Lublin
29 September - 1 October 2016
Lublin Conference Center

Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress Agenda

  • 15:00 - 17:00
    Registration – information point
  • 17:00 - 17:45
    Official opening ceremony
  • 17:45 - 18:15
    Inaugural lecture:
  • 18:15 - 19:30
    Dinner
  • 09:00 - 10:00
    Registration and coffee time
  • 10:00 - 11:30
    Opening panel discussion:

  • International Fair for Partners and Donors
    We would like to introduce a dynamic and casual form of sharing experience using World Café method. The representatives of interested organizations and institutions will be provided with a particular space - a table, at which they will have a chance to promote their activities and discuss with other interested participants of the Fair and Congress.

    Goals:
    • Presentation of good practices and note-worthy initiatives
    • Possibilities to establish new partnerships
    • Getting familiar with financial instruments

    Benefits:
    • Chance to talk to experts of different fields and circles
    • Free of charge consultations of projects/project ideas
    • Wide promotion of activities held by different organizations
  • 11:30 - 12:30
    Award ceremony of the Contest for the best cross-border cooperation projects
    Presentations of winners
  • 12:30 - 13:30
    Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:00
    DECENTRALIZATION OF AUTHORITY
    Panel discussion: Role of Poland in the process of decentralization on local level of self-governance
    During the section the model solutions of democratic transitions regarding the decentralization processes held in Ukraine will be presented, based on an example of support actions conducted by representatives of Polish self-government and NGOs.
    The panel discussion will have a practical dimension. On the one hand, it will show the possibilities of taking into account Polish experiences, e.g. actions held by Lublin in terms of systemic transformation processes and building the mechanisms of local societies. On the other hand, the progress of changes and the managing model for united hromadas will be presented by the representatives of Ukrainian municipalities and experts of Regional Reform Offices (of Volyn and Rivne oblasts). Moreover, EU financing instruments will be presented as well, such as U-LEAD with Europe: Ukraine Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development Programme, which support Ukraine in:
    1. improving the capacities of the biggest actors on central, regional and local levels in terms of the decentralization,
    2. improving administrative services.
    The conclusion will be developed by a team of Polish and Ukrainian experts, and later on will be presented in the form of recommendations summarizing the Congress.

  • SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Panel discussion: Cooperation between cities and universities

  • MODELS OF RECONCILIATION
    Panel discussion: Survivors and saviours
    The panel discussion aims at dissemination of knowledge on selflessness of people saving lives of Jews during the Nazi occupation in Poland. A possibility of commemoration of unknown heroes – Polish citizens, and people honoured with the title of the Righteous Among Nations will be indicated. Experts from the USA and Israel (Yad Vashem Institute) will be invited to the debate. The introduction will explain the idea of righteousness in Christian cultural-civilizational circle. It will also demonstrate the mentality of particular social groups and their links in the scope of local traditions put in historical context. Each speaker will point out efficient ways to promote attitudes on taking responsibility for someone’s life, common good, and solidarity principle. Threats of taking risk during the Holocaust will be described. Such figures as Jan Karski will be recalled. The questions of motivations and terror accompanying Poles who saved Jews will be raised.

  • SECURITY IN EASTERN EUROPE
    Panel discussion: Political and military security. Perspective of solving military conflicts and post-conflict reconstruction in Eastern European states
    The debate will be initiated by Prof. Marek Pietraś, Head of the International Relations Department at the Faculty of Political Sciences at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, with his lecture on "hybrid wars" in international relations in 21st century.
    Protecting the constitutional order and national interests is a vital task of Eastern European states which are currently going through a difficult period of systemic transformations. Countries in this region are plagued with profound political, social, ethnic, cultural, regional, religious differences which become a hotbed of low-intensity conflicts. Military conflicts in Eastern European states are a part geopolitical game between powers, which may lead to the loss of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

  • CIVIL SOCIETY
    Panel discussion: Together we change cities. Cooperation within a triad citizens - NGO - city office
    "A good city is one that meets the expectations of its residents".

    Our dream is to reach this goal, but the road to it leads sometimes through difficult talks, weighting between the needs, interests and expectations of the whole city and neighbours. Respecting the history, we need to take care of today's and future shape of our cities. We need to merge hard economic conditions with the respect to the environment and the love to the city. We will have a look at it from different perspectives. We will see how to introduce social participation into the procedures of local spatial development plans and how to include the collective wisdom of citizens into the decision-making procedures on the example of the "City for People. Standards of Pedestrian Infrastructure" project. During a field trip there will be a chance to see examples of revitalized backyards which result from join actions of artists and citizens and are financed by participatory budget.

  • BUSINESS RELATIONS
    Panel discussion:

  • CONTEXTS
    Panel discussion: Media revolution in Ukraine - situation of the mass media in Ukraine two years after political changes
    Not only did the Ukrainian revolution run in the streets and battlefields of Donbas, but also in another arena - means of mass communication. It were its outburst and participation of the social media in the creation of the revolutionary movement in Maidan which proved its innovative character and the need for change. Two years after the revolution it is high time to conclude whether the media in Ukraine really did change and if they are the bearers of freedom.
  • 15:00 - 15:15
    Coffee break
  • 15:15 - 16:45
    DECENTRALIZATION OF AUTHORITY
    Panel discussion: Social strength of the cities - how to take advantage of capacity of the people in building municipal governments in Ukraine?
    Within the transition regarding Ukrainian administration, there are processes of simultaneous decentralization of authority and bottom-up unification of communities (hromadas). In order to synchronize these processes thoroughly, local self-governments start to include participatory management in strategic management. Tools such as social consultations, participatory budget and delegating public tasks to NGOs are becoming more and more popular. Importantly, these processes bring mutual benefits. On the one hand, they contribute to building of a civil society (NGOs, local groups, leaders and activists) and strengthen the identity of hromadas (communities), and on the other hand, they contribute to increasing development capacity of the cities. The debate will answer the real needs of local authorities, which have been expressed in last year's Congress recommendations.

  • SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Panel discussion: Dual degree programmes

  • MODELS OF RECONCILIATION
    Panel discussion: Poland-Ukraine: experiences
    The panel discussion relates to the experiences of the 25th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine and popularization of Polish-Ukrainian understanding in the fields of education, literature, culture and arts. The deliberations will deal with, among others, symbolic political gestures, concepts of politics of memory and actual changes which took place within last 25 years in the process of multi-dimensional cooperation.

  • SECURITY IN EASTERN EUROPE
    Panel discussion: Information security. Information warfare in Eastern Euope
    Information security of a state and society is gaining importance in the face of a new type of wars. Actions aimed at affecting or damaging the information systems of Eastern European states threatens their safety, because it allows the enemy, for example, to manipulate the domestic and international public opinion, and to incite and sustain separatists moods.

  • CIVIL SOCIETY
    Panel discussion: Beyond formal borders - about youth education
    What is informal education and what is its role in youth education? How the informal education contribute to the development of civil society? Howe does the cooperation between NGOs and institutions look like in terms of informal youth education in practice? During the panel discussion, together with invited guests, we will seek answers to the above questions, as well as will present good practices of informal education of youth.

  • BUSINESS RELATIONS
    Panel discussion:

  • CONTEXTS
    Panel discussion: From crisis to freedom
    Panel discussion „From crisis to freedom” will be dedicated to essential aspects – both spiritual and moral - of everyday life over recent decades. The subject will refer to different ways of building fundamental determinants of human dignity, that is freedom and solidarity, in terms of shaping ethical order, visualizing personal experience and basic needs, especially during difficult times, and influencing comprehensive social changes. Clerics, practicians active in the cultural borderland and philosophers will address issues on emerging from the crisis of values in the face of prior systemic transformation in Poland and currently held in Ukraine. The panel will discuss the need for, among others, cooperation in ecumenical dimension, as well as transfer of patterns and models to spheres threatened with corruption, terrorism and systems of totalitarian characteristics.
  • 16:45 - 17:00
    Coffee break
  • 17:00 - 18:30
    DECENTRALIZATION OF AUTHORITY
    Panel discussion: Renovation and revitalization - does the experience of Polish cities can answer the need of Ukrainian cieties-under-reform?
    Revitalization is usually associated with infrastructural investment. However, today it is more a multi-dimensional process of animating a degraded area, also in a social way. One of the directions of development of cities in Poland and the EU is a complex revitalization regarding infrastructural and planning activities, as well as social, cultural and visual policies. It aims at giving a new character, improving the functionality, aesthetics, user comfort and quality of life in the area. Ukrainian cities are full of buildings and urban spaces falling into despair (including of socrealist heritage), but simultaneously having great potential. The panel discussions will try to answer the following questions: What are the experiences of revitalization in Poland and the EU? What socioeconomic benefits come from the development of urban areas? How did the perspective change regarding common spaces and the need of "taming" them expressed by Ukrainian authorities and communities?

  • SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Panel discussion: Eastern European University
    The panel discussion will summarize the results of a project implemented by the City of Lublin within the Erasmus + programme. The universities engaged in the project will have a chance to exchange experiences on the mobility of students from the EaP states, their motives to study abroad, their assessment of education sector in their own and other European countries, ways to create an attractive educational offer for students from the Eastern Partnership countries, and tools for internationalization of universities.

  • MODELS OF RECONCILIATION
    Panel discussion: Threat of blurring of crimes
    The panel discussion will take the attempt to create a plurality of opinions presented by thinkers and activists from such countries as Germany, Armenia, Spain and Ukraine. The talks will hover around the issue of conflicts in European context on national, religious, political and ethnic background, as well as around attempts to overcome the crisis for the dialogue in particular places and circumstances.

  • SECURITY IN EASTERN EUROPE
    Panel discussion: Economical security. Trade wars and gas disputes in Eastern Europe
    Economic dimension of the security, which is strictly connected with the energy dimension, is one of the crucial factors shaping the security in general, in Eastern Europe as well. Energy and resource dependence poses threats to the security, but on the flip side, it constitutes an efficient tool of influence. It also regards the economic sphere, which is the basis of stability, and thus, the security. In terms of Eastern Europe, its location in between different blocks and economic systems gains in particular importance.

  • CIVIL SOCIETY
    Panel discussion:

  • BUSINESS RELATIONS
    Panel discussion:
    Dwadzieścia lat po uzyskaniu przez Polskę członkostwa w OECD, organizacja ta i jej wpływ na kształt i zakres przemian gospodarczo-systemowych w Polsce pozostają niedocenione; w podobny sposób zresztą, jak wpływ OECD na procesy reform w krajach ościennych, w tym na Ukrainie. Biorąc pod uwagę przemiany gospodarcze i polityczne w szerszym regionie Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej i aspiracje wielu państw regionu związane z uzyskaniem członkostwa w OECD niezbędne jest zrozumieć potencjalny wpływ OECD na przemiany w tychże krajach. Celem niniejszego panelu jest z jednej strony refleksja nad wpływem członkostwa Polski w OECD w nadawaniu kierunku, kształtu i dynamiki procesu transformacji systemowej w naszym kraju; z drugiej strony dyskusja na temat możliwości wykorzystania członkostwa Polski w OECD w celu emulacji doświadczeń i ekspertyzy Polski w celu wspierania procesu reform gospodarczych i społecznych w krajach ościennych, np. na Ukrainie.

    Moderator:
    dr Anna Visvizi – Instytut Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej w Lublinie

    Paneliści:
    • Maciej Fałkowski – Zastępca Dyrektora Departamentu Współpracy Ekonomicznej, Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych RP
    • prof. Katarzyna Żukrowska – Dyrektor Instytutu Spraw Międzynarodowych, Szkoła Główna Handlowa
    • Vasyl Myroshnychenko – Professional Government Initiative, Ukraine Crisis Media Center w Kijowie

    Partner panelu:
    Instytut Europy Środkowo Wschodniej w Lublinie

  • CONTEXTS
    Panel discussion:
    W Polsce obserwuje się wzrost nastrojów ksenofobicznych, nacjonalistycznych i rasistowskich. Przejawia się to między innymi we wzmożonej aktywności środowisk radykalnych: aktach przemocy symbolicznej i fizycznej. Wpływ na to ma szereg zjawisk, w tym dyskusja o uchodźcach z Bliskiego Wschodu i Afryki. Do Polski migrują przedstawiciele licznych narodów: setki tysięcy Ukraińców szukają pracy i wykształcenia, tysiące osób z Europy Wschodniej starają się o azyl. Powiększa się w ten sposób liczebność mniejszości narodowych i etnicznych w Polsce – społeczności, które często padają ofiarą przemocy ze strony radykałów. Paneliści zastanowią się między innymi, przed jakimi wyzwaniami stoimy w tym kontekście jako społeczeństwo obywatelskie, media i państwo, jak rozwiązać problem wzrostu nastrojów nacjonalistycznych oraz jakie są jego przyczyny.

    Paneliści: Anna Dąbrowska (prezeska stowarzyszenia Homo Faber, trenerka, prowadzi szkolenia z praw człowieka, antydyskryminacji, wrażliwości kulturowej); Andrzej Szeptycki (politolog, publicysta „Nowej Europy Wschodniej”, Uniwersytet Warszawski, w latach 2005-2009 analityk w Polskim Instytucie Spraw Międzynarodowych); Piotr Tyma (polski historyk, prezes Związku Ukraińców w Polsce, członek Komisji Wspólnej Rządu i Mniejszości Narodowych, członek Komisji Praw Człowieka Światowego Kongresu Ukraińców). Moderator: Zbigniew Rokita (dziennikarz, sekretarz redakcji „Nowej Europy Wschodniej”, współpracownik „Tygodnika Powszechnego”)
  • 18:30 - 19:30
    DECENTRALIZATION OF AUTHORITY
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • MODELS OF RECONCILIATION
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • SECURITY IN EASTERN EUROPE
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations
    "Russkiy Mir". Ideology. Culture. Geopolitics
    In order to preserve its influence in Eastern Europe and remain a major player in international relations, Russian Federation uses a number of varied instruments. One of the examples in so-called "Russkiy Mir" - a concept functioning and implemented in many intersecting planes. This concept severs a ideological justification for Russian domination in Eastern Europe, wherein the cultural factor has a paramount importance. In a broader perspective, "Ruskiy Mir" also seeks realization of Russian geopolitical interests.

  • CIVIL SOCIETY
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • BUSINESS RELATIONS
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • CONTEXTS
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations
  • 19:30
    Dinner
  • 08:30 - 09:00
    Registration - information point
  • 09:00 - 10:30
    DECENTRALIZATION OF CULTURE
    Panel discussion: Social capital in creating culture and introducing real changes in development of cities and regions
    Social potential - activists, informal groups, NGOs play a crucial role in creating culture. Their activities have real impact on the improvement of the quality of life of citizens, as well as the development of cities and regions. How to discover, support and multiply bottom-up and informal initiatives? In what way local, regional and central authorities should support grass-root initiatives? How to build trust to public institutions and provide urban spaces to the needs of the citizens?

  • SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Panel discussion:

  • HUMANITARIAN AID
    Panel discussion:

  • SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
    Panel discussion: Public transport - inter-modal transport as a chance for reducing traffic
    Efficient and comfortable public transport should be a basic mean of transport for the citizens. The phenomenon of sub-urbanization and a significant number of people reaching cities from the surrounding municipalities result in heavy traffic and issues with efficient movement. Investments in bus fleet, dynamic passenger information system, bus lanes, multi-modal transport, including park&rides and bike&rides, or car-pooling constitute, on the one hand, a huge challenge, but on the other hand, an opportunity to change transport habits of the citizens.

  • TOURISM
    Panel discussion:

  • HERITAGE
    Panel discussion: Cultural heritage and the new media
    The attitude towards the cultural heritage has significantly changed in recent years. It happened mainly due to information and communications technologies (ICT) which give access and opportunity to take advantage of the cultural heritage resources. The technologies allow to share and disseminate heritage resources, and later on, to use them by wide and varied community.
    The panel will constitute an attempt to determine directions and methods of using cultural heritage resources in terms of using ICT measures.
  • 10:30 - 10:45
    Coffee break
  • 10:45 - 12:15
    DECENTRALIZATION OF CULTURE
    Panel discussion: Cultural education - challenges and changes faced by institutions of culture
    During the panel, representatives of municipal institutions of culture (houses of culture, libraries, galleries) will debate on: why cultural education is so important nowadays? How to make the offer of municipal institutions more complex, available and adequate to the needs of the citizens? How to adjust the mentioned institutions to technological, economic and social changes?

  • SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Panel discussion:
    Czym jest edukacja pozaformalna i jaka jest jej rola w edukacji młodzieży? Jak edukacja pozaformalna służy rozwojowi społeczeństwa obywatelskiego? Jak w praktyce wygląda współpraca pomiędzy organizacjami/ instytucjami w zakresie pozaformalnej edukacji młodzieży? W trakcie panelu wraz z zaproszonymi gośćmi poszukamy odpowiedzi między innymi na te pytania, jak również pokażemy dobre praktyki działań z zakresu edukacji pozaformalnej.

  • HUMANITARIAN AID
    Panel discussion:

  • SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
    Panel discussion: Good practices in terms of cycling and walking policies
    For last few years Lublin has been developing its cycling infrastructure, including urban bike system, and recently it has intensified activities for pedestrian traffic. Strategic documents, such as standards for cycling infrastructure and cycling policy help to create an effective policy which encourages the citizens to use bicycles as a mean of transport. It also increases the importance of walking as the most natural way of transport in a modern city. During the discussion, a selection of solutions and activities for cyclists and pedestrians in Lublin will be presented, which can be effectively adopted in other countries like Belarus and Ukraine.

  • TOURISM
    Panel discussion:

  • HERITAGE
    Panel discussion: Cultural heritage and the modernism
    Modernist architecture, especially the late one from the second half of the 20th century, is often perceived as an unwanted leftover of past political system. Its simple forms, full of ribbon glazing and linear decorations, are not resistant to time and negligence. As a result, even the best projects of public buildings or thoughtfully designed housing estates are a relic of previous era. During the panel discussion, a question on the value of this architectural heritage will be asked. Is it just a reminiscence of the PRL buildings? Or maybe, being a result of human work, it constitute an important, but still poorly recognized both in Poland and Eastern Europe, cultural heritage, which should be accepted, catalogued and objectively evaluated due to its aesthetic and functional assets.
  • 12:15 - 13:15
    Lunch
  • 13:15 - 14:45
    DECENTRALIZATION OF CULTURE
    Panel discussion: Corporate Social Responsibility - cooperation between business and municipality in creation of joint instruments supporting development of activities
    Representatives of business, local authorities, institutions of cultures and NGOs will jointly discuss on creating instruments supporting the development of culture. Good practices in this area will be presented. The panel will also answer the question how to include business in long-term support programmes for culture.

  • SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Panel discussion:

  • HUMANITARIAN AID
    Panel discussion:

  • SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
    Field trip: Field trip around cycling and walking infrastructure in Lublin
    Bicycle field trip around Lublin during which the best and most interesting examples of cycling and walking infrastructure solutions will be presented.

  • TOURISM
    Panel discussion:

  • HERITAGE
    Panel discussion: Cultural heritage and tourist routes
    Does the potential of cultural heritage in Central and Eastern Europe is sufficiently presented in tourism? How to take advantage of the cultural heritage as an important factor of local development? Can the cultural routes be an effective supporting tool for the development?
  • 14:45 - 15:00
    Break
  • 15:00 - 16:00
    DECENTRALIZATION OF CULTURE
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • HUMANITARIAN AID
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations
    Sustainable transport as an opportunity for a clean and attractive city

  • TOURISM
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations

  • HERITAGE
    Programme area summary and development of recommendations
  • 16:00 - 16:15
    Break
  • 16:15 - 17:00
    Presentation of elaborated recommendations
  • 17:00
    Official closing of the Congress

Lublin

Projekt "Lublin i Rzeszów – współpraca i wykorzystanie szans rozwojowych" współfinansowany przez Europejski Fundusz Rozwoju Regionalnego
w ramach Programu Operacyjnego Rozwój Polski Wschodniej

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