This year, the annual general meeting of CESCI was held on 25 April at Falk1 Event Centre in Budapest. The meeting was preceded by a mini conference on the future of European urban policy. Under the tight afternoon agenda, members approved the reports of the association and other bodies, as well as the amendment to the statute.
The annual general meeting of our association was organised with a half-day mini conference. The aim of the conference on the future of European urban policy was to raise border cities’ awareness of for the changes to the of EU funds structure that are to be expected from 2020 (EU-level competition instead of allocations by Member States), and to support their preparation for the changing policy framework. At the beginning of the conference, Gyula Ocskay welcomed the participants, who was followed by the presentation of Judit Törökné Rózsa, head of department of DG Regio on the Urban Agenda. Géza Salamin, head of department at the National Bank of Hungary and master lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest spoke about the changing concepts of spatial and urban planning, and Flóra Szkordilisz, managing director of the Hungarian Urban Knowledge Centre presented on the framework and best practices of climate adaptive urban planning. Subsequently, Sándor Kulcsár, expert of the Digital Wellbeing Programme introduced the framework and agents of smart cities, and the session was closed by Zoltán Kunfalvi’s speech on the best practices in the Digital Wellbeing Programme.
The general assembly meeting of CESCI was held in the second half of the day, opened by a comprehensive report by CESCI employees on their professional activity in the period starting in last May. Chairman Kálmán Nagy reported on the activity of the Supervisory Board, and chairman Tamás Tóth dr. on the Board’s activity. Directors Ervin Erős and Rudolf Bauer gave an overview on CESCI Balkans and CESCI Carpathia regarding the previous year. The general assembly approved the reports with no votes against.
In the second half of the assembly meeting, legal adviser Norbert Jankai dr. presented the amendments to the statute of CESCI, comprising mostly of clarifications proposed by the Metropolitan Court of Budapest, and asked the members to give their approval. Their decision was unanimous. It was followed by the re-election of Board member Jože Gričar and the members of the Supervisory Board. Under the last agenda item, Gyula Ocskay presented the work plan and financial perspectives for the second half of 2017, which were given unanimous approval.
The meeting was concluded with a lunch together afterwards.
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