2nd seminar on cross-border territorial observation - 30th September 2014, Budapest, Hungary

Planned programme


2nd seminar on cross-border territorial observation

30th September 2014, Budapest

Institut Français /French Institute

The planned programme


Greetings (10:00 – 10:30)

Mr Hervé Ferrage Councillor of cooperation and culture, director of French Institute of Budapest

Mr Levente Magyar Deputy state secretary for economic diplomacy, Ministry of Forign Affairs and Trade

Mr Olivier Denert Secretary General, Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (France)

Mr Martín Guillermo Ramírez Secretary General, Association of Border Regions



The problem – or why territorial observation in Borderlands needed? (10:30–11:45)

In the first panel speakers will present the difficulties and problems the lack of proper (comparable) data and permanent territorial observation brings on. Our objective is to point out the necessity of cooperation on this field and identify the problems caused by the shortages in data collection and processing.

Problems will be presented from the point of view of


  • scientific research

Mr James Scott, Professor of Regional and Border Studies, Karelian Institute at the University of Eastern Finland (Finland), Executive Secretary of Association of Borderlands Studies - Territorial Observation and Cross-Border Cooperation: the Challenges for Research

  • territorial observation

Mr Gilles Toutin, Territorial Strategies Department of the General Commission for territorial equality (CGET-Commissariat général à l’égalité des territoires), (France) - Territorial observation point of view

  • spatial planning

Mr Mátyás Jaschitz, Director of Planning, Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (Hungary) - Territorial Observationin Borderlands, Spatial Planning Aspect

  • evaluation of ETC programmes

Ms Ieva Kalnina, Developer and Trainer, INTERACT Vyborg INTERACT‘s work and observations


The solution  (13:00 – 14:15)

In the second panel the speakers present several best practice models of cross-border territorial observation and data processing. Our objective is to show the way that should be followed in Europe with a view to achieving the goals of the Nancy initiative.


Mr Nuño Almeida, Portuguese Coordinator of the Working-Community Norte de Portugal-Castilla y León and of the Working-Community Norte de Portugal-Galicia (Portugal)

Mr Daniel Svärd, Project Manager, Head of Unit, Skåne Region (Sweden)

Ms Manuela Studer, Project Manager, Canton of Basel-City(Switzerland) and Mr Peter Mowitz, Project Manager, Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany)

Ralf P. Meyer, Project Manager, Regional development agency for the Technology Region Aachen (Germany)



The European Perspective  (14:45 – 16:00)

The closing panel aims at defining the role of the European institutions in developing the framework for successful territorial observation along the borders. The Nancy seminar started the process. The Budapest seminar enlarges this process to the territory of Central and Eastern Europe. Further steps are planned to be made by the Italian and Luxemburger presidencies.


Mr Olivier Denert, Secretary General, Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (France)

Mr Jean-Claude Sinner, First Class Councellor of the Government (The Grand Duchy of Luxemburg)

  • A Synthesis: the mission of the European Commission

Ms Nathalie Verschelde, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Regio European Cross-Border Cooperation Unit


The seminar is supported by the French Institute of Budapest and the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary.