ERRIN and EUROCITIES organized the meeting on Thursday 22 January 2015 at EUROCITIES office to present a brand new initiative called 'Culture for Cities and Regions'.
It aims to take stock of existing practices on culture as a key element in urban and regional development strategies. It aims to exchange and promote transfer of knowledge, to better understand successful cases of cultural investment, and to go into the details of policy planning and implementation. It focuses on:
• culture and the creative industries for local economic development and urban regeneration
• cultural heritage as a driver for economic growth and social inclusion
• culture for social inclusion, social innovation and intercultural dialogue
At the meeting in the premises of the Croatian Regions Association in Zagreb, the prefect Nikola Dobroslavić presented the work plan of the Office of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in Brussels in 2015.
The Dubrovnik Neretva County signed a Cooperation Agreement with Karlovac, Brod-Posavina and Vukovar-Srijem County and they will together coordinate the presentation of regional governments in the center of the EU.
At the meeting with the Dubrovnik Neretva county prefect participated Karlovac County Prefect Ivan Vucic, Brod-Posavina County Prefect Danijel Marusic, Deputy of Vukovar Srijem County Prefect Željko Cirba and representatives of regional development agencies.
They discussed about the coordination of activities, defining events, communication, reporting, and practice. From now on, through the same representative office this will be enabled for Karlovac, Brod-Posavina and Vukovar-Srijem County.
The Kick-off meeting of the OPEN DAYS 2015 was organized on 21 January in the CoR premises.
The CoR Secretary-General, Jiří Buriánek and DG REGIO Director-General, Walter Deffaa presented the lessons learnt from the 2014 edition and themes for 2015.
With the headline of 'Europe's regions and cities: partners for investment and growth' 2015 will be structured around three thematic priorities:
Under the three sub-themes, participants are invited to address challenges and solutions related to management and implementation issues as well as the cross-border, inter-regional or transnational dimension. OPEN DAYS 2015 will be organized from 12 and 15 October 2015.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić participated in the event 20.21.2015. called "Peljesac Bridge and wine" which was held in the European Parliament and organized by the MEP Dubravka Suica.
The event was attended by many VIP guests, MEPs, businessmen and representatives of the European Commission in charge of the construction of the Peljesac bridge - a capital project that would finally territorially connected Croatia and the European .
With the presentation of the project Bridge and talk about its importance and necessity of the event were presented by the county winemakers and premium wines that come from Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and they also used the opportunity to establish contacts for future marketing for their wines.
The CoR administration and representatives of regional offices involved in European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTCs) met in Brussels on 15 January 2015 in order to reinforce the cooperation with the CoR, the networking and the transmission of information between Brussels and the local actors. The meeting was conducted by Alfonso Alcolea, CoR administrator.
This meeting had been announced by Herwig Van Staa, political coordinator of the EGTC Platform, during the Open Days 2014. This proposal, suggested by the Director of the office of Lower Silesia, received a good feedback from the participants.
The information about the meeting had been disseminated to the regional offices in Brussels included in the database of the EGTC Platform, and also to the EGTCs, EGTCs under constitution and regional and local authorities of the Platform.
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