New tasks for EGTC
On 5th May 2016 the 5th Meeting of the General Assembly of the Central European Transport Corridor European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation was held in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary The meeting attracted representatives of regional governments, including founding members and partners with the observer status. The meeting was opened by the representatives of the Hungarian Government administration - Mr László Vígh (a Member of the National Assembly) and local-government administration, Dr. Attila Pál (President of the General Assembly of the Zala County). Afterwards, Mr Pontus Lindberg, representing the Skåne Region, opened the meeting by welcoming all the guests. The agenda provided for accepting new members of member of the General Assembly and Supervisory Board, appointing a new chairperson, approving a membership fee, annual financial report and determining activities in 2016, as well as discussing the cooperation with other entities and groupings. An important point of the agenda was also a discussion of the tasks of the Strategic Centre. The Strategic Centre is an internal organizational unit of the CETC-EGTC Ltd., responsible for strategic planning, started its operation in December 2015. Mr Sándor Csengőd, Head of the Strategic Centre of CETC-EGTC Ltd., presented the Work plan for the Strategic Centre, which involved such actions as
• Inserting a link to the Strategic Centre on the EGTC website,
• Preparing a communication strategy and an action plan,
• Mapping financial resources,
• Preparing specialist materials regarding, e.g. EU policy, and formulating recommendations regarding this policy,
• Preparing grant applications, managing projects.
During the presentation, the most time was dedicated to discussing the plans and tasks connected with the preparation of grant applications within the framework of the Interreg Central Europe Programme and the "V4 Standard Grant", as part of the International Visegrad Fund (with participants from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary). Further actions taken up by the Strategic Centre will be connected with preparing an effective communication strategy, as it is a strategic task for EGTC to extend the group of stakeholders taking part in the debate on the future of the Central European Transport Corridor.