18 Jun 2018 - 19 Jun 2018 | Bruxelles, Belgium


18 Jun 2018
08:00 – 09:45
Main lobby, Rue Belliard 101 CoR
09:30 – 10:00
Foyer 5
Welcome Coffee
10:00 – 12:15
Room JDE52
a. ‘You my Dear Customer, 5 Continents’ – The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan (Sustainable Businesses)

Opening Statements by Keynote Speaker Mr. Arnaldo Abruzzini, CEO of EuroChambres 

Moderator: Mr. Alberto Carvalho, America, AJEPC & SinoPLPE China and Portuguese Speaking Countries

Speakers, Presidents of Young Entrepreneurs: 

  • Africa.- Mrs. Innocentia Motau, President Entrepreneurs Africa
  • Europe.- Mr. Andrea Gelfi, President JEUNE - Young Entrepreneurs Europe
  • Asia.- Mr. Michael Lee, Secretary General World Alliance – Young Entrepreneurs Asia
  • Australia.- Mr. Archie Ravishankar, UN Youth Ambassador Australia-India - Young Entrepreneur Australia
  • Mr. Jean Van Wetter, General Director at Handicap International, Humanity & Inclusion - Business Case

Mr. Christophe Leclercq, Founder of EURACTIV & Associate Professor ULB, Institut d'Etudes Européennes - Keynote Conclusions Speech

Mr. Jorge Eduardo Rios, United Nations:  'Sustainable Businesses Preserve Wildlife' - Keynote Conclusions Speech

Mr. Rios is Chief of the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime and  Chief of Sustainable Livelihoods at the UNODC

After the Session, JEUNE (Young Entrepreneurs of the European Union), will hold its General Assembly and Steering Committee from 12.15 to 13.15pm at room JDE51

10:00 – 12:15
Room JDE53
b. ‘Collaborative Economy’ – Shared Accommodation and Transport

Opening Statement by Mr. Jeroen Merchiers as Managing Director of Airbnb for Europe, Middle East and Africa and video statement by Mr. Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO of Airbnb 

Moderators: Mr. Dumitru Fornea, Member and Rapporteur of European Economic and Social Committee EESC and Mr. Richard Tuffs, Director of ERRIN 2010-17 (Regional Governments all over Europe)


  • Keynote Speaker: Mr. Vincent RossoCo-Founder and Former Director General of Blablacar Spain
  • Mr. Archie Ravishankar, Founder and CEO of Cogni, successful Digital FinTech Startup (Shared Economy)
  • Mr. Jeroen Merchiers, Managing Director of Airbnb for Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Mrs. Ngwako Ramohlale, CEO of Nunnovation Africa - Collaborative Construction and Social Inclusion
  • Mr. Jean Luc Habimana, Blogger for Faces2Hearts in Africa - How the EU Implements Sustainable Projects in Africa, the cradle of Sharing Economy

Closing Speech by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

11:30 – 13:30
Atrium 5
#5Gcitizens Watify Matchmaking Brokerage: DIGITISATION & EU Projects
12:15 – 13:15
Atrium 5
Sandwich Time
13:15 – 15:30
Room JDE52
a. ‘We, the Peoples of the World’ – Initiatives Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their Countries

Opening Statement by Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of Policy Analysis & Public Affairs at the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) 

Moderator.- Mrs. Innocentia Motau, President of Young Entrepreneurs Africa

Speakers, together with the UNODC representative.-

Mr. Giovanni Mastrogiacomo,  DG DEVCO, European Commission - EuropeAid; SDGs, Policy and Coherence on behalf of Director-General Mr. Stefano Manservisi

Mr. Anthony Gooch, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the OECD

Mr. Sergio Jaramillo, Ambassador of Colombia to the European Union

Mr. H. E. Mr. Rodney Perera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the European Union

Mrs. Luminiţa Teodora Odobescu, Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union

Mr. Yousef Bataineh, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Jordan to the European Union 

Mr. Everton Vieira Vargas, Ambassador of Brazil to the European Union

Professor Mr. Jeffrey Owens, Leader of the award-winning initiative on the UN SDGs called: 'Multi-stakeholder Initiative on Tax and Good Governance in Africa'   

Closing Keynote Speaker: Mr. Joaquin Boston, President of Entreps & 5Gcitizens "SDGs, Innovation, Citizens and Good Governance together, the only feasible future"

The UN, the OECD, DG DEVCO from the European Commission and a number of Diplomats will address current projects implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide.

The moderator will give the floor to each speaker to introduce their policies and success stories, showing their organisations' commitment to Sustainable Development. 

After that, 5 ambassadors will briefly share some real examples of projects implementing the UN SDGs.

A final Q&A session will allow the audience to interact with the panelists.

Outside the room there will be a TV set for 101 nationalities to tell short stories about the SDGs in their countries.

13:15 – 15:30
Room JDE70
b. ‘Climate Change in a Stormy Global Environment’ – Responsible Production and Consumption

Opening Speech by Professor Mr. Jean-Pascal van YperseleUnited Nations-IP Climate Change Vice-Chair for AR5 (2008-2015) and Mr. José Inácio Faria, MEP,  Rapporteur on Climate Action - European Parliament

  • Moderator: Mrs. Pascaline Gaborit, Director of Pilot4DEV Sustainable Development Goals


  • Mrs. Evelyne Huytebroeck, former Minister of Environment, Energy, Youth and Social Affairs of Belgium 
  • Mr. Emmanuel Katrakis, Secretary-Gral of EURIC
  • Mr. Björn Stockhausen, Seas at Risk
  • Mrs. Meera Ghani, Policy Coordinator, ECOLISE
  • Dr. Mrs, Marthe Djuikom, Environmental Investor in Africa and Founder of FERDEDSI
  • Mr. Juha Ala-Mursula, Head of the 6Aika Managing Group and Executive Director at BusinessOulu
  • Mr. Ariel Contreras, Blogger for Faces2Hearts in Latin America - How the EU Implements Sustainable Projects in Latin America, a Virgin Continent?
13:15 – 15:30
Room JDE53
c. ‘Updated Women’- Inclusive Quality Education and Life-long Learning for All

Opening statement by Mrs. Lowri Evans, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

  • Moderator Mr. Stefaan Hermans, Director of Policy Strategy and Evaluation at DG Education EAC (European Commission), assisted by Mrs. Alexandrina RobuPresident of Women Young Entrepreneurs Europe 

Speakers supporting Quality Education and Freedom as drivers to Inclusive Employment 

  • Mrs. Kashetu Kyenge, MEP European Parliament - invited.
  • 18-year-old Mrs. Sofia Rodriguez, Executive Board of the European Youth Parliament – Youth MEP 
  • Mrs. Madi Sharma, Women Leader in Europe and India - Serial Entrepreneur
  • Mrs. Maria Baracsi, Head of International Cooperation at IFKA Hungary Gov (Development Industry)
  • Mrs. Cristina Atienza, Head of Employment and Career at UNIR On-line University
  • Mrs. Lauren Chan, Blogger for Faces2Hearts in Asia - How the EU Implements Sustainable Projects in Asia, Women Empowerment
  • Mrs. Ellie Tomassi, Blogger for Faces2Hearts in Africa- How the EU Implements Sustainable Projects in Africa, Violence against Women

Closing Speech by Ms. Alexandra Kirgios, Coordinator at ONE Campaign against Extreme Poverty in Belgium

Video by Assistant Porfessor Mrs. Roja Fazaeli, Trinity College Dublin (Islam and Women in Middle East)

15:30 – 15:45
Foyer 5
Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:30
Room JDE52
a. ‘DSM: Achievements and Goals’ – Engaging the EU Citizens by Promoting 5G to Develop Industrial Digitisation, eGovernment, Roaming and Blockchain

Opening Statement by Mrs. Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society and by Mrs. Lara Comi, Member of the European Parliament - MEP, followed by a video-statement by the Presidency of Nokia

Interviewing on how the Digital Single Market impacts the EU and worldwide citizens: 

  • Keynote speaker and Moderator.- Mr. Joaquin Boston, President of the International Board of Business Owners and Entrepreneurs (Entreps) - Cum Laude Researcher on Leadership and Success


  • Mr. Peter Stuckmann, Head of Unit of Future Connectivity Systems, DG Connect, European Commission on behalf of Director-General Mr. Roberto Viola
  • Mr. Marc Vancoppenolle, Director of Global Government Relations at Nokia 
  • Mr. Ilmari Lastikka, Vice-President of International Affairs at VTT Technology

Business Cases:

  • Mr. Ramón Rodríguez  ‘Monchi’, DG of Sports at AS Roma (ex-Sevilla FC) Using Big Data for Global Talent Scouting
  • Mr. Jeroen Merchiers, CEO of Airbnb for Europe, Middle East and Africa. To
  • Start-up born under the umbrella of the  EU Digital Single Market: Mr. Georgi Stoyanov, CEO and co-Founder of VR Express, associated to iGreet/ScanAR Augmented Reality

15:45 – 17:30
Room JDE53
b. 'Is the EU forever? - Pan-European Leaders for All’ – Drawing the Personality Portrait of the Perfect Leader

Opening Statement by Mr. Henri Malosse, former President of the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee and the Leader of Ciudadanos Catalonia

  • Moderator: Mr. Jovin Hurry, NELIS Board of Directors (Next Leaders' Initiative for Sustainability) 


  • Mr. Florin Jianu, 3-times Minister of Romania
  • Mrs. Taina Tukianen, Professor and Senior Advisor of Mr. Markku Markkula, 1st Vice-President (former President) of the CoR
  • Mr. Anthony Zacharzewski, President at “Democratic Society”
  • Mr. Divaika Kiemba President of the Centre EU- Africa (the perspective of the migrants)
  • Mrs. Lora Borissova, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Mrs. Mariya Gabriel, European Commission 
  • Mrs. Ellie Tomassi, Blogger for Faces2Hearts in Africa- How the EU Implements Sustainable Projects in Africa, Leaders in Africa and Asia vs in Europe 

Closing Statement by Mr. José Ignacio Ceniceros, President of La Rioja Region and the Commission SEDEC EU CoR Committee of the Regions 

15:45 – 18:15
General Assembly of ERRIN (105 participants)

This General Assembly is set only for the members of ERRIN. No new participants are allowed to join it.

17:30 – 18:30
Foyer 5
Coffee Break
18:30 – 21:30
Atrium 5
Cocktail Ceremony - 4th edition of the Global Entreps Awards 2018

The 124-member international Jury gives 30 worldwide awards to outstanding citizens, authorities, initiatives, companies and institutions promoting Digitisation, the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and other major topics 

During the gala the guests will have the chance to enjoy Spanish wines (red and verdejo) and food such as gazpacho, carne asada and Ibericos.

Official Opening by the President of the most representative EU Institution and Mr. Joaquin Boston, President of Entreps

  • Tackling Disinformation in the EU - Digital 'Anti-fake News': 
    • Mrs. Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society 
    • Awards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • Video-Statement by Mr. Markku Markkula, 1st Vice-President (President 2015-2017) of the EU CoR
    • Awards 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
  • Statement by Mr. Yousef Bataineh, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Jordan to the European Union 
    • Awards 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15
  • Statement by Ms. Natali Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the European Union
    • Awards 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20
  • Statement by Mr. Sergio Jaramillo, Ambassador of Colombia to the European Union - Achiever of Peace with the FARCs in Colombia
  • Awards to and statements by the United Nations 
    • Speech by Mr. Anthony Gooch, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the OECD

Closing by the Mrs. Maya Dobreva, Ambassador of Bulgaria to the Kingdom of Belgium, on behalf of Mrs. Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, 2018 

  • Confirmed Director-Generals, European Commission:
    • Mrs. Lowri Evans, DG Grow
    • Mr. Daniel Calleja, DG Environment
  • Confirmed MEPs, European Parliament:
    • Mrs. Lara Comi
    • Mrs. Maria Grapini
    • Mr. Jose Inacio Faria
19 Jun 2018
08:00 – 09:30
Main lobby, Rue Belliard 101 CoR
09:30 – 10:00
Foyer 5
Welcome Coffee
10:00 – 12:15
Room JDE52
a. ‘Recycling Europe’ – The European Circular Economy Package

Opening Statement by Keynote Speaker Mr. Daniel Calleja, Director-General for Environment (European Commission)

  • Mr. Kestutis Sadauskas, Director of Circular Economy and Green Growth (DG Environment - European Commission): Achievements and Goals

Moderator.- Mr. Cillian Lohan, Rapporteur on Circular Economy for the EU European Economic and Social Committee EESC


  • Mrs. Adriana Vargas, Commercial Minister of the Embassy of Colombia to the European Union
  • Mr. Xia Xiang, Economic and Commercial Minister, Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union 
  • Mr. Mustan Lalani, Global Manager of Environmental Affairs at Tetra Pak
  • Mrs. Alicia Garcia-Franco, Vice-President of EuRIC and Director General of FER
  • Mr. Juanma Revuelta, Finnova Regio
  • Mr. Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville City (video)
  • Mr. Oscar Martin, CEO at ECOEMBES (video)

10:00 – 12:15
Room JDE53
b. ‘Watify – DG Grow’ – European Industrial Digitisation (Boosting Technological Transformation)

Opening Statement by Mr. Slawek Tokarski, Director for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing at DG Grow on behalf Mrs. Lowri EvansDirector-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow - European Commission)  and Leo Kärkkäinen, Chief AI Officer at Nokia

  • Moderator: Mr. Esteban Pelayo, Director of EURADA- Association of Development Agencies of Europe


  • Mrs. Roya Ayazi, NEREUS- Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies
  • Mr. Andrea Colzani, President of Giovani ConfCommercio
  • Mr. Francisco Bujan, CARSA- Watify Team
  • Mr. Ibrahim Ethem Şahin, Head of Coordination of the Middle Black Sea Development Agency (Turkey)
  • Mr. David Jepson, Bristol UK
  • Mr. Andrea Lazzari, Partner at Franchise Update Media and Co-Founder LL99 Iberica. Head of International Relations of Best Franchisee of the World
  • Mr. Rafael Escamilla, Head of Internationalisation at IVACE, Secretary General of ADRs Development, and Coordinator of IBEROAM
11:30 – 13:30
Atrium 5
#5Gcitizens Watify Matchmaking Brokerage: SOCIAL INNOVATION & EU Projects
12:15 – 13:15
Atrium 5
Sandwich Time
13:15 – 15:30
Room JDE53
a. ‘Regional Best Practices’ by Collaboration – #6Aika Finland, Navarra, Democratic Republic of El Congo, Catalonia…

Opening Statement by  Mr. Markku Markkula, first Vice-President of the EU Committee of the Regions and Mr. Craig Richard, Chairman at IEDC (International Economic Development Council), Expert on AI, IoT, Robots in the USA and worldwide

  • Keynote Speakers: Mrs. Roberta Dall’Olio, President of EURADA and Mrs. Pirita Lindholm, Director-General of ERRIN
  • Moderator: 
    • Mr. Stanislaw Ginda, former President of EURADA (Southern Poland)


  • Mrs. Magda de Carli, DG RTD -Spreading of Excellence and Widening Participation-
  • Mr. Mikel Irujo, Navarra and EU CoR
  • Mrs. Alicia Blasco, Acció Catalonia
  • Mrs. Päivi Sutinen, #6Aika Finland
  • PhD Mrs. Valeria Croce, Head of Travel Business Intelligence at Eurail Group 

13:15 – 15:30
Room JDE53
b. ‘World Tourism: Skills for Jobs’ – New UN Tourism Hub to Train Start-ups, Entrepreneurs and SMEs

Video selection of the previous speeches on the priorities of Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the UNWTO (United Nations) and Speech by Keynote Speaker Dr. Mr. István Ujhelyi, MEP European Parliament - Vice-Chair of the Tourism and Transport Committee

  • Moderator: Mrs. Anne-Maria Mäkelä, ‘Sustainable Tourism Specialist’ working for international organizations such as UNWTO and UNDP since 2000


  • Ms. Vanessa Satur, Programme Coordinator, Technical Cooperation Programme of UNWTO -invited-
  • Mrs. Silvia Barbone, Federturismo Confindustria and Director of Jlag - Next Tourism Generation
  • Mrs. Sanna-Mari Renfors, Researcher on Tourism Business at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
  • Mrs. Natalia Martinez Paramo, Head of Unit, COSME - Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), DG Grow
  • Mr Istvan Nemeth, EYE Programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, DG Grow
  • Ms. Christine Schoop Gärtner, Chairwoman of the Cold Coastal Collective, a network for cold coastal destinations
  • Mr. Tarik Kehli, representative of Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality
  • Mr. Jose Luis MuñozFounder and CEO of the successful start-up Mice Roots, Online Platform for Tourism Industry

Closing Keynote Speech by Mr. Carlos Romero Dexeus, Director of Tourism Research, Development and Innovation at SEGITTUR

15:30 – 17:00
Foyer 5
#5Gcitizens Closing Statements and Networking Coffee

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