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November: Pre-Congress drinks reception, open to all participants.


April 2019:  Investment and Finance Day

The Big Picture – CEE Road Infrastructure and Investment



09:00-09:15    Welcome address

                         Gaurav Koul, General Manager, Bitumen Exchange



09:15-09:45    Ministerial Address: Road Transportation as a fulcrum of investment

                         Dan Tok, Dipl, Ing, Minister of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic



09:45-10:15    Welcome Address: 

                        Jan Kroupa, Director General, Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic



10:15-10:45    Keynote: Mind the gap – Identifying and prioritising the next steps for the European Union in road transport

  • Innovative solutions in brining investment forward – meeting the demand for transport with shrinking public financing

  • Cross-border projects, regulatory frameworks, governance and financing

  • Looking at policy that covers multiple asset classes (roads, rail, energy, utilities and digital communication)

  • The post 2020-EU Framework


Jaap Sprey, Head of Montenegro, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Montenegro*



10:45-11:15    Morning tea break



Matching Investment and Finance to Key Projects


11:15-12:15    Regional funding Panel: Bridging the gap: Regional integration through transport projects towards

  • Update on the upgrade and modernisation the region’s infrastructure

  • Financing mechanisms and “bridging the gap” for the key Western Balkans projects

  • Ideas/ actions on how to make the key projects more bankable and in line with the key regional priorities  


Neil Valentine, EIB Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg *

Aleksandra Cybulska, International bureau, GDDKIA, Poland

Edmond Haxinasto, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Albania*


12:15-13:30    Lunch break


13:30-14:30    How to make infrastructure projects in road infrastructure more attractive for investors - further development of innovative funding instruments?

  • Understanding the need to unlock new financing

  • Innovative financing instruments for transport infrastructure – overcoming current disparities in levels of private funding by sector

  • Demonstrating yields to potential investors around road construction. What role do infrastructure funds look for? New foreign investors in European road construction

  • EU funding and hybrid PPP structures

  • How to select the right projects to ensure successful investment?


Aleksandra Cybulska, International bureau, GDDKIA, Poland

Baher El Hifnawi, Transport Team Leader, World Bank*

Mr. Saša Dalipagić, Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Poland*



14:30-15:00    Successes and challenges: PPPs in CEE and Russia, the technical role that we can play in steering more projects using this format with Private sector


Roman Starovoyt, Head, Federal Road Agency, Russia



15:00-15:30    Tackling the main challenges to deliver core road infrastructure in Eastern Europe


Aleksey Rybnikov, Knoweldge leader, EY, Russia*

Tomas Janeba, President, Czech Infrastructure Association, Czech Republic*

Erika Begalová, Head of Small Project Fund, EGTC Via Carpatia, Slovakia



15:30-16:00    Afternoon refreshments



16:00-16:30    Panel: China’s Belt and Road initiative – what does it mean for the CEE Region?

  • Current project update - linking the country’s port of Bar on the Adriatic Sea to the border with Serbia

  • Blue Corridor motorway project - Adriatic-Ionian Motorway

  • Currency terms and ensuring dollar contracts don’t become too cumbersome


Peter Wolff, Senior researcher, German Development Institute, Germany

Senior Director, Exim Bank of China, China*

Jordi Yang, Planning, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, Hong Kong



16:30-19:00    Cocktail function


April 2019: 

Research, development and implementation - Roadmap to development



09:00-09:30    Development of European Infrastructure Corridors: Via Carpathia

                        Julianna Orban, Director, EGTC Via Carpatia, Slovakia



09:30-10:00    Analysing the latest global technology in the bitumen and asphalt industries

                         Markus Spiegl, Department Manager: Black Products Business Development,                           

                         Strategy Supply and Pricing, OMV, Austria



10:00-10:45    Development of new materials and technology


Petr Mondschein, Technical Committee, Czech Road Society, Czech Republic

Orazio Baglieri, Technical Committee CHA (Crack Healing of Asphalt Pavement Materials), Italy



10:45-11:30    Morning tea break



Technical perspectives



11:30-12:30    Connecting research and practice - which modifiers and additives should be used to combat road stress and erosion? 

  • Assessing how new sulphur restrictions will affect the quality of bitumen

  • The availability of material in a variety of grades

  • What technology can be used to improve the quality and change the grade?

  • Ensuring value for money: Assessing the investment in technology

  • The evolution of bitumen production in Europe

  • Examining how closures of production units have created opportunities for a new model of business in the bitumen market

  • Independent storage, for the import, local distribution and re-export, of bitumen

  • Arbitrage of bitumen: Big vessels and better value


Petr Mondschein, Technical Committee, Czech Road Society, Czech Republic

Orazio Baglieri, Technical Committee CHA (Crack Healing of Asphalt Pavement Materials), Italy

Maria del Mar colas Victoria, Technical Director, Cepsa*



12:30-13:30    Lunch



13:30-17:00    Technical workshop: Bitumen recycling & Future Proofing Application

       Pavement Preservation & Rejuvenation in Maintaining Road Quality 

  • Evaluating asphalt performance - nano and microstructure of pavements

  • Feasibility of pavement rejuvenator applications

  • Cold asphalt recycling using 100% reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP)

  • Use of high performance product with an emphasis on reducing its impact on the environment

  • Recycling waste products to produce asphalt in pavements

  • Reducing costs of asphalt recycling when pricing is not favourable

  • The role of modifiers, additives and chemicals in recycling including vegetable oil rejuvenators


Jan Valentin, Deputy Head, Department of Road Structure, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Close of congress.

*full confirmed speaker lists wil be announced in due course*

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Interesting & provocative sessions, far more interesting than most conferences.


Brigette Baille

Herbert Smith Freehills


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