DAY 1: 29th September 2021, Wednesday, (EEST time zone)

11:00 am - 11:30 am Registration and coffee: only for participants live at the event hub

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

OFFICIAL Introductory remarks

Keynote speech:  Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of EC (video messages)

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Participants:

  • Yordan Nikolov, Deputy Mayor of Municipality Stara Zagora
  • Diana Dimitrova, Conservation Manager, WWF Bulgaria
  • Aleksandra Tomczak, Member of Cabinet of the Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans at European Commission
  • Q&A time with the Executive Vice President of EC, (questions from mayors)

Moderator: Georgi Stefanov, WWF Bulgaria

Venue:
a hybrid session, press invited
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Just Transition Plans

(Тhe purpose of the session is to share & discuss the TJTPs of the Bulgarian Coal Regions: Stara Zagora, Pernik & Kyustendil and to be presented a tool developed for their potential impact assessment)

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Participants:

  • Dimitar Dimitrov, PWC, Just Transition Plans of the BG Coal Regions (tbc.)
  • Katie Treadwell, WWF EPO, WWF Territorial Just Transition Plans scoring tool
  • Q&A time

Moderator: Slavtcho Neykov, Energy Management Institute, Bulgaria

Venue:
a hybrid session, press invited
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Social Dialogue: what is the Future of the coal region?

Keynote speech: Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Budget, European Commission, (video message)

(Тhe purpose of the session is to share & discuss different points of view, the choices of youth and professions in the years of the just transition and beyond)

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Participants:

Atanaska Nikolova, Economic and Social Council of the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Тhe Trade Unions
  • Тhe Youth
  • Q&A time with questions on the future of the people, environment and regions

Moderator: PhD Rumyana Grozeva, SZ REDA

Venue:
a hybrid session, press invited
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Research and Innovation

(Тhe purpose of the session is to share & discuss the points of view of academia & business on how the research and innovation policies/projects could support the regional economy in the years of the just transition and beyond)

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Participants:

Moderator: Assoc. Prof., PhD Kosyo Stoychev, Sofia University

Venue:
a hybrid session, press invited
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Parallel Session: EDIH corridor collaboration as support for ‘smartisation’ of industries & services, part I – Cyber Security

(Тhe purpose of the session is to share & discuss the point of view of partners EDIHs on how the services provided by them in the Cybersecurity field and the networking could support for digitalisation, bearing in mind that one of the main priority of the Digital Europe 2021-2027 Programme is the promotion of a wide EDIH Network in the EU)

Moderator: Radoslav Rizov, EDIH Zagore, Telelink Business Services

Mr. Maxime EZEQUELEDIH DIVA (region Pays de la Loire in France)

Delian CoroamaDigital Innovation Zone  /DIZ/

 
Venue:
an online non-public session, English only
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Parallel Session: EDIH corridor collaboration as support for ‘smartisation’ of industries & services, part II – Startup Ecosystem

(Тhe purpose of the session is to share & discuss the point of view of partners EDIHs how the services provided by them and networking could support startup ecosystems building in the coal transition regions, bearing in mind that one of the main priority of the Digital Europe 2021-2027 Programme is the promotion of a wide EDIH Network in the EU)

Moderator: Radoslav Rizov, EDIH Zagore, Telelink Business Services

Mr. Maxime EZEQUELEDIH DIVA (region Pays de la Loire in France)

Delian CoroamaDigital Innovation Zone  /DIZ/

Karl McFaul, Transilvania IT Cluster and Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub

Pirita Ihamäki, Liaison Manager at Prizztech Ltd., "Open Platform Entrepreneurship Education for Future Work"

 

 
 
 
Venue:
an online non-public session, English only
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

New Energy Mix

(Тhe purpose of the session is to share & discuss different points of view on economic alternatives & New energy model in the coal and partners’ regions)

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Participants:

  • Julian Popov, European Climate Foundation Fellow
  • Prof., PhD Kosyo Stoychev, Head of "Regional and Political Geography Department" Sofia University St. Kl. Ohridski
  • Kostadin Sirleshtov, Managing Partner CMS Sofia and CEE Head of EPC at CMS, Bulgaria 
  • Nikola GazdovChairman of the Association for Production, Storage and Trade of Electricity
  • Ivelin Panchov, Member of the European Digital Innovation Hub Zagore BoD
  • Q&A time

Moderator: PhD Rumyana Grozeva, SZ REDA

Venue:
a hybrid session, press invited

DAY 2: 30th September 2021, Thursday, (EEST time zone)

09:30 am - 10:00 am Registration and coffee: only for participants live at the event hub

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Financing Just Transition Session - 1

Financing Just Transition Session (a hybrid session)

(Тhe purpose of the session is to provided guidance on the just transition priorities and info for financing the process both by public & private investments)

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Keynote speech: Lilyana Pavlova, EIB Vice-President, Financing sustainable and just transition, (online)

Participants:

  • Elodie Durand, (EC, DG REGIO), Just Transition Territorial Plans and the connection with 1st pillar
  • Manon Brunel, (EC, DG ECFIN), Just Transition Territorial Plans and the connection 2nd pillar of the JTM, (online)
  • Sabine Vandermotten and Clement Gerthoffert, (EC, DG REGIO), Just Transition Territorial Plans and the connection 3rd pillar of the JTM, (online)
  • Q&A time

Moderator: Georgi Stefanov, WWF Bulgaria

Venue:
a hybrid session, press invited
11:30 am - 12:30 am

Financing Just Transition Session - 2

(Тhe purpose of the session is to provide guidance on the just transition priorities and info for financing the process both by public & private investments)

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Participants:

  • ………………………, Bulgarian National Decarbonization Fund as a core of Just Transition in Bulgaria - "Central Coordination Unit" Directorate, Council of Ministers (tbc.)
  • Yumer Kodzhayumer, (Ministry of education and science), How “Horizon Europe” can support the just transition?
  • Eng. Dotchka Vasileva, PhD, Fund of Funds, (online)
  • Boyko Takov, PhD, Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency, (BSMEPA), (online)
  • Q&A time

Moderator: PhD Rumyana Grozeva, SZ REDA

Venue:
a hybrid session, press invited