Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions, Bratislava, 1 February 2018

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The European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, is organising, in cooperation with Bratislava Self-Governing Region, the workshop "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions", which will take place on 1 February 2018 in Bratislava.

This workshop is the first of a series of three decentralised events which follow the adoption on 20 September 2017 of the European Commission's Communication "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions". The workshop will outline and discuss the Communication's findings on persisting legal and administrative obstacles to border interaction. It will also provide a good opportunity to share existing good practices and to agree a common roadmap to boost EU Border Regions by removing such obstacles or preventing their emergence in the future.

The workshop will gather about 150 participants with hands-on experience of cross-border interaction, including representatives from national, regional and local authorities as well as stakeholders from border regions in Central and Eastern Europe.

Simultaneous interpretation is provided from/to English, German, Polish and Slovak

  • Venue: Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Hviezdoslavovo nam.3, 81102 Bratislava
  • Agenda PDF

Programme and presentations

Moderator: Ms Nathalie Verschelde, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders, DG Regional and Urban Policy

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome Address

  • Mgr. Juraj Droba, President, Bratislava Self-Governing Region
  • Mgr. Ľuboš Littera, Director, Cohesion Policy Department, Deputy Prime Minister’s Office for Investments and Informatization of the Slovak Republic

09:30 – 10:15

Keynote Speech – "Boosting EU Border Regions: the way ahead"

  • Ms Lena Andersson Pench, Director, Territorial Co-operation, Macro-regions and Programmes Implementation I, DG Regional and Urban Policy - Speech PDF

Q&A session

10:30 – 12:00

Good Practices – Progress is possible

  • The importance of collecting relevant evidence – Dr Katharina Erdmenger, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany - Presentation PDF
  • Knowing your borders – Mr Gyula Ocskay, Central European Service for Cross-Border Cooperation (CESCI), Hungary - Presentation PDF
  • Multilingualism – Dr Hynek Böhm, Technical University Liberec, Czech Republic - Presentation PDF
  • Joint public services and planning – Mr Zoltán Bara, Director, Pons Danubii EGTC, Komárom-Komárno, Slovak-Hungarian Border - Presentation PDF

Q&A session

13:00 – 15:00

The Importance of Multi-Level Governance

  • The national perspective – Mr Roland Arbter, Senior Policy Adviser, Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, Department for Coordination of Spatial Planning and Regional Policy, Austria - Presentation PDF
  • The regional perspective – Ms Małgorzata Staś, Director of Regional Development Department, Slaskie Region, Poland - Presentation PDF
  • The role of Interreg post-2020 – Ms Oana Manţog, Head of Unit, Managing Authority for the Romania-Bulgaria CBC Programme, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Romania
  • Organising multi-level engagement – Mr Ricardo Ferreira, Border Focal Point, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission - Presentation PDF

Q&A session

15:00 – 16:00


  • Mr Martin Guillermo-Ramírez, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) - Presentation PDF

Closing Remarks

  • Ms Krisztina Varju, Ministerial Commissioner for the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group 2017-2018, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary

Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions