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One Region, Many Stories

The Conference "ONE REGION, MANY STORIES: Transformation Experience and Development Perspectives of the Central and Eastern European Countries 10 Years After the 2004 EU Enlargement", organised by Polish ESPON Contact Point and The Institute of Public Affairs, will be held on October 29, 2014 in Warsaw, Centrum Konferencyjne Zielna, Zielna 37 street.

Ten years have passed since the so called “2004 Big-Bang Enlargement” of the EU. A lot has changed during this period in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries that joined the EU back then. Once considered a peripheral region of Europe, the CEE area is rapidly catching up, thus gradually gaining more and more significance in the EU.

During the international conference devoted to the transformation experience and development perspectives of the CEE countries, we would like to look at the challenges that the region has been facing in terms of economic performance, cross-border cooperation and plans for the future development. Together with the representatives from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, but also Germany and Ireland, we will try to find the answers to the following questions: To what extent have the CEE countries been affected by the global economic crisis and how are the countries trying to recover from it? What are the patterns of integration and cooperation in the CEE cross-border areas? What are the visions and scenarios for development in the Central and Eastern Europe?

  • 10:00 – 10:30    Key note speech:  dr Michał Boni, Member of the European Parliament, former Minister of Administration and Digitization, Poland - 10 years of Central and Eastern European countries in the EU – successes and failures of strategic thinking
  • 10:30 – 12:00     Thematic Panel 1: How are we recovering from the crisis?
  • 12:30 – 14:00     Thematic Panel 2: How do we cooperate in the cross-border areas?
  • 15:00 – 16:30     Thematic Panel 3:  What are our perspectives for the future?

The conference will be held in English and Polish. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Detailed programme is available below.

Please confirm your participation by 25.10.2014 by registering here.

This event has been funded by the European Region Development Fund – Investing in Your Future and the Visegrad Fund.

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Main conclusions from the conference, as well as presentations and photos are available here.

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