Presentation of the EFA Scholarship Program 2015

Dear students & young professionals!
In 2015, the European Forum Alpbach takes on the question of InEquality. This three week event is an interdisciplinary platform for meetings and discussions of young enthusiasts, students, world experts, artists, academics, businessmen, politicians, diplomats and many others.
The presentation of the EFA Scholarship Program will be held at the Faculty of International Relations of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Room 205.
Join us on February 19, at 18:30 p.m.!
Sincerely yours,
LIGA team

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Statement on the current political crisis in Ukraine

The European Forum Alpbach has stood up for peace and stability in Europe since 1945 and has always raised its voice in critical situations. This is still the case today. Our General Assembly is deeply concerned about the tense political situation in Ukraine. 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the political power games in this country evoke memories of the Cold War.

In the last ten years, many young people from Ukraine and Russia have participated in the European Forum Alpbach. Just like the European Forum Alpbach, our initiative groups and clubs in Kiev, Lviv and Moscow are dedicated supporters of a democratic society and of mutual respect. However, democracy, human rights and international law are under great pressure in Ukraine today.

In such a critical situation, it is of fundamental importance to support those forces who build on dialogue and mutual understanding. Thinking in spheres of influence and political blocks is against the fundamental values of European democracies and of the European Union.

The European Forum Alpbach thus calls on the political decision-makers in Moscow to reconsider their unilateral actions and breaches of international treaties. Belligerence and intimidation has to stop on both sides immediately. Maps must not be drawn with violence.

The European Forum Alpbach believes that strengthening human rights, cultural networks, civil society cooperation and economic exchange are the core elements of good neighbourly relations with Ukraine in the long run.

An Unofficial Discussion on the Topic “Ukraine on the Crossroads”

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20 March, 2014 – Club Alpbach Vorarlberg und Club Alpbach Liechtenstein organize an unofficial discussion on the topic “Ukraine on the Crossroads” in Vienna, Austria. Save the time and come to participate!

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Scenarios of Ukraine – EU relations in the context of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

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October 1, 2013 – Lviv & Kyiv Initiative Groups Alpbach, associate members of the European Forum Alpbach Network, remaining faithful to the EFA ideals and true to the European democratic values, held the local Panel Discussion in Alpbach traditions with Dr. Erhard Busek, Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Honorary President of the EFA, Coordinator of the South-Eastern Cooperative Initiative (SECI) and Chairman of the Institute for Danube Region and Central Europe. The selected topic ”Scenarios of Ukraine – EU relations in the context of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement” is crucial for the Ukrainian society and important for the EU nowadays.

The Panel Discussion took place in the Conference Hall of Faculty of International Relations, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

The following honorable guests and experts participated in the Panel Discussion:

  1. Wolf Dietrich Heim, Austrian Ambassador to Ukraine.
  2.  Dr. Oksana Wynnyckyj, a representative of Ukrainian World Congress in Canada.

 Representatives of the business circle:

  1. Oleksiy Skrypnyk, Chief Executive Officer of ELEKS.
  2. Ihor Horbkovyy, Head of the Regional representative office “Zakhidne” in Lviv DP Siemens Ukraine.

Representatives of the the academic circle:

    1. Oksana Krayevska, Associate Professor of the Faculty of International Relations, Ivan Franko Lviv National University.
    2. Christina Shumlyak, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of International Relations, Department of International Law and Comparative Law of Kyiv University of Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Before to start the Panel Discussion, Iryna Mazepa, LIGA President and Olena Chernova, KIGA President conducted a brief presentation of the European Forum Alpbach for the students of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, introduced the audience with the history, programme and scholarships of the EFA and activity of Initiative Groups in Ukraine.

Former scholarship holders of the EFA from Lviv shared their exciting experience of participation in the Forum with the students.

The Panel Discussion was opened by the moderator Oksana Holovko-Havrysheva, associate professor of the European Law Department of the faculty of International Relations of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

The perspectives and the assessment of Ukraine’s readiness to sign the EU-Ukraine association deal and relations in the EU-Ukraine-Russia triangle, benefits and difficulties for business, politics, education and science were discussed with the panelists and guests of the Panel Discussion.

Dr.Busek

Dr. Busek did a short discourse on the history of Europe before and after the II World War sharing his personal experiences and views. “After the II World War, we did not know anything about the other side of the iron curtain.” Dr. Busek outlined that now each of us is an ambassador of Ukraine and our extremely important task is to “teach the other Europeans getting some knowledge about your country because Europeans have a lot of prejudges.”

From Dr. Busek point of view no doubt that Ukraine is a part of Europe and the importance of the Euro integration of Ukraine for the EU is obvious and the EU shows an effective sign of Eastern partnership towards Ukraine.

Dr. Wynnyckyj

Dr. Oksana Wynnyckyj was representing Ukrainian World Congress, which is based in Canada (UWC), a non-profit organization, international coordination assembly of all Ukrainian public organizations in diaspora. The UWC was recognized by the United Nations and represents the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians.

From Dr. Oksana Wynnyckyj point of view after the signing the Association Agreement the geopolitical map of Europe and the world will change, Ukraine will be transformed from “a borderland” into “the bridge” between the west Europe and Euroasia”. The most crucial thing is that after signing of the Association Agreement “It (Ukraine) will no longer be the territory for competing ideologies.” 

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Mr. Skrypnyk, CEO ELEKS, said that the European integration course was the right direction but he as a pragmatic business person was skeptical regarding the economic and legislation readiness of Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement. He mentioned that “the EU has many illusions regarding Ukraine.” 

Concluding his speech he stressed that after signing of the Association Agreement “We do not have to work hard. We have to work smart.”

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Austrian Ambassador to Ukraine Wolf Dietrich Heim responded that changes in legislation and law system are gradual development, which take time and since last half of year Ukraine has significantly improved its own legislation in according to the EU criteria.

The Ambassador gave an example before Austria joined the EU in 1995, Austria had to do a lot of changes in its own legislation in according to the requirements of the European standarts and its implementation took time as well.

From Wolf Dietrich Heim, Austrian Ambassador to Ukraine point of view “the Association Agreement is a good push forward for Ukraine to harmonize and modernize its legislation in according to the EU requirements to find its own place on the geopolitical map and to make Ukrainian economy competetive on the global market”.SHumeliak

The academics Oksana Krayevska, Ivan Franko Lviv National University and Christina Shumlyak, Kyiv University of Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine discused the perspectives which the Association Agreement opens for high education, new possibilities for the youth and exchange programmes between Ukrainian and European universities. Krayevska

The panelists and the students had a fruitful discussion regarding Ukraine’s steps towards the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement during the Panel Discussion.

It was an honour for Lviv and Kyiv Initiative Groups to bring “the spirit of Alpbach” by hosting the local Panel Discussion with Dr. Busek in Ukraine and introducing the students with the European Forum Alpbach.

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Meet the Honourable Guest Dr. Erhard Busek in Lviv

October 1, 2013 – A panel discussion on the topic “Scenario for the development of the Ukraine-EU relations in the context of signing of the Association Agreement” will be held at the Conference Hall of the Faculty of International Relations of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Doctor Erhard Busek, Coordinator of the South-Eastern Cooperative Initiative (SECI) and Chairman of the Institute for Danube Region and Central Europe, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, minister for Education, rector of Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, former President of the European Forum Alpbach, is an honourable guest of the discussion.

The Discussion gives an opportunity to analyze constructively such issues as readiness of Ukraine and the EU for signing the Agreement, EU-Ukraine-Russia triangle, advantages and disadvantages for education, science, business, politics in case the Association Agreement is signed etc.

You are warmly welcome to take part in the Discussion with Dr. Busek, representatives of academic, political and business circles as well as active youth! Our common efforts will help to build a constructive dialog between Ukraine and the EU.

Save the date – October 1, 2013, 19.15! Come to ask your question!

Interested in the Democracy and Human Rights Studies?

Budva, Montenegro
The Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights was recently established by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights – Research Association in Vienna in cooperation with the Faculties of Law and Political Science/Sociology of the Universities of Vienna and Podgorica/Montenegro, and bears the name of the main sponsor, the Hermann and Marianne Straniak Foundation. The Academy will take place for the first time from 8 to 21 September 2013 in the wonderful historic city of Budva on the Montenegrin coast.

Aim of the Academy

The goal of the Academy is to promote academic tuition on democratisation and human rights in Southeast European States and to create a bridge between academia and practice, promoted through an inter- disciplinary and interactive format.

Concept and Programme

Thirty students from the region and EU member states will have the unique opportunity to work with experienced professors, practitioners and regional and international experts and to discuss important issues on democracy and human rights. Lessons will be held in the morning and in the afternoon, followed by evening discussions and round tables. There will also be enough time to enjoy the sea and to explore the Montenegrin coast!

Certificates and credits

Students will get a certificate of the Academy. The participating University Faculties will decide on the respective credits to be awarded.

Application and Fees

The participation fee is EUR 75 for students and new graduates from Southeast European States and EUR 150 from EU and other States. Accommodation including breakfast (in Hotel Mogren, Budva) will be covered by the Academy.
If you are interested to participate, please fill out the Application Form which you can find attached below.

For more information, visit the Straniak Academy’s website.