Vienna, November 8-9, 2012
This year the Business Forum was completely dedicated to environmental technology. Companies and key public-sector decision makers from the Danube region were offered the unique opportunity to extend their network and make new business contacts throughout the course of the forum.
As part of the EU strategy for the Danube region, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber has organized the second Danube Region Business Forum in Vienna, in cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional Policy.
The purpose of the event was to bring together companies, especially SME via B2B meetings as well as the private sector with academia and the public sector of the Region to stimulate growth, innovation and competitiveness in the Danube Region.
This year the event was tailored towards companies from the environmental engineering industry, as well as research institutes and public-sector representatives from the Danube region. Key topics ranged from sustainable technology to soil remediation, right through to the latest developments from the waste incineration and sewage treatment sectors.
On 8th November 2012 experts gave speeches on the latest trends in environmental engineering. Presentations were held by Eva NUSSMÜLLER – DG Regio, European Commission, Dr. Christoph LEITL – President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Katharina CORTOLEZIS-SCHLAGER – Member of the Austrian ParliamentI, and other members of the academic and business networks. In the afternoons there was an opportunity for representatives of SMEs, research institutes and industry from throughout the region to participate in additional face-to-face meetings.
Subjects of the presentations included:
Mag. Eva NUSSMÜLLER – The EU Strategy for the Danube Region: From Ideas to Action
Vice-Rector o. Univ. Prof. Dr. Josef GLÖSSL – The role of University networks in environmental sciences and technology development in theDanube Region
Mag. Ulrike RABMER-KOLLER – Green Technologies – competitive advantage for the Danube Region
Dipl.-Ing. Robert PHILIPP– Development of new environmental technologies in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Martin C. BRUNKHORS– The EIB’s Contribution to Environmental Investments in the Danube Region
Andreas KETTENHUBER – Financing of Projects in Water, Waste and Contamination in the Danube Region
Georg REBERNIG – Policy and Administration as Promoters for the Development of Environmental Technology Markets in the Danube Region
On the morning of the 9th November 2012 participants had the chance to visit a waste incineration plant and sewage treatment plant operated by the City of Vienna.