Interreg Annual Meeting, 18 & 19 June 2018

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Introduction

The Interreg Annual Meeting 2018 will take place from 18 to 19 June in Brussels and is organized by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.

In accordance with Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013, the meeting is one of the annual opportunities to review programme implementation. It also aims to discuss with the Managing Authorities and the Joint Secretariats of all the Interreg programmes the most topical issues related to implementation.

This year, the meeting takes place right after the European Commission has presented its post 2020 proposals for Interreg.  The meeting agenda has been designed to allow discussions on the future legal framework of Interreg programmes.

The meeting will start in the afternoon of 18 June. The opening plenary session will highlight the state of play of implementation of Interreg programmes and will be followed by three parallel workshops related to current implementation.

The morning session of 19 June will be the opportunity to discuss the post-2020 proposals.  This will be followed by a choice of visits among three different options in Brussels, Tournai and Liège.

All stakeholders are kindly invited to participate actively both as workshop speakers and during the Q&A session.

Web streaming

18-06-2018: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/interreg-annual-event-2018-1

19-06-2018: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/interreg-annual-event-2018-2

For any questions, please, refer to the e-mail address: REGIO-D2-CROSS-BORDER-COOPERATION@ec.europa.eu

Agenda and Presentations

Monday, 18 June 2018

Opening Plenary,
Moderator: Nathalie VERSCHELDE, Deputy Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

14:30 – 15:00

Opening Remarks:

  • Marc LEMAÎTRE, Director-General, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Joachim ZELLER, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Regional Development Committee (REGI)

15:00 – 16:00

Plenary Session I – Implementation State of Play

  • State of play of Interreg programme implementation and follow-up to the Communication on EU Border Regions,
    Lena ANDERSSON PENCH, Director, Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions and Programme Implementation I Directorate, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Assessment of the implementation of Interreg Programmes – Facts and Figures,
    John WALSH, Evaluation and European Semester Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission - Presentation PDF

Q&A session

Workshops on Implementation

16:20 – 18:00

Worshop 1 - Simplification and simplified cost options

Chair:

  • Ana-Paula LAISSY, Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Panellists:

  • Isabel PARDO-GARCIA, External Auditor, Audit Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission - Presentation PDF
  • Antje HELLWIG, Programme Manager, Germany- Denmark Interreg Programme - Presentation PDF
  • Stef PEETERS, Quality Manager, Flanders-Netherlands Interreg Programme - Presentation PDF
  • Maria José BÚRDALO, Sub-directorate General for Management of the European Regional Development Fund, Spain - Presentation PDF
  • Liga LACE, Deputy Director, Development Instruments Department, Latvia-Lithuania Interreg Programme
  • Matthias ASSMUNDSON, Simplification and Simplified Costs Options Expert, Interact - Presentation PDF

Rapporteur : Melina SOUMELA, Policy assistant, Better Implementation Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission



Worshop 2 - Performance review 2019 Common Presentation PDF

Chair:

  • Mariana HRISTCHEVA, Head of Unit, Evaluation and European Semester Unit,, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Panellists:

  • Bernhard SCHAUSBERGER, EGTC and Interreg Post 2020 Expert, Interact
  • Martin BURSIK, Head of the unit for preparation and methodology of CBC programmes, Department of European territorial cooperation, Ministry for Regional Development, Czech Republic
  • Merike NITEPOLD, Head of Managing Authority, Regional Council of South-West Finland
  • Barbara Di PIAZZA, Head of Joint Secretariat, ADRION Interreg Programme, Italy

Rapporteur : Dorota WITOLDSON, Desk Officer, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission.



Workshop 3 - Capitalisation of results and Communication

Chair:

Panellists:

  • Hannah NAGLER-OLESEN, Project consultant, Germany-Denmark Interreg Programme
  • Enzo GALBIATI, Presidency of the Lombardy Region Council, External, territorial, international relations and communication area, Management Authority of Italy-Switzerland Interreg Programme
  • Ivano MAGAZZU, Capitalisation, Interact
  • Magnus SCHÖNNING, Programme Director, Denmark-Sweden-Norway Interreg Programme
  • Frank SCHNEIDER, Head of communication, Central Europe Interreg Programme - Presentation PDF
  • Anne-Sophie MAYER, Project and Communication Policy Officer, Upper Rhine Region Interreg Programme
  • Agnès MONFRET, Head of Unit, Communication Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Madelen NILSSON, Regional Operations Officer, Swedish Regional Development Agency
  • Rafael AGSTINHO, KEEP Project Manager, Interact

Rapporteur : Matteo SALVAI, Information and Communication Officer, Communication Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission



Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Plenary,
Moderator: Nathalie VERSCHELDE, Deputy Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

09:00 – 09:30

European cross-border cooperation, Historical perspective

  • Birte WASSENBERG, Professor, University of Strasbourg - Presentation PDF

Q&A session

09:30 – 09:45

Plenary Session II – Future orientations

  • Multiannual Financial Framework: presentation of the new proposal
    Eric von BRESKA, Director, Policy Directorate, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission - Presentation PDF
  • New regulatory proposal for European Territorial Cooperation post-2020
    Moray GILLAND, Head of Unit, Policy development and Economic Analysis Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission - Presentation PDF
  • Future of cross-border cooperation - view of the Committee of the Regions
    Pavel BRANDA, Vice-Mayor of Rádlo municipality (Czech Republic), Member of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER), European Committee of the Regions - Presentation PDF

Q&A session

Workshops on the Future

11:00 – 12:00

Worshop 1 - Workshop 1 - Reinforcing territorial coherence

Chair:

  • Kaï BÖHME, Director of Spatial Foresight

Panellists:

  • Ilona RAUGZE, Director of ESPON programme
  • Luca FERRARESE, Director of Central Europe Programme - Presentation PDF
  • Ludger SIPPEL, co-drafter of an analysis of the existing cross-border rail transport connections and missing links on the internal EU borders-2018, KCW GMBH - Presentation PDF

Rapporteur : Jean-Marc VENINEAUX, Quality Management Officer, Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional cooperation, IPA, Enlargement Unit, DG Regional and Urban policy, European Commission



Worshop 2 - Sea basins and maritime cooperation

Chair:

  • Jean-Pierre HALKIN, Head of Unit, Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional cooperation, IPA, Enlargement Unit, DG Regional and Urban policy, European Commission

Panellists:

  • Christos ECONOMOU, Head of Unit, Sea Basin Strategies, Maritime Regional Cooperation and Maritime Security Unit, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
  • Philipp SCHWARTZ, Capitalisation and Inter-programme capacity and competence, Interact
  • Sophie SCARVELIS, Head of the Project and Programme Development Unit, Joint Secretariat, Interreg MED Programme
  • Ruut LOUWERS, Director, Interreg North-West Europe Programme
  • Pauline CAUMONT, Executive Secretary of the Atlantic Arc Commission, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Region (CPMR)
  • Luca MARANGONI, Unit Maritime policy, Mediterranean and Black Sea, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission - Presentation PDF

Jean-Pierre HALKIN, Head of Unit, Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional cooperation, IPA, Enlargement Unit, DG Regional and Urban policy, European Commission



Workshop 3 - External border cooperation

Chair:

  • Nicholas CENDROWICZ, Deputy Head of Unit, Western Balkans Regional Cooperation and Programmes Unit, DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), European Commission

Panellists:

  • Iulia HERTZOG, Head of Managing Authority, Interreg IPA CBC Romania-Serbia Programme
  • Ivana LAZIC, European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation, Interact
  • Valentina VIDOVIĆ, Ministry of European Integration, Government of the Republic of Serbia – INTERREG IPA CBC Bulgaria-Serbia Programme
  • Simona POHLOVA, IPA team leader, Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional cooperation, IPA, Enlargement Unit, DG Regional and Urban policy, European Commission
  • Carlos Javier BOLAÑOS, Team leader, Technical Support to the Implementation and Management of ENI CBC Programme (TESIM)

Rapporteur : Simona POHLOVA, IPA team leader, Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional cooperation, IPA, Enlargement Unit, DG Regional and Urban policy, European Commission

Plenary,
Moderator: Nathalie VERSCHELDE, Deputy Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

12:00 – 12:40

Restitution of workshops by rapporteurs

12:40 – 13:00

Conclusions and Closing Remarks

  • Denitsa NIKOLOVA, Deputy Minister for Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria, Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ, President of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Video message - Corina CREȚU, Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission

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