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AEBR Annual Events 2022 in Szeged and Novi Sad – “New solutions for the future of cross-border regions”

AEBR Annual Events 2022                                       

Registration is closed. If you still want to attend our events, please contact our Secretariat:

However, you can register to take part online in the CB School 2022 by clicking on this link.

We are also planning to stream most sessions on our Facebook page.


The general outline of events will be as follows:

WEDNESDAY, 28 September 2022

VI Cross-Border School in Szeged, Hungary, Euroregion DKMT

THURSDAY, 29 September 2022




FRIDAY, 30 September 2022


Saturday 1 October 2022

Cultural and study visit to Fruška gora Mountain

Sunday 2 October 2022

Study visit to Timiș / Timișoara (Romania)



For those participants arriving in Budapest to attend the VI CB School in Szeged (28/9), a transfer will be available on 27 September.

For those participating in the AEBR Annual Events 2022, a transfer will be available to continue their travel from Szeged to Novi Sad on the evening of Wednesday, 28 September. Other participants will arrive directly at Belgrade international airport. Another transfer has been organised from Belgrade airport to Novi Sad. The participants should arrange additional transfers to return, with the support of the organizers, including the option of Timișoara, where a study visit is planned for Sunday, 2 October. Some participants might also want to stay and/or return from Timisoara international airport.



The European Year of Youth is a core element of AEBR Annual Events 2022, where we would like to welcome many young representatives of European border regions. We will discuss various aspects of cross-border cooperation, cross-border public services, smart solutions for mobility in border regions and other challenges, the role of multiculturalism, etc.

Youth participation: young politicians from border regions are encouraged to take part.


Working languages: English, German and Serbian.


Draft Programme as of 18 September 2022

WEDNESDAY, 28 September 2022


The AEBR 6th  Cross-Border School (CBS) is to be organised for the 6th time in Szeged, DKMT Euroregion, Hungary, at the Novotel Hotel, in close collaboration with the Radboud University of Nijmegen and the Province of Gelderland (NL). From 2022 on, the CBS is also part of the 21st Century Borders project, led by the University of Victoria (Canada) within the BIG Lab (Borders in Globalisation), with many partners in various continents. The CBS will keep focusing on the European CBC reality, but its scope has grown. This year’s general emphasis is on youth and CBC. Prominent lecturers from various continents are expected.


WEDNESDAY, 28 September 2022, Pre-Conference Event
9:00 – 16:00

9:00 – 9:15

9:15 – 10:45 (I)

11:00 – 12:15 (II)


14:00 – 14:45 (III)

14:45 – 16:00 (IV)

Hotel Novotel

Maros utca 1

H-6721 Szeged



Welcome, opening and introduction

Session 1: Education across Borders

Session 2: Retaining young people/talent in “empty regions”

(lunch break)

Session 3: Cross-border Youth Mobility and Opportunities

Session 4: Interactive session with overseas participation

emphasis on youth and current AEBR priorities.
17:00- Transfer from Szeged to Novi Sad
afternoon Transfer from Belgrade to Novi Sad
20:00 Welcome get-together in Novi Sad

AEBR 2022 Executive Committee, General Assembly and Annual Conference

New solutions for the future of cross-border regions

29-30 September 2022, Novi Sad, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia, DKMT Euroregion

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, German and Serbian.

Participants’ registration: CLOSED

Please contact if you still want to register


Panoramic view of Novi Sad from Petrovaradin fortress.

Photo by Ivan Aleksic (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


Below you can find an updated draft programme:

THURSDAY, 29 September 2022

08:30- 09:00



Great Hall of The Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Banovinski Prolaz St.

21101 Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia











(only for ExCom members)

Preparation of the General Assembly and regular decisions.

09:45-10:00 COFFEE BREAK




Registration for GenAss remains open & Registration for Annual Conference starts


(only for AEBR members in good standing)

Election of President, Vice-presidents and Board. Financial documents, Annual Report 2021 and new working programme.

12:00-13:30 LUNCH BREAK










Great Hall of The Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina








Igor Mirovic, President of the Provincial Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Pásztor Istvan, President of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Alexandru Proteasa, Vice-president, Timis County Council (RO)

Dr. Eörs Polner, Vice-President of Csongrád-Csanád County Council (HU)

Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (video message)

Thomas Andersson, Chair of the Current Affairs Committee, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council of Europe, President of the Regional Council of Jämtland and Härjedalen (SE)

Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the European Committee of the Regions (video message)

Karl-Heinz Lambertz, AEBR President and President of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community of Belgium

14:30-14:40 Great Hall Presentation of AP Vojvodina








Great Hall of The Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina






I Panel: “The New EU Financial Perspective and Cross-Border Cooperation”

Moderation: Ezster Cokasi, Director, Euregio DKMT

Keynote speech: Jean-Pierre Halkin, DG REGIO, European Commission

  • Aleksandar Sofić, Provincial Secretary For Regional Development, Inter-Regional Cooperation and Local Self-Government AP Vojvodina
  • Sanda Šimić, Head of Division, Ministry for European Integration, Republic of Serbia

Overview of different aspects of programme management programmes in Europe :

  • n.n., A programme managed by an EGCT (tbc)
  • Erik Hagen, Innlandet County Council (Norway), Management Authority and Secretariat of Interreg SE-NO CBC Programme
  • Elke Sepak, Director of Euregio Erzgebirge, Managing a Small Project Fund








Great Hall of The Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina





II Panel: Cross Border Public Services

Moderator: Ricardo Ferreira, DG Regio

  • Jean-Baptiste Cuzin, Director of cross-border, European and international cooperation, Région Grand Est, (FR)
  • Fredrik Lundberg, Wasaline Board Member, Kvarken Ferry
  • Tamara Krivosija Glisic, Independent Expert Associated “European Affairs Fund”of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina
  • Maja Konsulovski and Mr Milan Kocić, Department for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Interior, Cross border reaction in emergency situations
  • Mátyás Jaschitz, Director, CESCI, COVID-19 cross-border effects around Hungary
16.40-16.45 Closing of the Day: Remember Ukraine!

Address of Mr Volodymyr Chubirko, Head of the Regional Council of Transcarpathia (Ukraine) (video message)

16.45-17.00 Networking coffee
17.00-19.15 Guided tour of the Petrovaradin Fortress


Reception – Hotel Sheraton Novi Sad


(for registered participants)

Petrovaradin Fortress

FRIDAY, 30 September 2022




9:00-10:15 Great Hall of The Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina III Panel: Smart solutions for cross-border cooperation. Presentation of innovative practices:

Moderator: Martin Guillermo-Ramírez, Secretary General, AEBR

  • Safe and sustainable small regional aviation:
    • Electric aviation approaches in Scandinavia, n.n., Kvarken Council (tbc)
    • Small aviation initiatives in the Carpathian Region, Mihai Pătrașcu, Director of Satu Mare International Airport (RO) and Natalie Nosa, Director of IARDI (International Association of Regional Development Institutions, Uzhhorod (UA)
  • Fluvial transport and Hydrogen ports, Andreas Kochs, Deputy Director, Euregio Rhine-Waal (DE/NL)
  • Tagus International, Ana Atanet, GIT / Euroregion Alentejo-Centro-Extremadura (EUROACE, ES/PT)
  • How the Euroregion Spree-Neiße-Bober and their members react to coal withdrawal?  Carsten Jacob, Director, Euroregion Spree-Neiße-Bober e.V. (DE/PL) and Fred Mahro, Mayor of Guben




Great Hall of The Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina IV Panel: The Youth Manifesto: how to make CBC-policies more open to young people’s participation

Moderator: Bektha Djilidjel, AEBR Team member and activist from the Youth Manifesto Group

  • Milan Savic, State Secretary in charge of youth, Ministry for Youth and Sports, Republic of Serbia
  • Dane Basta, Provincial Secretary for Sports and Youth, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina
  • Veronica Capenti, representative of Interreg ALCOTRA’s Managing Authority and its Youth Council and Yasmine Calosso, IVY volunteer currently at Interreg ALCOTRA
  • Nicole Meneghetti, IVY volunteer at Interreg Italy-Slovenia CBC Programme
  • Sofía Areal, member of Tomiño’s Youth Council
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:15 Great Hall at the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina V Panel: Multiculturalism, border regions and Youth

Moderator: Ljubica Gojgic, jоurnalist, Radio-Television of Vojvodina

  • Adrian Borka, Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities – National Communities – independent councillor – Model for the Protection of the Rights of Persons belonging to National Minorities in AP Vojvodina
  • Bojan Greguric, Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities – National Communities –Promotion of Multiculturalism and Tolerance in Vojvodina
  • Stanislav Radulović, Undersecretary, Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Ethnic Minorities – The youth and heritage – tradition and future in CB region – IPA Project
  • Maria Griva, IVY volunteer at Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia
  • Tetiana Stanieva, Founder and Managing Director, International Ethnographic Film Festival, Bolhrad (Odesa Oblast, Ukraine)


Special Guest: Oleh Luksha, Interregional Co-coordinator of the Association of Ukrainian Cities,Current challenges and effective forms and methods of inter-municipal cross-border cooperation by Ukraine and other countries in the Carpathian macroregion under war conditions
13:35-13:40 Presentation of Annual Events 2023


13:40-15:00 Lunch and cocktail

NOTE: The workshops will only work only in the English language.

Please let us know in advance if you want to show a Powerpoint presentation or any other audio-visual material

We will open Zoom rooms for most workshops to allow online participation

More information will be available soon.

15:15 – 16:30










Great Hall and other rooms at the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina







Workshop I Youth Engagement in Cross Border Cooperation

This working session intends to bring together members of AEBR who are interested in exchanging with young people and young people involved in updating the AEBR’s CBC Youth Charter. With the aim of improving youth’s participation in border regions and cooperation programmes, participants will discuss solutions and share best practices.

Moderators: Bektha Djilidjel and Milena Pallotta, AEBR Projects Office

  • Goran Ostojić, General Secretary, Novi Sad Youth Forum
  • Aleksandra Ilijin, Senior Associate, OPENS
  • Roxana Balan, participant of “Updating CBC Youth Charter” workshop and IVY volunteer
  • An IVY volunteer
  • Nataša Gligorijević, participant in developing the Youth CBC Charter

15:15 – 16:30







Workshop II How to apply to b-solutions’ call

AEBR’s team will present the call for proposals launched in the framework of the b-solutions 2.0: Solving Cross-Border Obstacles initiative, an action by the European Commission and AEBR. Representatives of public bodies and cross-border structures are invited to exchange with AEBR’s team and bring forward possible legal and administrative obstacles they face when cooperating with their neighbouring regions.

During this dedicated workshop, b-solutions’ team will illustrate the application procedure and provide concrete help to apply and receive technical support to solve such obstacles.

Expected contributions:

  • Caitriona Mullan, AEBR Expert
  • Cinzia Dellagiacoma, AEBR Projects Office
  • Mariane Bloudeau, AEBR Projects Office
  • Ricardo Ferreira, DG REGIO, European Commission
  • Dirk Peters, DG Regio, European Commission
16:30 – 17:30 Workshop III – TFEB

The Task Force External Borders will discuss its priorities for the coming years, paying a special attention to the transformation of some (cross-)border areas in the Eastern External Border region.

Coordinates: Johannes Moisio, South Karelia Region, Chairman of the AEBR TFEB

Expected contributions:

  • Caitriona Mullan, AEBR Expert
  • Ana Nikolov, AEBR Balkan
  • Tetiana Stanieva, AEBR partner, Bolhrad (Odesa Oblast, Ukraine)
  • Dirk Peters, DG Regio, European Commission
16:30 – 17:30 Workshop IV – future project(s) partnership on sustainable mobility
20:00 DINNER

Social, cultural programme during the week-end. Novi Sad is European Capital of Culture 2022, together with Esch in Luxembourg and Kaunas in Lithuania.

SATURDAY, 1 October 2022

Study visit to Fruška gora Mountain monasteries and wineries


SUNDAY, 2 October 2022

Study visit to Timiș County / City of Timișoara (Romania)


There are many exciting things to do in Novi Sad, including the programme of the European Cultural Capital 2022


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