The conference was organised and conducted by the
- Federal Foreign Office with the partners
- BFIO (Büro Führungskräfte zu Internationalen Organisationen der Bundesagentur für Arbeit),
- ZIF (Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze) and
- VDBIO (Verband deutscher Bediensteter für Internationale Organisationen).
At the event, the approximately 250 participants had the opportunity to exchange views on current political and economic issues in discussion rounds and panels.
The opening speech was given by State Secretary Lindner and Ursula Müller, who had been invited as this year's Guest of Honour in her role as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.
As a further highlight, EU Commissioner Günther Öttinger gave a fiery speech on the value and future of the European community, which received great applause from the audience.
The second day of the conference was opened by Minister of State Dr. Hendrik Hoppenstedt with an overview of the domestic political situation.
During the panel discussions and discussion rounds, which included the German Security Council membership and transatlantic relations, members of parliament and staff from international organizations, the Federal Foreign Office and relevant think tanks argued and debated.
For the first time social media were also used, especially Twitter. During the conference hashtag #IOEUK2018 interested parties could exchange and inform themselves.
Many guests have already announced their participation next year.