DACH National Week

DACH National Week 11th – 17th January 2016

A huge range of cultural and political events such as a wine tasting, a German language café and film screenings have taken place in order to shed light on various facets of the three German speaking countries: Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

To kick-off the DACH National Week, the Swiss ambassador to the EU, his Excellency Roberto Balzaretti held a conference on different aspects of EU-Swiss Relations. The conference was followed by a reception where the students had the possibility to individually ask questions to the ambassador.

On Friday, a conference on national best practices and Europeanisation of energy transition was organised. Speakers from the Austrian, German and Swiss Permanent Representations to the European Union outlined national reforms and best practices. Claire ROUMET, Executive Director of Energy Cities gave an insight into the cities’ perspective on energy transition. Anne HOUTMAN, Principal Advisor at the Directorate General for Energy at the European Commission, explored the issue from a European perspective and identified priorities for action. After a coffee break a panel with different stakeholders discussed the economic implications of energy transition and highlighted potential risks and possible courses of action.

The DACH National Week was closed by a Viennese ball on Saturday evening. The participants had the possibilities to demonstrate their Walzer skills which they could acquire in Walzer workshops offered throughout the week. The Ball was opened by the Wine Princess of Mosel, Lena ESSELN and musically accompanied by La Chapelle Sauvage.