The Baltic Region and the Prospects of a 'Flexible Union'

Foreign Policy, Security and Economic Cooperation

The discussion will focus on the possibilities of a more flexible cooperation within the framework of the European Union. Different realms will be discussed especially from a Nordic-Baltic perspective.


11:00 – 11:30 Welcome coffee

11:30 – 11:50 Opening words

Vygaudas Usackas (Director of the Institute of Europe at Kaunas University of Technology),

Susi Dennison (Director of ECFR European Power programme),

Elisabeth Bauer (Head of the KAS Office for the Baltic States and Scandinavia)

11:50 – 13:10 Session 1: Towards 'flexible' forms of economic cooperation in Europe - an economic or

strategic dilemma?

Introductory remarks by:

Didier Lopinot ( MFA France),

Catharina Sørensen (Think Tank EUROPA, Denmark),

Ramunas Vilpisauskas (Institute of Foreign Relations, Vilnius University),

Moderated by Pawel Zerka (ECFR)

13:10 – 14:00 Buffet lunch

14:00 – 15:20 Session 2: ‘Defence Union’, NATO and new challenges to European security

Introductory remarks by:

Karolis Aleksa (Ministry of Defense, Lithuania),

Sebastian Groth (MFA Germany),

Christine Nissen (Danish Institute of International Studies),

Zuzana Michalcová Šutiaková (foreign policy advisor in the cabinet of Donald Tusk,

President of the European Council),

Kristi Raik (Finnish Institute of International Affairs),

Moderated by Nick Witney (ECFR)

15:20 – 15:30 Key takeaways

Vygaudas Usackas (Kaunas University of Technology),

Nick Witney (ECFR)


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Elisabeth Bauer

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Head of the KAS office for the Baltic States and Nordic countries

Elisabeth.Bauer@kas.de +371 67 331-266 +371 67 331-007