06 listopada 2001
Europe`s new borders The eastward enlargement of the European Union Warsaw, Poland International Forum "Europe`s new border" is organized November 8-9th 2001 in Warsaw in the Presidential Palace by Westdeutscher Rundfunk in cooperation with the European Commission. President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski accepted an honorary patronage over the Forum. From the organizers: The planned enlargement will mean fundamental changes for the European Union: it is a matter of the integration of over one hundred million people. What will the enlargement bring - who will benefit? Besides securing peace and stability in Europe, the eastern enlargement of the European Union is intended to increase the global competitiveness of the European economy. The new competition will, however, demand major adjustments both on the part of the citizens of the country set to join and of the EU member countries. With a focus on the EU applicants Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, the Europa-Forum examines the question relating to the inner and outer borders of European integration. Four weeks before the EU Summit in Belgium`s Laeken, WDR European Studio, together with the Representation of the European Commission in Germany, is organizing a European forum for radio and television. The Polish President, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, is supporting the two-day event in Warsaw. The focus will be on the political reorganization in the European Union, probably the most important investment in Europe`s future. We will be discussing the European political basic principles of the enlargement as well as the new East policy of the European Union. In addition to the political forum, we would also like to invite you to a media policy conference on the cultural diversity and media transformation. Once again this year the European television prize civise-urope will be awarded to outstanding television program, which campaign against racism and make an exemplary presentation of co-existence in cultural diversity. This year`s civise-europe is under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Nicole Fontaine. We are delighted to be able to offer you an exchange of ideas with high-ranking politicians from all over Europe, and hope to welcome you as a participant in the discussions and as our guest in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Yours sincerely Fritz Pleitgen Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne Axel R. Bunz European Commission Berlin Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of the Republic of Poland wrote in the invitation to the participants: Annual meetings of Europa-Forum organized by Westdeutscher Rundfunk in co-operation with the European Commission have already earned a well-deserved international recognition. As a meeting point for leading European politicians and media representatives they contribute to the enhancing of an ever wider dialogue, bringing together European cultures, as well as inspiring lively discussions on the future of our continent and the problems we all have to face together. It is my personal satisfaction that I will host the fourth Forum meeting at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and welcome such distinguished politicians and opinion-makers who are closely involved in the mission of building a united Europe. I perceive it a symbol in itself that the future of the European Union is going to be discussed in Poland. We are a country that lies at the very heart of Europe and has always identified itself with the European tradition and culture. It is only nowadays that we have been given a chance to join the European family as the European Union enlargement puts an end to the political, economic, and social divisions on our continent. I am convinced that the exchange of views and ideas during the Forum will qualitatively enhance the present public debate on the new countries` accession to the European Union and distinctly emphasize that the historic project of re-uniting our continent is not an elitist one. It will first and foremost open up new opportunities to the citizens of the current and future Member States. It should therefore proceed with their full support and understanding. The process of uniting Europe, which has been gathering pace over the past years, helps our societies to get thoroughly acquainted with our cultures, traditions and values while at the same time it does allow to preserve the golden rule of unity in diversity. And it is in this particular field that the media have a significant role to play by promoting tolerance and openness as well as supporting co-operation and cultural dialogue between European societies. I sincerely hope that the discussions during the Forum will let us exchange views and ideas concerning the role of the media in the integration process, which is of an ever greater significance in the present situation when the citizens of Member States do not welcome enthusiastically either the European Union enlargement or its deepening. Our grand responsibility remains to win and secure a wide public acceptance for the European Union further development. Therefore it is with joy and pleasure that I lend my support and participate in making such initiatives as Europa-forum a reality. While promoting and deepening the public dialogue they effectively assist in creating modern European civil societies that will be ready to meet the challenges and fulfil the aspirations of XXI century. Conference program November 8TH 2001 Day`s presenter Annette Dittert Head of the ARD Television Studio Warsaw 14:00 Welcome Aleksander Kwasniewski President of the Republic of Poland Fritz Pleitgen Director-General of the WDR and Chairman of the ARD Video-Statement Romano Prodi President of the European Commission 15:00 Controversy: Freedom of movement Presenter: Bernd Musch-Borowska Head of the ARD Radio Studio Warsaw Participants: Jan Truszczynski, Poland`s Main Negotiator for the European Union Integration Elmar Brok Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament 15:15 Break 15:30 Panel discussion Europe`s new borders. Opportunities and risks of the Eastern enlargement Participants: Elmar Brok Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament Wolfgang Clement Prime Minister of the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia Tadeusz Mazowiecki former Prime Minister of Poland, former Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration of the Sejm Günter Verheugen Commissioner for the Enlargement of the European Union 16:45 Break 17:15 Panel discussion: Europe`s new neighbors. What sort of Europe are we moving towards? Presenter Helga Kirchner Editor-in-Chief WDR Radio Participants: Joschka Fischer Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Václav Klaus President of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Chairman of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) János Martonyi Foreign Minister of the Republic of Hungary 18:30 Reception in the President`s Palace hosted by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk and the European Commission 20:00 Awards ceremony civiseurope European Television Award Against racism and for cultural diversity. For television features in the categories of information and entertainment produced by members of the European Union and by the EU candidate countries: Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Organised by the ARD First German Television represented by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, as well as the Commissioner of the Federal Government for Foreigners` Affairs and the Freudenberg Foundation. Presenter Bettina Böttinger TV-Presenter Live-Music Kayah and Udo Lindenberg Television Award Under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Nicole Fontaine and with the support of the European Parliament. In co-operation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), the Belgian King Baudouin Foundation, the Belgian Evens Foundation, The Stefan Batory Foundation and the Hungarian Autonomy Foundation, Euro Video Award civis European Youth Project Organised by the RAA (Regional Office for Foreigners` Affairs, specially for the youth) Presented by Aleksander Kwasniewski President of the Republic of Poland Fritz Pleitgen Director-General of WDR and Chairman of the ARD 21:30 Cocktails in the President`s Palace 23:00 End November 9TH 2001 Day`s presenter: Bernd Musch-Borowska Head of the ARD Radio Studio Warsaw 9:30 Panel discussion: Europe`s power-controls. Media in the process of European integration Presenter Rolf-Dieter Krause Head of the ARD Television Studio Brussels Participants: Peter Brod BBC correspondent Prague Freimut Duve OSCE officer for the freedom of the media, Vienna Jo Groebel Director-General of the European Institute for the Media, Paris - Düsseldorf Lilli Gruber RAI correspondent and television presenter Rome Adam Krzeminski Publisher and editor of Polityka (Warsaw) Gerd Ruge ARD special correspondent Cologne 10:45 Break 11:00 Panel discussion: Europe`s new order. Perspectives for a policy of the future Presenter: Fritz Pleitgen Director-General of WDR and Chairman of the ARD Participants: Ingo Friedrich Vice-President of the European Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Germany Michaele Schreyer Commissioner for the European Union`s Budget Javier Solana Secretary-General of the EU-Council and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union 12:00 Panel discussion: Culture - the heart of Europe. Culture as an identity-providing factor Presenter: Annette Dittert Head of the ARD Television Studio Warsaw Participants: Frantisek Cerny Ambassador of the Czech Republic Grzegorz Dobroczynski European Centre for Communication and Culture Warsaw Péter Nádas Writer and Member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Budapest Gesine Schwan President of the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder Roger Willemsen Publisher and television presenter, Hamburg 13:00 Lunch in the President`s Palace 15:00 End