Thursday, 28.02

RS 1: Danube/Black Sea/South Caucasus/Central Asian Regions



  • Marton Mehes, Director Balassi Institute - Collegium Hungaricum Vienna, Initiator of Danube Culture Cluster, Member of the Steering Group of Priority Area 3 of the EU Danube Strategy
  • Victor Tvircun, Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
  • Adil Akhmetov, Senator, Member of Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General Democracy Head of Delegation of Council of Europe
  • Floriane Hohenberg, Head of Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, OSCE - ODHIR
  • Vasif Eyvazzade, Director for International Relations, Ministry of Culture, Aserbaidjan 

Rapporteur: Iliana Schmatelka, Managing Director, International Leadership Institute, Austria/Bulgaria

Moderator: Martin Eichtinger, Director-General for Cultural Policy, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria


This session will be devoted to the Danube and Black Sea Region, South Caucasus and Central Asia. For centuries, peoples in these neighbouring regions have witnessed growing cultural diversity. Building upon existing regional strategies the following questions will be discussed:

Where are the needs for more intercultural and interreligious dialogue in these regions? Which existing crosscultural projects in these regions dealing with the themes of the Vienna Forum can be shared as best practice examples? Where are possibilities for new cross-cultural initiatives bringing the citizens and peoples of the regions closer to each other?