Day 1

14:00 → 14:10 Welcome & Introductions Room Hemicycle
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- Magnus Berntsson, President Assembly of European Regions (AER)

- Anne Sander, Member of the Regional Council of the Grand Est, representing President Jean Rottner; and Member of the European Parliament, Group of the European People's Party

14:10 → 14:30 Keynote Address by the institutions - The key role of regions in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Room Hemicycle
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-Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

-Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

- Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice President for Democracy & Demography

14:30-14:40 Presentation AER Poll results on the Future of European Regions Room Hemicycle
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-Christian Spahr, AER Secretary-General

14:40 → 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 → 16:30 High-Level Panel Debate on Agenda 2030: Transforming Regions, Changing the World Room Hemicycle
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Transforming Regions; Changing the World.

Moderated by Robert Casinge, Head of Office Brussels,
Region Västra Götaland

-Albert Castellanos, AER Vice President for Sustainability, Secretary of
Business and Competitiveness, Government of Catalonia (ES)

-Julia Dumay, Deputy Mayor, City of Strasbourg (FR)

- Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit, University of Freiburg; EPICUR Network

- Dr Mohamed Boudra, President United Cities and Local Governments

-Iker Atxa Zaitegi, Regions 4 representative; Social Innovation Director at the General Secretariat for Social Transition and the 2030 Agenda of the Basque Government (ES)

16:30 → 18:00 Study Visits Organised by the City of Strasbourg
Meeting point: Entrance Hall Regional Council of Grand Est (1 Place Adrien Zeller)

Sustainable Urbanism:

- Quartier 2 rives
- Eco-quartier Danube
- Tower Elithis Danube

18:00 → 19:30 Free Time

19:30 Evening Reception Entrance Hall, Siège Région Grand Est,
(1 Pl. Adrien Zeller, 67000 Strasbourg, France)

Day 2

9:00 → 9:15 Welcome & Day 2 Programme Overview Room Hemicycle

9:15 → 10:15 3x Breakout Sessions

- PLANET: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

(Room Hemicycle)
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Moderator: Arnau Queralt i Bassa, Director of the Advisory Council for the
Sustainable Development of Catalonia


-Karolina D'Cunha, Deputy Head of Unit Biodiversity, Directorate-General
for Environment, European Commission

-Renata Gómez, Biodiversity Programme Manager, Regions4

-Victoria Reyes García, Research Professor, Institute of Environmental
Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), and Expert of the IPBES- IPCC
workshop report on biodiversity and climate change

Good practices and experiences by:

-Susan Campbell, Policy Manager, Biodiversity and International
Engagement, Scottish Government

-Sara Pont Gasau, Head of the Natural Environment Planning Service of
the Directorate-General for Environmental Policies and the Natural
Environment, Ministry for Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda,
Government of Catalonia

-Helen Ekvall, Educator, Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Västra Götaland


The Future Is Yours: Inclusive & Participatory Institutions For All

(Room Bartholdi)
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Moderator: Irén Lejegren, County Councillor at Örebro Region (SE), and Chair of the Assembly of European Regions Task Force on Democracy


-Lia Montalti, Councillor Emilia-Romagna Region and Vice-President of
the Regional Chamber of the Congress of Local and Regional
Authorities of the Council of Europe

-Sam van der Staak, Head of the Regional Europe Programme, IDEA –
the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

Good practices and experiences by:

-Ragnhild Enstad, Special Adviser of the Secretariat of the county
council, Viken County

-Sarah Bentz, Project Officer Strasbourg European Capital and European
Networks, Grand Est Region

-Timo Peters, Personal advisor to the State Councillor for Citizen Participation and Civil Society at the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg

-Maike Brakhan, Project Manager for French-German dialogues, Missions Publiques

- PARTNERSHIPS: How can regions deliver on voluntary reviews?

(Room Amphitéâtre)
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Moderator:Andreas Kiefer, Secretary-General of the Congress of Local and
Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe


-Gunn-Marit HELGESEN, Vice-President of the Congress and Country
Councillor of Telemark (Norway, EPP/CCE) (in person participation)

-Edgardo BILSKY, Head of Research, United Cities and Local
Governments (UCLG) World Secretariat (remote participation)

-Marta MARIN, Delegate of the Basque Country in the European Union
(Spain) (remote participation)

-Josef FREY, Congress member and member of the Parliament of
Baden-Württemberg (Germany, SOC/G/PD) (remote participation)

-Belinda GOTTARDI, Congress member and Mayor of Castel Maggiore
(Italy, SOC/G/PD) (remote participation)

10:15 → 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 → 11:30 2x Breakout Sessions

- PEOPLE: Hate Speech- Towards a comprehensive approach

(Room Hemicycle)
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-Irena Guidikova, Head of Inclusion and Anti discrimination
programmes at the Council of Europe

-Julia Mozer, Communication & Policy Officer at CEJI
In collaboration with the Iclud-EU project, European Union’s Asylum Migration and
Integration Fund programme

- PROSPERITY: Leaving No Youth Behind: Building resilient, sustainable, and prosperous cities and regions

(Room Amphitéâtre)
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-Simona Getova, Environmental Activist & Researcher, Pompeu Fabra

-Ivone P. Martins, Urban Sustainability Strategic Coordinator, European
Environmental Agency

-Stefanie De Bock, Co-spokesperson, Federation of Young European

11:30 → 11:50 Coffee Break

12:00 → 13:00 Panel Discussion The Way Forward — Achieving Sustainable and Resilient Regions in a Post-Pandemic World

Room Hemicycle
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Moderated by Christian Spahr, AER Secretary-General

-Magnus Berntsson, AER President

-Leen Verbeek, President Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

-Gonzalo Pizarro, Regional Policy Adviser on SDG Integration; ?United Nations Development Programme, New York

-Ricardo Rio, Member of the Committee of the Regions, Mayor of Braga

13:00 → 13:15 Closing Statements & Signing of Manifesto Room Hemicycle
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Read the Manifesto, and endorse it!

-Christian Debève, President of the International Relations Committee, Regional Council Grand Est (FR)

-Magnus Berntsson, AER President

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