The Joint meeting of macro-regions on climate and disaster risk was held in Budapest at the 16-17th of November 2017. The meeting was attended by the representatives of all four macro-regions of EU, DG REGIO, DG ECHO, DG CLIMA and the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme.
Participants get familiarized with the structure of each strategies and their focus on climate change and disaster risk issues. Coordinators represented their activities and project support on this field and also explained the future plans. Representative of DG ECHO highlighted the relevances of MRS and the Sendai Framework, from the side of DG CLIMA the revision of the EU Climate Change Adaptation Strategy was introduced waiting for comments from the macro-regional strategies side. A study on macro-regional strategies and cohesion policies and its main findings were summarized by DG REGIO and debated by the participants.
Experts agreed that the four macro-regional strategies of EU would like to represent their achievements and their relation with the EU Civil Protection Mechanism under a separate section during the forthcoming European Civil Protection Forum in Brussels expected at the 5-6th of March 2018. The coordination of EUSDR PA5 also invited the representatives of EUSALP to their next Steering Group Meeting which will be held in Vienna next month (13-14/12/2017).
An INTERACT report summarizes the meeting outcomes and future possibilities of macro-regional cooperation on climate and disaster risk reduction.
Agenda of the meeting with presentations:
16 November 2017
11.00 – 12.30 Registration and Welcoming lunch
12.30 – 13.00 Welcoming words
13.00 – 15.00 Experiences of coordinators: Challenges, achieved solutions and detected failures to address particular aspect in the macro-regional strategy
Objectives of the session: This session is aiming to present and reflect on shared aspects in implementation of macro-regional strategies. The aspect will be open up by one of the macro-regional coordinators, experiences by other coordinators with be shared through the discussion. Good practices will be identified and recorded.
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 17.30 Experiences of coordinators: Challenges, achieved solutions and detected failures to address particular aspect in the macro-regional strategy
Objectives of the session: This session is aiming to present and reflect on shared aspects in implementation of macro-regional strategies. The aspect will be introduced by one of the macro-regional coordinators, experiences by other coordinators with be shared through the discussion. Good practices will be identified and recorded.
17.30 – 18.00 Summary of the discussions during the Day: Solutions to implementation and management aspects in macro-regional strategies
17 November 2017
08.30 – 09.00 Preliminary conclusions from DG REGIO study ‘Macro-regional strategies and their links with Cohesion policy’ Jean-Marc Venineaux, DG REGIO
09.00 – 09.30 EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change and its relevance for macro-regional approaches Andras Toth, DG CLIMA
09.30 – 10.00 Sendai Framework for DRR and EU macro-regional strategies - Karolina Kalinowska, DG ECHO
10.00 – 11.00 Key focus areas on climate and security during 2018 and 2019 in implementation of macro-regional strategy (governance aspects and thematic issues)
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.00 Interact capitalisation network for Climate change and risks - Manuel Gonzalez, Interact
Objectives of the session: This session will present Interact established network addressing climate change and risks thematic. Interreg programmes efforts and project achievements will be shortly presented.
12.00 – 13.30 Coordination and cooperation between macro-regional coordinators and (Interreg) programmes: 2014-2020 and post 2020 - Baiba Liepa, Interact
Proposed questions for the discussion:
Objectives of the session: The session will be shortly kicked off by Interact presentation on what is a macro-regional project and Interreg experiences in coordination and cooperation. Short reference to KEEP database will be provided. The session would address concrete questions on how coordination and cooperation could be improved across programmes and between macro-regional coordinators and programmes.
13.30 – 13.45 Conclusions from the discussions and closing of the meeting - Satu Hietanen, Interact