EBS was organized on 06th and 07th May 2015 and has broken its own record this year with over 2,300 participants, including 155 speakers in over 50 sessions. Yet again EBS has proven to be the most influential platform gathering business leaders & policy makers. The new Commission responded positively with 10 European Commissioners participating, including 3 of the Vice Presidents, as well as the President of the European Parliament.
In its 15th year, EBS remains, more than ever, the largest independent forum for business leaders, policy-makers, think tanks, civil society and academics. EBS puts Europe's top priorities into the spotlight, by providing a platform where key issues for economic growth and the wellbeing of society are debated. The Summit was attended by the official representative of Dubrovnik Neretva Region in Brussels, Hrvoje Butigan.
As part of the annual European Week, Brussels and its European district celebrated on 09.05.2015. the Festival of Europe and Open doors day. The Representative Office of Dubrovnik-Neretva Region organized a stand at the Committee of the Regions to present the Dubrovnik-Neretva, Brod-Posavina, Vukovar-Srijem and Karlovac Regions' tourist and gastronomic offer, as well as guides for foreign investments and successful cases of implemented projects financed by the EU. Along with Croatian regions the event hosted many exhibitors of other European regions as well as organisations and European lobby networks.
The European Commission organised the Conference „Grow your region - Delivering Smart Specialisation and Economic Transformation through Clusters" in Brussels on 27th and 28 th April 2015.
The emphasis on economic transformation and on building interregional value chains calls for a new generation of cluster policy approaches. Clusters can be key delivery instruments for national and regional smart specialisation strategies, internal market, re-industrialisation and SME policy. Using interactive formats, this conference provided a unique opportunity for regional policy makers and cluster actors to share experiences on how smart specialisation strategies and clusters can help transform your region and drive growth. Building upon success stories and innovative practices, participants learned about novel ways of implementing smart specialisation through cluster-based activities and cross-clustering actions. They also had the chance to explore new partnerships for joint activities in the context of the new generation of European programmes such as ERDF, COSME and Horizon2020.
This conference was specifically targeted at representatives of national and regional administrations acting as managing authorities for the ERDF and at INTERREG secretariats as well as those responsible for national or regional cluster policies and initiatives, including cluster managers and cluster members. The conference was attended by the representative of Dubrovnik Neretva Region in Bruxelles, Hrvoje Butigan.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved the first four projects to be financed with up to € 300 million through the Investment Plan for Europe (EFSI). The EIB's first EFSI earmarked projects include investment in healthcare research in Spain, expansion of a key airport in Croatia (Dubrovnik), the construction of 14 new healthcare centres across Ireland and backing for industrial innovation in Italy. The Investment Plan for Europe should be in place by September 2015, but EIB has already started to pre-finance these projects. Through the mobilisation of new investments, mostly from the private sector, the Juncker Commission aim to reach €315 Billion over a three year period. Member States such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg and Poland have said that they will contribute money to the EFSI through their National Promotional Banks.
The European Commission organised the 5th Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems in Brussels on 24 April 2015. The objective of this high-level event was to provide an overview of the state-of-play with regard to a number of key actions and major initiatives in the context of the ITS Action Plan. During the ITS Conference 2015 the topics were such as Data for digitising transport, Mobility as a Service and Connectivity and automation were discussed.
The ITS Conference 2015 brought together high-level representatives from the European institutions and representatives of public and private stakeholders from the ITS community. The Conference was opened by Mrs Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, together with representatives of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament.
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