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The Soho Loft Media Group with Victoria Global covers EBAN’s Danube Region Strategy Meeting on April 23-24, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia

The 4th Danube Financing Dialogue will be held in Croatian State Archives, Marulicev trg 21 1000 Zagreb, Croatia. Participants to this dialogue include officials of funding agencies and financial institutions that offer inter alia, grants, loans and guarantees; individuals advocating for projects in the region; and the different personalities involved in the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

David Drake (, Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, The Soho Loft Media Group and LDJ Capital, says “The Danube’s Regional Strategy continues to give hope to projects that want to make a difference, but without the financial capacity to implement it. These projects support the local economy, spur creation of new jobs and still provide returns to investments.”

The meeting’s agenda include discussions on  vital issues related to financing promising projects in the Danube Region; face-to-face meetings; matchmaking sessions; project exhibition,  and informal networking during lunch and dinner.

On the first day, the promising projects from among the list of registered projects will be presented to financing institutions and funding agencies. Each project will be given 5 minutes to present and convince the potential fund sources of its relevance and uniqueness vis-a-vis the Danube Region.

An interactive question and answer will follow after the presentation. The project developers and the funding sources can still network during dinner.

The attendees will be welcomed, and the exhibition opened,  by Hrvoje Marušić, Croatian National contact point for the EUSDR and Assistant Minister of Foreign and European Affairs; and Kurt Puchinger, Priority Area 10 Coordinator of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The facilitator for the first day’s activities will be Irena Lukač of the  Center of Excellence in Finance.

On the second day, the  welcome messages will be given by Vesna Pusić, Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (tbc) and  Franz Nauschnigg of the European Affairs and International Financial Organizations of the National Bank of Austria.

The speakers for the 3 sessions include:

Désirée Pecarz, Representative of the Centre for Social Innovation
Edina Csanyi, Representative of the European Investment Bank
Erhan Türbeda,  Regional Cooperation Council (tbc)
Hubert Cottogni, Deputy Director of the European Investment Fund
Irena Lukač – Representative of the Center of Excellence in Finance
Johann Sollgruber, Acting Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Austria
Marco Onida, Coordinator of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, European Commission
Marlene Hahn,  Metis GmbH
Ralf König, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
Tomislav Belovari,  Head of EU programmes at the Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds
Vedrana Jelušić-Kašić, Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Croatia

Hosted by the  Croatian’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, it is is organized by Marlene Hahn of Metis GmbH.  It is sponsored by Compress Zagreb, Metis, Stadt Wien, and Croatian National Bank.

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