Ischinger on the Munich Security Conference Meeting in Vienna

News | June 16, 2015

The Munich Security Conference, chaired by EWI Board Member Wolfgang Ischinger, will meet in Vienna on June 16-17 as part of its 'MSC Core Group Meeting' series to discuss critical regional issues including Russia, the crisis in Ukraine and energy security in Europe.

Excerpts from the Munich Security Conference press release:

Chaired by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the MSC will assemble 60 senior decision-makers from the public and private sectors in Vienna’s Palais Liechtenstein to discuss ongoing challenges to European security against the backdrop of the 40th and 25th anniversaries of the OSCE Helsinki and Paris documents. The meeting will be held in partnership with the Federal Government of Austria and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). 

The Core Group Meeting will take place immediately before the "Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project", initiated by the OSCE Troika, will gather in a separate meeting in Vienna to discuss its interim recommendations. The panel, chaired by Ambassador Ischinger and composed of leading personalities from the OSCE area, is tasked to develop suggestions for strengthening the OSCE and for the formation of a more crisis-resistant and resilient system of European security. 

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger on the MSC Core Group Meeting in Vienna:

"The Ukraine Crisis has clearly demonstrated that Europe’s security architecture is dysfunctional. For too long, the West has been under the illusion that Europe, through a number of treaties, agreements, and institutions, would be crisis-proof. At the Core Group Meeting in Vienna, we will debate measures to strengthen the security architecture and to build confidence in the Euro-Atlantic region. I am looking forward to intensive discussions among high-ranking participants."

To read the press release on the MSC website, click here.

To read an interview with Wolfgang Ischinger in Der Standard, click here. (German)

To read an article published by Deutsche Welle on Ischinger's discussion of conflict prevention, click here.