Central Europe Forum at the Saxon State Parliament

President of the State Parliament Dr Matthias Rößler

Welcome address by the President of the State Parliament

I took the initiative to found the "Central Europe Forum at the Saxon State Parliament" to advance the process of cooperation here in Central Europe.

I based this on Saxony’s key role in Central European history for centuries and how it has influenced the development of the entire Central European region. With the backing of the Saxon State Parliament, representing society as a whole, its work focuses on strengthening society at a Central European level.

In its work, the Forum seeks answers to the questions crucial to the future of Central Europe in the European Union. I am certain that the foundation of the “Central Europe Forum at the Saxon State Parliament” is not only a step in the right direction, but is also necessary as a basis for societal dialogue across states.

The concept and aims of the Central Europe Forum at the Saxon State Parliament

The “Central Europe Forum at the Saxon State Parliament” fosters the awareness of Central European unity in the region and recognises the achievements of Central European society to encourage freedom. It develops a specifically Central European view of topics and promotes it in other European regions and among decision makers at all levels.

The “Central Europe Forum at the Saxon State Parliament” aims to

  • offer a platform for communication and coexistence
  • promote dialogue between various societal groups
  • collect ideas and support networking and
  • provide food for thought and calls for action

thus helping to find Central European answers to questions affecting all of Europe.

The “Central Europe Forum at the Saxon State Parliament” draws on the identity and freedom-related concept of Central Europe from the era of European freedom revolutions in 1989/90. Central Europe stands for plurality in a region of major cultural centres and historically evolved regions. This understanding of Central Europe is based on a partnership of larger and smaller states in the region – a partnership that also entails joint efforts to mould the future of the European Union.

Read more about the objectives of the Central Europe Forum in the 2011 Dresden Declaration.

Board of Trustees

Under the Chair of the President of the State Parliament, the Board of Trustees of the Central Europe Forum plots the conceptual course and organises events on topics from the fields of the arts, culture, economics, education and politics.

Events of Central Europe Forum

The events organised by the Central Europe Forum permit regular sharing of experience and opinion by politicians, scientists and representatives of society from various Central European countries. To date, conferences have been held in Dresden, Prague, Wroclaw, Klosterneuburg (near Vienna), Budapest and Bratislava.

Documentation of Central Europe Forum

The “FORUM” series of publications documents the events of the Central Europe Forum at the Saxon State Parliament. Some of the documents are available in two languages.