Europe of the Carpathians
Krynica-Zdrój 7-8 September 2011

Europe of the Carpathians Conference 
organised as part of the 21st Economic Forum
Krynica, 7-8 September 2011

The main message of the conference is the need for cross-border and international cooperation between European countries in mountain regions, for deepened cooperation between Carpathian states, as well as the need for this process to be properly reflected in EU policy and financial decisions.

Programme

7 September (Wednesday)

14:00-15:30 – Opening plenary session of the 21st Economic Forum 

16:00 – 17:10 – Presentation of the Carpathian Convention

  • The Carpathian Convention as an instrument stimulating cooperation between Carpathian states;
  • Scientific, cultural and artistic cooperation;
  • Infrastructural cooperation;
  • Problematic issues concerning water management and flood security in the Carpathian region;
  • Forestry and forest protection;
  • Sustainable development strategy for the Carpathian Mountains;
  • Climate policy from the perspective of Carpathian regions.

17:20 – 18:30     Panel : “Good cooperation practices in Carpathian Europe”
Discussion topics:

  • The Carpathian Macroregion – possibilities of cooperation;
  • Policy of development in mountain regions (infrastructure, economy, farming, innovations);
  • United in diversity: good practice examples (science, cities, wooden architecture, health resorts, shepherd heritage).

Official dinner for conference participants hosted by Mr Marek Kuchciński, Vice-Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland (invitation)

8 September (Thursday)

9:00  -  Plenary session for all guests of the Economic Forum

10:40 – 11:55 – Opening session of the “Carpathian Europe” conference 

The main message of the conference is the need for deepened cooperation between Carpathian states and regions as well as the need for this process to be properly reflected in EU policy and financial decisions 

12:05 – 13:20 – Panel: “Cross-border and international cooperation between European regions and states in the context of the EU’s new financial perspective” 

Discussion topics:

  • Alpine, Danube and Baltic macroregions – conclusions for the Carpathians;
  • The Carpathian Mountains from a perspective from Brussels;
  • The Carpathian Mountains in the European Neighbourhood Policy and in the Eastern Partnership;
  • The future of the Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy in the context of the “Europe 2020” Strategy.

13:20 – 14:45 – Lunch break

14:45 – 16:10  – “Round Table”: 

“Europe of the Carpathians” conference – accompanying events 

  • Presentations of Carpathian states (prepared by the Embassies of Carpathian states)
  • Presentations of the Carpathian, Tatras and Beskydy Mountains euroregions.

9 September (Friday)
    Possibility to participate in 21st Economic Forum events