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1st South Eastern European Government Communication Conference (SEECOM)

Budva, Montenegro, 14-16 September 2012


Draft Agenda


Friday, 14 September 2012

16:00 – 17:00

Registration of participants


17:00 – 19:00

Plenary opening session

The Role of Government Communicators

Moderator: Vuk Vujnović, Head of PR Bureau of the Government of Montenegro, a.i.


Welcome notes by:

H.E. Igor Lukšić, Prime Minister of Montenegro

H.E. Sue K. Brown, Ambassador of the United States to Montenegro

H.E. Rastislav Vrbensky, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro 

Mr Henri Bohnet, Head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Office in Serbia and Montenegro


Short break with refreshments

 Keynote speeches by:

Mr Mike Granatt, Co-ordinator of the Club of Venice

Mr John Verrico, Director of Professional Development at the United States National Association of Government Communicators

Mrs Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee


Q&A with keynote speakers




Saturday, 15 September 2012


09:00 – 10:30

Panel A

Government-Media Relations at Home and Abroad


Mike Granatt, Co-ordinator of the Club of Venice


David Tirrell-Wysocki, Executive Director, Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

Inda Swanke, news host/journalist, Voice of America, Bosnian Service

Daniel Stefanov, Media advisor of the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ivana Đurić, Assistant Director, Serbian European Integration Office, Government of Serbia

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break


11:00 – 12:30



Panel B

Public Participation in Policy Making

Moderator: Giulio Quaggiotto, UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava


Giulio Quaggiotto, Knowledge Management Practice Leader at UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava

Lejla Kapetanović, Communication Expert, Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow

Joakim Larsson, Online Media Expert with EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

12:30 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:30

Panel C

Online communication and direct communication between governments and citizens

Moderator: (TBC)


Elizabeth Linder, Facebook, Inc. Politics & Government Specialist, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Adrian Rosenthal, Head of Digital and Social Media, MSL Germany

Igor Volnitchi, Spokesperson of the Prime Minister of Moldova

Lilia Gurez, Head of Communications Department, Government of Moldova

Tomislav Korman, Head of Online Communication Department at the Government of the Republic of Croatia

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break


16:00 – 17:30

Panel D

Internal Communication and Management of Government Communication Affairs

Moderator: Stefan Vukotić, PR Office of the Government of Montenegro


Vincenzo Le Voci, Secretary General of Club of Venice

John Verrico, Director of Professional Development at the United States National Association of Government Communicators

Nicolae Zaharescu, Spokesman of the Prime Minister; Secretary of State, Romania

Stefan Vukotić, Secretary of the Communication Coordination Team, PR Office, Government of Montenegro


Departure by bus in front of the Maestral Hotel for sightseeing and networking dinner in Kotor hosted by Mayor Ms. Maria Ćatović

Sunday, 16 September 2012


10:00 – 11:00

Adoption of the Declaration establishing the SEE Government Communication Forum and Closing of the Conference

11:00 – 12:30

Farewell Brunch