Ask the Government

• Ask the Government

2nd South Eastern European Government
Communication Conference (SEECOM)

Draft Agenda 

27-29 September 2013


Conference languages: English, Montenegrin

Conference venue: Hotel Queen of Montenegro, Budva, Montenegro


Friday, 27 September 2013

17:00 – 18:00

Plenary opening session

Government Communication as Public Service

Welcome notes

Ø  Mr Duško Marković, Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro

Ø  Mr Rastislav Vrbensky, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro

Ø  Mr Douglas Jones, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy to Montenegro

Ø  Mr Frank Priess, Deputy Head of European and International Cooperation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Berlin

Ø  Mr Jovan Tegovski, Chief of Staff, Regional Cooperation Council  


Vuk Vujnović, Public Relations Bureau of the Government of Montenegro

Saturday, 28 September 2013

09:00 – 10:30

Panel A

Ideal Government Communication Office – Myth or Reality?


Ø  Erik den Hoedt, Director of the Public Information and Communication Office, Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands

Ø John Verrico, President-Elect of U.S. National Association of Government Communicators, United States

Ø  Jens Teschke, Spokesman / Head of Communications, Federal Ministry of Interior, Germany

Ø  Krunoslav Vidić, Spokesman, Ministry of Labour and Pension System, Government of Croatia

Ø Nebojša Regoje, Head of Public Relations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina


Vuk Vujnović, Public Relations Bureau of the Government of Montenegro



10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break



11:00 – 12:30

Panel B

Government 2.0


Ø  Robert Bjarnson, President & Gunnar Grímsson, CEO , Citizens Foundation, Iceland

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

Ø  Lilia Gurez, Former Head of Communication and Media Relations Department, Government of Moldova


Christian Spahr, Director of KAS Media Program South East Europe



12:30 – 14:00




14:00 – 15:30

Panel C

Government as a two-way conversation


Ø  Anthony Zacharzewski, CEO, Democratic Society, United Kingdom

Ø  Giulio Quaggiotto, UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava

Ø  Vuk Vujnović, Public Relations Bureau of the Government of Montenegro



15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break



16:00 – 17:30

Panel D

Communicating EU to Citizens


Ø  Jane Morrice, Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee, EU

Ø  Ivana Đurić, Assistant Director, Communications and Training Department, European Integration Office, Government of Serbia

Ø  Matjaž Kek, National Coordinator for the European Year of Citizens Government of the Republic of Slovenia

Ø  Ognian Zlatev, Head of the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria


Vincenzo Le Voci, Secretary General, Club of Venice



18:30 – 22:00

Group Photo

Guided Tour of the Town of Budva

Dinner hosted by Mr Ljubomir Filipović, Deputy Mayor of Budva

Sunday, 29 September 2013

9.00 – 10:00


Engaged Speaker, the Art of Effective Public Speaking


Joan Detz, public speaking specialist, United States



10.00 – 10:15

Coffee Break



10:15 – 11:30

Creating a Regional Association

11:30 – 12:00

Closing of the Conference

Closing Remarks

Ø  Christian Spahr, KAS Media Program South East Europe

Ø  Dinka Živalj, Regional Cooperation Council

Ø  Nadica Dujović, UNDP Montenegro



12:00 – 13:30

Farewell Lunch