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Programme

Programme Conference

Thursday 2 April 2009

8:30 - 9:30       Registration of delegates and participants (University of Twente, vrijhof, building 47)

9:30 - 9:55       Plenary Opening Session (University of Twente, vrijhof, building 47)
                       • Welcome on behalf of the University of Twente; prof. dr. Ed Brinksma 
                       • Opening Adresses by Ms. Guusje ter Horst, Minister of the Interior and Kingdom
                          Relations
                       • Opening speech by Ms. drs. Andrèe van Es, Director-General for Governance and
                         Kingdom Relations, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations


9:55 - 10:35     Forum discussion (followed by discussion with audience)
                      (University of Twente, vrijhof, building 47)
                      The need for an innovation agenda for regional and local government in Europe 
                      Moderator: prof. dr. Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, Bristol 
                       • Director-General for Governance and Kingdom Relations, Ministry of the Interior and 
                         Kingdom Relations, Ms. drs. Andrèe van Es
                       • Queen’s Commissioner, Province of Overijssel, Mr. Geert Jansen 
                       • Deputy Mayor of the City of Hengelo, drs. Frank Kerckheart
                       • Chairman of Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Twente, 
                          prof. dr. Jacques Thomassen

10:35 - 11:00    Coffee Break (University of Twente, vrijhof, building 47)

11:00 - 12:00    Keynote speeches (University of Twente, vrijhof, building 47)
                       • prof. dr. John Loughlin, University of Cardiff 
                       • Ms. Mari Kiviniemi, Minister of Public Administration and Local Government, Finland
                         (presentation on her report for the Council of Europe)

12:00 - 13:45     Lunch (University of Twente, Conference Hotel Drienerburght, building 44)

13:45 - 15:45     Parallel Working group sessions
                       (University of Twente, Conference Hotel Drienerburght, building 44)
                       1. Renewing democratic participation 
                          (chairmen: prof. dr. Kees Aarts and prof. dr. Bas Denters)
                       2. Local and regional self-government in a multi-level polity 
                           (chairmen: prof. dr. Ramses Wessel and prof. dr. Michiel Heldeweg)
                       3. Innovations in local and regional finance and public service provision
                           (chairmen: prof. dr. Nico Mol and drs. Johan de Kruijf
                       4. New forms of transborder and interterritorial cooperation 
                           (chairmen: prof. dr. Nico Groenendijk and prof. dr. Gert-Jan Hospers)
 
15:45 - 16:00     Break (University of Twente, Conference Hotel Drienerburght, building 44)

16:00 - 16:30     Bus transfer to Roombeek (City District of Enschede)

16:30 - 19:00     Excursion Part 1 Roombeek – City of Enschede – at Prismare
                        Theme: New forms of citizen engagement
                         • Welcome by Mr. Eric Helder, Deputy mayor of the City of Enschede 
                         • Reconstructing Roombeek: joint presentation by Mr. Eric Helder and 
                           prof. dr. Bas Denters, University of Twente
                         • Excursion through Roombeek area

19:00 - 19:30     Bus transfer to Lattrop

19:30 - 21:30     Excursion Part II: Conference Dinner
                        • Dinner at venue in Lattrop: Landgoed de Holtweijde
                        • Welcome and speech by Queen's Commissioner of Province of Overijssel, 
                          Mr. Geert Jansen
                       
• Speech by the Minister for Regional Development and Construction, Ukraine,
                          dr. Vasyl Kuybida

21.30                Bus transfer back to Enschede (University and hotels)

 


Friday 3 April 2009 (University of Twente, Conference Hotel Drienerburght, building 44)

9:30 - 11:15     Continuation of working group sessions
                             
• Presentation of discussion papers and preparation of working group reports

11.15 - 11.30    Short Break

11:30 - 12:30    Interlude I: Cross-Border Cooperation in Practice

                       Chairman: prof. dr. Nico Groenendijk, University of Twente
                        • Introduction by drs. Frank Kerckhaert, Mayor of the City of Hengelo 
                           (also representative of Netwerkstad Twente) 
                        • Presentation of concrete examples: Risk map and police cooperation
11:30 - 12:30    Interlude II: 
                           
Consequences of the Financial crisis for local and regional government
                        Chairman: dr. Shawn Donnelly, University of Twente
                        • Presentation prof. dr. Ken Davey, University of Birmingham
                        • Discussion

12:30 - 13:30     Lunch

13:30 - 14:45     Continuation of working group sessions
                             
• Discussion of working group reports

14:45 - 15:15     Coffee break

15:15 - 16:00     Plenary Closing Session
                        • Forum discussion with chairmen of the working groups and some practitioners
                           moderation: prof. dr. Robin Hambleton 
                        • Presentation of results
                        • Closing Ceremony: dr. Anne Flierman, Chair of the Board of University
                           of Twente

16:00 - 17:00     Drinks

 

Workshops

The programme for the conference comprises plenary sessions and four thematic workshops.

In addition to the plenary sessions and the workshops the conference also comprises two interesting side events:

  • Excursion to Roombeek area (and a subsequent Conference Dinner in Lattrop)
  • Thematic Workshops on Crossborder Cooperation in Practice and on Consequences of the Financial crisis for local and regional government