CAP ABC Final conference
04. - 05.12.2014 in Graz

European Conference on “Capacity Building in the Adria-Balkan Countries for the Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020”

Land Steiermark Abteilung A9 – Europa und Außenbeziehungen together with Akademie Graz is happy to invite you to the final conference of the project CAP ABC „Capacity Building Programme in the Adria-Balkan Countries for the Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020“.

Aims and objectives Within the CAP ABC project during the whole year 2014 a number of workshops, training seminars and networking events have been held for municipalities, cultural associations, and other civil society organisations from the countries Steiermark (Austria), Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia/Herzegovina and Serbia. These activities lead to new networks, ideas and projects and have at the same time increased the capacity of institutions for their participation at European funding programmes for the transnational co-operation of municipalities and cultural organisations. During the final conference the results of the project shall be presented and supported by a number of key note speeches about actual developments in the Adria-Balkan Countries. The second conference day will be dedicated to network building and co-operation between organisations. It will offer possibilities to meet new co-operation partners, develop ideas and discuss project approaches.

Target group The main target group for the conference are representatives from towns and municipalities, cultural, educational and youth organisations as well as civil society organisations and persons which are interested in the development of the Adria-Balkan-Region.

Methods On the basis of different key note speeches and country reports the different aspects of the CAP ABC Project will be presented, discussed and put into a thematic framework.


A number of high class speakers will share their background knowledge and experiences and will give further ideas for co-operation on municipality and civil society level within the participating countries.


Conference language English/German

(Simultaneous interpretation will be provided on the first conference day, the second conference day will be translated in consecutive way.)

Location The conference will be held in the European Language Center Graz, Nikolaiplatz 4/1, 8010 Graz.

Participation costs Participation at the conference is free of charge.
Registration is possible by using the attached registration form
Registration closes on the 28th of November 2014.



Contact For further information please contact:
Mr.  Georg Müllner
Geidorfplatz 2 . 8010 Graz . Austria
Tel: +43 316 328044
Fax:+43 316 328027



Thursday, 04th  December 2014

09.30 – 10.00    Conference registration

10.00 – 10:10    Opening and introduction
                          Patrick Schnabl, Head of Department Culture, Europe, Foreign Affairs

10.10 – 10:30    Presentation of the CAP ABC project
                          Georg Müllner, project manager

10.30 – 12.30    Keynotes: „The European future of South-East-Europe. About chances and new risks in the intermediate regions in Europe.”
                          Vedran Dzihic, Austrian Institute for International Politics
                        „Stumbling blocks on the way to West“
                          Norbert Mappes-Niediek, Journalist

12.30 – 14.00    Lunch
14.00 – 14.15   The Alps-Adriatic-Alliance: Background, actual developments and future perspectives
                         Thomas Pseiner, General Secretary, Alps-Adriatic-Alliance

14.15 – 14.30   Good practice project presentation Steiermark: Twinning Murau-Fagagna
                         Alfred Baltzer, Stadt Murau

14.30 – 16.00   CAP ABC: project experiences of partners (Activities, Experiences, Results)
                         Heidi Zikulnig, Europe Direct, Land Steiermark
                         Barbara Horvath, Skupnost občin Slovenije, Slovenia
                         Lejla Sirbubalo, SERDA, Bosnia/Herzegovina
                         Igor Pucarevic, SKGO, Serbia
                         Michele Colusso, Communitá Montana della Carnia, Italy
                         Larisa Krizan, Varazdin County, Croatia
                         Transnational cultural co-operation in the frame of CAP ABC
                         Astrid Kury, Akademie Graz

16.00 – 16.30  Summary and Outlook


Friday, 05th December 2014
09.30 – 09.45   Opening of second conference day

09.45 – 11.00   Market place of project ideas – networking and partnership

Main topics:
a) Environment and sustainability
b) Tourism and tourism development
c) Health and social
d) Education, Citizenship, Participation

11.00 – 11.45    The Europe for Citizens Programme from 2015
                          Georg Müllner, project manger

11.45 – 12.30   Summary and next steps

12.30                End of conference

2014 - 2020
Capacity Building programme for municipality co-operation in the Adria-Balkan-Countries under the Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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