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2nd European seminar on sustainable urban rural partnerships

Building urban rural partnerships in future European development programmes

Warsaw 24-25 April 2013
Copernicus Science Center, ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, 00-390 Warsaw
Programme Outline PDF

Follow the Seminar on Twitter: #RurbanWarsaw

Wednesday 24 April 2013

10h30 - 11h30


11h30 – 13h


Welcome and opening
Key note addresses by

  • Adam Struzik, Marshal of Mazovia Region (Chair) PDF
  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska - Minister for Regional Development , Poland
  • Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
  • Marek Wozniak - Chair of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) Commission for Territorial Cohesion (COTER)
  • Normunds Popens, Deputy Director-general, European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy
  • Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw, President of Eurocities


Buffet lunch

14h30 – 16h

Parallel workshops

Governance approaches to urban-rural partnerships: a functional perspective to policy making
Chair: Martijn De Bruijn, European Commission
Expert : Paolo VeneriPDF , OECD
Discussant: Iván Tosics PDF , URBACT

Rational for rural-urban partnerships - purposes and benefits
Chair: Karolina Jasinska-Muehleck, European Commission
Expert : Monica Brezzi PDF , OECD
Discussant: Rene Miesen PDF , BrabantStad

Making rural-urban partnership effective and sustainable: challenges & experiences
Chair: Christian Svanfeldt, European Commission
Expert : Betty-Ann Bryce PDF ,OECD
Discussant: Thierry Baert PDF , Eurocities

16h - 16h30


16h30 – 18h

Parallel workshops

Partnerships for public service provision: challenges & experiences
Chair: Charlina Vitcheva, European Commission
Expert: Sally Shortall PDF , Queen’s University Belfast
Discussant: Jerzy Zająkała – Committee of the Regions

Financing territorial partnerships: challenges & solutions
Chair: Wladyslaw Piskorz, European Commission
Expert : Patrick Salez PDF
Discussant: Lynne Hack PDF , Vice-President, PURPLE

Which role for the private sector in Rurban partnerships?
Chair: Michael Ralph, European Commission
Expert : Graham Russell PPT , DEFRA, UK
Discussant: Richard Wakeford, Chair, UK Sustainable Development research Network

Evening Program


Departure from the Copernicus Science Centre

18h - 19h

Transfer to Matecznik Mazowsze


Official Opening by Adam Struzik, Marshal of Mazovia Region

19h30 - 20h15

Performance by "Mazowsze" State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble


Gala Dinner

22h00 – 23h00

Departure and transfer from Matecznik Mazowsze to Warsaw


Thursday 25 April 2013

09h – 10h30


Panel discussion 1: key issues to consider in the future programming period

  • Panel of 6 experts from the parallel sessions: Graham Russell PDF , Sally Shortall PDF
  • William Tompson, Head of the OECD Urban Programme
  • Moderator: Jacek Zaucha, Associated Professor, University of Gdansk




Panel discussion 2: Implications for programming and implementation

  • Calin Chira PDF , Romanian Association of Municipalities, Member of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
  • Christian Stampfer PDF , Head of Unit, EU-Regional Policy, Province of Tyrol
  • Dilwyn Roberts PDF , Councillor, Leader of Conwy County Borough Council in North Wales
  • Zbigniew Strzelecki PDF , Director, Bureau for Regional Planning, Mazovia
  • Charlina Vitcheva, Director, European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy
  • Piotr Żuber, Counsellor General, Ministry for Regional Development, Poland
  • Moderator: Jacek Zaucha, Associated Professor, University of Gdansk

13h - 14h

Buffet lunch

14h – 15h30

Conclusions from panel discussion 2: Implications for implementation

  • Richard Wakeford DOC , Chair, UK Sustainable Development research Network


  • Michael Ralph, Adviser to the Deputy Director-General, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of URBAN Intergroup


End of seminar

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