#TimeToDecide22 – Discussing the Future of the EU, Ukraine, Russia and the Western Balkans in Vienna

Around 300 guests attend high-level conference organised by ERSTE Foundation and IWM.

Today, Friday, ERSTE Foundation is hosting the Time To Decide Europe Summit 2022 in cooperation with the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM). Over 20 leading European intellectuals are developing propositions and possible solutions for Europe, the Western Balkan countries, Ukraine and Russia. Around 300 guests are about to experience an innovative debate format on-site in Vienna.

Boris Marte, CEO of ERSTE Foundation: “The exchange involves experts from academia and politics, journalists, artists and activists. These dialogues should result in a future-oriented and value-based contribution to peace solutions that focus on Europe as a whole.”

“Since the Russian invasion, European societies have been confronted with numerous challenges. To process them, extensive discussions and politically mature decisions are nowessential,” said Misha Glenny, rector of IWM.

Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas contributed video messages.

This evening, starting at 6 p.m., Stephen Holmes, visiting fellow at IWM, and Maxim Trudolyubov, editor-at-large at Meduza, will discuss future prospects for Russia. Historian and director Marina Davydova will moderate the discussion.

The live stream, the programmeand the complete list of participants at the podium are available at https://www.erstestiftung.org/en/events/time-to-decide/ (the recordings will be available from 23 May).

About ERSTE Foundation: As main shareholder of Erste Group, ERSTE Foundation secures the independent future of one of the largest financial services providers in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. As a private Austrian savings banks foundation, the foundation is committed to serving the common good in the region in which the bank operates.


About IWM: The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) is an independent institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences. Since 1982, it has promoted intellectual exchange between East and West, between academia and society, and between a variety of disciplines and schools of thought.


Thomas Goiser M: +43 664 2410268 thomas@goiser.at

ERSTE Stiftung – Communications Maribel Königer M: +43 664 8385341 maribel.koeniger@erstestiftung.org

IWM – Public RelationsVera Mair M: +43 670 358 23 60 mair@iwm.at

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