13th Annual Conference of Competitiveness Operational Programmes,

Is it time for pushing ahead strongly with programme implementation?


25-26 October, 2018

Budapest, Hungary

venue: Continental Hotel Budapest, H-1074 Budapest, Dohány str. 42-44.


Thursday, 25 October 2018


Moderator: Péter Keller, Ministry of Finance, Hungary


9.00 – 9.30


Welcome speech

9.30 – 9.40

Balázs Rákossy, State Secretary for EU Funds, Ministry of Finance, Hungary

Opening remarks

9.40 – 10.00

Erich Unterwurzacher, Director, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, Dir F – Closure, Major Projects and Programme Implementation III

Katarina Ivankovic-Knezevic, Director, European Commission, Directorate-General for Emloyment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Dir C – Social Affairs

Balázs Szepesi, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry for Innovation and Technology

Introduction of the Competitiveness OPs in the relevant countries. Sharing the mid-term experiences with the 2014-20 programming period.

10.00 – 10.20

Marian Piecha, Deputy Minister, Section of  EU Funds, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

10.20 – 10.40

Nataša Kulakowski Kramarić, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Croatia

10.40 – 11.10

Coffee Break

11.10 – 11.30

Malgorzata Szczepańska, Director of Department of Programmes Supporting Innovation and Development , Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, Head of Managing Authority, Poland

11.30 – 11.50

Svetlana Gombos, General Director of Managing Authority for Increase of Economic Competitiveness, Ministry of European Funds of Romania

11.50 – 12.10

Rastislav Igliar, General Director of EU Structural Funds Division, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

12.10 – 12.30

Questions and Answers

12.30 – 14.00


14.00 – 14.20

Kalin Marinov, Deputy Director, Directorate General European Funds for Competitiveness, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria

14.20 – 14.40

Reiner Kneifel - Haverkamp, Director General for European and International Affairs, Brandenburg Ministry of Justice,  for European Affairs and Consumer Protection, Germany

14.40 – 15.00

Fernando Alfaiate, Member of the Board, COMPETE 2020 Management Authority for the Competitiveness and Internacionality Operational Programme, Portugal

15.00 – 15.20

Balázs Greinstetter, Head of Managing Authority, Ministry of Finance, Hungary

15.20 – 15.30

Questions and Answers

15.30 – 15.45

Closure of the first day – Csaba Novák, Head of Intermediary Body, Ministry of Finance, Hungary


Friday, 26 October 2018


9.00 – 9.30


Parallel panel discussions

9.30 – 10.45

Increasing role of financial instruments

Audit risk management in calls for proposals



Section chair:

Dr. Cecília Gyalog

(Hungarian Development Bank)

Section chair:

Balázs  Dencső

(DGAEF - Hungary)


Magdalena Pronobis

(Marshal Office of the Pomorskie Region, Poland)

Daniel Pitoňák

(Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic)

Krisztina Júlia Szabó

(Ministry of Finance, Hungary)

Malgorzata Szczepańska

(Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, Poland)


Adam Dudek

(Ministry of Finance, Poland)

Michaela Kučerová

(Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic)

Ivan Panchev

(Audit of EU funds Executive Agency, Bulgaria)

Csaba Novák

(Ministry of Finance, Hungary)

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30

Challenges of digitalisation in Competitiveness OPs

Preparing for the post 2020 programming period


Section chair:

Petr Porák

(Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic)

Section chair:

Jack Engwegen

(European Commission, DG REGIO)


Piotr Sołowiej

(National Centre for Research and Development, Poland)

Edmund Škorvaga

(Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic)

Ricardo Banha

(COMPETE 2020 Management Authority, Portugal)

Mustafa Chaushov

(Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria)

Sanda Hilgen

(Ministry of Research and Innovation, Romania)


Thomas Bender

(European Commission, DG REGIO)

Andrea Uhrínová

(Research Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic)

Sanja Fiser

(Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of Croatia)

Simona Mateescu

(Ministry of European Funds of Romania)

László Turóczy

(Ministry of Finance, Hungary)

László Krisán

(KAVOSZ Zrt, Hungary)

László Nyárádi

(Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary)

12.30 – 12.50

Summary reports by the session moderators

12.50 – 13.00

Closure of the conference

13.00 – 14.00