Webinar on Regional Development

Webinar on Regional Development

The Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency, the operational body of the Lake Balaton Development Council, organized an online consultation (webinar) on regional development issues on July 22, 2020.

Lake Balaton area, like other large lake regions in Europe, forms a very complex socio-economic system, which builds on tourism services based on unique natural characteristics, as well as on the recreational and residential utilisation of lakes. However, existing sectoral and integrated territorial policies do not manage large lakes adequately in terms of the level of their complexity and importance, neither at national nor at EU levels. Planning for the 2021-2027 programming period is currently in progress. We consider it would be important to dedicate more attention to lake areas in regional development.

The aim of the webinar was to introduce the status of the ongoing planning processes in relation to regional development, and to draw attention to the need for integrated and programme-based development of lakes. The invited speakers include Mr. Anton Schrag, Deputy Head of Unit responsible for Hungary, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and Mr. Viktor Horváth, Head of Department for Planning and Coordination of Direct EU Resources, Ministry of Innovation and Technology.

Title of the event: A way forward recovery and a more sustainable management of the Lake Balaton region and lessons for large lake areas in Europe

Date of the event: July 22, 2020

Opportunity to participate in the event: online webinar

The webinar was organized on ZOOM platform.

Programme:

 9.30-10.00                    Joining to the online webinar

10.00-10.05                   Welcome Remarks (Dr. István Bóka, Chairman of the Lake Balaton Development Council, Member of the Committee of Regions)

10.05-10.20                   How integrated territorial development may balance the sustainable development of Lake Balaton region. Experiences and needs in regional development (Dr. Gábor Molnár, Managing Director, Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency)

10.20-10.40                   Proposed tools and initiatives of regional policy to assist the recovery of large lake destinations, as special territories of functional regions (Mr. Anton Schrag, Deputy Head of Unit responsible for Hungary, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy – DG REGIO)

10.40-11.00                   Lessons learnt and recommendations in national development to assist territorial development. Status of ongoing planning processes (Mr. Viktor Horváth, Head of Department for Planning and Coordination of Direct EU Resources of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology)

11.00-11.30                   Roundtable discussion

11.30-11.45                   Closing Remarks

The language of the webinar is Hungarian and English, with simultaneous interpretation.


(Presentations in pdf format can be found by clicking on the title of the presentations listed above.)

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