International conference | CORE Days 2022

Gathering local economic development actors in SEE region – mayors, businesses, institutions, associations, media, as well as representatives of the EC, EU Member States institutions and donors, CORE Days will promote a culture of dialogue in the region, fostering exchange of smart, practical solutions for better business environment, digital transformation, and green economy.

The event will bring closer the policies, best practices and instruments implemented by the EU to support the progress and competitiveness of WB6 countries, with special emphasis on the local level. Within the traditional BFC SEE certificate award ceremony, the top Business-Friendly cities and communities in South East Europe will be officially announced.  

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14:00 - 18:00

Arrival of participants / Registration

18:00 - 21:00

Cocktail reception

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome coffee / Registration

09:30 - 10:30 Elafiti central

Opening Ceremony and BFC SEE Certificate Award

BFC Award Ceremony- Cities and Municipalities in the SEE Region

Peter Wolf
Jelka Tepšić
Slavica Grkovska
Franc Bogovič
Violeta Jovanović
10:30 - 11:30 Elafiti central

Panel 1: Digital Transformation: Better Services for Citizens and Businesses

Facilitating doing business via e-services: roles of central and local level administrations? How to build and retain technical and human capacities on local level to support digital transformation? How can a road to smart cities be more practical and realistic? What can LSGs do, what do businesses need…

Marija Risteska
Jelena Janevska
Denis Turkanović
Alban Zogaj
Mihajlo Jovanović
11:30 - 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 - 13:00 Elafiti side

Panel 2: Promoting Innovation and High-Tech Entrepreneurship

How to grow local economy based on innovations– which financial and non- financial measures work; building links between research organizations and economy

Ariel Shabani
Nenad Novović
Ionut Tata
Keti Luarasi
12:00 - 13:00 Business Center

Panel 3: How we did it - Municipal Business-Friendliness Certification – How we earned the Certificate and What we Got from It

Municipal business-friendliness certification- what we got from it; how local governments engage with businesses- good practices, how to stay on the top of our game – making improvements a permanent process

Zagorka Panić
Mlađan Dinkić
Marjan Junčaj
Zoran Adžić (video address)
Ivona Matošić Gašparović
13:00 - 14:30

Networking lunch

14:30 - 15:30 Business Center

Panel 4: Tax Policy boosting Investments

Optimizing tax regimes for competitiveness (lump-sum taxation reform, registry of non-tax levies, registering seasonal workers)

Dejan Šoškić
Slobodanka Popović
Marija Šuković
14:30 - 15:30 Elafiti side

Panel 5: How we did it - Going Digital

Best practice examples in introducing digital solutions in administrative procedures at local level for the benefit of citizens and businesses

Siniša Borota
Goran Ješić
Aleksandar Mastilović
Erol Özgüner (TBC)
Juliana Memaj
15:45 - 16:15 Elafiti central

The Big Picture | Interview with Stjepan Mesić, former President of Croatia

Goran Svilanović
Keynote: Stjepan Mesić
08:30 - 09:00

Welcome coffee

09:00 - 10:00 Elafiti central

Panel 6: Innovative financing of local development in WB6

Efficiency of regional instruments and cooperation; How to finance local development, green agenda, energy poverty, digital and just transition- towards Cohesion Policy; Best practices from EU MS in innovative financing mechanisms and public- private financing models

Senida Mesi
Fokion Zaimis
Aleksandar Simurdić
Zoran Janković
Gilles Kittel
10:15 - 11:15 Business Center

Panel 7 | Ready for investments: Real Estate

Spatial Planning, including the e-Plans/ e-Space, Building Permits and Real Estate Ownership Registration– best practice examples in the region

Adelina Farrici
Aleksandra Damjanović
Dusica Perisic
Borko Drašković
10:15 - 11:15 Elafiti side

Panel 8: How we did it - Going green on local level

Sustainable communities- towards circular economy, improving conditions for the collection and recycling of waste in cooperation between public and private sectors

Džafer Dautbegović
Dejan Rakić
11:15 - 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:45 Elafiti central

Panel 9: Greening the Economy

Green Agenda and implementation of the Sofia Declaration; EU’s ESG criteria- what does it mean for the WB6 businesses and how to progress towards more responsible, greener economy; how can businesses improve corporate governance to contribute to green goals; how can local administration and businesses work together and support each other in implementation of Green Agenda

Daniel Berg
Veca Liço
Zoran Obradović
Vladislav Cvetković
Richard Maša
Sašo Matas
12:45 - 14:00

Farewell: Conclusion of CORE Days and lunch


  • Date : 16/10/2022 - 18/10/2022