9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 –  09:45 Official opening: Strategic infrastructure projects in times of climate challenges. Regional cohesion, economic sustainability, social development in Bulgaria and the region. Green transformation and climate challenges as an opportunity - priorities and strategies.
Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)

09:45 – 11:00  Opening session: European Green Deal - challenges and opportunities for Bulgaria and Southeast Europe

09:45 – 10:00  Mobilizing strategic infrastructure investments through flexible financial instruments as an accelerator for the transformation, competitiveness and inclusion of Bulgaria and the countries of Southeast Europe
Lilyana Pavlova
, Vice President, European Investment Bank (EIB)

10:00 – 10:10  Strategic transport and information infrastructure projects - mobility, cohesion and connectivity in a time of dynamic economic development
Rossen Jelyazkov, Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)

10:10 – 10:20  Bulgaria's Regional Policy - growth and sustainable development of the regions
Petya Avramova, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)

10:20 – 10:30 Energy infrastructure: diversification of energy sources and policies for Bulgaria and the region
Temenuzhka Petkova
, Minister of Energy, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)

10:30 – 10:40   Ecological infrastructure: challenges and synchronization of pan-European climate policies
Emil Dimitrov
, Minister of Environment and Water, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)

10:40 – 10:50  Strategic infrastructure development – a key tool for a competitive economy with high added value
Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)

10:50 – 11:00 Priorities, policies and strategies for developing strategic infrastructure and improving regional cohesion and integration
Iskra Mihailova, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-chairman of the Renew Europe Group

11:00 – 12:00  Panel 1: Financing: Contemporary financial models and tools as an answer to the growing need for modern infrastructure and the fiscal challenges. Public-Private Partnership Potential - opportunities and risks

- Encouraging and mobilizing of the strategic infrastructure investments through flexible financial instruments. What are the opportunities for implementation of the infrastructure projects provided by in the 2021 - 2027 period?
- Attracting private capital in infrastructure project development: What are the opportunities and risks for the public and private sector? What characteristics must capital projects have in order to be eligible for public private partnership financing?
- Case study: Sofia Airport concession - investment projects and development plans

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 14:30 Panel 2: Connectivity and mobility: Transport and communication infrastructure - priority projects in the context of new measures to achieve zero net emissions in the EU by 2050.
- Road transport infrastructure - priorities for the new 2021-2027 program period.
- Railway infrastructure: modernization of key railway sections in Bulgaria as an important element in the development of the Ten-T network corridors – what’s next?
- Sofia’s metro as a key environmental transport project
- Ports – investment projects 2020. Development opportunities. Bulgaria as a key integrated transport hub.
- E-Mobility, autonomous vehicles and their effect on the transformation of existing and future transport infrastructure planning. Charging infrastructure as a key component - successful models.

14:40 – 15:40 Panel 3: Energy infrastructure as a key area for diversification and climate-neutral economy
- Large-scale investment projects for the development of the gas transmission system. Upcoming steps and stages in the implementation of the Balkan gas hub
- Investment projects related to the operation, maintenance and reliable functioning of the electricity grid
- Energy infrastructure and technologies - models for data generation and use

15:50 – 16:50 Panel 4: Environmental infrastructure - current projects and challenges - pan-European climate policies upgrade
- Dams and the water supply network - challenges for new projects
- Waste in the context of new green policies and the circular economy
- Big data: Environmental infrastructure and technologies: Prevention and optimization of risks through the use of technological solutions

*The programme is subject to change

Strategic Partner:

Golden sponsors:

With the support of:

Media partnes:

Research & database platform: