DRAFT PROGRAM OF THE CONFERENCE

Thursday, 9th December

 

Opening Session (10.00-12.00)

10.00 - Dr Pál SCHMITT, President of the Republic of Hungary, patron of the conference

10.10 - François LAQUIÉZE, Counsellor of Cultural Cooperation, French Institute of Budapest

10.20 - Dr György KOCZISZKY: President of the CESCI, Dean of the University of Miskolc

 

THE ADDED VALUE OF SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION

In November 2009, the Conference of Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government (Council of Europe)pointed out in their Utrecht declaration that "action still need to be taken at national level with a view to reducing or removing (those)obstacles...".The more cooperation is aiming the needs of the citizens, the more services and infrastructure-projects for the population are concerned, the more these projects become difficult to realize without the support of the national level: a level that should be well organized and coordinated.

10.30 - Point of view of the European Commission, Simona POHLOVÁ, Programme Manager, European Commission, Directorate General for Regional Policy

10.50 - Point of view from French authorities, Pierre RICARD, French Interministerial Agency for Spatial Planning and Regional Attractiveness (DATAR), France

11.10 - Point of view from Hungarian authorities, Dr Ernő CSONKA, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, Hungary

11.30 - For the Spanish Presidency – Enrique PASTOR DE GANA, Ambassador of Spain, Embassy of Spain in Hungary, Spain

Questions

 

LUNCH BREAK (12.00 – 14.00)

USING THE STRUCTURES IN INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES (14.00-15.20)

14.00 - Possibilities and limits of the regions in terms of promoting cross-border co-operation, Jens GABBE, Chairman of the Advisory Committee Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)

14.20 - In a new, open space in Central and Eastern Europe, Gergely PRŐHLE, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary

14.40 - The role of the national level concerning macro-regional strategies: lessons from the Baltic Sea Strategy for the implementation of the Danube Strategy, Heikki AURASMAA, Permanent Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland

15.00 - High-speed rail connections in Central and South-Eastern Europe – a proposal, Dr Zsolt BECSEY, State Secretary responsible for Foreign Economy of Ministry for National Economy, former Member of EP, Hungary

 

COFFEE BREAK

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: WHAT EXPECT OTHER EAST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL FROM THE EGTC? (16.00 –17.00)

  • Approach of Bulgaria, Marius MLADENOV, Head of Department, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria
  • Approach of Romania, Iuliu BARA, Head of Department, Ministry for Regional Development and Tourism, Bucharest
  • Approach of Slovakia, Dr Rudolf BAUER, Member of the Board, CESCI
  • Approach of Poland, Filip CHYBALSKI, Department of Territorial Cooperation, Ministry of Regional Development, Poland

Questions

 

Friday, 10th December

 

Greetings (10.00 – 10.15)

10.00 - Dr Szilveszter E. VIZI, former President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Honorary President of CESCI

10.10 - Szabolcs OLOSZ, Advisor to the Minister Elena Gabriela Udrea, Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, Romania


THE EXPERIENCE OF ALREADY EXISTING STRUCTURES AT NATIONAL LEVEL (10.20-11.40)

10.20 - 12 years of successful experience at French borders: Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière, Dr Hans-Günther CLEV, Director General, France

10.40 - A new structure at Hungarian borders based on MOT experiences: Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives, Gyula OCSKAY, Secretary General, Hungary

11.00 - A dedicated person to solve cross-border obstacles at Dutch borders: The person of the Grensmakelaar, Auke van der GOOT, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, the Netherlands

11.20 - A coordination structure crossing the border at the Portuguese-Spanish border: Coordinating Commission of Regional Development of the North of Portugal, Nuño ALMEIDA, Director for the Promotion of Regional Development and Cooperation, North of Portugal

Questions

 

THE BUDAPEST DECLARATION (signing ceremony and press conference) (12.00-12.15)

Greeting: Dr László KÖVÉR, the Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament

 

RECEPTION (12.15 – 14.00)


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