14th Annual Conference of Competitiveness Operational Programmes,

How to improve the new period through experiences from 2014-2020 to 2021-2027?


28-29 November, 2019

Budapest, Hungary

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


Thursday, 28 November 2019

Moderator: Ministry of Finance

9.00 – 9.30


Welcome speech

9.30 – 9.40

Péter Benő Banai, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Hungary

Opening remarks

9.40 – 10.20

Zsigmond Perényi, State Secretary, Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Andriana Sukova, Deputy Director - General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Vittoria Alliata Di Villafranca, Director, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy - Deputy Director-General for Implementation - Administrative Capacity Building and Programme Implementation II

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

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

10.20 – 10.40

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

10.40 – 11.00

Spomenka Đurić, State Secretary, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Croatia

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break

11.30 – 11.50

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

11.50 – 12.10

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

12.10 – 12.30

Magdalena Pronobis, Department of Regional and Spatial Development, Marshal Office of the Pomorskie Region, Poland

12.30 – 12.50

Questions and Answers

12.50 – 14.20


14.20 – 14.40

Ciprian Constantin Ghioc, Deputy Director General of Managing Authority for Increase of Economic Competitiveness, Ministry of European Funds of Romania

14.40 – 15.00

Smilena Kostova, General Director, General Directorate European Funds for Competitiveness, Ministry of Economy, Republic of Bulgaria

15.00 – 15.20

Fernando Alfaiate, Board Member of Managing Authority for the Competitiveness and Internationalisation (COMPETE 2020), Ministry of Economy, Portugal

15.20 – 15.40

Questions and Answers

15.40 – 16.00

Closure of the first day – Adam Abdulwahab, European Commission


Friday, 29 November 2019

9.00 – 9.30


Parallel panel discussions

9.30 – 10.45

Economic and social disparities within the NUTS2 regions

Assisting newly established companies

The management of audit risks in the OPs



Section chair:

Jack Engwegen

(European Commission, DG REGIO)

Section chair:

Andreas Winkler

(NOI AG, Italy)

Section chair:

Balázs  Dencső

(DGAEF - Hungary)


Péter Keller

(Ministry of Finance, Hungary)

Daniel Pitoňák

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

Stefan Oachesu

(Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, Romania)

Frank Kessler

(European Commission, DG REGIO)


Magdalena Pronobis

(Marshal Office of the Pomorskie Region, Poland)

Mustafa Chaushov

(Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria)

Bence Katona

(Hiventures Inc., Hungary)

Kármen Billo

(Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary)

Zuzana Fáberová

(Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic)

Piotr Sołowiej

(National Centre for Research and Development, Poland)


Adam Dudek

(Ministry for Finance, Poland)

Rastislav Igliar

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

Sanda Hilgen

(Ministry for Research and Innovation, Romania)

Karmen Maričić

(Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Croatia)

Milán Kovács

(European Commission, DG EMPL)

Csaba Novák

(Ministry of Finance, Hungary)


10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break


Panel discussion

11.15 – 12.30

Planning the 2021-2027 programming period


Section chair:

Thomas Bender

(European Commission, DG REGIO)


Petr Porák

(Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic)

Sanja Fiser

(Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Croatia)

Ricardo Banha

(Managing Authority COMPETE 2020, Ministry of Economy, Portugal)

Sándor Csengődi

(IFKA, Hungary)

Edmund Škorvaga

(Ministry of Economy, Slovak Republic)

12.30 – 12.50

Summary reports by the section chairs

12.50 – 13.00

Closure of the conference

13.00 – 14.00