Opening BELA Conference

The conference took place in Slovakia on 17-19 October 2008 and addressed the subject of "2009: Politics of Change in Europe and the United States"

The conference was devoted to exploring the dynamics behind reform on both sides of the Atlantic. It addressed key issues such as human capital, economic prospects, foreign policy in the context of emerging multi-polarity as well as energy shortages and climate change. The conference explored the future agenda of the transatlantic relations with 30 participants from across the EU, representing public administration, academia, NGOs and the media.

The conference was addressed by Ján Figel, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth; Milan Je┼żovica, Member of MESA 10, Centre for Economic and Social Analysis and former Foreign Policy Advisor to PM Dzurinda; Dr John C. Hulsman, scholar in residence, German Council on Foreign Relations; Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Dan O'Brien, Senior Europe Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit. The key-note speech during the conference was given by Nino Burjanadze, Former Speaker of the Georgian Parliament and moderated by David Rennie, the EU correspondent of the Economist.

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