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Agenda DAY1
FRI 11 OCTOBER
Agenda DAY2
SAT 12 OCTOBER
FOCUS GROUPS
Informal Programme
FRI 11 OCT - SAT 12 OCT
9:00
Registration
9:30 - 11:00
Morning Coffee
09:30 - 10:15
TATRA SUMMIT YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SESSION
Upon separate invitation only
10:15 - 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:00
TATRA SUMMIT YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CHAT
Upon separate invitation only
12:00 - 13:00
WELCOME BUFFET LUNCH
13:00 - 13:15
OFFICIAL WELCOME
RÓBERT VASS, President, GLOBSEC, Bratislava
VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS
13:15 - 13:30
OPENING REMARKS
VAZIL HUDÁK, Vice-President, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
IVAN KORČOK, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States
VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS
13:30 - 14:30
PREPARING FOR THE NEXT RECESSION?
State of Germany's economy casts a shadow over Europe. Combined with ongoing trade wars, rising protectionism, Brexit and uncertain future of Europe's relations with the UK, it puts governments and businesses under pressure.To fight these negative trends, the European Central Bank has decided torestart itsquantitative easingprogramme and lowered already negative interest rates to incentivize loans. Arewe witnessinga temporary cooling of the economy or is there ashock behind the door? Should businesses brace themselves for an upcoming recession? How can monetary policy help and how effective it can be if governments fail todeliver on their side?

H.E. JERZY KWIECIŃSKI, Minister of Investment and Economic Development of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw
JOHAN VAN OVERTVELDT, Chair, Committee on Budgets, European Parliament, Brussels
GABOR GION, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Hungary
DANIEL KŘETINSKÝ, Chairman of the Board, EPH, Prague
Led by: REBECCA CHRISTIE, Visiting Fellow, Bruegel, Brussels

14:30 - 15:00
Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:00
SUSTAINABLE FINANCE:EUROPE LEADING THE WAY?
The Paris Agreement and the UN SDGs have accelerated the financial sector’s embrace of “sustainable finance” and its underpinning environment, social and governance criteria. This international commitment was adopted by the European Commission in its Action Plan for Sustainable Finance in 2018. With the launch of the new EU political cycle, how should this agenda be translated into action for 2020 and beyond? What is the role of central banks in moving towards a competitive yet low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy? What steps can the financial sector take to incentivize the flow of capital from traditional business models towards sustainable ones?

H.E. ANDREJ BERTONCELJ, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia (TBC)
PETER KAŽIMÍR, Governor, National Bank of Slovakia
PIERRE HEILBRONN, Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, London
TIMOTHY MURPHY, General Counsel and Chief Franchise Officer, Mastercard, New York
Led by: ALICIA PRAGER, Freelance Journalist, Berlin

VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

16:00 -16:30
Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00
TATRA CHAT: TRANSFORMING THE CEE REGION
Although the CEE region has been successful in attracting investment, the economies are very much reliant on manufacturing, especially on the automotive industry, combustion engine and related supply chains. The dominant automotive industry is facing multiple challenges –trade wars, green transition, and automation. On the verge of a transformative breakthroughbrought by thefourth industrial revolution, the region clearly lacks the presence of research and
development capital. What can the CEE countriesdo to not only tackle these issues but to plan ahead and increase their competitive edge? How can they not become the “Detroit” of Europe? Could they be its “Silicon Valley” instead?
H.E. LADISLAV KAMENICKÝ, Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic
H.E. KAREL HAVLÍČEK, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Prague
Led by: JOSHUA POSANER, Reporter, Politico, Brussel
VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS
17:00 - 17:30
TATRA TALK: TECH SHAPING OUR WORLD
ALEXANDER KNOLL, CEO, Ability app, Post Falls
VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS
17:45 - 19:15
FOCUS GROUPS
Please see more details Focus Groups table.
Upon separate invitation only.
20:00 -
GLOBSEC TATRA SUMMIT AWARD DINNER FEATURING THE GLOBSEC EUROPEAN AWARD AND THE GLOBSEC BUSINESS AWARD
GLOBSEC European Award: H.E. DONALD TUSK, President, European Council, Brussels
GLOBSEC European Award: PETER KAŽIMÍR, Governor, National Bank of Slovakia
Upon separate invitation only
20:00 -
TRADITIONAL SLOVAK DINNER
VENUE: KOLIBA PATRIA, ŠTRBSKÉ PLESO
Upon separate invitation only
22:00 -
COCTAIL
VENUE: LOBBY, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS
FEATURING PETER LIPA BAND
08:30 - 10:00
FOCUS GROUPS
Upon separate invitation only
10:15 - 11:00
CAPITAL MARKETS OF EUROPE,UNITE!
Creating the Capital Markets Union would mean more investment for innovation, start-ups and SMEs, facilitating cross-border investment, supporting growth and job creation. A common investment market might even make the European economy more resilient to shocks via diversification of funding sources.However, there is little progress in this area on a European level. Can the CEE region, suffering from even stronger dependence on bank lending and lack of proper stock exchange instruments, be the leader?

H.E. ANDREJ BERTONCELJ, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia
ANDREAS TREICHL, CEO, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
WILHELM MOLTERER, Managing Director, European Fund for Strategic Investments, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Led by: REBECCA CHRISTIE, Visiting Fellow, Bruegel, Brussels
VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

11:15 - 12:15
TOWARDS A MORE COMPETITIVE UNION:THE LEVERAGE OF THE EU BUDGET
The upcoming 7-year budget for the European Union will not only lay down its political priorities, but also set course for its competitiveness strategy. Many interests come into play –interests of the Member States, institutions, business sector. How can we find the right balance betweencohesion, infrastructure, sustainability, innovation, green economy? What isthe right strategy for reaching the ultimate goal –boosting European competitiveness?

FRANTIŠEK RUŽIČKA, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
ANA PAULA ZACARIAS, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic
LEOŠ DVOŘÁK, Director R&D Centre, Valeo, Prague
Led by: VAZIL HUDÁK, Vice President, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

11:15 - 12:15
A EUROPEAN GREEN NEW DEAL?
Stalled negotiations over Europe’s 2050 net zero target served as a fresh reminder of the underlying West-East political fault lines on climate action consequential to the next EU budget and updated EIB lending practices. First, a number of CEE governments are adamant about securing financial compensation for communities adversely affected by the low carbon transition in the power and transport sectors –coal producing regions and the automotive industry. At the same time these sectors offer investment opportunities for the new low carbon economy. Second, regional energy security dialogue continues to prioritize major cross-border gas pipelines that risk becoming stranded assets. Given this year’s overlapping MFF negotiations and EIBinternal lending review, how should we expect green financing instruments and guidelines to contribute to more ambitious EU 2030 climate targets? How can the vast opportunities presented by low carbon technologies be harnessed to help to bring about a just transition benefitting CEE countries in the form of innovation investments and applications? What is required for an EU 2050 carbon neutral agreement?

MARGARIDA MARQUES, Vice Chair, Committee on Budgets, European Parliament, Brussels
EMMA NAVARRO, Vice President, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
GABRIEL SZABÓ, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, Slovnaft, Bratislava
TANJA VAINIO, Country Managing Director Czech Republic and Slovakia, ABB, Prague
Led by: SONJA VAN RENSSEN, Co-Founder & Brussels Editor, Energy Post, Brussels
VENUE: KRIVÁŇ, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

12:15 - 12:45
Coffee Break
12:45 - 13:15
TATRA CHAT: EU IN A DISRUPTED WORLD
H.E. MIROSLAV LAJČÁK, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Led by: STEVE CLEMONS, Editor-at-Large, The Hill, Washington D. C.
13:15 - 14:00
CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE OF A TRADE WAR
The complexity of the tariff war between the US and China creates a lot of uncertainty for European businesses. Global supply chains are being disrupted and markets distorted. Large European car producers with U.S.-based production have already been harmed by Chinese tariffs imposed on American-made cars. The looming danger of tariffs being imposed on European cars exported to the U.S. market is a grave danger for one of the most vital sectors of European economy. On the other hand, the tariff war opens up a possibility for unexpected profits. According to the UN, U.S.-China bilateral trade will decline and be replaced by trade originating in other countries. The European Unionstands to gain the largest share, about $70 billion of new exports. How should European businesses prepare for the disruption of global supply chains? How can they capitalize on this opportunity and boost their exports?

JÖRG WUTTKE, President, EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Beijing
BISWAJIT BANERJEE, Chief Economist, National Bank of Slovakia
GORDON BAJNAI, Chairman of Global Advisory Board, Campbell Lutyens, London
Led by: JOANNA SOPINSKA, Senior Trade Correspondent, MLex Market Insight,Brussels
VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

14:30 -
CLOSING REMARKS
VENUE: GERLACH BALLROOM, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS
14:45 -
Farewell lunch
preliminary FRI 18:00 - 19:30
POST-BREXIT: EU COMPETITIVENESS COMPROMISED
The possible effects of all the different Brexit scenarios have been widely debated with regards to businesses on both sides of the Chanel. Beyond the most fundamental issue of future trade relations, however, lies the question of competitiveness of European businesses post-Brexit. Will the departure of the UK enhance or weaken the European business environment? How will the new rule book affect research and development as well as manufacturing plants of EU-wide businesses currently based in the UK? What can be done to ensure a smooth future cooperation and thus a strong European position on the global playing field?

ANA PAULA ZACARIAS, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic
JAKUB WIŚNIEWSKI, Vice President, GLOBSEC, Bratislava
TIMOTHY MURPHY, General Counsel, Mastercard, New York
ANDREW GARTH, British Ambassador to Slovakia,
Led by: ZUZANA PODRACKÁ, Research Fellow, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava
VENUE: JUNIOR APARTMENT 015, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

preliminary FRI 18:00 - 19:30
FUTURE INDUSTRIES
All around Europe, industries face a challenge of digitalisation. New opportunities in connectivity, deployment of AI, 3D printing and other technological innovations rapidly change the way companies do business, educate, hire and employ workforce, and the way they produce, distribute and sell. This change is particularly relevant for countries where economy rely strongly on industrial production, the wider Central Europe being a prime European example. While this transformation has been enabled by technologies, it remains a major test for public institutions, policymaking and human cooperation. Do we have an effective structured dialogue between businesses and public institutions on necessary actions to be taken? What is the role of public institutions, politicians and policymakers in mastering the change? Do we know what needs to be done? Is it clear how responsibilities are divided between the EU, national and municipal level? What tools do governments have available to keep the presence of multinationals in their economies and how do they reach out to their headquarters?

Introductory remarks by:
H.E. PETER ŽIGA, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava
JÖRG WUTTKE, President, EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Beijing
VLADIMÍR ŠUCHA, Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Brussels
TANJA VAINIO, Country Managing Director Czech Republic and Slovakia, ABB, Prague
Led by: JURAJ ČORBA, Tech & Society Fellow, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava
VENUE: KRIVÁŇ, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

preliminary FRI 18:00 - 19:30
SUSTAINABLE LABOUR FORCE: CHALLENGES AHEAD
Long-term issues such as the aging of population are not attractive in political competition and therefore are often carelessly dismissed by policymakers. However, they might very soon pose real threats to European states. From pension and welfare systems to healthcare and labour market, many areas of public policy will be affected if the current trend continues. What are the solutions for European countries? Are reasonable migration policies the way to go? How can states sustain the care for elderly without overburdening the productive population? Is a European-wide solution tangible?

GÁBOR GION, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Hungary
DANIELA ZAMPINI, Senior Employment Specialist, International Labour Organization, Budapest
ANITA FÜRSTENBERG-LUCIUS, Director, Central and South Eastern Europe Department, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
MICHAL ŠIMEČKA, Member, Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Parliament, Brussels
Led by: ORSOLYA RÁCZOVÁ, Senior Research Fellow, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava
VENUE: DELUXE ROOM 009, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

preliminary FRI 18:00 - 19:30
SMES – THE FUTURE OF CEE?
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises account for 99% of entrepreneurial entities, yet they are the most vulnerable subjects and are very sensitive to inefficient regulation. The CEE region leads in the number of new SMEs being established; their increased share is especially strong in high-tech sectors. Could SMEs be the recipe for mitigating the dependence of economies on manufacturing and transition towards innovation and entrepreneurship? What regulation and support mechanisms should be adopted on national and European levels to support the growth of SMEs? How can SMEs contribute to the increase of research and development activities?

MATEUSZ SZCZUREK, EU Lead Economist and Member of the European Fiscal Board, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,Warsaw
MARINA RANGA, Senior Researcher, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Seville
ALEXANDER RESCH, CEO, VÚB, Bratislava
Led by: ZHIKICA (ZACH) PAGOVSKI, Program Officer, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, D.C
VENUE: DELUXE ROOM 011, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

preliminary SAT 08:30 - 10:00
BELT AND ROAD: CHANCE TO ENHANCE CONNECTIVITY
Europe and Asia account for over 60% of the world’s GDP and their trade exchange reaches around 1,5 trillion euros annually. This creates a demand for stronger connectivity between Europe and Asia, as well as within their macro regions. The Belt and Road Initiative has become a divisive issue for Europe. Some see The Belt and Road Initiative as an opportunity for building infrastructure and attracting foreign investment. Others remain wary of the Chinese global project; warning of its geopolitical implications. Could it be an opportunity to tackle the issue of connectivity on a complex scale? How can the EU and China cooperate to build sustainable and efficient connectivity? Can the EU apply its experience in creating transnational networks on a global scale? What is the role of private sector in this initiative?
largest share, about $70 billion of new exports. How should European businesses prepare for the disruption of global supply chains? How can they capitalize on this opportunity and boost their exports?

GÁBOR GION, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Hungary
JÖRG WUTTKE, President, EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Beijing
MIKULÁŠ DZURINDA, President, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Brussels
ANDREI RĂDULESCU, Director of Macroeconomic Research, Banca Transilvania, Bucharest
Led by: OANA POPESCU, Director, GlobalFocus Center, Bucharest
VENUE: DELUXE ROOM 009, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

preliminary SAT 08:30 - 10:00
GENDER DIVERSITY: KEY FOR INNOVATION
According to recent studies, companies supporting gender diversity within their structures, including top management positions, tend to increase their profits between 5 up to 20%. Higher gender diversity boosts both public and private sector's ability to attract and retain talent, and enhances innovation, creativity and openness. Gender diversity has also positive implications in terms of economic growth and sustainable policies on national levels. What impact does a more gender-equal work environment have on innovations and investment? How can we remove the barriers and move towards more gender diverse work environment as well as society? How does a gender equality enabling environment looks like?

TANJA VAINIO, Country Managing Director Czech Republic and Slovakia, ABB, Prague
JANA KOBZOVÁ, Policy Director, Rasmussen Global, Brussels
MAITHREYI SEETHARAMAN, Director, Fortune (Live Media Content), London
BENEDIKT FRANKE, Chief Operating Officer, Munich Security Conference, Munich
Led by: ALEXANDRA MARTIN, Strategic Forums Director, GLOBSEC, Bratislava

preliminary SAT 08:30 - 10:00
TECHNO-NATIONALISM: PURSUIT TO OWNING THE FUTURE?
Guided by protectionist tendencies, policymakers are tempted to apply anti-globalisation principles to technology transfers and innovation. Technological strength is a major determinant of how big a role a nation will play in global affairs; a dynamic that is rendered more complex due to geopolitical realities. There are a host of security implications while the role of private sector players remains undefined even as they lead development of technological capabilities. What, then, is the position of Europe, when the leading tech companies originate from the U.S. or China? What are the implications for the competitiveness of the European Union and can it adopt a unified front?

MARINA RANGA, Senior Researcher, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Seville
NICOLAS BAUQUET, Research Director, Institut Montaigne, Paris
DALE A. MARTIN, President & CEO, Siemens Zrt, Budapest
Led by: ALENA KUDZKO, Deputy Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava
VENUE: DELUXE ROOM 011, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

preliminary SAT 08:30 - 10:00
SMART TAXATION IN A FAST-CHANGING GLOBAL ECONOMY
Taxation policy is largely reserved to Member States, but the European Union should nevertheless do more to address the concerns of its citizens and combat tax avoidance, evasion and fraud, and at the same time provide more flexibility of implementation at national level. EU should promote predictability in taxes, flexibility and foster innovation by decreasing the cost or providing tax benefits for innovative activities. It has become increasingly important to consider a more efficient law-making in the field of taxation as announced in President’s Juncker 2018 State of the Union. How can member states embrace taxes as an efficient tool of regulation? How should tax systems adapt to the disruptive reality we are facing? Can we build a smarter taxation system to fulfil international goals whilst taking into consideration national needs?

GEORGIOS PITSILIS, Governor, Independent Authority for Public Revenue, Athens
GRZEGORZ PONIATOWSKI, Vice President, Center for Social and Economic Research, Warsaw
CSABA FARAGÓ, Head of Foreign Affairs, Századvég Foundation, Budapest
DONATO RAPONI, Senior Advisor, Deloitte Europe, Brussels
Led by: FRANTIŠEK IMRECZE, Executive Secretary, Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations, Bratislava
VENUE: DELUXE ROOM 017, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

preliminary SAT 08:30 - 10:00
DRIVING CEE CLEAN MOBILITY ONTO THE EU AGENDA
The aim of this Tatra Summit 2019 Focus Group is to outline a programme and demand action from incoming Commissioners and MEPs to accelerate the development, application and use of clean transport technology in CEE. The recently published GISM report ‘Financing Social and Technological Innovation in CEE Sustainable Mobility’ will serve as the basis of discussion focusing on unlocking blending facilities and spurring green transport project pipelines across the region. Since the bloc has agreed to a strong midterm 2030 emissions reduction target, how does CEE translate more ambitious climate and environmental policies into innovative and competitive industries that contribute to economic growth in the future low carbon economy? What are the limiting factors to regional clean mobility investment and what actions can national and local governments take to mitigate them?

NORMUNDS POPENS, Deputy Director-General, Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Brussels
IVAN LESAY, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Slovak Investment Holding, Bratislava
WILHELM MOLTERER, Managing Director, European Fund for Strategic Investments, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
MARTIN HOJSÍK, Member, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
European Parliament, Brussels
RAZVAN NICOLESCU, Partner, Sector Leader for Energy and Resources in Central and Eastern Europe, Deloitte Romania, Bucharest
KAMIL ČERMÁK, Chairman of the Board and CEO, ČEZ ESCO, Prague
Led by: JULIAN POPOV, Chairman, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, Brussel
VENUE: JUNIOR APARTMENT 015, GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI HIGH TATRAS

SAT 12 OCT, 15:30 - 16:00
Transport from the Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras to the Sliezsky dom at Velické Pleso.
SAT 12 OCT, 16:00 - 17:00
Guided Tour Around Velické Pleso.
SAT 12 OCT, 17:00 - 18:00
Snack
SAT 12 OCT, 18:00 - 18:30
Transport from the Sliezsky dom to the Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras.
SAT 12 OCT, 20:00 -
GLOBSEC Tatra Summit Informal Evening
Venue: Lobby Bar, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

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