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International Conference “Europe – Critical Problems” (17-18 October 2013)

“Europe – Critical Problems” is a conference organised jointly by the Villa Decius Association and the Res Publica Nowa as a follow-up on a prestigious series of debates revolving around the Idea of Freedom, organised by the Villa Decius Association since 2005. A special event of the conference is an Awards Gala held to honour the Laureates of the 10th edition of the Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, granted in memory of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2002-2003).

 

The agenda of the conference includes lectures and debates open to the public, along with a seminar with experts and representatives of the academic circles from the Czech Republic, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and the USA.

 

The opening speech will be delivered by Marcin Król, philosopher, historian of ideas, columnist, founder and long-standing editor-in-chief of Res Publica Nowa and Chairman of the Board of Bathory Foundation. The special lecture will be presented by Prof. Adam D. Rotfeld, an outstanding scientist, politician and intellectual, former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 

Expert debates and discussions will be held as part of two sessions:

 

  • Political crisis. Why democratise liberalism?
  • Community crisis. Between nationalism and universalism.

 

The conference participants will attempt to diagnose the ideas behind the crisis affecting European countries. The point of departure for the debates will be the assumption that today’s political crisis, economic problems and social tensions are symptoms of a lack of a fundamental agreement as to the core values which might serve as foundations for common, solidarity-driven and committed Europe.

 

The panellists – philosophers, sociologists, historians of ideas, political scientists and diplomats – together with conference participants will try to suggest solutions which go beyond the mere technocratic crisis management. In two themed sessions, they will address the basic concepts which have guided the European project. They will juxtapose democracy and liberalism, they will reflect on the modern face of nationalism and universalism and they will survey the tensions rippling through modern European societies. The experts’ voices will enrich the debate held in the streets of Brussels, Madrid and Athens.

 

If it wants to survive, Europe must be prepared to propose new forms of social life and redefine the foundation of thought, institutional practice and citizens’ activities. Maybe the time has come to reinvent Europe together.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Europe – Critical Problems

  

PROGRAMME

 

Thursday, 17 October

 

9.30 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. Registration

10.00 a.m. – 10.15 a.m. Welcome addresses

Andrzej Zoll, Villa Decius Association

Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, Undersecretary of State, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jacek Krupa, Member of the Board of the Malopolska Region

 

10.15 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Opening speech

Europe – Critical Problems

Marcin Król (Poland)

 

11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Debate 1:

Political crisis. Why democratise liberalism?

Introductory themes: A democratic state vs. a democratic society. How civic society should be accomplished in a liberal democracy? What does democratisation of a public life mean?

Experts:

Samuel Abraham (Slovakia), Szabolcs Pogonyi (Hungary),

Uwe Serdült (Switzerland), Nina Witoszek-Fitzpatrick (Norway)

Moderator:

Wojciech Przybylski (Poland)

 

12.30 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. Coffee break

1.00 p.m. – 1.45 p.m. Special lecture

Adam Daniel Rotfeld (Poland)

 

1.45 p.m. – 3.15 p.m. Debate 2:

Community crisis. Between nationalism and universalism

Introductory themes: In search of the community: nation states or the European project? Does democracy have to be national? Resentments and hope – what makes the people take to the streets of Europe.

Experts:

Dominika Kasprowicz (Poland), Kai-Olaf Lang (Germany)

Milica Pesic (Serbia/UK), László Rájk (Hungary)

Moderator:

C. Cain Elliott (USA/Poland)

 

3.15 p.m. – 4.15 p.m. Buffet meal

  

The debates will be held in Polish and English.

Simultaneous interpretation: Aleksander Jakimowicz, Piotr Krasnowolski.

 

Blog:

Polish language – Joanna Kryńska

English language – Ziemowit Jóźwik

Arabic language – Kareem Amer

 

CEREMONY OF AWARDING

The POLISH PRIZE of SÉRGIO VIEIRA de MELLO

THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER for HUMAN RIGHTS

(2002–2003)

 

17 October 2013, 4.30 pm

 

Welcome:

Andrzej Zoll, former Ombudsman, Member of the Villa Decius Association

Irena Wóycicka, Secretary of State, Chancellery of the President of Poland

Jerzy Miller, Governor of Małopolska Region

Magdalena Sroka, Deputy Mayor of Krakow

 

Opening:

Anna-Carin Öst, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative to Poland

HE Jorge Geraldo Kadri, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Poland

 

Announcement from the session of the Panel of Judges of the Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello

HE Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to Poland

 

Justification of the verdict of the Panel of Judges in the special category Honorary Prize

Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, Undersecretary of State, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Awarding the Statuette of Sérgio Vieira de Mello and the Diploma

Jan Pamuła, President of the Kraków Airport

 

Speech by the Laureate

 

Justification of the verdict of the Panel of Judges in a category Person

Irena Wóycicka, Secretary of State, Chancellery of the President of Poland

 

Awarding the Statuette of Sérgio Vieira de Mello and the Diploma

Jacek Weremczuk, Regional Director of PZU Insurance Company

 

Speech by the Laureate

 

Justification of the verdict of the Panel of Judges in a category Nongovernmental Organisation

Krystyna Żurek, Director of Department of United Nations and Human Rights, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Awarding the Statuette of Sérgio Vieira de Mello and the Diploma

Wiesław Nowak, President of the ZUE S.A

 

Speech by the Laureate’s Representative

  

The debates will be held in Polish and English.

Simultaneous interpretation: Aleksander Jakimowicz, Piotr Krasnowolski.

 

Blog:

Polish language – Joanna Kryńska

English language – Ziemowit Jóźwik

Arabic language – Kareem Amer

 

EXPERT SEMINAR

 

Friday, 18 October

10.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. Reinventing Europe

Introductory themes: European Union – federation or a commonwealth of nations? Foundations of thought for Europe. How should the future of the continent be shaped?

Introductions:

Northern Perspective: Michael Henri Kowalewicz (Poland)

Southern Perspective: Paul T. Levin (Sweden)

Moderator: Krzysztof Bobiński (Poland)

 

Expert Participants:

Samuel Abraham, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, Slovakia

Kareem Amer, blogger, Egypt/Norway

Riccardo Campa, Jagiellonian University, Poland

C. Cain Elliott, philosopher, USA/Poland

András Forgách, playwright, Hungary

Danuta Glondys, Villa Decius Association, Poland

Jarosław Górniak, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Anka Herbut, playwright, Poland

Christian Hussel, poet, Germany

Mario Kaiser, journalist, Germany

Dominika Kasprowicz, Krakow Pedagogical University, Poland

Marcin Król, Stefan Bathory Foundation, Poland

Hans-Peter Kunisch, journalist, Germany

Kai-Olaf Lang, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany

Hendrik Lindepuu, translator, Estonia

Myroslaw Marynowicz, Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine

Atle Midttun, Norwegian School of Business, Norway

Ivana Myšková, prose author, Czech Republic

Milica Pesic, Media Diversity Institute, Serbia/UK

Jan Piekło, PAUCI, Poland

Szabolcs Pogonyi, Central European University, Hungary

Wojciech Przybylski, Res Publica Nowa, Poland

László Rájk, University of Theatre and Film Arts, Hungary

Ziyad Raoof, Plenipotentiary of Kurdish Regional Government, Iraq/Poland

Adam Daniel Rotfeld, former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland

Uwe Serdült, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Elżbieta Święcicka, Stockholm University, Institute for Turkish Studies, Sweden

Nina Witoszek-Fitzpatrick, University of Oslo, Norway

Mostafa Zamaninia, writer, Iran

Andrzej Zoll, former Ombudsman, Villa Decius Association, Poland

 

Representatives of Panel of Judges of the Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello:

 

Irena Wóycicka, Secretary of State, Chancellery of the President of Poland

HE Jorge Geraldo Kadri, Ambassador of Brazil to Poland

HE Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to Poland

Krystyna Żurek, Director, Department of United Nations and Human Rights, MFA

Anna-Carin Öst, UNHCR Representative

Ellen Germain, United States Consul General

Łukasz Kamiński, President of the Institute of National Remembrance, będzie?

Irena Lipowicz, Human Rights Defender

Tomasz Sendyka, Smart Practical Logic sp. z o. o.

Jan Pamuła, President of the Krakow Airport

Jacek Weremczuk, Regional Director of PZU Insurance Company

Wiesław Nowak, President of the ZUE S.A.

 

1.30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch

  

English will be the working language of the seminar.

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