6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR

CITIZENS' VOICE: Together. Stronger.

A civil society agora in preparation of the 6th Annual Forum of EUSDR

Date: Budapest, 29 September 2017

Venue: New Town Hall (Új Városháza), 1056 Budapest, Váci u. 62-64.


Macro-regional strategies (MRS) have become attractive and promising areas of EU policy-making. It started with the Baltic Sea Region in 2009 followed by the Danube Region in 2011; the two most recent ones cover the Adriatic and Ionian (2014) and the Alpine (2016) Regions. 

Regardless of their degree of maturity, strategies face common challenges and have the potential to provide a new cooperation dimension to the 2020 Strategy and beyond. Involvement of various stakeholders including civil society actors is a must in the successful implementation of MRS.

Hungary holds the Presidency of the EUSDR this year and Budapest hosts its flagship event, the 6th Annual Forum in 18-19 October 2017.

The primary purpose of our "Citizens' Voice: Together. Stronger." event is to contribute to the successful preparation and holding of the 6th Annual Forum of EUSDR by specific means of civil society putting the whole process into a broader perspective with participants from all the 4 macro-regions. The event is hosted by the European House, a Hungarian civil society organisation.

Draft programme




Opening plenary session

Common concern, different approaches: for a successful implementation of macro-regional strategies (MRS)

Balázs SZENECZEY, Deputy Mayor of Budapest

István JOÓ, Ministrerial Commissioner, Hungarian Presidency of EUSDR

Marco ONIDA, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Roman HAKEN, European Economic and Social Committe

Chair: Miklós BARABÁS, European House, Budapest

The presentations are followed by a question and answer session


Coffee break



Debate 1

The Danube Strategy: a case study from a civil perspective

In focus: energy security and transportation

Moderated by Stanka PARAC, Local Democracy Agency Subotica, Serbia

Introductory remarks:

Rostislav TOMENCHUK, Ukrainian Institute for International Politics

György MOLNÁR, National Federation of Civil Society Organisations, Hungary

A moderated agora-type discussion with recommendations


Debate 2

Active citizenship in a macro-regional setting

Why ciitzen involvement is indispensable in making macro-regional strategies a success story?

Moderated by Éva HORVÁTH, Danubiana Network

Introductory remarks:

Tony VENABLES, ECIT Foundation, Brussels

Feri THIERRY, public affairs consultant, Austria

A moderated agora-type discussion with recommendations


Plenary session

Reports from Debate 1 and 2

Wrap-up of the morning session


Lunch break



Afternoon plenary session: introduction to the debates


Debate 3

The art of communication

Best practices in reaching out ordinary citizens for the benefit of macro-regional strategies

Moderated by Balázs PÓCS, communication strategist, Hungary

Introductory remarks:

Sabine GELLER, Danube Connects, Germany

Nicos GIANNIS, European Expression, Greece

A moderated agora-type discussion with lessons learned



Debate 4

More than a comment

Preparation of a citizens' driven shadow document on the Commission Report on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies (December 2016)

Moderated by Mikko LOHIKOSKI, Horizontal action coordinator, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region , Turku, Finland

Introductory remarks:

Roman HAKEN, European Economic and Social Committee

Kristina KUBISOVA, Slovak Foreign Policy Association

A moderated agora-type discussion on the draft citizens' report


Closing plenary session

Reflections from Debate 3 and 4

Conclusions and next steps: citizens' contribution to shaping the future of macro-regional strategies in a post-2020 setting

closed since 21 Sep 2017
Registration 1 Aug – 21 Sep
Event 18 Oct – 19 Oct
Language English, during the Plenary Sessions simultaneous translation into Hungarian is provided
Venue Budapest Congress Centre
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