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1st Annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

How can the Danube Region help to build a more competitive Europe?

Programme

Tuesday 27 November

11.00

Opening of the registration desk

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch and networking activities

14.00 - 14.30

Opening of the conference

Venue: Thurn and Taxis, Reithalle

  • Mr Hans Schaidinger, Mayor of Regensburg
  • Ms Emilia Müller, State Minister for European Affairs, Government of Bavaria
  • Mr Johannes Hahn, Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy

14.30 - 16.00

Plenary Session 1: «Building the future of the Danube Region: the Global Perspective»

Venue: Thurn and Taxis, Reithalle

Speeches by:

  • Mr János Martonyi Curriculum Vitae - DOC, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Hungary
  • Mr Leonard Orban, Minister for European Affairs, Government of Romania: speech Speech - DOC
  • Ms Mercedes Bresso Curriculum Vitae - DOC, First Vice-President, Committee of the Regions: speech Speech - DOC

Panel discussion:

Chair: Mr. Franz-Lothar Altmann, Member of the Board, Southeast Europe Association (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft)

  • Mr Božo Cerar, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Slovenia
  • Mr Gerhard Schumann-Hitzler , Director IPA Strategy, Directorate-General for Enlargement, European Commission
  • Mr Hans Huber, President of the supervisory board,Huber SE
  • Mr Tilman Seibert, Director for Central and Eastern Europe Department, European Investment Bank

Webstreaming

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee-break

16.30 - 18.00

Plenary Session 2:  «The Danube Strategy in Action: From Ideas to Results»

Venue: Thurn and Taxis, Reithalle

Speeches by:

  • Ms Liliyana Pavlova Curriculum Vitae - DOC, Minister for Regional Development and Public Works, Government of Bulgaria: speech Speech - DOC and presentation Powerpoint - PPT
  • Mr Joachim Herrmann Curriculum Vitae - DOC, Minister of Interior, Government of Bavaria : speech Speech - DOC
  • Mr Gordan Maras, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Government of Croatia 
  • Mr Peter Friedrich Curriculum Vitae - DOC, Minister of European Affairs, Government of Baden-Württemberg: speech Speech - DOC

Panel discussion:

Chair: Mr. Hansjörg Brey, Executive Director, Southeast Europe Association (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft)

  • Mr Vladimir Šucha Curriculum Vitae - DOC, Deputy Director-General , Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Mr. Sorin Oprescu, Mayor of Bucharest
  • Mr Michael Theurer, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr Johannes Kyrle, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Austria

Webstreaming

19.30 - 22.00

Ship trip along the Danube with official dinner

Wednesday 28 November

09.00 - 11.45

Parallel thematic workshops

  1. Improved and Greener Mobility - Which Ways Forward? Workshop Agenda PDF
    Venue: Krancher Saal (Salzstadel , second floor)
  2. Energy for a Modern Danube Region Workshop Agenda PDF
    Venue: Refektorium (Regional administration, ground floor)
  3. A Sustainable River Basin - Environmental and Touristic Assets Workshop Agenda PDF
    Venue: Brucksaal (Salzstadel, first floor)
  4. Innovative Action for Successful Danube Enterprises Workshop Agenda PDF
    Venue: Refektorium (Thurn und Taxis, ground floor)
  5. Promoting Empowerment, Smart Skills and Inclusive Growth Workshop Agenda PDF
    Venue: Mittlere Sitzungsaal (Regional administration, first floor)
  6. Modern Danube Governance - How to Make the Region Work? Workshop Agenda PDF
    Venue: Reithalle (Thurn und Taxis)

11.45 - 12.00

Break

12.00 - 13.30

Lunch and networking activities

13.30 - 14.15

Reflection on the State of the Danube Region

Venue: Thurn and Taxis, Reithalle

Mr Rumen Dobrinsky, Senior Research Associate - Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies: presentation Powerpoint - PPT

Webstreaming

14.15 - 14.45

Key note address:

    Welcome and introduction by:
  • Mr Horst Seehofer, Minister-President, Government of Bavaria
  • Mr Johannes Hahn, Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy
    Key note speech by:
  • Ms Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Webstreaming

14.45 - 15.15

Debate of Chancellor Merkel with the audience

Venue: Thurn and Taxis, Reithalle

Webstreaming

Video on the implementation in the Region (June 2012)

15.30 - 16.00

Closing remarks

Venue: Thurn and Taxis, Reithalle

  • Mr Johannes Hahn, Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy
  • Ms Emilia Müller, State Minister for European Affairs, Government of Bavaria

Webstreaming

Parallel thematic workshops

Workshop 1. Improved and Greener Mobility - Which Ways Forward?Workshop Agenda PDF

Mobility and accessibility are key success factors in today's global world. The transport connections in the Danube Region and beyond must be modernised, upgraded, missing links constructed and bottlenecks removed.  A full modal integration approach is needed to improve mobility and to maintain a sustainable development of the Danube Region. The combined improvement of mobility and environmental protection contributes to build a more competitive and sustainable Danube Region. Following this integrative approach, this workshop will begin with a session on mobility issues, where projects and good practices will be presented, and continue with a joint debate with the participation of key representatives of the transport and the environmental sector, under the title "Improved Mobility and a Sustainable River Basin: The integrative approach as a key success factor"

Moderator:

Ms Karla Peijs, TEN-T coordinator for inland waterways, European Commission.

Discussant:

Ms Ivana Lazic, INTERACT Point Vienna.

09:00-09:30

Welcome and introduction

- Mr Reinhard Vorderwinkler, Supreme Navigation Authority, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, EUSDR PAC 1a - Inland waterways, Austria
- Mr Franc Žepič, Ministry of Transport, International Affairs Directorate, EUSDR PAC 1b - Rail, road and air, Slovenia

09:30-10:15

Presentation of projects and good practices

- "Newada duo: Cooperation of waterway administrations" by Mr Thomas Hartl, Via Donau
- "Romanian-Bulgarian co-operation in the area of inland waterway transport", by  Ms Nikolina Nikolova, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, EUSDR National Contact Point, Bulgaria
- "The Danube Region Intermodal Strategy" by Mr Miodrag Poledica, Ministry of Infrastructure and energy, EUSDR PAC 1b - Rail, road and air, Serbia

10:15-10:30

Questions & Answers

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45-11:45

Panel discussion “Improved Mobility & a sustainable River Basin: The integrative approach as key success factor”

- Mr Ralf Gallob, Managing Director, Industrie-Logistik Linz, Austria
- Mr Alexandru Capatu, President, Pro Danube International
- Mr Phillip Weller, Executive Secretary, International Commission  for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), Austria
- Mr Andreas Beckmann, Managing Director, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme Office, Austria
- Mr Ivan Mitrovic, Project Manager, Plovput, Directorate for Inland Waterways, Serbia
- Mr Christian Tausch, Head of Department 1 - Multidisciplinary Tasks, Bavarian Environment Agency, German
- Mr Carsten Rasmussen, the Deputy Head of the Bulgaria Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

 

Report of Workshop 1 Workshop Report PDF

Workshop 2. Energy for a Modern Danube RegionWorkshop Agenda PDF

Despite major steps towards the integration of the EU’s energy market, work is still needed to have a fully integrated, competitive market in place by 2014 (Council conclusions of 4 February 2011). As underlined in the Energy Roadmap 2050, the integration and opening of the energy networks and systems coupling is of key importance to make the transition to a low-carbon economy and maintain secure supplies at the lowest possible cost. The Danube Region Strategy can play an important role in bridging the gaps between Member State as well as the EU and non-EU countries by coordinating common positions. From the Strategy perspective, this workshop will analyse three major challenges: (i) the internal energy market integration; (ii) the deployment of smart grids at European, regional and municipal level; and (iii) the modernization of the networks in order to integrate the renewable energy.

Moderator:

Ms Anita Orbán, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUSDR PAC 2 - Energy, Hungary

Discussant:

Mr Erik Kiesow, Prime Minister's Office, Secretariat for European Affairs, EUSBSR NCP, Sweden

09:00-09:15

Welcome and introduction: "Lessons learnt from the first year's implementation. The way ahead" by Ms Anita Orbán, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUSDR PAC 2 - Energy, Hungary

09:15-10:15

PART I. Gas Market Integration in the Danube Region        

- "The Danube Region Gas Market Model" by Mr Peter Kaderják, Director of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research

Panel discussion and debate with the audience

- Ms Monika Zsigri, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
- Mr Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director, Energy Community Secretariat

10:15-10:30

Questions & Answers

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45-11:45

PART II. Smart Grids in the Danube Region        

- Renewable Investment in the Danube Region - what are the implications for grid infrastructure: the case study of 4 countries in Central and Eastern Europe by Ms Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Director of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership

Panel discussion and debate with the audience

- Mr Bernhard Bauer, SIEMENS AG, Strategy & Business Development Europe Strategy & Business Development Europe
- Philipp Oswald, Freiburg Green City Program

 

Report of Workshop 2 Workshop Report PDF

Workshop 3. A Sustainable River Basin - Environmental and Touristic AssetsWorkshop Agenda PDF

Environment in the Danube Region is a cross-cutting issue. Water quality, Environmental Risks and Biodiversity are strongly interrelated. They are keys to a sustainable region, attractive both to its people and to visitors. In this workshop, the joint approach of the environmental Pillar of the Strategy of the Danube Region will be presented and discussed. Environmental and touristic assets and opportunities will be highlighted by integrative project examples (such as the "Sturgeon 2020") and by providing an outlook to the mid- and long-term perspective in the common framework of the EUSDR. As environment is linked to questions of transport and mobility, there will be the option for participants to attend the joint debate with the participation of key representatives of the transport and environmental sector, under the title "Improved Mobility and a Sustainable River Basin: The integrative approach as a key success factor" (see Workshop 1).

Moderator:

Mr Medgyesy Balázs, Government Commissioner for the Danube Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUSDR National Contact Point, Hungary

Discussant:

Mr Timo Rajakangas, Ambassador for Baltic Sea Issues, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland

09:00-09:50

Welcome and introduction

- Mr Emanuel Cernat, Diplomatic Counsellor, Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, EUSDR PAC 3-Culture and Tourism, Romania
- Mr Lászlo Perger, Ministry of Rural Development, EUSDR PAC 4 - Water quality, Hungary Workshop Presentation PDF
- Mr Bakonyi Péter, "VITUKI" Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute, EUSDR PAC5, Hungary Workshop Presentation PDF
- Mr Florian Ballnus, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health, EUSDR PAC 6 - Biodiversity, Germany Workshop Presentation PDF

09:50-10:10

Presentation of the project "Sturgeon 2020 strategy" by Ms Cristina Sandu, Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy, Romania Workshop Presentation PDF

10:10-10:30

Questions & Answers

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45-11:45

Presentations of project examples of PA 4- Water quality and  PA 5 - Environmental Risks

- Presentation of the project "CC-WaterS" by Dr Gerhard Kuschnig, Waterworks of Vienna Municipality, Austria Workshop Presentation PDF
- Presentation of the project "Danube Floodrisk" by Ms Mary-Jeanne Adler, Scientific Director of the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management, Romania
- Presentation of the project “Improvement of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Black Sea Region (ICZM)” by Mr Mihail Costache, Senior Adviser, Water Resources Management Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Romania Workshop Presentation PDF

Discussion animated by:

- Mr Radoslav Bujnovsky, Water Research Institute, EUSDR PAC 4, Slovakia
- Mr Bakonyi Péter, "VITUKI" Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute, EUSDR PAC 5, Hungary

10:45-11:45

Parallel session: Panel discussion in Workshop 1:  “Improved Mobility and a Sustainable River Basin: The integrative approach as a key success factor” (see WS1)
Venue: Brucksaal (Salzstadel, second floor),
Parallel session: Panel discussion on Tourism
Venue:  Konferenzraum (Salzstadel, first floor)
Moderation: Ms Daniela Schily, Project Leader,  GIZ –Regional Programme for the establishment of a "Danube Competence Centre", Ms Nathalie Verschelde, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
- Mr Evgueni Spassov, EUSDR PAC 3, Ministry for Economy, Energy and Tourism, Bulgaria
- Ms Isabella von der Decken, Referentin der CDU/CSU Bundestagsfraktion Deutschland
- Mr Goran Petkovic, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Serbia
- Mr Teodor Frolu, representative of the NGO 'Rowmania', Romania
- Ms Sabine Meigel, Danube office Ulm and Boardmember of the Danube Competence Centre
- Mr Georg Steiner, Director of Tourism, Linz-Tourismus
- Ms Regina Hellwig Schmid, project director, Donumenta Regensbrug e.V.

Panel Report Workshop Report PDF

 

Report of Workshop 3 Workshop Report PDF

Workshop 4. Innovative action for successful Danube EnterprisesWorkshop Agenda PDF

The merit of the overall idea of promoting successful enterprises in the Danube region is clear. But how can we achieve this goal? How can we develop innovative enterprises which are competitive in Europe and in the global market? What steps are necessary to create both wealth and a better social life? The workshop will highlight the ongoing work to achieve sustainable economic growth, especially innovation and the promotion of SMEs. It will draw attention to the need for close co-operation between academic- and scientific knowledge, commercial operators and authorities (Triple Helix).

Moderator:

Ms Brandusa Predescu,  Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUSDR NCP, Romania

Discussant:

Mr Anton Schrag, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

09:00-09:30

Welcome and introduction

- Mr Hans-Peter Herdlitschka, Ministry of Finance and Economics, EUSDR PAC 8- Competitiveness, Baden-Württemberg
- Ms Dragica Karaic, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, EUSDR PAC 8- Competitiveness, Croatia
- Mr Miroslav Veskovic, Rector of the University of Novi Sad, EUSDR PAC 7- Knowledge Society, Serbia

09:30-10:00

Presentation of projects

Mr Heinz Trasch, Former president of the Steinbeis Foundation: "Steinbeis Foundation - a model for innovation/ technology transfer between academia and business"

Mr Norbert Hoeptner, Director Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum and Commissioner of the Minister for Economics Baden-Württemberg: "Danube Innovation Transfer Centers - joint pilot project with Danube Steinbeis Center"

Mr Miroslav Veskovic, Rector of the University of Novi Sad, EUSDR PAC 7- Knowledge Society, Serbia: "The Danube Region Research and Innovation Fund"

10:00-10:30

Questions & Answers

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45-11:45

Panel discussion and debate with the audience

- Mr Christian Weinberger, Directorate General for Enterprise, European Commission
- Mr Sven Gunnar Edlund, Priority Area Coordinator for Research and Innovation in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
- Ms Marion Volk, Founder and chair of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation - Danube Net
- Ms Aleksandra Gjoreska, Coordinator of the South-Eastern Cooperative Initiative
- Mr Tilman Seibert, Director European Investment Bank, Coordinator for the Danube Strategy

 

Report of Workshop 4 Workshop Report PDF

Workshop 5. Promoting Empowerment, Smart Skills and Inclusive GrowthWorkshop Agenda PDF

Skills development is at the core of Europe's future. In order to be prepared for the changes and challenges ahead, capacity-building and new approaches in initial and continuing education and training are needed to empower and equip citizens with more and better skills and competences. Improving the attractiveness and relevance of vocational educational training (VET), increasing the participation in adult learning and providing innovative training opportunities for disadvantaged groups are of particular importance in this regard. This workshop will explore how to foster smart skills and competences in the Danube Region, through better lifelong learning opportunities and at every level of education and training. It will link this to the demands of the labour market, with a view to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the Danube Region.

Moderator:

Mr Ognjen Mirić, Deputy Director SEIO, EUSDR National Contact Point, Serbia

Discussant:

Mr Mauro Novello, INTERACT Point Vienna

Rapporteur:

Mr Predrag Lažetić, Director, Center of Education Policy, Interim Secretariat of the Education Reform Initiative of SEE in Belgrade, Serbia

09:00-09:30

Welcome and introduction

- Mr Ognjen Mirić, Deputy Director SEIO, EUSDR National Contact Point, Serbia
- Mr Roland Hanak, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, EUSDR PAC 9- People and skills, Austria
- Mr Jürgen Schick, Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture, EUSDR PAC 9, Austria
- Mr Ion Gumene, State Chancellery, EUSDR PAC 9, Republic of Moldova

09:30-10:00

Key note addresses:

- "Responding to Europe’s skills challenge" by Ms Eleonora Schmid, Assistant to the Director, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) Workshop Presentation


- "Skills for the future - The view of a global player" by Mr Walter Huber, Corporate Human Resources, Siemens Workshop Presentation

10:00-10:15

Questions & Answers

10:15-10:30

Presentation of projects

"Pilot project Empowering Young People - Connecting Europe", by - Ms Monika Mott, KulturKontakt, Austria Workshop Presentation

"Austrian-Moldovan and Serbian-Croatian VET Cooperation Projects",  by Mr Walter Reiter, L&R Institute for Social Research, Austria

10:30-11:45

Panel discussion and debate with the audience

Participants:

- Mr Karl Holmeier, Member of the German Bundestag
- Mr Stelian Fedorca, State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Romania Workshop Presentation
- Ms Zornitsa Roussinova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy; Bulgaria
- Ms Katarina Ivanković Knežević, Ministry of Labour and Pension System, Croatia
- Ms Ulrike Damyanovic, Head of the Western Balkans and Turkey Unit, European Training Foundation
- Mr Johann-Jakob Wulf, Chairman, Young Citizens Danube Network

 

Report of Workshop 5 Workshop Report PDF

Workshop 6. Modern Danube Governance-How to Make the Region Work?Workshop Agenda PDF

Good governance, targeted science and technology development, as well as security are prerequisites for a prosperous, stable and growing Danube region. This workshop looks at how three horizontal Priority Areas - “Institutional Cooperation and Cooperation" and ”Knowledge Society” , and the Priority Area on "Security" contribute to strengthen the region’s competitiveness across various policy fields to have a real impact on Europe 2020 goals. This workshop will centre around the current work as well as innovative projects and new approaches to the financing of projects.

Moderator:

Mr Colin Wolfe, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Discussant:

Ms Elise Lindner, INTERACT Point Vienna

Rapporteur:

Ms Irena Lukač, Centre of Excellence in Finance, EUSDR PAC 10, Slovenia

09:00-09:30

Welcome and introduction  

- Mr Kurt Puchinger, EUSDR PA 10 - Institutional capacity, Coordinator from the City of Vienna
- Ms Andreja Jerina, European Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUSDR National Contact Point, Slovenia Workshop Presentation
- Ms Snezhina Marinova , Ministry of Interior, EUSDR PAC 11 - Security, Bulgaria

09:30-10:15

Presentation of projects:

- "Capacity building projects" by Mr Peter Langer, Coordinator of the Council of the Danube Cities and Regions Workshop Presentation
- "Project FemCities" by Ms Martina K. Sommer, Network coordinator Workshop Presentation
- "Financial needs and its answers" by Ms Marlene Hahn, Project Manager at Metis GmbH Workshop Presentation

10:15-10:45

Panel discussion and debate with the audience

- Mr Strahil Karapchanski, Vice-Mayor of Ruse, Bulgaria
- Mr Midhat Džemić, Directorate for European Integration, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Ms Snezana Filipovic, Minister Plenipotentiary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PA 10 Steering Group Member Serbia
- Ms Daniela Urschitz, PA 10 - Institutional Capacity, City of Vienna
- Mr Helmut Habersack, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

 

Report of Workshop 6 Workshop Report PDF

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