This year's 8th edition of the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress will be dedicated to unique events and their role in our contemporary reality.
For Lublin, 2019 is a special year – the 450th Anniversary of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, called the Union of Lublin, falls on 1 July. This will be a great opportunity to reflect on the common and different cultural and historical heritage of our country and neighbors, as well as the important role of Lublin and our region in shaping the European community of nations. We will show in this jubilee year how to draw from the heritage and experience of the Union of Lublin and build the future of present Europe. Moreover, it is a time when a number of other anniversaries coincides: the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, the 15th Anniversary of Poland's Accession to the European Union, the 20th Anniversary of Poland's Membership in NATO and the 30th Anniversary of Democratic Transformations in the Central European Region.
This is an excellent starting point for a discussion about the future of modern Europe, its identity, challenges that need to be faced, and the need for deeper integration and cooperation. As an important element of the discussion, there will also take place panels dedicated to regional partnerships, transnational and regional cooperation.
This year's Congress will cover also important issues related to heritage and reconciliation, local democracy as well as science and education, which is so important for the constantly reforming Ukraine. What is more, the panels devoted to tourism, culture, innovations, mobility and broadly understood equality promise to be very interesting.
The debates will focus on showing how many areas of regional cooperation exist across the EU with neighboring Eastern Partnership countries, and how to efficiently build agreements and lasting partner relations on many fields.
Another 8th edition of the Eastern European Initiatives Congress is coming. It will be held in the special time for Lublin in 2019, which is established by a resolution of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland as the Year of the Union of Lublin. I am very pleased to invite you to participate in this Congress and celebrating this jubilee all together.
The year 2019 is a special time for Lublin, on July 1, the 450th anniversary of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, the so called Union of Lublin. This jubilee is an excellent opportunity for a deeper reflection on the common cultural and historical heritage of Eastern Europe as well as the important role of Lublin and the Lublin Region in forming the European community of nations. Together we can show how to draw on inspirations from the heritage and experience of the Union of Lublin and how can we build the future of present Europe.
This year edition also falls in the year of the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, the 15th anniversary of Poland's accession to the European Union as well the 20th anniversary of NATO membership, and the 30th anniversary of democratic transformation in the Central European Region.
I truly hope that participation in that Congress will bring you a lot of positive impressions, experience and established contacts will help to strengthen relationships in building and shaping international cooperation.
Dr. Krzysztof Żuk
President of the City of Lublin
It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 8th edition of the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress.
As usual, the agenda of the Congress has been developed in a participatory process involving various circles from Central and Eastern Europe. We greatly admire this value, which guarantees pluralism of ideas and strengthens intersectoral and international dialogue.
The Board of the Lubelskie Voivodeship decided not to co-organise the Congress this year. We however remain open for co-operation with the voivodeship's self-government in the years to come.
We encourage you to register to the Congress and look forward to your presence
on 23-24 September in Lublin.
President of the EEIC Programme Council
President of the EEIC Organisational Committee