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Posted on on July 4th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Office Budapest is organising an international conference with the title

Border breakthrough at Sopron – Prelude of completion of Europe

on July 16-17 in Sopron (Pannonia Hotel, Várkerület 75.)

as a commemoration of the famous Pan-European Picnic in August 1989 where citizens of Hungary, Austria and other countries met to demonstrate for the necessity to tear down the Iron Curtain and unite Europe in peace and freedom. On this occasion, several hundreds of GDR citizens managed to escape to the West, by literally tearing down the old wooden gate on the site of the Picnic.

These events 23 years ago have been the first step for German and European re-unification. “The soil below the Brandenburg Gate is Hungarian soil.” (Helmut Kohl) could be described as motto of the historical happenings at those times. The role Hungary and Hungarians played by overcoming these obstacles should not be forgotten.

Our aim is to make a tribute to these historical moments by hosting an international conference assembling experts, the former organisers and civil rights activists, in total some 250 attendees. Moreover, we expect 100 youngsters from over 30 European countries in order to ensure the sustainability of this endeavour. Please note that the overall conference will have simultaneous interpretation in three languages (English, German, Hungarian).

In the attachment you will find a preliminary programme and a short fact box about the background of the Pan-European Picnic. May you have any further inquiries or questions, do not hesitate to contact my assistant, Dr. Bence Bauer via or +36 20 3345199. Registrations are possible with the attached form until July 10.

We would be more than delighted to have you in Sopron,

Yours sincerely

Minister ret.
Head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Office Budapest

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
H-1015 Budapest
Batthyány utca 49.
T.: +36 1 487 50 10
F.: +36 1 487 50 11

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