Vienna Economic Forum, November 2014

Visions and Responsibilities in a Changing Time
24 November 2014, Palais Niederösterreich, Wien


On 24 November 2014, B.I.O. President, Prof. Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis, delivered the closing speech at the 11th Vienna Economic Forum, which convened at the Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna. The President of the Vienna Economic Forum, Former Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Dr. Erhard Busek, and Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva had the pleasure of welcoming 500 participants from 44 countries at this distinguished event. Photos

In the context of “Visions and responsibilities in a changing time,” the high-ranking participants discussed the following topics: The Economy as a Vision and Responsibility in a changing time; The Future is our Responsibility: Information Technology Age – Energy Efficiency; As long as the Danube and the Black Sea connect us – Responsibilities for today and for the future – Cooperation is in demand; and, the Role of the Turkish economy in the development of the regional economy.


First Opening Session “The Economy is the Motor – Visions and Responsibilities in a changing time”

  • H.E. Federal President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer
  • H.E. Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Werner Faymann
  • H.E. Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama
  • H.E. Prime Minister of F.Y.R. of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski
  • H.E. Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic
  • H.E. Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria Tomislav Donchev
  • President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Sir Suma Chakrabarti
  • Alternate Secretary General of the Central European Initiative (CEI), Amb. Dr. Margit Waestfelt

The 4th session was dedicated to the growing economic importance of Turkey in the region of the Vienna Economic Forum. Members of the Board of the Vienna Economic Forum discussed successful projects, their own positive experience and the further possibilities and economic perspectives with:

  • Mr. Arda Ermut, Vice President of Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT),
  • Dr. Cetin Nazikkol, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Turkey,
  • Mag. Heinz Messinger, CEO of AME International GmbH, Member of the Board of Vienna Economic Forum,
  • Dr. Willibald Plesser, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Member of the Board of Vienna Economic Forum,
  • Mr. Mustafa Koca, President of the Anatolian Businessmen Association (ASKON),
  • Mr. Halil Kulluk, President of Intekno Group and Chairman of the Business Advisory Council for Southeastern Europe and Eurasia (BACSEE), Strategic Partner of Vienna Economic Forum
  • Prof. Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis, President of Biopolitics International Organisation, Strategic Partner of Vienna Economic Forum


Strategic Partners of Vienna Economic Forum and international institutions

  • Anatolian Businessmen Association (ASKON), Istanbul, Turkey
  • Biopolitics International Organisation (B.I.O.), Athens, Greece
  • Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenia
  • Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Business Advisory Council for Southeast Europe and Eurasia (BACSEE), Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Central Europe Initiative – CEI, Trieste, Italy
  • EastEuroCo Executive Search Group, Budapest, Hungary
  • European Center for Environmental Economy (ECEE), Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Hayek Institute, Vienna, Austria
  • Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM), Vienna, Austria
  • Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Group, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Österreichischer Gewerbeverein, Vienna, Austria
  • Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat, Sarajevo
  • The Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK), Istanbul, Turkey
  • Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED), Istanbul, Turkey
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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