2013-12 Building the Urban Future of the Danube Region

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Cities will play an essential role in the process of the realisation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) established by the European Union in 2011 and aimed at fostering the development of this second EU - Macro Region.

In this context the City of Vienna, represented by Tina Vienna – Urban Technologies & Strategies, and the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns carry out the conference “Building the Urban Future of the Danube Region”.

The conference takes place in the Vienna City Hall on December 9 and 10, 2013. It is organized in close cooperation with the Priority area 10 of EUSDR (PA10 - institutional capacity and cooperation), the KDZ, Centre for administrative research, and other important stakeholders.
The conference is addressed to representatives of cities and towns, to municipal associations and all institutions working on urban development in the area of the EUSDR.

Following the PA 10 of the EUSDR the conference is dedicated to selected city governance topics. The objective is, to bring together political and administrative representatives from cities and city-associations in the Danube region to facilitate practical experience exchange. Learning from good practices should enable participating cities to strengthen their governance and thus ensure a strong and sustainable public sector. The topics Cooperation and Networking, Smart City, Human Resource Management and Auditing will be the focus of four workshops.

In addition the conference will kick off the "Urban Platform Danube Region", which will be established under the DonauHanse with the aim to complement the many existing platforms with a regional aspect, as well as providing the possibility of an open information and exchange process.

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Programme:

  • Monday, 9th of December:

Chair: Christian Wehrschütz, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation Belgrade

  • 8.30 a.m.:  Registration and Welcome Coffee
  • 9.30 a.m.: Welcoming Speech by Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna and President of the Austrian Association of Cities
    and Towns (AACT)
  • 09.50 a.m.: Video message by Johannes Hahn (60 MB), EU Commissioner for Regional Policy and Urban Development
  • 09.55 a.m.: Bucarest – an active partner in the Danube Region by Sorin Oprescu, General Mayor of Bucarest
  • 10.05 a.m.: Key note „Urbanism versus Etatism by György Konrád, author and political essayist
  • 10.50 a.m.: Coffee break
  • 11.20 a.m.: Lessons learned – 2 Pilot Projects for cooperation with discussion
    • Successful co-operation between Bratislava and Vienna, by Milan Ftáčnik, Mayor of Bratislava
    • The “River Show”, by Peter Langer, Council of Danube Cities and
      Regions and Stefan Lütgenau, Danube Civil Society Forum
  • 12.45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2.00 p.m.: Presentation of the Urban Platform Danube Region-Declaration by Ivo Gönner, chairperson of the Council of Danube Cities and Regions and Mayor of Ulm
  • Roundtable Discussion „Why do we need municipal cooperation in the
    Danube Region?“
    with:
    • Michael Ludwig, Executive City Councillor for
      Housing Construction and Urban Renewal of Vienna and responsible
      for the Danube Region;
    • Ivo Gönner;
    • Milan Ftáčnik, Mayor of Bratislava;
    • Éva Tétényi, Mayor of Estergom;
    • Miran Gajšek, Head of the Department for Urban Planning of the City of Ljubljiana;
    • Sever Avram, Executive President of EUROLINK-House of Europe, Romania;
    • Matti Ollinkari, Head of International Relations of the City of Helsinki and BaltMet representativ
  • 4.00 p.m.: Coffee Break
  • 4.30 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.:
    • The City of Vienna and the EU-Strategy for the Danube Region by Kurt Puchinger, Priority Area 10, Coordinator for the Danube Strategy
    • Urban Platform Danube Region - how will it work? by Veronika Haunold, CEO of TINA Vienna - Urban Technologies & Strategies and
      Managing Unit of DonauHanse
  • 6.30 p.m.: Tribute from the City of Vienna to Elisabeth Gateau and Jeremy Smith, former Secretaries General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions by Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna and President of the Austrian Association of Cities
    and Towns (AACT); followed by a Reception of the City of
    Vienna
  • Tuesday, 10th of December, Wappensaal & Room 319,
    Supported by the EU-cross border programme “Slovakia-Austria 2007-2013”: Governance in the Danube Region,Parallel Working Groups

Chair: Thomas Prorok, KDZ – Centre for Public Administration Research

  • 9.30 a.m.: Opening by Thomas Weninger, Secretary General of Austrian
    Association of Cities and Towns (AACT)
  • Public Management Platform, Thomas Prorok, KDZ – Centre for Public Administration Research
  • 9.45 a.m. – 11.15 a.m.:
  1. Governance in Smart Cities, chaired by: Erich Dallhammer, Managing
    Director of the Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning - OIR; Room 319, Language: English
  1. Governance through Human Ressource Management, chaired by: Alexandra Schantl, KDZ; Wappensaal, Language: English/German/Slovakian
  • 11.15 a.m.: Coffee Break
  • 11.45 a.m. – 1.15 p.m.:
  1. Auditing in Cities, chaired by: Hans-Georg Windhaber, Head
    of the Municipal Court of Audit of the City of Graz; Wappensaal, Language:
    English & German
  1. Governance through networks, chaired by: Frederic Vallier, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, Room 319, Language: English

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