Programme & Concept note

Beyond coal: From black to green economy?

The Moravian-Silesian Region as a testing ground

13:30-14:00 - Registration

14:00-14:20 - Welcome address

  • Stefano MALLIA, President, EESC Employers’ Group
  • Christa SCHWENG, President, EESC
  • Jan RAFAJ, Vice-President, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic

14:20-15:00 - High-level opening session

  • Ivo VONDRÁK, Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region
  • Vladimír DLOUHÝ, President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, Deputy President of Eurochambres
  • Jan WIESNER, President of the Czech Confederation of Employers 'and Entrepreneurs' associations

Moderator: Jana HARTMAN RADOVA, Member of the EESC Employers' Group

15:00-16:10 - Panel 1: Transition pathways for coal and other carbon-intensive regions

  • Radim SRŠEŇ, Deputy of the Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic
  • Petr VOTOUPAL, Programme Manager Responsible for just transition, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, Unit F4, Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Jan KŘÍŽ, Deputy Minister for Section of EU Funds, Economic and Voluntary Instruments, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
  • Renata EISENVORTOVÁ, European Affairs Manager, Sev.en Energy

Q&A session

Moderator: Sandra PARTHIE, Member of the EESC Employers' Group

16:10-16:40 - Coffee break

16:40-17:50 - Panel 2: Transition to carbon neutrality in the Moravian-Silesian Region

  • Zdeněk KARÁSEK, Governor’s Deputy for Coal Region in Transition program, Moravian-Silesian Region
  • Igor IVAN, Vice-rector for strategy and cooperation, VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
  • Adéla HRADILOVÁMember of the Board of the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre
  • Kateřina BONITODirector of Education, Lower Vitkovice representative

Q&A session

Moderator: Petr ZAHRADNÍK, Advisor to the Minister for European Affairs

17:50-18:00 - Closing remarks

  • Stefano MALLIA, President of the EESC Employers' Group


Beyond coal: From black to green economy?