27 March 2014: AEBR Forum on "Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea area 2014-2020" in Kavala, Greece

Location: Kavala (Greece)

Contact person

Working language: ENGLISH

This event will focus on the possibilities under the new instruments in the programming period 2014-2020 and the implementation of projects in the framework of the upcoming programmes at the external borders of the EU.

Registration is open until 10 March 2014:


09:00-09:30 h Registration of participants
09:30-10:00 h Official opening
Mr Kostis SIMITSIS, Mayor of Kavala
Mr Kyriakos CHARAKIDIS, AEBR Vicepresident and Mayor of Drama
Ms Ann-Sofi BACKGREN, First Vicepresident of the AEBR, Region of Ostrobothnia (FI)

10:00-10:45 h Explanation of the new ENP programmes and regulations
The design of the new ENP/IPA programmes: State of the Art and Perspectives

10:45-11:15 h Coffee break

11:15-11:45 h Observations from the field
Moderator: Mr Martín GUILLREMO RAMIREZ, Secretary General of AEBR
EU-Russian Border
Ukraine/Black Sea

11:45-12:15 h “Regions and Innovation: Collaborating across Borders”, OECD Report within the series OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation
Presentation of the study of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

12:15-13:00 h Comments from the point of view of the users: Mr Heikki AALTO (Bothnian Arc), Hedmark, Oresund, Northern Ireland (tbc)

Presentation of the project FIGARO by the Regional Union of Municipalities of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace & Democritus University of Thrace


13:00-13.30 h The experience of a local actor in the design and implementation of Territorial Cooperation Projects with non-EU Partners: The Municipality of Kavala in the Black Sea Bassin and the ENPI CBC MED

Moderator: Mr Menelaos CHATZIAPOSTOLIDIS, Special Advisor to the Mayor of Kavala

Mr Georgios GAIDAJIS, Professor at Democritus University of Thrace, "Energy Efficiency in the Building stock of the Black Sea Basin Area, experiences from the implementation of the BSBEEP project"

Mr Georgios SYLAIOS, Professor at Democritus University of Thrace, Mare Nostrum: The Changing Mediterranean Coastal Environment: Global, Regional and Cross-Border Challenges


13:30-14:00 h
Presentation of the project MARE NOSTRUM
Presentation of project BSBEEP

14:00-14:15 h Summing up and proposals for the future
Mr Martín GUILLERMO RAMIREZ, Secretary General of AEBR

14:15 h Closing of the Forum

14.30 h Lunch