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23 September

  • 9:00 - 10:00

    Registration and coffee
    Congress Centre of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin

  • 9:30 - 13:00

    Donors' Fair
    Congress Centre of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin

  • 9:30 - 13:00

    Partner Forum
    University of Life Sciences in Lublin, connector between the Congress Center building and the Agro II building, ground floor

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    Opening Ceremony
    Assembly Hall, Congress Centre of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin

  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Historical happening – a living painting of The Union of Lublin by Jan Matejko
    Assembly Hall, Congress Centre of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin

  • 11:00 - 11:30

    Inaugural lecture by Prof. Jan Widacki, Polish lawyer and diplomat, attorney, professor of law, member of the Polish Parliament of 6th term
    Assembly Hall, Congress Centre of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin

  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Opening panel: From the Union of Lublin to the Eastern Partnership
    Assembly Hall, Congress Centre of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin

    This year's Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress takes place 450 years after the conclusion of the Union of Lublin, 15 years after Poland's accession to the EU, and finally, 10 years after the establishment of the Eastern Partnership. The opening panel creates a perfect opportunity to reflect on the common cultural and historical heritage of Eastern Europe, as well as on the role of our region in shaping the European community of nations. The panellists are direct participants of the events that led to both the creation of the Eastern Partnership and earlier the enlargement of the European Union. They are also diplomats, historians and people involved in building cooperation between the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

    Moderator:
    Krzysztof Stanowski, Director of the International Cooperation Centre of Lublin City Office, Poland

    Spekers:
    Jan Truszczyński, Chief Negotiator of the Conditions of Polish EU Membership, First Director General of the European Commission from the New Member States, Poland
    Artur Michalski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Belarus, Poland
    Artur Soboń, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Investment and Development, Poland
    William Tompson, Head of the Eurasia Division OECD, France
    Aleksander Rumak, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Belarus
    Valentyna Poltavets, Executive Director of the Association of United Territorial Communities of Ukraine
    Asst. Prof. Beata Surmacz, Director of the Central Europe Institute in Lublin


  • 11:00 - 12:00

    Registration and coffee for the Conference Cre Art
    Galeria Labirynt, Sala Czarna

  • 12:00 - 13:00

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Opening lecture “How to deal with a shotgun that backfires”
    Galeria Labirynt, Black Hall


    Introduction to the panel “How to deal with a shotgun that backfires”
    Sebastian Cichocki - curator, writer and art critic, chief curator in the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, curator of the Sculpture Park in Bródno and numerous individual and group exhibitions

    Jerzy Ludwiński, an art theoretician whose life and early work were connected with Lublin, wrote in his essay “Art in the Postartistic Age”: “Most probably today we no longer deal with art. We have simply overlooked the moment when it transformed itself into something else, something which we cannot name. It is certain, however, that what we deal with today offers greater possibilities.” We can treat this statement as the motto to numerous present-day artistic activities which embody one of the fundamental postulates of twentieth-century avant-garde movements: the merging of art and everyday life. Artists and curators increasingly engage in public debates, speak up on political issues, make efforts to secure the world from dangers such as racism, nationalism, fascism and neo-fascism, global warming or environmental pollution.

    The conference entitled “How to Deal with a Shotgun that Backfires”: Art in the Era of Post-truth, Conspiracy Theories and Negationism deals with four topics that have a great impact on today’s politics, public debate and twenty-first-century social tensions: climate change, post-fascism, misogyny, and speciesism. It also dwells on the notion described by psychologists who study the processes of the formation of political views as a “backfire effect.” As shown in the studies published by, among others, Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler of the University of Michigan (When Corrections Fail: The Persistence of Political Misperception), it is almost impossible to change a person’s worldview by confronting him or her with scientifically proven and experimentally verifiable facts, supported with rationally collected data such as statistics, photographic materials or documents. Moreover, when confronted with counterinformation, people who stick to a conspiracy theory are reinforced in their conviction that they are right. The consensus among psychologists is that a rational discussion can almost never change even the most unreasonable views. This also applies to highly dangerous views on race segregation, superiority of one sex over the other, violence towards other species, etc.

    Each of the panel discussions/workshops proposed as part of the conference will become an attempt to face the mechanisms of dissemination of conspiracy theories, post-truth and the processes of repression (denialism) that accompany them. The role of chairs and moderators of the discussions and workshops will be provided by experts involved in political and environmental activism coupled with programme activities of contemporary art institutions.

  • 12:00 - 13:00

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Artistic interventions/ workshop "So-called: A practical workshop on the production of stamps"
    Galeria Labirynt, Black Hall


    Leader:
    Lada Nakonechna - artist, editor of Prostory.net.ua, member of the R.E.P. group (Revolutionary Experimental Space) and the Hudrada curatorial collective

    The workshop prepared by Ukrainian artist Lada Nakonechna is based on joint production of stamps and discussion on their contemporary application as a political tool in public space - for the purposes of manipulation, demonstration or resistance. In the theoretical part, the artist will discuss issues related to works of art dealing with language and translation, focusing especially on the current socio-political situation in Ukraine, in the context of war, censorship, extreme right-wing attacks, and growing opposition from civic institutions.
    The workshop is intended for everyone willing to participate, without any preferred target group.


  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch
    Agro II building, holl, room 1

  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Lub-Invest
    Will a cross-border activity the economies of the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe?
    room 101, Agroo II

    The debate will seek answers to the question of whether cross-borderism stands a chance to become a driving force for the economies of the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe states. The discussion participants will address issues of which spectrum of international activities of central and local government authorities should be supported in order to overcome the impact of state borders as economic and infrastructural barriers, as well as what stereotypes need to be overcome, and what prejudices still exist on both sides of the border. There is a need to emphasize that cross-border and interregional cooperation strengthens good neighbourly relations between countries, ensures stability, and provide equal and balanced socio-economic development.

    Moderator:
    Jacek Piechota - President of the Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, Poland

    Speakers:
    Oleksandr Kobzarev, Director of the City Institute of Lviv, Ukraine
    Prof. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
    Iurii Vilkul, Mayor of the City of Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
    Elena Pivnik, Vice-president of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brest, Belarus

    Partner:
    Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Equality
    Equality - Independence - Self-relience - Implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Accessibility, Education, Self-relience)
    room 14, Agroo II

    Equality - Independence – Autonomy – Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (accessibility, education, independence).

    The discussion will focus on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention enshrines standards to ensure the full and equal use of human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities on an equal basis to all other citizens. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13th December 2006, ratified by Poland on 25th September 2012, Ukraine on 4th February 2010, and Belarus on 25th November 2016.

    Moderation:
    Alicja Jankiewicz - President of the Boardof the Lublin Forum of Organisations for People with Disabilities, Poland

    Speakers:
    Kapka Panajotowa – Director of the European Network on Independent Living, Bulgaria
    Raisa Kravchenko – Ukrainian nationwide public organization "Coalition for the protection of the rights of persons with intellectual disorders", Ukraine
    Alla Andrushchuk – President of the „Live with Hope” Fund and the „Star of Hope” Civic Social Organization of Disabled Children and their Families from Kremenets, Ukraine
    Ivan Shmyha – President of the youth organization „Invalids and the Environment” from Brest, Belarus
    Elena Kuliukina – Board Member of the Belorussian Society of People with Disabilities Association, Belarus
    Arkadiusz Biały, Ph.D. – Head of Monitoring Team, expert in research and analysis, Forum of Lublin Non-governmental Organisations, Poland
    Krzysztof Kurowski, Ph.D. – Equal Treatment Team of the Ombudsman's Office, Poland

    Partner:
    Lublin Forum of Organisations for People with Disabilities
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Space of inspiration and dialogue
    Summary of de-communization in Ukraine


    LITPOLUKRBRIG: Three nations - one viewAssembly Hall, Congress Centre of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin

    14:00-14:45
    Summary of de-communization in Ukraine
    Alina Shpak, Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Kyiv

    14:45-15:30

    LITPOLUKRBRIG: Three nations - one view
    Colonel Dmytro Bratiszko - Commander of LITPOLUKRBRIG, Lublin

  • 14:00 - 15:30

    OECD seminar
    Building blocks of a well-functioning social entrepreneurship ecosystem – policy implementations
    room 15, Agro II

    This seminar builds on the results of the first project seminar held in Minsk on 12 June 2019 on developing an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship in Belarus. The meeting will be broken down in two thematic sessions:
    In the first session, speakers will set the scene and provide an overview of the building blocks of a well-functioning social entrepreneurship ecosystem, based on the OECD/EC Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool. Speakers will also present a comparative perspective on emerging approaches to social enterprise regulation, status assignment and impact measurement.
    In the second session, speakers will highlight key priorities to develop a system for social and inclusive entrepreneurship in Belarus: incentivising social enterprise creation, as well as integrating and rehabilitating persons with disabilities.

    14.00-14.10
    Welcoming remarks
    William Tompson, Head of Eurasia Division, OECD Global Relations
    Konrad Pawlik, Deputy Director, Department of Economic Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
    Alexander Rumak, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Belarus

    Session 1: Building blocks of a well-functioning social entrepreneurship ecosystem – policy implementation
    14.10-14.50
    The OECD/EC Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool - Findings from Belarus’s self-assessment
    Antonella Noya,  Head of Social Entrepreneurship Unit, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship
    Discussant:
    Oleg Tokun, Head of employment policy  department,  Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Belarus

    14.50-15.30
    Developing the regulatory environment for social entrepreneurship:
    How to assign the status of “social” enterprise? How can social impact be measured?
    Antonella Noya, Head of Social Entrepreneurship Unit, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship
    Ewa Konczal, Central and Eastern Europe Manager, European Venture Philanthropy Association

  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Regional Partnerships
    The role of the Volunteer Fire Brigades in the social life of Poland, Ukraine and Finland
    room 3, Agroo II


    Who will be the quickest to help you in a difficult situation, for example, when you are hit by fire, flood or accident? Of course, your neighbour, colleague, municipal clerk, teacher or local farmer. Generally speaking, it would be a representative of the Voluntary Fire Brigade. How do they arise, in what forms do they associate, and how do they cooperate with local authorities in Poland, Ukraine and Finland?

    Moderator:
    Kazimierz Smal – Voyt of Ruda Huta Commune, President of the Board of the Chełm District Branch of the Polish Voluntary Fire Brigades Association, Poland

    Experts:
    Johannes Moisio – Chairman of the AEBR Task Force on External Borders, Finland
    Nikolaj Kuznitskij – Head of the Centre for Security and Community Relations at the Brest Regional Branch of the Ministry of Emergency Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
    Kuch Oleh – Head of Lubesziv Community, Ukraine
    Sławomir Koziej – Head of the Operational Department of the Municipal Headquarters of the State Fire Department in Chełm

    Partner: Poland - East Cooperation Centre Association
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Politics and security
    Eastern Europe between the Eurasian and European political system
    room 102, Agroo II

    After the collapse of the USSR, the new independent states made a difficult effort of systemic transformations, declaring the introduction of the principles of democratic state of law. After almost three decades of changes, only the Baltic States, i.e. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, have built the European model of democracy. In the next group of countries, i.e. Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, hybrid regimes were formed, what pose an obstacle to the implementation of the European model there. Another group of countries, partially Armenia or fully Belarus, Azerbaijan, returned to authoritarian practices. The Eurasian political model as an authoritarian one was formed in the Russian Federation and is promoted with the aim of preserving the Russian sphere of influence. The aim of the panel is to analyse the process of transitions in the countries of Eastern Europe in the context of the implementation of the political model in order to show the dynamics and effects of change, as well as the prospects of evolution.

    Moderation:
    Prof. Walenty Baluk – Centre for Eastern Europe, Faculty of Political Science, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland

    Speakers:
    Prof. Alexandre Kukhianidze – Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Tbilisi State University, Georgia
    Prof. Paul Kalinichenko – Faculty of Law, National University "Higher School of Economics" in Moscow, Russia
    Prof. Jurij Makar – Faculty of History, Political Science and International Relations of the Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine
    Prof. Serhij Danylenko – Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
    Prof. Wojciech Sokół – Faculty of Political Science, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland

    Partners: Centre for Eastern Europe, Faculty of Political Science Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Institute of Political Science and International Affairs of the Catholic University of Lublin, Institute of Central Europe in Lublin
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Local Democracy
    Decentralisation process in Ukraine - current status, international support, perspectives for the future, and inspiration for other Eastern Partnership states
    room 104, Agroo II

    During the panel, the process of decentralisation of Ukraine will be discussed from the perspective of an acting head of local government, known for participating and winning the “One in a Million Hromada” programme. The viewpoint of an expert supporting the President of Ukraine in this field will be extremely interesting. The experiences of international donors, e.g. within U-LEAD programme as well as Polish organisations actively supporting decentralisation, such as Solidarity Fund PL, Foundation for Support of Local Democracy or Managerial Initiatives Foundation, will be addressed. Additionally, a discussion on the self-government in Georgia will be held with vice-governor of Guria Region.

    Moderation:
    Paweł Prokop – President of the Managerial Initiatives Foundation, president of the EEIC Programme Board

    Speakers:
    Ihor Dovirak – President of the United Territorial Community of Pechenizhyn, head of the Association of United Territorial Communities of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine
    Natalia Gmurkowska – Adviser to the Board of the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy on the cooperation with Eastern Europe states, Poland
    Ruslan Rokhov – founder and head of The School of Mayors, expert on the decentralisation process, Ukraine
    Adam Sauer – programme manager for Ukraine, Solidarity Fund PL, Poland
    Anatolij Parchomiuk – Director of Volhyna Centre for Local Self-government Development, U-LEAD programme, Ukraine
    Oleksandr Hanushchyn – Head of Lviv Oblast Council, Ukraine

    Special guest:
    Ketevan Moistsrafeshvili – Deputy of State Representative in Lanchkhuti, Ozurgeti and Chokhatauri Municipalities, Guria, Georgia

    Partners:
    Foundation in Support of Local Democracy
    Managerial Initiatives Foundation
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Open Europe
    15 years of Poland's membership in the EU: achievements, opportunities and challenges
    room 103, Agroo II

    In May 2019, 15 years have passed since Poland became a member of the European Union. Not only was this period significant from the point of view of economy, politics and social development of our country, but also from the perspective of the dynamics of the evolution of the European project. The position and activity of Poland in the EU has been so far reflected in the initiatives proposed, such as the Eastern Partnership, as well as by the fact that Poles have taken up prestigious EU positions, such as the President of the European Parliament and the President of the European Council. Current changes taking place in the European Union and in the international arena require the development of new ways of active participation of Poland in the process of creating new tasks, goals and visions of the European Union. The aim of the panel is to summarize past 15 years of Poland's functioning in the European Union, our path to membership, achievements and failures, but above all, Poland's position in the face of regional and global challenges to be faced by the European Union in the future.

    Moderation:
    Beata Piskorska, D.Sc. – Institute of Political Science and International Affairs of the Catholic University of Lublin

    Speakers:
    Ambassador Marek Prawda, Ph.D. – Head of the European Commission Representation in Poland
    Ambassador Jan Truszczyński – Academy of Finance and Business Vistula, Team Europe, Warsaw
    Ambassador Prof. Marek Grela – Academy of Finance and Business Vistula, Team Europe, Warsaw

    Co-organizers:
    Institute of Political Science and International Affairs of the Catholic University of Lublin
    The European Commission Representation Office in Poland
    ERIA Association of International Education and Research
    Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland
    Polish Society for European Studies - Lublin Branch
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    From the Union of Lublin to the European Union
    What unites us, who divides us. Managing fear - the rhetoric of conflict (part I, discussion of problems)
    room 2, Agroo II

    Poland and the Eastern Partnership countries still lack soft power actions to support social and public diplomacy. Contemporary neighbourhood relations and exposing narrations that generate and fuel conflicts will be the main topics discussed. Keywords: Polish-Ukrainian, Polish-Russian, Polish-Belarusian, Polish-Lithuanian relations concerning common historical heritage and discourse on different historical policies.

    Moderation:
    Aleksandra Zińczuk, Lublin City Office
    Kamil Kamiński, Common Space Foundation, Warsaw

    Speakers:
    Prof. Oleh Yaskiv, Director of the Andriy Sheptytsky Centre in Lviv, Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine
    Prof. Alexey Vasilyev, Higher School of Economics National Research University in Moscow, Russia
    Gediminas Kazėnas, Ph.D., Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania
    Dominik Szulc, Ph.D., Polish Academy of Science, Poland
    Aleh Hulak, President of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Belarus

    Partner:
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland


  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Workshop “How to learn together: Exercises for a time of civilatory crisis”
    Galeria Labirynt, Black Hall


    Leader:
    Pablo Martínez - Head of Education and Public Programmes at MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona

    The workshop is connected with two themes: climate crisis and homophobia. It will have the form of a reading session and a discussion on radical education and art institutions in the twenty-first century. Pablo Martinez will introduce  methods and tools used in the Museum of Modern Art (MACBA) in Barcelona in their work with different audiences at risk of exclusion. During the discussion the participants will also cook together as gastronomy constitutes a significant part of educational practices applied in MACBA.

    Potential participants: individuals interested in cultural policies, education, emancipation, cooking and food production, as well as in the end of the world, arts and crafts.

  • 15:30 - 15:45

    Coffee break
    Agro II building, holl, ground and the first floor

  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Lub-Invest
    Internationalisation of the polish companies and their promotion on prospective markets with the use of cross-border e-commerce
    room 101, Agroo II

    PwC will present a report entitled Analysis of the internationalization potential of Polish companies and the promotion of Polish priority industries on prospective markets through electronic channels - "E-EXPORT" implemented at the request of the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology. The report includes such elements as analysis of the phenomenon of e-export in Poland and Polish companies, e-export potential of Polish economy (SWOT), instruments for supporting the expansion of enterprises through electronic channels that operate in other countries or infrastructure solutions that support or condition fast development of e-export. The project concerns 12 priority industries: biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, construction, automotive and aviation parts, IT / ICT, yachts and recreational boats, cosmetics, machinery and equipment, furniture, Polish fashion, Polish food specialties, medical equipment, health services.
    The discussion will be devoted to the analysis of Polish and cross-border e-commerce market, the best global practices in the field of export support and e-export, as well as the most important elements and barriers in the infrastructure of cross-border e-export. The discussion will lead to the development of recommendations regarding support instruments that should be offered by state institutions as part of supporting e-export.

    Moderator: Paweł Oleszczuk – Advisory Manager PwC

    Speakers:
    Janusz Wіadyczak – President of the Board KUKE,
    Dionizy Smoleс – Director PwC
    Agata Barczyk - Expert on international expansion in Google
    Tomasz Salomon – Deputy Director of the Department of Trade and International Cooperation Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology
    Mariusz Klementowski – President of the Board AmerPharma

    Partners: PwC, KUKE
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Equality
    LGBT community in local governments of Poland and Eastern Partnership countries
    room 14, Agroo II



    Moderation:
    Alicja Sienkiewicz - Lublin Equality March Association

    Speakers:
    Uliana Movchan – Program Director of NGO Insight, Ukraine
    Anastasia Danilova – Executive director of GENDERDOC-M, Moldova
    Danuta Sowińska - Gdańsk, Poland
    Anna Szadkowska - Lublin City Office

    Partners:
    Homo Faber Association
    Lublin Equality March Association
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Space of inspiration and dialogue
    The Polish-Ukrainian border: a gate or a wall?


    Border with a human face – presentation of report with recommendations on the Polish-Ukrainian borderAssembly Hall Congress Holl of the University of Life Sciences

    15:45-16:30
    1. Polish-Ukrainian border: a gate or a wall?

    Presentation of the results of the research on the Polish-Ukrainian border conducted together by the Stefan Batory Foundation from Warsaw and the social initiative "Europe without barriers" from Kiev. Researchers checked not only the effectiveness of border crossings and travel comfort, but, most importantly, the impact of the proximity of the border on the communities located in its vicinity.
    Is the border an opportunity or a curse for border regions?
    Can the local economy exist without petty smuggling?
    How does the border affect the tourist potential of the Lubelskie and Podkarpackie Regions?
    And where is the most prosperous Biedronka Supermarket in Poland?
    The above issues will be discussed during the panel.
    Moreover, recommendations for improving the functioning of the border will be presented. Not only will they be addressed to central and local authorities, but also to ourselves, i.e. experts and representatives of civil society.

    Speakers:
    Krzysztof Mrozek – Stefan Batory Foundation, Warsaw
    Marta Jaroszewicz – Stefan Batory Foundation, Warsaw
    Iryna Sushko - "Europe without barriers" analytical center, Kiev

    Partners:
    Stefan Batory Foundation,
    "Europe without barriers" analytical center



    16:30-17:15
    2. Border with a human face – presentation of report with recommendations on the Polish-Ukrainian border

    Every day thousands of people hop the border between Ukraine and Poland. They go to study, work, or just for sightseeing. This is the most cramped part of the border. And it is perceived more as a challenge than an opportunity at the moment. The squad of Ukrainian and Polish researches has looked for a way how to open the gate between the states much wider. Recognizing the need of safe and secure border, the Europe Without Barriers (Ukraine) and the Freedom Institute (Poland) found the ways how to make border crossing faster, easier, and more comfortable. The team adhere to the idea that every person - regardless whether s/he walks by foot, drives the car, uses bus, bike, segway, or skate – can easily enter another state; that the border is just a formality and not a barrier. We will also talk about the concept of smart borders with new technologies. They have already entered every aspect of our daily lives. Why aren’t they at the border yet then?

    Speakers:
    Aleksander Wiącek – Active Mobility Foundation, Lublin
    Iryna Sushko – „Europe without barriers” analytical center, Kiev

    Partners:
    Freedom Institute Foundation
    „Europe without barriers” analytical center
    Active Mobility Foundation
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    OECD seminar
    Identifying priorities for Belarus – good practice examples from Eastern Europe and Poland
    room 15, Agroo II

    Moderation: Antonella Noya, Head of Social Entrepreneurship Unit, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship

    15.45-16.35
    Panel discussion: Policy tools to incentivise social enterprise creation and impact
    Ewa Konczal, Central and Eastern Europe Manager, European Venture Philanthropy Association
    Irina Putkova, Deputy Head of Department for financing social and scientific activities; head of department for financing health, social security and sports, Ministry of Finance, Belarus

    16.35-17.05
    Integrating and rehabilitating persons with disabilities through social entrepreneurship
    Eva Zubkovskaya, Department for persons with disabilities, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Belarus

    17.05-17.15
    Closing remarks
    William Tompson, Head of Eurasia Division, OECD Global Relations
    Konrad Pawlik, Deputy Director, Department of Economic Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
    Alexander Rumak, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Belarus
  • 15:45 - 17:00

    Regional Partnerships
    Prospects for enlargement of the European Union - real opportunities or faint hopes
    room 3, Agroo II

    Radically different views clash in the discussions on the enlargement of the European Union. Despite strongly different opinions, there is a consensus on the benefits from stable and predictable partners in the immediate vicinity of the EU.
    During his trip to the Balkans, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, declared that in 2025 every country in the Western Balkans would be able to join the EU.
    Will the Eastern Partnership countries accelerate the process of democratic reforms and integration with European structures and overtake the Western Balkan countries in the „race” for membership of the European Union? Or will the European Union still have 28 members in the next few years? Answers to these and other questions will be sought during this discussion.

    Moderator:
    Grzegorz Gil, Ph.D. – Faculty of Political Science at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

    Speakers:
    Pavlo Zhovnirenko, Ph.D. – Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Public Organization "Center for Strategic Research", Kiev, Ukraine
    Łukasz Jasina, Ph.D. – Polish Institute of International Affairs

    Partners:
    European Meeting Centre – New Staw Foundations, Europe Direct European Information Point – Lublin
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Politics and security
    10 years of the Eastern Partnership - a review and prospects for the future
    room 102, Agroo II

    The collapse of the Soviet Union made it necessary for the Eastern European states to choose a new civilizational, political and economic path. Six countries of the region were embraced of the EU's Eastern Partnership initiative which aims at constituting political association and deepening economic cooperation. After a decade of the programme's operation, half of the countries maintained their path of integration with the EU (Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – by signing association agreements and DCFTA), while the others turned towards Eurasian integration led by Russia (Armenia and Belarus) or are balancing between East and West (Azerbaijan). The aim of the panel is to summarize the 10 years of the functioning of the Eastern Partnership, to define its future prospects and to analyse the causes, conditions and effects of choices made by Eastern European countries in the context of their future relations with the European Union and Russia.

    Moderation:
    Beata Piskorska, D.Sc. – Institute of Political Science and International Affairs of the Catholic University of Lublin

    Speakers:
    Paweł Kowal, Ph.D. – Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
    Prof. Anatoliy Kruglashov – Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine
    Olena Dobrzhanska Ph.D. – Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel Usov, Ph.D. – Belarusian analyst, CEO of the Centre for Political Analysis and Forecasts, Belarus

    Co-organizers:
    Institute of Political Science and International Affairs of the Catholic University of Lublin
    Association for International Education and Research ERIA
    Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland
    Polish Society for European Studies – Lublin Branch
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Open Europe
    The role and importance of local media for strengthening the democratization processes
    room 103, Agroo II

    Some of the problems to be addressed: building independence of regional and local media (improving the way information is conveyed and the effectiveness of reaching recipients in condition of information war/disinformation), strengthening the role of journalists in the fight against abuses in the implementation of reforms at the local level, social actions – the role of local media.

    Moderation:
    Maciej J. Kowalski – member of the Publishers' Council of the Association of Local Newspapers, Poland

    Speakers:
    Nana Tavdumadze – Administration of Sakrebulo Ozurgeti, Georgia
    Agnieszka Nowińska – journalist and project coordinator for the Democratic Society EAST Foundation, Poland
    Iryna Morhun - RB Linear Producer in the branch of PJSC “National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine” “Ternopil Regional Directorate”, Ukraine

    Organizers:
    Foundation in Support of Local Democracy
    Association of Local Newspapers
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Local Democracy
    A look at decentralisation: an opportunity for the state and local government
    room 104, Agroo II

    During the panel, the assumptions of the Decentralised Poland, a project developed by the experts of the Incubator of the Social Agreement, will be presented. The genesis of the project and the assumptions of the model voivodship charter () will be included. The decentralisation will also be discussed from the perspective of regional development and local government.

    Experts:
    Katarzyna Kwiecińska-Otachel – Social Agreement Incubator, Warsaw
    Prof. Andrzej Miszczuk – Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
    Wojciech Przybylski – Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight, Warsaw
    Krzysztof Stanowski – Lublin City Office
    Prof. Andrzej Kidyba – Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

    Panel partner:
    Social Agreement Incubator
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    From the Union of Lublin to the European Union
    Strangers and neighbors. From The Polish Round Table Talks to the demolition of the Berlin Wall (part II of the debate, solving problems)
    room 2, Agroo II

    Summary discussion on topics such as: the formation of civil society during political transformation – beginning from the Lublin Union, through the fall of communism, up to Poland's accession to the European Union; the community of experiences as a historical common ground; reflection on the Eastern Partnership and integration processes; the experiences of neighbours from the communist era (30 anniversary of transition events).

    Moderation:
    Agnieszka Jaczyńska, Ph.D., European Union School Complex in Zamość, Poland
    Aleksandra Zińczuk, Lublin City Office

    Speakers:
    Conrnelius Ochman, Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Germany
    Ewa Kleszczewska, Socio-cultural Association „Borderland”, Szypliszki, Poland
    Fr. Rafał Pastwa, Ph.D. Editor of the Sunday Guest, Lublin, Poland
    Mariusz Sawa, Ph.D., Institute for National Remembrance - Lublin Branch, Poland

    Partner:
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Workshop “Fiction against censorship: A smuggler's guide”
    Galeria Labirynt, Black Hall

    Leader:
    Katerina Krupennikova
    - curator and theoretician, Bergen Assembly

    During the workshop, the participants will become familiarise with various examples of creative use of “smuggling” as a strategy of dissemination of political resistance during the time of Soviet censorship. Working in groups, they will be able to “smuggle” their own life stories. As a result of the workshop, they will create a kind of useful guidebook on the basis of examples taken from history and imagination, which would consist of methods and tools serving to cheat the censor’s eye. Individuals with no experience and knowledge on politically engaged art can participate in the workshop as well.



  • 17:15 - 17:30

    Coffie break
    Agro II building, holl, ground and the first floor

  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Lub-Invest
    Instruments of international business cooperation
    room 101, Agroo II

    Discussion on practical elements of support for entrepreneurs in international cooperation. The substantive partners will present current business support programs, focus on building relations with partners from the Eastern border, and the possibilities to intensify trade exchange.

    Moderator:
    Aleksandra Wadowska – Polish Agency of Entrepreneurship Development

    Speakers:
    Marek Kuberski – Deputy Director of the Department of Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Anatolii Khodziuk – President of the Board of Modern Expo
    Yaroslav Diatczyk – Head of DataArt
    Robert Chmielewski – President of the Board of Lactex
    Joanna Mularczyk - Senior Specialist for Trade and Financing at National Economy Bank

    Partners:
    Polish Agency of Entrepreneurship Development
    National Economy Bank
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Equality
    My foreign neighbor. How to manage various communities. Presentation of the results of research on the activity of immigrants in Lublin
    room 14, Agroo II

    This debate will focus on the transforming neighbourhood communities, whose members are more and more often becoming immigrants coming to Polish cities with the intention of permanent settlement.
    The question is about the tools that would help people in getting to know each other and in effective dialogue with the others.
    During the debate, the results of a 2019 survey conducted in Lublin on the degree of participation of immigrants in culture will also be presented.

    Moderation:
    Anna Dąbrowska, Homo Faber Association, Lublin

    Speakers:
    Olga Chrebor, Representative of the Mayor of Wrocław for Residents of Ukrainian Origin, Wrocław
    Aleksandra Zapolska, founder of the Ukrainian Foundation ZUSTRICZ, Cracow
    Margaret Amaka Ohia-Nowak, Lublin, Poland

    Partner: Homo Faber Association
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Space of inspiration and dialogueThe development of the cities of the Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian border region in the 21st century


    Migration between Belarus and Poland: Current Trends and Prospects


    Culture and democracy - a space for presentation and exchange of views
    Assembly Hall, Congress Centre of the University of Life Sciences

    17:30-18:15
    1. Development of towns in the Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian border area
    Expert: Andrzej Jakubowski Ph.D. - Statistical Office in Lublin
    Modern cities are the most important element of the settlement network of countries and regions and their socio-economic systems. They play a key role in creating development conditions, being the driving forces of the economy. They are places of concentration of human resources, capital, creativity and innovation, as well as the most important centres of services provided not only to their inhabitants, but also to the surrounding areas. The aim of the discussion is to present the results of the analysis of the socio-economic potential and dynamics of the development of cities in the Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian borderland in the XXI century, as well as to show the spatial diversity of the studied phenomena. For this purpose, a wide range of indicators will be presented in the field of demography, labour market, national economy entities, industry and construction, social infrastructure, housing conditions and technical infrastructure. The results of the discussion will help to understand the basic opportunities and barriers of social and economic development of urban centres in the Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian cross-border macroregion.

    2. Migration between Belarus and Poland: Current Trends and Prospects.
    Expert: Andrei Yeliseyeu
    – EAST Center Research Director


    18:15-19:30
    3. Culture and democracy - a space for presentation and exchange of views
    Speakers:
    Małgorzata Naimska – Director of the Culture Office of the City of Warsaw
    Leszek Napiontek - Culture Office of the City of Warsaw  
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Regional Partnerships
    At oars and at the helm - women in Polish foreign policy

    room 3, Agroo II

    Presentation of the latest report of the Institute of Public Affairs on the situation of women dealing with foreign policy in Poland by Agnieszka Łada Ph.D.  (one of the authors of the report) and discussion with panellists from Belarus and Georgia.
    Do women have influence on foreign policy in Poland today? What is the percentage of women in various areas of Polish foreign policy? Do women feel discriminated against in this field and how does this discrimination manifest itself? Is it possible to distinguish typically "feminine" topics in this policy? What kind of changes women want in this industry?

    Moderation:
    Małgorzata Kopka-Piątek – H. Boell Foundation, Warsaw

    Speakers:
    Agnieszka Łada – Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw
    Iryna Ivanochko – Administration of the Mykolaiv District of Lviv region, Ukraine
    Nana Tavdumadze – Administration of Sakrebulo Ozurgeti, Georgia

    The organizers:
    H. Boell Foundation
    Foundation in Support of Local Democracy
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Politics and security
    Eastern Europe between the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security space
    room 102, Agroo II

    The end of the Cold War and the disbandment of Warsaw Pact conditioned the new geopolitical situation in Europe, creating an opportunity to build a new pan-European security system. Returning to the geopolitical code of the USSR in foreign and security policy, Russia encouraged the creation of Eurasian security structures (CSTO). The states of the former Soviet Union were faced with a geopolitical choice of security model. The power policy of Russia convinced Ukraine and Georgia to follow the Euro-Atlantic model, while Belarus and Armenia chose the Eurasian model. On the other hand, Moldova and Azerbaijan are balancing between these two security models. The aim of the panel is to analyse the conditions and prospects of security in Eastern Europe in the context of East-West rivalry.

    Moderation:
    Prof. Marek Pietraś – Faculty of Political Science, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

    Speakers:
    Jakub Olchowski, Ph.D. – Faculty of Political Science, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Institute of Central Europe, Poland
    Witaly Lebediuk, D.Sc. – National University "Ostrogska Academy", Ukraine
    Roman Petiur D.Sc. – Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
    Prof. Valentina Teosa – Faculty of International Relations, Political Sciences and Administration, Moldova State University, Moldova


    Partner: Institute of Central Europe in Lublin
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Open Europe
    Negative psychological consequences of war - a challenge for Ukraine or the whole Europe? Possible ways out of future impasses
    room 103, Agroo II

    Ukraine is the eastern outpost of Europe, hence the security of Europe depends on Ukraine. One of the main tasks of the Eastern Partnership for the future is to intensify EU activities to improve the lives of citizens affected by conflicts in the region. The benefits for the EU are obvious: reliable, safe and wealthy neighbours are the key to the strength, security and prosperity of the EU itself. Johannes Khan, Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy, said: "We must export stability much more actively – precisely to avoid importing instability." Psychological assistance, providing economic opportunities, cultural exchange and education – how can we help each other? Whose experience will become the basis for interaction?

    Speakers:
    Frank Puselik – American psychologist, NLP author, Vietnam War veteran and co-author of the US War Veterans Rehabilitation Program, USA
    Iurii Simonov – social activity, founder of the NGO European Generation, co-founder of the Brotherhood Wings Veterans Rehabilitation Movement, Ukraine
    Vladislav Malko – social activist, co-founder of the Brotherhood Wings Veterans Rehabilitation Movement, Ukraine
    Oleksandra Klimova – psychologist, co-founder of the Human Space Association, co-founder of the Brotherhood Wings Veterans Rehabilitation Movement, Ukraine
    Nikolai Salyaev – psychologist, psychiatrist, co-founder of the Human Space Association, co-founder of the Brotherhood Wings Veterans Rehabilitation Movement, Ukraine
    Prof. Volodymyr Pavlov, M.D. – Il Mechnykov Regional Clinical Hospital, Director of the Department of Health Protection of the Regional State Administration, Dnipro, Ukraine
    Serhii Cygipa – ATO veteran, journalist, co-founder of the Brotherhood Wings Veterans Rehabilitation Movement, Ukraine

    Partners:
    Human Space Association, NGO European Generation
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    From the Union of Lublin to the European Union
    Opening of the exhibition From the Union of Lublin to the European Union and review of recommendations from partner cities: Brest (Belarus), Dnipra, Krzywe Rog, Lviv (Ukraine), Vilnius (Lithuania)
    room 2, Agroo II

    Opening of the exhibition "From the Lublin Union to the European Union":
    Krzysztof Stanowski, International Cooperation Centre, Lublin City Office

    Review of collected recommendations in the thematic scope:

    Building a brand of places based on cultural and historical heritage, from the following partner cities: Brest, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Lviv, Panevezys:

    Olessya Budko, Dnipro
    Vadym Prokopov, Dnipro Development Agency, Ukraine

    Educational aspects of international projects:
    Vilma Kucyte, Deputy Director of the Department of Social Communication (City of Panevezys),
    Hanna Zaremba-Kosovych Ph.D., Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Lviv

    Summary: Ewelina Graban and Aleksandra Zińczuk, Lublin City Hall

    Partner:
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
  • 17:30 - 19:00

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Backstage discussions / participation in the satellite cultural programme of the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress
    Galeria Labirynt, Black Hall

  • 19:00 - 20:00

    Dinner
    Agro II building, holl, room 1

24 September

  • 9:30 - 10:00

    Registration and coffee

  • 10:00 - 11:15

    Special guest lecture
    The future of Europe in the shadow of Brexit - Danuta Hübner, First Polish Commissioner in the European Union (for Regional Policy), Member of the 7th, 8th and 9th European Parliament
    room 101, Agroo II

     
  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Mobility
    Transport hubs and interchange centers - integration of the public transport system in urban agglomerations
    room 104, Agroo II


    One of the most important factors attracting passengers to public transport are convenient changes. For this reason, local authorities are starting to consider investments in transfer hubs as even more important than public transport lines themselves. The topic of cohesion of the public transport system will be discussed in the panel. Good practices on how to facilitate changes and intermodal travel in public transport will be presented.

    Moderator:
    Grzegorz Malec – Director of the Public Transport Administration in Lublin

    Speakers:
    Rafał Grzegorzewski – Deputy Director for Transport of the Municipal Roads and Public Transport Administration in Bydgoszcz
    Grzegorz Misiorny – Director of the Roads and Public Transport Administration in Łódź
    Łukasz Franek – Director of the Public Transport Administration in Cracow

    Partner: Public Transport Administration in Lublin
  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Space of inspiration and dialogue
    European Eastern Policy - a myth or a necessity?
    room 101, Agroo II

    The discussion will focus on the current shape of the European Neighbourhood Policy, the challenges it poses due to the internal problems of Europe, and what future we can expect in the activities of the European Union in Eastern Europe.

    Moderation:
    Iwona Reichardt, Ph.D., – New Eastern Europe, Poland

    Speakers:
    Dovile Sukyte, Eastern European Studies Centre, Lithuania
    Reinhard Krumm, Ph.D., Director of the F.Ebert Foundation in Vienna, Austria
    Łukasz Jasina, Ph.D.,Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw
    Inga Naslund, Olof Palme International Center, Swedish


    Organizers:
    New Eastern Europe
    F. Ebert Foundation – Representative Office in Poland
    Aleksander Kwaśniewski "Amicus Europae" Foundation
    Foundation in the Support of Local Democracy
  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Central Europe
    The Visegrad Group: integration and security
    room 14, Agroo II

    The problems the Visegrad Group is currently facing with, including in particular those related to integration and security in the region, will be discussed during the panel. The panellists will address issues common to the entire V4, such as the migration crisis, and will also indicate the interests that the countries of the group pursue in different ways, as exemplified by energy policy. The discussion will aim at raising questions and providing answers on the future of the Visegrad Group and indicating the opportunities resulting from regional cooperation.

    Introduction on the Central Europe thematic area:
    Asst. Prof. Beata Surmacz, Director, Central Europe Institute in Lublin

    Moderation:
    Asst. Prof. Tomasz Stępniewski, Central Europe Institute in Lublin, Catholic University of Lublin

    Speakers:
    Agata Tatarenko Ph.D., Central Europe Institute in Lublin
    Dominik Héjj Ph.D., Central Europe Institute in Lublin
    Wojciech Przybylski, Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight, Warsaw
    Agnieszka Lichnerowicz, Radio TOK FM, Warsaw

    Partner: Central Europe Institute in Lublin
  • 11:30 - 13:00

    SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Workshop on the Erasmus+ program and Eurodesk network
    room 3, Agroo II

    Registration is required by e-mail: kongres@lublin.eu. The order of applications decides about participation.
  • 11:30 - 13:00

    TOURISM
    Establishing tourist platforms for international cooperation
    room 102, Agroo II

    In today’s globalised world, full of links and dependencies, urban agglomerations are faced with a challenge of being competitive to similar areas around the world in the struggle of attracting consumers, entrepreneurs, investors and tourists. The discussion will be dedicated to considerations on to what extent internationalising a city contributes to internationalisation of its tourist function, and to what extent tourism is a lead factor of internationalisation the local economy.

    Moderation:
    Agata Patoleta, Lublin City Office

    Expert:
    Adam mikołajczyk, CEO Best Place – European Place Marketing Institute, Warsaw
  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Sustainable development
    The neighborhood of people, the neighborhood of nature. The use of natural values of Polesie in the sustainable development of the region
    room 103, Agroo II

    An example of cooperation between partners from Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Germany for the unusual natural and cultural heritage of Polesie Region. During the panel, the following questions will be addressed: How to develop Polesie's potential based on natural and cultural values? Which Polesie resources are crucial? How do the decisions of the national regional authorities affect sustainable development? What are the barriers and what opportunities? How to effectively carry out transnational cooperation for a given area?

    Moderator:
    Wouter Langhout, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Germany

    Speakers:
    Justyna Choroś, Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, Poland
    Volha Kaskevich, non-profit wildlife protection organization Bahna, Belarus
    Heorhiy Veremiychyk, National Ecological Centre of Ukraine
    Aivar Ruukel, Soomaa National Park, Estonia

    Partner:
    Polish Society for the Protection of Birds
  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Heritage and Reconciliation
    Belarusian identity. Reflection on the 1000th anniversary of the city of Brest
    room 2, Agroo II

    Panel will be devoted to selected processes of shaping Belarusian identity, including the process of Belarusianisation at the beginning of the 20th century. The discussion will be attended, among others, by representatives of Belarusian cities, including Brest, which celebrates its 1000th anniversary this year. Selected cultural activities and commemorating the anniversary of the founding of Brest will also be presented.

    Introduction on the Heritage and Reconciliation thematic area: Aleksandra Zińczuk, Lublin City Office, Poland

    Moderation:

    Marcin Grabarczuk,  Uniwersity of Warsaw

    Speakers:
    Prof. Valentina Mietlistkaya, University of Gomel, Belarus
    Denis Nikitiuk, Head of the Tourism and Sports Department of Brest Region Public Administration, Belarus
    Alina Dzieravianka Ph.D., Director of Brest Fortress Development Foundation, Belarus
    Andrei Jeliseyeu, Eurasian States in Transition research center (EAST Center)

    Partners:
    Open Territory Foundation
    The Living Language Group



  • 11:30 - 13:00

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Workshop “A stone, a stick and soil: How to learn from always coming home”
    Galeria Labirynt, Sala czarna

    Leader:
    Izabela Kaszyńska - ecological and feminist activist, curator of the Sculpture Park in Bródno, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

    The workshop is connected with the theme of climate crisis. The constant awareness of the climate crisis brings us to the vicious circle of active involvement, nostalgia, anger and a sense of hopelessness. The workshop will have the form of a city drifting (wandering) focused on the practices of “deep listening” and conversation that help deal with people who deny and negate the knowledge of climate changes, especially family members and close friends. The leader will use methodology drawn from the experience of “deep ecology,” the knowledge of tribal peoples and anarchistic groups.

    Potential participants: individuals interested in ecology, climate changes, feminism and work on behalf of non-human creatures.


  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch
    Agro II building, holl, room 1

  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Mobility
    How to build a bicycle low-cost infrastructure
    room 104, Agroo II

    Creating new cycling infrastructure is a necessity today. However, this requires considerable financial resources. During the panel the possibilities of creating bicycle infrastructure in a low-cost way will be presented, e.g. by creating bicycle lanes or cyclist-friendly/safe streets.

    Moderation:
    Krzysztof Kowalik – Society for Nature and Human Being, Poland

    Speakers:
    Tomasz Tosza – Deputy Director of the Municipal Roads and Bridges Administration in Jaworzno, Poland
    Arkadiusz Niezgoda – Deputy Director of the Traffic Management and Mobility Department of Lublin City Office
    Tomasz Warzonek – Gdańsk Roads and Greens Administration, Poland

    Partner: Society for Nature and Human Being
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Space of inspiration and dialogue
    Asociation of United Territorial Communities of Ukraine. Challenges and perspectives


    Ukrainian women as a president of Lublin? Reflections on the representation of foreigners in political and social life in Polish cities
    room 101, Agroo II

    14:00-14:45
    Association of United Territorial Communities of Ukraine. Challenges and perspectives
    Expert: Valentyna Poltavets
    -  Executive director of The Association of United Territorial Communities of Ukraine



    14:45-15:30
    Ukrainian women as a president of Lublin? Reflections on the representation of foreigners in political and social life of Polish cities
    Speaker: Anna Dąbrowska,
    President of the Homo Faber Association, Lublin
    What does the portraits of former mayors say about the city? Of white middle-aged men who are confusingly similar to each other?
    What does it mean for the city? What does it say about our perception of power? Will future images be more diverse?
    Anna Dąbrowska from the Homo Faber Association will talk about who represents us in political and social fields and what impact the cultural image of power has on the perception of the future.



  • 14:00 - 15:30

    SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Lifelong learning as an integral element of local development - recommendations for the Eastern Partnership countries on the example of Polish experiences
    room 3, Agroo II

    The cross-border labour market/education market should not mainly rely on the movement of workers, but instead support for human capital in the partner countries. There is a crucial role of local governments in shaping active educational policy at the local level. Not only is modern education management about administering educational subsidies, but also about creating a supply of qualified employees (secondary education level, including vocational education). Another issue is functioning of systems of validation and certification of qualifications at the transnational level in the context of implementation of the National Qualification Framework and the European Qualification Framework. The development of lifelong learning in Ukraine is a development priority, and an element of the European partnership (in bilateral and multilateral relations). Lifelong learning plays a special role in the context of improving qualifications of local government employees in Ukraine.

    Moderation:
    Bartosz Sobotka – Development Director at Syntea SA, Lublin

    Speakers:
    Prof. Aleksandra Kuzior – President of the Silesian Centre for Business Ethics and Sustainable Development, Wrocław, Poland
    Prof. Oleg Lagodniuk – Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Water and Natural Resources Management in Rivne, Ukraine
    Radosław Panas – President of the VCC Foundation, Lublin, Poland
    Prof. Dmitro Dzwinczuk – Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
    Prof. Roman Petryshyn - Rector of the J.Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University of Ukraine
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Central Europe
    Western Balkans: integration and security
    room 14, Agroo II

    The panel reflects on contemporary political, social, economic and cultural affairs in the Western Balkans. It discusses the evolution and contemporary relations between post-Yugoslav states, the internal and international disputes and conflicts in the Balkan region, the challenges and opportunities of Balkan States foreign policy, the future of Euro-Atlantic integration in the Western Balkans, the role and importance of the Balkan region in world affairs, the ongoing civic protests in the region as well as the challenges and threats to the security of the Western Balkans.

    Moderation:
    Konrad Pawłowski D.Sc., Institute of Central Europe; Faculty of Political Science, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland

    Speakers:
    Marko Kovačević, Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, Serbia
    Prof. Silvana Mojsovska, Institute of Economics, The Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia
    Jan Muś, PhD, Institute of Central Europe, Lublin, Poland
    Marko Savković, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Serbia
    Marta Szpala, Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw, Poland

    Partner: Central Europe Institute in Lublin
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    TOURISM
    International integration in the field of tourism – cooperation networks, projects and programmes
    room 102, Agroo II

    The rapid pace of economic and social change, linked to the globalisation of the world economy and technological progress, and the consequent increase in competitiveness in the world market – these factors are conducive to the emergence of various forms of cooperation (e.g. strategic alliances, consortia, partnerships, etc.) in many fields of economic activities. A growing trend in cooperation can also be observed in tourism, both at international and national level, as well as at regional and local level. During this panel, the forms of associations, clusters and agreements in the international arena industry will be discussed in the context of the development of the tourism.

    Moderation:
    Agata Patoleta, Lublin City Office

    Expert:
    Adam mikołajczyk, CEO Best Place – European Place Marketing Institute, Warsaw
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Sustainable development
    How cities deal with the problem of population outflow
    room 103, Agroo II

    Many local governments are struggling with the problem of population outflow. Young people flee to bigger cities or go to work abroad. Some of the inhabitants move to the countryside. Will there be a shortage of labour one day? In the discussion panel, experts will share their experience of how cities deal with the problem of outflow of people from cities.

    Moderation:
    Ivan Shchadranok – Director of the „Interaction” Foundation, Belarus

    Speakers:
    Jakbouski Mikalai – Deputy Chairman of the Municipal Executive Committee of the City of Brest, Belarus
    Ketevan Moistsrafeshvili – Deputy of State Representative in Lanchkhuti, Ozurgeti and Chokhatauri Municipalities, Guria, Georgia
    Serhij Suchomlin – Mayor of the City of Zhytomyr, Ukraine
    Krzysztof Markowski Ph.D. - Director of the Statistical Office in Lublin

    Partner: Poland - East Cooperation Centre Association
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Heritage and Reconciliation
    Five years after Majdan. Perception of the revolution of dignity in the eyes of neighbors and witnesses
    room 2, Agroo II

    In 2013, a Ukrainian social movement with protests in whole Ukraine, Euromaidan, began. In February 2014 in Kiev, there were decisive clashes between the militia and the oppositionists, as a result of which many people lost their lives or were injured, and the president Yanukovych was finally overthrown. At the same time, five years ago, the Russian authorities annexed the Crimea, which was the first harbinger of Russia's current war with Ukraine. During the panel discussions we will learn how these events are perceived by the representatives of neighbouring countries and the direct witnesses of the events themselves.
    In the first part, we would talk about the situation in Ukraine in the context of the 5th anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity, as well as about the conflicts in the Caucasus in the context of Georgia, the reintegration and 30 years of the existence of pseudo-states.
    In the second part, we would give the floor to young witnesses of military events - Crimean Tatar youth and young Ukrainians from Donbass.

    Introduction:
    Aleksandra Zińczuk, Lublin City Office, Poland

    Moderation:
    Tomasz Lachowski, Łódź

    Speakers:
    Fr Sergiej Dmitrev – President of the „Eleos-Ukraine” Foundation, Ukraine
    Witnesses of War from Crimea and Donbass: Maria Tymoshenko, Victoria Horishnia, Elina Dzhelialova
    Dmitri Avalini – editor at an on-line „JAMnews”, Georgia
    Oleg Boldar – Luhansk, Ukraine

    Partners: Kultura Enter magazine, Poland-East Cooperation Association
  • 14:00 - 15:30

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Workshop “Affects and archetypes: Can we ever unlearn nation?”
    Galeria Labirynt, Black hall

    Leader:
    Övül Ö. Durmusoglu - curator, writer, researcher, Berlin/Istanbul

    The leader of the workshop will focus on those archetypes inherited by societies that can become useful tools used by populist politicians. The workshop concentrates on techniques of control and manipulation and methods that protect against them via the processes of collecting, story-telling and decoding archetypes that are present in the public discourse in Poland. Before the workshop, its participants will have an opportunity to read the texts selected by the leader.

    Potential participants: individuals interested in feminism, political activism and story-telling.


  • 15:30 - 15:45

    Coffie break
    Agro II building, holl, ground and the first floor

  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Mobility
    Traffic management in the city center
    room 104, Agroo II

    Speakers:
    Arkadiusz Niezgoda, Deputy Director of the Traffic Management and Mobility Department of Lublin City Office
    Łukasz Franek, Director of the Public Transport Administration in Cracow
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Space of inspiration and dialogue
    Pechenizhyn - community for million


    Euroregions
    room 101, Agroo II

    15:45-16:30
    Pechenizhyn - community for million
    Igor Dovirak, Chairman of the Pechenizhyn Community, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine

    16:30-17:15
    Euroregions
    Johannes Moisio, Chairman of the AEBR Task Force on External Borders, Finland

  • 15:45 - 17:15

    SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    Inclusive education for new inhabitants - challenges for the education systems of the Eastern and Central Europe countries
    room 3, Agroo II

    The growing population of people with migration experience settling in Poland is part of a general dynamic of migration in Europe. It implies that the countries, which so far haven't got any experience in the inclusion of children with migration experience into their educational system, are in a growing need of developing own methods and tools for equalizing their educational opportunities.
    The presence of children with migration experience sets new didactic and educational tasks for the educational environment. For successful inclusion of children with migration experience in the functioning of the Polish educational system, it is necessary to:
    - prepare the management, teachers and administrative staff of the educational institution,
    - cooperate with parents,
    - facilitate a competent cooperation between the institution and the authority in charge of the kindergarten/school,
    - provide organisational support.

    Questions that will be addressed during the panel:
    1. Do pre-school and early-school education teachers have knowledge and competences concerning work with a child with migration experience and their parents/guardians, who have either no or limited command of Polish language?
    2. How do local governments cope with challenges related to the need to improve teachers' competences in the field of work in a multicultural environment and to create conditions for inclusive education of foreign-language children for whom the Polish language is a second or a foreign language?
    3. What impact may have an early inclusion of children, parents or guardians on equal opportunities of children with migration experience, facilitation of school work (preparation of pupils/students and parents/guardians), and consequently reduction of organizational and financial outlays related to equalisation of educational opportunities of these children (language learning, compensatory classes, integration programmes, psychological and pedagogical support).
    4. What steps should be considered by decision-makers and contractors developing new projects and initiatives related to inclusive education?

    Moderation:
    Julita Rybczyńska Ph. D., Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland

    Speakers:
    Kinga Gajda Ph.D., Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland
    Elżbieta Płaszczyk, Coordinator for international cooperation at the Foundation for the Development of Local Democracy, Lódź, Poland
    Olena Kowalewska Ph.D., Poznań, Poland

    Partner:
    Foundation for the Support of Local Democracy
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Central Europe
    The Baltic States: integration and security
    room 14, Agroo II

    The panel will be dedicated to integration projects in the field of military, economy, infrastructure, culture and environment protection. Common geopolitical and economic conditions, along with similar historical experience, bring the countries together with regard to their perception of security issues and global threats, and as a result, it intensifies the cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.

    Moderation:
    Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik, Ph.D. – Institute for Central Europe in Lublin

    Speakers:
    Assoc. Prof. Gediminas Kazėnas – Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania
    Katarzyna Szwed, Ph.D. – The University of Rzeszów, Poland
    Prof. Andrey Makarychev – University of Tartu, Estonia
    Piotr Szymański – Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw

    Partner: Central Europe Institute in Lublin
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    TOURISM
    International events and festivals - how to increase coverage
    room 102, Agroo II

    The history of the event industry is quite short in Poland. It is a matter of last ten years. Currently events are perceived as crucial marketing and communication tools. They must be taken into consideration while planning marketing strategy for cities, regions and companies. The discussion will include remarks on building the reputation of local brands and winning recognition by cities on the international stage.

    Moderation:
    Agata Patoleta, Lublin City Office

    Expert:
    Adam mikołajczyk, CEO Best Place – European Place Marketing Institute, Warsaw
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Sustainable development
    Smart City - digital transformation of city development process
    room 103, Agroo II


    Speakers:
    Oleh Drobot, Kharkiv Reform Office, Ukraine
    Mykhaiko Lazarev, Kharkiv Reform Office, Ukraine
    Petro Andrukhovych, Solution Responsible, Huawei Ukraine
    Dorota Wolińska, Strategy and Entrepreneurship Department of Lublin City Office, Poland
    Mykola Traknov, Head of Vodafone Ukraine Digital Solutions and Platforms Department, Ukraine

    Partner: Kharkiv Reform Office
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Heritage and Reconciliation
    Anti-Semitism after the Holocaust. An old enemy in the new identity policy of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe
    room 2, Agroo II

    Anti-Semitism is again strongly present in political narratives. Due to being unprocessed, it becomes the source of contemporary xenophobia. The exclusion of different groups from the public sphere is carried out in a historically recognizable way – through the exclusion of language, the creation of "the spheres free of...", or the discontinuance of hate crimes proceedings.

    Moderation: Anna Dąbrowska, President of the Homo Faber Association, Lublin

    Speakers:
    Alina Shpak, Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Kyiv
    Anna Tatar, "Never Again" Association, Warsaw
    Paweł Passini, Polish theater director, founder and director of neTTheatre, Warsaw

    Partner: Homo Faber Association
  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Closing lecture "Anti-fascism in the age of anti-communism"
    Galeria Labirynt, Black hall

    Leader:
    Vasyl Cherepanyn – Culture expert, lecturer, director of the Visual Culture Centre in Kyiv

    In the lecture summing up the conference  “How to Deal with a Shotgun that Backfires”: Art in the Era of Post-truth, Conspiracy Theories and Negationism” Vasyl Cherepanyn will analyse the present political situation in Europe concentrating on the growth of populism and extreme right as well as a potential for anti-fascist resistance. He will also touch upon the motif of “decommunisation” in Ukraine, Poland and Germany, the authoritarian  tendencies in Turkey and Russia, and populism in Austria and Italy. The main goal of the lecture is an attempt to trace the process of normalization of post-fascism and epigones of old ideologies.


  • 15:45 - 17:15

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Artistic interventions/ workshop "So-called: Practical workshop on the production of stamps" (continuation)
    Galeria Labirynt, Black hall

    Leader:
    Lada Nakonechna - artist, editor of Prostory.net.ua, member of the R.E.P. group (Revolutionary Experimental Space) and the Hudrada curatorial collective

    The workshop prepared by Ukrainian artist Lada Nakonechna is based on joint production of stamps and discussion on their contemporary application as a political tool in public space - for the purposes of manipulation, demonstration or resistance. In the theoretical part, the artist will discuss issues related to works of art dealing with language and translation, focusing especially on the current socio-political situation in Ukraine, in the context of war, censorship, extreme right-wing attacks, and growing opposition from civic institutions.
    The workshop is intended for everyone willing to participate, without any preferred target group.


  • 17:15 - 17:30

    Break

  • 17:30 - 18:00

    Summary and acknowledgements
    room 101, Agroo II

  • 17:30 - 18:00

    Culture. Cre Art Conference
    Backstage discussions / participation in the satellite cultural programme of the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress in Lublin
    Galeria Labirynt, Sala czarna

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