CHAIR Doug O’Brien, Chair of the OECD Rural Working Party; Acting Under Secretary, Rural Development United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS Vasco Errani, President of Emilia-Romagna Region Carlo Maria Oliva, Ambassador, Italy Permanent Representative of the OECD Normunds Popens, Deputy Director-General for Implementation, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission Matt Erskine, Vice-Chair of the OECD Territorial Development Policy Committee; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, United States Economic Development Administration (EDA)
KEYNOTE ADDRESS Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Session 1 Fostering and supporting rural-urban partnerships: key aspects for consideration
Chair: Wladyslaw Piskorz, Head of Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
Keynote address: Paolo Veneri, Economist, Regional Development Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Panelists: Elaine Carbines, Chief Executive Officer, The Geelong Region Alliance, Australia Gina H. Greathouse, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Commerce Lexington Inc., United States Mara Valdinosi, Senior Programme Officer, Province Forli-Cesena, Italy Hilkka Laine, Programme Manager, Regional Council of Central Finland
Session II How the size of the city changes the dynamics of the partnership
Chair: Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Head, Regional Development Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Keynote address: David Freshwater, Professor, Agricultural Economics and Martin School of Public Administration, University of Kentucky, United States (RURBAN Expert)
Panelists: Jaromír Hainc, Architect, Bureau of Metropolitan Planning, Prague, Czech Republic Franco Mantino, Research Director, The National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA), Italy Francisco Javier Jaraiz-Cabanillas, Professor, Regional Geography, University of Extremadura, Spain Valerie J Carter, President, European Council for the Village and Small Town (ECOVAST)
Session III Governing rural-urban partnerships: Lessons from the field
Chair: Richard Wakeford, Professor of Environment, Land Use and Rural Strategy, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom
Keynote address: Betty-Ann Bryce, Administrator, Rural and Regional Programme, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Panelists: Christa Standecker, Managing Director, Nuremberg Metropolitan Region Nuremberg, Germany Linda Peltzer, Advisor European Affairs BrabantStad, Netherlands Ana Firmino, Professor, Geography & Regional Planning, Nova University of Lisbon; Co-Chair of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems, International Geographical Union, Portugal Peter Austin, Co-chair EUROCITIES Metropolitan Areas Working Group; Planning Advisor, City of Oslo, Norway
Session IV Rural and urban planning to promote greater co-operation
Chair: Monica Brezzi, Head, Territorial Analysis and Statistics Unit, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD
Keynote address: Richard Baker, Economic Advisor to Newcastle City Council, United Kingdom (RURBAN Expert)
Panelists: Stéphanie Poppe, European Affairs Manager, Rennes Metropole Forecasting and Sustainable Development, General Direction International Relations and European Partnerships Service, Rennes, France Ada Lucia De Cesaris, Vice Mayor, City of Milan, Italy Stanislaw Dendewicz, Director, Regional Office for Spatial Planning, Westpomerania Region, Poland Christian Svanfeldt, Senior Policy Analyst, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission Rea Orfanou, Executive of the Special Service for Strategy, Planning and Evaluation of Development Programmes, Ministry of Development and Competitiveness, Greece
Session V Recap and way forward: a framework for action
Chair: Michael Ralph, Adviser to the Deputy Director-General, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission.
Panelists Charlina Vitcheva, Director, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission Mark Cropper, International Relations Officer, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission Doug O’Brien, Chair of the OECD Rural Working Party; Acting Under Secretary, Rural Development United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Duarte Rodrigues, Chair of the OECD Working Party for Territorial Indicators; Deputy Co-ordinator of Portuguese NSRF Observatory, Portugal Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Head, Regional Development Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD Sabina De Luca, Head, Department for Development and Cohesion Policy Ministry of Economic Development, Italy
Closing remarks by:
Carlo Trigilia, Minister for Territorial Cohesion, Italy Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Wine & Cheese Tasting (Parmigiano Reggiano) Thursday, 24 October 2013 18:00-19:00 followed by a cultural tour of Palazzo d'Accurisio and Dinner at 20:30.
Videos from the case study regions in Finland and Germany:
In sparsely populated Central Finland, communities enter voluntary agreements to provide key services. The European Commission is encouraging co-operative initiatives in this area, including the development of widespread broadband, to achieve 'smart and inclusive growth'.
In the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg, in Germany, rural-urban partnerships, with support from the European Commission, are offering new opportunities in the fields of food production, tourism and energy supply.
Previous OECD Rural Development Policy Conferences
"Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy"
3-5 October 2012, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
The complete list of previous conferences on rural development can be found on our conferences on regional development web page.