Mind the Gap!
Innovating for Regional Cohesion and Smart Growth
17 May - 22 May, 2014
- Head of the Regional Economics and Governance Unit, OECD, Paris
- Professorial Research Fellow, European Institute, London School of Economics LSE, London
- Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), Belfast
- Secretary-General, Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional
Planners (IAP), Jakarta
- Personal Assistant to the Director General, European Commission
- EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Brussels
- Principal Advisor, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
- 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
- Principal, Roland Berger, Vienna
- Director, Economic Policy, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
- 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
- Specialist, International Trade and Industry Unit, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), Sub regional Headquarters in México
- Director and Vice-President , Minas Gerais Government, Belo Horizonte
- Head of Communications Unit, Committee of the Regions, Brussels
- Industriellenvereinigung Salzburg, Managing Director Regional Office Salzburg, Austria
- Madlen Serban is director of the European Training Foundation (ETF) since 2009. Before joining the ETF, she was director of the National Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Romania. ...
- Regional Director Europe,Managing Director,ICLEI European Secretariat
The European Union's Cohesion Policy is a pioneering component of European construction and integration. The second largest item in the EU budget, just behind the Common Agricultural Policy, it provides a key instrument to reduce disparities between development levels in different parts of the EU. Despite this level of expenditure, the global financial crisis has seen the risk of social exclusion increase dramatically, especially in peripheral regions forced to implement drastic austerity measures, with youth, women and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected. The EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 therefore comes at a pivotal moment. It aims to accelerate transition to a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy across the EU, and provide a more effective investment policy instrument through stronger linkages to the Europe 2020 strategy and improved governance.
Launching a new partnership with the European Commission, with the participation of the OECD, this program will connect the European agenda to strategies in large federal countries elsewhere in the world that are also grappling with widening inequality, lost opportunity and infrastructure deficits. Participants will examine policy objectives and metrics for measurement, before comparing projects and mechanisms that have delivered successful outcomes for regional competitiveness and inclusive growth - from the most innovative countries within the EU and from other regions with relevant experience. This inaugural session will aim to engage key target groups and younger stakeholders from EU-28, build awareness and practical tools to realize the potential of the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy, and launch a multi-year program to drive innovation into the heart of EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020.