Austria Tour on the occasion of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

In the second half of 2018, Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We take this as an opportunity for a series of Dome Talks from Vienna to Salzburg, from the Lake Constance quadrangle to the summits of the Alps and to the symbolic border between Italy and Austria at the Brenner Pass.

Kick-off Event of the Austria Tour
6 July 2018 | Vienna

Austria took over the EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2018. On 6 July we want to invite you to a Dome Talk under the dome with citizens and representatives from civil society and politics to explore the fundamental question of Europe and the development of the European Union.” ›› more

Dome-Talks on the Henar mountain pasture in the “Dead Mountains”
13-16 August 2018

Due to its geographical location, Austria is strongly influenced by the Alps, which the country knows how to use as an important resource. By foot we want to climb the Henar alp in the border region of Styria and Upper Austria and erect our Europe Dome at lofty heights. Through the question “Why does Europe need the Alps?” we want to look not only at the ecological and economic dimension but also at Europe’s geographical and cultural diversity of Europe.  ›› more

Dome Talk before the EU-Summit
9 September 2018 | Salzburg

One week before the official EU summit of heads of state and government in Salzburg, we also want to open our dome at this location and look at the future of Europe in conversation with citizens. We want to take up the Austrian EU Council Presidency’s thematic priority asking the question “How do we reach ‘security’ in Europe?” ›› more

The geodesic structure of the Europe-Dome
What makes the European Public Sphere so special is that it is created under a geodesic dome – transparent and open to all. With its network structure (triangles connect to pentagons and hexagons creating the space) our dome is a symbol for the necessary democratic statics and cultural diversity of Europe and a projection of the future for a solidary society in a globalised world.
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European Gathering on the Brenner Pass
11 September 2018 | Brenner border

On its trip to the “Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy” in Rome we meet the Omnibus for Direct Democracy from Germany as part of our Austria Tour. The meeting point is the Brenner Pass. Here we invite to joint European talks with people from Tyrol and South Tyrol under the dome, where the topic “borders” should be the focus. The question of borders and the coexistence of states in a united Europe will be posed at the spot where 100 years ago an inner-European border was drawn, which could be reopened in the European integration process and which today, in view of the flight movements caused by geopolitical developments, is again facing the question of its closure. 
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Dome Talk on the Soil Issue in the „Euregio Lake Constance““
15 September 2018 | Bregenz

In Vorarlberg, citizens and politicians are discussing the zoning plan, i.e. the question of how land as a resource should be dealt with in the future so that it remains a good for people. In Bregenz we therefore want to bring the question of soil into discussion under the dome and look at it from different European perspectives: we invite activists from Vorarlberg, Switzerland and Germany to do so. ›› more

Finally: An inclusive Dome Talk    
16 Oktober 2018 | Vienna

At the end of our tour we want to invite you to an inclusive conversation in the Europe Dome. “Inclusive” means that people who have to live with disabilities gather under the dome. With smaller and larger ones. Together we want to consider the big social development challenges and against this background we want to focus on the topic of inclusion. ” ›› more

At the respective events, one or two discussions will take place under the dome. In addition to the invited people, all citizens who spontaneously want to take a seat under the dome are also more than welcome. The exact starting times will be announced.  

The events will be documented and made publicly available. Gradually, a “future archive” for Europe will be created.