Members of the Forum’s Young Professionals program discuss each other’s presentations at a roundtable in Salzburg, Austria. The meeting enabled participants to prepare for the 4th International Conference on Federalism in New Delhi, where they will present final versions of their work.
Young staff members from the Scottish Parliament, the Swiss Chancellery and the German Bundestag, Germany’s national parliament, came together recently with young academics and young professionals from other European countries in a Forum roundtable meeting in Salzburg, Austria.
The participants, all members of the Forum’s Young Professionals program, presented drafts of papers they have prepared for the 4th International Conference on Federalism to be held in New Delhi November 5 – 7.
The roundtable was facilitated by Dr. Andreas Kiefer from the Austrian province of Salzburg; Felix KnÃ¼pling, the Forum’s director of programs for Europe; and Andrea Iff, the European Coordinator of the Forum’s Young Professional Program.
The young professionals made presentations on each of the four themes of the international conference: building on and accommodating diversities; emerging issues in fiscal federalism; interaction in a federal system; and local government and federal systems. The conference is being co-organized by the Forum of Federations and India’s Inter-state Council Secretariat.
The Young Professionals Program engages young people in a dialogue on federalism. As a component of the Forum’s international conferences on federalism, young professionals from the host country – in this case, India – and other federations around the world, meet to discuss the challenges of federal governance in their own countries, as well as to participate in the main conference program.
Other participants in the roundtable meeting included Augusta Badriotti, Centro Studi sul Federalismo, Italy; Marianne Bonnard, Ministry of the Executive Council for QuÃ©bec, European Union; Vincent Defraiteur, JDDV Advocaten, Belgium; Norina Frey, State Chancellery, Switzerland; Dr. Gregor Heissl, University of Vienna, Austria; Hendrik Hagemann, Bundestag, Germany; Stephen Herbert, Scottish Parliament; Miograd Jovanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia; Jan Zlatan Kulenovic, Youth Information Agency, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Vladimir Nazarov, Institute for the Economy in Transition, Russia.
The event took place on Oct. 13-14, 2007.