The session is directly related to the SDGs No.4 (Quality Education) and No.9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), whilst indirectly with SDGs No.5 (Gender Equality), No.8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth) and No.10 (Reducing Inequalities)
The Session directly connected with the SDGs No.12 (Responsible Consumption & Production) and No.9 ((Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), whilst indirectly with SDGs No.8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth), No.11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities) and No.13 (Climate Action).
Sustainability, Growth, Cooperation
What lies ahead EU digital single market?
What lies ahead the horizontal/vertical connections to the EU?
Which alliances & investments in transports, communications & infrastructures in the CEE/SEE region?
What about the influence of China? Who are leaders and who the followers?
- The role of Greece
- The influence of China
- The deals in the Balkans and beyond
Unlocking the potential of digital: fostering innovation while safeguarding trust
Data protection and cybersecurity are the key factors that will ultimately determine the success of the digital transformation. While economies depend on rail, roads and rivers, they cannot escape the fact that Europe’s future is digital and connected. This panel will address European Union priorities for creating a digital single market and for unlocking untapped economic potential through innovation in the digital space. Disruptive financial technology is reshaping finance, with implications for banking services to businesses and households. But only if trust is safeguarded.
Greece is currently undergoing a fundamental change. Namely, it is restructuring its electricity market in order to become a full member of the European market, the so-called Target Model in 2019. The unification of the Greek with the European market apart from ensuring security of supply will improve competition and consequently will reduce electricity prices for the end users. Moreover it is expected to attract significant capital and investments in the region. It is also of immense importance to safeguard that energy trading will take place through a comprehensive and transparent regulatory framework.
Moreover, the establishment of the Hellenic Energy Exchange, an initiative that Greece has just completed, with the collaboration of state managed, as well as private sector stakeholders, can also act as an opportunity to strengthen and enhance its cooperation with countries within the wider region. The possible transfer of the know-how that Greece has acquired to its neighbors could lead to the emergence of a regional energy market in the benefit of all players.
About the session:
The mission of Energy Exchange session is to bring together key players from Europe, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus in order to explore and address the possibilities of spurring cooperation and creating synergies within the region in the strategic field of energy.
The Panel will showcase organizations and private sector that advance gender equality and women’s empowerment at the workplace, marketplace and communities by incorporating best practices and gender-sensitive policies. The overall objective of the panel is to raise Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) awareness among all participants and encourage more companies in the Balkans and Black Sea region to sign onto the WEPs.
This year session is focused on solid management (collection, sorting, recovery of materials, recycling, waste to energy but also bio-gas and bio-fuels), as well as to Eco-innovation and new technologies towards environmental friendly solutions.
Highlights by sessions' moderators
Networking cocktail reception is for BBSF2018 Speakers, Vips & delegates only
More info online: Athens 2018 - Networking reception page
Session aims to highlight the means of transport, infrastructures and hubs as key vehicle for economic development. From airports to ports and the hinterland connections, a trans-European efficient transport network requires deeper cooperation and regional coordination in order to connecting people and facilitating trade exchanges.
Key note speech by Mr. Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis
In an era that the business environment is changing constantly, higher education is considered as a critical player for the future. “Smart Institutions” recognize the need to incorporate experience-based learning, focusing on skills adapted to real-word business challenges. The emergence of new collaborative education models reinvents education by blending career and technical skills, with a number of affiliated companies to provide practical workplace experience with internships. To support growth, economic development and social change, higher education is progressively adapting to new technologies, collaborating with industry forces towards shaping a new ecosystem in an evolving world. This session deploys business schools “learning by flow” education with regards to today’s workforce and skills requirements, highlighting business’ needs for creating, delivering, and capturing value for generating revenues in order to remain competitive.
Tourism and Culture stands a major source of income for many countries, considered a people-oriented industry which provides jobs and helps revitalizing local economies. Although the impacts of the massive form of tourism usually results social dislocation, loss of cultural heritage, economic dependence and ecological degradation. Tourism need to be sustainable, protecting tangible and intangible cultural heritage, respecting local society and the travelers, but moreover to benefit the people and the environment of the host country. This session shares policies and information of responsible management in hotel, cruise, air transportations, tour-operators and showcases practices to optimizing cooperation at intra-regional level.
Highlights by sessions' moderators
Field visit is for BBSF2018 Speakers & delegates only
More info online: Athens 2018 - Field Visit Program page