Workshop " EU policy on cluster excellence - lessons learned and new challenges at policy and operational level" was held on 23.09.2014. in Brussels.
The European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) co-financed by CIP during the period 2009-2012 was instrumental in promoting cluster management as a key element of the EU strategy aimed to develop more world-class clusters in the EU. In the new programming period 2014-2020, COSME will pursue these efforts on cluster excellence and a number of new Calls for proposals will be launched to provide more opportunities to European cluster organisations to benefit from the ECEI results on cluster benchmarking and cluster manager trainings.
The objective of this workshop was to debate on the next EU agenda on cluster excellence and in particular which additional activities might be worth to explore and implement under COSME both at policy and operational level. Speakers at the workshop were numerous experts from EU institutions and regions.
On Friday, 19 September 2014, in the Representation of Croatian Chamber of Economy in Brussels was held Septembers meeting of Croatian Business Network. The meeting was attended by Ms. Catherine Grgas Brus who works as a "Policy Officer" for Croatia in DG Environment in Brussels. Ms. Grgas Brus performed the characteristics of her work, which is to ensure the integration of environmental demands in the overall policy of the European , particularly in the European semester and cohesion policy and the co-financing by the European Investment Network (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD ). The meeting was also attended by Ms. Lana Žutelija who also works as a "Policy Officer," but in the field of eco-innovation and circular economy in Brussels.
The conference TOURAGE – Developing Senior Tourism in Remote Regions, was held on 18th of September 2014, in European Committee of The Regions. This project has grown up from the idea that although Demographic Change brings many challenges, it also brings many opportunities for certain Region.
The actual reason for making this project was to connect all Europe countries through tourism in healthy and active way. It was emphasized that potential senior tourists are diversed in age, gender dimension, socio – economic status, or health status. So, their tourism habits are diversed, as well. In order to these facts, it is important to shape supply by its demand, to avoid stigmatisation, stereotypes, and not to focus only on older people, but rather be sure that it is also made for younger people.
The Partnership in this project was agreed between 11 partners from nine member states and was held by important economic and political figures.
Growth and Jobs through new ways of using information technologies is at the heart of the Brussels agenda right now. Regarding that, Norwegian representations and interest groups in Belgium on 17th September 2014. organized a discussion about how ICT can boost Growth and Jobs.
National policies in many developing economies are failing to translate ICT investment into tangible benefits in terms of competitiveness, development and employment. This is in addition to the profound digital divide that already exists between advanced and developing economies in access to digital infrastructure and content. ICT opens new opportunities and creates new challenges for the EU countries and should be recognized as important industry in which we should invest. The role of ICT for sustained economic growth and job creation is crucial to improve competitiveness.
The Norwegian Ambassador to Belgium, Mr. Niels Engelschiøn welcomed the participantes and invited them to disscus with the speakers: Mr. Jörgen Gren (Head of Growth and Jobs Unit, DG CONNECT), Ms. Toril Nag (Executive Vice president Telecom, Lyse Energy), Mr. Torgeir Waterhouse (Director Internet and new media, ICT Norway), Mr. Nils Vold (Director business development, VISMA Enterprise), Mr. Roger Schjerva (Chief Economist, ICT Norway) and Mr. Jan Deprest (Chairman of the board of Fedict).
The Sixth Cohesion Forum took place in Brussels on 8th and 9th September with the goal to analyse the impact of EU Cohesion Policy in promoting growth and job creation in Europe's regions and cities. Organised every three years, the Cohesion Forum gathers top policy-makers and political players from the EU Member States to assess the success of Cohesion Policy in delivering on its aims. This year's theme is "Investment for jobs and growth: promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities". The need for good governance, both in terms of more efficient and transparent administrations and of sound macro economic policies, is considered as crucial to achieve high level of growth and prosperity. This event brought together more than 700 people including high level representatives from European institutions, the speakers Commisison President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Parliament President Martin Schultz , European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, Prime Ministers and ministers, regional and local representatives, economic and social partners, NGOs and academics.
More about this event you can find out on the following link:Cohesion forum 2014.
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