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B2B Networking Event - Tourism and Blue Growth Strategies for the EU


Date: 10 March 2014 - 11 March 2014
Location: Athens, Greece, 09:00-18:30
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10 - 11 March, 2014 - Athens, GREECE

 

Following his successful Athens visit to foster business cooperation last year (474 participants, 1248 meetings), the Vice-President of European Commission Antonio Tajani together with Commissioner Maria Damanaki, the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the support of the Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas, are organising a new Business-to-Business event focusing on tourism and blue growth. The event is to be held in Athens on 10-11 March 2014 - under the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union- and will promote business partnerships between Greek and European SMEs active in sectors identified as key contributors to growth in Greece.

The b2b will focus on:

  • Agri-Food/Food Processing/Aquaculture

  • Biotech and Blue Biotech

  • Energy

  • ICT

  • Tourism

The event will be a unique opportunity for enterprises aiming at:

  • Reaching the Greek market and its key players

  • Examining business and investment opportunities in Greece

  • Establishing cross-border contacts including Research & Innovation (R&I) collaborations in the context of Horizon 2020 open calls.


Day 1 - CONFERENCE

10 March 2014, 09:00 - 18:00

This B2B event is being held in conjunction with a high-level political conference the day before under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union - Ministry of Tourism and the European Commission. The conference will focus on coastal and maritime tourism and blue growth strategies, with the participation of the Vice President of the European Commission, Mr. Antonio Tajani, Commissioner Damanaki and the presence of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras,  Minister Kefalogianni, as well as key business stakeholders.

Draft agenda

9:00-9:30 REGISTRATION

9:30-10:45 OPENING SESSION (Welcome and keynote speeches)

09:30-09:45 Welcome address: Ms Olga Kefalogianni, Minister of Tourism of Greece

09:45-10:00 Opening Speech: Mr A. Samaras, Prime Minister of Greece

10:00-10:15 Keynote speeches: Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice – President of the European Commission (EC), Commissioner responsible for Industry, Entrepreneurship and Tourism

10:15-10:30 Keynote speeches: Ms Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

10:30–10:45 Keynote speeches: Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

10:45-12:45 INVESTING IN COASTAL AND MARITIME AND TOURISM: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

  • Introduction and moderator: Mr. Daniel Calleja Crespo Director General of DG Enterprise, European Commission

  • Mr. Michel De Blust, Chairman ECTAA, European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association (TBC)

  • Mr. Giorgos Drakopoulos, Expert for Tourism, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee.

  • Mr. Isabel Garaña, UNWTO, Regional Director for Europe

  • Mr. Robert Marx, President of the European Boating Industry (TBC)

  • Dr. Ulrike Guérin, UNESCO expert, “Underwater Cultural Heritage and its Potentials for Sustainable Maritime and Coastal Tourism"

12:45-13:00 Open Discussion

13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00-16:00 INFORMAL MINISTERIAL MEETING. Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, Minister of Tourism of the Hellenic Republic

Topics

  • Communication on Coastal and Maritime Tourism

  • Accessibility & Seasonality

  • Council Recommendation on European Tourism Quality Principles

14:30-17:30 PANEL SESSIONS

14:30-16:00 SUSTAINABILITY AND DIALOGUE AMONG STAKEHOLDERS IN COASTAL AND MARITIME TOURISM

  • Moderator: Mr. Brian Simpson MEP, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of Transport and Tourism, European Parliament, (TBC)

  • Introductory speech: Mr. Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, President of the European Committee of the Regions Mr. Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO Louis Cruise Lines, member of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association Europe)

  • Ms. Annika Annerby Jansson, President of CPMR (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe), President of the regional

  • council of Skåne (TBC)

  • Mr. Sotiris A. Bouzeas, CEO Greek Challenge (America's Cup) (TBC)

  • Mr. Roberto Perrocchio, CEO Terminal Passenger of Venice (TBC)


16:00-17:30 GROWTH AND INNOVATION FOR THE BLUE ECONOMY

  • Moderator: Ms. Lowri Evans, Director General, Directorate General for Maritime affairs and fisheries, European Commission

  • Introductory speech: Mr. Spyridon Danellis, MEP, EU Parliament's rapporteur on blue growth " Enhancing sustainable growth in the EU's marine, maritime transport and tourism sectors” (TBC)

  • Mr. Bernard Vanheule, EU Affairs Manager at International of Oil & Gas Producers - OGP Europe

  • Mr. Max Carcas, EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) External Liaison officer

  • Mrs. Silvia Delgado, President INSULEUR, Network of the insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (TBC)

  • Mr Santiago Mila, Deputy General Manager, Port Authority of Barcelona and Chairman of ESPO (European Sea Port Organisation)(TBC) 

18:00 CONCLUSIONS


Day 2 - B2B MEETINGS

11 March 2014, 9:00 - 18:30

  • Greek & European Companies and organisations can discuss in potential collaborations in pre-scheduled meetings (20 min each).

  • Meet in a single location all key players from Greece interested in international business opportunities!

Draft agenda

09:00 REGISTRATION – AVAILABLE CONTINUOUSLY DURING MATCHING SESSIONS

10:00-10:45 WELCOME ADDRESS

  • Costas Andropoulos, Head of Unit, SME Policy Development and Small Business Act, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

  • "Assisting SMEs to Access International markets" -Christos Kyriatzis, Acting Head of Unit, International Affairs and Missions for Growth, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
  • Representative from the Hellenic Ministry of Development and Competitiveness

10:45-11:00 COFFEE BREAK

10:30-12:30 PARALLEL B2B MATCHING SESSIONS

  • Agri-Food/Food Processing/Aquaculture

  • Biotech and Blue Biotech

  • Energy

  • ICT

  • Tourism

12:30-14:00 BUFFET LUNCH

14:00-18:30 PARALLEL B2B MATCHING SESSIONS


Register for this event open until 5 March, 2014.

Additional information: entr-M4Growth-Europe@ec.europa.eu


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