11th Central European Round Table 2015 – Programme FINAL
11th CERT Vienna 2015 – List of Participants FINAL
Presentations “Round-up”, 24th October 2015:
11CERT – Presentation Vienna
11CERT – Presentation Czech Republic
11CERT – Presentation Czech Republic – Brno
11CERT – Presentation Hungary PM
11CERT – Presentation Macedonia
11CERT – Presentation Montenegro
11CERT – Presentation Serbia
11CERT – Presentation Bosnia
11CERT – Presentation Kosovo
11CERT – Presentation European Migration Movements
11CERT – Authoritarian Tendencies in Hungary – Presentation PM
11CERT – Presentation Guide to EU Funding
Participants of the 11th CERT.
22nd October 2015: Panel “European Migration Movements – choice or force?” in “Skydome” seminar center.
From left to right: Monika Vana (MEP), Katerina Kratzmann (IOM), Kathrin Heis (Grüne Bildungswerkstatt), Ferdinand Koller (“Bettellobby”).
Ferdinand Koller (“Bettellobby”) and Maja Moračanin (DOM-Democratic Renewal of Macedonia).
“Graphic recording” with Veronika Götz.
Discusssion in “world café” format. Several participants were actively helping refugees in their countries and exchanged their experiences.
23rd October: Politics in Central and South-East Europe: New Challenges” in Headquarter of Die Grünen Vienna, Lindengasse 40.
Ponika Vana introducing.
Saraswati Matthieu (Belgium) speaking on behalf of EGP Committee.
Review on the outcome of yesterday’s discussion on migration movements.
Markus Hafner-Auinger (Grüne Bildungswerkstatt) with drawing of yesterday evening.
Veronika Götz continuing “graphic recording”.
Nasiha Pozder (Naša Stranka, Sarajevo), Klára Švandová (Strana Zelených, Brno) and Tomi Prosnik (Ruše/Slovenia).
Panel “Authoritarian tendencies in Central and South-East Europe and their effects on local politics”: Maja Moračanin (DOM) on Macedonia and Žaklina Živković (Zeleni Srbije) on Serbia. While DOM left the ruling coalition in 2014, Zeleni Srbije is one of the very few non-nationalist voices in Serbia. Both parties have 1 Member in their National Parliament.
Gábor Erőss of the Hungarian Green Party PM (Dialogue for Hungary) presenting features of the right-wing Orbán government in Hungary and alternatives on the local level where a PM district mayor is in office in Zugló, the 14th district of Budapest.
Zoltán Zarándy, local assistant of MEP Tamás Meszerics from the Hungarian Green Party LMP-Politics can be different emphasizes the importance of education and cross-border solidarity.
The panel on authoritarian tendencies.
Ulrike Lunacek, Austrian MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament since 2014, stresses the importance of the struggle against right-wing tendencies in more and more EU countries and the role of NGOS and civil society.
Discussion on strategies against authoritarian tendencies.
Proposals are collected on flip charts.
Short break with “energizing”.
Presentation of results of the working groups. Empowering citizens and trying to achieve and promote successes on the local level were among the proposals.
Discussions on the proposals presented.
Presentation of the Green “Guide to EU funding” by MEP Monika Vana.
Various questions and comments on the issue of EU funds and anti-corruption.
Robert Godina (advisor on evaluation of EU projects in the Greens/EFA Group in the EP) giving an input for a brainstorming on further cross-border activities in the West Balkans.
Kathrin Heis and Markus Hafner-Auinger (GBW) announcing a guided walk on Mariahilfer Strasse pedestrian zone before dinner.
Dinner in Culture Café “Tachles” in the jewish quarter in Vienna’s 2nd district, hosted by Daniel Landau (Green candidate for the Municipal elections of 11th October 2015 and expert on education).
24th October: A day dedicated to “Good practices” and visions for a liveable city, in room “Top 24” of the Viennese Town Hall (Rathaus).
“Poster fair” presentations from the countries present: Strana Zelených (Green Party of the Czech Republic) is part of the city governments in Prague and Brno.
Poster fair: PM presentation about campaigns and activities in Budapest, particularly the 14th district Zugló.
Presentation on “Good practices” in Vienna where a Red-Green city government was formed in November 2010 and a “remake” is negotiated after the municipal elections of 11th October 2015 where Die Grünen scored 11.84% of the vote (10 out of 100 seats in the City Assembly) and became strongest party on the district level in Neubau (district 7) and for the first time in Währing (district 18).
Poster fair: Žaklina Živković about local politics in Serbia and Belgrade (where ZS has 2 district councillors).
Poster fair: Nasiha Pozder, Deputy Chairperson of “Naša Stranka” (“Our Party”) from Bosnia-Herzegovina presenting activities and successes in their stronghold Sarajevo.
Good ideas are being spread and similarities discovered…
Officeholders of Green and progressive parties from countries of former Yugoslavia with Monika Vana and Gerhard Jordan, “founders” of the Central European Round Tables in 2005.
Repeated “energizing” in the courtyard of Vienna’s Town Hall (built from 1872-1883).
Poster fair: Presentation of PCG (Pozitivna Crna Gora/Positive Montenegro) – a Green Party represented in Parliament and in several municipal councils.
Presentation from Macedonia: the Green Party DOM has 10 local councilors, among them one in the municipal council of Skopje and one in a district of Skopje.
Poster fair: Hatixhe Latifi-Pupovci (3rd from left) and Kreshnik Ahmeti (right), municipal councilors in Prishtina, discussing their goals and achievements in the capital of Kosovo. Although participants are skeptical about some of the methods of “Vetëvendosje” (“Self-determination”) party, their commitment to anti-corruption is appreciated.
Visions for a liveable city: discussion in working groups.
A working group with inputs from Vienna and Ghent.
Working groups with participants from Hungary and Ex-Yugoslavia.
Presentation of the first working group.
Further reports show that the visions developed are quite similar to each other.
Experiences from the Czech Republic (Klára Švandová and Michal Berg).
Synthesis of the working groups: Veronika’s drawing showing the Green visions.
Closing of the CERT: Monika Vana reflecting on next steps and further cooperation.
Austrian organizers and participants of the 11th CERT (from left to right: Markus Hafner-Auinger and Kathrin Heis (GBW-Austrian Green Foundation), Birgit Meinhard-Schiebel (newly elected Municipal Councilor in Vienna, European Network of Green Seniors), Monika Vana (MEP), Gerhard Jordan (local councilor in district 21 of Vienna, Floridsdorf; local assistant of Monika Vana), Heidi Sequenz (local councilor in district 22 of Vienna, Donaustadt).
FLIPCHARTS: “Our vision of a liveable city”