Interreg Annual Meeting, 22 & 23 May 2019

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Introduction

The Interreg Annual Meeting 2019 will take place from 22 to 23 May in Bucharest and is organized by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy together with the Romanian EU Council Presidency.
In accordance with Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013, the meeting is one of the annual opportunities to review programme implementation. It is the biggest event on the interreg calendar bringing together Managing Authorities and Joint Secretariats of all Interreg Programmes to discuss challenges and opportunities for cooperation with the European Commission.
The meeting will start in the morning of 22 May 2019 with a plenary session on the future programming period 2021-2027, followed by three parallel workshops on cross-border, territorial dimension in Interreg and external borders cooperation. The afternoon is scheduled for a project visit of your choice.
With the European Parliament elections starting on the 23 May 2019, the morning will begin with a keynote speech on the challenges of the EU. Furthermore, special attention will be given to this year’s exercise regarding the performance review and an interactive plenary session on communication and capitalisation.

Agenda and Presentations

22 May 2019

Moderator: Pascal Boijmans, Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

09:00 – 10:00

Welcome Address:

  • Camelia Coporan, Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Romania
  • Corina Crețu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission

10:00 – 11:00

Plenary Session – Future Perspectives

  • The Future of Cohesion Policy and Interreg,
    Marc Lemaître, Director-General, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Preparing for constructive programme negotiations,
    Lena Andersson-Pench, Director, European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programmes Implementation, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission - Presentation PDF

11:30 – 13:30

Three parallel workshops on preparing for the 2021-2027 programming period

 

Worshop 1 - Cross-Border Cooperation - Presentation PDF

Chair:

  • Pascal Boijmans, Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Panellists:

  • Olivier Baudelet, Desk Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Dorota Witoldson, Desk Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Worshop 2 - Territorial Approach in the new Interreg Programmes - Presentation PDF

Chair:

  • Elina Hakonen-Meddings , Deputy Head of Unit, Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional cooperation, IPA, Enlargement, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Panellists:

  • Merja Haapaaka, Policy Coordinator, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Liviu Bailesteanu, Director, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Romania
  • Laurent Frideres, Head of Unit ‘Evidence and Outreach’, ESPON
  • Thomas Fleury, Head of the Joint Secretariat of the Transnational Alpine Space programme 2014-2020
  • Nicolas Singer, Head of Unit “Projects and Platforms” at the Interreg Europe 2014-2020
  • Peter Gamper, Director at the Austria-Italy 2014-2020 Interreg Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) programme
  • Baiba Liepa, Policy officer on macro-regional strategies in Interact interregional programme 2014-2020

Workshop 3 - External Borders Cooperation - Presentation PDF

Chair:

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

Panellists:

  • Gilles Kittel, Desk Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Simona Pohlová, Desk Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Carlos Bolanos, Director, Tesim
  • Marko Ruokangas, Managing Authority, Karelia ENI CBC


23 May 2019

Moderator: Pascal Boijmans, Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

09:00 – 10:00

Plenary Session – Challenges of the European Union - Presentation PDF

  • Marlene Wind, Professor and Director of CEP (Centre for European Politics) and Professor at iCourts (Centre of Excellence for International Courts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

10:00 – 10:45

Plenary Session – The Performance Review of the 2014-2020 Interreg programmes - Presentation PDF

Chair:

  • Pascal Boijmans, Head of Unit, Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Panellists:

  • Mate Tas, Evaluation Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Auxiliadora Valpuesta, Desk Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

11:15 – 12:45

Plenary Session – Communication and Capitalisation - Presentation PDF

Chair:

  • Dana Spinant, Director, Budget, Communication and General Affairs, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Panellists:

  • Frank Schneider, Communication Officer, Interreg Central Europe
  • Candice Vanhacht, External Expert on social media
  • Andrea Rodriguez-Perez, Communication Officer, Interreg SUDOE
  • Eric Delecosse, Interreg Flanders, France, Wallonia
  • Kevin Fulcher, Communication Officer, Interact

12:45 – 13:15

Closing Remarks - Presentation PDF

  • Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive officer of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), responsible for the PEACE IV and Interreg VA (Ireland-Northern Ireland-Scotland) programmes
  • Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional cooperation, IPA, Enlargement, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

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