Sunday, October 15, 2017

9:00am, 7. section     (separate invitation and program)

EJ General Assembly at the City Hotel

10:30am  Departure


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