Wednesday, 21 October 2020: side event

10:00

Opening Session

10:00 – 10:50

Welcome addresses – 7th Danube Participation Day

  • EUSDR Presidency Croatia
  • European Commission (tbc)
  • European Parliament (tbc)
  • EUSDR Priority Area 9 & 10
  • Danube Youth Network

Quiz on Youth in the Danube Region

10:50

Interacting with youth in the Danube Region

10:50 – 11:50

Introducing the Guidance paper on Youth Participation
Claudia Singer | EUSDR Priority Area 10

Introducing the Danube Youth Network
Danube Youth Network

30 years Interreg & Youth Participation
Alessandra Cardaci, DG Regio

Online Poll on Youth Participation in the Danube Region

12:00

Working Group Session

12:00 – 13:30

Parallel Working Groups (topics can be subject to further change)

  • Communication & the EUSDR | Danube Youth Network
  • Boosting youth in the EUSDR Governance
  • Youth and cross-border cooperation | AEBR Balkans
  • Youth and Education | EUSDR Priority Area 9
  • Environment – Youth – Sustainability | Danube Civil Society Forum/WWF

13:30

Wrap up & Closing Session

13:30 – 14:00

Poll on Youth Participation in the Danube Region

Wrap-up Working Groups

Panel – Political Statement on Youth Participation

Handing over the bell

Thursday, 22 October 2020

10:00

Official opening of the 9th Annual Forum

Official opening by the Moderator

10:00 – 10:40

Opening session of the 9th Annual Forum with speeches / greetings

  • Nataša Tramišak, Minister for Regional Development and EU Funds
  • Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
  • Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia

10:40 – 11:00

Keynote speaker

  • Mate Rimac, Rimac automobili, Croatia

Ministerial Meeting (invitation only)

11:00 – 13:00

Ministerial Meeting
virtual event

13:05

Family photo

13:10

Virtual Press Conference

Virtual Thematic panels

11:00 – 11:30

Plenary session

Harmonious and sustainable development of the Danube Region – Joint introduction for panels

In this dynamic period for Europe, all available knowledge and experts should contribute to the development of European regions as proven catalysts for growth and added value of European cooperation. Regional development is placed at the centre of Croatia’s presidency of the Danube Strategy, as a precondition for economic growth, sustainable social development and strengthening of territorial cohesion. This is also an opportunity to strengthen the role of macro-regional strategies in the cohesion policy of the European Union.

The priorities and financial instruments of the regional policy, as the primary investment policy of the EU, are used to support prosperity, security and improved quality of life for all EU citizens, as well as political and economic stability in Europe as a whole. In line with regional policy objectives, European regions and cities are supported in the creation of new jobs, business competitiveness, sustainable development and improved quality of life for citizens.

Contributors:

  • Giacomo Luciani, DG for Regional and Urban Policy
  • Miroslav Vesković, Joint Research Centre
  • Naida Mekić, Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy, Croatia

11:30 – 12:30

Parallel Thematic Sessions (break-up sessions/panels)

Thematic Session 1

The ecologic perspective of sustainable regional development

The EU will be climate neutral in 2050. The European Green Deal is about improving the well-being of people. Making Europe climate-neutral and protecting our natural habitat will be good for the people, the planet and the economy. Protected and well-preserved nature will ensure the stability of fundamental values and development potentials for the Danube region. This panel will focus and bring forward the ecological aspects of regional development.

Moderators: Ana Kobašlić and Florian Ballnus, Coordinators of EUSDR Priority Area 6

Panellists:

  • Anne Teller, Senior Expert, DG for Environnent
  • Aljoša Duplić, Acting Director, Institute for Environment and Nature, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
  • Irene Lucius, Regional Conservation Director, Worldwide Fund for Nature Central and Eastern Europe
  • Peter Gammeltoft, Chair of the Danube Sturgeon Task Force (DSTF) and member of the OECD Water Governance Initiative

Thematic Session 2

The economic perspective of sustainable regional development

Helping companies become world leaders in clean products and technologies will ensure economic development and inclusive transition. Digitalisation and circular economy are key enablers for reaching the objectives of the Green Deal. More systematic cooperation should be encouraged in order to contribute to all the functionalities required for human life and the economic development. This panel will underline the economic aspects of regional development.

Moderators: Nirvana Kapitan Butković and Judit Schrick-Szenczi, Coordinators of EUSDR Priority Area 8

Panellists:

  • Sanja Popović Pantić, Institute Mihajlo Pupin, Serbia
  • Johannes Lutter, Head of Future Cities Department, Urban Innovation Vienna, Austria
  • Gerd Meier zu Köcker, ClusterAgentur Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
  • Sandi Orlić, Institute Ruđer Bošković, Croatia

Thematic Session 3

The social perspective of sustainable regional development

The panel will focus on how to improve social and education policies as well as civil protection within a sustainable regional development in the Danube Region. It will emphasize the important role of Social and Labour Market Policies, Education, Vocational Education and Training for Social Fairness, Sustainable Development and Resilience, touch upon Learning and Competences to support the Green and Digital Transition as well as show innovative and interdisciplinary aspects of Knowledge Sharing about Flood Resilience in the Danube Region.

Moderator: Roland Hanak, Coordinator of EUSDR Priority Area 9

Panellists:

  • Filip Miličević, Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy, Croatia
  • Ulrike Damyanovic, European Training Foundation, Italy
  • Stephan Waba, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Austria
  • Ivana Cesarec, Ministry of Interior, Croatia

12:30 – 13:00

Plenary session

Harmonious and sustainable development of the Danube Region – Joint conclusions of panels

After attending the Parallel Thematic sessions, according to the interest shown during registration, all participants are to return to the Plenary session. One rapporteur from each Parallel Thematic session will introduce the main conclusions and topics of the discussions.

Rapporteurs:

  • Ana Kobašlić and Florian Ballnus, Coordinators of EUSDR Priority Area 6
  • Miroslav Vesković, Joint Research Centre
  • Roland Hanak, Coordinator of EUSDR Priority Area 9

13:00 – 14:00

Break

Make a virtual walk through the exhibition “30 years of Interreg”

14:00 – 16:00

Parallel Thematic Sessions (break-up sessions/panels)
Instruments for financing the development of the Danube Region

Session I

Danube Transnational Programme, present and future: new priorities for 2021-2027

The Danube Region is a region of challenges and opportunities: the Danube Transnational Programme offers stakeholders the possibility to address both by funding strategic projects. The new programming period is providing the opportunity for the countries to take part in the Danube Transnational Programme by assessing how to further support this perspective region. The newly selected priorities and specific objectives will be presented, along with the plan to address the core needs of the area.

Session II

Meeting of EUSDR National Coordinators with Managing Authorities from the Danube Region
(invitation only)

The aim of the meeting is to initiate the network of national and regional managing authorities responsible for ESI and IPA/NDICI funds. The already established EUSDR ESF Network could be immediately utilised in this respect. Such network should become a permanent tool for coordinating and monitoring of the  implementation of macro-regional actions and projects included in the operational and national programmes.

Moderator: Ilze Ciganska, INTERACT

Panellists:

  • Colin Wolfe, DG for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
  • Andreja Jerina, EUSDR National Coordinator, Slovenia
  • Filip Miličević, ESF MA network, Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy, Croatia

16:00 – 16:30

Closing session & Concluding remarks

  • Vittoria Alliata – di Villafranca, DG for Regional and Urban Policy
  • EUSDR Croatian Presidency
  • Upcoming EUSDR Slovak Presidency


The 9th EUSDR Annual Forum, jointly organised by the Republic of Croatia, the European Commission and the Danube Transnational Programme with the support of the Danube Strategy Point, will take place online on 22nd October 2020.

The annual EUSDR event is a great and unique opportunity for promotion of deeper and wider cooperation between EUSDR countries. At this crucial global moment, cooperation is the solution to the restauration of economic, environmental and social activities.

The Forum will be opened physically through a meeting of the Ministers responsible for the EUSDR. A Joint Statement is to be adopted as a result of this meeting.

The plenary and thematic sessions will focus on interlinks between the EU Green Deal and the new EUSDR Action Plan. Special focus will be on those parts of the EU Green Deal, which support both regional and sustainable development as well as civil protection to improve life in the Danube Region.

Another important point on the agenda will be a session on financial support for the Danube Region within the process of Embedding the objectives and actions of the EUSDR into the European, national and regional programmes after 2021.

Information on the future Danube Transnational Programme will be presented for the first time in an interactive and engaging session.

The 9th EUSDR Annual Forum will also host the 7th Danube Participation Day as a back to back event, focussing on Youth Participation in the Danube Region. This event will take place online on 21st October 2020.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and for safety and health reasons the 9th EUSDR Annual Forum will be held online.

Registration will be opened in the upcoming weeks under: www.eusdr2020.hr. More information about the Forum, including a detailed agenda and a list of speakers will also be available soon on the EUSDR website www.danube-region.eu. In the meantime, we kindly ask you to save the date.

The Croatian EUSDR Presidency