Danube Salon at the 27th Europa-Forum Wachau

Juni 23, 2023
16:00 - 20:00 MESZ/MEZ


Danube Salon

As part of the Europa-Forum Wachau 2023, the Donausalon will take place on Friday, June 23rd on the subject

This year, the Danube Salon focuses on the topic of Europe’s security and resilience.

In March 2022, the foreign and defence ministers of the 27 member states agreed on a new security policy concept for the EU. The so-called Strategic Compass provides a common view of the security environment as well as threats and challenges to the Union. Endorsed during the European Council in Brussels on 23./24. March 2022, the Heads of State and Government committed to concrete actions to be implemented in the next 5-10 years. Among them a new military intervention force, which is to be operational by 2025, as well as joint defence procurements.

Debates on this issue have been going on for a long time and have become more and more urgent due to the “Zeitenwende” following the unprovoked and unjustified full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.

We will discuss with renowned experts about the implications for Europe, the EU and especially the Danube Region along the four pillars of the Strategic Compass: act, invest, partner and secure.

The Danube Salon will conclude with an outlook on the Austrian Presidency of the EUSDR, which will start in November 2023 and also focus on the topics of security and prosperity. Join us for a topical debate on the MS Dürnstein, while we sail along the Danube in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau.


„Danube Salon Europa-Forum Wachau“


on the MS Dürnstein
Topic: A New Compass – Which Direction will Europe‘s Security take?


Moderation: Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe


Martin Eichtinger, President of the Europa-Forum Wachau


Round Table Talk I


Karoline Edtstadler, Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution, AustriaPeter Burke, Minister of State for European Affairs and Defence, Irland
Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering in Prime Minister Sanna Marin‘s Government, Finnland



Colin Scicluna, Head of Cabinet of Dubravka Šuica, Member of the European Commission & Vice-President responsible for Democracy and Demography


Round Table Talk II

Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament, Austria

Nico Lange, Senior Fellow, Zeitenwende Initiative/Munich Security Conference, Germany

Alena Kudzko, Vice-President for Policy and Programming, GLOBSEC, Slovakia

Elisabeth Braw, Senior Fellow AEI, USA



Harald Stranzl, Ambassador, Head of Department foreign economic relations and trade, National Coordinator – EU-Danube and EU-Alpine Strategy, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs