Konnektivitätspolitik auf dem Balkan

Zwischen Nachhaltigkeit, EU-Integration und geopolitischen Herausforderungen

The conference “Connectivity Policy on the Balkans: Between Sustainability, EU-Integration and Geopolitical Challenges” will take place in Burgas, on 26th of May 2023 at 11:00 a.m at the International Congress Center Burgas (Hall Foros; Registration: 10:30 am) Improving connectivity in Europe and between Europe and Asia has unique added value for the citizens and for the economic growth. Our goal in this endeavour is to help promote the proposals or recommendations on connectivity infrastructure, energy security and institutional resilience and to create a critical mass of knowledge on the Connectivity Agenda. The criticality of TEN-T Core Corridors became more obvious than ever in the context of the war in Ukraine and the bridging role of the Black sea basin has never been of such an importance. Due to its location, Bulgaria is playing a crucial role in the development of Corridor 4 (Orient/ East- Med) and Corridor 9 (Rhine-Danube) as well as of all critical intermodal nods. The challenges and the possibilities for transport connections on the Balkans, both water and land transport, are the focus of the conference. Besides, pivotal role will be given to the importance of connectivity policies for economic development and for bringing nations together. The event will be opened by the head of the Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Bulgaria, Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes. Within the framework of the discussion, insights about EU-integration and geopolitical challenges will be presented by the 4th President of Bulgaria and Minister of Regional development and public works (2009 -2011), Rosen Plevneliev. Andrey Novakov, MEP and Substitute of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament, will give a talk about the European Connectivity Agenda and geopolitical challenges (CV on the bottom right). The top priorities in the European Connectivity Agenda will be presented by Matej Zakonjsek, Director of Permanent Secretariat of Transport Community Treaty, as well as by Ardian Hackaj, Coordinator of Tirana Connectivity Forum. An academic perspective about the opportunities and challenges in the field of connectivity, will be shared by Asen Asenov, Dean of Faculty of Transport, University of Ruse. The public discussion aims to bring together representatives of the governmental, non-governmental, academic and business sectors, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as journalists. The event will be carried out in ENGLISH and BULGARIAN.



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Connectivity Policy on the Balkans:

Between Sustainability, EU-Integration and geopolitical Challenges


Date and Venue: International Congress Center Burgas, Burgas, 26th of May 2023

Languages: English, Bulgarian



10:30 – 11:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee


11:00 – 11:30

Greetings and Opening

Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes,

Director of Konrad Adenauer Foundation Bulgaria


Vesna Baltina,

Deputy Mayor of Burgas


11:30 – 11:45

EU-Integration and geopolitical Challenges

Rosen Plevneliev,

4th President of the Republic of Bulgaria,

Minister of Regional development and public works (2009 -2011)


11:45 – 12:00

Setting the Scene

Matej Zakonjsek,

Director of Permanent Secretariat of Transport Community Treaty (Online)


12:00 – 12:45

Panel 1:

On the road to a connected Europe

Andrey Novakov,

Member of the European Parliament

European Connectivity Agenda and Geopolitical challenges


Dr. Marius Ghincea,

Ph.D. Researcher at the European University Institute, Florence


Mariana Kancheva,

Executive Director of the Union of the Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities: European projects and programs in the field of connectivity


Dr. Ardian Hackaj,

Coordinator of Tirana Connectivity Forum


12:45 – 13:30


Moderation: Martin Stoyanov, RESECO Bulgaria


13:30 – 14:30

Lunch break


14:30 – 14:40

Inputs: Role of critical infrastructure in national prosperity

Dr. Martin Hoffmann,

Director Strategy and Research, German Eastern Business Association (Online)


14:40 – 15:30

Panel 2:

Sustainable and resilient transport infrastructure

Petko Stamatov,

Coordinator Operation, Terminal East, Port Burgas


Ivo Barzov,

Key Account Manager, Aviation Development Department, Fraport Bulgaria


Mariyan Sabev,

Cyber Security Senior Expert, Center of Study of Democracy:

Cybersecurity in the transport and logistics industry


Ivelin Zanev,

Executive Director of Executive Agency Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River: Criticality of TEN-T Corridors


15:30 – 16:00


Moderation: Daniel Shekerletov

Third secretary: Transport, Intermodal Questions and Networks, Permanent Representation of the Republic Bulgaria in Brussels


16:00 – 16:15

Coffee break


16:15 – 17:00

Panel 3:

Connectivity and Economic Growth

Assoc. Prof. Asen Assenov,

Dean of Faculty of Transport, University of Ruse


Andrey Runchev, TBC

Vice-Chairman Committee on Transport and Communication, 48th National Assembly (GERB-SDS)


Assoc. Prof. Rumyana Zheleva,

Researcher, Bulgarian Academy of Science


Yasen Georgiev, Executive Director, Economic Policy Institute: Economic development through regional connectivity


17:00 – 17:30


Moderation: Stefan Karaleev, RESECO Bulgaria


Event management:


Zlatozara Stoilova,

Projectcoordinator Connectivity and Moderation of the event, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Bulgaria


Maria Tchakarova,

Academic Researcher, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Bulgaria


Angelina Rasheva,

Office Manager, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Bulgaria


Ivanina Petrova,

Finance manager, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Bulgaria


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