25th April 2019

10:00 Greetings

  • Karl-Heinz Lambertz President of the Committee of the Regions
  • Péter Szijjártó Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary (tbc)
  • Tamás Tóth President of CESCI

Plenary Session

  • Karen Maguire acting head of the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division (LEED Programme) / Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (OECD)
  • Andreas Faludi professor of Urban Planning (Delft University of Technology, NL): Challenges and frames for cross-border planning
  • Jean Peyrony director general (Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière, FR): New approach of financing cross-border developments
  • Martín Guillermo Ramírez secretary general (Association of European Border Regions): Institutional cooperation across the borders
  • Alfonso Zardi former head of department (Democracy, Institution-Building and Governance Department of the Council of Europe): Cross-border cooperation as a tool of democratisation


Sandwich lunch


Thematic panels

Cross-Border Studies

  • Moderator: Gyula Ocskay secretary general of CESCI
  • Speakers: Heikki Eskelinen (Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, FI), Jaroslaw Janczak (European University Viadrina, DE-PL), Sara Svensson (Halmstad University, SE)

Cross-Border Planning

  • Moderator: Mátyás Jaschitz, director of planning of CESCI
  • Speakers: Jerzy Bański (Polish Academy of Sciences, PL), Matteo Berzi (Office for the Development of the Mediterranean Corridor, ES), Eduardo Medeiros (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, PT), Frederick-Christoph Richters (Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning, LU)

Cross-Border Governance

  • Moderator: Katalin Fekete head of unit of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Speakers: Estelle Evrard (University of Luxemburg, LU), Slaven Klobučar (Committee of the Regions), Marcin Krzymuski (Hempel Krzymuski Partner, DE), Hideo Kojimoto (Nihon University, Tokyo, JPN)

19.00 Gala Dinner with cultural program and ceremonial speech

  • The speech will be delivered by Mr László Trócsányi, Minister of Justice of Hungary
  • Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vörösmarty and Kodály halls



26th April 2019

 9:30 Launch of the second day program

 Integrated Cross-Border Development

  • Moderator: Enikő Hüse-Nyerges, project manager of CESCI
  • Speakers: Alessandra Giovinazzo (INTERREG V-A ALCOTRA, IT), Szilveszter Holop (INTERREG V-A Slovakia-Hungary, HU), Sandra Sodini (EGTC GO, IT)

Cross-Border Policy Making

  • Moderator: Rudolf Bauer director of CESCI Carpathia
  • Speakers: Claes Håkansson (Nordic Council of Ministers, SE), Alain De Muyser (Benelux Union, BE), Martin Unfried (Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross-border Cooperation and Mobility of the University of Maastricht, NL), Nathalie Verschelde (DG Regio)

Cross-Border Knowledge Sharing

  • Moderator: Ervin Erős director of CESCI Balkans
  • Speakers: Joachim Beck (Euro-Institut Kehl, DE), Hynek Böhm (University of Liberec, CZ), Anthony Soares (Centre for Cross-Border Studies, UK), Ramona Velea (Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia, IT)

14.00 Closure of the conference

  • Tibor Navracsics commissioner of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission