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 Priorities, policies and strategies for development of strategic infrastructure and improving regional connectivity and integration

Iskra Mihailova, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-chairman of the Renew Europe Group

10:10 – 10:20 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)

10:20 – 10:30 Bulgaria's Regional Policy - growth and sustainable development of the regions

Petya Avramova, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)

10:30 – 10:40 Energy infrastructure: diversification of energy sources and policies for Bulgaria and the region

Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)

10:40 – 10:50 Ecological infrastructure: Challenges and synchronization of pan-European climate and water policies

Atanaska Nikolova
, Deputy Minister of Environment and Water, Republic of Bulgaria

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel 1: Financing: Contemporary financial models and tools as an answer to the growing need for modern infrastructure. Public-Private Partnership Potential - opportunities and risks
-Mobilizing 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 projects development: What are the opportunities and risks for the public and the private sector? What are the key characteristics for the capital projects in order to be eligible for public private partnership financing?

Marinela Petrova, Deputy Minister of Finance, Republic of Bulgaria (invited)
Borislava Gabrovska, Hub Adviser at the European Investment Bank
Representative of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Representative of World Bank
David Delgado, Senior Investment Director for Central Europe, Meridiam
Representative of PWC
Representative of Kinstellar
Representative of UniCredit Bulbank

Moderator: Kamen Krastev, CEO, The City Media Group

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Panel 2: Connectivity and mobility: Transport and communication infrastructure - priority projects in the context of the new measures for achievement of zero net emissions in the EU by 2050.
- Road transport infrastructure - priorities for the new 2021-2027 programme 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
- The introduction of 5G networks and the effect on technological connectivity
- JASPERS - support in the preparation of projects to improve road safety, adapt systems to future mobility, innovative transport, adaptation to climate change
- 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.
- Dunav-Egeya Highway - efficient, secure, multimodal and environmental infrastructure

Part 1

Andreana Atanasova
, Deputy Minister at Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (invited)
Neli Andreeva, Director of Strategic Development and Investment Projects Directorate, National Railway Infrastructure Company
Dipl. Eng. Angel Dzhorgov, Deputy Chief of Investments Activity Division, Metropoliten JSC
Ruslan Papazyan, Executive Director, Telelink

Moderator: Eng. Ivan Zdravchev, Chairman of the Board, BACCRC

Part 2

Dipl. Eng. Galina Vassileva, Head of the Managing Authority of Operational programme on Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014-2020, MTITS
Strahil Hristov, European commission, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy Unit E3 – Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia
Eng. Roumen Markov, General Manager, Large Infrastructure Projects
Eng. Zlatka Peteva, Director of Implementation of Projects under OP Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014-2020, Road Infrastructure Agency
Asen Antov, Transport Specialist at JASPERS Roads Division, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Ivan Petkov, expert, State Agency Road Safety

Moderator: Stefan Chaikov, Chairman of the Management Board, Bulgarian Branch Chamber "Roads"

15:10 – 16:00 Panel 3: Ecological Infrastructure - The Green Deal - Challenges and Opportunities for Bulgaria

Representative of Ministry of Environment and Water
Julian Popov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, European Climate Foundation
Boyan Rashev, Managing Partner, Denkstatt
Aglika Georgieva, Egologist, Sofproect

Moderator: Dobromir Simidchiev, Executive Director, Hydrolia

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