IDU Side Event at the EPP Congress in Malta




To IDU Officers 

To IDU Members


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

the IDU Secretariat has the honour to invite you to IDU's Side Event at the Congress of the European People's Party in Malta with Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz as our keynote speaker and panelist on the topic:

Border Protection and Security in Europe – How can we make it work?

The event will take place on 30 March 2017, 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. at the Hotel Intercontinental, Room: CDC.  

Please register here until Wed, 29 March 2017.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Malta!


The migration crisis with mass movements of people fleeing the war zones of the Middle East, illegal economic immigration, mainly coming from Africa, the increasing threat of cross-border terrorism as well as the movement of international organized crime, human and drug trafficking groups are the biggest challenges for European security today. Maintaining security and freedom for its citizens besides this reality is the utmost obligation for EU’s politicians and governments. This strongly requires a functioning protection of EU’s external borders as well as a controlled entrance and a thorough identification for those affected by war searching for asylum.

Controlling and managing European borders in the 21st century is a challenge, which can be solved only by strong cooperation of all member states. Coordinated and connected border management policies as well as interoperable systems are indispensable. How can the European Union use its instruments and agencies to establish a smart border which will protect its inhabitants from uncontrolled threat and maintain freedom? 


Opening: Reinhold Bocklet, IDU Vice-Chairman, Germany


Keynote: Sebastian Kurz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration, Austria


Panel Discussion:

Sebastian Kurz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration, Austria

Mark Field, MP, Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, Great Britain

José Ramón García Hernández, International Secretary and Member of the National Executive Committee of the Partido Popular, Spain (tbc)


Moderation: Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director, Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies, Belgium

Please note: This event will be held under Chatham House Rules



With best wishes,

Christian Kattner

Secretary General

International Democrat Union