24 augustus 2015

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Cold War Revisited?
The Crisis of European Security

De Balie, Amsterdam, 12 September 2015

Organised by the PvdA delegation in the European Parliament in cooperation with the Progressive Alliance of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group) and the Wiardi Beckman Foundation (WBS)

13:30               Welcome and registration

14:00               Opening by Kati Piri, PvdA Member of the European Parliament

14:10               “European Security Anno 2015: Hard Versus Soft Options”
Moderator: Caroline de Gruyter, Journalist and columnist NRC Handelsblad
Key note adresses by
Karsten Voigt, Board member of the German Council on Foreign Relations, former MP for the SPD (1976-1998) and expert on Transatlantic Relations
Stefan Füle, Former EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
Q&A with the public

15:10               Two parallel sessions
1 Crisis in Europe: End of Common Security?
Debate moderated by René Cuperus, Senior research fellow Wiardi Beckman Foundation
Speakers:
Knut Fleckenstein (Germany), MEP, Vice-President S&D Group
Hannes Swoboda (Austria), President Kreisky Foundation and Former Chairman S&D Group in the
European Parliament
Michiel Servaes, MP, PvdA Spokesperson Foreign Affairs in Dutch Parliament
First discussant: Karsten Voigt, Board member of the German Council on Foreign Relations,
former MP for the SPD (1976-1998)

2 What role for the EU, OSCE and NATO in 2015?
Debate moderated by Jan Marinus Wiersma, Senior Visiting Fellow, lingendael Institute of International Relations
Speakers:
Ioan Pascu (Romania), MEP, Vice-President of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee
Bob Deen, OSCE  Head of Section/Senior Adviser for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia
First discussant: Stefan Füle, Former EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European
Neighbourhood Policy

16:15               Coffee Break

16:45               Plenary – short reports of part sessions by rapporteurs

17:00               “Speak Softly But Carry A Stick”
Speech by Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Q&A with Bert Koenders moderated by Caroline de Gruyter

17:55               Closing remarks by Kati Piri

18:00               Reception

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