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Ljubljana Green Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Sustainable forum


Despite the fact that the European countries and their economies since 2008 faced the rise of public and private debt, high unemployment, many diminishing social rights of the citizens and the consequent drop in the standard of living, it must be emphasized that the situation is not the same in all Member States. There are also good examples in different parts of the EU where countries have managed to retain or even lowered the volume of debt. In more and more parts of Europe a growing part of the energy consumption derives from renewable sources and thus greatly contribute to the preservation of the environment. There are local communities where, in partnership with civil society and the private sector, they have created the conditions for new, sustainable jobs that will stand up well in the long run and provide families with a decent standard of living. It is with this in mind that we must stress the importance of the Cohesion policy in its aim to especially support the less developed regions with extra investments that will help them to fill the existing investment gap and to develop to the level, comparable with more successful regions. As we strongly believe, the performance-oriented Cohesion funds may present an important difference between the sustainable-oriented investments that bring the wider community a long term positive effects and ill-considered investments in projects that serve only the purpose of consumption of 'available' resources. At the Green Cohesion Policy 2014 - 2020 Conference we will present some of successful and sustainable examples of cohesion spending and share the examples of good, proven practices that can help in the revival of economic activity and improving cooperation between public actors at local, regional and national levels, and private bodies. The Greens / EFA strongly believe that particularly in difficult times it is important to show that investments which are focused on areas with the broad, sustainable impact can contribute to improving both the standard of living, as well as maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

PROGRAMME

8:30-09:00
Registration
09:00
Welcoming  Speech
Dr. Igor Šoltes (MEP, the Greens/EFA) 09:10 
Organisers' Speech
  • Rebecca Harms, MEP, co-president of the Greens/EFA Group and Reinhard Butikofer, MEP, the Greens/EFA, co-president of the EGP (video address)
  • Aleksander Jevšek, president of the association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia, president)
  • Alenka Avberšek, executive director for policies and legislation, Chamber of Commerce and Industry
09:35 
Keynote address
Corina Cretu, Commissioner for Regional Policy (video address)     09:45
New elements in the Cohesion Policy  funding period 2014-2020
Monika Vana, MEP - the Greens/EFA 10:10
Partnership Agreement with Slovenia, 2014 - 2020
N.N., Guest speaker, European Commission 10:40
Slovenian Operational Programme
Franc Matjaž Zupančič, Secretary of State in the Government office for Development and European Cohesion Policy 11:10
Audience feedback
11:30-11:45
Coffee break
11:30
The Greens/EFA Press Conference
11:50
Environmental mainstreaming and sustainable development in Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Marcus Trilling, EU Funds Coordinator
Friends of Earth Europe/CEE Bankwatch Network 12:35
Your Guide to EU Funding 2014 - 2020
Robert Godina, Political advisor, the Greens/EFA 12:45
Lunch break
13:45-15:30
Panel: Good Practice around Europe
  • Bronis Ropė (Lithuania)
    Municipality-level housing modernization programme
  • Tamas Meszerics (Hungary)
    Morahalom, Hungary - Geothermal Cascade System
  • Monika Vana (Austria)
    Heating from biomass for the Kleinwalsertal   
  • Croatian case 
  • Rupert Gole (Slovenia), mayor of Sentrupert
    Green integral economy in local communities
  • Matjaž Čemažar, DOMEL, d.o.o. Zelezniki
    Industrija vlaga v zeleno
Panel Moderator: NGO Umanotera 15:40
Audience feedback 16:00
Conference wrap-up
Dr. Igor Šoltes (MEP, the Greens/EFA) Conference moderator: Aljaž Pengov Bitenc

Mednarodni trajnostni forum

Zelena Kohezijska Politika 2014-2020



Na mednarodni konferenci Zelena kohezijska politika 2014-2020 se bomo posvetili vprašanju, kako s sredstvi Kohezijske politike, ki so ključno orodje za pomoč državam članicam Evropske unije pri izpolnjevanju strategije Evropa 2020, dosegati bistvene cilje, kot so ustvarjanje zelenih delovnih mest, konkurenčnost podjetij, gospodarska rast, trajnostni razvoj in izboljšanje kakovosti življenja državljanov.

Poleg novosti v zvezi s pripravo projektov in vlog za pridobitev evropskih sredstev bomo predstavili nekaj odličnih in trajnostno naravnanih primerov porabe kohezijskih sredstev v različnih državah EU, ki lahko pomagajo pri obujanju gospodarske aktivnosti v Sloveniji in izboljšajo sodelovanje med gospodarstvom, lokalno ter državno ravnjo.

Konferenca, ki bo potekala v četrtek, 5. 3. 2015, med 9. in 16. uro  v Gospodarski zbornici Slovenije v Ljubljani, , bo združila ugledne politike iz Evrope in Slovenije, strokovnjake s področja zelenih politik, gospodarstvenike in nevladne organizacije ter odprla prostor za mednarodno razpravo in izmenjavo izkušenj.

Vabilo so že sprejeli : Corina Cretu, evropska komisarka za regionalno politiko; Franc Matjaž Zupančič, državni sekretar za razvoj in kohezijsko politiko; dr. Davor Škrlec, evropski poslanec Zelenih (Hrvaška);   Bronis Ropė,  evropski poslanec Zelenih (Litva); Tamas Meszerics, evropski poslanec Zelenih (Madžarska); Marcus Trilling,  koordinator za Evropska sredstva , Rupert Gole, župan občine Šentrupert; mag. Matjaž Čemažar, direktor razvoja podjetja Domel Železniki in drugi. 

Udeležba na konferenci je brezplačna, prijava je za omejeno število udeležencev možna preko spletne prijavnice.