Agenda

1st Day

12.00 – 12.30
Arrival & registration of participants

12.30 – 13.00
Welcome Light Lunch

13.00 – 13.10
Opening of the event and welcome
Moderator: Georgia Sadana, Journalist
Eleftheria Chatzigeorgiou, Deputy Minister of Interior (Sector of Macedonia & Thrace)

13.10 – 13.30
Keynote Speech: Balkan co-operation and co-development, prospects and potentialities.
Ioannis Dragasakis, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Economy & Development, Greece

13.30 – 14.00
Short interventions of official guests

Anastasios Kourakis, Α’ Vice president of Hellenic Parliament, Greece
Dimitris Papadimoulis, Vice president of the European Parliament, Greece
Suhejl Fazliu, Minister of Local Self Government, North Macedonia
Terens Quick, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Greece
Ioannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki
Gregory W.Pfleger,Jr, General Consul of USA in Thessaloniki
Walter Stechel, General Consul of Germany in Thessaloniki
Ioannis Stavrou, Α’ Vice president – Executive of Federation of Industries of Greece, Greece
Pantelis Filippidis, Α’ Vice president of Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Greece
Grigoris Tasios, Α’ Vice president of Greek Tourism Confederation, Greece

14.00- 15.30
Initiatives to promote the trans-balkan cooperation in the fields of entrepreneurship & innovation.
Moderator: Nikos Fotopoulos, Journalist
Speakers (15′):
Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economy, North Macedonia
Asterios Pitsiorlas, Deputy Minister of Economy & Development, Greece
Bogdan Constantin Andronic, Debuty Minister of Economy, Romania

15.30 – 15.45
Coffee – Break

15.45 – 17.30
Existing situation of transport, industrial, technological, and energy infrastructures and networks in the Balkan area.
Moderator: Georgios Emmanouil, General Director of Ministry of Interior (Sector Macedonia & Thrace).

Speakers (10′):
Apostolos Proios, President of the Permanent Team for Infrastructures & Networks of Technical Chamber of Greece – Regional Department of Central Macedonia, Greece
Miroslav  Maznev, Executive Director of Bulgarian Construction Chamber & Dr. Eng. Ivan Katsarov, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering & Geodesy, Faculty of Transportation Engineering, Bulgaria
Mile Dimitrovski, President of Chamber of Certified Architects and Certified Engineers of the Republic of North Macedonia, North Macedonia
Dušan Mladenović, Vice-president of Commission for international cooperation Representative of Serbian Chamber of Engineers, Serbia

17.30 -18.30
Debate – Short Interventions (5′)

Parallel Meeting of Convention Carriers of the Balkan countries, aiming to the promotion of foreign cooperation for organising conventions, exhibitions and conferences.

20.00
Official Dinner

2nd Day

9.00 – 9.30
Arrival of participants – Welcome Coffee

9.30 – 11.00
The promotion of the trans-balkan cooperation in the fields of infrastructures and networks.
Moderator: Sophia Papadopoulou, Journalist

Christos Spirtzis, Minister of Transport & Infrastructure, Greece
Ion IORDĂCHESCU, Deputy Minister of Transport, Romania
Socratis Famellos, Deputy Minister for Environment and Energy, Greece
Debate – Interventions (5’)

11.00 – 11.15
Coffee – Break

11.15 – 13.00
Major trans-Balkan infrastructures and networks – Necessary tools for funding.
Moderator: Theodora Avgeri
Speakers (10′):
Efstathios Yannakidis, Vice Minister of Economy & Development, Greece
Dmitry Pankin, President of Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
Guillaume Le Bris, Associate Director of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Tatiana Dermati, Institutional Relations Officer at the European Investment Bank Group Office in Athens
Aggeliki Bouziani, Head of the Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

Debate – Short Interventions (5’)

13.00 – 14.45
Necessary business and technological networks & synergies in order to mobilize and valorize the business and technological potential.
Moderator: Kostas Laskaratos, Journalist

Speakers (10’):
Georgia Aifadopoulou,Managing Director of Thessaloniki Technology Park, Deputy Director CERTH-HIT
Ardian Cerava, Head of International Office, University Fan S. Noli, Albania
Kyriakos Loufakis, President of Alexander Innovation Zone, Greece
Antoni Peshev, Chairman of the Assembly of Economic Chamber of the Republic of North Macedonia, North Macedonia
Ilario Astinov, Prof. of Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Sotirios Theofanis, President & CEO of Thessaloniki Port Authority, Greece
Ioannis Kaplanis, General Director of Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation, Greece

14.45 – 15.00
Closing of the event:
Eleftheria Chatzigeorgiou, Deputy Minister of Interior (Sector of Macedonia & Thrace)

15.00 – 16.00 
Farewell Lunch

16.00 – 18.00 
Thematic Workshop for the promotion of cooperation and networking between social economy actors and civil society in the Balkan area.
Moderator: Georgios Emmanouil, General Director of Ministry of Interior (Sector Macedonia & Thrace).
Speakers (10’)
Vassilis Siomadis, Scientific Expert of Ministry of Interior (Sector of Macedonia & Thrace)
Kyriakos Fotiadis, Expert of Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes.

Debate – Short Interventions from Civil society carriers

Postponement of the 2nd BALKAN FORUM.

 

We would like to inform you that the increasing number of the confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in our country has forced the Greek Government to take action, in order to protect Public Health. New measures were announced by the Government, according to which for at least 4 weeks any type of convention nationwide shall be postponed. Consequentially, this creates a new unforeseen situation according to which during the current month, it is unsafe to attend any convention, including the 2nd BALKAN FORUM. Taking into consideration all of the above and with a great sense of responsibility, the Hellenic Ministry of Interior (Sector of Macedonia and Thrace) has decided to postpone the 2nd BALKAN FORUM which would take place at March 27-28, 2020 in T.I.F. HELEXPO, Thessaloniki.
New dates will be announced in due time. Τhank you for your kind understanding.