15. Vienna Congress com·sult 2018

Under the Patronage of  Sebastian Kurz – Chancellor of the Republic of Austria and Dr. Michael Häupl – Mayor and Governor of the City of Vienna

30. January 2018, House of Industry, Schwarzenbergplatz 4, Vienna

Moderation during the day: Bernd Winter – Editor-in-Chief, International Weekly Magazine „VERKEHR“

Uncertain conditions, unpredictable politicians, unclear framework conditions for the future: In the face of global imponderables, independent strategies for the future are more important than ever for the success of the location. The Vienna Congress com.sult, deals with location policy strategies that promise success even in demanding times.

The topics covered range from excellence strategies to geographical areas of hope and innovation strategies to the necessary European development. Which paths lead to excellence in future industries? Which regions in Europe provide growth? What role do innovation strategies play for success? And which strategy can be the basis for the future of the European success story? The Vienna Congress com·sult is a unique forum for decision-makers in the areas of economy, politics and science. It provides them since 2004 with an opportunity to discuss the most burning current issues. National and international thought leaders and top speakers gather together annually in order to discuss Europe’s potential and to define future oriented requirements.

Focus topics of the Vienna Congress com.sult are:

  • Paths to excellence in Austria and Europe
  • the future of the Balkans
  • increasing competitiveness through innovation
  • the future of European integration

07:30 Admission

08:15 08:35 Opening

Peter Koren – Vice-Director General, Federation of Austrian Industries

Alfred Harl – Chairman of the Austrian Professional Association of Management Consultancy, Accounting and IT (UBIT), Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

David Ungar-Klein – Initiator, Vienna Congress com·sult

08:35 08:45 Voting-Vienna Congress Agenda 2018

08:45 08:55 Introductory Note | Bujar Osmani, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Republic of Macedonia

08:55 09:05 Introductory Note | Dhurata Hoxha, Minister of European Integration, Republic of Kosovo

09:05 10:05 Panel I | Go West, Western Balkan!

The interest in the Balkan region has not only grown in connection with the management of refugee and migration flows. As other countries and regions move away from Europe, the European perspective continues to play an important role for the Balkan States. The EU will present its strategy for the Balkan states in 2018. What is the economic and political outlook for the Balkan states? What are the potential benefits for Austria in particular? Which economic and political future strategies are currently in place in the Balkan states? What further steps are necessary for the implementation of the EU-Strategy in the Balkan States?

Moderation: Karl Habsburg-LothringenPresident of the Paneuropean Movement Austria

Panelists: Dhurata Hoxha (Minister of European Integration, Republic of Kosovo), Lukas Mandl (Member of the European Parliament), Hedvig Morvai (Executive Director at European Fund for the Balkans), Bujar Osmani (Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Republic of Macedonia), Ivan Vejvoda (Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences; former Senior Vice President/Programs, German Marshall Fund of the United States)

10:05 10:20 Coffee Break

10:20 10:30 Introductory Note | Dusan Vujovic, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Serbia

10:30 10:40 Introductory Note | Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Republic of Austria

10:40 10:55 Introductory Note | Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic

10:55 11:05 Introductory Note |

11:05 11:20 Introductory Note | Nigel Farage, Member of the European Parliament

11:20 12:20 Panel II | More or less Europe?

The success story of European integration is at a turning point. Deglobalization and renationalisation influence the political rhetoric. Europe needs a sustainable strategy in order to be able to develop in accordance with the interest of its member states. What are the areas Europe needs to focus on in the coming years? Where do we need „more“ and where „less“ Europe? How fit are European institutions in terms of communicating with its member states and their citizens? How should Europe position itself in a world that has become uncertain and unpredictable?

Moderation: Igor SekardiDepartment for International Relations, Federation of Austrian Industries

Panelists: Nigel Farage (Member of the European Parliament), Václav Klaus (former President of the Czech Republic), Tibor Szanyi (Member of the European Parliament), Dusan Vujovic (Minister of Finance of the Republic of Serbia)

12:20 13:45 Lunch

13:45 14:00 Introductory Note | Markus Roth, Professional Association of Management Consultancy, Accounting and IT (UBIT), Federal Economic Chamber of Upper Austria

14:00 14:10 Introductory Note | Howard Moskowitz, Chief Scientist, Mind Genomics Advisors, LLC; Recipient of the Charles Coolidge Parlin Marketing Research Award

14:10 14:20 Introductory Note | Dragan Đuričin, Chairman of Deloitte Serbia; Professor at Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade

14:20 14:30 Introductory Note | Heinz Sommerbauer, CEO, Austro Control

14:30 14:50 Introductory Note | Tzipi Livni, Member of Knesseth, former Minister for foreign affairs, Israel

14:50 15:50 Panel III | New ways to Excellence

Excellence in business, infrastructure and research, also makes a difference in a global business world. Against this background, states and institutions are increasingly focusing on strategies of excellence to score points in international competition and to write the success stories of the future. How do business locations and regions develop excellence in certain areas? Which institutional and mental prerequisites are needed for internationally visible excellence? How do locations attract excellent people and companies?

Moderation: Claus Zeppelzauer Division Head Companies & Technology, Department Head Technopols, ecoplus. The business agency for Lower Austria

Panelists: Dragan Đuričin (Chairman of Deloitte Serbia; Professor at Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade), Bernhard Felderer (President of the Austrian Fiscal Advisory Council), Gerhard Gürtlich (Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, of the Republic of Austria), Marian-Jean Marinescu (Member of the European Parliament), Howard Moskowitz (Chief Scientist, Mind Genomics Advisors, LLC; Recipient of the Charles Coolidge Parlin Marketing Research Award), Dan Shechtman (Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry)

15:50 16:05 Coffee Break

16:05 16:15 Introductory Note | Saso Tomazic, Professor of Electrical Engineering University of Ljubljana

16:15 16:25 Introductory Note | John M. Connor, Emeritus Professor Purdue University Indianapolis

16:25 16:35 Introductory Note | Sierd Cloetingh, President Academia Europaea; President COST Association

16:35 16:50 Introductory Note | Tim Hunt, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

16:50 17:05 Introductory Note | Jerome Isaac Friedman, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics

17:05 18:00 Panel IV | The Innovation-Opportunity

Innovation is the key strategy in the digital business world. The geography of innovation is fundamentally changing. Not only in Silicon Valley, but also in other regions of the world -from Israel to China- new innovation hotspots emerge. Which strategies do actually lead to innovation success? What roles do research funding and education play? How can technology awareness be increased among the population? How to increase innovation potential for research, innovation and the industry?

Moderation: Emmanuel Glenck Head of Department, Thematic Programmes, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

Panelists: Sierd Cloetingh (President Academia Europaea; President COST Association), John M. Connor (Emeritus Professor Purdue University Indianapolis), Jerome Isaac Friedman (Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics), Tim Hunt (Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine), Eva Kondorosi (Vice-President European Research Council), Veljko Milutinovic (Fellow of the IEEE; Member of Academia Europaea)

18:00 18:15 Coffee Break

18:15 19:30 Workshop I | Less money, less Europe? 

With the Brexit the budget of the EU decreases noticeably. Will Germany close the gap? Or does the EU need to economize? Are speperate EU taxes the future? The financing of the EU and its further development go hand in Hand.

Workshop II | Absolutely digital

Digital transformation has become reality. However, many industries and companies still have an acute need for action in order to be ready for the transformation. To what extent does the economy need to think and act digitally in the future? Who supports the companies in their digital transformation process?

Workshop III | Strategies for the Balkans

The Balkan area has had a significant impact on the history of Europe. What does the future hold for this region? What strategy does Europe have for the Balkan states? What strategies do the Balkan states have for the European and their own future?

19:30 19:45 Reception

19:45 20:05 Vienna Reflection Group: The Vienna Congress Agenda 2018

20:05 20:25 Keynote Speech | Gregor Gysi, Member of the German Parliament Bundestag; President of the Party of the European Left

20:25 21:00 Golden Arrow Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 Ceremony

21:00 23:00 Get together/Networking