1st DAY

09.30-10.00         Stavros Kalafatis, Opening speech by Deputy Minister of Interior Sector Macedonia and Thrace


10.00-12.30         Opening greetings by governmental representatives from Balkan countries

Moderator:            Journalist

Speakers:              Welcome speeches by governmental representatives from Ministry of Interior, Ministry for Development and Investments and other Ministries

                             – Kostas Fragogiannis, Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness

                             – Ioannis Smirlis, Secretary General for International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


12.30-13.00         Interval / Coffee break


13.00-15.00     1st Session: Cross – border green deal: green entrepreneurship, sustainable development, circular economy

                 Sub session 1.1

Moderator:     George Kremlis, Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister for energy, climate, environment and circular economy, Honorary Director, European Commission,

Mandated by DG ENV for Circular Economy and  Insularity

Speakers:       – Naser Nuredini, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Republic of North Macedonia

                        – Dr.Zlatko Lagumdzija, Academic, Professor of Sarajevo University Economics Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina

                         – Olivera Vukajlović, Acting Director General of the Directorate for the promotion of the competitiveness, Ministry of Economic Development of Montenegro

                 Sub session 1.2

Moderator:        Ioannis Mardikis, Director of Circular Economy and Climate Change Institute- Circular Economy Business expert

Speakers:        – Georgia Valatsou, Permanent Secretary General for Ministry of Interior, Greece

                         – George Kolyvas, Former advisor at the EU Commission, Research fellow at the University of Geneva, President of UEF – Greece

                         – Vivi Roumeliotou, Society for the Protection of Prespa, Greece

                         – Konstantia Dimitrakoudi, Civil Engineer MSc, Ministry of Interior (sector Macedonia and Thrace), Greece



2nd DAY

## Targeted zoom meetings B2G will take place alongside with the propositions ##
Thematic Sessions: – Greek Development Law, – Digital Government, – Green Development


09.00                     Arrival of participants   


09.15 – 09.30      Opening speech by Giorgos Emmanouil, Balkans’ Forum Coordinator and General Director of Ministry of Interior (sector Macedonia and Thrace)

                                   “Event Experience, synergies and Balkans’ Forum prospects”


09.30-11.30      2nd Session: Smart practices in cross-border cooperation with tourism-agri-food and Development Footprint for the citizens of the Balkans

 Moderator:        Ignatiadis Spyros, General Director of Greek Exporters Association (SEVE)

Speakers:           – Zalidis Georgios, Professor, School of Agriculture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

                            – Effie Lazaridou, Managing Director of the “Recharging the Youth: New Agriculture for a New Generation” program, Greece

                            – Dr. Antonios Karvounis, EGTCs National Contact Point, Ministry Of Interior, Greece

                            – Theofylaktos Papadopoulos, Head of International Relations and Regional Policy Directorate of Ministry of Interior (sector Macedonia and Thrace)

                            – Dr. Sebnem Sözer, Head of Department EU Programmes, Cross-border Cooperation, Directorate General for financial Cooperation and Project Implementation,

                                Directorate for EU Affairs, Turkey

                             – Prof. Ruska Bozhkova, Chief assistant, Tourism Department Faculty of Economics SWU “Neofit Rilski”, Bulgaria

                             – Slawomir Tokarski, Director, Directorate D – European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programmes Implementation I – DG REGIO

                            – Carmen Rusu, Assist.Prof., PhD, Vice Dean of Faculty of Engineering “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania


11.30-12.00         Interval / Coffee break


12.00-14.00       3rd Session: The role of innovation and new technologies in the development of infrastructures and networks in the new programming period


 Moderator:         Nikos Katsiadakis, Electrical Engineer, MSc in Management of Production Systems, CERTH Extroversion Unit

 Speakers:            – Stergios Kiannas, ViceGovernor for Developmental Transition Planning in the Region of Western Macedonia, Greece

                             – Nikos Efthymiadis, Chairman & Ceo, Thess INTEC S.A., Greece

                             – Dimitrios Tzovaras, Chairman and Director of Central Directorate CERTH, Greece

                              – Aristotelis Spiliotis, Bank’s Secretary General, Black Sea Trade & Development Bank, Greece

                             – Domagoj Šarić, Head of Department for Economic Competitiveness, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Zagreb Croatia

                              – Mihai Niculescu, Director General, Intelligent Transport Systems Romania, ITS Romania

                            Milica Vračarić, CEO at Regional Agency for the Development of SME Alma Mons Ltd. Novi Sad, Serbia

                             – Orhideja Kaljoshevska, WBIF Country Manager for Republic of North Macedonia


14.00-14.30         Interval / Coffee Break


14.30-16.30      4th Session: New Perspectives and Policies of Cohesion and Development Tools for Strengthening the Interregional Cooperation in the Balkan area

Moderator:         Prof. Agis M. Papadopoulos, Chairman of the Board EYATH S.A.

Speakers:             Georgios Kavvathas, President GSEVEE, Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants Greece

                             Giorgos Konstantopoulos, President SEVE, Greek Exporters Association

                             – Athanasios Savvakis, President SBE, Federation of Industries of Greece

                             – Eleni Gioti, Senior Advisory Coordinator at European Investment Bank

                             – Teodora Polimerova, Director of directorate “Climate, energy and air quality”, Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria

                             – Gentian Xhaxhiu, Programme and Legal Manager, Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA), Albania

                             – Mjellma Mehmeti, State Counselor for European Integration, Ministry of Local Self Government, Republic of North Macedonia

                              –  Gilles Kittel, IPA/EUSAIR/Accession negotiations Team Leader, Unit D1 – DG REGIO


16.30-17.00      Stavros Kalafatis, Forum closure and conclusions by Deputy Minister of Interior Sector Macedonia and Thrace