The first AEBR Forum on Research, Development and Innovation was held in cooperation with Xunta de Galicia in Vigo. 

Most of the presenations given during this event are available for download. Just glance through the programme below and click the activated names to open the respective presentation. 


08’30 h            Registration of participants and handing over of documents


09’00 h            Presentation of the EGTC “Galicia-Norte de Portugal” 


-    Mr. Rui Azevedo, Consultant (PT)

-    Mr. Martín Guillermo Ramírez, AEBR Secretary General

-    Mr. Jens Gabbe, AEBR Honorary Member (DE)

-    Prof. Teresa Lehmann, Vice-President, Norte Region of Portugal (Comissao de Coordenaçao e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte de Portugal) (PT)

-    Mr. Julio C. Fernández MatoSecretary General of External Relations, Xunta de Galicia (ES)


10’00 h            First Session:

Key-Sectors: the impact of the Automobile Industry in some European border areas. Related sector: Aeronautics


Moderator: Mr. Antonio Vega Martínez, President, Galician Cluster of Automotive Companies (CEAGA) (ES) 



-        Mr. Luis Moreno Diéguez, Director General, Automobile Technological Centre of Galicia (CTAG) (ES)

-          Mr. Levente SzékelyChief Secretary, Association of Hungarian Automotive Industry, Plant Manager Sanmina-SCI, Global Services Section (HU)

-          Mr. Norberto Penedo ReyProject Management Deputy Director, Galician Institute of Economic Planning (IGAPE), Xunta de Galicia (ES)

-          Mr. François Maïtia, Vice-president of Aquitaine (FR) and Vice-president of the AEBR (Aeronautical Industry)


11’00 h        Coffee break


11’30 h          Opening Session


-    Mr. Julio C. Fernández MatoSecretary General of External Relations, Xunta de Galicia (ES)

-    Mr. Abel Caballero ÁlvarezMajor of Vigo (ES)

-    Mr. François Maïtia, Vice-President of the AEBR

-    Mr. Carlos LagePresident of the Comissao de Coordenaçao e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte de Portugal (PT)

-    Ms. Laura Elena Sánchez Piñón, Regional Minister of Education and University Planning, Xunta de Galicia (ES)

-    Mr. José Manuel Silva RodríguezDirector General, DG Research, European Commission

-    Ms. Cristina GarmendiaMinister of Science and Innovation, Government of Spain (ES)


12’30 h            Second Session: R & D and Innovation. An Opportunity for Sustainable Development in Border Regions


                        Moderator: Mr. Martín Guillermo Ramírez, AEBR Secretary General



-      Mr. José Manuel Silva RodríguezDirector General, DG Research, European Commission

-      Mr. Salustiano Mato de la Iglesia, Director General for Research, Development and Innovation, Xunta de Galicia (ES)

-      Ms. Laila Østergren, DG Regio, European Commission

-      Mr. Sture Hermansson, Chairman of the region of Värmland (SE)


14’00 h            Lunch offered by the Major of Vigo


                       HOTEL NH Palacio de Vigo               Avda. García Borbón, 17-19

Tel.: 986 433 643                               36021 VIGO


15’30 h            Third Session: “Examples of Good Practises”


Moderator: Mr. José María Martín Moreno, Director General, Galician Foundation for the Knowledge Society (ES)



-          Mr. Luis DelgadoUniversities and Researchers Unit, DG Research, European Commission

-          Prof. Dr. Mª José Alonso Fernández, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, University of Santiago de Compostela (ES)

-          Mrs. Agnés Legoll, International Relations Director, Bio-Valley (Biotechnology), Upper Rhine (FR-DE-CH)

-          Prof. Dr. José Rivas Rey., Director, Iberian Centre of Nanotechnology, Braga (ES-PT)

-          Dr. Kurt Hoffmann AOR, RWTH-Aachen University, Fraunhofer-Institute IME, Euregio Meuse-Rhine (DE-NL-BE)

-          Mr. Giuseppe Napoli / Mrs. Laura ComelliWorking Community Alpen Adria, Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (IT)


17’00 h            Constitution of an AEBR Network on R & D and Innovation at the European border regions and launching of a Permanent Forum to Promote Innovation in European Border Regions, Mr. Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General of the AEBR


                        Presentations by:

-          Dr. Eric Jakob, Secretary General, Regio Basiliensis (CH)

-          Mr. Damien Perissé, Director for Innovation and Competitivity, Conference of European Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR)


17’30 h            Conclusions


18’00 h            Closing by Mr. Julio C. Fernández Mato, Secretary General of External Relations, Xunta de Galicia (ES)

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