Agenda

DANUBE COOPERATION FORUM
11th and 12th of April 2019
“Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati

Wednesday, 10th of April
19.30-20.30 Welcome Event - Galaţi County Council
   
Thursday, 11th of April – “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati
09:00 - 09:30 Registration of participants
09:30 –10:30 Plenary Opening ceremony
Description: An overview of the EUSDR mechanism and the future of the Danube cooperation formats in the context of the Romanian EU Council Presidency, the reform of the EUSDR agenda and the design of the next multiannual financial framework.
 
  Welcoming speeches by:
Dr. Florin TUDOR Dean of the Faculty of Legal, Social and Political Sciences
The coordinator of the Danube Cooperation Forum
Dr. Iulian-Gabriel BÎRSAN Rector of “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati
Dr. Victor NEGRESCU former Minister delegate for European Affairs-Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice-Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Dorin OTROCOL Prefect of the Galati County
Costel FOTEA President of the Galati County Council
Ionut Florin PUCHEANU Mayor of Galati
Dan NICA  S&D Coordinator for the Industry, Research and Innovation Committee and European Parliament Rapporteur for Horizon Europe Framework Program for Research and Innovation, Rules for Participation and Dissemination
   
10.30– 11.00
Group photo & Coffee break
   
11.00–12.30 Panel 1: Economic Opportunities in the Danube region (I)
Description: A panel discussion on the potential of the Danube region for the business environment and the development of the industrial capabilities existing in the region. The interventions will focus on the mechanisms that have to be put in place to foster business cooperation in the region.
   
Moderator: Radu G.MAGDIN, Vice President Strategikon, Bucharest
Speakers:  
Valentin LAZEA National Bank of Romania Chief economist
Bruno LOPANDIĆ Deputy Director, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Representative Office in Brussels
Dr. Silviu NATE Director, The Center for Global Studies – „Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu
Ioan STERIAN General Manager , The National Gas Transmission Company, TRANSGAZ SA
Petrus Siebrandus ter SCHURE General Manager, Dutch Marine Equipment SA Galati
Q&A Session
 
12:30 –14:00 Panel 2: Economic Opportunities in the Danube region (II)
Description: A panel discussion on the role that the transport and energy sectors can play in the development of regional cooperation around the Danube. The interventions will focus on the possible projects that can be initiated in the field while using best practices.
   
Moderator: Radu GORINCIOI, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romanian National Coordinator EUSDR
Speakers:  
Dr. Lazar COMANESCU Ambassador, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senior Adviser (Foreign Relations) to the President – The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania
Dimitris DIMITRIADIS Quaestor, European Economic and Social Committee, Employer's Group
Herfried LEITNER Deputy Cairman of Board Pro Danube International, Vienna
Catalin Eduard TIGANUS General Manager, The NAVROM SA River Navigation Company, Galati
Catalin COSTACHE General Director, Romania’s Ministry of Transports, Directorate General Intermediate Organism
Dr. Romeo V. IONESCU ”Dunarea de Jos” University of Galați, Senior Vice President of the Romanian Regional Sciences Association; Member of the European Regional Science Association; Member of the Regional Science Association International; Member of the Romanian Consulting Committee for Territorial Cohesion 2014-2020
Felix CAPRARIU President of the Territorial Association for Energy and Energy Efficiency (ATE3)
Representatives of the Romania’s Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (tbc)
Q&A Session
 
14:00 –15:00 Working Lunch
   
15:00 –16:00 Panel 3: Education and academic cooperation in the Danube region
Description: A panel discussion on the role education and academic cooperation could play in developing regional cooperation around the Danube. Panellists will present the cooperation programs already in place and issue recommendations for future regional projects.
   
Moderator: Stefan BALTA, Vice-Rector of „Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati
Speakers:  
Dr. Iulian-Gabriel BÎRSAN Rector of “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati
Dr. Victor NEGRESCU former Minister delegate for European Affairs-Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice-Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Aristica VADUVA Counselor to the Minister of National Education
Acad. dr. Ion GUCEAC  Vice-president of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (tbc)
Dimitris DIMITRIADIS European Economic and Social Committee, Quaestor, Employer's Group
Captain (N) dr. Octavian TARABUTA Rector of the "Mircea cel Batran" Naval Academy
Sorin RUGINA Rector of „Ovidius” University of Constanta
Dorel PARASCHIV Vice-Rector of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Q&A Session
 
16:00 –16:15 Coffee break
   
16.15 –17:30 Panel 4: EU funding opportunities in the Danube region
Description: A panel discussion on the funding opportunities in the Danube region. The interventions will focus on the presentation of the funding solutions available, the next EUSDR strategic agenda and the upcoming EU multiannual financial framework.
   
Moderator: Sabin CUTAS, Councelor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Romanian National Coordinator EUSDR
Speakers:  
Lucian Puiu GEORGESCU State Secretary, Ministry of Research and Innovation; President of the Senate of "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati
Midhat Džemić Head of Section for Coordination of Public Governance and the Rule of Law Programmes, Directorate for European Integration, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Adina PASAREL The World Bank, IBRD-IDA, World Bank Group, consultant
Elena Laura CRANGASU Romania’s Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Counselor, DG - Regional Operational Programs (tbc)
Florin ZAHARIA Expert within the Intermediate Body for Transport, Ministry of Transport
Andreea PENA Capacity Building Officer, Danube Strategy Point, EU Strategy for the Danube Region
Razvan POPESCU Coordinator of the Europe Direct Center and the Steering Committee of the Information and Documentation Center for European Integration and Sustainable Development Braila
Q&A session
 
 18:30-20:30  Cultural event & networking dinner 
 
Friday, 12th of April – “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati  
10.00–11.00 Panel 5: Local authorities cooperation in the Danube region
Description: The panel will consist in a presentation of the local initiatives regarding EUSDR and the Danube region. The discussion will elaborate on the cooperation opportunities available for local authorities.
   
Moderator: Corneliu VISOIANU, Vice President Strategikon, Bucharest
Speakers:  
Ionut Florin PUCHEANU Mayor of Galati
Marian DRAGOMIR Mayor of Brăila (tbc)
Nicolae DANDIS Mayor of Cahul, Republic of Moldova (tbc)
Dr. Anna SOBCZAK European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Directorate for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (F), Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy | Unit F2, Policy Officer for clusters and emerging industries in the context of smart specialisation in industrial modernisation 
Florin JIANU President of National Council of Small and Medium Sized Private Enterprises in Romania, former Minister for SMEs, the Business Environment and Tourism
Marian FLOREA President of the Association of Public Managers from Romania
Q&A session
 
11.00–11.30 Coffee break 
   
11:30–12:30 Panel 6: DANUBIUS-RI and the environmental agenda
Description: The panel is designed to underline the importance of the environmental agenda for the Danube region. The discussion will represent an excellent opportunity to underline the importance of research programs in the development of regional cooperation.
   
Moderator: Prof. dr. Lucian Puiu GEORGESCU, State Secretary, Ministry of Research and Innovation; President of the Senate of "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati
Speakers:  
Acad. Emilian DOBRESCU Director of the Biodiversity Study Center and Research Agrosilvica "Acad. David Davidescu" within the Romanian Academy
Prof. dr. habil. Elena ZUBCOV Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova- Head of the Hydrobiology Laboratory - Institute of Zoology, Chisinau
Dr. Manuela Elisabeta SIDOROFF General Director of the National Institute for Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Bucharest
Gabriela RAILEANU Executive Manager Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority
Acad. Nicolae PANIN President of the Geoeconomical Sciences Department of the Romanian Academy
C.S. I dr. eng. Simion NICOLAEV General Director of INCD "Grigore Antipa", Constanta
C.S. I biologist Marian TUDOR General Director of INCD "Danube Delta", Tulcea
Dr. eng. Nicolae DIMULESCU President of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Agency, Bucharest
C.S.I dr. eng. Nicolae PATRICHE Director of the Research and Development Institute for Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Galati
Q&A session
 
  Final reflections and next steps
Adoption of the Final Declaration
   
12:30–13:00 Dr. Florin TUDOR
Dean of the Faculty of Legal, Social and Political Sciences
The coordinator of the Danube Cooperation Forum
   
 13:30–15:00 Cruise on the Danube