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Economic conference on regional disparities

Added by: F. Tisovič, 29.11.2010, 2337 visit

The Institute of Economic Research (IER) organised an international scientific conference on regional disparities November 17-19. It took place at the congressional centre - Smolenice castle.

The conference on „Regional disparities in Central and Eastern Europe“ was cofinanced by a joint programme of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Slovak republic and OECD.

The main goal of the conference was to identify causes and consequences of a disparate regional development, mainly in the region of Central and Eastern Europe as well as to discuss policies for their reduction. Participants of the conference came from 11 countries and included representatives of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), universities and many distinguished research institutions not only from the Visegrad countries, but also Great Britain, Germany and Japan. Miroslav Morovics, member of the Presidium of the SAS, and prof. Milan Šikula, the director of the IER, joined them at the opening day.


In his speech, Mr. Morovics praised the effort to discuss the up-to-date issue of sustainable development, its various aspects, the impact of the financial and economic crisis as well as the influence of knowledge economy on competitiveness from the perspective of regional development. Especially, as this research should advise and shape government policy and help in the search for effective solutions.

The introductory speech was held by d´Artis Kancs and Pavel Ciaian from the research centre of the European Commission – the Joint Reseach Centre in Seville and by Vladimír Kvetan from the European centre for the development of vocational training – CEDEFOP in Greece.

During the sessions almost 30 scientific contributions were presented, which dealt with various aspects of evaluating regional development, sustainable development, social and income disparities, human capital and competitiveness in transition economies and the impact of the EU cohesion and regional policy on it.


Plenary sessions were held by Mikuláš Luptáčik from Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna, Jarko Fidrmuc from Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Milan Buček from the University of Economics in Bratislava and Kentaro Iwatsubo from University of Kobe in Japan.

The closing presentations were held by the organisers of the conference, Marek Radvanský and Menbere Workie Tiruneh from the IER who edited the proceedings and who hoped that the accompanying cultural and social programme has enhanced the experience of scientific exchange.

Text: Tatiana Bujnaková, IER SAS

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Moderátorom konferencie bol Menbere Workie Tiruneh, (vpravo) Miroslav Morovics a prof. Milan Šikula.
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Príhovor Miroslava Morovicsa.
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Povzbudivé slová od prof. Milana Šikulu.
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Prednáša d´Artis Kancs.
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Účastníci konferencie.
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Diskutuje Marek Radvanský.
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Diskusia - Menbere Workie Tiruneh a d´Artis Kancs.
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Vladimír Kvetan z CEDEFOP v Grécku..
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Vystúpenie Pavla Ciaiana z výskumného centra Európskej komisie.
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Pohľad do sály Kongresového centra v Smoleniciach.