The Vienna Policy Conference is an annual convening bringing together civil society, media, academia, policy makers and political thinkers to debate the most pressing issues facing Europe. It takes place in Vienna and is organized by the Open Society Foundations and ERSTE Foundation.
Welcoming words & opening remarks by representatives of the Open Society Foundations & ERSTE Foundation. Goran Buldioski, Director, Open Society Think Tank Fund Andreas Treichl, Chairman and CEO of ERSTE Group Bank AG / Chairman of the Open Society European Advisory Board
1) Conspiracy theories: undermining trust, or empowering the masses? 2) How can civic activism overcome cynicism and mistrust? 3) Movie screening followed by discussion: Trust in the European Borderlands / Democracy and Trust
Welcome and overview of the conference sessions by representatives of the Open Society Foundations & ERSTE Foundation. Neil Campbell, Acting Director, Open Society European Policy Institute Franz Karl Prüller, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, ERSTE Foundation
This plenary session will discuss the implications of the changing use of opinion polls and big data for aggregating voters’ interests and overseeing political leadership. Specific focus will be on how the polls and data are changing the relationship between voters and politicians.
1) The changing European social contract and the restructuring of the welfare state 2) Managing migration and diversity in society 3) Abuses of state power and the progressive erosion of democratic constitutionalism
Donal Mac Fhearraigh
Moussa Al-Hassan Diaw
12:30 - 14:00
Buffet lunch including a 30-min. networking session (optional)
This plenary session will question whether trust can be rebuilt and accountability strengthened through anti-corruption efforts and transparency. Is anti-corruption delivering? Are there more effective ways of transforming captured states?