THE DAMAGING LEGACY OF COMMUNISM
Tirana, Albania, April 7-9, 2017
PROGRAMME

“Communism must be reckoned in crude mathematic terms the most murderous system ever devised by human intelligence; and yet this is an argument we have to have, generation after generation. Consider this; one third of American millennials believe that more people were murdered by George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin. This is not an argument we can take for granted.”

Daniel Hannan MEP

Daniel Hannan MEP

ACRE Secretary-General

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Thursday 6 April

14:00

Arrivals start

20:30

Dinner at Sofra e Ariut

Friday 7 April

10:00

COUNCIL MEETING

Reserved for ACRE Council Members

10:00

Registration desk opens

15:00

Think Tank Central

17:00-17:30

Visit to the National History Museum in Tirana

20:00

Dinner at ABA21

Keynote speech by Lulzim Basha, leader of the Democratic Party of Albania

Saturday 8 April

09:30

Welcome and registration of delegates

10:30

Keynote speech by Congressman Bob McEwen

10:45

PANEL ONE

How the Cold War was won: Discussing how the failings of Communism and the actions of the West led to the end of the Cold War.

Moderator: Daniele Capezzone MP

11:45

Coffee break

12:00

Keynote speech by Ryszard Legutko MEP, Deputy Chairman of the ECR

12:10

Keynote speech by Andrzej Gwiazda, champion of the Solidarnosc movement

12:25

PANEL TWO

An incomplete transition: Discussing how the embedded legacy of communist ideology in societies and institutions in Eastern European and Balkan countries prevented their democratic transformation and institutional development.

Moderator: Brooks Newmark

13:25

Lunch

14:40

PANEL THREE

Moving forward: The need for a new strategy to build liberal and prosperous democratic societies based on free market principles and solutions.

Moderator: Patrick Chovanec

15:40

​Keynote Speech by Piotr Naimski MP, Secretary of State in the Prime Minister’s Chancellery

15:55

CLOSING REMARKS with ACRE President Jan Zahradil

19:00

GALA DINNER: The Presidential Palace

Keynote speech by Sali Berisha, former President of Albania

Sunday 9 April

12:00

Departure from the hotel

“Communism must be reckoned in crude mathematic terms the most murderous system ever devised by human intelligence; and yet this is an argument we have to have, generation after generation. Consider this; one third of American millennials believe that more people were murdered by George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin. This is not an argument we can take for granted.”

Daniel Hannan MEP

Daniel Hannan MEP

ACRE Secretary-General

Daniel Hannan MEP - Twitter Daniel Hannan MEP - Facebook Daniel Hannan MEP - Web