Listening and speaking possible in: DE/EN/HR/HU/IT/PL/RO + MK/SQ/SR/TR/UK
Ms Anna Magyar (HU/ECR), CoR rapporteur on The Enlargement Package 2022, Member of the County Council of Csongrád Megye
Mr Vasco Alves Cordeiro (PT/PES), President of the European Committee of the Regions, Member of the Azores Regional Parliament (by video message)
Mr Tobias Billström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU (by video message)
Session 1: EU Enlargement policy back in the limelight
Panel discussion moderated by Nenad Šebek, independent journalist, Belgrade
- Mr Thomas Hagleitner, Head of Unit for Western Balkans Policy and Regional Strategy, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission (DG NEAR)
Mr Mehmet Ergün Turan, President of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS), Mayor of Fatih, Türkiye
- Mr Darko Mrvaljević, Secretary, Committee for European integration and international cooperation, Union of Municipalities of Montenegro (UOM)
The EU enlargement has been back in the limelight, with more EU candidate countries, some more striving to achieve that status, and the renewed enthusiasm both in the EU and among those on the EU integration path. Local and regional authorities have to combat to have their important role in the process recognized.
Session 2: Topical debate linked to the 2023 European Year of Skills
Panel discussion moderated by Dragan Nikolić, independent journalist, Zagreb
Ms Jasna Gabrič (SI/Renew), Co-Chair of the JCC North Macedonia
Ms Maja Handjiska-Trendafilova, Director, Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA), Danilovgrad, Montenegro
Ms Fanny Marchal, Head of Unit (Institution Building, TAIEX, Twinning), DG NEAR
Mr Klas Klaas, Regional Manager EU Enlargement, Support for Improvement in Government and Management (SIGMA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Finding the efficient mix of measures to keep the people with necessary skills in disadvantaged local communities and regions is crucial for their economic and overall development, as well as for the proper functioning of local and regional authorities. This session will try to help in search for the solutions.
Session 3: Capacity lab: Building up capacities in the local communities
Mr Nikola Dobroslavić (HR/EPP), Chair of the WG Western Balkans
Ms Ulrike Damyanovic, Senior Human Capital Development Expert, Focal point for South Eastern Europe and Turkey, European Training Foundation (ETF)
ETF will introduce the EU Youth Guarantee Scheme and its relevance for the enlargement region. The participants will be invited to share their experience on how they foster the youth employment and what skills are needed most in their local communities and regions. Mr Furdui will share the experience of the local authorities from the Republic of Moldova.
- Ms Antje Grotheer (DE/PES), Chair of the WG Türkiye