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The participans of the Summit100 2015 – Portorož, Slovenia

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Business leaders’ Summit100 is a unique business gathering, the first of its kind in the region. It has been envisaged as a powerful force for economic networking, as well as a contribution to political leaders’ efforts to improve lives across the region. The first Summit 100 took place in 2011 in Aranđelovac in Serbia. It tackled issues of energy efficiency, infrastructure, logistics, and joint ventures in foreign markets. The second happened in Bečići in Montenegro in 2013, bringing to the fore topics such as agriculture, tourism, IT and construction. The third Summit 100 was held in Cavtat in Croatia in 2014, discussing energy projects, food processing, and tourism.

Summit 100 in 2015 will be in Portotož in Slovenia on June 1-2. Of primary importance as a topic of the 4th Summit100, will be Smart Southeastern European (SEE) capital cities as drivers of inclusive and sustainable growth. Capitals have a huge direct impact on people’s lives, but modern cities face many challenges. Mayors of capital cities in the SEE region will sign a declaration acknowledging a commitment to smart solutions and designating representatives to a task force at the operational level.

The Mayors will also call upon business communities, national governments and the European Commission for support in building more inclusive, sustainable, livable and vibrant cities, thus contributing to a more integrated, stable and prosperous SEE region.

Background

The first annual Summit100 which was organized in October 2011 in Serbia gathered 100 top business leaders from the region, over 30 special guests from the most prominent international institutions, together with Presidents of Serbia and Slovenia and over 80 media representatives from all over the region. First tangible result of the Summit100 was establishment of the first regional construction consortium Fenix, gathering more than 60 companies from Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro with the mission to jointly act in the region and on third markets. Recognizing the significance of the Summit100, the Prime Ministers of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic and Serbia Ivica Dacic, President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic and Slovenia Borut Pahor, President of thePresidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic and President of Macedonia Gjeorge Ivanov confirmed their personal support to the initiative during 2012 and 2013 and accepted to act as patrons ofthis event.

The second annual Summit100 which was organized in May 2013 in Montenegro gathered 100 top business leaders from the region of former Yugoslavia countries, prime ministers of Serbia Ivica Dačić, Montenegro Milo Đukanović, Bosnia-Herzegovina Vjekoslav Bevanda, special envoy of the Prime Ministerof Slovenia and Minister of Economic Development and Technology Stanko Stepišnik and Deputy Ministerof Economy of Macedonia Hristian Delev. The second annual Summit attracted also more than 50 special guests from the international institutions and diplomatic chore and more than 70 media representatives from the region.

The third annual Summit100 was organized in July 2014 in Croatia and hosted a historical moment that saw Presidents of all countries in the region – President of Croatia Ivo Josipović, President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolić, President of Slovenia Borut Pahor, Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegović, Željko Komšić and Nebojša Radmanović, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović, President of Macedonia Gjeorge Ivanov, President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga and President of Albania Bujar Nishani in dialogue with business elite of the region on projects of cooperation that couldlead to improving competitiveness of the countries in the region. The identified projects of cooperationwere within the following industries: energy, food and agriculture, tourism, construction, transport andlogistics, ICT and pharmacy and healthcare. The Sumit100 2014 hosted more than 100 top businessleaders from the region, more than 80 media representatives and special key note guests as Harry Van Dorenmalen, IBM Chair for Europe and Elin Flyngering of Norden, Nordic Council of Cooperation.