On 25 October 2011, EUNIC in Brussels, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels successfully organized the second of a series of evening talks on the advantages of shrinking in Europe.
The second conference of the Getting Smaller project took place at the BELvue museum and was dedicated to the topic "Centre and Periphery - Historical developments and current perspectives".
What does centre and what does periphery mean in today’s world? Different historical backgrounds as well as current perceptions and positions put the meaning of size and location into different perspectives: big or small, near or far, in or out – countries within the EU and just outside its Eastern border provide case studies for this reflection. What role does the Danube region play in connecting the centre with the continent’s periphery? How do the Black Sea region and its countries relate to Europe – geographically, socially, and culturally?
H.E. Ambassador Martin Eichtinger, director general of the Austrian Foreign Ministry and Professor Dan Dungaciu, director of the Institute for Political Sciences and International Relations, Romanian Academy, debated about these questions.
Vladimir Lupan, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova moderated the discussion engaging the speakers and the audience in a very active and interesting debate.
For more information on the Getting Smaller project, please contact:
Project Manager, Goethe-Institut
Co-ordinator, EUNIC in Brussels
Added: 31 October