The 6th Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress will focus on development perspectives for Central and Eastern Europe, and the challenges regarding urban and rural areas development taking into account the needs of their inhabitants. Invited guests will also deal with future local initiatives coming out from Lublin and neighbouring countries. Due to a number of threats which contemporary Central and Eastern Europe is exposed to, a „Policy and Security” programme area will take a prominent place in the agenda of the event.
Much attention will be paid to innovative solutions which not only do allow to perform certain tasks more inexpensively, promptly, and effectively, but they can also distinctly improve the quality of our everyday lives. This year’s Congress debates will unfailingly address issues connected with science and education, models of reconciliation, and local democracy, which is still of the utmost importance to under-reform Ukraine. Moreover, other topics regarding tourism, mobility, culture, and broadly defined equality, promise to be captivating as well.
2017 edition of the Congress is organized within the framework of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of granting Lublin the Magdeburg Law.
I am more than pleased to invite you to the 6th Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress which is organized in a very important time for Lublin; during the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of granting Lublin the Magdeburg Law.
Throughout past seven centuries of Lublin history, the city has witnessed occurrences closely related to the statehood formation of its neighbours. The Congress is one of the events which present the idea of cooperation and partnership between countries. Year by year, these participatory-organized meetings gather cohorts of local government representatives, politicians, researchers, and experts on development and cross-border cooperation. Annually, Lublin hosts notables of culture, as well as those involved in ongoing change processes in Ukraine. Moreover, the Congress has become an important platform of dialogue, which is also increasingly recognized as a definite link between the European Union and Eastern European states.
I strongly believe that your participation in this year’s Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress will result in numerous positive experiences, and newly-established contacts will contribute to strengthen collaboration between states in this part of Europe.Krzysztof Żuk, PhD
Mayor of the City of Lublin
I would kindly like to invite you to participate in the 6th Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress, based on the Eastern Partnership idea.
Due to its geographical location, Lubelskie Region has intertwined trade routes and cultural traditions of Eastern and Western Europe for centuries. The Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress gives an opportunity to relate to this rich past by providing a dialogue platform regarding both local cross-border cooperation initiatives. As in previous editions, this year’s event will focus on issues of science and education, mobility, decentralization and innovation. Exceptional due to the celebration of the 700th anniversary of granting Lublin the town charter, this year's Congress will address the prospects of strengthening cooperation of Lubelskie Voivodship with Eastern European partners, and the challenges of region's development.
I am convinced that this year's Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress will result in further interesting cooperation projects with partner regions.
I sincerely invite you to this event,
Marshal of Lubelskie Voivodship