More than a hundred scientists, students and specialists in various fields took part in the International Scientific Conference of our Programme entitled 'Security in Crisis Situations in the Border Regions of Poland and Ukraine'. The event took place on 17-18 November this year in Lublin in a hybrid format - at the premises of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and online.
Speakers comprehensively presented various aspects of security, not only those related to crisis situations, but to its social, economic or natural dimensions.
Welcoming the participants to the meeting, the Director of the Center of European Projects in Warsaw, Dr Leszek Buller, emphasised that
the organisation of the Conference is creating a platform for building future security in the region.
Head of the Joint Technical Secretariat of the Programme Andrzej Słodki presented the principles of the Programme in the new budget perspective, noting that
all activities in the future period will focus on solving problems on the Polish-Ukrainian border, which is supposed to unite, not divide.
Polish Deputy Consul in Lviv Tomasz Kowal confirmed that
the security sphere will be the most important for the region in the near future.
Rector of the University of Ivano-Frankivsk, Prof. Ihor Tsependa noted that:
Security is not only a military issue, but also a political, economic, social or, last but not least, an environmental one.
Subsequent speakers confirmed this thesis in their speeches, and the whole thing was very aptly summarised from the point of view of the current situation and future prospects by Prof. David Lutz of the American Holy Cross College:
Peace is not only the absence of war.
Following the plenary session, participants went to sub-group meetings, where they discussed issues related to the effectiveness of crisis prevention, the socio-economic effects of crises and emergencies, the coordination of services in crisis situations, the role of access to reliable information in the event of emergencies or the role of humanitarian aid. The entire event was summarised in a plenary session concluding the scientific part of the event.
Conference participants could also learn more about the history and present of Lublin, one of the most interesting cities in the Polish-Ukrainian border region. Many of our Programme's projects have been implemented there, including the TwoTowers project, which was on the itinerary of the visit.
The Conference was organised by the Center of European Projects and The Cross-border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 in cooperation with The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk. The event was held under the honorary patronage of the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
The invitation to participate in the event was accepted by representatives of, among others:
This is yet another scientific conference organised as part of our Programme. Previous conferences were held in Uzhhorod, Lutsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rzeszow and Lviv. The next one is planned for next year in Ivano-Frankivsk - we already invite you to it.
To commemorate the Conference, the papers delivered during the main plenary session will be collected and published in the form of a scientific monograph under the Honorary Patronage of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. The monograph will be published in print and on the Programme website in early 2023.
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