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RIS3 in REMh - final event in Brussels

General Information

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Agenda and Presentations



12:00 – 13:00

Welcoming lunch

13:00 – 14:00

Opening session – Welcoming remarks

  • Charlina Vitcheva, Director, DG REGIO.G - Smart and Sustainable Growth and Southern Europe
  • Markus Pieper, Member of European Parliament
  • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, JRC-IPTS, Knowledge for Growth Unit
  • George Pavlides, Regional Governor of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace


Setting the scene - Overview of the project:  Objectives, main outcomes, impacts, barriers and challenges encountered

  • Mark Boden –– JRC-IPTS, Project Leader of the REMTh Preparatory Action


14:00 – 15:00


Panel Discussion – Implementing the RIS3 under uncertainty. Participants:


Presentation of the questions  for discussion– Elisabetta Marinelli (chair/moderator)


  • Panagiotis Koudoumakis, REMTh Special Managing Authority for the Regional Operational Programme
  • Evita Agalianou, DG REGIO – Greece and Cyprus
  • Antonio Viader, Senior Innovation and Growth Advisor, Board of Critical Friends
  • Theodora Kouloura, “Hellenic Fertilizers – ELFE”
  • Ioannis Firbas, Director General - National Coordination Authority for ESIF
  • Kourkoutas Ioannis, Democritus University of Thrace


15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

Panel discussion Implementing RIS3 in lagging regions – lessons for the future

Presentation of the questions  for discussion– Karel Haegeman (chair/moderator)

  • Vassilis Pitsinigkos, REMTh Special Managing Authority
  • Magdalene Härberle, Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Württemberg, Board of Critical Friends
  • Marek Przeor, DG REGIO
  • Roberta Dall’Olio, ERVET Emilia Romagna
  • Stelios Kakoulidis - Thrace Group Ltd.

16:30 – 17:15

Concluding panel

  • Alessandro Rainoldi, HoU  –  IPTS Knowledge for Growth Unit  (Chair)
  • Alexis Charitsis - Deputy Minister of Economy and Development of Greece
  • George Pavlides – Regional Governor of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
  • Sabine Bourdy – DG REGIO Greece and Cyprus
  • Colin Wolfe, HoU – DG REGIO Competence Centre






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