- Opening DAY 1
09:30 – 10:30
Values and Interests: The Realities of Transatlantic Partnership
Over the course of one presidency, the transatlantic relationship has gone from constructive and cooperative to reserved and strained, but panelists agree that these differences are likely superficial and will not change the long term relationship between the US and Europe.
Underpinning the rhetoric at the top is a strong and consistent relationship. – Baroness Catherine Ashton
America got rich because we understood that we will prosper only if everyone else prospers at the same time. It is simply not true thtat the EU was created as a US competitor, we wanted them to exist so we would not have to fight wars in Europe again and so it would make us rich. – Amb Daniel Fried
The US needs an ally in reforming the WTO, and so the US will collaborate with the EU in the end out of necessity. – Amb Jakub Wisniewski
13:30 – 14:30
Foreign Election Interference: Creating or Filling in the Cracks?
Election interference is part of a broader ongoing effort by authoritarian regimes to undermine democracy. This is primarily being done through information operations, most frequently seen today on social media platforms. A lack of regulation has allowed the spread of misinformation and disorganized method to counter it. The private sector cannot take full responsibilty for this, and regulation must be put into place by consulting all the relevant actors, to create a framework based on the protection of rights and the rule of law. Mechanisms for information sharing between not only countries but also intelligence communities and the public will be essential in the short term, while government must continue to emphasize the development of critical thinking skills in their education policy in order to build more resilience in their populations in the long term.
Accusation of regulating internet is undermining democratic views, what we need is open democracy. – Marietje Schaake
We have to take all the measures to make sure to rebuilt the public trust, we cannot afford so much time in order to find out what is fake news or what is not. - Marietje Schaake
Policy will always be slower than technology development. - Lisa Past
11:00 – 12:15
Vision for Europe
Current crisis the world is going through has a specific taste for the EU, not only because of Brexit, but also because its unclear direction when it comes to two-track EU, democratic backsliding of the V4, demographic decline, future enlargement of Western Balkan and the East-West divide. This divide should be bridged with concrete actions and clear vision, where the Central Europe should not be forgotten. It is important to get out of the “Brussels bubble” and recognize the importance of the regions and people, who don’t see the benefits of the EU membership. The EU is like a family, there are differences, but that does not mean there are no bounds between its members. In this respect, it is also crucial to reconsider the decision-making process to make the EU a global player and prevent it is being played by others.
We need create positive discrimination – countries of periphery not necessary only central Europe but Balkan as well can begin to build up their own excellence to participate in common different projects. – Amb. Jakub Wisniewski
The disruption of sovereignty led to a process which we call Brexit. – Amb. Jakub Wisniewski