International meeting on the role and importance of the Black Sea region

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14.06.2018

08:45

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15.06.2018

12:30

Varna

ConferenceRole and significance of the Black Sea region and its connection with the Danube Strategy

 

On the 14 and 15 of June 2018 in “Albena” resort in Flamingo Grand Hotel (ARA Hall) will take place an international conference on the priority role and significance of the Black Sea region in the context of the White book of the European Commission.

The goal of the forum is to emphasize on the role and significance of the Black Sea region and to link the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency with the following Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, regarding the policies for the Danube and Black Sea regions.

The forum is co-organized by the Association of the Organizations of Bulgarian Employers (AOBE) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

The forum will be officially opened by Radosvet Radev – Chairman of the Managing Board of Albena AD and member of the Managing Board of BIA, Dr Milena Angelova – EESC Vice-president in charge of budget, and Jacek Krawczyk – President of EESC Group I “Employers”.

The first day of the forum includes presentations by representatives of the authorities in charge of implementation of the policies, set out in the Danube strategy – Ministry of regional development and public works, Association of Danube River Municipalities “Danube”, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, etc.

The second day of the forum is focused on cooperation in the field of tourism and the relationship between the Black Sea region and the Danube Strategy. The agenda includes welcome addresses by Nikolina Angelkova - Minister of Tourism, Oleg Petkov - Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and Michael B. Christides - Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.

Representatives of employers’ organization from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, members of EESC will be discussing the potential of small family and traditional businesses to boost development and economic growth in the regions the opportunities for transregional cooperation in non-traditional forms of tourism, the sustainable development of tourism infrastructure and rural tourism, etc. Best practices in the field of marketing and promotion of tourism destinations will also be presented. The agenda also includes visiting sites related to the theme of non-traditional forms of tourism, as well as meetings with the mayors of Balchik and Kavarna.

The conclusions of the conference will be handed over to the forthcoming Austrian Presidency in order to continue the activity.

 

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Agenda

14 June 2018 | Thursday

08:45 – 09:30

Registration of Participants

09:30 – 09:50

Welcome speeches and opening of the conference

Radosvet RADEV, Chairman of the Managing Board of Albena AD and Vice-Chairman of the Management Board of BIA; Dr Milena ANGELOVA, EESC Vice-President in charge of budget; Jacek KRAWCZYK, President, EESC Employers' Group

09:50 – 10:10

Speech

Representation of the European Commission Bulgaria (tbc)

10:10 – 10:30

The importance of the maritime special planning for the implementation of integrated maritime policy in the Black Sea Region

Maria GEORGIEVA, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works

10:30 – 10:40

Questions and answers and general discussion

11:00 - 11:20

Danube Strategy – Importance of macro-regional strategies in European context, priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency

Denitsa NIKOLOVA, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works and National Coordinator for the Danube Strategy

11:20 - 11:40

Association of Danube River Municipalities " Danube" – Model of transregional cooperation in the Danube Region"

Maria TZANKOVA, Executive Director of ADRM "Danube"

11:40 - 12:00

Added value of the Danube Strategy in encouraging cooperation and transnational projects in the wider Black Sea – Danube Region

Radu GORINCIOI, National Danube Strategy coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania

12:00 - 12:20

Coordination and synergies in the Danube region- and beyond? A view from Austria

Arno RIEDEL, Head of Unit, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria

12:20 - 12:40

Danube Strategy –views of the EESC

Prof. Mihai MANOLIU, Member of the Employers' Group, President of the National Confederation of Romanian Employers (CNPR) and professor at the University Politehnica of Bucharest

12:40 - 12:55

Questions and answers, general discussion and conclusions

15 June 2018 | Friday

09:00 - 09:30

Welcoming address

Nikolina ANGELKOVA, Minister of Tourism; Oleg PETKOV, Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council; Amb. Michael B. CHRISTIDES, Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation;

09:30 - 09:50

The potential of small family and traditional businesses to boost development and economic growth in the regions

Dimitris DIMITRIADIS, Member of the EESC Employers' Group, Former president of the European Economic and Social Committee (2006-2008)

09:50 - 10:10

Training programmes for employers from Bulgaria and Romania in the field of tourism

Volker FALCH, Vice-President International Operations, BBW (Bildungswerk der Bayrischen Wirtschaft)

10:10 - 10:30

Non-traditional forms of tourism and development of cooperation

Daria ARGIROVA-MITEVA, "Black Sea Riviera – Dobrudzha" Association

10:30 - 10:40

Questions and answers

11:00 - 11:20

Sustainable development of tourism infrastructure and rural tourism, by building and strengthening the regions in the focus of the Danube Strategy

Prof. Dr. Eng. Krassimir ENIMANEV, Industrial Association of Rousse

11:20 - 11:40

How to develop marketing and promotion of tourism destinations – best practices from Greece

Aristotelis THOMOPOULOS, Member of the EESC Employers' Group, Member of the Board of directors of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), President of the board of directors of the Thessaloniki Hotels Association

11:40 - 11:50

Questions and Answers

11:50 - 12:10

Discussing opportunities for joint Black Sea – Danube projects in the field of tourism

General discussion for development of the cooperation between the Black Sea Region and the Danube Strategy in the field of tourism

12:10 – 12:30

Conclusions – Closing of the conference

Dr. Milena ANGELOVA, EESC Vice-President in charge of budget

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