Vienna Economic Forum – Sofia Talks 2018

Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN)







National Palace of Culture

Vienna Economic Forum (VEF) was established in April 2004 in Vienna as a Bulgarian initiative with the aim of promoting regional economic cooperation between the member countries of the region from the Adriatic to the Black Sea. In its 14 years of existence, Vienna Economic Forum has continuously been strengthening its role both in the region of South Eastern Europe, and also in other EU- and non-EU countries. As a recognition for all the years of successful activities in the region, Vienna Economic Forum has received the status International Non-Governmental Organization, the Special consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), and is registered in the Transparency Register of the European Parliament and European Commission.

Vienna Economic Forum – Sofia Talks 2018 under the motto “Politics meets Economy” aims to facilitate a direct exchange between the democratically elected leaders from the Western Balkans and high-level representatives of regional and international economy, to discuss a more pragmatic oriented and intense regional economic cooperation and – with support from the regional leaders – look for solutions in different sectors of the regional economy.

The format of this conference is composed of the regional leaders of the Western Balkans as well as of high-level representatives from the European, regional and international economy, focusing on a regional cooperation as part of the European integration and the role of investments for growth and stability. From the side of the economy, the interests in the development of different regional economic sectors will be demonstrated by Members of the Board of Vienna Economic Forum from the region, Europe and beyond.

With Sofia Talks 2018, Vienna Economic Forum wants to build a bridge between the Bulgarian EU-Presidency and the following Austrian EU-Presidency in the second half of the year and as part of this, will organise the 15th Jubilee Vienna Economic Forum – Vienna Future Dialogue 2018 on 19 November 2018 in Vienna under the same Motto “Politics meets Economy”.



Family photo


Signing of agreement


Opening and discussion


18 May 2018 | Friday




Family photo (by invitation)


Opening of Vienna Economic Forum – Sofia Talks 2018


Round table discussion – Politics meets economy

Regional Cooperation as a part of the European Integration. The Sub-Region Western Balkans: Reality and Expectation - Who takes the Responsibility? The Role of Investments for Growth and Stability.


Prolonged informal discussion for all participants in the framework of a GET-TOGETHER LUNCH BUFFET, hosted by Vienna Economic Forum and Sopharma, PLC

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