Badajoz, 26 October 2017: Conference of European Border Regions 2017, Day 1:

Presentations, Videos, etc.

 

Some 200 representatives of European institutions and border/cross-border regions and organisations (not only from Europe, but also from Latin America and Africa) attended the Conference of European Border Regions 2017, which was held in Badajoz on 26 and 27 October 2017. Host of the event was Euroregion EuroACE (Alentejo, Centro, Extremadura). In total, the Cross-Border Events Week, which included a seminar on CBC in Latin America and the Cross-Border School in Cáceres, the DG Regio Workshop on boosting border regions in Mérida, and the Conference of European Border Regions in Badajoz, attracted more than 350 participants. 

During the official opening of the Conference of European Border Regions, the delegates were welcomed by Guillermo Fernández Vara, President of Junta de Extremadura; Francisco Javier Fragoso, Mayor of Badajoz; Roberto Grilo, President of CCDR Alentejo and EUROACE; Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions. The Commissioner for Regional Policy and Urban Development, Ms. Corina Creţu, was not able to attend personally, but addressed the participants via video message.

Video of the Welcome Address of Francisco Javier Fragoso and Corina Creţu

Video of the Welcome Address of Mr. Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions

Video of the Welcome Address of Mr. Guillermo Fernández Vara, President of Junta de Extremadura

CoR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz also moderated the 1st session on Cross-Border Cooperation in the light of the 7th Cohesion Report.  

The Keynote speech was given by Nathalie Verschelde, Head of Unit Cross-Border Cooperation and Internal Borders, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, who replaced Ms. Ana Paula Laissy (click for the video of Ms. Verschelde’s speech).

Speakers of the round table debate were Rosa Balas Torres, DG of External Action, Government of Extremadura; Heli Hjälm, Member of the Regional Board of North Karelia (FI/RU); Michael Fahmüller, EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald –Böhmerwald – Unterer Inn (DE/AT/CZ), District Councillor of Rottal-Inn District; Lasse Juliussen, County Councillor, Hedmark County Council (NO/SE); and Jean Peyrony, Director General of Mission Operationelle Transfrontalière (MOT). 

The following presentations and/or videos of that debate are available for download:

> Nathalie Verschelde, Head of Unit CBC and Internal Borders
   Presentation: 7thCohesion Report and CBC
   Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Vj_0b7n2E&list=PL6NBJqyhcfrNtpLM6YwQIucD9eVK9sGw5&index=6  

> Rosa Balas Torres, DG of External Action, Government of Extremadura
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIPk_TYOi0s&list=PL6NBJqyhcfrNtpLM6YwQIucD9eVK9sGw5&index=7

> Heli Hjälm, Member of the Regional Board of North Karelia (FI/RU)
   Presentation: CBC in the light of the 7th Cohesion Report – case of Euregio Karelia (FIN-RUS)
   Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2ISz0qySHI&list=PL6NBJqyhcfrNtpLM6YwQIucD9eVK9sGw5&index=18

> Michael Fahmüller, EUREGIO Bayerischer Wald –Böhmerwald – Unterer Inn (DE/AT/CZ), District Councillor of Rottal-Inn District
 Video:  Please note that the video will follow as soon as possible.

> Lasse Juliussen, County Councillor, Hedmark County Council (NO/SE)
   Presentation: Future Cohesion Policy and CBC in Scandinavia
   Video: Please note that the video will follow as soon as possible.

> Jean Peyrony, Director General of Mission Operationelle Transfrontalière (MOT)
    Speech:
    Video: Please note that the video will follow as soon as possible.

Bernhard Bramlage, Vice-President of AEBR, moderated the 2nd Session entitled: Cross-Border Cooperation – driving force of the future European Cohesion.  

The keynote speech was given by Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General of AEBR.

Speakers of the session were Krzysztof Soska, President of the Association of Polish Municipalities of Euroregion Pomerania (PL/DE), Vice-President of the City of Szczecin; Stefanos Georgiades, President of Euroregion Nestos-Mesta (GR/BG), President of the Chamber of Drama; Laurent Frideres, Head of Unit for Evidence and Outreach, ESPON EGTC; Vladica Tošić, Co-President of Euroregion Nišava (RS/BG); Heikki Aalto, Chief Executive Officer Bothnian Arc (SE/FI); and Ester Gomes da Silva, Vice-President of CCDR Norte. 

The following presentations and/or videos of that debate are available online:

> Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General of AEBR
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSbzrV_vGUs&list=PL6NBJqyhcfrNtpLM6YwQIucD9eVK9sGw5&index=8

> Krzysztof Soska, President of the Association of Polish Municipalities of Euroregion Pomerania (PL/DE), Vice-President of the City of Szczecin
   Presentation: CBC in Euroregion Pomerania
   Video: Please note that the video will follow as soon as possible.

> Stefanos Georgiades, President of Euroregion Nestos-Mesta (GR/BG), President of the Chamber of Drama
   Speech: http://www.aebr.eu/files/publications/RT2_Speech_Stefanos_Georgiadis.pdf
   Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpDh_ZAhOzc&list=PL6NBJqyhcfrNtpLM6YwQIucD9eVK9sGw5&index=10

> Laurent Frideres, Head of Unit for Evidence and Outreach, ESPON EGTC
   Presentation: missing, requested
   Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o83-U0Q8grs&list=PL6NBJqyhcfrNtpLM6YwQIucD9eVK9sGw5&index=11

> Vladica Tošić, Co-President of Euroregion Nišava (RS/BG)
   Presentation: ADDED VALUE OF THE CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION RS-BG: THE FORGOTTEN BACKYARD OF EUROPE 
  Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWquyhdy_k4&list=PL6NBJqyhcfrNtpLM6YwQIucD9eVK9sGw5&index=22

> Heikki Aalto, Chief Executive Officer Bothnian Arc (SE/FI)
   Presentation: CBC – driving force of the future European cohesion: Bothnian Arc
   Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqFp-hScS_M&list=PL6NBJqyhcfrNtpLM6YwQIucD9eVK9sGw5&index=12

> Ester Gomes da Silva, Vice-President of CCDR Norte
   Presentation: Portugal – Norte Region View
   Video: Please note that the video will follow as soon as possible.

To read more about the second conference day, please click here. 

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