Wednesday 25 October

Thursday 26 October

Friday 27 October
St James’ way (‘Camino de Santiago’) at the Interreg Annual Event 2023

8.00 – 9.00

Welcome coffee

9.00 – 9.15

Welcome address

  • Slawomir TOKARSKI, Director for the European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programmes Implementation I - DG REGIO
  • Carmen HERNÁNDEZ MARTÍN, Sub-Director for European Territorial Cooperation. Directorate-General of European Funds. Ministry of Finance and Civil Administration
9.15 – 11.00

Plenary session
2021-2027 Key Implementation questions

In order to help us focus this plenary session on “Key implementation issues” better, can you please send us your implementation-related questions, in the registration form, by the end of September

Plenary room

  • Albert SORROSAL, Moderator of the session
  • Simona Pohlova, Deputy Head of Unit – DG REGIO 1, European Commission
  • Grzegorz GOLDA, Interact, Moderator of the session
  • Merike NIITEPÕLD, Head of Managing Authority, Central Baltic programme
  • Edmunds SNIKERIS, Tesim
  • Annika BLOMSTER, Programme Director, Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic
  • Nathalie VERSCHELDE, Deputy Head of Unit – REGIO D1, European Commission
  • Nebojsa NIKOLIC, Interact
  • Alexandre COLOMBANI, Head of Unit - Development and Communication, Joint Secretariat of the North-West Europe programme
  • Anca GUTT, Communication Officer, Regional Office for cooperation, Romania-Ukraine programme
  • David HACKLING, Information and Communication Officer, DG REGIO, European Commission
11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Parallel working sessions

Workshop 1 : Interreg for energy transition and energy communities : Sala de Eventos (Fontán building)
Border regions are living labs of European integration and must be at the core of the energy transition. Join the workshop to explore how Interreg funding can boost the energy transition in your border regions, securing green and affordable energy for citizens, and learn from the experience of cross-border energy communities and other cross-border energy projects. Speak your voice in an interactive session with experts and practitioners on the topic!

  • Stanislas d'HERBEMONT, Development Manager,
  • Ana Belen LÓPEZ TÁRRAGA, Communication and Marketing officer EGTC Duero-Douro and Efiduero
  • Katharina KRELL, Interreg Europe, Thematic Expert – Greener Europe
  • Nicolas GARNIER, Interact Programme
  • José Luis PASCUAL CRIADO, Director of EGTC Duero-Douro and of EfiDuero Energy

Workshop 2 : Unlock Interreg’s potential to promote skills : Workshop room CINC 3 (CINC building – first floor)
Learn, exchange, unlock your potential and get new skills by attending this workshop. On the occasion of the European Year of Skills, the session will highlight how Interreg contributes to skills development in large territories and border regions, how programmes can address skills shortages and retain the workforce. Share your skills !

Moderators: Mercedes Acitores & Laura Belenguer (Interact) and Rosario Sapienza & Karine Leroy (Tesim)

  • Julianna MÁTÉ, Director, Via Carpatia EGTC
  • Brunella BUSCEMI, Director I.I.S. Erasmo da Rotterdam, Interreg France-Italy (ALCOTRA)
  • Veronika VAREP, Director, Johannes Mikhelson Center
  • Marica BERIC, Head of Strategic Planning Department - Development Agency of the Republic of Srpska
  • Eduard RODES, Director of Escola Europea - intermodal transportal
  • Vladimir TODOROVIC, Science Technology Park Novi Sad
  • José RUIBÉRRIZ, SSE Focal Point in ACPP (MEDRisse project)
  • Antonella NOTARANGELO, IVY volunteer at the National Confederation of Craft and Small and Medium Enterprises – Bari

Workshop 3 : Decarbonisation of transport: Interreg in motion against missing links : Room 10 (Fontán building)
Have you ever tried to cross a border in public transport? Whatever your reply, this session is made for you. How can we combine addressing cross-border missing links with the challenge to develop greener public transport? Inspiring guests in this workshop are here to give you the solution!

  • Thorsten KOHLISCH, Interreg Europe, Moderator of the session
  • Jonathan WORTH, Founder - Trains for Europe & #CrossBorderRail
  • Nikoletta HORVATH, Head of CB departments Ministry of Foreing Affairs and Trade, Hungary
  • Hanna KROLL, Project Manager, Aachener Verkehrsverbund GmbH
  • Gabriel BÖLSKE, Programme Officer Interreg Sweden-Finland-Norway (Botnia-Atlantica/ Nord / AURORA)
  • Jeroen VAN OEL, Policy analyst, European Commission

Workshop 4 : A better cooperation governance : Workshop room CINC 1 (CINC building – ground floor)
ISO1 is a novelty of the 2021-27 period and is used by many programmes. It has great potential to work on governance, capacity-building, obstacles and people-to-people actions. The objective of this workshop is to discuss the practical implementation of ISO1 and to inspire programmes regarding possibilities (through examples).

  • Bernhard SCHAUSBERGER, Interact, Moderator of the session
  • Olivier BAUDELET, Programme Manager, European Commission
  • Olivier BAGARRI, Director of the JS, Interreg France-Italy (ALCOTRA)
  • Sophie SCARVELIS, EURO-MED, Head of projects JS
  • Katalin ILLÉS KÁDEK, Rába-Duna-Vág EGTC Project manager

Workshop 5: Working on border obstacles: Focal Point, solutions, tools : Workshop room CINC 2 (CINC building – ground floor)
Border obstacles impact the lives of people in Europe’s border regions (e.g. cross-border labour market, education, mobility, access to services, including health). Solutions to border obstacles go beyond funding, but Interreg programmes can be important governance tools and funding instruments to work on such solutions.
Main objectives of the session are: Providing an overview on the agenda for border regions & major policy issues related to it; showing b-solutions as one approach to spot and work on concrete border-obstacles, discussing the need for complementary tools to come towards lasting consultation mechanisms.

  • Ricardo FERREIRA, Border Focal Point coordinator, European Commission
  • Martin GUILLERMO, AEBR - Secretary General
  • Dirk PETERS, Senior Expert, European Commission
  • Jean-Philippe ODEURS, Head of the MA programme Meuse-Rhine (NL-BE-DE)
  • Mr Roberto CARRERO, regional head of cross-border cooperation and head of the Portuguese-Spanish EGTC Rio Minho
13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 18.00

Project visits

18.00 - 19.15

Visit of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

20.00 – 23.00

Concert by Interreg band
Drink and walking dinner in the center of Santiago de Compostela

We will welcome you from 20.00 at the Hotel Monumento San Francisco, Campillo de, Costa de San Francisco, 3, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain

8.30 – 9.00

Welcome coffee

9.00 – 9.45


Plenary room

  • Elisa FERREIRA, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
  • María Jesús Montero Cuadrado, Spanish Minister for Treasury and Public Function
  • Alfonso RUEDA VALENZUELA, President of Xunta de Galicia
9.45 – 11.30

Post 27 reflection in plenary session

Plenary room

  • Karl-Heinz LAMBERTZ, President of the Parliament of the German-speaking community in Belgium
  • Elisa FERREIRA, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
11.30 – 12.00

Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30

Project Slam “Cooperation for skills”

Plenary room

13.30 – 14.00


Slawomir TOKARSKI, Director for the European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programmes Implementation I - DG REGIO

14.00 – 15.00

Light lunch and goodbye drink

15.00 – 18.00

Networking time (on a voluntary basis)

Meeting of Heads of MA and Heads of JS of Interreg transnational programmes –  Sala de Eventos, Fontan building
Meeting of Interreg transnational programmes – CINC building, ground floor
Meeting of Interreg outermost regions programmes – Room 10, Fontan building
Meeting of Interreg NEXT and Interreg ENI CBC programmes CCG meeting – CINC building, first floor
Meeting of Interreg IPA programmes – CINC building, ground floor


For the sporty ones

Meeting point in Santiago City Centre at 08h00
Departure by Bus at 08h15 from Santiago de Compostela to Arca
From 08h45: last stretch of St James Way from Arca (O Pino).

  • Length: 20.2 Km
  • Estimated Duration: 5h10min

Arrival at the Cathedral : 14h20/15h.


Shorter option

Meeting point in Santiago City Centre at 12H00/12h15
Departure by Bus at 12h30 from Santiago de Compostela to Monte do Gozo
Itinerary: Monte do Gozo – Obradoiro
This group wait for the first group arriving from Arca.

  • Length: 4.7 Km
  • Estimated Duration: 1h 10min

Arrival at the Cathedral : 14h20/15h


Meeting of the different walking groups in Monte del Gozo and final stretch together to Santiago’s cathedral


Arrival at the Cathedral and pilgrims’ lunch