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eRegions Think Tank



eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads Think Tank

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia hosted the eCommerce think-tank on March 9, 2004. That was an informative meeting with the economic counsellors of the Embassies of Central and South Eastern European countries, the USA, China and the delegation of the European Commission to Slovenia. The Foreign Ministry organised the meeting in cooperation with the eCommerce Center of the University of Maribor’s Faculty of Organizational Sciences. The purpose of the meeting was to present the initiative to develop an eRegion in the area of Central and South Eastern Europe and to promote the 17th International eCommerce Conference, “eGlobal – A Network for the Development of an eRegion”, to be held at Bled, Slovenia, from 21-23 June 2004. As it seems, the term »eRegion« was publically used in that meeting for the first time.

An accelerated development of numerous activities along the New Silk Road is opening-up new opportunities and new tasks for the organizations of all types. A higher level of cross-border eCollaboration is required in order for the regions to catch-up with the development.

On October 10, 2015, the eRegions Think Tank: eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads has been formed. It will build upon the joint academic-business-government activities related to the New Silk Road  since 2002 and the collected experience during a decade. For example, two meetings of the Bled eConference:

2007 eSilk & eAmber Roads Innovative Regions Think Tank: Business and Government Executives & Professors’ Commitment To Making A Difference.
2008 eSilk & eAmber Roads Innovative Regions Think Tank: Business and Government Executives & Professors’ Commitment To Making A Difference.

In June and September of 2010, there were two meetings in the European Parliament: European Initiative Danube Region on the eSilk & eAmber Roads.

Among other things, the Think Tank will be involved in the program preparations of the 6th eRegions Conference: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development . The conference will be taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on September 19-20, 2016.

Addressing the cross-border problems and considerations of possible solutions will be in the interest of the Think Tank. For example, in transport, mobility and logistics in the region and between the regions.

One of the topics to be discussed within the Think Tank will be the undergraduate and graduate students and their instructors engagement in innovative cross-border eSolutions and eServices prototypes development in cooperation with the organizations – prototype recipients in at least two countries. It will be a follow-up of the DeRC2015 preconference meeting Regional SAP University Alliance Meeting with Extended Invitation to Rectors & Deans in the Danube Region. The experience was very encouraging.

The eRegions Think Tank is expressing interest in interlinking with the Think Tanks of a similar nature being active on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads.

The eRegions Think Tank Meeting is in the Castle Jable nr. Ljubljana on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

eRegions Think Tank Members


Dr. Gian Angelo Bellati, Secretary General
The Regional Union of the Chambers of Commerce of Veneto, Venice, Italy

Mrs Ingrid Brocková, CSc., Director General & National Coordinator for Think Tank Initiative
Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Ms Petra Cerjak, President
Slovenian-Chinese Association Ljubljana & Director, KADUCEJ Consulting Ptuj

Dr. Slavica Ćosović-Bajić, Associate Professor & Dean
Polytechnic Zagreb, Croatia

Mr Janez Debevec, Director
Famm Co d.o.o. Logatec, Slovenia

Dr. Maurizio Fermeglia, Professor & Rector
University of Trieste, Italy

Mr Martin Gosenca
Unit for support for food processing companies and promotion of agricultural and food products, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Republic of Slovenia

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus
University of Maribor, Slovenia & Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions & eRegions Think Tank Contact Person

Mr Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General
Association of European Border Regions, Gronau, Germany

Dr. Zoltán Horváth, Professor & Dean
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary & Director, European Institute of Innovation & Technology – EIT ICT Labs, Budapest Associate Partner Group

Mag. Miha Ješe, Mayor
Municipality of Škofja Loka, Slovenia & eCoordinator Sora Valles: eMunicipalities of Gorenja vas – Poljane, Škofja Loka, Železniki, Žiri & Coordinator, eMunicipalities Without Borders Mayors Consortium

Dr. Aleksander Jevšek, Mayor
Town Municipality of Murska Sobota & eCoordinator Pomurje & President, Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia & Member, Slovenia Delegation in the Committee of the Regions

Dr. Gorazd Justinek, Executive Director
Center for European Perspective – CEP, Loka pri Mengšu, Slovenia

Mag. Alenka Krapež, Principal
Grammar School Vič Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mr Vojko Kuzma, Minister Plenipotentiary
Department of Strategic Planning and Analysis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia, eRegions Think Tank Analytical Expert

Mr Jože Levstek, Mayor
Municipality of Ribnica, Slovenia & eCoordinator Ribnica Valley: eMunicipalities of Loški potok, Ribnica, Sodražica

Mr Darko Mali, Head, Research and Development Strategies Department
Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training & eCoordinator, Cross-border Grammar eSchools Collaboration

Mrs Saša Nabergoj, Director
Škofja Loka Museum, Slovenia, eMuseums & eCulture Coordinator

Dr. Roumen Nikolov, Professor & Head of Department of Computer Science and UNESCO Chairholder
State University of Library Studies and IT, Sofia, Bulgaria

Mr Nino Novinec, Key Customer Collaboration Executive SAP d.o.o. Ljubljana, Slovenia & SAP Coordinator for the Danube eRegion on the New eSilk & New eAmber Roads

Mr Gyula Ocskay, General Secretary
Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary

Mr Alberto Preti, Head of Bologna Branch
Institute for Transport and Logistics, Italy & President, European Network of Logistics Competence Centers – Open ENLoCC

Dr. Alexander Prosser, Professor
Department of Information Systems and Operations, Institute for Production Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business & Chairman, Forum eGovernment at the Austrian Computer Society

Dr. Stanislav Raščan, Ambassador, Head
Department of Strategic Planning and Analysis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia & Assistant Professor of International Security Policy, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Kranj, eRegions Think Tank Chairman

Dr. Erika Rustja, Head of Department of Higher Education
Directorate of Higher Education Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Mr Bojan Sever, Mayor
Municipality of Idrija, Slovenia & eCoordinator Idrijca River Valley: eMunicipalities of Cerkno, Idrija, Logatec

Mr Rok Svetek, Managing Director
ADRIA KOMBI d.o.o., National Combined Transport Company, Ljubljana, Slovenia & President, Transport Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Mag. Boris Šušmak, CIO & CQO
Port of Koper, Slovenia

Mrs Mateja Urbančič Jelovšek, Principal 
Basic School Majda Vrhovnik Ljubljana, Slovenia & Coordinator, Basic eSchools

Dr. Miroslav Vesković, Professor, Coordination of scientific support to macro-regional strategies
European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Dr. Doug Vogel, Professor of Information Systems & Director, eHealth Research Institute
School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, China & Association of Information Systems – AIS Past President

Mag. Franc Žepič, Secretary, Priority Area Coordinator 1B of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
Office for International Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure, Republic of Slovenia

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Centre for Cross Border Studies, Armagh, Northern Ireland Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Dynamic Visegrad for Europe and Beyond

European Digital Forum

European Digital Think Tank

Think Tank Directory Europe

Think Tank Search, Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program – TTCSP

Top of Digital Europe, Baltic Sea Region ICT Think Tank