INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE „THE SOUL OF EUROPE vol3“

23. 11. 2018

Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel (F. R. Kreutzwaldi 23) Tallinn

 

 

10.00–10.30 Opening of the conference

Trivimi VELLISTE (Estonia)

 

Chairman of the Pro Patria Institute TRIVIMI VELLISTE is a politician, diplomat and national heritage figure. He is one of the founders of the heritage protection movement and Estonian citizens’ committees movement. He was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia in 1992–1994 and Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia in the UN in 1994–1998. Velliste was a member of the defence commission in Riigikogu, one of the leaders of the Baltic Assembly, and chairman

of the parliament’s national heritage union in 1999–2011. Velliste is the chairman or honorary chairman of many associations. He has been rewarded with the Order of the National Coat of Arms, 2nd class, and different decorations of honour in Latvia, Poland, Norway, etc.

 

Tunne KELAM (Estonia)

 

Member of the European Parliament TUNNE KELAM graduated from Tartu University as a historian (1959). By the end of the 1980s he had become one of the leading advocates for the restoration of independence in Estonian society. He was founder and member of the executive of the Estonian National Independence Party (1988–1995), the first registered non-communist political party in the USSR. In 1992, he was elected chair-man of the Congress of Estonia, the alternative parliament that confronted the puppet Supreme Soviet. He has been a member of the Estonian Par-liament (1992–2004), and since 2004 Tunne Kelam has been a member of the European Parliament (EPP) Group. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs committee, subcommittee of Security and Defence. Tunne Kelam is one of the initiators of the European Parliament’s resolution on Euro-pean Conscience and Totalitarianism (2009) and the EU report on Cyber Security and Defence.

     

 

Elisabeth BAUER (Germany)

 

Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) offices for the Baltic states and Nordic countries ELISABETH BAUER have been Head of the KAS regional office for Westphalia based in Dortmund/Germany and in Saint Petersburg/Russia. Main topics of her work in the Nordic/Baltic region are foreign and security policy as well as the establishment and further improvement of networks between Germany and the remaining countries around the Baltic Sea. Recently KAS hosted an Arctic Security conference in Tromsø/Norway which gave the impetus for further Nigh North-related work of the Nordic Countries Project of KAS.

     

 

Values versus Politics – uniting or separating Europe?

Mikuláš DZURINDA (Slovakia)

 

President of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (WMCES) MIKULAŠ DZURINDA is the former prime minister of Slovakia (1998–2006). Once he became prime minister and formed a coalition government in 1998, Dzurinda introduced far-reaching reforms which have enabled Slovakia to begin the process of joining the EU and NATO. Since Slovakia gained independence in 1993, Dzurinda has also held the position of Minister of Transportation and more recently that of Minister for Foreign Affairs (from July 2010 to April 2012). Dzurinda is a founding member of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) and was chairman of the party from 2000 to 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the Slovak Parliament. In 2007 he was awarded the F. A. Hayek International Prize for reforms and fight against bureaucracy. He is also a marathon runner.

     

 

10.30–11.50 Finding the Soul of Europe

chaired by Paloma Krõõt TUPAY (Estonia)

 

University of Tartu constitutional law lecturer PALOMA KRÕÕT TUPAY studied law in Passau and Freiburg, Germany, and defended her doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne. She has worked in an Estonian law office, the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, and as legal adviser to the President of the Republic of Estonia. Further to legal writings, she has published opinion pieces in the Estonian press.

     

 

 

 

 

 

Urmas REINSALU (Estonia)

 

Minister of Justice of Estonia URMAS REINSALU is former Chairman of the Isamaa Party and a lawyer by profession. He has been elected three times to the Riigikogu, where he has been the chairman of the social and constitutional commissions. He has worked as the director of President Lennart Meri’s Office. Urmas Reinsalu is a member of the Defence League, the Estonian Homeowners Central Union and the Union of Estonian Lawyers.

     

 

 

 

 

György HÖLVENYI (Hungary)

 

Member of the European Parliament GYÖRGY HÖLVENYI is from Hungary and a member of the European People’s Party group (Christian Democrats). He was the Hungarian Secretary of State for Relations with Churches, National Minorities and Civil Society in 2012–2014. He is a history teacher by profession.

 Intervjuu           

 

 

 

 

Daniel MITOV Bulgaria)

 

Director of the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) DANIEL MITOV served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria from 2014 to 2017. He worked at the NDI as the head of the political party development programme in Iraq and representative in Brussels. Mitov has been the NDI representative in Libya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Yemen, Tunisia and elsewhere. He has worked at the Political Academy for Central and Southeast Europe, participating as a member of the team from the Bulgarian School of Politics. Mitov has studied political science at Sofia University. He has participated in many international programmes, including the Marshall Memorial Fund, and at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

     

11.50–12.20 Coffee break

 

12.20–13.30 Reflections on the Soul of Europe in the society

chaired by Mart LUIK (Estonia)

 

Deputy Chairman of the Tallinn City Council MART LUIK is a well-known media figure and has been the editor-in-chief of a number of Estonian periodicals (Sõnumileht, Postimees) and the managing director of several media companies (TV3 Estonia and Slovenia, director general of DTV VIASAT Russia, Ajakirjade Kirjastus) and development manager of VIASAST Broadcasting UK. Mart Luik graduated from the University of Tartu as a journalist (1994) and later in the PR field (2010); he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in media management in the University of Cumbria (since 2016). He has been a member of Pro Patria since 2017.

     

 

Alar KILP (Estonia)

 

ALAR KILP, comparative politics lecturer, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, is an Estonian political scientist. He defended his doctoral thesis “Church authority in society, culture and politics after Communism” in the University of Tartu in 2012 (supervisor Rein Taagepera). He received the University of Tartu Good Teaching Grant in 2015–2017 and was awarded as the Lecturer of the Year by the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies in 2015/2016 and one of the five Programme Managers of the Year by the University of Tartu in 2017.

     

 

 

Liisa PAKOSTA (Estonia)

 

Estonian Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner LIISA PAKOSTA is a former member of the Riigikogu and a long-term politician of Pro Patria. Pakosta has worked at the Estonian Embassy in Stockholm, been the Assistant Mayor of Tallinn (for education, culture, sport and heritage protection), and held jobs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Tallinn Heritage ProtectionDepartment.

     

 

 

 

 

Marion COY (Ireland)

 

MARION COY is a Chair of the Collins Institute in Ireland. The Collins Institute is a new policy think-tank which aims to examine the long-term challenges facing Ireland and suggest possible policy responses. It is affiliated to The Martens Centre and supports its work on European integration. Marion Coy is a trustee of the Fine Gael Party and a member of its Executive. She chairs the Mountbellew Agricultural College. She works on higher education policy, strategy and quality in Europe. She has worked recently on the review of the quality assurance agency of Estonia (EKKA). She is a former President of The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

     Intervjuu     

 

 

 

13.30–14.00 Light lunch

 

14.00–15.10 Soul of Europe in different spheres

     

chaired by Evelyn KALDOJA (Estonia)

 

Postimees world news editor EVELYN KALDOJA graduated from the University of Tartu in 2007 with a Master’s degree in comparative politics. She has been working as a journalist for Postimees since 2004 and as the head of world news since 2007. Kaldoja has also been the editor of Eesti Üliõpilasleht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippe JOURDAN (Estonia)

 

The Roman Catholic Bishop for Estonia PHILIPPE JOURDAN has been a member of the Opus Dei since 1980. He was ordained a priest in 1988 after which he joined the Holy Cross priests association. He worked as a chaplain in Paris (1988–1992) where he among other activities took part in the preparations for the World Youth Days. Later, he was a spiritual leader in Opus Dei in France (1992–1996). In 1996 Jourdan came to Estonia where he lives and works until now. He was named a general vicar in 1996. During that time he has been the priest of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral’s congregation in Tallinn (1999–2001). He has been the vice president of the Estonian Council of Churches since 2004 and has represented the Catholic Church in the Council since 1997.

 

 

Pavlo TŠERKAŠÕN (Ukraine)

 

Ukrainian Political Scientist PAVLO CHERKASHYN graduated from the Department of International Relations at the College of Europe as lawyer and political scientist. Last year he was a trainee at the European Parliament’s General Secretariat. He worked directly with the EP-Verkovna Rada relations and the EU foreign policy towards Ukraine, the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. He is a civil activist and the author of various articles.

Intervjuu 

 

 

 

 

Kirsti NARINEN (Finland)

 

Head of Foreign Relations of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats KIRSTI NARINEN is a Finnish diplomat. 2014–2018 Ambassador of Finland in Estonia. She has served in Finnish Foreign Missions in Leningrad and later the Consulate General in St. Petersburg and at the Finnish Embassy in Ljubljana.

 

 

 

 

 

15.10–15.20 Conclusions

Working languages: Estonian and English, simultaneous translation

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE „THE SOUL OF EUROPE vol3“

23. 11. 2018

Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel (F. R. Kreutzwaldi 23) Tallinn

 

 

10.00–10.30 Opening of the conference

Trivimi VELLISTE (Estonia)

 

Chairman of the Pro Patria Institute TRIVIMI VELLISTE is a politician, diplomat and national heritage figure. He is one of the founders of the heritage protection movement and Estonian citizens’ committees movement. He was the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia in 1992–1994 and Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia in the UN in 1994–1998. Velliste was a member of the defence commission in Riigikogu, one of the leaders of the Baltic Assembly, and chairman

of the parliament’s national heritage union in 1999–2011. Velliste is the chairman or honorary chairman of many associations. He has been rewarded with the Order of the National Coat of Arms, 2nd class, and different decorations of honour in Latvia, Poland, Norway, etc.

 

Tunne KELAM (Estonia)

 

Member of the European Parliament TUNNE KELAM graduated from Tartu University as a historian (1959). By the end of the 1980s he had become one of the leading advocates for the restoration of independence in Estonian society. He was founder and member of the executive of the Estonian National Independence Party (1988–1995), the first registered non-communist political party in the USSR. In 1992, he was elected chair-man of the Congress of Estonia, the alternative parliament that confronted the puppet Supreme Soviet. He has been a member of the Estonian Par-liament (1992–2004), and since 2004 Tunne Kelam has been a member of the European Parliament (EPP) Group. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs committee, subcommittee of Security and Defence. Tunne Kelam is one of the initiators of the European Parliament’s resolution on Euro-pean Conscience and Totalitarianism (2009) and the EU report on Cyber Security and Defence.

     

 

Elisabeth BAUER (Germany)

 

Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) offices for the Baltic states and Nordic countries ELISABETH BAUER have been Head of the KAS regional office for Westphalia based in Dortmund/Germany and in Saint Petersburg/Russia. Main topics of her work in the Nordic/Baltic region are foreign and security policy as well as the establishment and further improvement of networks between Germany and the remaining countries around the Baltic Sea. Recently KAS hosted an Arctic Security conference in Tromsø/Norway which gave the impetus for further Nigh North-related work of the Nordic Countries Project of KAS.

     

 

Values versus Politics – uniting or separating Europe?

Mikuláš DZURINDA (Slovakia)

 

President of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (WMCES) MIKULAŠ DZURINDA is the former prime minister of Slovakia (1998–2006). Once he became prime minister and formed a coalition government in 1998, Dzurinda introduced far-reaching reforms which have enabled Slovakia to begin the process of joining the EU and NATO. Since Slovakia gained independence in 1993, Dzurinda has also held the position of Minister of Transportation and more recently that of Minister for Foreign Affairs (from July 2010 to April 2012). Dzurinda is a founding member of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) and was chairman of the party from 2000 to 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the Slovak Parliament. In 2007 he was awarded the F. A. Hayek International Prize for reforms and fight against bureaucracy. He is also a marathon runner.

     

 

10.30–11.50 Finding the Soul of Europe

chaired by Paloma Krõõt TUPAY (Estonia)

 

University of Tartu constitutional law lecturer PALOMA KRÕÕT TUPAY studied law in Passau and Freiburg, Germany, and defended her doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne. She has worked in an Estonian law office, the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, and as legal adviser to the President of the Republic of Estonia. Further to legal writings, she has published opinion pieces in the Estonian press.

     

 

 

 

 

 

Urmas REINSALU (Estonia)

 

Minister of Justice of Estonia URMAS REINSALU is former Chairman of the Isamaa Party and a lawyer by profession. He has been elected three times to the Riigikogu, where he has been the chairman of the social and constitutional commissions. He has worked as the director of President Lennart Meri’s Office. Urmas Reinsalu is a member of the Defence League, the Estonian Homeowners Central Union and the Union of Estonian Lawyers.

     

 

 

 

 

György HÖLVENYI (Hungary)

 

Member of the European Parliament GYÖRGY HÖLVENYI is from Hungary and a member of the European People’s Party group (Christian Democrats). He was the Hungarian Secretary of State for Relations with Churches, National Minorities and Civil Society in 2012–2014. He is a history teacher by profession.

 Intervjuu           

 

 

 

 

Daniel MITOV Bulgaria)

 

Director of the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) DANIEL MITOV served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria from 2014 to 2017. He worked at the NDI as the head of the political party development programme in Iraq and representative in Brussels. Mitov has been the NDI representative in Libya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Yemen, Tunisia and elsewhere. He has worked at the Political Academy for Central and Southeast Europe, participating as a member of the team from the Bulgarian School of Politics. Mitov has studied political science at Sofia University. He has participated in many international programmes, including the Marshall Memorial Fund, and at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

     

11.50–12.20 Coffee break

 

12.20–13.30 Reflections on the Soul of Europe in the society

chaired by Mart LUIK (Estonia)

 

Deputy Chairman of the Tallinn City Council MART LUIK is a well-known media figure and has been the editor-in-chief of a number of Estonian periodicals (Sõnumileht, Postimees) and the managing director of several media companies (TV3 Estonia and Slovenia, director general of DTV VIASAT Russia, Ajakirjade Kirjastus) and development manager of VIASAST Broadcasting UK. Mart Luik graduated from the University of Tartu as a journalist (1994) and later in the PR field (2010); he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in media management in the University of Cumbria (since 2016). He has been a member of Pro Patria since 2017.

     

 

Alar KILP (Estonia)

 

ALAR KILP, comparative politics lecturer, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, is an Estonian political scientist. He defended his doctoral thesis “Church authority in society, culture and politics after Communism” in the University of Tartu in 2012 (supervisor Rein Taagepera). He received the University of Tartu Good Teaching Grant in 2015–2017 and was awarded as the Lecturer of the Year by the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies in 2015/2016 and one of the five Programme Managers of the Year by the University of Tartu in 2017.

     

 

 

Liisa PAKOSTA (Estonia)

 

Estonian Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner LIISA PAKOSTA is a former member of the Riigikogu and a long-term politician of Pro Patria. Pakosta has worked at the Estonian Embassy in Stockholm, been the Assistant Mayor of Tallinn (for education, culture, sport and heritage protection), and held jobs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Tallinn Heritage ProtectionDepartment.

     

 

 

 

 

Marion COY (Ireland)

 

MARION COY is a Chair of the Collins Institute in Ireland. The Collins Institute is a new policy think-tank which aims to examine the long-term challenges facing Ireland and suggest possible policy responses. It is affiliated to The Martens Centre and supports its work on European integration. Marion Coy is a trustee of the Fine Gael Party and a member of its Executive. She chairs the Mountbellew Agricultural College. She works on higher education policy, strategy and quality in Europe. She has worked recently on the review of the quality assurance agency of Estonia (EKKA). She is a former President of The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

     Intervjuu     

 

 

 

13.30–14.00 Light lunch

 

14.00–15.10 Soul of Europe in different spheres

     

chaired by Evelyn KALDOJA (Estonia)

 

Postimees world news editor EVELYN KALDOJA graduated from the University of Tartu in 2007 with a Master’s degree in comparative politics. She has been working as a journalist for Postimees since 2004 and as the head of world news since 2007. Kaldoja has also been the editor of Eesti Üliõpilasleht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippe JOURDAN (Estonia)

 

The Roman Catholic Bishop for Estonia PHILIPPE JOURDAN has been a member of the Opus Dei since 1980. He was ordained a priest in 1988 after which he joined the Holy Cross priests association. He worked as a chaplain in Paris (1988–1992) where he among other activities took part in the preparations for the World Youth Days. Later, he was a spiritual leader in Opus Dei in France (1992–1996). In 1996 Jourdan came to Estonia where he lives and works until now. He was named a general vicar in 1996. During that time he has been the priest of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral’s congregation in Tallinn (1999–2001). He has been the vice president of the Estonian Council of Churches since 2004 and has represented the Catholic Church in the Council since 1997.

 

 

Pavlo TŠERKAŠÕN (Ukraine)

 

Ukrainian Political Scientist PAVLO CHERKASHYN graduated from the Department of International Relations at the College of Europe as lawyer and political scientist. Last year he was a trainee at the European Parliament’s General Secretariat. He worked directly with the EP-Verkovna Rada relations and the EU foreign policy towards Ukraine, the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. He is a civil activist and the author of various articles.

Intervjuu 

 

 

 

 

Kirsti NARINEN (Finland)

 

Head of Foreign Relations of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats KIRSTI NARINEN is a Finnish diplomat. 2014–2018 Ambassador of Finland in Estonia. She has served in Finnish Foreign Missions in Leningrad and later the Consulate General in St. Petersburg and at the Finnish Embassy in Ljubljana.

 

 

 

 

 

15.10–15.20 Conclusions

Working languages: Estonian and English, simultaneous translation