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2024 Technical Support Instrument Conference

Reforms with an impact: Together we are stronger!

 

The Conference

The 2024 Technical Support Instrument Annual Conference: “Reforms with an impact: Together we are stronger!”, hosted by Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms and by DG REFORM, will take place on 24 and 25 April 2024 in Brussels. The Conference will bring together high-level inspirational speakers and panellists from the EU Member States, the EU institutions, fellow international organizations to discuss how the EU supports the Member States reform process and how best we could keep supporting them in the future. This year’s Annual Conference will celebrate the 5th Cycle of the Technical Support Instrument (TSI) and will pave the way for the official launch of the TSI 2025 Cycle, and the communication of its priorities for the upcoming year. 

The Conference is open to the public upon registration, in situ at Maison du Bois - Av. des Volontaires 2, 1040 Brussels, and on-line, via a hybrid teleconference platform. The set up will propose for Q&A and polling features and provide a vibrant experience for both the in situ and online audiences, as was the case last year where more than 1500 participants attended online.

Day 1 AM : High-level event: “Reforms with an impact: Together we are stronger!” 

8.30 - 9.00  

Registration  

9.00 - 9.05  

Moderation, Naomi Lloyd  

9.05 - 9.15 

Opening address by Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Executive Vice-President  

9.15 - 9.25 Keynote address by Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Recovery, Strategic Investments & Science Policy, Belgium 

9.25 - 9.35 

Keynote address by Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms  

9.35 - 10.30  

Panel discussion on "Impact of EU support to reforms”, moderated by Nathalie Berger, Director, DG REFORM

Panel discussants 

Irene Piki, Deputy Minister to the President, Cyprus

Jurand Drop, Vice-Minister of Finance, Deputy State Secretary, Poland

Bojan Fras, Vice-governor of the Croatian National Bank

Kirsten Scholl, Director-General for European Policy at the Ministry of Economy and Climate Action, Germany

10.30 - 11.20

Panel discussion on “EU reforms support: key factors of success”, moderated by Judit Rozsa, Director, DG REFORM

Panel discussants 

Dragos Pȋslaru, Member of the European Parliament 

Bogdan Cristescu, State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Romania

Joyce Cassar, Permanent Secretary for People & Standards, Malta 

Francesco Corti, CEPS and Advisor to the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister  

11.20 - 11.45 

Coffee break

11.45 - 12.45
 

Panel discussion on “EU reform support for the future”, moderated by Mario Nava, Director General, DG REFORM

Panel Discussants 

Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

Niki Kerameus, Minister of the Interior, Greece

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, Minister for European Affairs, Ireland  

José Luis Escrivá Belmonte, Minister of Digital Transformation and Civil Service, Spain 

Pavlina Žáková, Deputy Minister for European affairs, Czech Republic 

Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Chair of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget, Committee of the Region

12.45 - 13.00     

Wrapping up the morning with Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms 

13.00 - 14.30     

Buffet lunch

Day 1 PM : High-level afternoon session & Launch of the Technical Support Instrument 2025 cycle   

  Welcome back by Naomi Lloyd 

14.30 - 15.00     

Live Podcast “Enhancing central government coordination to deliver for citizens – the example of Greece” 

with Niki Kerameus, Minister of the Interior, Greece and Yiannis Hadjiyiannis, Head of Unit, DG REFORM

15.00 - 15.20 

Live Podcast “Creating a common European culture of digital finance supervision” 

with Steven Maijoor, Executive Board Member of Supervision at the De Nederlandsche Bank, and Nathalie Berger, Director, DG REFORM

15.20 - 15.40 

Live Podcast “Partnerships with International Organisations” with Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, OECD Deputy Secretary-General, and Judit Rozsa, Director,  DG REFORM

15.40 - 15.50 

Conclusion of the high- level discussions and Launch of the TSI 2025 by Mario Nava, Director General, DG REFORM

15.50 - 16.10 

Live podcast “TSI 2025 cycle and latest trends” with Judit Rozsa, Director, DG REFORM and Naomi Lloyd

16.10 - 16-25

Closing address by Mario Nava, Director General, DG REFORM

Day 2 AM: Presentation of the Technical Support Instrument Flagship projects 2025

Moderator: Raquel Lucas, Head of Unit A2 

9:30 - 9:45  

Introductory remarks, Political framing and Context / Reflections on Day 1  

Mario Nava, Director-General of DG REFORM  

9.45 - 9.55 

TSI 2025, flagship technical support projects – pursuing EU policy goals” presentation by Nathalie Berger, Director, DG REFORM  

9.55 - 10:30  

Panel “Flagships and EU priorities” with representative of DGs, moderated by Yiannis Hadjiyannis, Head of Unit, DG REFORM 

William Sleath – SG

Benjamin Angel - DG TAXUD

Silvia Michelini – DG HOME

Mary Veronica TOVSAK PLETERSKI – DG GROW

10:30 - 11:00 

Thematic presentation of Flagships on Strengthening Public Administrations, with Kjartan Björnsson, Head of Unit, DG REFORM

11:00 - 11.30 

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00 

Thematic presentation - Flagships on Competitiveness and Sustainability, with Kaspar Richter and Laura Rinaldi, Heads of Unit, DG REFORM

12:00 - 12:30 

Thematic presentation - Flagships on Health, Demography, and Public finances and Revenue administration, and migration with Raluca Painter and Christoph Schwierz, Heads of Unit, DG REFORM

12:30 - 12:35 

Closing address by Judit Rozsa and Nathalie Berger, Directors, DG REFORM  

12:35  

End of event  

Speakers Annual Conference 2024

Picture of Thomas Dermine
State Secretary for Recovery, Strategic Investments & Science Policy, Belgium
Photo of Irene Piki
Deputy Minister to the President, Cyprus
Picture of Jurand Drop
Vice-Minister of Finance, Deputy State Secretary, Poland
Picture of Kirsten Scholl
Director-General for European Policies in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Picture of Joyce Cassar
Permanent Secretary for People & Standards, Malta
image of Pavlina Zakova
Deputy Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic
Picture of Emil Boc
Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Romania Chair of the COTER, European Committee of the Regions
Photo of Steven Maijoor
Executive Board Member of Supervision at the De Nederlandsche Bank