24 - 25 September 2018
Lublin Conference Center
Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin

This year's 7th edition of the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress will be devoted to building of lasting relations within the regional cooperation of Central and Eastern European countries in the context of the hundred-year tradition of independence, liberty and civil rights.

In 2018 Poland is celebrating 100th anniversary of regaining its independence. The memory of the emerging new international order and the restoration of states’ recognition constitutes an excellent opportunity to discuss the future of contemporary Europe, its identity, the challenges to be faced, and the need for deeper integration and cooperation.
Panels devoted to regional partnerships, transnational and regional cooperation will be also an important element of the discussion.

This year's Congress will moreover include important issues related to science and education, heritage and reconciliation as well as local democracy, which is of great importance for the still-reforming Ukraine. What is more, the panels devoted to tourism, innovation, mobility and broadly understood equality promise to be very interesting.
The debates will focus on indicating how many areas of regional cooperation with neighbouring Eastern Partnership countries exist across the EU and how to efficiently build agreements and lasting partner relations on many levels.

Dear Visitor,

We have before us an exceptional 7th edition of the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress, which falls in such a meaningful year 2018 – the year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. I am pleased to invite you to participate in this year’s memorable event and honour this occasion together.

“Lublin 1918-2018. Freedom Inspires Us” – we wish that this theme of the celebrations will draw attention to certain occurrences which were initiated in our city, and furthermore, influenced the independence movement across Poland. The keynote of this year’s Congress deliberations will be building sustainable relations and regional cooperation between countries in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of a 100-years-long tradition of self-governance, citizenship and freedom. The Congress in one of these events which demonstrate mutual collaboration and partnership between states. Being organized in a participatory spirit, the meeting attracts a greater circles of local authorities, politicians, scientists and researchers, experts and leaders from both the European Union and Eastern Partnership on a regular basis.

I deeply hope that your participation in this year’s Congress will bring you many positive impressions, while all gained experiences and made acquaintances will contribute to cement close relationships and bring measurable benefits of regional collaboration.

Krzysztof Żuk, Ph.D.
The Mayor of the City of Lublin

Dear Sir and Madam,

I am pleased to invite you to participate in the 7th Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress.

Lubelskie Voivodeship and the City of Lublin are places which for centuries have been located at the meeting point of cultures, traditions and religions of Eastern and Western Europe. The Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress refers to the rich experience of this part of Europe providing a platform for dialogue on local initiatives and undertakings implemented in cross-border and interregional cooperation.

This year's Congress will be held at a special time. A hundred years ago the Republic of Poland regained its independence. To this day, this event is a source of inspiration and motivation for further work for the development of our country and its image on the international arena. I am convinced that the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress, providing an opportunity to intensify the cooperation between the European Union and the countries of Eastern Europe, will underline this exceptional jubilee. Inviting you to participate in the 7th edition of the Congress, I wish you many inspiring meetings and fruitful conversations!

Sławomir Sosnowski
Marshal of Lubelskie Voivodeship


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