A Business Event from
Focus on Austrian commitment to Romania

September 16, 2014

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Bucharest, Romania


Policymakers need to restart and sustain economic growth, at a time when lifting restrictions on the European labour market has been met with growing concern in certain countries, particularly given the EU’s current economic situation.

As Austria remains a frontrunner in terms of foreign direct investment in Romania, The Diplomat – Bucharest takes an in-depth look at the involvement of Austrian companies in this country.


8.30 – 9.00: Registration

9.00 – 10.45 CONFERENCE, PART I
The future starts now! How to make the Romanian business environment more attractive for investors

Event Moderator - Prof. Dr. Jörg K. Menzer, Managing Partner,Noerr
• Austria–Romania, Bilateral Economic Relations - Rudolf Lukavsky,Commercial Counsellor at Austrian Embassy (see presentation)
• Updates on European funding opportunities – Ioana Gheorghiade, Executive Director Public and Infrastructure Finance, BCR
(see presentation) and Johannes Becker, Owner, Becker Consult (see presentation)
• Fiscal legislation, the long way from the stated policy and strategy to practice - Oana Manuceanu, Manging Director, Schoenherr Tax Bucharest SRL
(see presentation)
• Financing solutions for corporates – Alexander Tscherteu, Vice President of Volksbank Romania
(see presentation)
• State aid – a viable financing opportunity for investment projects in Romania - Iulian Sorescu, Associated Partner, Noerr Finance & Tax
(see presentation)

10.45 – 11.00: Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 CONFERENCE, PART II
Austria in the spotlight. Investment opportunities on the local market

Energy: OMV Petrom’s contribution to Romania’s energy security – Andreas Matje, CFO, OMV Petrom
(see presentation)
Real estate: Real consolidation, real maturity, real challenges – Laszlo Csiki, CEO Adama
(see presentation)
Agriculture: Excessive land fragmentation, use of inadequate technologies, poor infrastructure and low EU funds absorption rates lead to low productivity and non-competitiveness. How to develop a sustainable agriculture sector? – Monika Puiu, Managing Director, NHR AGROPARTNERS and and Marcel Wiesehoff, Head of "Banat Farming"
Infrastructure and transport: Infrastructure has to be modernized. Whether we talk about highways, railways, the Danube River, airports or the Constanta harbor, they all need investments. Improving the public procurement system to increase EU funds absorption – Albin Budinsky, CEO, DB Schenker

12.30 - 13:30: Business Lunch

13.30 – 19.00 Free time for individual business meetings

19.00 Networking event: “Austrian Business Club Bucharest”, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest