Joint Stakeholder Seminar – 11-12 September 2013

Macroregional conference summary 091213.docx


DAY 1. Wednesday 11/09/2013


High level session


CHAIR: Balázs Medgyesy Government Commissioner of the EU Danube Strategy


HE Tamás Németh, FM, General Secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Nemeth Taman presentation

HE Enikő Győri, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HE Zoltán Illés, Minister of State, Ministry of Rural Development

HE Ing. Vojtech Ferencz, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Slovak Republic

Normunds Popens, European Commission, Deputy Director General of the Directorate General Regional & Urban Policy

Marianne Wenning, Director, European Commission, Directorate General Environment

HE Ermina Salkičevic- Dizdarević, Deputy Minister Bosnia and Herzegovina, President International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River

Wolfgang Klug, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health

Olimpia Negru, Priority Area Coordinator Priority Area 5 Romania


Session 1. The policy context


CHAIR: HE Ermina Salkičevic- Dizdarević, President International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River


a) Transboundary cooperativaon

Science and innovation supporting macroregional development agenda, Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria Dr. Erhard Busek, Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Austria


The Danube basin cooperation Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River

Ivan Zavadsky presentation


The ASEM cooperation mechanisms Peng Qinghui,
Assistant to Secretary General, ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center, China

Peng Quinghui presentation


The experiences of the UNECE concerning transboundary water cooperation Dr. Annukka Lipponen,
Environmental Affairs Officer, secretariat of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Annukka Lipponen presentation


Water protection and human rights in the Danube basin, Marcel Szabó,
Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights

Szabo Marcell presentation


Macro regional co-operation in relation to water issues: the experiences of the REC, Marta Szigeti Bonifert,
Executive Director, Regional Environmental Centre

Szigeti Bonifest Marta presentation


b) Water Framework Directive, Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, Floods Directive: setting the scene Marianne Wenning,
Director European Commission, Water Marine Environment & Chemicals Directorate D,

Marianne Wenning presentation


c) Context of EU water policies and the EUSDR, Péter Kovács,
State Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary

Kovacs Peter presentation


Session 2. Challenges and integrated measures

CHAIR: András Báldi, General Director of the Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Sharing waters, integrated river basin and international watercourse management


(i) Sediment issues and consequences in the Danube river – Józsa J., H. Habersack (Budapest University of Technology and Economics – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – Water Research Institute, VUVH, Slovakia)

Jozsa Janos presentation

Miroslav Lukas presentation


(ii) The Water Blueprint hydro-economic assessment for European regions
(European Commission Joint research Centre, – Dr. Ad de Roo, Italy)

Ad be Roo presentation


(iii) Longitudinal continuity for international watercourses
Cr. Sandu, Gúti G. (International Association for Danube Research – MTA Ecological Research)

Cristina Sandu-Gabor Guti presentation


(iv) Complex and innovative monitoring system for river basins
Kovács Zs. – Török A., (Pannon Egyetem – OKI)

Kovacs Zsofia-Torok Andrea presentation


(v) Compatibility of environmental requirements and sectoral water needs including navigation, agricultural domestic and industrial water use
R.Mair, I. Liska (International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River)

Raimund Mair presentation


(vi) Transboundary water management in Sava River Basin focusing on sediment and biodiversity issues
Dejan Komatina, Secretary of the International Sava River Basin Commission Secretariat (Slovenia and Sava Commission Countries)

Dejan Komatina presentation


DAY 2. Thursday 12/09/2013


CHAIR: Olimpia Negru, Priority Area Coordinator PA5 Romania


(b) Complex flood and drought management


(i) The Hungarian-Ukrainian joint Upper-Tisa flood management development program, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
Lajos Illés-Zoltán Tóth-János Szabó (VIZITERV Environ Kft.-ELCOM Kft.-Hydroinform Kft.)

Illes Lajos-Toth Zoltan presentation


Szabo Janos presentation 

(ii) Experiences of current flood events


1. Hydro-meteorological antecedents of 2013 flood – Ákos Horváth (Hungarian Meteorological Service) and András Csík (Hungarian Hydrological Forecasting Service of General Directorate of Water Management, Hungary)

Horvath Akos-Csik Andraspresentation


2. The contribution of science to the operative flood management – Prof. János Józsa (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

Jozsa Janos presentation


3. Training of flood managers – Zoltán Melicz, (Eötvös József College, Baja)

Melicz Zoltan presentation


(iii) The contribution and opportunities of the EU Danube Region Strategy in relation to the Flood and Drought Management – Péter Bakonyi and Olimpia Negru (PA5 coordinators)

Bakonyi Peter-Olimpia Negru presentation


AM CHAIR: Florian Ballnus, Priority Area Coordinator PA6 Bavaria


(c) Drinking water protection in changing climate


(i) CC WaterS: a model for water supply management measures – G. Kuschnig (Vienna Waterworks)

Gerhart Kuschnig presentation


(ii) CC WARE: mitigating vulnerability of water resources in a changing climate – L. Perger, I. Bogárdi (NeKI- Eötvös Loránd University)

Bogardi Istvan-Perger Laszlo presentation 


(d) Sanitation and waste water treatment improvements


(i) Deployment and upgrade of urban waste water treatment in the context of the River Basin Management – Cs. Haranghy (Water Works of Budapest)


(ii) Integrated solutions for waste water treatment in small settlements and rural areas – A. Clement (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

Clement Adrienn presentation 


(e) Climate adaptation focusing on ecosystem protection and cross cutting issues


(i) Regional climate modelling and coordinated policy responses – S. Szalai (Szent István University)

Szalai Sandor presentation 


(f) Implementation of economic instruments


(i) Combine objectives of efficiency, fairness and cost recovery – G. Ungvári (Corvinus University of Budapest)

Ungvari Gabor presentation 


(ii) Translate ecosystem services into social benefits – Simonffy Z. (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

Simonffy Zoltan presentation