EuropaForum Wachau

Welcome to the official website of the European Forum Wachau! The page gives information about former events with their interesting participants, speeches and discussions. 


European Forum Wachau, 11th and 12th June 2016
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European Forum Wachau, 13th and 14th June 2015

“Has Europe reached its limits? Reflections on Europe’s future role on the global stage”

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Saturday, 13th June 2015

10.30 a.m.      Plenary Session

Rt. Rev. Columban Luser, Abbot of Göttweig

Barbara Schwarz, President of the European Forum Wachau, Minister for Education, Social and Family Affairs in the Government of Lower Austria, St. Pölten

Erwin Pröll, Governor of Lower Austria, St. Pölten

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Budapest

Armin Thurnher, Journalist, Publisher of the Weekly "Falter" and Author, Vienna

Manfred Weber, MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Brussels

Andrej Babis, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic, Prague

Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna


Bestowal of the Europe State Award 2015 by Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz

The Europe State Award, which was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, will be bestowed for the first time during the Plenary Session. This prize honours the exceptional commitment of citizens as well as organisations whose work has contributed to promoting European consciousness and the understanding of Europe and will be awarded by Federal Minister Kurz in three categories: civil society, reporting on Europe and youth.


followed by Reception given by Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz, Restaurant of the Abbey, Terrace


2.30-4.30 p.m.    Working Groups

1. The EU as security provider in the face of increasing turbulence emanating from its security-political environment

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2. Europe’s new mode of regional cooperation – boom of the macro regions?

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3. Europe 2014-2020: between regeneration and disappointment?

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4. The EU and her neighbours – cultural diplomacy as an inclusive link

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Sunday, 14th June 2015

10.30 a.m.      Plenary Session

Presentation of the Reports of the Working Groups with contribution of the students of the BG/BRG Krems, Piaristengasse

Erwin Pröll, Governor of Lower Austria, St. Pölten

Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, University Professor, Senator, First Deputy Chairman of the PNL, former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Bucharest

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner of the European Union for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Brussels

Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia, Tbilisi

Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister, Republic of Serbia, Belgrade

Reinhold Mitterlehner, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy of the Republic of Austria, Vienna


followed by Reception given by Governor Erwin Pröll, Restaurant of the Abbey, Terrace




European Forum Wachau, 17th and 18th May 2014

“Democracy in Europe – the choice is ours”

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Saturday, 17 May

10.30 a.m. - Plenary Session

02.00 p.m. - Working Groups

Working Group 1:

'Comprehensive Security in an interconnected world - conclusions from the CSDP-Review'

Working Group 2:

'Europe 2020 – impulses for the future'

Working Group 3:

'Free trade agreements between the EU and strategic partners as a panacea for economic growth?'

Working Group 4:

'25 years after  the sea change of 1989 in Europe – what has become of the great expectations?'


Sunday, 18 May

10.30 a.m. - Plenary Session







European Forum Wachau, 15th and 16th June 2013

"Beyond the Crisis – Outlines of a New Europe"

Working Group 1:

'10 Years of Common Security and Defence Policy – Which Way Forward?'

Working Group 2:

'Subsidiarity – Solidarity'

Working Group 3:

'Growth and Budget Consolidation'

Working Group 4:

'More Europe Through more Culture: The Role of Culture in European Integration
and in EU External Relations'


Press review 2013



Press review 2012


In the following you can find a press review of this years European Forum Wachau

Working Groups 2012


Apart from the plenary sessions four Working Groups were dealing with different issues. Here you can find a summary of the working groups, information concerning the topics and the according chairman, rapporteur and contributors.


  1. Common European security policy in the light of European and global insecurity
  2. Regions as a guarantee of a strong Europe
  3. How much Europe does the economy need?
  4. Cultural diversity and dialogue in the Danube and Black Sea area