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8.30 a.m. Registration

9 - 9.45 a.m. Inaugural Session

  • Mr Luca Jahier, President of the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Mr René Collin, Minister of the Walloon Government responsible for the Walloon Representation to the Greater Region, Walloon Presidency-in office of the Summit of the Greater Region (t.b.c.)
  • M. Robert Goebbels, Former Member of European Parliament
  • Mr Marco Wagener, Vice President of the ESC of Luxembourg

9.45 – 10 a.m. Keynote speech: 'The Untapped Potential of Macro-regional Strategies'

  • Mr Etele Baráth, President of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee of the EESC

10 – 10.50 a.m. Delivering smart growth through integrated cross-border strategies

  • Chair: Mr. Yves Somville, Member of the Various Interests Group of the EESC and President of the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee of the EESC
  • Prof. Dr. Luciënne Blessing, Director of the University of the Greater Region
  • Ms Hilke van den Elsen, Coordinator of the interregional Labour Market Observatory (OIE) of the Greater Region
  • Discussion

10.50 - 11.40 p.m. Promoting a sustainable economy at the trans-regional level

  • Chair: Mr Lutz Ribbe, Member of the Various Interests Group of the EESC and Vice-President of the Sustainable Development Observatory of the EESC
  • Gérard Bahloul, Head of Mission for the Region of Lorraine, presentation of the project 'Greater Region GreenTech Network'
  • Discussion

11.40-12.30 p.m. Investing in inclusive growth, a cohesive economy and partnership

  • Chair: Ms. Ariane Rodert, Vice-President of the Various Interests Group of the EESC
  • Mr Philippe Ledent, President of the Economic and Social Council of the Greater Region
  • Maria Greindl-Ramirez, Project Manager ULESS, presentation of the project "How to promote prevention against over-indebtedness amongst children"
  • Discussion

12.30 – 2 p.m. Buffet lunch hosted by the President of the Various Interests Group of the EESC

2 p.m. End of Conference





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