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Mind the Gap! Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Smart Growth 17 May - 22 May, 2014
JUSTICEMind the Gap! Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Smart Growth 17 May - 22 May, 2014


    Session 534: Mind the Gap! Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Inclusive Growth

    • May 17 - 18: European Competitiveness, the Shift to Low Carbon Economies, and the Role of Sustainable Cities (High Level Presession Meeting)

    • May 18 - 22: Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Inclusive Growth

    One of the main objectives of the European Union is to promote economic, social and territorial cohesion between regions. The reformed EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 comes at a pivotal moment. Recent years of austerity have seen rising unemployment and widening inequality, especially in peripheral regions, with youth, women and ethnic minorities worst affected. 

    Making over €350 billion available to invest in Europe's regions, cities and the real economy, the reformed Cohesion Policy is the EU's principal investment tool to deliver the Europe 2020 goals: creating growth and jobs, tackling climate change and energy dependence, reducing poverty and social exclusion. Once member states’ national contributions and the leverage effect of financial instruments are taken into account, the impact is likely to be over €500 billion.

    Launching a new partnership with the European Commission, with the participation of the OECD, Salzburg Global’s program is timed to help key stakeholders understand the rules and results-oriented focus of the reformed Cohesion Policy and ensure maximum impact for these investments. It will build on our longstanding European program which has featured over 15 sessions devoted to the EU’s development and expansion, grounded in our location at the crossroads of East and West.

    The 2014 program will focus on ways in which regional development policy and complementary instruments can enhance competitiveness and effective governance at local, regional and transboundary levels. 

    Participants will examine tools for environmentally sustainable innovation, human capital development, creation and financing of SMEs and the transition to a low carbon economy. They will compare practical projects and mechanisms that have delivered successful outcomes for competitiveness and inclusive growth, in and beyond Europe, in order to identify transferable tools and connect stakeholders who are leading cutting-edge work around the world.

    The program will be held from May 17 to May 22, 2014 in Salzburg, Austria, with a one day, high-level pre-session meeting on May 17-18, focusing on European competitiveness, the shift to low carbon economies, and the role of sustainable cities. 


    Rudiger Ahrend
    Head of the Regional Economics and Governance Unit, OECD, Paris
    Iain Begg
    Professorial Research Fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics LSE, London
    Pat Colgan
    Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), Belfast
    Bernardus Djonoputro
    President, Indonesia Association of Urban and Regional Planners,Jakarta
    Gabriella Fesus
    Personal Assistant to the Director General, European Commission
    Johannes Hahn
    EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Brussels
    Ronald Hall
    Principal Advisor, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
    Christian Hartmann
    Head of Research Group, Technology, Foresight and Planning, Centre for Economic and Innovation Research, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz
    Petrus Cornelis Heijne
    Director Corporate Responsibility, TNT Express, the Netherlands
    Alexander Kainer
    Principal, Roland Berger, Vienna
    Rudolf Lichtmannegger
    Director, Economic Policy, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
    Madeleine Mahovsky
    Deputy Head of Unit, Competence Center Urban and Territorial Development , DG Regio, European Commission, Brussels
    Eduarda Marques da Costa
    Professor, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Lisbon
    Nahuel Oddone
    Specialist, International Trade and Industry Unit, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), Sub regional Headquarters in México
    Emilia Paiva
    Director and Vice-President , Minas Gerais Government, Belo Horizonte
    Wolfgang Petzold
    Head of Communications Unit, Committee of the Regions, Brussels
    Irene Schulte
    Industriellenvereinigung Salzburg, Managing Director Regional Office Salzburg, Austria
    Madlen Serban
    Director, European Training Foundation, Torino, Italy
    Wolfgang Teubner
    Regional Director Europe,Managing Director,ICLEI European Secretariat

    Program Goals

    The session aims to increase awareness and effectiveness of the reformed EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and to build a dynamic constituency for change with leading individuals and institutions across global regions. Four goals will be advanced:

    1. Share results, success stories and failures generated by EU Cohesion Policy to date and by mechanisms and initiatives in other regions;

    2. Engage key target groups and younger stakeholders from EU-28 to focus on objectives, metrics and delivery to realize the potential of the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy;

    3. Better understand the trans-border and external dimension of the EU Cohesion Policy through knowledge exchange and case studies shared with EU enlargement and neighbourhood countries;

    4. Launch a multi-year platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices between the EU, Member States and other regions confronted with challenges of competitiveness, environmental degradation and widening inequality.

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