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Euregia 2010

CENTRAL EUROPE Programme participated in the Euregia 2010, the international congress and fair on local and regional development, held biannually in Leipzig, Germany.  This year the overall topic of the event was the “Climate change” – one of the key words on the EU agenda of today.   

The CENTRAL EUROPE Programme was present at the event with the Programme stand, two workshops organised by the CENTRAL EUROPE Joint Technical Secretariat (public one also in cooperation with other three transnational cooperation Programmes: Alpine Space, Baltic Sea and South-East Europe) as well as numerous CENTRAL EUROPEAN projects that took the opportunity to present their achievements at their projects´ stands and to exchange with other important stakeholders on their progress and future plans.

The CENTRAL EUROPE public workshop held on 27 October (morning session) fitted thematically to the overall topic of the Euregia 2010 and discussed together with experts and project partners how the transnational cooperation can help to combat the climate change.

Background: The EU has set itself strict goals which have to be achieved until 2020: to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, increase energy efficiency by 20 percent and increase the use of renewable energies up to 20 percent. The main role for the accomplishment of these targets will be fulfilled by the regions in Europe. It is up to them to make EU’s environmental policy a success story. Transnational programmes co-funded by the European Union bring the regions together to make them stronger and exchange experience and good practiced on how to combat climate change. 

During the workshop the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme, together with experts and partners involved in projects debated two major issues:

  • How can the energy efficiency and use of renewable energy be better promoted and help to combat the climate change?
  • What can cooperation projects do in order to enhance the water resources management and help the risk prevention?

After the welcome speech, given by the Chair of the CENTRAL EUROPE Monitoring Committee, Ms. Katharina Erdmenger, the keynote speech opening the workshop tackling the topic of the energy efficiency was given by Mr. Tudor Constantinescu, Executive Director of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe based in Brussels. In his presentation Mr. Constantinescu focused on the energy performance of buildings. With regards to the overall aim of the EU goal 20-20-20 to be achieved by the year 2020, the expert remarked that “more ambitious would be needed from the side of the Member States” as the forecast shows that keeping the pace of today only 9% instead of the envisaged 20% will reached until 2020. He also presented the EU legal framework related to the efficient use of energy and highlighted major developments in this context.

During the panel discussion moderated by Mr. Ewald König, Head of euractiv.de, the partners representing projects from four transnational cooperation Programmes debated their practical cooperation experience, their activities and approaches implemented and tested within their partnerships. The debate has shown that several activities has been launched in Europe, various approached and methodologies are being tested. Number of stakeholders and experts are put together with the aim to find the way out of the energy-demanding economy.

The second part of the workshop was devoted to the topic of water resource management. The key-note speech was given by Mr. Philip Weller, Executive Director of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. The expert explained in his presentation the role of the International Commissions signed by the affected Member States in order to protect the rivers in Europe - taking the river Danube as an example. Mr. Weller called for more efforts to be undertaken to reduce the water pollution on Danube river as well as to continue in join efforts designed to minimise the negative effects of floods and natural disasters, like the toxic spill in Ajka (Hungary) that happen only few weeks ago.

During the second panel discussion partners representing projects from three transnational cooperation Programmes debated their practical cooperation experience, their activities and approaches implemented and tested within their partnerships. The need to adopt joint activities on the topic of flood risk, agree on joint action plans and joint mapping were the key words mentioned during the debate. The projects also called for more targeted communication to small municipalities and for more intensive involvement of local stakeholders that seems to be the key aspect leading to successful results of the cooperation projects dealing with the water management issues in Europe.

Please find below the agenda of the workshop and the presentations held by the invited key- speakers below:

 

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The second workshop organised at Euregia 2010 by the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme was an internal workshop for approved projects within Priority Environment. More details about the workshop can be found here.