Seminar31st May 2006

Visegrád Group and Finland -
The ' Europe Between' in the Enlarged European Union, from North to South

31 May 2006 , Economicum, Lecture Hall 1 (Arkadiankatu 7, 2nd floor)

Organised by the Aleksanteri Institute, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Embassy of Hungary, the Embassy of Poland, the Embassy of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Programme

10.00-10.15 Opening words
Dr. Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

10.15-11.30 Fifteen years of Visegrád cooperation and five decades of Nordic cooperation; role and significance of 'core groups' in Central and Northern Europe

Chair: Prof. Markku Kivinen, Director, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

‘Introduction to the history of Visegrad co-operation, forms and fields of co-operation' : Mr. Jozef Dravecký, Director of the 2nd Territorial Department (Central & Northern Europe), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic

‘Nordic Co-Operation and Its Main Features' : Mr. Harri Mäki-Reinikka, Chief of the Secretariat, Secretariat for Nordic Cooperation, Department for Europe, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Discussants (apr. 5 min/each):
Mr. Henryk Litwin, Deputy Director of the Department for Eastern Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Poland
Mr. Jaromír Plíšek, Director General, Territorial Section I from MFA of the Czech Republic
Mr. József Tóth, Head of Department, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

11.30-12.45 Regionalisation in the enlarged EU; role of regions in influencing in the EU; experiences from V4 and the Baltic Sea Region (BSR)

Chair: Mr. Jouni Järvinen, Director of Education, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

‘The situation and perspectives of the V-4 cooperation in the EU' : Mr. József Tóth, Head of Department, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Discussants (apr. 5 min/each):
Mr. Jozef Dravecký, Director of the 2nd Territorial Department (Central & Northern Europe), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Mr. Henryk Litwin, Deputy Director of the Department for Eastern Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Poland
Mr. Jaromír Plíšek, Director General, Territorial Section I from MFA of the Czech Republic
Representative of MFA, FI(to be confirmed)
Mr. Ari Tasanen, Counsellor, Department for Europe, Unit for Central and South-Eastern Europe, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

12.45-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.15 Eastern Neighbours

Chair: Prof. Markku Kangaspuro, Senior Reseacher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

‘ Ukraine , Belarus and Moldova ' : Jaromír Plíšek, Director General, Territorial Section I from MFA of the Czech Republic

Discussants (apr. 5 min/each):
Mr. Štefan Rozkopál , Director of the Department of CIS and Balkan Peninsula countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Mr. Henryk Litwin, Deputy Director of the Department for Eastern Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Poland
Mr. József Tóth, Head of Department, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ms. Tuula Yrjölä, Counsellor, Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

15.15-16.30 Russia - EU-Russia Relations and Energy Policy in Focus

Chair: Mr. Mikko Palonkorpi, Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

‘Europe Between' : Mr. Henryk Litwin, Deputy Director of the Department for Eastern Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Poland

Discussants (apr. 5 min/each):
Mr. Štefan Rozkopál , Director of the Department of CIS and Balkan Peninsula countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Mr. Jaromír Plíšek, Director General, Territorial Section I from MFA of the Czech Republic
Mr. József Tóth, Head of Department, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Erik Ulfstedt, Ambassador, Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Mr. Olli Perheentupa, Director, Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Unit for Russia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

16.30-18.00 Reception

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