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2nd Annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Bucharest, 28-29 October 2013

Danube Region - Stronger together, stronger in the world

Main venue: International Conference Centre/Palace of Parliament, Bucharest

Programme PDF

Monday 28 October 2013

12.00

Opening of the registration desk

12.30 - 14.00

Networking lunch

14.00 - 14.30

Opening session

Introduction by the conference moderator: Verner Kristiansen, Communication Adviser

    Welcome and keynote addresses
  • Valeriu Zgonea, President of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania
  • Victor Ponta, Prime Minister, Romania
  • Johannes Hahn, Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy
  • Liviu Nicolae Dragnea, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration, Romania
    Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Danube countries. Results and outcomes
  • Vytautas Leškevičius, Vice-Minister of European Affairs, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Lithuania
  • Johannes Kyrle, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Austria
  • Titus Corlățean, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania

14.30 - 16.00

Plenary Session 1:
“Stronger in the world. The Danube Strategy as driver for growth, jobs and global impact”

  • Kristian Vigenin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
  • Peter Friedrich PDF, Minister for Bundesrat, Europe and International Affairs, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
  • Enikő Győri PDF, Minister of State for EU Affairs, Hungary
  • George Catalin Costache, CEO, Siemens Romania
  • Igor Grosu PDF, Vice-minister of Education, Republic of Moldova
  • Mercedes Bresso, First Vice-President, Committee of the Regions

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee-break

16.30 - 18.00

Plenary Session 2:
“Stronger together: The Danube Strategy balancing economy and ecology”

    Speeches
  • Rovana Plumb, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Romania
  • Vladimír Šucha, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
    Panel discussion
  • Péter Kovács PDF, Head of the Hungarian Delegation to the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and State Secretary for Water, Hungary
  • Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser to the Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
  • Madlen Serban, Director, European Training Foundation
  • Doru Pamfil, Rector of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj Napoca (Romania); Vice-President of the Danube Rectors Conference

Q&A session

19.00 - 22.00

Gala event at the Palace of Parliament

Tuesday 29 October

09.00 - 09.20

Key-note speech on the State of the Danube Region

  • Markus Kappler, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany

 

09.20 - 09.30

Introduction to the thematic workshops

  • Mauro Novello, Coordinator, INTERACT Point Vienna

09.45 - 12.15

Parallel thematic workshops

WORKSHOP 1 CONNECTED DANUBE REGION

Workshop conclusions PDF

The workshop will address the impacts of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region on connecting the Danube Region, in particular in the fields of mobility and energy. Concrete projects and long-term initiatives have been started in the framework of the Strategy during the past two years and show the need of even closer cooperation. We will present them and discuss their effects. We will discuss the future possibilities within the Danube Strategy and the potential of using the funding sources available.

  • What are the impacts of two years of cooperation for the connectivity of the Danube Region in the fields of transport and energy efficiency? Looking back, what has changed?
  • What is the benefit of a macro-regional approach? What are their effects?
  • How can Danube-wide projects be promoted, across different countries, programmes and funds?
  • How to collaborate with partners in the Danube region (other programmes, funds, countries)?
  • What are the key main funding sources? How to access them?
  • What opportunities will the new programming period of EU funds 2014-2020 bring?

09.45 - 10.00

Introduction

10.00 - 11.00

PART I: Danube Faces

    Priority Area 1a | Mobility - Waterways
  • Reinhard Vorderwinkler, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Monica Patrichi, Ministry of Transport of Romania, Romania

PART II: Danube Highlights

11.00 - 11.15

Coffee Break

10.00 - 11.00

PART II: Danube Highlights (Continuation)

PART III: Danube financing

    Initiatives and Policies
  • Anton Schrag, Deputy Head of Unit E2 Romania, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Helmut Adelsberger, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission: TEN-T and CEF in the Danube Regio PDF
  • Michele Amedeo, Directorate-General for Enlargement, European Commission
  • David Pelech, Budapest Danube Contact Point, Hungary

Facilitator:
Ivana Lazic, INTERACT Point Vienna

WORKSHOP 2 GREEN DANUBE REGION

Workshop conclusions PDF

The workshop will address the impacts of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region on protecting the environment of the Danube Region. Existing projects will serve as a basis for developing next steps and potential future projects and initiatives. Some recent developments, such the severe floods in June 2013, have underlined again the need for a coordinated response. The Danube macro-region provides a platform to tackle current and future challenges. We will discuss the possibilities within the Danube Strategy to initiate and develop concrete actions, and the potential of using the funding sources available.

  • Has a region-wide approach contributed to improving the quality of water, soils, air in the larger Danube area, as a key goal of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)?
  • How is the Strategy working on reducing environmental risks such as flooding?
  • What are some of the best environmental projects having a macro-regional dimension?
  • What are the most pressing needs to address for the next two years? What is planned for the future?
  • What financing opportunities can be offered to project holders? What information do financing sources need from EUSDR actors?
  • What opportunities will the new programming period of EU funds 2014-2020 bring?

09.45 - 10.00

Introduction

10.00 - 11.00

Impulse statement: “What is the added value of the region-wide approach for the environment in the Danube Region?

PART I: Danube Faces

    Priority Area Coordinators 6 | Biodiversity
  • Florian Ballnus, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health, Germany
  • Ana Kobašlić, Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, Croatia

PART II: Danube Highlights: Inspiring projects and actions

11.00 - 11.15

Coffee Break

10.00 - 11.00

PART III: Danube financing

  • Jack Engwegen, Head of Unit F5 Hungary, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Dagmar Kaljarikova, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission: Blueprint and The new LIFE Regulation (2014-2020) PDF
  • Wilfried Görmar, Member of the Programming Committee for the future transnational programme for the Danube region, Germany

Facilitator:
Katrin Stockhammer, INTERACT Point Vienna

WORKSHOP 3 SMART AND INCLUSIVE DANUBE REGION

Workshop conclusions PDF

The workshop will address the impacts of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region on the Region’s competitiveness, prosperity, research and innovation potential and skills level. Concrete projects and long term initiatives have been started in the framework of the Strategy during the past two years. However, the current economic crisis puts special emphasis on the many challenges prevailing to make this region a truly 21st century region. We will discuss the possibilities within the Danube Strategy to initiate and develop concrete actions, and the potential of using the funding sources available.

  • What are the impacts of two years of cooperation for the prosperity in the Danube Region? Looking back, what has changed?
  • What are some of the best projects and initiatives in these fields?  How are they followed up?
  • What are the most pressing needs to address for the next two years?
  • What financing opportunities can be offered to project holders? What information do financing sources need from EUSDR actors?
  • What opportunities will the new programming period of EU funds 2014-2020 bring?

09.45 - 10.00

Introduction

10.00 - 11.00

PART I: Danube Faces

    Priority Area 7 | Knowledge Society
  • Štefan Chudoba, State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Slovakia
  • Miroslav Vesković, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
    Priority Area 8 | Competitiveness
  • Hans-Peter Herdlitschka, Ministry of Economy, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Dragica Karajić, Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, Croatia
    Priority Area 9 | People & Skills
  • Roland Hanak, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Austria
  • Jörg Mirtl, Kultur Kontakt, Austria
  • Ion Gumene, Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family, Republic of Moldova

PART II: Danube Highlights: Inspiring projects and actions

11.00 - 11.15

Coffee Break

10.00 - 11.00

PART III: Danube financing

Facilitator:
Mauro Novello, INTERACT Point Vienna WS 3 – Smart and inclusive Danube Region PDF

WORKSHOP 4 EFFECTIVE, ATTRACTIVE AND SAFE DANUBE REGION

Workshop conclusions PDF

The workshop will discuss how the EU Strategy for the Danube Region can make the Danube Region more effective, attractive and safe. Concrete projects and long term initiatives have been started in the framework of the Strategy during the past two years. We will present them and discuss their effects as well as bottlenecks and possible solutions. The importance of horizontal issues like cooperation, multi-level governance and capacity building in the effective implementation of the EUSDR and its actions will also be discussed.

  • What are the impacts of two years of cooperation for a more effective, a more attractive and safer Danube Region? Looking back, what has changed?
  • How can stakeholders (local, regional, national, EU level) be better involved?
  • How a project idea becomes bankable/ fundable?
  • How can good projects be promoted, across different countries, programmes and funding sources?
  • What is planned for the future?

09.45 - 10.00

Introduction

10.00 - 11.00

PART A: The experts' perspective

  • Ivo Gönner, Mayor of Ulm, Council of Danube Cities and Regions, Germany
  • Alexander Dragovski, International Projects Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria
  • Tanja Dedovic, Labor Migration and Human Development Coordinator, Regional Office for Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Austria
  • Christopher Imbsen, Deputy Regional Director, Regional Program for Europe, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
  • Stefan Lütgenau, Foster Europe, Danube Civil Society Forum, Austria
  • Anders Bergström, Priority Area Coordinator “Developing innovative education and youth” and Horizontal Action Leader for “Strengthening multi-level governance including involving civil society, business and academia” of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Norden Association, Sweden

PART B: The Priority Area Coordinators perspective

    Priority Area 3 | Culture & Tourism
  • Emanuel Cernat, Ministry of Regional Development and Public administration, Romania
  • Evgueni Spassov, Ministry of Economy and Energy, Bulgaria
    Priority Area 10 | Institutional capacity and cooperation
  • Kurt Puchinger, City of Vienna, Austria
  • Irena Lukač, Center of Excellence in Finance, Slovenia
    Priority Area 11 | Security
  • Blaga Stancheva, Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria
  • Milena Thaller, Ministry of Interior, Germany

11.00 - 11.15

Coffee Break

10.00 - 11.00

PART C: Projects and Initiatives

Facilitator:
Aleksandra Rapp, INTERACT Point Vienna: WS 4 – Effective, attractive and safe Danube Region PDF

12.15 - 13.30

Lunch

13.30 - 14.00

Wrap-up of workshops

  • Colin Wolfe, Head of Competence Centre, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

14.00 - 15.00

PLENARY SESSION 3
“Financing the Danube Strategy”

Panel discussion moderated by José Palma Andrés, Director, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

  • Liviu Nicolae Dragnea, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration, Romania
  • Desislava Terzieva, Minister of Regional Development, Bulgaria
  • Frantisek Palko PDF, Minister of Transport, State Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, Slovakia
  • Ognjen Miric, Deputy Director, Serbian European Integration Office
  • Mihai Tănăsescu PDF, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

15.00 - 15.45

Closing session: the way forward

  • Dacian Cioloş, Member of the European Commission responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Sorin Oprescu, Mayor of Bucharest
  • Omar Al-Rawi, City Councilor and Member of the Council Committee on European and International Affairs; City of Vienna (Austria)
  • Titus Corlățean, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania

Venue: International Conference Centre Bucharest / Palace of the Parliament, Strada Izvor 2-4, Bucharest 050563
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