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17:00 - 19:00 5 June 2013

Panel Discussion: The EU and the Danube Region: Political and Economic Challenges


G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Erin Saltman, Chair, PhD candidate (SSEES) whose research focuses on the contemporary process of political socialization among young people in Hungary.
Oleg Levitin, Panel, Senior Political Counsellor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Previously Head of Office at the United Nations.
Dr Eric Gordy, Panel, Senior Lecturer in South East European Politics (UCL - SSEES) with a research focus on the politics and culture of the contemporary Balkans. Author of 'The Culture of Power in Serbia' (1999) and forthcoming book 'Postwar Guilt and Responsibility: Serbia and the Future of International Justice'.
Edina Csányi, Panel, Senior expert, seconded from the European Investment Bank to the Budapest Danube Contact Point.
Oliver Geidt, Panel, Senior Analyst at the AEGIS Advisory. Primary risk analysis focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. Previous SSEES Masters student.

From its source in the German Black Forest to its delta on the borders of Romania, Moldova and Ukraine, the Danube links ten countries, seven of which are EU members. This river shapes a region of remarkable cultural diversity, but also of great socio-economic inequalities, a region with a turbulent past that is now at the forefront of European enlargement. In 2010, during the Hungarian Presidency of the EU, the European Commission endorsed the Danube Strategy, aiming to address the economic, social and environmental problems and opportunities of the Danubian region. This panel discussion brings together experts on the politics and economics of the region to assess the challenges that EU policy faces here.

The debate will be followed by a wine reception.

This event forms part of the UCL Global Citizenship Programme.


Judith Hillmore / Tim Beasley-Murray
+44 (0)20 7679 4602 / +44 (0)20 7679 8731 | j.hillmore@ucl.ac.uk / t.beasley-murray@ucl.ac.uk