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01-09-2011


Effective Instruments for Territorial Development

24 October 2011 1st day of the conference- Urban areas as the engines of growth


The first day of the conference will be the possibility to present and discuss the proposal of instruments for urban areas. The discussion topics will touch upon the existing and previously used instruments for city development such as JESSICA initiative, URBACT Programme or URBAN Initiative but also the possibilities of introducing new or reinforcing currently possible solutions determining the integrated urban development.
The debate during the first day will be based on the Background Report on the urban dimension of the Cohesion Policy post 2013, which was prepared at the request of the Polish Presidency as the basis for discussion with experts and as part of a general reflection process on the future Cohesion Policy.
 
09.30 – 10.00 Registration and welcome coffee
10.00 – 10.30 Opening session

  • Ms. Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA, Minister of Regional Development, Poland
  • Mr. Johannes HAHN, Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission
  • Ms. Mercedes BRESSO, President of the Committee of the Regions


10.30 – 12.00  1st plenary session

EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN AREAS

In order to achieve economic growth and the development of the EU the goal should be to strengthen urban areas. Hence the first session aims at drawing the attention to the role and importance of the policy towards urban areas within the Cohesion Policy in the context of implementing Europe 2020.
First, the European Commission will present the legislative proposals dedicated to the urban dimension of the Cohesion Policy. Subsequently, the representatives of cities, the European Parliament and the OECD will have the chance to share their views and present first reactions to the proposals.

Introduction speeches:

  • Mr. Dirk AHNER, Director General, Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission
  • Ms. Hanna GRONKIEWICZ-WALTZ, Vice President of Eurocities, Mayor of Warsaw, Poland
  • Mr. Jan OLBRYCHT, Head of the Urban Intergroup, Member of the European Parliament
  • Ms. Lamia KAMAL-CHAOUI, Head of the Urban Development Programme, OECD


12.00 – 12.30 Coffee break
12.30 – 13.30 2nd plenary session

DELIVERING EUROPE 2020 STRATEGY IN URBAN AREAS

Europe needs cities in order to achieve the goals set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy: a smarter, more sustainable and socially inclusive growth. Therefore, a real partnership with cities in the implementation of Europe 2020 is needed.
The aim of the second plenary session will be to present what have cities done so far and what can they do in the future to deliver EU 2020 Strategy. We will try to find the answer what implementation framework would enable cities to implement the Europe 2020 goals. Furthermore, the session will present the results and proposals of the Hungarian Presidency that had already tackled some problems described in the EU 2020, such as demographic and migration challenges and climate change.


Discussants:

  • Mr. Péter SZALÓ, Deputy State Secretary for Spatial Planning and Construction, Ministry of Interior, Hungary
  • Mr. Gonçalo GONÇALVES, Urban and Mobility Councillor, Member of the Administration of “Porto Vivo” – Urban Renewal Company, City of Porto, Portugal
  • Mr. Zbigniew MICHNIOWSKI, Deputy Mayor of Bielsko-Biała, Vice-President of Energy Cities, Poland
  • Ms. Norela CONSTANTINESCU, Research Programme Officer, Energy Technologies and Research Coordination Unit, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission
  • Mr. Philippe DESTATTE, Director General, Destree Institute, France


13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.45 3rd session

PARALLEL THEMATIC WORKSHOPS
INSTRUMENTS FOR DELIVERING URBAN ACTIONS IN THE FUTURE COHESION POLICY

Within the framework of this session two parallel thematic workshops will be held. The workshops will be dedicated to instruments supporting integrated urban development. These include on the one hand the specific instruments for cities which could be implemented within Cohesion Policy in the current programming period such as the financial instrument JESSICA and the URBACT Programme, and on the other hand, the proposal for instruments which could be introduced within the Cohesion Policy after 2013 and which have been successfully implemented within the framework of national urban policies in different Member States.


Workshop 3A: Special arrangements for cities – a tool a la global grant


Chair: Mr. Marek KALUPA, Director of the Department for Coordination of Implementation of the EU Funds, Ministry of Regional Development, Poland

Discussants:

  • Ms. Valérie LAPENNE, Inter-Ministerial Secretariat for Urban and Social Development, Ministry in charge of Urban and Social Development, France
  • Mr. Ruud VAN RAAK, Programme Manager for Operational Programme for the west of the country (Kansen voor west), City of Rotterdam, Netherland
  • Mr. Michał OLSZEWSKI, Director of the European Funds Department, City of Warsaw, Poland

Workshop 3B: Tools for city-networking and for capacity building on urban development


Chair: Mr. Claude JACQUIER, Research Director, National Center for Scientific Research, France

Discussants:

  • Mr. Jean-Loup DRUBIGNY, Director of the URBACT Secretariat
  • Ms. Janina WOŹNA, Head of Wrocław Development Office, Poland
  • Ms. Małgorzata GOLAK, URBAMECO Project Coordinator in Wrocław, Poland
  • Mr. Władysław PISKORZ, Head of the Urban Matters Territorial Cohesion Unit, Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17.30 4th session


PARALLEL THEMATIC WORKSHOPS                                                                                                                                 INSTRUMENTS FOR DELIVERING URBAN ACTIONS IN THE FUTURE COHESION POLICY

Workshop 4A:Financial instruments – a new way of financing sustainable urban development

Chair: Mr. Marek SZCZEPAŃSKI, Director of the European Programmes Department, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Poland

Discussants:

  • Mr. Eugenio LEANZA, Head of JESSICA and Investment Funds Division, European Investment Bank
  • Mr. Radosław KRAWCZYKOWSKI, Director of the Department of Regional Programme Implementation, Marshall Office of the Wielkopolska Region, Poland
  • Mr. Alex CONWAY, European Programmes Director, Greater London Authority, United Kingdom
  • Ms. Dorota ZALIWSKA, Head of Financial Engineering Unit, Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission

Workshop 4B: Specific actions for integrated urban development in disadvantaged urban areas

Chair: Mr. Paweł SWIANIEWICZ, Head of Department of Local Development and Policy, University of Warsaw, Poland     

Discussants:

Mr. Guillaume TOURNAIRE, European Programmes Manager, Grenoble Alpes Métropole, France
Mr. Oliver WEIGEL, Head of Urban Development Policy Unit, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Germany
Mr. Santiago GARCIA-PATRON RIVAS, Deputy Head of the Urban Matters and Territorial Cohesion Unit, Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission

17.30 – 18.30 Plenary Session
SUMMARY OF THE WORKSHOPS

  • Chair persons present the main results of the workshops
  • Mr. Dirk AHNER, Director General, Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission
  • Mr. Waldemar SŁUGOCKI, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Regional Development, Poland
     
     

25 October 2011 2nd day of the conference - How to introduce integrated policies supporting diverse territories and maintain synergy among them?


The second day of the conference will be dedicated to discussing the existing and desired shape of instruments supporting territorial development in all types of functional areas. It concerns an effective approach to building competitiveness of areas with specific types of development challenges and comprehensive response to development obstacles depending on the different types of areas, their potential for growth and specialisation, taking into consideration actions that efficiently enhance territorial cohesion. During this part of the conference, issues of great influence on local development will be discussed, such as: measures supporting rural development, what stimulates an activity of local entities and actors, urban-rural linkages and strategies building a common development vision of functional areas within integrated regional development.


09.00 – 09.30 Registration and welcome coffee
09.30 – 11.00 1st plenary session

Functional areas as a springboard to reinforcing territorial development policies?
The aim of the session is to discuss how to reinforce territorial dimension in development policies and make it more explicit and strategic. Functional areas should play more important role in a process of designing policy objectives and implementation tools. This must be followed by adjusting instruments of programming, coordination and implementation to territorial dimension and specific characteristics of functional areas. Such attitude will support overcoming the obstacles in various types of regions by down- and up-scaling sectoral and horizontal policies. Multi-dimension policies should be able to guarantee coherence of strategic actions (principles, objectives and territorially-oriented plans and programmes) with their institutional environment (accountability and visibility of role and competences of entities in multi-level system of governance) and operational implementation (project’s appraisal system or application requirements).

Introduction speeches:

  • Mr. Waldemar Sługocki, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Regional Development, Poland
  • Mr. Marek Woźniak, Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region, Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Poland
  • Mr. Fabrizio Barca, Director General, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy, Special Advisor to the European Commission
  • Mr. Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Head of Regional Policy Division, Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD
  • Mr. Jacek Zaucha, Maritime Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

11.00 – 11.30  Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00 2nd plenary session

Urban-rural linkages. Mechanisms supporting diffusion of growth to all types of territories


The session will be devoted to a discussion on the opportunities of improving linkages between rural and urban areas and defining areas in accordance with functional, rather than administrative division. Rural areas should also contribute to the achievement of the EU 2020 goals. However, only an effective use of instruments oriented at different types of urban and rural areas which at the same time notice synergies between them, will pursue individual goals of EU 2020. The opinions in this area will be presented by EC and OECD and commented by theoreticians and practitioners in the field of regional, spatial and rural policies management and implementation. The outcome of the discussion should set out recommendations for possible changes in the current system and introduction of new approaches that will integrate those areas and stimulate growth and employment. During the session practical examples of linkages between metropolitan-medium-sized cities and rural areas will be presented along with their relations to economic, transport, demographic and environmental policies. Nevertheless, rural areas should be also seen as territories with development potentials. In this context, several examples of multifunctional development of rural areas that create clusters, regional chains of value added presenting complementary functions may demonstrate how they contribute to achieving all EU 2020 objectives.
Chair: Mr. Richard Wakeford, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Rural Areas, OECD

Discussants:

  • Ms. Carola Gunnarsson, Vice-President of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Sweden
  • Mr. Michael Dower, Member Core Group of ARC 2020-Agricultural and Rural Convention, University of Gloucestershire, England
  • Mr. Rupert Kawka, Project Manager, Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, Germany
  • Mr. Andrew Copus, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio, Sweden
  • Mr. Tomasz Kayser, Deputy Mayor of Poznań, Association of Polish Cities, Poland (TBC)

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch break

14.30 – 16.30 3rd session

Parallel thematic workshops

Local development – best practice and future policy options
The future EU support for local development should pass the test of subsidiary, i.e. it should clearly show that it will provide additional benefits. It has also to take into account other EU policies and past experience. Local delivery of national or EU programmes as part of a multi-level intervention approach is a key condition of their success and effectiveness. To achieve the goal of the session, representatives of European Commission will present their view on how the EC proposals under CP and Common Agricultural and Fisheries Policy should complement each other.
The effectiveness and efficiency of local and regional policy largely depends on the quality of legal regulations and the functioning of its institutional and management system. The parallel workshops should provide a recommendation on how to strengthen local development by improving strategic approach procedures, as well as the institutional and management system. It will allow to listen to different points of view by gathering representatives from EC and eminent experts involved in management, implementation and analyzing of local development.

Workshop 1:For a more consistent vision of local development. How to improve programming and partnership in local development?

Chair: Ms. Urszula Budzich-Szukała, Territorial and thematic coordinators, Support Unit, FARNET

Discussants:

  • Mr. Christian Svanfeldt, Policy Analyst, Urban Development and Territorial Cohesion unit, Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission
  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Vercruysse, Policy Officer, Structural Policy and Economic Analysis Unit, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
  • Mr. Jeroen Jutte, Deputy Head of ESF Legislation and Policy, Financial Engineering Unit, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Mr. Pedro Brosei, Assistant Policy Officer, Consistency of Rural Development Unit, Directorate General for Agriculture, European Commission
  • Ms. Simona Pascariu, Executive Director, URBAPLAN
  • Mr. Simon Güntner, Professor for Social Science and Social Policy, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Workshop 2: Role of the instruments for cross-border local development

Chair: Ms. Rosella Rusca, Head of unit, Department for Development and Economic Cohesion, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy

Discussants:

  • Mr. Iuliu Bara, Director General, Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, Romania
  • Mr. Gyula Ocskay, Secretary General, Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives, Hungary
  • Ms. Virve Vimpari, Quality Officer, European Transnational and Interregional Cooperation Unit, Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission
  • Mr. Christian Stampfer, Head of Unit responsible for Leader Axis and Interreg Austria-Italy, Land Tirol, Austria
  • Mr. Mehmet Süreyya Süner, Director of Financial Cooperation, Ministry for European Union Affairs, Turkey

16.30 – 17.00 Conclusions – what comes next?

Two-day debate devoted to assessment of effectiveness and efficiency of mechanisms and tools functioning within various public policies among Member States, held in the context of EC proposals regarding regulations, especially for Cohesion Policy, will contribute to elaboration of conclusions and recommendations for the forthcoming informal and formal discussion between Member States.
Firstly, as a follow up, on the basis of opinions and suggestions withdrawn from the conference discussion and contributions the conclusions in the form of key messages will be prepared and presented on the Polish Presidency website.
On this basis, PL Presidency will elaborate recommendations that will consist the essential part of contribution to the CP reform debate and subsequently presented to directors general and ministers responsible for urban development, cohesion policy and territorial cohesion (November 2011).

  • Mr. Fabrizio Barca, Director General, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy, Special Advisor to the European Commission
  • Mr. Piotr Żuber, Director of the Department of Structural Policy Coordination, Ministry of Regional Development, Poland 

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