Agenda (Draft)

Three Seas Summit and Business Forum 

On 8th and 9th of July in Sofia will be held the Sixth Summit of the regional Three Seas Initiative, together with a large-scale business forum. Host of the international event is the Bulgarian Head of State Rumen Radev, who took over the chairmanship of Three Seas Initiative from Estonia in 2020.


In the events during the Summit and the Business Forum will take part presidents and high-level representatives from the twelve member states of thet Three Seas Initiative: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. 


The partners of the Three Seas Initiative: USA, Germany and the European Commission will also be represented be high level officials. 


As a guest of this year’s Initiative will be present the Head of State of the Hellenic Republic.  

Thursday, July 8

15:00

Opening

Opening words by  Kiril Petkov, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria

Мoderator: Ilia Lingorski, Chief Economist at the Bulgarian National Bank 

Speakers:

15:00-17:00

Presidents' Panel at the Three Seas Initiative Business Forum

Topic: hree Seas Initiative: А path to smart development and comprehensive economic growth“

Speakers:

17.15 - 19.00

Panel Energy

ROUND TABLE: 

Main Topic:  Connectivity for transition to sustainability
Key deliverables: Carbon neutral energy systems of the future will require increased energy efficiency, renewable energy and nuclear power, as well as natural gas as a transition and main fuel for balancing purposes. Repurposing of the existing gas infrastructure will be needed for the widespread use of low-carbon hydrogen.

Moderator: Kostadin Sirleshtov,   CMS Managing Partner, CEE Head of Energy & Climate Change, Bulgaria

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Panel: Natural gas as a transition fuel – the infrastructure priorities for the region
Natural gas should be recognized as an important transition fuel for the carbon neutral future. Interconnectivity is an essential element of security of supply and diversification, and further investment in interconnecting infrastructure should be considered.

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Between panels: Presentation of Overgas / Linden Energy

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Panel: Renewables as a driver for infrastructure development; the priorities for the region
Renewable energy development is a driver for infrastructure development (new grids, new storage capacities, new interconnectors).

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Between panels: Presentation of the Sustainable future for Maritsa East Complex 

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Panel: The case for nuclear in the region – a joint inter-governmental effort
Most of the individual efforts of the countries of the region to build new nuclear capacities are likely to fail without a regional effort. Role of Governments in the development of nuclear energy is key and so are the joint efforts in our region.

Speakers:

  • Andrey Zhivkov Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Piotr Naimski Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Republic of Poland 
  • Andrew Light Department of Energy, Senior Advisor and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, USA
  • Graham Stuart Minister for Exports of the UK
  • Virgil-Daniel Popescu  Minister of Energy of Romania
  • Teodora Georgieva Executive Officer, ICGB Ad, Greece
  • Jörn Schmücker Senior Vice President Generation Large Rotating Equipment, Siemens Energy, Germany
  • Olivier Marquette President of AmCham Bulgaria and President of AES Bulgaria and Head of Business Development Eurasia, USA
  • Kurt Donnelly Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Energy Resources
  • Yves Le Stunff Managing Director Total EP Bulgaria & Total EP Greece
  • Dóra Zombori Ministerial Commissioner for International Energy and Climate Relations, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy and Climate
  • Ivan Pironkov (TBC) Director, Westinghouse Energy Systems LLC- Bulgaria Branch, USA 
  • Tom Mundy  Chief Commercial Officer, NuScale (SMR), USA
17.15 - 19.00

Panel Innovation

ROUND TABLE
Main topic: Discussion on connecting the innovation ecosystems in the Region, joining capacities and linking the local research and RegTech initiatives and efforts.

Key Deliverables:  Innovation efforts of the countries in the region would greatly benefit of more coordinated way of cooperation and joint utilization of the countries assets – both as investment vehicles, R&D hubs, human capital and RegTech cooperation.

The panel will explore how such a cooperation could be practically undertaken, which of the 3Seas countries would be interested to participate in the follow-up and provide it for continuation at the next meeting of the 3Seas Initiative.

Moderator:   Filip Genov, Managing Director, SophiaLab, Bulgaria

Speakers:

17:15 - 19:00

Side Event: Meeting of the 3SI Investment Promotion Agencies

Roundtable Discussion: Investment Agencies: Drivers of mutual success for investors and Governments


Moderator: Mr. Bostjan Skalar, Executive director, WAIPA, Switzerland

Panel 1: The role of Investments Promotion Agencies in 3SII projects

Key functions that could be covered and performed by IPAs in 3SII projects, Stamen Yanev, Kaspars Rožkalns, Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia and representatives from the other IPAs;

Possibility for cooperation among IPAs in multilateral and cross-border projects, Stamen Yanev, Krzysztof Drynda, President of the Management Board of Polish Investment and Trade Agency (Paih) and representatives from the other IPAs;

Potential for collaboration with the 3SIIFund and Amber Infrastructure, Joe Philipsz, Head of 3SIIF Investments (Amber Infrastructure);

The potential impact of EU State Aid policies on 3SII projects Celine Chazelas-Baur and  Lea Zuber, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission;

Compatibility and coherence between the EU Projects of Common Interest (PCI) and 3SII projects Celine Chazelas-Baur and Lea Zuber, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission.

Panel 2: Spreading cooperation


• Creating network among the IPAs and 3SIIFund;
• Possibility for utilization and integration with 3SII projects database;
• Adoption of declaration for cooperation

Speakers:

  • Stamen Yanev Executive Director of InvestBulgaria Agency, Bulgaria
19.45 - 20.00

Side Event: Google Impact Challenge winners announcement

Presentation by Annette Kroeber-Riel, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Europe (online)

19.30 - 19.45

Evolution of the stock exchanges and institutional support to innovators

Fireside chat between the moderator of the Panel and:
Assoc. Prof. Manyu Moravenov, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Bulgarian Stock Exchange
Vladimir Danailov, Executive Director, Member of the Management Board, Fund Manager of Financial Instruments in Bulgaria
Dr. Marek Dietl, President of the Warsaw Stock Exchange

Friday, July 9

09.00 - 09.15

Opening remarks

Speakers:

11.00 - 13.00

Side Event: Meeting of the 3SI Research & Innovation Agencies

Main topic: Aligning priorities for developing successful research & policymaking initiatives for stronger and more cooperating regional innovation ecosystems


Host:  Martin Danovski, Chairman, State Agency Research and Innovation, Bulgaria

Moderator: Teodor Sedlarski, PhD, 
Professor in Economics at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridsk
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Participants - Representatives of the 3SI Organizations working in the field of research & innovation

 

Robert Repnik, Director of the Slovenian Research Agency, Slovenia

Irena Martinović-Klarić, Ph.D., Executive director of the Croatian Science Foundation, Croatia  

Agnieszka Ratajczak, Director, Office of International Cooperation, National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), Poland

Mark Arunas, Project Manager, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, Lithuania  

Meelis Kitsing, Rector of Estonian Business School, Estonia

Artur Bobovnický, Director Innovations and International Affairs, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency

Zoltán Birkner, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Hungary

PART I

Presentations of good practices and existing models for developing research and innovation

PART II

Discussion „Common priorities with potential opportunities for cooperation”

PART III

Conclusion - A Joint Statement of the commitment of all research and innovation interested parties to develop an exemplary network for practical efforts on the initiatives of common interest.



09.15 - 10.30

Panel 3SIIF & Investing in Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth

Topic: How to work with 3SIIF and finance 3SI priority projects beyond the scope of the Fund


Keynote by:

Mr. Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C., USA

Speakers:

  • Ian Brzezinski Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Atanas Pekanov Deputy Prime Minister for EU Funds Management, Bulgaria
  • Beata Daszynska-Muzyczka President of the Polish State Development Bank (BGK) and Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the 3SIIF
  • Joe Phillipsz Head of 3SIIF Investments, Amber Infrastructure Limited, United Kingdom
  • Richard König CEO Enery Development GmbH, Austria
  • Sophia Kassidova Head of Strategic Analysis and Development  at Bulgarian Development Bank 
  • Michelle Czarniak  Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, Washington, DC., USA
10.30 - 12.30

Side Event: Meeting of the 3SI Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Round table discussion: Role of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and companies from energy, transport and digitalization sectors in the Three Seas Initiative

Moderator: Mr. Krasen Stanchev, Sofia University, the Institute for Market Economics

 

Speakers:

Tsvetan Simeonov, President of BCCI, Bulgaria

Transport: Olga Wassilewska,

CEO, MW LOGISTICA OOD, Bulgaria

Energy: Plamen Pavlov, Bulgarian Gas Association
Aigars Rostovskis, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Latvia 

Rimas Varkulevičius, Association of Lithuania Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Lithuania 

Mihai Daraban, CCI of Romania (video message) 

Eleonora Ivanova, Bulgarian – Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Tim Kurth, President of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Aurubis Bulgaria

Ulrike Straka, Austrian Federal Chamber, Advantage Austria, Austria

Ivan Barbaric, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Croatia

Radek Jakubský, Czech Chamber of Commerce

László Bódi, Hungarian

Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hungary

Rossen Tkatchenko, Hungarian-Bulgarian CCI


10.45 - 12.30

Panel Transport

ROUND TABLE
Main topic: Digital mobility

Key deliverables: Digitalizing Europe's railways. The role of aviation in multimodal connectivity for passengers and freight. Maritime ports and transport megahubs: gateways for multimodality. Synchromodality and the future of transport and logistics value chain integration. The challenges of cross-border transport infrastructure development.

Main focus: Enhancing multimodal connectivity for people and freight in the digital era: physical, digital and commercial prerequisites

Moderator: Kaspars Briškens, Head of Strategy & Development at the Rail Baltica (Latvia)

Participants:

·Stefano Maio, Business Development Manager, Balkans, Bechtel Civil Infrastructure, USA

·Marcin Horała, Government Plenipotentiary for the Solidarity Transport Hub, Poland

·Iavor Pantaleev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian National Freight Forwarding Association

·Dimitrij Zadel, President of the Management Board of the Port of Koper, Slovenia (tbc)

·Ivet Vidinova, Director Business · development Dronamics
·Martin Gauss, CEO of AirBaltic, Latvia (video message)

Speakers:

10.45 - 12.30

Panel Digitalization

ROUND TABLE
Main topic: Build Smart Infrastructure is a Key for Economic growth of the Region

Topics:
• Digitalization of Infrastructure аcross the Sectors for the Industry 4.0;
• Public Cloud is Key Enabler for Smart Infrastructure Services;
• Access to Open Data is a Crucial Component for Infrastructure of Tomorrow.

Moderator: Petar T. Ivanov, CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

 

Participants:

· Assen Vassilev, Minister of Finance, Bulgaria

· Isabella Groegor -Cechowicz, Vice-President, Sales PS, EMEA, Amazon Web Services, USA,

· Magdalena Dziewguc, Country Manager, Google Cloud Polska, USA,

· Artur Chmielewski, Head of Business development, IS-Wireless, Poland,

· Michal Potoczek, OChK, National Cloud Operator of Poland,

· Razvan Atim, General Manager Eastern Europe, UiPath, Romania,

· Raycho Raychev, CEO and Founder, EnduroSat, Bulgaria ,

· Madis Sassiad, Board Member, GoSwift, Estonia.


Closing remarks
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President, European Commission

Speakers:

Friday, July 9

09.30 - 09.35

Opening of the 3SI Summit

Remarks by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria H.E. Rumen Radev

Speakers:

09:35-11:35

Three Seas Summit Presidential Panel

Topic: „Three Seas Initiative: A path to stronger, united and competitive Europe“


Speakers:

11.45- 12.25

Press conference. Handover ceremony of the Host of the 3SI

Speakers:

12:25-12:35

Postmark Validating Ceremony

Postmark Validating Ceremony on the Occasion of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Three Seas Initiative

Speakers: