Szentgotthárd - Monošter Initiative

Szentgotthárd / Monošter Initiative

4th Slovene-Hungarian Annual Forum
18th June 2018


Planned program

10.00 Greetings

  • Mr Gábor Huszár, Mayor of Szentgotthárd
  • Dr. Aleksandra Pivec, State Secretary of the  Government's Office for Slovenians Abroad
  • Dr. Péter Szilágyi, Deputy State Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office


Panel 1: Agriculture and Environment

Chair: HE Dr. Robert Kokalj, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Hungary

  • Mrs Marjeta Bizjak, Deputy Director General of the Agricultural Directorate, Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia;
  • Mr Viktor Nagy, EAFRD Environmental Manager, Ministry of Agriculture, EAFRD Strategic Department;
  • Prof. Dr Niko Samec, Vice-rector for Scientific and Research Activitiy, University of Maribor;
  • Dr Zsuzsanna Bacsi, Head of Department, University of Pannon, Georgikon Faculty, Department of Economics, Social Sciences and Rural Development
  • Mr Niko Miholič, Director, Panorganic Ljutomer
  • dr Robert Serec, Director, Pomurske Mlekarne
  • Mr Máté Tömösváry, Balaton Ker-Tész Association


Panel 2: Ageing and Human Capacities, Education

Chair: Prof. Dr. Vlado Dimovski, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana

  • Dr Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor
  • Dr Martin Zsarnóczky, Assistant Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Prof. dr Ludvik Toplak, Alma Mater Europeae - ECM
  • Dr Simona Gerenčer Pegan, Secretary of the Association for handicapped youth DLAN
  • Boglárka Gáspár, student from Prekmurje


Panel 3: Mobility and Tourism

Chair: HE Mrs. Szilágyiné Bátorfi Edit, Ambassador of Hungary to Ljubljana

  • Ms Tanja Mohorič, Managing Director, Automotive Cluster of Slovenia
  • Dr Robert Celec, Director of RIS, Mansion Rakičan
  • Mr Péter Lukács, Economic Development Adviser to Mayor, Zalaegerszeg
  • Mr Márk Kincses, Tourism & Destination management Expert
  • Mr Igor Magdič, Executive Director, Terme 3000
  • Mr Igor Lebar, Director of Sales, Balance Hotel


13.00 Lunch

14.00: National minorities in the border area and their prospects for the future

Chair: Dr Boris Jesih, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia

  • Mrs Erika Kissné Köles, Spokesperson of the Slovene Nationality in Hungary
  • Mr László Göncz, former member of the Parliamant on behalf of the Hungarian minority in Slovenia

15.00: Development perspectives of the border region

Chair: Prof. Dr. Mitja Žagar, Institute for Ethnic Studies, University of Ljubljana

  • Mr Stanislav Sraka, Director of Development Agency Sinergija
  • Mr Zsolt Kocsis Vice-president of the Őrség without Borders Association; mayor of Csörötnek
  • Ms Andrea Kovács, Director of Development Agency Slovenska krajina
  • Mr Marjan Kardinar, mayor of Dobrovnik
  • Ms Valerija Rogan, mayor of Sakalovci


16.00: Let’s start the engine of the MURABA EGTC (round-table discussion)

Chair: Mr Gyula Ocskay, Secretary General of CESCI

Participants of the round-table discussion:

  • Mr Péter Nagy, Director of the Ister-Granum EGTC
  • Ms Veronika Huszár, Director of the MURABA EGTC
  • Mr Gábor Huszár, Mayor of Monošter
  • Mr Márton Ropos, President of the National Slovenian Self-Government in Hungary


17.00 Closing of the event

17:30 Finger food


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