Third Conference on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Transport, energy and environmental issues

Vienna (Austria) - Bratislava (Slovakia) 19/21 April 2010

The objective of this conference was to discuss the issues of transport, energy, urban areas, environment and information society. Indeed, these are high overall on the agenda of the EU as confirmed by the recently proposed strategy ‘EU2020’ (“A European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”).

The audience of the conference was made up of representatives of authorities at EU, national and regional level, as well as a wide range of stakeholders of the Danube Region. Although the conference was held in the middle of the flight ban in Europe due to the volcanic ashes in the air, the majority of the participants and also the speakers from different parts of Europe made the efforts and came to the conference.

Through the discussions, challenges of the Danube region in the area of transport, energy and environment were discussed, as well as potential actions to overcome these challenges. Some areas of agreement and disagreement between parties (and the possible ways forward) were established. The participant´s views were noted by the representatives of the European Commission who are in charge of drafting the Communication and the Action plan for the Strategy. The programme of the conference allowed for considering the interaction between different perspectives (e.g. between transport, environment, economy,...) and underlined the integrated approach of the Strategy.

 

19 April 2010 - Vienna

Opening Plenary Session

Debate and Conclusions doc

Chair: Mr Walther Stöckl, Managing Authority, Central Europe transnational cooperation programme doc

Mr Michael Häupl, Governor of the City of Vienna (welcome speech) doc

Mr Dušan Čaplovič, Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic doc

Mr Michael Spindelegger, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria doc

Mr José Palma Andres, Director at the Directorate General for Regional Policy  doc

Mr Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank

Mr Colin Wolfe, Directorate General for Regional Policy delivering the message of Ms Karla Peijs, European Coordinator for Inland Waterways doc

-  “A journey through the Danube Region: territorial cooperation shaping our joint future” (Movie made by the INTERACT programme)

 

Connectivity and environmental challenges of the Danube Region - Panel discussion


Moderator: Ms Martina Mašková, journalist

Mr Serban Cucu, Director General, Ministry of Transport of Romania

Mr Phillip Weller, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River ppt

Mr Manfred Seitz, Chairman of the Executive Board of PLATINA project

Mr Andreas Beckmann, WWF ppt

Mr Igor Jakomin, State Secretary for Transport, Slovenia

 

20 April 2010  -  Bratislava

Mr Andrej Ďurkovský, Mayor of Bratislava (welcome speech)

Debate and Conclusions doc

Resource Efficient Danube Region - Panel discussion

 

Moderator: Ms Martina Mašková, journalist

Mr László Miklós, Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, former Minister of the Environment

Mr Tibor Mikuš, Governor of Trnava Self-governmental Region ppt

Mr Otto Pirker, Verbund – Austrian Hydropower Company

Mr Milovan Božinovič, Ambassador of Serbia in Austria

Ms Zaneta Ostojic Barjaktarevic, “Plovput” Internal Waterways Agency of Serbia

Workshop 1 : Mobilitysmart solutions for the Danube Region

Debate and Conclusions doc

Moderator: Mr Colin Wolfe, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy

a) Mr Otto Schwetz + Mr Markus Simoner, Corridor VII and Via Donau - Austrian waterway infrastructure management and development enterprise ppt

b) Mr Thomas Wimroither, Corridor X ppt

c) Project examples:

Rapporteur: Ms Irina Cruceru, Directorate General for Regional Policy

 

Workshop 2 : Clean and secure energy – Danube Region realities

Debate and Conclusions doc

Moderator: Mr José Palma Andres, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy

a) Mr Wolfgang Ernst, OMV pdf

b) MrJohann Binder, Technology Promotion Burgenland ltd. Part 1 pptx - Part 2 ppt

c) Project example:

Rapporteur: Mr Eva Lieber, Directorate General for Regional Policy

 

Workshop 3 : Risk prevention – living with all sides of nature

Debate and Conclusions doc

Moderator: Mr Georges Kremlis, European Commission, Directorate General for Environment

a) Mr Peter Bakonyi, ICPDR Flood Expert Group

b) Mr László Miklós, Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, former Minister of the Environment - Integrated Basin management - flood protection

c) Ms Deana Hirnerová, Slovak Water Management Enterprise: - Flood protection of Bratislava city

c) Project examples:

Rapporteur: Mr Johann Sollgruber, Directorate General for Regional Policy

 

21 April 2010 - Vienna

Workshop 4 : Biodiversity – economic pressures, ecological aspirations

Debate and Conclusions doc

Moderator: Mr Georges Kremlis, European Commission, Directorate General for Environment

a) Mr Harald Egerer, Carpathian Convention Programme UNEP Vienna pdf

b) Mr Dejan Komatina, International Sava River Basin Commission ppt

c) Project example:

Rapporteur: Ms Simona Pohlová, Directorate General for Regional Policy

 

Workshop 5 : Water quality – fighting pollution, applying modern standards

Debate and Conclusions doc

Moderator: Mr José Palma Andres, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy

a) Mr Phillip Weller, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, replacing Ms Marieke Van Nood, DG Environment ppt

b) Project example:

c) Mr Hans Sailer, Environmental Technologies ppt

d) Mr Igor Mucha, Common environmental monitoring at HU and SK border area ppt

Rapporteur: Ms Irina Cruceru, Directorate General for Regional Policy

 

Workshop 6 : Digital agenda for the Danube Region

Debate and Conclusions doc

Moderator: Mr Colin Wolfe, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy ppt

a) Mr Johann Sollgrüber, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy ppt

b) Mr Christian Kittl, ALADIN network, Austria ppt

c) Mr Rainer Haselberger, City of Vienna ppt

d) Mr Peter Druga, Ministry for Information Society, Slovakia

Rapporteur: Ms Eva Lieber, Directorate General for Regional Policy

 

Workshop 7 : Partner search Forum – Development of Flagship projects during the conference

Moderator: Mr Leo Baumfeld, Regional Consultants ltd ppt - doc


Conclusions of the workshops

Integration of environment and mobility issues in regions and cities - Panel discussion

 

Moderator: Ms Christiane Breznik, Department for EU-Strategy and Economic Development, City of Vienna

Mr Rudolf Schicker, City of Vienna, Austria

Ms Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Government of Lower Austria, Austria

Mr Ivo Nesrovnal, Bratislava Self-governing region

Mr Jose Palma Andres, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy

 

Closing Plenary Session

Debate and Conclusions doc

Chair: Mr Walther Stöckl, Managing Authority, Central Europe transnational cooperation programme

Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy