Vienna as a locus of change in intra-EU diplomacy: Roundtable
Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Thursday, 7 February 2008
Ladies and Gentlemen!
It is a pleasure for me to welcome you all to the Diplomatic Academy
of Vienna to this roundtable-discussion. The morning session, dealing
with the research agenda of our topic for today, has brought together a
distinguished group experts and – let me say – I am very proud to
have you here today.
In the context of the European Union, the established structures and
processes of diplomacy are profoundly challenging and changing.
• the development of the diplomatic capabilities of the EU
including the European External Action Service;
• the emergence of new cooperative patterns among the
diplomatic services of EU member states; and
• the changing role and function of diplomatic representation
inside the EU.
In recent years, the academic programmes of the Diplomatic Academy
of Vienna have paid particular attention to these challenges, but we
are determined to do more.
Hence, I am pleased to announce that in the coming months we are
about to promote own research capacities focusing on the following:
• the changing nature of intra-EU diplomacy;
• organizational and policy-related questions regarding the set-
up of the European External Action Service;
• public diplomacy and cultural policies as elements of EU
foreign relations; and
• last but not least, conceptual questions regarding the emergent
global post-modern patterns in diplomacy.
The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna will thus soon become not
only an excellent training institution but also a leading “think-tank”
generating ideas and shaping new forms and norms of European
Finally, let me thank everybody who has made this discussion
possible, but first and foremost you, Dr. Batora, for your initiative
and cooperation. I am convinced our discussions today will be
fruitful and now I have pleasure in giving the floor to you.