1st DAY

10.00-10.15         Stavros Kalafatis, Opening speech by Deputy Minister of Interior Sector Macedonia and Thrace


10.15-11.30         Opening greetings

                              – Makis Voridis, Minister of Internal Affairs, Athens

                             – Kostas Fragogiannis, Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness, Athens

                              – Georgios Georgantas, Deputy Minister for Digital Governance, Athens

                             – Christos Dimas, Deputy Minister for Development and Investments | Research, Innovation and Technology, Athens

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

                              Georgios Zervos, Special Secretary for European Regional Development Fund, Ministry of Development & Investments, Athens


                              – Rumen Alexandrov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sofia

                            – M.Sc. Josip Brkić, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sarajevo

                            – Luela Hajdaraga, Ambassador in Athens, Tirana

                            – Igor Popov, Ambassador, Director of the Directorate for Economic and Public Diplomacy at the MFA, Skopje

                             – Ana Vukadinović, Ambassador in Athens, Podgorica 

                             – Dr. Stanislav Raščan, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ljubljana

                            – Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Zagreb


11.30-12.00         Interval / Coffee break


12.00-14.00     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:       – Hristina Odzaklieska, Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Skopje

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

                        – Olivera Vukajlović, Acting Director General of the Directorate for the promotion of the competitiveness, Podgorica

                 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, Athens

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

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

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



2nd DAY

Targeted zoom meeting will take place alongside with the propositions:

“Greek Development Law in Macedonia and Thrace/Answers to Questions B2G networking”


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:              – Dr. Athanasios Balermpas, General Secretary for Citizenship, Ministry of Interior, Athens

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

                                   Directorate for EU Affairs, Ankara

                              – Zalidis Georgios, Professor, School of Agriculture of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki

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

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

                             – Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of unit for Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional/External Cooperation, Enlargement at the session

                               within Directorate-general for Regional and Urban Policy, Brussels

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

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

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


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 Kianas, ViceGovernor for Developmental Transition Planning in the Region of Western Macedonia, Kozani

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

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

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

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

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

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

                              – Orhideja Kaljoshevska, WBIF Country Manager, Skopje


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, Athens

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

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

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

                           – Dr. Kyriakos Pozrikidis, Managing Director HELEXPO, Thessaloniki

                           Mjellma Mehmeti, f. state Counselor for European Integration, Ministry of Local Self Government, Skopje

                           – Dimitris Lakasas, Ex President of Greek Exporters Association (SEVE), Thessaloniki

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


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