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Program & Timetable

12:30 Registration and welcome coffee

13:00  Opening remarks, Mall Hellam, Executive Director, Open Estonia Foundation

13:15 – 14:30  Long Shadow of the Financial Crisis: Social Strains and Economic Recovery

What are the key moments that have defined the long and strong „hangover“ we experience both on the social and the economical scale in Europe? How should the EU prepare for the next (financial) crisis? Among other things, we will discuss the turn to conservatism, social unrest and anger, inequality and the sustainability of the growth-oriented capitalism; the role and accountability of policymakers and citizens.

Heather Grabbe, Executive Director, Open Society European Policy Institute
Olli Rehn, Governor of the Bank of Finland
Moderator Johannes Tralla, journalist at the Estonian Public Broadcasting and its Brussels correspondent in 2012-2018

14:30 – 15:15     Coffee and snacks

15:15 – 16:45     Estonia: State of Affairs

The second part will commence with a short reflection of Ms Grabbe’s and Governor Rehn’s debate in Estonian context. In the light of upcoming elections both on national and European level in spring 2019, where do we stand in comparison to other EU member states? What are the social and economic challenges and threats we face? Is it possible to stay immune against the populist epidemic that seems to ravish through Europe or has each country yet to endure its populists?

Tarmo Jüristo, Praxis Center for Policy Studies, Head of the Management Board
Margit Sutrop, Professor of Practical Philosophy and the founding Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu
Mari-Liis Jakobson, political scientist and Associate Professor at Tallinn University
Andreas Kaju, strategic consultant and partner at META Advisory Group
Moderator Johannes Tralla, journalist at the Estonian Public Broadcasting

The conference is supported by the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu’s national programme “Values Development in Estonian Society 2009 – 2013” for the years 2015 – 2020, funded by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Additional information:
Jete Aljasmäe 
Open Estonia Foundation
jete@oef.org.ee
tel + 372 6155700
Press inquiries:
Mari Roonemaa
mari@oef.org.ee
+372 56454598


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