Balkan Forum in Thessaloniki

5 & 6 of April 2019

Trans- Balkan Infrastructures & Networks of Co-Development.

Levers to promote Entrepreneurship & Innovation.


Multipurpose Hall ‘Emilios Riadis’

Thessaloniki International Fair

Date & Time

05 & 06 of April 2019 12:00 PM


154 Egnatia STR, TIF HELEXPO, Thessaloniki




    154 Egnatia STR, Thessaloniki, 54636

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1st Day

12.00 – 12.30
Arrival & registration of participants

12.30 – 13.00
Welcome Light Lunch

13.00 – 13.15
Opening of the event and welcome
Eleftheria Chatzigeorgiou, Deputy Minister of Interior (Sector of Macedonia -& Thrace)

13.15 – 14.45
Initiatives to promote the trans-balkan cooperation in the fields of entrepreneurship & innovation.

Speakers (15’) :
Ioannis Dragasakis, Minister of Economy & Development, Greece (tbc)
Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy, Bulgaria (tbc)
Νiculae Badalau, Minister of Economy, Romania (tbc)
Goran Knezevic, Minister of Economy, Serbia (tbc)
Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economy, North Macedonia (tbc)
Anila Denaj, Minister of Finance & Economy, Albania (tbc)

14.45 – 15.30
Short interventions of official guests

15.30 – 15.45
Coffee – Break

15.45 – 17.30
1st Session: Existing situation of transport, industrial, technological, and energy infrastructures and networks in the Balkan area.

Speakers (10’):

Representative of Technical Chamber of Greece, Greece
Representative of Bulgarian Construction Chamber, Bulgaria
Representative of General Association of Engineers in Romania, Romania
Representative of Serbian Chamber of Engineers, Serbia
Representative of Chamber of Certified Architects and Certified Engineers, North Macedonia
Representative of Albanian Association of Consulting Engineers, Albania

Debate – Short Interventions (5’)

Official Dinner

2nd Day

9.00 – 9.15
Arrival of participants – Welcome Coffee

9.15 – 11.00
2nd Session: Major trans-Balkan infrastructures and networks – Necessary tools for funding.

Speakers (10’):

Corina Cretu, EU Commissioner for the Region Policy
Representative of European Investment Bank
Representative of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Representative of World Bank
Representative of Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Debate – Short Interventions (5’)

11.15 – 13.00
Coffee – Break

3rd Session: Spatial impacts of the trans-balkan infrastructures and networks on the promotion of entrepreneurship – innovation and sustainable development.

Speakers (10’):
tbc, Greece
tbc, Bulgaria
tbc, Rοmania
tbc, Serbia
tbc, North Macedonia.
Ardian Cerava, Head of International Office, University Fan S. Noli, Albania

Debate – Short Interventionsς (5’)

13.30 – 15.15
Light Lunch

4th Session: Necessary business and technological networks & synergies in order to mobilize and valorize the business and technological potential.

Speakers (10’):
Representative of Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce, Greece
Representative of Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Bulgaria
Representative of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Romania, Romania
Representative of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Serbia
Representative of Economic Chamber, North Macedonia
Representative of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Tirana, Albania

15.15 – 15.30
Debate – short Interventions (5’)

15.30 – 17.00
Coffee – Break

The promotion of the trans-balkan cooperation in the fields of infrastructures and networks.
Christos Spirtzis, Minister of Transport & Infrastructure, Greece (tbc)
Petya Avramova, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria (tbc)
Alexandru Razvan Cuc, Minister of Transport, Romania(tbc)
Zorana Mihailovic, Minister for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Serbia (tbc)
Goran Sugareski, Minister of Transports & Communications, North Macedonia (tbc)
Belinda Balluku, Minister of Infrastructure & Energy, Albania

Debate – Interventions (5’)

Closing of the event
Eleftheria Chatzigeorgiou, Deputy Minister of Interior (Sector of Macedonia -& Thrace)

17.30 – 19.00
City tour by Bus