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AEBR General Assembly and Annual Conference 2023

The VII AEBR CB School will be a pre-conference event organized at the Faculty of Law, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Košice on Wednesday, 8 November. Read the draft programme here.

AEBR General Assembly and the first session of the AEBR Annual Conference on Thursday, 9 November, will take place at the Velká Sála, Tabačka Kulturfabrik,  in Košice.

The second day of the Annual Conference, Friday, 10 November, will be organized at the Yasmin Hotel. This session will focus on the EU integration of Ukraine and has been co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through a Visegrad Grant from the International Visegrad Fund. Visit this project’s website.

On Saturday, 11 November, a study visit to and across the border with Ukraine and various activities in Uzhhorod are under preparation.

Link to the registration form

We have pre-booked hotel rooms in various hotels in Košice (see the news on this website for more detailed information). If you want to attend, we encourage you to register and book your hotel room as soon as possible. November seems busy in town for conferences and other events, and accommodation is scarce.

We are updating the information about the hotels in the news section of this website.

You can already register by clicking on this link, but we will close the registration on Monday 6/11/2023

And here you will find the draft programme:


Thursday, 9 November

Venue: Velká Sála, Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Košice.

AEBR Executive Committee meeting

(for Executive Committee members only)

From 9:00 to 10:30

Registration opens at 08:30

AEBR General Assembly

(for AEBR members only)

From 11:00 to 13:00

Registration opens at 08:30


AEBR Annual Conference:


General challenges and obstacles for CBC

14:00       Introduction by AEBR: preliminary results of b-solutions and further perspectives to solve CB obstacles, including the cross-border tool

14:10        Presentation of the reflection process initiated by DG REGIO on post-2027 Interreg, Ms Simona Pohlová, Deputy Head of Unit D.2 Interreg – CBC – Internal Borders, DG REGIO, European Commission, Brussels (Belgium)

14:30        Presentation of the B-SHAPES Horizon Europe Project, Ms Sara Svensson, School of Education, Humanities and Social Siences, Halmstadt University (Sweden), with a focus on Euroscepticism in cross-border areas

14:45        Presentation on the situation between Israel and Gaza, with a focus on the question of why the border failed to live up to its role, despite the huge amounts of resources poured, and a brief history of how the border has functioned in recent years (not only for defense but also for cross border movement of workers, goods etc) by Prof. David Newman, Professor of Geopolitics, Dept of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University (Israel)

15:15        Coffee break

Cross-Border Labour Markets

15:45        Introduction to the topic: AEBR, including information from projects (b-solutions), studies (CB Labour Market research) and activities (workshop in Kleve with the German BMI in March)

15:50         Working session on obstacles to the effective implementation of CB Labour Markets:

Moderates: Mr Frédéric Siebenhaar, AEBR Task Force Labour Market, Eurodistrict PAMINA EGTC (DE/FR)

  • Ms Leyre Azcona, Project manager, EGTC Euroregion Nouvelle-Aquitaine Euskadi Navarra EGTC (ES/FR)
  • n.n., Grenzgänger Task Force (tbc)
  • Ms Madelene Kutt, Senior Advisor, Innlandet County Council (NO): A Nordic case, cross-border labour market, mobility and obstacles
  • n.n., Central/Eastern Europe (tbc)
  • Ms Florence Jacquey, Greater Region, to explain the “statute du frontalier” (tbc)
  • Other examples

16:45        Working session on the institutional approach:

Moderates: , AEBR

  • Mr Balazs Lengyel, European Labour Authority
  • n.n., national authority
  • Ms Niina Malm, Member of the Finnish Parliament, South Karelia
  • n.n., European Parliament
  • n.n., Council / Spanish Presidency (Belgian/Hungarian)?
  • Mr Dirk Peters, DG Regio (tbc)

17:45        End of the works

19:00       Gala dinner offered by Košice self-governing region at the historic hall of the East Slovak Gallery, Hlavná 27, Košice.


Friday, 10 November

Venue: Hotel Yasmin, Košice

AEBR Annual Conference:

EU integration of Ukraine across borders

This activity is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia,
Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from
International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance
ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.


Ukraine on the road to EU integration (reconstruction, cooperation, pre-accession). What lessons to learn for Ukraine from the V4 countries’ experiences in the field of cross-border cooperation?

The focus will be Ukraine’s EU integration and learning about the experiences of the Visegrad Four countries in cross-border cooperation during their  EU accession process and beyond. The following day, the participants will make a study trip to Uzhhorod (Transcarpathia) across the Ukrainian border.

08:00   Opening of the registration  desk

09:00-09:30 (CET)     Greetings

Moderation: Ms Caitriona Mullan, AEBR Strategic Advisor

  • Mr Karol Pataky, Vice-President of the Košice Self-governing Region, host of the event
  • Mr Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (video message)
  • Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the AEBR, Speaker of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community of Belgium
  • Mr Kopylenko Oleksandr, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Foreign Policy and Interparliamentary Cooperation (online)
  • Mr Petr Mareš, Director of the International Visegrad Fund

09:30-10:30     Achievements of Ukraine in the field of EU integration

Moderation: Ms Yuliia Fetko, Director of the Research Institute on European Territorial Cooperation of the Uzhhorod National University

  • Mr Oleksandr Ilkov, Director General of the Government Office for Coordination on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine (online)
  • Ms Myroslava Lendel, Vice-Rector, Uzhhorod National University
  • Mr Mykhailo Buromenskyi, Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Co-chairman of the Commission on Legal Reform under the President of Ukraine
  • Mr Yaroslav Lazur, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Uzhhorod National University, Member of the Scientific Advisory Council under the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Uzhhorod, Ukraine)

 10:30-11:00     Coffee break

11:00-12:00     CBC in the V4 countries – lessons and future perspectives

Moderation: Mr Rudolf Bauer, Director of CESCI Carpathia, Košice (tbc)

  • Ms Joanna Kurowska-Pysz, Associate Professor, WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
  • Mr Hynek Böhm, Assistant Professor, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic
  • Ms Zsuzsanna Fejes, President of CESCI, associated professor, Ludovika National University of Public Services, Budapest, Hungary
  • Mr Martin Lačný, Assistant Professor, University of Prešov, Slovakia

 13:00-14:30     Lunch break

14:30-15:30     Cross-border cooperation in the V4 countries – the daily practice

Moderation: Ms Kitti Dubniczki, Director of CESCI, Budapest (tbc)

  • Ms Julianna Máté, Director of the Via Carpatia EGTC (HU/SK)
  • Mr Ondřej Havlíček, Director of the Euroregion NeisseNisaNysa (DE/CZ/PL)
  • Ms Anna Palka, Cross-border project and process management specialist, EGTC TRITIA (CZ/PL/SK)
  • Ms Andrea Cap, Director of the Tisza EGTC (HU/UA)

 15:30-16:00     Coffee break

16:00-17:00     Round-table discussion: What lessons can be learnt from the EU integration of the Visegrad countries?

Moderation: Mr Martín Guillermo Ramírez, AEBR Secretary General

  • Ms Nathalie Verschelde, deputy head of unit, DG REGIO, European Commission
  • Mr Michal Lebduška, Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs, Czechia
  • Mr Gyula Ocskay, Secretary General of CESCI
  • Mr Wojciech Opioła, Assistant Professor, Opole University, Poland
  • Mr Eduard Buraš, advisor to the PM for cross-border cooperation, Slovakia

17:15                  Presentation of AEBR Annual Events 2024

17:30                  Closing

Free evening


Saturday, 11 November

Study visit to Uzhhorod

9:00 am (CET)       Departure from Košice (in front of Hotel Yasmin) by buses

11:30 (EET)           Arrival in Uzhhorod (Regional Council of the Transcarpathian Region)

Moderation: Mr Yaroslav Lazur, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Uzhhorod National University, Member of the Scientific Advisory Council under the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Uzhhorod, Ukraine)


  • Mr Viktor Mikita, Governor of Transcarpathia, Head of the Transcarpathian Regional Military Administration
  • Mr Roman Saray, President of the County Council, Co-president of the Tisza EGTC (HU/UA)
  • Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Association of European Border Regions
  • Mr Ivan Myronyuk, Vice-Rector for Scientific Research of Uzhhorod National University
  • Mr Gyula Ocskay, Secretary General of the Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives


  • Mr Roman Saray, President of the County Council, Co-president of the Tisza EGTC: Cross-border activities of the Transcarpathian Regional Council
  • Ms Yuliia Fetko, Director of the Research Institute on European Territorial Cooperation of the Uzhhorod National University: With science for cooperation
  • Ms Natalya Nosa-Pylypenko, Project Manager of the Regional Innovation Agency, Uzhhorod: With development projects for cross-border cooperation

Q and A

13:00  Interactive session with the AEBR members (moderated by Martín Guillermo-Ramírez)

14.00 Lunch at Restaurant Grant

16.00 Return to Košice by buses


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