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Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

Organised by the European Commission and the Government of Greece

Agenda

The Conference is fostering exchanges on the solutions a macro-regional perspective can offer to the main challenges of the Adriatic-Ionian Region. It is also meant to raise awareness among a wider public on the preparations for the new Strategy.

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Conference report PDF

Conference webstreaming

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Thursday 06 February 2014

12.00 - 14.00

Registration (a light lunch will be provided)

14.00 - 14.40

Welcoming Address

Master of ceremony: Ilias Siakantaris, journalist-broadcaster

  • Antonis Samaras, Prime Minister, Greece Speech PDFel
  • Johannes Hahn, Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy
  • Maria Damanaki, Member of the European Commission responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Evangelos Venizelos, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece Speech PDFel
  • Kostis Hatzidakis, Minister of Development and Competitiveness, Greece

14.40 - 15.45

Plenary Session 1:
The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region – A vehicle for growth and jobs

  • Ditmir Bushati, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Albania
  • Zlatko Lagumdžija, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Hrvoje Marušić, Assistant Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia
  • Dimitris Kourkoulas, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece Speech PDFel
  • Marta Dassù, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy
  • Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Montenegro
  • Ivan Mrkić, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Serbia
  • Karl Erjavec, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia

15.45 - 16.15

Coffee-break

16.45 - 17.15

Plenary Session 2, Part A:
The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region: State of Play and Future Prospects.

Presentation by the European Commission (incl. Q&A session)

  • José Palma-Andrés, Director, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission Presentation PDF
  • Gerhard Schumann-Hitzler, Director, Directorate-General for Enlargement, European Commission
  • Q&A session

17.15 - 18.30

Plenary Session 2, Part B:
The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region: State of Play and Future Prospects.

Further views

  • Committee of the Regions: Apostolos Katsifaras, Vice-President of the Adriatic Ionian Interregional Group
  • Economic and Social Committee: Dimitris Dimitriadis (Group I: Employers) and Stefano Palmieri (Group II: Workers), rapporteur and co-rapporteur of the Exploratory Opinion on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region
  • Adriatic and Ionian Initiative: Fabio Pigliapoco, Secretary General
  • Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR): Annika Annerby, President of the Regional Council of Skåne (Sweden)

19.30 - 22.00

Evening reception

Friday 07 February 2014

09.00 - 12.00

Parallel Thematic Workshops

 

Workshop 1: "Driving innovative maritime and marine growth" report PDF

Chair: Beate Gminder, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Facilitator: Amparo Montán, INTERACT Point Valencia

Speakers:

  • Vassilios Tselios, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece
  • Ioannis Firbas ,Ministry of Development and Competitiveness, Greece
  • Danijela Stolica ,Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Montenegro
  • Kai Böhme, expert Presentation PDF

Background Paper - Driving innovative maritime and marine growth PDF

 

Workshop 2: "Connecting the region" report PDF

Chair: Willebrordus Sluijters, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Facilitator: Philipp Schwartz, INTERACT Point Turku

Speakers:

  • Andrea Vitolo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy
  • Rossella Rusca , Department for Development and Cohesion, Italy
  • Pavle Jankovic ,Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Montenegro
  • Philippe Claeys , expert Presentation PDF

Background Paper - Connecting the region PDF

 

Workshop 3: "Preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment" report PDF

Chair: George Kremlis, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for the Environment, European Commission
Introduction to the Workshop PDF

Facilitator: Ivana Lazic, INTERACT Point Vienna

Speakers:

  • Mitja Bricelj, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Slovenia
  • Senad Oprašić, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina Presentation PDF
  • Agnes Kelemen , expert Presentation PDF

Background Paper - Preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment PDF

 

Workshop 4: "Increasing regional attractiveness" report PDF

Chair: Raphael Goulet, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Facilitator: Riitta Ahdan, INTERACT Point Turku

Speakers:

Background Paper - Increasing regional attractiveness PDF

12.00 - 13.30

Buffet Lunch

13.30 - 15.00

Closing session: The way forward

Conclusions of the Workshops

  • Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Beate Gminder, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Closing statements

  • Charlina Vitcheva, Director, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Panagiotis Mihalos, Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece

Back-to-back meeting

A Special Meeting of the Adriatic and Ionian Council, gathering the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative will take place ahead of the Stakeholder Conference.  Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, and Maria Damanaki, Commissioner
for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will participate in this meeting, where a declaration will be adopted.  This is a closed event (by invitation only).

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