Spring Seminar 2024: Danube Region in Transition Mode, Again

13  May 2024    8:30 am CEST

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) invites you to our Spring Seminar 2024!

In cooperation with Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA) & Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) .


OeNB Kassensaal, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Otto-Wagner-Platz 3, 1090 Vienna



08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Addresses

  • Thomas Steiner, Executive Director, Oesterreichische Nationalbank
  • Martin Eichtinger, Special Envoy and Coordinator for neighbourhood policy and the foreign policy dimension of the Danube Region, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Vienna
  • Hannes Swoboda, President, wiiw
  • Robert Stehrer, Scientific Director, wiiw

09:30 – 10:30 Keynote Address: Geopolitical Challenges for the Danube Region Dumitru Alaiba, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Digitalisation of the Republic of Moldova

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:15 Panel discussion: The future of European integration in the Danube Region – 20 years after the first Eastern enlargement of the EU

  • Moderator: Katalin Tünde Huber, Head of Unit for EU Enlargement, Federal Ministry for European and  International Affairs, Vienna 
  • Sebastian Schäffer, Director, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Vienna
  • Michael Landesmann, Senior Research Associate, Economist, former Scientific Director, wiiw
  • Alida Vračić, Executive Director, Think Tank Populari, Sarajevo
  • Clotilde Warin, Advisor at the Center of Analysis, Planning and Strategy, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

12:15 – 12:45   Presentation of wiiw forecasts for Central, East and Southeast Europe
Richard Grieveson, Deputy Director, wiiw

12:45 – 13:45 Buffet luncheon

13:45 – 14:45 Keynote Address: The European Green Deal and the EU Enlargement
Heather Grabbe, Senior Fellow, Bruegel, Brussels

14:45 – 16:00 Panel discussion: How to tackle the energy transition in the Danube Region?

  • Moderator: Birgit Niessner, Director, OeNB Economic Analysis and Research Department, Vienna
  • Monika Figaj, Climate and just transition expert, Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna
  • Aleksandar Kovacevic, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Florian Maringer, Board Member Strategy & Analysis, KONTEXT institute, Vienna
  • Vladimír Vaňo, Chief Economist, GLOBSEC, Bratislava

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:15 Presentation and discussion of the Danube Region Monitor “People & Skills” – Skills challenges in the Danube Region

  • Moderator: Robert Stehrer, Scientific Director, wiiw
  • Presenter: Maryna Tverdostup, Economist, wiiw, Vienna
  • Discussants: Roland Hanak, Head of Staff Position, Bilateral Cooperation in Labour Market Policy, Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy, Vienna
  • Jürgen Schick, Deputy Head of Department, EU Cooperation in Education & Training and Multilateral Affairs, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Vienna

17:15    End of seminar

18:00    Dinner at a traditional Viennese wine tavern, the Zwölf-Apostelkeller
Address: Sonnenfelsgasse 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria