Programme

10 November 2017 | 10.30 am - 4.30 pm | S-Forum der Stadtsparkasse, 3rd floor, Berliner Allee 33, 40 212, Düsseldorf

Moderators: Mrs. Simone van Trier and Mr. Martin Unfried

10.30 - 11.00 am Reception and registration (third floor)
11.00 - 11.20 am Welcoming speech - Professor Hildegard Schneider (Board ITEM – Maastricht University),  Mr. Ton Lansink (Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Düsseldorf), Oberbürgermeister Thomas Geisel (Mayor of Düsseldorf)
11.20 am - 12.00 pm Keynote speeches - Mr. Karl-Heinz Lambertz (President of the European Committee of the Regions), Mrs. Nathalie Verschelde (Deputy head of Unit – DG Regional and Urban policy, European
Commission) 
12.00 - 12.15 pm Presentation of Cross-border Impact Assessment 2017 to Mr. Lambertz
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch break
1.30 - 2.30 pm Panel discussions:
  1.30 - 1.50 pm Panel: Actions for cross - border cooperation on national level and European Level with Mr. Matthijs Huizing (Chairman of the Actieteam Grensoverschrijdend Economie en Arbeid), Mr. Axel Buyse (General Representative of the Government of Flanders), Mrs. Uta Loeckx (Staatskanzlei des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen), Mr. Thomas Antoine (Secretary-General Benelux Union), Mrs. Nathalie Verschelde (DG Regional and Urban policy, European Commission)
  1.50 - 2.10 pm Panel: Consequences of Brexit for border regions with Mr. Anthony Soares (Deputy Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Northern-Ireland), Mr. Michiel Scheffer (Vice Governor Province of Gelderland, Member of European Committee
of the Regions), Professor Hildegard Schneider (Board ITEM – Maastricht University), Professor Dagmar Schiek (Professor of Law, Queen‘s University, Belfast), Mr. Rafe Courage (British Consul-General in Düsseldorf)
  2.10 - 2.30 pm Panel: Euregional mindset with Mrs. Clarisse Kauber (Studies Manager, Euro-Institut, Germany), Mr. Michael Dejozé (Director Euregio Meuse-Rhine), Mr. Andy Dritty (Director Euregio Rhine-Meuse-North), Professor Rianne Letschert (Rector Maastricht University), Mr. Wim Weijnen (Limburg Economic Development)
2.30 - 3.00 pm Break
3.00 - 3.45 pm Workshops (parallel sessions)
  Workshop 1: European citizens and mindset in a border region with Dr. Mariska van der Giessen (Lector, NHL Hogeschool Leeuwarden), Professor Rianne Letschert (Rector, Maastricht University)
  Workshop 2: Measuring the effects for border regions with Mr. Martin Unfried (ITEM), Mrs. Clarisse Kauber (Euro-Institut, Germany), Mr. Andy Dritty (Euregio Rhine-Meuse-North)
  Workshop 3: Cross-border education and certificates with Professor Hildegard Schneider (Board ITEM – Maastricht University), Ms. Lavinia Kortese (PhD-candidate ITEM), Mr. Wim Horsch (Chairman of the expert team cross-border learning and working Limburg), Mrs. Karin Straus (Ambassador Euregional Education)
  Workshop 4: Active cross-border workers in Europe: researching fiscal, social security and pension aspects of cross-border working with Prof. Marjon Weerepas (Scientific director, ITEM), Mr. Ger Essers (Deutsch-Niederländische Gesellschaft zu Aachen), Mrs. Nathalie Verschelde (DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission)
3.45 - 4.00 pm Break
4.00 - 4.30 pm Concluding speech  -  Professor Rianne Letschert (Rector Maastricht University)
4.30 pm Drinks