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The Mayors Symposium will be an opportunity for Mayors and City Leaders, local government officials, partners (NALAS, Local Government Associations), and other key stakeholders to share what they have been able to achieve on their way to reform, and how the program helped them move forward.

The Mayors Symposium will culminate the first phase of the WB-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP). It will showcase the main program components, achievements to date, and lessons learned. It will be an opportunity for Mayors and City Leaders, local government officials, partners (NALAS, Local Government Associations), and other key stakeholders to share what they have been able to achieve on their way to reform, and how the program helped them move forward.

WBI Austria Urban Partnership Program Mayors Symposium – Transformational Leadership in South-East Europe

10-12 February, 2014

Vienna, Austria. Intercontinental Hotel (11-12 February 2014)

The Rathaus, Wappensaal (evening of 10 February)

Purpose/focus

The Symposium will culminate the first Phase of the WB-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP). It will showcase the main Program components, achievements to date, and lessons learned. It will be an opportunity for Mayors and City Leaders, local government officials, partners (NALAS, Local Government Associations) and other key stakeholders to share what they have been able to achieve on their way to reform, and how the Program helped them move forward. An underlying theme of the Symposium will be city leadership for inclusive urban development in South East Europe (SEE), with a focus on good governance, transparency, and accountability. The Conference will also showcase good practices in city leadership from Vienna/Austria, and from other cities in Europe.

Participants

Around 100 participants, Mayors from SEE Region, including some Mayors from UPP partner cities/municipalities, heads of finance departments, urban planners, local government associations (LGAs), NALAS, heads of finance departments, NGOs/CSOs

Guest speakers: transformational Mayors from European Cities who have implemented successful reforms which serve as good practices, applicable in SEE.

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Transformational Mayors from European Cities who have implemented successful reforms which serve as good practices, applicable in SEE.

Harald Waiglein, Head of Directorate-General III Economic Policy and Financial Markets, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance

Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director Knowledge Exchange & Learning, World Bank Institute

Ellen Goldstein, World Bank Country Director for South East Europe, Austria (invited)

Honorable Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor, Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation, City of Vienna

Honorable Ibone Bengoetxea Otaolea, Deputy Mayor of Bilbao City

Honorable Graça Fonseca, Deputy Mayor for Economy, Innovation, Modernization and Decentralization, Lisbon City

Mrs. Ana Vasilache, Founder Partners Foundation for Local Development (FPDL), Romania

Ronald MacLean Abaroa, former Mayor La Paz

Honorable Boris Miletic, Mayor of Pula - Anticorruption Solutions: Increasing Transparency & Accountability – Decreasing Discretion in decision-making. Good practices from SEE Region

Mayors from different SEE cities