Humanitarian Crisis Response

Thursday, 31 May 2012, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, IWM library
Political Salon

The EU-Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response will discuss the role of the European Union as the largest supplier of humanitarian aid in the world, and the challenges that current world developments present to that role.

There is a prevailing conviction that the financial crisis has forced Europeans to look inward and turn their back to the world. But is it really true that an egoistic Europe has emerged out of the crisis? A recent Eurobarometer survey demonstrates that Europeans are overwhelmingly proud of the humanitarian work done by the Europen Union and that they do care about the rest of the world. So, could it be that the humanitarian commitment of the Union becomes one of the factors for preserving the trust in the European project?

Kristalina Georgieva is the current EU-Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. A Bulgarian citizen, economist by education and politician by calling, before taking the post of the EU Commissioner, she was a Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the World Bank Group.

Discussants:

János Mátyás Kovács, Permanent Fellow, IWM; External Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest
Christian Ultsch
Head of the Foreign Politics Department of Die Presse

In cooperation with Die Presse and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance