Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully

Press Conference Istanbul

The Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs together with the City of Vienna and Go-Governance hold a press conference to launch the book "Governance and Dialogue" ed Dr Melanie Sully 

Press Conference May 9 2013 (follows MoU Signing at 10)

Kadir Has University, Galata Room Istanbul

Presentation and discussion of book

Governance and Dialogue: the Black Sea

Editor: Professor Dr Melanie Sully

This book is the fifth in the series on the Black Sea Region edited by Dr Melanie Sully. It follows on from the second “Good Governance” conference held in Tbilisi, Georgia in June 2012 supported by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (Austria), looking at governance issues in the Region. The first conference took place in Ukraine in Odessa. Throughout the International Department of the City of Vienna has been an important cooperation partner.

An essential part of good governance is dialogue whether it be between cultures, ethnic groups, religions or political parties and countries. Listening is just as much a part of communication as talking. From the United Kingdom to Turkey scientists are working on different models to best accommodate an increasingly multi-confessional and multi-ethnic society and all this requires governance and dialogue. Building communications across borders and across time, past and present is a part of the good governance project. Our conferences, publications and also Summer Schools as in Batumi 2012 help in contributing to peace and stability in the Black Sea Region.

As stated in this current book, the language of those speaking “good governance” transcends borders and needs no interpretation. Sometimes within countries the dialogue between elites and citizens is not forthcoming even in the same language.

Civil society and the media play a big role in facilitating communication and especially social media, blogs increasingly play a part as documented in this book. But we need not only quality governance but quality civil society which puts citizens at the heart of the project. Information and political participation are essential for effective communication and these are all tools of good governance and dialogue.

This book includes contributions on the language issue in Ukraine, Russia and Europe, Turkey and constitutional reform and Europe, Georgia and Armenia after elections as well as Moldova, relations between Ukraine and Romania and the situation on the Crimea.

The European Union has played its part in promoting the values of good governance both with its members but also for those aspiring to join. In some countries there is cause for concern about future prospects.

However despite difficulties the citizens of some countries have more trust in the EU than in their own governments. The experience of the EU and Bulgaria will be presented here as also the commitment of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria and the international department of the City of Vienna’s work in the Region.

Turkey and its relationship and own dialogue with Europe and in the Region is of particular interest and importance in this Good Governance project. The series will continue with further publications and conferences in the Black Sea region to examine and promote the values of good governance, the rule of law, democracy in the interests of a sound economy.


 Dr Martin Eichtinger, Ambassador, Director General for Cultural Policy at the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs

born 1961 in Graz, Austria, J.D. , postgraduate studies at JohnsHopkinsUniversity in Bologna/Italy and Paris. He joined the Austrian Foreign Service in 1986 and served as personal secretary to the Foreign Minister. His diplomatic assignments included Mexico and Washington, D.C., where he headed the Austrian Press and Information Service from 1992-1999. Between 1999 and 2007, he was Chief of Cabinet of the Austrian Special Representative for Payments to Former Forced and Slave Laborers of the Nazi-Regime, Director for International Affairs at the Austrian Federation of Industry, manager in a private company, Chief of Staff and later Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Austrian Ambassador to Romania and the Republic of Moldova. Since July 2010, he has been Director General for Cultural Policy at the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs

Dr Melanie Sully, Political Scientist was born in England and studied at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Keele, UK. She was a visiting professor in political science at the universities of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna and from 1992-2010 Professor at the Diplomatic Academy, Austria. She is the author of numerous books and articles on European politics and editor of The Odessa Connection, Black Sea Calling, Anchors of Democracy: the Black Sea, The Culture of Governance.. Dr Sully was an OSCE election observer in Belarus and Moldova. Dr Sully is a member of the OSCE/ODIHR Consultative Advisory Group on Women and Political Participation and a consultant for the OSCE on parliamentary standards.

Formerly a correspondent for VOA radio (responsible for UN, OSCE and OPEC), she is now engaged in projects on good governance in the Black Sea Region for the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, Austria and heads the initiative Go-Governance based in Vienna

Dr Oskar Wawra was born on 10 October 1 950 in Vienna.

He holds a law degree from Vienna University and later completed postgraduate studies at John Hopkins University in Bologna. He worked as an officer on legal matters for the Austrian Constitutional Court and for the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

From 1983, he was secretary and later director of the People‘s Party caucus in the Vienna City Council. From 1991 to 1997 he was member of the Vienna Provincial Diet and City Council. In 2013 Dr Wawra became honorary President of the Federation of Austrian-Foreign Societies  which includes 112 bilateral friendship societies; from 1997-2012 he was Vice President of this organisation.

Since 1998 Dr Wawra is Head of the Chief Executive Office – European and International Affairs and Executive Director for International Relations of the City of

Dr Marin Lessenski, European Policies Initiative of the Open Society Institute, Sofia Bulgaria

Marin Lessenski is  Programme Director of the European Policies Initiative (EuPI) of the Open Society Institute, Sofia. He has been Director of Programmes of the Institute for Regional and International Studies in Sofia.  He holds an MA in Southeast European Studies from the CentralEuropeanUniversity, Budapest and an MA in History from the University of Sofia. Dr Lessenski has been a Freedom House Visiting Fellow with the Hudson Institute’s Centre for European and Eurasia Studies. In addition he has participated in the Transatlantic Young Leaders Programme of the Aspen Institute, Berlin. Lessenski has written extensively on foreign policy, security and institutional topics in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the Black Sea Region; identity politics and interethnic relations. Recent publications include “Aftershocks: what did the crisis do to Europe?”, “Findings of the New European Catch-Up Index”, 2012, “A Big Bang Theory of Europe” 2012, and “Not Your Grandfathers Eastern Block: the new EU Member States as Agenda Setters” 2009. Dr Lessenski has also been a contributor to national and international media eg TRT-Turk.

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